Elisa Cooper

Certifications: Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby

Little Nuggets: Symon age 8, Elias age 4, and Toby age 2.

Thoughts about FIT4MOM: I found FIT4MOM after my second son was born. I had suffered three miscarriages, one before my first son and two after he was born. I was at my most unfit and the heaviest of my life. That second pregnancy was hard and my body ached. When my son was 6 weeks old I began the process of getting fit again. Fortunately I found FIT4MOM Stroller Strides and the amazing instructors who motivated me and encouraged me back to my best healthy self. It wasn't easy but it was worth it. I loved the companionship with the other mothers and the feeling of getting a good workout in because it gave me strength for motherhood and the physical demands that accompany caring for babies and toddlers. By my 3rd pregnancy I stayed with Stroller Strides and it made my pregnancy and postpartum recovery so much easier! I had tried the gym route but the childcare was an issue for my clingy babies and I thrived so much more in the supportive group of mothers that I found with FIT4MOM.

What else are you passionate about: I grew up in a small town outdoors - riding horses, camping, hiking, and swimming. I played softball in my teen years and through adult hood and still love the sport. I also got to ski a fair amount when I was in college in the Reno-Lake Tahoe area and look forward to sharing my love of the outdoors with my boys.

One piece of advice for new moms regarding our FIT4MOM programs: Don't compare yourself to others fitness-wise and take before and after shots of yourself even if you never show anyone! When I started the program, I couldn't even plank for 3 seconds.

Future goal: I'm thinking I might work myself into a 10K and maybe a half marathon someday.

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