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Meet Rachel Shimanovsky!

Rachel is Mama to 2 year old Shiloh and wife to Jessi, She joined Fit4Mom a little over one year ago. You can catch her at Stroller Strides most weeks. She is the one with the BIG smile on her face even when she is pushed out of her comfort zone! We love having Rachel in our Village, she is such a bright light and it is contagious!

Hometown: I was born in Los Angeles, but moved around a lot growing up. The longest I've lived somewhere was in Valencia when I was a teenager.

Tell us about your family: I am married to my wife Jessi and we have a beautiful 2 year old daughter named Shiloh. Jessi and I have been together since 2011, and I am constantly reminded how grateful I am to not only be married to her, but parent with her as well. She's my best friend in life and we have the best time!

I have two parents, Sam and Rose, and a younger brother named Josh. Our family owns an essential oil business, so that has been awesome to be able to work for my family all of these years. My dad is from Russia, and came here when he was 13 with just 1 suitcase. His stories always remind me how grateful I need to be for everything I have in my life. He is also a twin! My mom is the youngest of 4 children, and is my best friend. My brother is super goofy, which is great because so am I. Basically, our family hang outs are just one big laughing session. If you need to find us, just follow the sound of laughter and Star Trek / Stargate / Seinfeld references.

Current/Previous Career: I just started my own photography business (yay!) called Proud Owl Photography. I also do Marketing for our family company called Organic Infusions (selling essential oils, diffusers, etc.)

What was your childhood ambition? My childhood ambition was to be the best female basketball player! I started playing when I was 7 and never looked back!

What is the furthest you have been away from home? I went to Scotland about 6 years ago, so that counts right?!

How did you find Fit4Mom? So random, but about 10 years ago I started nannying for a Fit4Mom (used to just be Stroller Strides) coach in Simi Valley. I would even accompany her to classes and do them for free while she coached. I knew right away when I got pregnant that I would join Fit4mom because I saw how much fun the moms were having, how the kids developed these amazing friendships, and I wanted that for me and my daughter :)

How has Fit4Mom impacted your life? OMG so many ways!! 1) Definitely got me back into shape after having my daughter 2) The coaches are A M A Z I N G, I have honestly never met more genuine, kind people in my life. They truly want you to succeed, while having a good time. Couldn't ask for anything more! 3) A network of moms who support me no matter what, and I know these connections will last forever. 4) The friendships my daughter has made in these classes, have grown to outside these classes as well with play dates. Also, she is a huge fan of these park workouts because she knows we get to play afterwards and hang out with our friends :)

Basically, Fit4Mom was perfect for me as a 1st time new mom because it got me out of the house, kicked my butt into gear, gave me this amazing friendships, and reminded me that I'm not alone in this journey called motherhood.

What's your favorite exercise? I loved when we played duck duck goose when Annie was coaching, and we all had to do planks balancing cups of cold water on our backs. The person who was picked had to chase the other person and had cold water poured on their back. That was definitely the hardest I've laughed during a workout. Who says you can't have fun while working out?!

What's your proudest moment? My proudest moment is by far seeing my daughter grow and discover the world. Every new milestone that she hits I'm more proud than the last one. Most recently, she has really become really into imaginative play, and I could literally sit there and watch her for hours. She's my joy in this world and I couldn't be more proud of her.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. Our wedding was Star Trek theme, and we actually entered our reception with the theme song from Star Trek The Next Generation. We actually got featured on the Star Trek official website! #Engage

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Meet Carrie Dockery!

Carrie is Mama to sweet baby girl Finley and wifey to Chad. She joined F4M in March of 2019. Carrie started with Stroller Strides and recently leveled up with our 4 week Body Back session. Carrie always has a smile on her face and is so fun to have in class! She brings a positive energy to every class she takes and it's contagious! We are so grateful to have Carrie in our Village.

Hometown: born in Nashville, raised in Cincinnati, now living here in SoCal.

Tell us about your family: married to my amazing husband Chad and we have one daughter, Finley, who’s 21 months old.

Current/Previous Career: I was a trend forecaster for Guess prior to being a mom. Now I work from home part time to be with our daughter and I’m the social media manager for a friends law firm.

What was your childhood ambition? : I’ve always wanted to be a mom! I love playing with my baby dolls, American girl dolls, and babies.

What is the furthest you have been away from home? : Mexico is the farthest I’ve been. I’m terrified of flying but hope to make it to Greece one day!

How did you find Fit4Mom? : my sister-in-law originally told me about it and then my friend wanted me to join with her.

How has Fit4Mom impacted your life? : I’ve made so many amazing friends through it + I’m working out more than I ever have in my life and am having fun while doing it.

What's your favorite exercise? : squats!

What's your proudest moment? : definitely giving birth to my daughter, #1 moment of my life.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. : I’m an IVF baby + was the first IVF baby born at my hospital in Nashville.

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Meet Crystal Mendoza!

Crystal is one of our Founding Mamas in Moorpark. She is Mama to Isaiah (3) Tiana (18months) and Nevaeh (12). You can find Crystal at Stroller Strides most days of the week! Crystal is one of the hardest working Mamas we know; her Mom game is strong. Crystal recently finished 4 weeks of Body Back and absolutely knocked it out of the park. When she commits to something she gets it done. We are so grateful to have you in our Village, keep pushing Mama!

Hometown: Canoga Park, CA Valley girl

Tell us about your family: My partner name is Evan. I have 3 beautiful amazing strong willed children Isaiah (3)Tiana (18months) and Nevaeh (12).

Current/Previous Career: Still working on my career to become a nurse.... at this time I am a medication technician for an assisted living nursing home.

What was your childhood ambition? To always work or be part of a community that can help anyone in anyway.

What is the furthest you have been away from home? Phoenix, AZ and of course Las Vegas.

How did you find Fit4Mom? On a rainy day we were not having such a good morning so I packed up the kiddos and headed to the TO mall and as I entered through the door to the left of me I saw a bunch of mamas with their children working out. Right there in my head I was signed up. Lol

How has Fit4Mom impacted your life? Fit4Mom has impacted my life in so many ways. Fit4mom has helped me find self love and self care again. Fit4Mom has been the greatest support system for me without any judgement. It has also impacted my kids life, it’s become our everyday routine.

What's your favorite exercise? I have a few believe it or not lol box jumps, walking lunges, and of course the SQUATS

What's your proudest moment? My proudest moment besides giving birth to my amazing children. I would have to say was losing 37 lbs in 5 months after having 2 kids year after year. It wasn’t easy it was very challenging but I pushed through worked out everyday no matter how I was feeling and helped changed my eating lifestyle and physical lifestyle.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. I committed to the 4 week Body Back program while continuing my Strides classes and I lost 7 lbs in those 4 weeks!

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Meet Jennie Huber!

Jennie has been apart of our Village since 2015! That's some OG status. She is Mama to 3 beautiful babies Jordyn, Jake & Jessi (twins)! You can find her at Stroller Strides and Body Back. Jennie is the one with the huge smile and the first one to say hi to that new Mama. You can always count on Jennie to make her way to Mom's Night Out;we love a Mama that knows how to take time for herself. Thank you Jennie for doing Motherhood with us!

Hometown: West Hills, CA

Tell us about your family: I am married to Jeff, whom I met in nursing school and we have three beautiful children, Jordyn(4), and our twins, Jessi(2) and Jake(2).

Current/Previous Career: I am a Nurse, but I have not worked for about 5 years now. I last worked in a Telemetry unit so I took care of cardiac patients and really sick patients that needed to be on a heartmonitor.

What was your childhood ambition? I wanted to be a doctor, but I had way too much fun in my early college years to do that. I went back to school in my early 30s to become a nurse.

What is the furthest you have been away from home? I have been to Africa and Japan.

How did you find Fit4Mom? I have a friend that lives on the Westside who did stroller strides when her kids were younger so after I had my first I found the one closest to me.

How has Fit4Mom impacted your life? I love stroller strides for the sense of community, the exercise, and my kids love their stroller stride friends too! Doing Stroller Strides and Body Back has gotten me in the best shape of my life.

What's your favorite exercise? I would say my favorite is the plank. I am going to shoot for 4 minutes in this session of Body Back.

What's your proudest moment? I would say that delivering my three kiddos are my proudest moments. I pushed for about 5 hours with Jordyn and they were threatening me with a C-section. Somehow I found the strength and managed to push her out her. With the twins it was a breeze in comparison, I had them both out in about a half hour!

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. One of my first jobs out of college was working for the real life "Jerry Maguire". A job that many avid sports fans would have loved to have and I couldn't care less about sports.

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Meet Hilary Wolcott!

Hilary is super Mom to 4 adorable little girl (she has twins!). She joined Fit4Mom in 2017 and has been apart of Stroller Strides and Body Back. Hilary is an ALL IN kinda gal; works hard, moms hard and makes everyone feel welcomed. We are so grateful to have Hilary as a constant in our Village! Hilary's commitment to self-care is truly motivating.

Hometown: Westlake Village, CA

Tell us about your family: Ryan and I met in college and got married after several years of dating. We've now been married 9 years and have four adorable and rambunctious little girls. Cassidy is 6, Aubrey is 4.5 and twins Laurel and Brynn are almost 2. We also have an 8 year old chocolate lab named Cooper.

Current/Previous Career: I was an elementary school teacher for 10 years in LAUSD then taught middle school for 4 years in LVUSD. I'm currently a stay at home but in the process of applying for out of classroom positions.

What was your childhood ambition? I wanted to be a teacher. I loved playing school and liked to be in charge.

What is the furthest you have been away from home? I traveled a lot before kids. I think the furthest was a trip to Japan with my dad when I was in high school.

How did you find Fit4Mom? My sister-in-law was a member and raved about the workouts and sense of family. I knew I needed to try it out! I finally came to a class when I was on maternity leave with the twins and was instantly hooked.

How has Fit4Mom impacted your life? Besides the obvious health benefits, the focus on the overall well being of mama has had the greatest impact on me. I never considered myself one to meditate, but the meditation at the end of a Body Back workout really helped me refocus and get rid of some of the mom guilt.

What's your favorite exercise? Squats and planks

What's your proudest moment? I'm proud of my girls anytime they are kind to each other or show compassion and empathy for someone without prompting.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. Anytime I swim in deep ocean water the theme song to Jaws instantly starts playing in my mind. Every. Single. Time.

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Meet Jessica Alberti!

Hometown: Florence, Alabama

Tell us about your family: My husband and I started dating in 2002 & were married in 2011 in the Florida Keys, during a small hurricane. Our son, Archie is 5 & our daughter, Ruby is 3. We moved to Thousand Oaks from Marina del Rey 4 years ago.

Current/Previous Career: I previously worked at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica, and the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables Florida.

What was your childhood ambition? Elevator Operator. We moved to New York when I was young and I was thrilled to learn that could be a position.

What is the furthest you have been away from home? The Seychelles. It took almost 2 days to get there but was well worth it.

How did you find Fit4Mom? I did Stroller Strides Westside LA with my oldest when he was a baby. When we moved here I was so excited I could continue & meet new mamas!

How has Fit4Mom impacted your life? An instructor once told me “Your children are your #1 priority 23 hours a day. Allow yourself this 1 hour”. While I’m still juggling snacks, this rings very true for me. I find the workout recharges me and helps bring focus on the rest of my day. I also love the community of moms & little ones playing together.

What's your favorite exercise? Monkeys- I always feel it the next day in my sides. And the song cracks up my daughter!

What's your proudest moment? Anytime my kids are thoughtful or display kindness to others (or each other). It makes my heart soar!

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. I started modeling & acting at age 6 and retired at 22!

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Meet Priscilla Mathis!

Priscilla is one of our newest members. She was the very first Founding Mama in Moorpark and we couldn't be happier to have her in this Village! Priscilla has an energy about her that is contagious! You can find Priscilla at Tierra Rejada Park at Stroller Strides with her daughter Harper and son Hudson. If you haven't met Priscilla yet don't hesitate to introduce yourself because she is sure to make you feel welcomed!

Hometown:

I grew up in Huntington Beach, California. Surf City! I've always been terrible at surfing though. I'm more of a paddle board girl.

Tell us about your family:

My husband, Scott, and I have been married for almost 9 years now. We have two beautiful children! My daughter, Harper, just turned 5 years old! My son, Hudson, is 2 1/2 years old. We also have an English Bulldog named Duke and he's basically in charge of the family.

Current/Previous Career:

Before moving to Moorpark, I was a teacher in Orange County. I taught 4th grade for eight years and 1st grade for two years. Today I'm a very happy stay at home mom! I look forward to returning to the classroom once my kiddos are in school though.

What was your childhood ambition?

I always wanted to be an event planner. I love a good party.

What is the furthest you have been away from home?

My husband and I honeymooned in Bali, Indonesia and it was amazing!

How did you find Fit4Mom?

When I first moved here my husband's high school friend, Marianne Rosenstien, told me about the group. I didn't join at the time. Then I saw that you were coming to Moorpark and decided I just couldn't stay away!

How has Fit4Mom impacted your life?

The physical benefits are obvious, but I really want to touch on the amazing mental benefits the community provides! Fit4Mom is a true tribe of supportive, kind, and strong women! I love having a community to be a part of. I've always been about women supporting women and there is nothing I love more in the world than seeing that happen. This is a true group of women who love and support one another. There is no stranger in this tribe and that is the type of community I love being a part of. It's so important to feel supported and I wish I would have joined when my little was a newborn! Super happy and blessed to be here now!

What's your favorite exercise?

Does working my mouth muscles singing nursery rhymes count? I love relays of any kind! Working with others and cheering each other on.

What's your proudest moment?

Delivering both my children. I almost kicked the bucket with my last delivery and don't take the miracle of birth lightly. Moms are SO strong and God is SO good!

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.

My husband and I used to rock climb together! Before children. My favorite spot is Red Rock Canyon outside of Las Vegas. I'm afraid of heights, so this was something I used to do that even surprised myself!

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Meet Ashley Warner!

The minute we met Ahsley we knew she was "one of us." She is so down to earth and REAL! One of the most welcoming Mamas we know. You can find Ashley working hard at Stroller Strides with her son Roland in tow. I personally love working out next to Ashely because when you feel like you can't possibly do one more push-up, Ashley will look over at you and somehow get you to laugh and take the focus off the struggle! We love working hard and laughing with this incredible MAMA!

Hometown: Ventura Ca.

Tell us about your family: I am married to an amazing guy named Chad! We got married in Ojai in 2013. Our journey to parenthood was really really hard! Roland was born in September 2017 and our lives have been better ever since!

Current/Previous Career: I own a Wedding & Event Coordination company. And most importantly I’m a stay at home mama... most of the time!

What was your childhood ambition? I wanted to be a School Bus Driver!

What is the furthest you have been away from home? Sweden

How did you find Fit4Mom? I was at Conejo Creek and saw some moms hanging out after class. I ended up asking Libby about the group and she gave me a pamphlet.

How has Fit4Mom impacted your life? Its like therapy! Just being out of the house, exercising and talking to other mamas. It’s so simple but it’s so important!

What's your favorite exercise? Burpees... I know I know... who likes burpees!?

What's your proudest moment? Roland’s first birthday... I successfully breastfed for a whole year! I am proud!

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.

I burn everything I try to bake!

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Let's meet the newest instructors of Fit4Mom Thousand Oaks!

Shelby Goldman!

Shelby has been a member of Fit4Mom for over 3 1/2 years. For the last year Shelby has been a vital part of our Village coordinator team. Starting this month Shelby will be team teaching our 7 PM Body Back Session! We are so excited to have Shelby apart of the Body Back program.

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Kris Buckhout: Kris has been with Fit4Mom for over a year and is a constant face at Stroller Strides. She is Mommy to 1.5 year old Harper. This hard working mama brings it to every class, Her attitude and enthusiasm screams FIT4MOM! It is evident that Kris loves being a mom, anyone around her can see and feel her positivity for motherhood!

Let's meet Kris...

Hometown: Roseville, CA

Tell us about your family: My husband and I met 5 years ago on tinder (I know, I know) and spent every second together since. We got married in Mexico about 2 years later and had Harper shortly after. I’ve always dreamed about being a SAHM/WAHM but never thought it would actually happen because financially we didn’t think we could swing it. I’ve now almost been home for two years and I am finally making an income from social media! It’s been so fun to be at home with Harper and raise her while also having a creative outlet from my blog and instagram.

Current/Previous Career: I help manage a few social media accounts for brands as well as my own!

What was your childhood ambition? A dancer for sure!

What is the furthest you have been away from home? London

How did you find Fit4Mom? My girlfriend Kelly invited me to a class with her and the rest is history!

How has Fit4Mom impacted your life? SO many ways. Besides from the obvious health benefits I get from working out, I’ve also met so many mamas and some are even my closest friends now! It has also helped my mental state tremendously having such a core group of women to be around and raise our littles together.

What's your favorite exercise? I love squats! I used to have a pretty nice booty pre baby and it significantly changed after Harper. Now I can finally say I have my old booty back!

What's your proudest moment? When other moms join FFM and compliment how well behaved Harper is during class (even though we’ve had plenty of time to practice).

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us- I have my cosmetology license.

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It's always fun to have some games to play when friends and family get together for the holidays. Here are some fun ones to add to your holiday celebrations that are good for all ages!

Candy Cane Grab

What you'll need:

  • Individually wrapped candy canes (one for each guest who will participate as well as some for the game)
  • Pipe Cleaners and cut out wreaths about the size of our palm
  • A die

How to play:

  • Each player gets a candy cane. They will use the candy cane as a "fishing hook" by putting the long end in their mouth.
  • In the center of the table you will have a pile of candy canes and the paper wreaths you created with the pipe cleaners (have the kids help with this task)
  • Each time someone rolls the die, they need to "hook" that number of items from the center using only their candy cane
  • When everything have been hooked, the player with the most items wins

Balloon Pop

This one is a fun one for everyone. It will require some advanced prep but it is well worth it.

What you'll need:

  • Festive color balloons- depending on how many participants and how long you want the game to last. I recommend 4-5 per person.
  • Items to put inside the balloons. Her are some ideas depending on the age of your participants: stickers, small coloring pages, a shrinky dink, temporary tattoos, cash (good for older kids), or you can plan out a spelling game by putting letters inside the balloons. Really, it is up to your imagination and what you can fit inside the balloon.

How to play:

Fill each balloon with 1 item and blow them up. When you are ready to play, place all the balloons in the center of the floor. Use the timer and have your participants pop the balloons using their bottoms. It's fun for everyone!

Holiday Pictionary

This is a fun game for older kids and family members. All you need is some paper or an easel and some basic drawing skills.

What you'll need:

  • Easel or paper
  • Crayons, pencils or a pen
  • Timer
  • Holiday themed ideas written out on small pieces of paper such as: menorah, Christmas tree, wreath, candy cane, Santa Claus, Driedel, Star of David, wrapped present, foods associated with your holiday celebration, etc. Whatever your holiday consists of and your imagination

How to Play:

  • Place all the Holiday themed ideas in a bowl so they cannot be seen
  • Break into 2 teams, choose which team will go first
  • Team 1 will draw first. The drawer will select a holiday themed idea from the bowl. Without using words, they will draw pictures on the easel while the rest of their team will guess the holiday themed idea. The team must beat the timer to win the point. If they do not guess the correct image before the timer ends, the other team can "steal" by guessing correctly.
  • Each team takes a turn until the bowl is empty.

A BIG thank you to Cheri LaGrotta of Horizon Hills for these great ideas!

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Ingredients:

1/2 C fresh or frozen berries

1/4 ripe banana mashed (about 2 tablespoons)

1 Tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 C rolled oats

1/4 hemp seeds (or add more oats)

1-1 1/2 C low-fat milk or unsweetened non-dairy milk (depending on how firm you like your oats)

Directions:

Put all ingredients in the mason jar (or other container) in the order listed.

Close lid tightly and shake well. Store in the refrigerator until the next morning. Before eating, shake well again. Serve cold or warm. If serving warm, remove the lid before warming in the microwave or pour contents in a pot to warm on the stove.

Get more recipes like this by joining our Body Back Transformation Program starting January 7th! Email us for more details.

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Michelle Amoroso: Chances are you have taken a class with Michelle. You can't miss her, she's the one with the HUGE smile and infectious laugh! She is one of the most welcoming Mamas we have met and she exudes Fit4Mom in all ways. Michelle will be moving to Idaho in just a few weeks and we will miss her dearly. We cannot thank you enough for making us smile and sharing this journey of motherhood with us . Best of luck to you and your family! We love you Mama!

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA

Tell us about your family: I am married to a very hard working hubby Mike, and a mom to our little son Mikey.

Current/Previous Career: I have been working in customer service related jobs my whole working career and absolutely loved it. But my true calling now is being a stay at home mom.

What was your childhood ambition? I always wanted to work in the medical field/when I got older and figured out how much schooling/blood came with it I quickly changed my mind.

What is the furthest you have been away from home? Bahamas for our honeymoon. Highly recommend it being one of your traveling destinations in the near future.

How did you find Fit4Mom? I came across a post on (moms of Conejo Valley) and had to find out more since it involved workout with your baby. Exactly what I was looking for. I quickly became addicted after signing up after my first class. I highly recommend Fit4mom and all there classes they offer. I’m now hooked to boost/transition program after you complete body back.

How has Fit4Mom impacted your life? In ways I will never be able to pay back. This is where I met my (mom group/life long friends) and for that I am forever grateful ️

What's your favorite exercise? Plank Jacks

What's your proudest moment? My proudest Fit4mom moment was when I FINALLY was able to complete (star jacks) after attempting them at most classes since I first joined. That moment took place this past summer (2018) at one of our beach classes at Zuma.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us: I can fall asleep anywhere/within minutes after laying down. LITERALLY (ask the hubby)

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Ana Sanson has been with Fit4Mom Thousand Oaks since the beginning! I like to describe Ana's classes as a big serving of booty kicking with a side of warm hug 😂 Ana has a way of making you feel like you CAN do anything! She is one of the most approachable Mamas I know and we are so grateful to have her on our team! Not only does Ana teach Stroller Strides and Body Back but she also handles ALL of our social media! All those pretty pictures you see on Instagram and Facebook...yeah that's Ana!

Tell us about who is in your family.

I am married to my amazing hubby Brett, and am mama to our two boys Jax and Merrick.

Current/previous career?

I managed a sushi restaurant, and I oversaw a private equity portfolio for a commercial real estate firm.

What are you doing when you aren't FIT4MOM-ing?

Building up my new life coaching business! And planning a retreat for mamas! :)

2nd to that would be traveling! I Love to travel! Especially if it involves surfing, yoga, good food and wine

Favorite exercise?

Type of exercise: - Stroller Strides and Body Back got me in the best shape of my life and made me some of my best friends. So those two are my favorite ways to work out. Community, hard work, good vibes, and lots of laughs wins every time!

Favorite move- mountain climbers.. or anything triceps.. or lunges... I can't decide i love them all!!!

What are your three current obsessions?

Golden (Turmeric) Lattes are sooo delicious!

Hikes! We are getting into some perfect hiking weather and being out in nature is so rejuvenating. Who wants to go on the next one?

Anything from The Little Market. They are a fair trade nonprofit that ethically sources beautiful goods from female artisans around the world. Women helping to empower women is my jam.

Can I have a 4th? Because - .. Siete Lime Tortilla Chips - grain free.. so guilt free... right? Need I say more? ;)

What is your dream day?

"Start the Day with Meditation and surf, have an amazing morning working because I love what I do, spend the afternoon with my kids at the beach, end with a yummy dinner and wine surrounded by family and good friends. - wait... I should've started..the laundry is magically ALL done AND put away... the end. HAHAH :)"

What does being a FIT4MOM instructor mean to you?

It means... helping empower mamas to live a healthier, happier life. Helping to show them what they are truly capable of, and to show them what a real community of support looks like and FEELS like. It means I care about my mamas and want them to feel supported, and strong as a mother, and inspired to be the best they can be for their kids. And that they are not alone in this amazing, often crazy, but wonderful journey of motherhood.

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Sandra Maloney: This amazing Mama has got some serious spunk that is contagious! I dare you to workout next to her. Besides being an all-around bad ass, she is one of the realest Mamas we know.

Hometown: Bayonne NJ

Tell us about your family: My husband, Brent and I met in Manhattan in 2008 and were married two years later. Since then we have had three vivacious boys, Xavier 5, Samuel 3 and Elias 1 and a dog named Logan. We recently moved to Westlake Village because of a job opportunity Brent could not refuse. We had always joked about moving to California because of the weather so when the opportunity came up, we knew we had to take it. It wasn’t easy leaving our family and friends but we love the idea of taking our boys on this wild adventure across country.

Current/Previous Career: I worked with college students as a Career Counselor for 11 years and stopped working full time two years ago. Now I work from home for a restoration company managing their human resources.

What was your childhood ambition? I always wanted to travel and see the world. I have been so lucky to see so many amazing places.

What is the furthest you have been away from home? I have traveled on vacation to far off places but California is the farthest I have lived from home.

How did you find Fit4Mom? I was at the playground at Triunfo Park when I saw a Stroller Strides class end and just asked one of the moms.

How has Fit4Mom impacted your life? This group has given me a constant. Every day I can find a community with a common goal; be stronger, healthier and better moms for our babies. As a counselor I know that there is no greater act than empowering others. Women and moms have the power to do anything but it is hard to remember that when we are exhausted and overwhelmed by the daily “mom duties”. Fit4mom helped me to see just how strong I am for myself.

What's your favorite exercise? Maniacs! Because who doesn’t love to just let is all go wacky sometimes?

What's your proudest moment? Besides having my three beautiful boys and marrying Brent, I would have to say completing the NY Marathon. Not many things come close to the thrill of running that city I love so much.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us: I am a Jersey girl who loves country music!

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Have you had the chance to meet Joy Pappas yet? She is the mama who always has a smile on her face no matter how crazy the workout is! She got to do something so cool- major envy here! Read below to find out.....

Hometown:

Ft. Worth, TX

Tell us about your family:

I met my husband, Matt our Sophomore year of college at the University of Oklahoma {Boomer Sooner!}. We’ve been married for 7 years & have a 9 month old son, Matthew Jr. & a 16 year old Pug, Gidget. We’ve always shared a love for sunny California, but I never imagined that we’d actually have the opportunity to live in SoCal & now here we are raising our family in our favorite place!

Current/Previous Career:

Currently a stay at home mom, but my favorite previous career was working as a Wedding & Event Planner.

What was your childhood ambition?

I always wanted to be a Pediatrician or NICU Nurse because I love babies so much!

What is the furthest you have been away from home?

Traveling - Europe & Living - California

How did you find Fit4Mom?

One of my best friend’s from high school, Brandi, told me about it several years ago after she joined in Texas. She said such great things about her experience, that I always knew I wanted to join once I started having babies too. Coincidentally, Brandi was in town visiting when Matthew turned 7 weeks old, so it was perfect timing for me to finally get started with Fit4Mom! She went with me to my first class & the rest is history!

How has Fit4Mom impacted your life?

Fit4Mom has been such a positive influence in my life! It’s what I look forward to the most each week! After my son was born, I felt stir crazy being at home all day, so as soon as Matthew turned 7 weeks old, I hopped in my car and headed to my first Fit4Mom class! Not only do I love the awesome workouts & encouraging instructors, but I’m so thankful for the great network of moms & babies I’ve met!

What's your favorite exercise?

I love all of the exercise combinations we do that mix cardio with strength training.

What's your proudest moment?

Definitely giving birth to my son, but also marrying my husband, because without him I wouldn’t have my sweet little family!

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.

I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do & as a kid I spent a summer taking private lessons from the stuntman who did the martial arts scenes for Donatello in the movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.

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Tell us about who is in your family.

My husband Jake, our two kiddos Savannah (5) and Camden (almost 3) and our dog Penny

Current/previous career?

I was an event planner for UCLA before I had kids! Technically I guess you could count my little shop as my other current job too. Snuggle Up Buttercups is Etsy/online store for blankets and baby accessories and I’m working on an offshoot for girls dresses right now too.

What are you doing when you aren't FIT4MOM-ing?

Running around after my kids, sitting in the backyard watching them play nicely together (sometimes...), hanging out with our friends at the pool/beach/whatever or taking them for little adventures and sewing whenever I get an extra moment.

Favorite exercise?

Burpees! And I also love deadlifts and monkeys because they don’t feel like much when you’re doing them but you’re always sore after.

What are your three current obsessions?

I don't know if these are totally weird but they're the first things that came to my mind....

Body back (is that weird ;)?? taking body back classes legitmately makes me a happier person)

Target (it's literally the only place I shop)

Starbucks (past, present and future obsession)

What is your dream day?

With my kids or without lol?? I love a good spa day at the Four Seasons if I get a day off to relax. Laying by the pool is my favorite. With my kids, we love to go to Disneyland...I know it's cliche but it's so magical there. No one melts down or throws fits or anything...they get along and love on each other and just exude happiness and it's so fun to watch.

What does being a FIT4MOM instructor mean to you?

It means teaching mamas and their children about how fitness can be fun and an amazing part of their lives. Fit4Mom was one of the first things that I got connected with when I first became a mom and it changed my life. Not only do I live a healthier, more active lifestyle, but my kids like to exercise "like mommy" and even play a game out of it. Also, being a Body Back instructor is ridiculously inspiring...watching mamas push themselves to new levels and really work out of their comfort zone to see how strong they really are!

You can find Rachel teaching at Oakbrook Park in Thousand Oaks most Mondays and Starbucks ;)

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Have you had the opportunity to meet Ellen Miller? She has been with us since 2014 as a Strider. She completed Body Back Transformation in May 2018 and has been a tour de force. Learn more about this super woman here:

Hometown:

Alton, IL

Tell us about your family:

My husband Mark and I grew up in the same hometown, and never could have imagined we would be living in Southern California raising 2 crazy boys - Bradley (4) and Clayton (18 mos).

Current/Previous Career:

I previously worked in corporate retail. I started as a buyer of children’s apparel in the Bay Area then moved to Chicago as a Merchandise Planner for men’s accessories.

What was your childhood ambition?

I wanted to be a pediatrician

What is the furthest you have been away from home?

I lived in France for a semester in college

How did you find Fit4Mom?

We didn’t know anyone when we moved here 4 years ago except a connection through a childhood friend, she turned me onto stroller strides.

How has Fit4Mom impacted your life?

Too many ways to count! I am in the best shape of my life after having 2 kids, and the boys and I have made so many amazing friends.

What's your favorite exercise?

Plank

What's your proudest moment?

My proudest Fit4mom moment was by far completing Body Back this past spring. I pushed myself harder than I ever thought I could and I’ve never felt better!

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us:

My husband and I have been together for 17 years (married for 11), which is almost half our lives!

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Thank you Nicole for being our first #momofthemonth on #meetthemamas We are so excited to launch this page with one very special woman! Check back each month to meet another one of our incredible mamas.

Hometown: I grew up in Santa Rosa Valley but now I live in Moorpark.

Tell us about your family: I have been married to my husband, Blake, for 4 years now. I met him when I moved back home from college and it was pretty much love at first sight for both of us. It's true when they say opposites attract because we really are opposite in SO many ways! We have an 8 month old daughter, Victoria who we couldn't be more in love with. She really has been such an easy baby for us so far, we are so lucky!

Current/Previous Career: I am currently a Stay at Home Mama. I think it is the hardest yet most rewarding job out there! I previously worked as an Account Manager for a Home Furnishing company. (That's where I met Blake!)

What was your childhood ambition? I started riding horses when I was 3 years old so I always wanted to either own my own barn and teach kids how to ride or become a vet.

What is the furthest you have been away from home? I am not a big traveller so probably when I went to college in Massachusetts. Not only was it the farthest from home, but definitely the longest time away from my family. I always knew I would come back to Southern California and raise a family here.

How did you find Fit4Mom? My sister-in-laws, Dana Lattanzio and Erika Howell introduced me to Fit4Mom. It is so fun to be able to workout with Erika and see my nieces throughout the week. I wish Dana wasn't moving so she could be with us, too!

How has Fit4Mom impacted your life? Fit4Mom keeps me sane! I am able to get out of the house and focus on myself for an hour all while being with an amazing group of STRONG Mamas!

What's your favorite exercise? I love squats because my glutes burn SO good the next day. I also really like tricep dips because they really help with the muscle definition in my arms.

What's your proudest moment? Definitely becoming a Mother. I went through 21 hours of labor and ended up needing an emergency C-Section when delivering Victoria.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us: I am a big LA Kings hockey fan! Every time I go to a game, I bring a sign for one of the players, Drew Doughty #8. He has flipped 3 pucks over the glass for me during warm ups and even signed one of my signs with a little note before the game started. I've gotten on the jumbo tron a bunch of times and even made it on TV with my sign after the game!

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