Tony and I had the honor of seeing about 35 of the FIT4MOM Front Range half marathon trainees this last month. I own the FIT4MOM Front Range franchise. We offer fitness for all stages of motherhood from Parker to Fort Collins. We have nearly 30 instructors and several hundred moms attending our classes, making up an amazing community of support, fitness and the village it takes to raise kids AND moms. Tony and I are able to combine our professions in order to serve these moms even better.
We have been offering 5K, 10K and half marathon training for the last several years with great success. In 2015 we had over 200 moms go through our running training programs. I’m a marathoner myself so this is definitely a passion of mine and since Tony is a biomechanics expert and one of only a few people in the country fabricating orthotics the way he does I wanted to make sure our moms were given the opportunity for an evaluation with him. I’m always looking for ways to improve our programs and add value so it only made sense to incorporate Tony into the program.
As part of the fall half marathon training we offered a free gait and shoe evaluation with Tony for each registered participant. Each mom that signed up got 15-20 minutes one on one (well, two on one since I was there too) with Tony. He evaluated feet, marked them, watched them walk, checked out shoes and gave recommendations. Some were as simple as ‘keep doing what you are doing’ while others needed shoes changes and some were offered a custom orthotic. We really tried to educate each mom on her mechanics, her body, her shoes and to answer any and all questions. The main goal was to reduce injury and provide them with the resources to run a successful and easy half marathon.
We spent two days in Loveland and saw 17 Fort Collins and Greeley group moms and a day in Denver seeing another 18. It was pretty awesome to meet all these moms face to face and to hear their stories, their struggles, their progress and their goals. We are looking forward to incorporating the evaluations into each running training that we have moving forward. Tony and I really enjoyed being able to work together on something that we both are very passionate about but it was a really fun time seeing all the moms.
Thank you to all the moms that came to see us!
Examining and marking the foot
The two of us watching mom walk to analyze gait
Tracing for measurements and prescription
BONUS! Mama Cameron was injured so she came to see us!
If you want to know more about Tony’s experience and background with orthotic fabrication go HERE
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