Our Team

Owner, Stroller Strides and FIT4BABY Certified Pre and PostNatal Fitness Instructor

Jessie Paulson moved to Ridgefield, CT in April 2013 to quickly find that Northern Fairfield County no longer had Stroller Strides. Missing class and being connected to other moms, she seized the moment and decided to re-open the franchise in fall 2013. She has been teaching classes and LOVING every minute of it. The community of motherhood that has begun to take shape in her classes among moms, babies and children is something that she feels only Stroller Strides can provide. Jessie has been working hard to create a safe and special space for moms and their babies in Northern Fairfield County. All expecting and new moms now have a space they can feel comfortable to exercise no matter their fitness level and a safe place for their children to play and learn with the opportunity to connect with other moms.

Most importantly she is a mother to her 20 month old son, Emmett and expecting her second baby in September 2014.

"I found Stroller Strides when my son was 3 months old. Before my son was born I was an avid gym rat and runner, I hated group fitness and team sports. After my first Stroller Strides class I cried to think once again how much my life changed after baby. I wanted to workout but did not want to leave him in daycare while I went to the gym, but also knew I needed to get moving to make myself feel better. I went back for another class, and was HOOKED! I was instantly welcomed into a community of moms who were going through or had gone through what I was. I began to make friends and was quickly attending class 5 days a week. Stroller Strides got me out of my house with a newborn, which we all know can be a challenge within itself, got me back into shape so that I could be prepared for the demanding challenges of motherhood and allowed me to connect with my son each day at class. My fear of group fitness and the word team has changed forever. Stroller Strides is about a safe space where there is no judgment on your fitness level, your babies sleeping habits, or what you are wearing. Our community/tribe/team is one that offers "Strength for Motherhood!"


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A Biology teacher by trade, Marisa is now a stay at home mom to Orin, 2 along with a little one on the way this January. As a lifelong runner and native Southern Californian, Marisa first found Stroller Strides when the weather became too cold for her to run outside with her then 1 year old and she had to find something she could do to stay active while including her son. Needless to say, it was love at first stride! She thanks her lucky stars that she found such welcoming and amazing moms in her community, not to mention the full body workout that has made her feel like herself again and is keeping her fit throughout this pregnancy. Orin loves Stroller Strides too and looks forward to his time singing, cheering on Mommas and playing after class with his friends. Marisa is so happy to be a part of the Northern Fairfield County team and loves creating a safe place where she can challenge and inspire moms to find strength for motherhood.

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Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby Certified

Working out and staying fit has always been a huge part of my life. When my first child came along I really felt torn between raising my daughter and working out- until I found Stroller Strides. It allowed me to do something I was passionate about and not have to worry about spending so much time away from my daughter. It also opened up the door to so many great friendships for me and my child.

As a college swimmer and later as a swim coach, I learned the importance of having a team around you to train with. The companionship and motivation is vital to being able to raise the bar to the next level. This was one of the best elements that Stroller Strides has to offer.

As a coach and a mother I seek to help moms to reach their goals in fitness and in life and to meet new friends along the way.
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For the longest time, I was NOT a fan of exercise. 8 years ago I discovered group fitness, where I had an instructor to guide & motivate me, fun music to keep my brain distracted from focusing on what my body was doing, and a community of people to share the experience with... Then along came Stroller Strides which has all those same fantastic perks PLUS being able to enjoy it with my baby.

For a few years after I had Clare, friends prodded me to check it out and I refused thinking my baby would never sit still in a stroller that long and, anyway, it wouldn't be a very good workout. Was I ever wrong! I consistently get a good workout. There are always modifications which you can choose to suit how you're feeling that day. Clare is not only entertained while in the stroller, when she's not, she freely chooses to "play" Stroller Strides. I love it.

When I decided to pursue my ACE group fitness instructor certification, before I knew of Stroller Strides, I was hoping to be able to share the benefits I experienced in my group fitness classes with other women who needed more energy and a healthier lifestyle to thrive in life. Now I'm so glad I can put it to use specifically helping moms in this way! I have so much more energy for being a great mom when I get my workout in and my connectivity to a wonderful, supportive group of mamma friends. Can't wait to share that experience with you!
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