Where are you located?
We do not have a studio or a specific location. We like the flexibility (and lack of overhead costs!) to be outside in the summer at various Appleton parks and we enjoy the freedom to choose different indoor locations during the colder months to hold classes. Location details (like where to park and meet) are linked on our Location page below the schedule.
What classes do you offer?
We currently offer 2 types of classes. Our indoor Active MOM class and our outdoor StrollerMOM class. We will be adding more (just wait!) :) Details can be viewed under the classes tab above.
I am not a mom (I'm a nanny, grandparent, dad, other caregiver) and I'm interested in joining a class. Can I come?
Sure! We'd be happy to have you join us! Understand though, we do sometimes talk about potentially sensitive body issues for moms specifically, just so you are aware. If that doesn't bother you, then feel free to join! We promise you'll get a great workout and the kids you bring will love it too!
Are you certified to teach pregnant and postpartum women? What is your experience and background?
How do I get a hold of you guys?
What is your weather policy?
We LOVE holding our classes outside, but sometimes Mother Nature doesn't cooperate!
If it is just sprinkling or raining, we will still hold class (likely under a pavilion). If there is lightning, then class is cancelled. We will attempt to make up the day, if possible.
We will notify all those registered at least 1 hour to class start time IF there are any changes (location change or class cancellation). You will be notified according to your Fitli notification preferences (text and/or email). We will also post on Facebook. You can always text us at 920-944-8348 if you have questions or concerns!
Do you take drop ins? Is it required to book or enroll ahead of class?
We do require that you book your class ahead of time. Class sign up is cut off 2 hours ahead of class time so we know who to expect and can be prepared.
We do this for a few reasons. 1) We want to know who will be there so we know exactly who to contact in case of last minute class changes or cancellations (see cancellation policy below). 2) We want to prepare for class based on numbers (and kids we'd expect). 3) We want to know who will be there so we know who (and how many) to look for when class time begins.
So, while "drop ins" (someone not registered or booked in to a class ahead of time) would be welcome, we still highly recommend that you book ahead of time.
How do I enroll or book a class?
Answer to question 1
Where is your schedule?
Can I pay cash or check?
Yes! At this time, Fitli (our registration software) only accepts credit cards online when you book a class. If you want to pay cash or check, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to book your class for you! If you can bring exact change, that would be appreciated!
What if I need to cancel my booked class?
PLEASE let us know by simply logging in to Fitli and removing yourself from the class. You can also email us, call or text us. Just let us know somehow so we can plan accordingly. We appreciate your consideration!
We will cancel classes due to the following:
1) Weather conditions with no alternative location
2) Sick instructor (or instructor child)
3) If we have only one participant signed up
If we need to cancel we will contact those who are enrolled in the class (that's why you need to enroll!) by email and text if selected - see the instructions below on how to sign up for text message notifications. For weather cancellations, we will post on Facebook as well.
You are ultimately responsible to checking to see if class is cancelled. We will notify you using the email and/or phone you provide in Fitli. If you have questions - contact us!
Does Fitli have an app for my phone so I can book easier?
How can I get texts about any class changes?
If you'd like a text about class changes or cancellations, log in to your Fitli account. Go to Personal tab > Account Information > Notifications. Select "About your booked sessions".
What should I wear and bring with me to class?
Bring a large towel or yoga mat for ground/core work, plenty of water for you and your kids, and snacks and toys for the kids.
Wear a good supportive sports bra (especially nursing mamas!), comfortable workout clothing, and good running/workout shoes.
Consider weather conditions and plan appropriately.
Feel free to bring a baby carrier for your younger babies.
For StrollerMOM, specifically, we created a special item suggestion for you to view here.
Will there be bathrooms nearby?
Certainly. Our indoor classes will always have bathrooms available. For StrollerMOM, we try to meet close to a bathroom so you can take you and your little ones there before class begins. If we don't meet near one, we usually always go past one during class. The best suggestion we have is to *try* to have all potty breaks done before you arrive (we know how that is). Otherwise, travel potty seats work great for little ones! Here is an example.
How old does my child(ren) need to be? Can I bring older kids? How many kids can I bring?
You can bring your baby as soon as you start class (at 6 weeks postpartum if you had a vaginal delivery, or 8 weeks for a c-section). So, 6 weeks all the way to 17 years old! We leave the number of children you want to bring up to you and your comfort level.
Older kids are certainly welcome to join! In fact, they are welcome to work out with you and join in on the exercises.
Toddlers and babies (4 and unders) should remain in a carrier or the stroller in our outdoor classes, while older kids (those who are good listeners and stay close) can jog/exercise along with us.
What are your age requirements for stroller riding kids and why?
We don't have a specific "must be this age" policy, but, for safety reasons, do recommend that kids 4 and under stay in the strollers during class time. We want kids to be safe. Sometimes the place we run alongside are roads or busy sidewalks. We also do a lot of jumping and resistance band exercises. We don't want bands snapping or kicking legs to hurt any littles. They may be times during class when we plan to stay in one spot for awhile where we are ok with the littles coming out (especially antzy 3 and 4 year olds), but generally we stop for a few minutes to complete a workout and keep moving on.
Also, if one young child is out of the stroller - they ALL want to be! ;)
Older kids, on the other hand, can run (or even bike!) along side mom and do the exercises with us! As long as they can listen to directions, pay attention to their surroundings, and stay close, we're cool with them running right along with us.
I don't think my 1 (2,3,4) year old will stay or behave in the stroller! What if they are to distracting?!
You never know till you try! First of all, fussy babies and toddlers are not a reason to avoid coming to class. Do not feel bad about your kids being a "disruption". We're all moms and we're in this together. We want our classes to be a "safe" place where moms can be moms and babies can be babies, we all get it! That's the point of this environment. No judgement. No pressure. Just do what you have to do. More than likely we won't even notice as we are busy attending to our own kids and concentrating on our exercises. TRUST US - this environment is so much different then your usual walk or run in your neighborhood. The kids are usually pretty entertained just watching us work out and looking at the other kids - plus we involve them throughout the workout with little songs and claps and such so they won't even realize they want to be out till we are just about finished!
IF your child throws a fit, NO WORRIES! It happens! Tend to your child first. Feel free to step to the side. (We stop often for station exercises during stroller classes, so you'll be able to catch up!) Baby carriers are a great tool to use for younger babies. We will help modify exercises for you if you choose to switch to a baby carrier. Or you can always take a brief walk with baby in stroller to try and soothe them. If baby needs to be nursed or changed, step aside and do so, then rejoin the workout when ready. If a toddler is fussy, consider bringing along a special toy or book that they can only play with during class. Pack plenty of healthy snacks and water for them as well. Toddlers can be tricky, but you may be surprised how mesmerized they get when they are in class.
All the kids do throw a fit at some point, and we're moms - so we get it. We (Brit and Andrea) are willing to help with holding babies or rocking strollers when we can too, and other moms are just as helpful. Don't worry about it and just COME TRY! :) :)
Plus! Your first class is free for starters, so you can try it once at least at no cost. Just remember, kids have good and bad days (just like any of us). As you normally would, try to time class out by making sure they are fed (and have snacks and water) and are well rested. :) Of course, if you have more concerns or questions.. contact us!
What can I expect out of your classes?
You can expect a great workout, first of all! We'll work with you and your fitness level to modify the exercises to best fit your needs. Classes are 45-60 minutes long and involve a full body workout including strength, core, pelvic floor work, cardio intervals and resistance training using your body weight, baby, resistance bands, and other items. StrollerMOM classes also involve the outdoor environment and the strollers for resistance. Babies and kids are actively involved during the workout and they have tons of fun with mom and each other! You can expect to make some new mom friends too! We encourage positive conversation and want to help you build relationships with other moms.
I am new. What are some general guidelines for class?
1) Please make sure you are registered (if you are new) and enrolled for class. Your instructor needs to know who, and how many, participants are expected so she/he can plan accordingly and communicate if any class changes occur.
2) Please clean up after yourself and your kids. Help each other out too. Let's leave our meeting place better then when we got there.
3) Do not allow your children to chew on your resistance bands. They are not toys and little tears can cause the bands to snap and cause injury.
4) Try to arrive 10-15 minutes before class starts. It is important that you don't miss out on the warm up and keep in mind that takes time to unload babies and baby "stuff". We try to get started on time out of respect for everyone's time. We understand that sometimes crazy things can happen as you attempt to run out the door for class. So please, if you are running late, please text or call us at 920-944-8348 ASAP just to let us know.
5) For stroller classes, along with the above guidelines, we ask that all babies and toddlers (4 and under) stay in the stroller during the duration of class. Babies in carriers and older children (who can listen to directions and stay close to mom) are exceptions to this rule. All kids will be welcomed out of the strollers during our core and stretching portion of class (last 10-15 minutes).
Do you provide modifications for beginners? Advanced?
Yes. We offer lots of modifications for different exercises based on the moms we have in our group. We want to get to know you and the more you come to class, the better we can challenge you where you are at physically. If you are a beginner or an advanced exerciser - we'll make sure you're covered! Of course, we'd appreciate feedback on if the exercise is to difficult or if you need more of a challenge during class too... we want to make sure you get a great workout for your time!
What are your guidelines to for starting exercise during and after pregnancy?
As long as your provider says that it is ok for you to exercise during pregnancy, then you are welcome to join us! Generally, most women are cleared to start exercising again 6 weeks after their baby's birth if delivered vaginally and 8 weeks after a c-section. We don't recommend starting earlier, as that rest time is super important. If you do want to come back sooner then these timeframes, we will require a doctor's note in order for you to participate in class. There are exercises you can do in the meantime while recovering at home, just ask us or check out our "Learn" tab above.
Any more questions? Contact us and let us know!