Dragon Door: How did you first get involved with fitness?

Mary Surprenant: As a kid I was always active, and as a young adult I played racquetball and softball. Once I became a stay at home mom—something I always wanted to do—I switched gears.

I took my kids to playgrounds, we played, ran, jumped, pulled, and climbed. When my two oldest were in preschool which was part of an elementary school.

When I would take them to school, I would see the students at phys-ed playing kickball all the time.

I told my husband that I thought I could do a lot more with them; then I approached the principal.

She thought I was more than qualified, especially since this was a parochial school and did not require a specific certification for physical education teachers.

My goal became...read complete interview