Bridget Dwyer

Bridget was one of those new moms who didn't have a clue, but luckily stumbled into her first Stroller Strides class in August of '09. A lifelong athletic dilettante and lonely new mom, the most enticing part of Stroller Strides was that classes were offered 4 mornings a week and that there were other moms to talk to. Bridget was probably the most regular attender, and also probably talked the most through the whole class, but somewhere along the way something clicked. Motherhood became a turning point, and woke up the inner athlete. After joining Run Club, that was it. 8 marathons including 1 Boston Marathon, 20+ half marathons later, it's like a whole different person and a whole new path appeared. FIT4MOM became more than just something to do in the mornings, it was the beginning of a whole new life path. Part of that path was a leap of faith to opening a FIT4MOM franchise (which was at the time still under the Stroller Strides umbrella) in Fall '11, and then taking over the Seattle group at the beginning of '13 and now Bellevue & Mercer Island in 2018 with Katy.

What's your "why": Having a baby was so much more difficult than I ever expected, I truly love being able to work with new moms as they make this life transition themselves. There is such power in building a community of supportive women, and I genuinely hope that other women build those lasting relationships that I was able to do. But beyond that, I think that it's important to empower women through health and fitness. So much of what we talk about when it comes to motherhood is simply the number on the scale, and as women we are so often judged by our bodies first. With exercise, this is something we do to take back our own bodies, and to put them back after the changes through pregnancy and childbirth.

Favorite exercise: it changes arbitrarily, but if I only had to do 1 exercise for the rest of my life it would be a burpee!

Fun Fact: I can throw a punch! I spent a couple of years boxing and kickboxing, though never got to the point where I was close to getting in the ring.

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