Owner & Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill
Originally from upstate New York, Amy studied Human Development at Cornell University and went on to live in several different cities, including London, Boston, Durham, Charlotte, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, and most recently Alexandria, VA. Amy received her MBA along the way, and after eight years working in University operations, she took a professional break in 2013 to stay home with her daughter Sophie. Exploring local new mom resources, Amy discovered Stroller Strides when Sophie was just eight weeks old. As a runner, Spinning instructor, and former collegiate rower, Amy instantly took to the energetic, motivating workouts. She found herself stronger, more energetic, and loved meeting other strong mamas. Encouraged by fellow moms, Amy added half marathon to her list of completed races before Sophie's 1st birthday. FIT4MOM has truly given her the strength for motherhood and helped her find time for her own passions. When she and husband Corey moved to Chapel Hill in January 2015, Amy knew she had to bring FIT4MOM with her! Running the new franchise marries Amy’s passion for business, fitness, community, and motherhood!
Read more about Amy's journey to opening FIT4MOM Chapel Hill in her blog post for Mom in Chapel Hill.
Certifications: Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor for FIT4MOM Stroller Strides®, Stroller Barre®, Fit4Baby®, & Body Back®; FIT4MOM Certified Running Coach, Johnny G. Spinning® Instructor; American Red Cross First Aid; Adult; Child, & Infant CPR
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Instructor & Run Coach, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill
Nikki, originally from Iowa, moved to Chapel Hill with her family in October 2014. For the last 5 ½ years, she lived in New York City and prior to that Miami. Nikki graduated from the University of Iowa College of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She worked in the operating room as a circulating and scrub nurse for many years. After the birth of her first son, Nikki decided to step away from nursing to stay home and raise her now 5 year old, 3 year old, and 6 month old boys. It was during those first few months of motherhood that she attended a stroller based fitness class in NYC. This was a fantastic find as not only did she get a great workout, but also made some lifelong friends. This is one of the many reasons that Nikki is passionate about teaching Stroller Strides. It’s a fabulous way to get a hard core, muscle building, aerobic workout, but at the same time having the support of other women tackling the rigors of motherhood. Health and fitness have always been a part of Nikki’s lifestyle and she is excited to teach what she loves.
Nikki is an avid runner and enjoys doing road races, with or without the stroller. She has run four marathons: Chicago, Boston, Miami, and New York City. She loves taking her children on adventurous day trips to find new places to explore. Many times you can find them exploring museums, parks and playgrounds, and anything that has to do with trains and airplanes! She’ll also encourage everyone to try and sneak away to attend the monthly Fit4Mom Moms Night Outs. A perfect way to relax after a long day!
Certifications: Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor for FIT4MOM Stroller Strides®, Fit4Baby®, Stroller Barre®, & Body Back; FIT4MOM Certified Running Coach; Group Fitness Instructor Certified with American Council on Exercise; First Aid; Adult, Child & Infant CPR
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Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill
Leigh is a North Carolina native and has made Chapel Hill her home for the last dozen years. She attended the University of North Carolina receiving a degree in Exercise and Sports Science, a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Carolina's medical school, and a postdoctoral fellowship in leadership education for healthcare providers through the Maternal & Child Health Bureau. Leigh works as a Women’s Health Physical Therapist for the Duke Medical System at the local Chapel Hill office in Meadowmont. She brings to FIT4MOM Chapel Hill a wealth of knowledge regarding prenatal and postpartum fitness, strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, and physical training for female athletes. Originally looking for a fitness resource in the community for her patients, Leigh fell in love with Stroller Strides and began regularly attending classes with her sweet daughter Ava. Now in her role as an instructor, Leigh hopes to inspire other moms and help them to build the friendships and fitness like she's enjoyed while being a part of the Fit4Mom Chapel Hill classes! Since joining the Fit4Mom Chapel Hill Team, Leigh helped launch our Fit4Baby prenatal fitness and wellness program which has been a part of dozens of healthy pregnancies as well as her own with newborn son Carter!
Leigh believes that a healthy family begins with a healthy mama. She and husband Ross are natural athletes and look forward to raising a fit family. Leigh loves that her children have fun with mom at Stroller Strides and will grow up with a positive concept of what it means to be strong like mom!
Certifications: Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor for Stroller Strides® & Fit4Baby®, Doctorate of Physical Therapy licensed in North Carolina, American Red Cross First Aid, Adult, Child and Infant CPR and Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers
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Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill
Emma is from the greater Boston area, and has been living in Carrboro since 2011. She studied bioengineering at Syracuse University, and then worked in a research lab in Boston for a few years before going back for her Masters of Public Health at Boston University. Emma decided pursue her Doctorate in Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and will graduate this summer. She had her son in the fall of 2014 and is due with baby #2 in October.
Emma’s past pursuits in physical activity range from running high school cross-country and track, playing rugby in college, running marathons in those post-college/pre-children years (when you have more time than you know what to do with, but don’t appreciate it), and boxing. Looking to continue her fitness goals post-baby, she discovered Stroller Strides at Carrboro's annual Rock The Baby event and her fate was sealed. When Body Back was offered in fall 2015, she got hooked on the intense workouts and has been a regular alumni participant ever since. FIT4MOM provides the opportunity to carry her academic pursuits and interests into the community to engage with women in this unique stage of life called motherhood. She is passionate about motivating women to meet their personal health and fitness goals, during pregnancy and beyond.
Certifications: Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor for FIT4MOM Stroller Strides®, Fit4Baby®, & Body Back; First Aid; Adult, Child & Infant CPR
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Run Coach, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill
Jess is from the Finger Lakes region of Central NY. As a competitive track and cross-country runner, she served as captain of her high school teams. Always looking for a challenge, Jess lived abroad in the Czech Republic as a Rotary high school exchange student and found herself close to home at Cornell University for her undergraduate years, where she studied Entomology and Animal Behavior. While at Cornell, Jess was an integral part of the local running community that included faculty, staff, and students. She even met her future husband during a snowy 7-mile group run.
After college, Jess pursued a research career that brought her to Boston and North Carolina. Along the way, she felt a calling as an educator. She finished a Master's in Science Education from NC State in December 2014 and welcomed her daughter Isabelle in April 2015.
Jess has trained for running distances from triple jump through marathon and feels most at peace pounding trails with her dog, Lemon. Jess is thrilled to combine her passions for running, teaching, family and community as a FIT4MOM Running Coach.
Certifications: Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor for FIT4MOM Stroller Strides® & Fit4Baby®; FIT4MOM Certified Running Coach; American Red Cross First Aid; Adult; Child, & Infant CPR
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Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill
Originally from South Carolina, Caroline moved to Chapel Hill in 2003 to pursue a doctoral degree in public health (Epidemiology) from the University of North Carolina, where she studied the impact of environmental exposures on pregnancy outcomes. She completed her Ph.D. in 2007 and became a Program Director for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) overseeing research funding programs on health issues ranging from cancer to cardiovascular disease to pregnancy health.
After the birth of her son Nathan in 2010 and daughter Brooke in 2013, Caroline decided to transition her career in order to have a more direct, immediate impact on peoples’ well-being. She pursued her passion for helping fellow moms prioritize their own self-care needs and became an Integrative Health Coach. She founded Thrive Integrative Wellness Coaching and is currently completing advanced coaching certification through Duke Integrative Medicine. She is also a Board Member and volunteer with Postpartum Education and Support, NC, a local non-profit that supports moms experiencing postpartum mood disorders.
Caroline firmly believes that prioritizing our own health needs not only makes us healthier but also gives us the energy and resiliency to be our best selves for family, friends, work and our community. She has always enjoyed group fitness classes and was initially drawn to the FIT4MOM Body Back program as a way to meet other like-minded moms. The program’s combination of challenging workouts, nutritional support and an amazing group of mammas was even more special than she ever imagined. She loves combining her health coaching expertise with her personal passion for fitness as a Body Back instructor!
Certifications: Body Back®; American Red Cross First Aid; Adult, Child, and Infant CPR/First Aid
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Yoga Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill
Abby was born and raised in the Durham area. Drawn to dance and movement at a young age, she studied dance at East Carolina University. When health concerns shortened plans for a professional dance career, she learned to mix a mean drink as a bartender, and there she met her husband, a Marine. While he was deployed, Abby reconnected with dance by teaching Zumba and practicing yoga. Following a move to Miami, Abby found a deeper and more thoughtful group of yogis and began a full time dedicated yoga practice. In 2015, she completed the required 200 hours yoga teacher training and taught classes until eight months pregnant. Her husband starting business school brought her family back to Chapel Hill, where their daughter Nora was born in June 2015. While happy to be back home, Abby struggled with postpartum depression and her husband’s absence in school. She turned to the lessons of breathing and mindfulness in her practice of yoga to regain peace. Abby joined FIT4MOM in September 2015 with Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre classes. She loves having the FIT4MOM community to grow with. Abby is excited to share her love of yoga with other mothers. She believes yoga allows us the freedom to be whoever we are without judgement and if there is space to breathe, there is space to move.
Abby organizes our Mom's Night Out and FIT4MOM Family Events. Check out our upcoming events HERE.
Certifications: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, American Red Cross CPR/1st Aid
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Instructor, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill
Erin began her journey to a healthy lifestyle after the birth of her second child in 2015. Though she is new to healthy living, she is loving it! A Charlotte native, Erin received her Communications and Public Relations degree from East Carolina University. Post college, she moved to NYC where she reconnected with a high school love, Chris, who lived in Washington DC. After relocating to DC, she and Chris got married and decided to head back south to start a family. They now have two children: Nora (born in August of 2013) and Niles (born in October of 2015). Erin started Fit 4 Mom by doing Body Back and fell in love with it. She has since joined Stroller Strides and Run Club. She truly enjoys getting to know other mamas and is so very thankful for the support system she has found here. They say it takes a village, and she feels that she has finally come home.
Certifications: Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor for FIT4MOM Stroller Strides®, Stroller Barre®, Fit4Baby®, & Body Back®; American Red Cross First Aid; Adult; Child, & Infant CPR
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"Moms on a Mission" Coordinator, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill
Originally from North Carolina, Kelsi graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor in Social Work degree which required over 600 hours of internship and volunteer hours. She had experiences that pushed her out of her comfort zone, met incredible people and learned so much from their diverse perspectives. One internship was working under the North Carolina Social Work Director of Advocacy where she learned the importance of one strong voice. She then earned her Masters of Social Work Degree from East Carolina University where her studies were focused in clinical therapy for survivors of childhood trauma.
After University, Kelsi moved from Raleigh to 5 acres in Pittsboro with her husband, Dylan. They raised chickens, bees and found a passion for growing and preserving their own food. Kelsi started her own Etsy business that was featured in the 2012 US Weekly holiday issue. After five long and difficult years of trying to start their family, they welcomed a healthy baby boy, Garrett, to the farm in 2013.
In 2015, Kelsi and family moved to Chapel Hill where she stays at home raising their son. She has started a Preschool Coop, Haw River Tots, that now has a second generation of little ones, is an active board member for a local preschool and a neighborhood mom group. Kelsi is always looking for ways to incorporate service and volunteer opportunities for herself, friends and especially for kids. In her role as our "Moms on a Mission" Coordinator, Kelsi organizes and inspires members to participate in quarterly activities focused on giving back to children, families and the environment.
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Playgroup Captain, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill
Sarah grew up in an Army family, living a dozen places before graduating from high school. She studied sociology at the University of Washington before moving to Los Angeles with Teach For America in 2006. There she taught middle school English and history and earned her Master of Arts degree in Education from Loyola Marymount. Sarah completed her first marathon in 2008 and was inspired to start a chapter of Students Run L.A., a non-profit that trains at-risk youth to complete a marathon. She coached students through three seasons of the L.A. Marathon.
In 2011, Sarah left L.A. for a year of volunteering and exploring via camper van, with now-husband Ryan. A two-year stint in Lansing, Michigan after the adventure provided Sarah the opportunity to work with 4th-8th grade classrooms as an Academic Specialist. She also co-chaired the Students, Spouses, and Significant Others group for Ryan’s MBA program, organizing events and activities for students and their families.
Sarah and Ryan moved to Portland, Oregon in 2014, and welcomed their first son, Cole, in June. Little brother Hudson followed in March 2016. Wanting to be closer to family, they relocated to Chapel Hill at the end of 2016. Finding FIT4MOM shortly after moving was the final piece in Sarah’s recovery from postpartum depression. The sense of community she felt in FIT4MOM classes anchored her something more than the struggles of motherhood and made her feel at home in North Carolina.
In her role as Playgroup Captain, Sarah plans and orchestrates weekly playgroup activities held on Fridays after Stroller Strides. Playgroups vary in themes and activities for little ones to learn and explore. She also helps us celebrates birthdays every month with snacks & "Happy Birthday to You!" during playgroup on the last Friday of the month.
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Do you have a passion for fitness and motherhood? Are you energetic and motivational? Do you love encouraging other moms to reach their potential? If so, consider becoming a FIT4MOM Chapel Hill instructor! Be a leader in our community and give moms the strength for motherhood!