Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m., an exercise program designed to give mothers with small children an opportunity to work out is held at the BYU-Idaho Center.
The program is called Stroller Boot Camp.
Workouts consist of body weight circuit exercises such as lunges, pushs or crunches, alternated with running laps around the track.
As referenced by the activity’s name, many of the women bring infants and small children with them.
“I love that I can do the exercises with my baby,” said Erin Watts, an alumna who graduated with a degree in event planning. “All the little ones love seeing their mommies jump around and think it’s so silly.”
Rachel Walker, a sophomore studying elementary education, said it can be difficult to motivate herself, especially when caring for an infant.
“I thought a class where moms could go and work out with their babies would help me and other moms stay motivated to lose the extra baby weight and get fit for the summer,” Walker said.
The Boot Camp originated when Watts thought to invite some friends to a walk on the BYU-I Center track to help motivate her, and it evolved into a class when Walker had it approved and designed as a workout program.
“[Walker] has done a great job getting it approved and started,” Watts said. “She has kicked my butt with the exercise and has made me realize how out of shape I am. What a great motivator and friend she has become.”
The number of women has grown from the three that attended at first, to the 10 to 20 women who attend today.
“Everyone is invited,” Walker said. “It is a Stroller Boot Camp but even if you don’t have a baby, come join us. We have a few girls that come even though they don’t have babies.”
Walker said women with older children are welcome to bring them along to play as the moms participate.
“Stroller Boot Camp is a great way for mommas to get out of the house and spend time with other moms and their babies while getting a great workout,” Walker said. “It’s a great way to start your day, come and earn your shower.”
Watts said one thing that motivates her to come is how much fun it is and the people whom she is able to meet.
“It gives us something to look forward to,” Watts said. “[It] keeps us sane, and we lose weight and gain muscle in the process. Who wouldn’t want that?”