Sara Franko lives in LaGrange Park with her husband, Jim, two daughters Violet (4) and Amelia (2), and a 90-pound rescue dog named Ruby. While pregnant with her first daughter in Chicago in 2010, Sara discovered Fit4Baby, FIT4MOM's prenatal fitness class. Since most of her friends had already had babies, she enjoyed bonding and sharing experiences with the other soon-to-be moms in her class. After her oldest daughter was born, she moved on to Stroller Strides classes, but soon found herself moving to the suburbs. Two years later she became the proud owner of FIT4MOM - Chicago Western Suburbs.
Sara is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor, focused on providing safe, yet effective workouts for pre- and post-natal moms. She loves meeting amazing and inspiring moms, is the unofficial "baby whisperer" at Stroller Strides classes, and loves burpees!
Carly and her husband Kevin recently moved back to Riverside, IL from NYC with their son Jake who just turned one. Carly was an avid runner and competed in half and full marathons pre-Jake, but pregnancy took its toll on her fitness level and fitness confidence. She was anxious to get back in shape and regain her strength and endurance. Carly says, "I love Stroller Strides because I can have Jake with me while I get in a great workout and build confidence thanks to the encouragement and motivation from moms who understand!"more
Ashley Papanikolas discovered FIT4MOM shortly after her first son was born in St. Louis. As a new mom with few “mom friends,” she took the classes religiously, finding it a great outlet to connect with other moms, socialize her baby and get back into pre-baby shape. After taking the class again when she moved to Downers Grove, Ashley decided to re-visit her fitness roots and start teaching FIT4MOM classes.
Currently a certified Body Back instructor, Ashley channels her fitness background while building her classes. She has three years of group fitness experience and taught several class formats. Additionally, she led new instructor training and instructor evaluations for University of Missouri’s TigerX program. She is in the process of renewing her AFAA certification to continue to build her fitness education.
Ashley loves to connect with other moms at Stroller Strides with her two crazy boys – Camden (1) and Chase (3) and at Body Back (without her kids!) and hopes to pass on her love for fitness and FIT4MOM to other moms on their fitness and motherhood journeys.