Our Newest Little Rock Fit4Mom Team Member

Meet Our New Fit4Mom Team Member

We are SO EXCITED to announce our newest instructor, Ariel Harper! Ariel and her son, Helms, joined Stroller Strides last summer and we knew right away that she would make an amazing instructor. She studied and became a certified group fitness instructor through AFAA before specializing in prenatal and postnatal fitness through Fit4Mom. Ariel has been working hard and has created some very challenging classes. Read on to learn more about Ariel and her family and then join her during our M/W/F 9:00 am classes. She's flying solo beginning Monday, January 13th.

Hometown: Lavaca, AR

Education: B.S. in Early Childhood Education

Stroller Strides Member since: June 2013

Members of your Family: Carson (husband) and Helms (son, 2 years old)

Current/previous Career: I was a First Grade teacher...and now a Stroller Strides Instructor! :)

What was your childhood ambition? Starting around age 5, I knew I wanted to be an elementary school teacher!

What does motherhood mean to you? I LOVE being a mom! I feel so blessed to be doing exactly what my heart desires. Being a mom is definitely one of the most joyful, rewarding, challenging, and precious things I have ever experienced! :) This quote sums it up I think: "Making the decision to have a child-it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." -Elizabeth Stone

What is the furthest you have been from home? China and Thailand

What has Stroller Strides done for you? Stroller Strides has provided a great way for me to be and stay healthy and have my little buddy Helms with me. The absence of childcare at the local gym I attended made it difficult to stay consistent and that was frustrating. I have to give a shout out to my friend Pamela Phillips!! I am so glad she told me about Strollers Strides! It has been just what Helms and I needed!!

What is your favorite exercise? Burpees....uh,! HA! I like squat and lunge exercises.

What is your proudest moment? I think my proudest moment is my recent endeavor of becoming an instruction of a group exercise class. I never thought I would do this and it stretches me to get out of my comfort zone. I call it "My After-30-Try-Something-You've-Never-Tried-Before" endeavor!! haha!!

What are three of your favorite things (besides your family!)? Books, making earrings (my new hobby!), and play dates!

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us or makes you unique: I was named after a song from the 70's, not The Little Mermaid! haha! I remember growing up listening to this song many times with my dad, singing and dancing around as it played on his record player! Great memories!! "Ariel" by Dean Friedman, look it up on itunes! ;)

If we asked your spouse what they think your best qualities are, what would they say? He'd say something inappropriate...haha!! Ummm, but I think he'd say I am a great mom. :)