Hey!! I’m Bailey Bushue, owner of Stroller Strong Moms Yakima, Washington. I am a mom to two crazy kids, James (3.5) and Eleanor (1.5). My husband and I have been married for eight years and have lived on both east and west coasts. My husband’s previous job took us from Oregon to the Washington D.C. area and now back to the west coast but this time we ended up in Washington State. We are both native Oregonians, I grew up in central Oregon in a small rural town and went on to college in Eastern Oregon where I obtained my B.S. in Dental Hygiene. I practiced dental hygiene for almost 10 years before I became a stay-at-home mom.
I started SLAM’n at SLAM DC in May 2018 when my oldest was 5 month old. After stalking their Instagram and Facebook pages for a solid few months, I got up enough courage to go. I saw all these amazing women killing the workouts, running with strollers, and making it look effortless. I thought to myself “I haven’t worked out hard in years, I don’t think I could ever keep up with them, I will fall too far behind, and I am too out of shape.” But I put those thoughts aside and went to my first class. After that first class I was hooked and never looked back.
We only had one car when we lived in D.C. and we alternated who would use it depending on our schedules…at the beginning when I was still trying to find my SLAM rhythm I remember taking the bus and then metro then running the last few blocks to get to class on time. I knew after that I was hooked and there was no going back. Now three years – and about 20 SLAM shirts later – I’m bringing the SLAM love to the Yakima Valley.
Although I am an athletic and very competitive person, I wasn’t sure how to feel myself again after getting married and becoming pregnant. How was I going to find myself with a child in tow?
Running? Ha. As a softball and volleyball player, short and sweet sprints were my jam. None of this distance stuff. But within those first few months of signing up I went from never having run more than a mile to running a relay with a leg just under five miles. I have never been so proud of myself.
After that relay, I told Kelli and Lindsay whenever my time in DC was up that I would start my own SLAM. After COVID-19 rocked our world and a cross country move took me away from my support and tribe, I knew I needed to create my own. I buckled down and started studying for my ACE Group Fitness Instructor certification and put my dreams into motion and that dream is now becoming a reality.
My time in D.C. I found my tribe, I met some of the most amazing women that I have ever known. They were real, honest, and helped me become the best version of myself. I heard many times that you will come for the workout but you will stay for the community. SLAM is so much more than a workout, it is a lifestyle and a community of women who lift each other up in all aspects of life. It’s a sweaty hug after a rough day, a meal after you welcome a new babe into this world, a strong margarita when you need it most, a shoulder to cry on when you need to talk and everything in between. I became a stronger version of myself, not only as a mother, wife, and friend but as an athlete as well. I learned from some of the best during my time in D.C. and I can’t wait to bring that same love to SLAM Yakima.