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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!

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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!"

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Originally from St. Charles, Erin moved to Los Angeles upon graduating from the University of Iowa and worked in reality television for over a decade. After the birth of her daughter, Felicity, Erin realized she wanted to raise Felicity closer to family, so she and her husband left LA and ended up in Naperville. Erin joined Stroller Strides on a whim to try the one free class, and as soon as she did, she was hooked! Having always been into yoga, pilates and dance, Erin couldn’t believe how much stronger her body got while in Stroller Strides. Having made the exciting transition from student to teacher, Erin’s favorite part of the job is helping other Moms find new strength as well! Well, that and hanging out with all the awesome kiddos at class. :)
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Kelsey Barnholt lives in Clarendon Hills with her husband, Kyle, and newborn daughter, Kendall. Kelsey, who played high school and collegiate lacrosse, developed a passion for fitness and nutrition when she began running road races during college. Kelsey has run many races of varying distances, from 5k races to the marathon, and continued to run during her pregnancy. In addition to running the Chicago Marathon and the New York Marathon, she qualified for, and ran, the Boston Marathon three times—the most recent being in April 2015, just three months after delivering Kendall. Kelsey also loves to barefoot waterski during the summer!

Kelsey, who has a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, previously worked as a market research strategist, but was looking for a way to pursue her passion for fitness. After the birth of her daughter, Kelsey became a Fit4Mom Certified Instructor to finally pursue her passion and be able to stay at home with her daughter, all while setting a positive example of a healthy lifestyle. Kelsey seeks to inspire her daughter and other moms to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
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Lauren Pedecone lives in Bolingbrook with her husband, Ron, son, Michael (3), daughter Maggie (1), and dog, Gambit. After graduating from the University of Iowa, she taught 8th grade English for seven years before having Michael. At that point, she decided to be a full-time stay at home mommy. Lauren started her FIT4MOM experience the summer of 2014 where she fell in love with the classes. After deciding to stay home, she knew she had to get right back to Stroller Strides! Now she teaches class in Naperville and loves every minute of it. Coming from a diverse background consisting of formal dance training, being an athlete in a number of sports, coaching, and being an overall fitness fanatic, she knew she would love transitioning to teaching Stroller Strides. Lauren says, “It’s the perfect package. I can still bring my English background to class by reading books and learning through songs. In addition, I get a great workout all while hanging out with some of the best moms! FIT4MOM rocks!”
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Amanda lives in North Aurora with her husband Paul, 6 month old daughter Emma Jo and 2 dogs Buff and Leila. Amanda became an instructor after attending regular stroller strides classes in the summer of 2017. A fitness fanatic Amanda knew she wanted to be a part of the Fit4Mom team. Amanda loves how attending a stroller strides class not only gives you a great workout while bringing your kiddo, but also gives you the opportunity to meet other moms and kids and be a part of a very special group. more

Originally from Washington State, Ashley has spent the past 12 years in Australia where her husband Pete is from. After having their two children, Anderson (3) and Juliet (2) they decided to move back to the US to raise their family. New to the Chicagoland area, Ashley decided to dive back into her passion of Fitness! Finding a job with FIT4MOM came at the perfect time allowing her to meet new mamas in the area and do what she loves all while spending time with her little ones. A certified Personal Trainer, Ashley teaches Body Back, Boost, Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby!' 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 background in fitness and start teaching FIT4MOM classes.

Currently a Body Back instructor in the Downers Grove/Westmont area and certified in AFAA group fitness, Ashley has four years of group fitness experience and has taught several class formats. She currently also serves as the Marketing Manager on the team, organizing events and spreading the news for FIT4MOM in hopes to pass on the FIT4MOM team’s love for fitness to other moms on their fitness and motherhood journeys.

Ashley has two boys – Camden (2) and Chase (5) and lives in Downers Grove, IL.

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Bridget, her husband, Will, and daughters, Cate and Maggie (almost 2) live in LaGrange Park. Bridget has always been active...a high school athlete, has run several marathons, taught cycle classes and spent a few years as a personal trainer. Before choosing to stay home full time with her daughters, Bridget was an elementary physical education teacher. Fitness and movement have always been part of her life. And not only does she love staying active herself, she LOVES working out with others!

Bridget started going to FIT4MOM classes when her daughters were about 8 weeks old. Stroller Strides was the perfect fit. A great workout and chance to meet great moms. Eventually, Bridget heard about the FIT4MOM Body Back Transformation program. She signed up in January of 2016 and was hooked. The workouts are better than any she has taken in any other setting and the community of support is unmatched.

Pairing her love for fitness and teaching background, Bridget started training to become a Body Back instructor. And started teaching in October 2017!
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I love my family- I am a mom of 2, Eva and Levi, and my husband Tyler is the youth pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Brookfield. I have always had a deep appreciating for exercise and staying healthy and doing things in a more "natural" way. I also have an overwhelming love for people and relationship. Fit4mom combines all 3 of these things that I love into one and I couldn't be more thrilled and honored to be a part of such an awesome experience and community.

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Emily lives in La Grange with her husband, Bobby, and their 3 boys, Brian, Matt, and Jack. Before staying at home full time, she was a teacher for 6 years for grades K-2. Emily has always enjoyed being involved in sports and trying out all of the different classes the fitness world has to offer. Becoming a mom helped motivate her even more to stay fit, not only to keep up with her active boys, but to also be a good role model for them.

After trying only 1 Stroller Strides class, she realized it was a perfect combo of her 2 passions, fitness and teaching, and decided to become a Stroller Strides instructor.





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Jackie lives in Western Springs with her husband, Chet, and children, Emily (7), and James (2). Jackie's Fit4Mom journey began in Chicago in 2012, she had been looking for a way to connect with other stay-at-home moms and get back in shape after the birth of her daughter and heard about Strollers Strides. She attended her first class and was hooked! In 2013, she took it a step further and became certified to teach Stroller Strides, followed by Stroller Barre in 2014. Jackie's love of exercise comes from a wide background of dance and fitness, she has tried everything from jazz to step aerobics to yoga. Jackie and her family moved to WS in 2016 and she's excited to be teaching again as part of the F4M Chicago Western Suburbs team!
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Joanna is "mama" to three beautiful kiddos -- her little ones, Lucas (3) and Lorenzo (3 months), and her stepdaughter, Vanessa (15). Originally from Downers Grove, she spent more than ten years with her husband, Felipe, in the city before they embraced suburban life and settled in LaGrange Park. When Joanna is not juggling the joys of motherhood, she is teaching middle school reading in Oak Brook, finding delicious paleo InstantPot recipes, and bopping around to different exercise offerings throughout the area. Of all the gyms and classes Joanna has tried, Fit4Mom has left the most powerful impact. Joanna's Fit4Mom journey began when she was pregnant with her first son. She loved the support she got in Fit4Baby classes, so she began a long series of Body Back sessions. It was not long before Joanna learned just how awesome it is to work out alongside other moms who just seem to get it -- and both her body and confidence as a new mom were transformed. Joanna embraces the opportunity to welcome other moms to start or continue their fitness journey, so they, too, can fall in love with this amazing village.

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Leticia lives in Hickory Hills with husband Andres and baby Andres (9 months). Before pregnancy, she spent most of her evenings and weekends taking bootcamp and indoor cycling classes. She learned about Fit4Baby though a friend and tried out a free class one evening. She absolutely loved it! Once Andres was born, she joined Stroller Strides. "As a first time mom it is so great to meet and become friends with other moms in your surrounding neighborhood," she says. As a teacher by profession, she likes that she can spend part of her summer break exercising without having to leave her little one with the sitter. more

Lisa lives in Oak Park with her husband Adam, daughters Libby (3) and Nora (10 months), and pit-mix rescue LuLu. Before Lisa took on her new role as Mommy she was a professional actor in New York City and here in Chicago. Majoring in Musical Theatre and minoring in dance, Lisa quickly learned that she would need numerous jobs to support her career choice! Besides the typical waitress/bartender route, Lisa also went into teaching early childhood music and group fitness. Always having a love for fitness and participating in numerous sports growing up, becoming a group fitness instructor was something she had always wanted to do. Once Lisa experienced a Stroller Strides class with her daughter she knew it was a perfect fit for her to continue her path as an instructor! It incorporates all things that she loves....group fitness, kiddos, singing songs, and socializing! Lisa is thrilled to meet new Moms and help them achieve goals throughout their fitness journey, no matter what stage they are in!
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Lisa Ann Hahn lives in Downers Grove with her husband, Nick, and 3 daughters, Coraline (5), Camryn(3), and Maeve (1). They are a pet friendly home with a dog, cat, bearded dragon, 3 fish, and 2 snails!

Lisa was first introduced to FIT4MOM after her third daughter was born. She and a friend, who also recently had a baby, thought it would be nice to meet weekly while getting a workout in. Stroller Strides at the Morton Arboretum seemed to be the perfect fit, and it was! Throughout the next few weeks Lisa's instructor noticed her enthusiasm for fitness and thought it would be a great asset to the FIT4MOM team. When approached about it she was happy to jump on board!

Prior to being a stay at home mom. Lisa taught physical education and health to high school students. She also coached a number of sports: diving, gymnastics, cross country, and track and field. She enjoys long distance running, traveling to Colorado to visit her sister, book club, and chocolate! Lots of chocolate!!
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Becky Kostelny lives in Elmhurst with her husband, Dan, son, Samuel (3), daughter Elliana (1), and dog, Lucy. She graduated from The University of Iowa in Mass Communications with a concentration in Women’s Health. She served as the state spokesperson for the American Heart Association and kicked off the Go Red for Women campaign for the entire state of Iowa. She moved to Illinois over a decade ago and remained in the healthcare field serving as an Associate Executive Director for an Allied Health School in the suburbs before leaving and starting her own international Human Resource consulting firm. Once Elliana came along she decided to cut back on her fulltime consulting clients and consults now only on projects while being a stay at home mom. After struggling to lose the baby weight; after having two babies in two years, she joined Body Back in Downers Grove and gradually fell in love with it. Becky says, “It’s amazing to be able to plan for some special me time during the week while getting an amazing workout followed by an inspirational mediation – it reenergizes me for the week!” Having a natural love for women’s health along with a desire to coach she knew she would love transitioning from being a client to being a coach for Body Back!

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Robyn Deren lives in Oak Brook with her husband Andrew, two daughters; Abbie (7) and Maddie (2) and their half Maltese half Yorkie, named Simba. After leaving corporate life to raise her first daughter, she looked for ways to stay fit, healthy and active from running 5k’s to half marathons, skiing, or even tennis. She took her passion for running and became a group leader for CARA to train new runners on running their first 5K. With the arrival of Maddie, the Chicago Marathon was the goal to get back in shape, but unable to train she looked for other ways to get fit again. She found Stroller Strides at the Morton Arboretum and since then has been hooked with the ability to not only get a fantastic workout, but to meet other moms and have fun at the same time with your kids in tow. Becoming an instructor was the next natural step and she hopes to help others moms obtain their fitness goals and have fun with other awesome moms at the same time!
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Sonya lives in Oak Park with her husband and daughter. She’s originally from New York but has lived on both coasts of the US and is now happy to settle into the Midwest. Strength training and HIIT workouts are her favorite ways to get her body moving. She hopes to inspire women to find their strength and power as well!

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Tricia lives in Downers Grove with husband John and daughter Evelyn (almost 2). Tricia has always been an avid runner…a collegiate Cross Country and Track & Field athlete moving on to half marathons and marathons post college. She has completed five marathons, including qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon in 2013.

Building her fitness level back up after pregnancy was harder, lonelier and more frustrating than expected. Tricia discovered Stroller Strides in the summer of 2017. It was a like striking gold- a place to meet other moms and get a great workout in at the same time! It was a way for her daughter to meet other little ones too! As a stay-at-home mom, it was perfect for her schedule and being able to work out with her daughter was key. Tricia is very excited to be a part of the FIT4MOM team!

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