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Suburban Family, August 2014 »

New Moms Find Fitness Options in the Chicago Suburbs

By Louisa Fitzgerald

The advice isn't new: Effectively caring for a family means that mom needs to take care of herself first. But with young children, finding time for fitness while juggling nap schedules with feedings and diaper changes — often on minimal sleep—can seem impossible.

"Being around other moms who are going through the same things can give you the push you need to stick to your workout and give it all you have," she said.

Franko, a mother of two who lives in La Grange Park, said she avidly participated in moms-only workouts when she lived in Chicago, but was disappointed she couldn't find similar offerings when she moved to the suburbs in 2012. She opened Fit4Mom Chicago Western Suburbs last year.

Fit4Mom’s most popular program, Stroller Strides, is an interval-style workout that includes bursts of cardio interspersed with strength training and allows moms of young toddlers and babies to bring their children along for the ride. Babies are entertained watching mom lunge, squat...

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