Meet Our Team

Get to know the Wakefield Lake Fit4Mom team! Our fearless leader, Elis ("uh-Lease"), hails from Itapema, Brasil:

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Lead Instructor, Franchise Owner

  • Current Town: Hamilton, MA
  • Hometown: Itapema, Brasil
  • Certifications: Fit4Mom Stroller Strides, Fit4Mom Body Back, Fit4Mom Stroller Barre, Fit4Baby, CPR (adult & infant), Ace Group Fitness Instructor

I was born in Brasil in Itapema, a beautiful little town near the ocean. I played volleyball in high school and planned to become a teacher. At age 19, I took what was supposed to be a short trip to Portugal. After traveling through Europe for 2 years, I came to the U.S. in 2003. Not long after, I met a cute American boy named Eric at a Dunkin Donuts drive-through window. One year later we were married and, in 2007, had a beautiful baby girl, Emma.

With my family far away and few friends with kids, the transition into motherhood was hard. I have always had a passion for fitness but, after having my first baby, I just couldn’t find the motivation to get back into shape. One day, while walking at Rotary Park in Wilmington, I saw a group of moms with strollers who were exercising AND singing to their babies. I’d never seen anything like it. I...

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Instructor, Stroller Barre

  • Current Town: Medford, MA
  • Hometown: Andover, MA
  • Certifications: AFAA primary group exercise, Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre

My journey in the fitness industry began in college when I had the opportunity to instruct classes at the Boston University Fitness and Recreation center. What started out as a part-time job quickly turned into a passion that had shaped my whole life.

After college, I moved to Dallas, TX with my boyfriend (now husband) and pursued a career in corporate fitness management. After my daughter Evelyn was born, I decided to return part-time to my favorite aspect of the fitness industry - leading classes - and spent the rest the rest of my time as a stay at home mom.

I attended my first Stroller Strides class in Dallas when Evy was 12 weeks old. It was truly everything that I needed to get back to myself both physically and mentally. As a new mom who was far from friends and family, I was so grateful to find a warm and welcoming group. The fact that they were working out with their babies in tow was the icing on the...

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Instructor, Stroller Strides

  • Current Town: Wilmington, MA
  • Hometown: Cleveland, OH
  • Certifications: Fit4Mom Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby, CPR (adult & infant), B.S. in Nursing

When we moved to Massachusetts in May 2015, our new neighbor told me about Stroller Strides. I attended my first class a few days later and was immediately hooked. I loved being able to get out of the house and get a workout without having to pay for childcare, while also getting to spend time with other moms and their babies. Not to mention the built-in playdate for my daughter!

It’s been eight months since that first Stroller Strides class, and it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made. I always look forward to starting our day on a healthy note with a good workout, seeing and talking with the other moms who have quickly become friends, and watching my daughter play with the other children. It's amazing to see how much the children absorb from attending these classes. I feel proud when I see my daughter mimicking the exercises and singing the songs we sing at class.

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Instructor, BodyBack

  • Current Town: North Reading, MA
  • Hometown: Belmont, NH
  • Certifications: Fit4Mom BodyBack

I found Stroller Strides almost 3 years ago when my first son was about 10 weeks old. I had recently quit my job as an event planner and decided to stay home full time. I knew I needed to get back in shape and had been looking for something that would actually fit my lifestyle, rather than pay a fortune for a gym membership that I would never use. I was so thankful to have found Fit4Mom! It has completely changed the way I view working out. I used to hate it! Now, with two little ones, I look forward to it as part of my regular routine.

After some convincing, I signed up for a session of Body Back, and found my place. I was able to really focus on myself for the first time in a long time, and I loved it. I was getting some much needed "me" time, while becoming a stronger, healthier version of myself. After only a month of doing it, I became an instructor. My goal now is to create workouts that make you sweat, but are fun and different at the same time. I'm...

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Instructor, Stroller Strides

  • Current Town: Chelsea, MA
  • Hometown: Arroyo Grande, CA
  • Certifications: Fit4Mom Stroller Strides, ACE Personal Trainer, with Fitness Nutrition Specialty

I was born and raised on the Central Coast of California in the small town of Arroyo Grande. I spent my entire childhood there until I moved just 5 hours north for college at Sonoma State University. Aside from a couple of semesters spent at the University of Hawai’i (Aloha!) I didn’t live outside of the state until I started my career as a Flight Attendant and moved across the country to Boston almost 11 years ago.

The spark in my passion for fitness was ignited when I started running shortly after my move here. As I trained for my first half marathon I was confronted with the challenge of fitting my workouts into an unpredictable schedule, and in unpredictable places. I quickly learned to take advantage of any bit of downtime in between flights and layovers, and created workouts I could do in minimal time with minimal equipment in my own...

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Instructor, Stroller Strides

  • Current Town: Tewksbury, MA
  • Hometown: Lynn, MA
  • Certifications: Fit4Mom Stroller Strides, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, 200-HR Certified Yoga Instructor, CPR (adult & infant), AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, Pilates Instructor

I was born in San Angelo, TX and lived there for a few months before starting my international adventure as an Air Force brat. I've lived in 3 States (TX, MA & NH) and 3 countries (USA, Italy & Belgium), landing in Lynn, MA upon my father's retirement. My active lifestyle was initiated as a child, partaking in various activities: dance & gymnastics led to softball, basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer & cross-country, but it wasn't until adulthood that I discovered pilates and yoga.

I got certified as a yoga Instructor in 2011, AFAA Group Ex Instructor in 2013, and 2015 was the year I started instructing Pilates & Stroller Strides and became an ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

My husband and I bought our Tewksbury home in 2014 and I had my daughter, Naoemi, that same year. In May...

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Instructor, Stroller Strides

  • Current Town: Stoneham, MA
  • Home Town: Colchester, VT
  • Certified: Fit4Mom Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby, CPR (Adult & Infant)

I grew up in Colchester, Vermont, and started dancing and skiing at a very young age. My family was always very active, especially my older sister. She started Fit4Mom when her family moved from VT to California. She was able to make so many new friends that way.

I have always led a active lifestyle, but I found it especially challenging to keep that up when I had my son Robbie in 2015. At the time we lived in Texas and the Fit4Mom classes offered were right when Robbie napped and I was so scared to throw him off schedule that I never attempted to go. When we moved to Massachusetts and Robbie grew out of that morning nap, I knew I had to go for it. The only regret I have is not trying it sooner! It was rewarding in so many ways, I got out of the house, met other Mom friends, and got a great workout. The extra bonus is Robbie loves it too!

I immediately became interested in becoming an instructor and sharing...

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