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After my daughter was born, our weekly mommy and me yoga class was a bright spot in the middle of some of the longest days. Not only did the class help me regain my strength, it was also a place where I could form lasting bonds with other new parents in the city. Having a self-care routine proved essential for me after becoming a new mama—and my daughter seemed to enjoy the atmosphere, too.

The beauty of a good postnatal class is that instructors have designed workouts just for postpartum bodies, plus they understand if you or your little one are having a challenging day. Parent-baby fitness classes should be a judgment-free, safe zone for you and your baby.

Here are places and programs that regularly offer parent and baby exercise classes in New York City. As with any new exercise program, check with your doctor for the go-ahead. For more classes, check out our NYC classes guide.

14th Street Y – East Village
This members-only East Village community hot spot offers postnatal Pilates and barre classes for parents and babies. Class schedules change often, so visit the website for current offerings.

92nd Street Y – Upper East Side
Regular Mommy & Me Yoga classes at this neighborhood institution focus on core muscle stretching and strengthening, all in a nurturing and supportive environment.

Bend & Bloom Yoga — Park Slope, Brooklyn
Here yoga classes are designed to rejuvenate your body after childbirth, while connecting with your newest addition. After 50 minutes of flowing yoga the focus shifts to bonding with baby through infant massage and gentle stretching. Bend & Bloom also offers gentle postnatal workshops just for moms, and yoga classes for older kids.

CrossFit South Brooklyn Diapers & Dumbbells — Gowanus, Brooklyn
Diapers & Dumbbells is a one-hour postpartum fitness class designed to help new mothers and their partners safely return to exercise, connect with other parents, and develop the strength they need to support their growing babies. You don’t have to have any CrossFit experience to join. Classes are open to mothers (and partners) of all fitness levels and their pre-crawling/pre-walking babies.

FIT4MOM – Prospect Park, 9th Street entrance
FIT4MOM offers several different programs designed specifically for moms. Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre are mommy-and-me fitness programs where kids of any age are welcome in a stroller, or on bikes or scooters if older. Fit4Mom also offers a two-month Body Back fitness program for moms looking for a high-intensity workout without baby, as well as a running club for moms, offering a start-to-finish 5K program for beginners and a 5K and Beyond program for moms who want to increase speed and stamina or train for longer races.

Fitnotic – Upper East Side
Sheryl Wilson, mom and founder of Fitnotic, specializes in prenatal and postpartum fitness and offers a unique blend of online, in-home, and group programs for moms and expectant moms. Wilson will customize a workout for you based on physical level, interests, and equipment you already have on hand. Programs can be done online or via Skype and emphasize core and pelvic strengthening. She also offers a fun Hoopdance cardio class that meets weekly at John Jay Park (77th Street between York Avenue and the East River).

Harlem Yoga Studio – Harlem
Harlem’s yoga class for mothers and newborns focuses on gentle stretching, deep breathing, and moving with your baby. The class is relaxed and flexible, while helping you to rebuild core strength and release tension. The studio is on the 3rd floor of a walk-up and stroller storage is limited, so it’s suggested that you wear baby or bring a small stroller.

Lunges with a view at a Mommy and Me Fitness NYC class.

Mommy and Me Fitness NYC – Greenwich Village
Local NYC mom and certified personal trainer Meri Treitler offers an energizing stroller workout class for new moms that varies every time: You’ll jog, squat, lunge, jump rope, use resistance bands, and use the city as your own personal training room.

Movin’ Mamas – Upper West Side
Postnatal Pilates instructor and mom Randi Stone offers an hour-long stroller class for moms to move and sweat together, where babies are welcome. Stone has created a whole-body workout that aims to rehabilitate the core, heal the pelvic floor, improve posture and flexibility, relieve aches and pains, and release stress. The workout uses your own body weight for resistance, along with the stroller, bands and balls, park benches, trees, and more. Classes take place in Central Park in warmer months and at JCC Manhattan from November to April.

Park Slope Yoga Center – Park Slope, Brooklyn
This has been a Park Slope staple since 1998, with classes catering to all phases of motherhood, including prenatal and postnatal classes. Postnatal parent-baby yoga classes, for parents of babies ages 3 weeks to 22 months. include two instructors to ensure both the parents and babies get the attention they need. And if you’re not already a yoga pro, don’t worry: This is a “mixed-levels” class, so everyone can join in.

Take a solo or mommy-and-me yoga class at the Prenatal Yoga Center.

Prenatal Yoga Center – Upper West Side
This Upper West Side standby offers classes in postnatal yoga, where babies are welcomed, in addition to a Mommy & Me class that focuses more on establishing a bond with your baby. The studio is a one flight walk-up, but someone will be there to help you carry your stroller if needed.

PROnatal fitness gets you and your little one(s) outside for fresh air and exercise.

PROnatal Fitness – Central Park, Battery Park, Tribeca, Williamsburg, and Harlem
Developed with the guidance of fitness experts and ob-gyns, PROnatal Fitness offers hour-long indoor and outdoor classes for new moms. The outdoor stroller class offers a total body workout that includes cardio conditioning, body strengthening, core rehabilitation, postural improvement, and gentle stretching. One key perk for new moms: They don’t penalize for last minute cancellations, as long as you notify them.

Strollercize – Upper West Side
This aerobic program turns your stroller and the paths in Central Park into your own gym. The stroller is used to add resistance during the cardio session and balance in the “pushing” sessions. The group also offers a baby-friendly class to help with toning and strengthening.

Xtend Barre Baby On Board — Brooklyn Heights
This barre class includes an extra dose of resistance and cuteness, as you wear your baby in a sling or carrier. All exercises are challenging, yet safe for you and your baby. It’s best suited for babies 18 pounds and under.

The YMCA of Greater New York – Citywide
With 22 locations throughout the five boroughs, it’s likely there is a YMCA location near you. Parent-child classes range by location, but include parent-and-me yoga and Pilates. Some locations also offer family Zumba and specialized “Rumble & Tumble” classes geared toward honing motor skills in kids with parental support.

The Yoga Room – Long Island City, Astoria
The Yoga Room offers parent-and-baby yoga at its Queens studios in Long Island City and Astoria. Each class devotes time for gentle hands-on yoga and massage for babies. Bonding postures and fun songs are also part of the fun. And check out their yoga class just for toddlers, featuring puppets, stories, and yoga poses to strengthen growing bodies.

Zumbini — Tribeca
If you’re not into the yoga scene, there is Zumba for you and your baby! Zumbini allows you and your little one to dance, play with toys, and sing for 45 minutes. The choreography is easy, so no need to be intimidated.

A version of this post was published in 2015; it has since been updated. Katie Nave Freeman contributed additional reporting.

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On Your Health

Mommy and Me Fitness Classes in Oklahoma

03/05/2019

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Squeezing in fitness is a challenge for any busy adult but making time to work out while caring for babies and children is a whole new level of challenge. If the idea of adding fitness back into your schedule sounds daunting, don’t despair! For many parents, the answer to this dilemma is to work your baby or child into your fitness routine.

Introducing healthy activities to your child can’t start soon enough, either. According to The Centers for Disease Control, regular physical activity in children and adolescents promotes health and fitness, lower body fat and stronger bones and muscles.

Babies and toddlers who are used to physical activity also show improved cognitive skills when they enter school and a lower risk for depression and other health conditions like obesity.

Including babies and children into your fitness time also creates a stronger bond between parent and child because any time spent sharing activities helps bring you together.

Luckily, lots of places offer “mommy and me” fitness activities, but these activities aren’t just for mommies. Daddies, grandparents, siblings and other caretakers can get involved, get healthy and start a child out on a lifetime of healthy choices.

We’ve compiled some examples of parent and child fitness classes in Tulsa and Oklahoma City that are perfect ways to squeeze in exercise with baby in tow.

Oklahoma City mommy and me classes

Oklahoma City has dozens of options for mommies and kids to get healthy together. From stroller strides to family swim classes, there are plenty of ways to get the family involved in your fitness routine.

FIT4MOM OKC Metro

Don’t let strollers slow you down. Fit4Mom in Oklahoma City offers a variety of classes for new moms and their babies that incorporates strollers into a challenging fitness routine.

The Stroller Strides class promises a total-body conditioning workout full of strength training, cardio and core strengthening. Bring the kids because this hour-long workout includes songs, activities and fun entertainment to keep your little ones busy while you burn off the baby weight.

Fit4Mom also has a stroller barre class and a Run Club that is stroller friendly, so don’t worry about leaving the baby at home when you need to get your sweat on. The company has numerous locations in Oklahoma City. Check out their schedule for class times and locations.

Yoga Bliss

You don’t need to be a new mother to get all the benefits of yoga at Yoga Bliss. Mommy and me classes allow moms and their children ages 6 months to 6 years bond together in mat time that includes meditation, relaxation and yoga postures designed to strengthen the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.

The little ones get all the good stuff from yoga too, which aids with better sleep, digestion and relaxation for kids. Fun songs and story time are included, and the class is a perfect way to socialize with other parents.

Baby Bootcamp Norman

Baby Bootcamp is designed to help mothers recover from birth and strengthen their core, abdominal muscles and pelvic floor. True to its name, the 60-minute stroller bootcamp classes are perfect for pregnant moms, new moms and moms with one or more stroller-aged children.

The class has interval training, strength training and core training for a total body workout using strollers that also has educational interaction for stroller-age children.

Goldfish Swim School

Get ready to dive into fun family fitness! Family swim classes at Goldfish Swim School are a great way to bond with your child while learning a valuable skill. Because your babe is with you all the way, they can be introduced to the water in a safe environment.

The Family Swim classes aren’t just about burning calories in a warm pool, they are also a way to determine if you and your child are ready for swim classes.

Metro Gymnastics

Metro Gymnastics has several parent/child classes, so put on those tights and get to tumbling. The Mini Mights Parent-Tot class for children ages “walking to 3” is a parent and child class that covers basic gymnastic skills, and helps with the development of a child’s eye-hand coordination, eye-foot coordination, depth perception, balance and more.

Tulsa Mommy and Me classes

Tulsa also has a wide variety of places where moms and dads can squeeze in a little fitness with their children. These classes are especially popular among Tulsa parents.

Sky Fitness and Wellbeing

Imagine stretching out on the mat for a challenging yoga workout that’s great for your kids too.

The mommy & me yoga at Sky Fitness offers a short partner yoga class with poses that are appropriate for adults and children. Circle time is a bonding period that’s included in the yoga class, and mothers are welcome to bring more than one child.

Motion Tulsa

Parkour, martial arts and kickboxing at Motion Tulsa are for both parents and children. While your child is learning to tumble and jump obstacles or learn discipline in martial arts, you’ll be sweating off extra pounds and getting stronger in the kickboxing class. Working out can improve the confidence, strength, flexibility and skill of both parents and children at this Tulsa-based gym.

Fleet Feet Tulsa

Lace up your running shoes, grab the stroller and get ready to burn off calories and get healthy. Fleet Feet Tulsa’s Strollin’ Moms fitness group lets moms, dads, grandparents or caretakers join group walks or runs. Strollers are welcome at all workouts and the program is open to parents of any fitness level. The social aspect of the group fitness class is a fun way to get to know other moms and dads as well.

Fitness on The Green

Guthrie Green in Tulsa is a thriving community space that also offers free fitness classes to the community. Bring the kids and babies out for yoga, barre, cardio classes and more. Thanks to Fowler Toyota of Tulsa and partners like YMCA of Greater Tulsa, Barre3, Pure Barre and Total Blast Zumba, all the fitness classes on the Green are free for families.

Be sure to check with your favorite gym, yoga studio or other active places to find out if they offer classes you can do with your little one. If group classes aren’t your speed, talk with your INTEGRIS OB-GYN about ways you can incorporate fitness with your child into your parenthood routine.

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Our 60-minute stroller fitness classes cater to moms of all fitness levels: pregnant moms, new moms, and moms with one or more stroller-aged children. Our interval-based classes incorporate cardio, strength, and core for a total body workout.

Moms must be at least 6 weeks postpartum (8 weeks for a c-section) with clearance from their physician to resume physical exercise. Pregnant moms must receive written clearance from their physician twice during their pregnancy for exercising while pregnant.

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4-week intensive workshop to repair diastasis recti.

Our Diastasis Repair program is a 4-week in-person intensive workshop that helps you to alleviate back pain, strengthen your core muscles, and repair diastasis recti after pregnancy. Diastasis recti develops when the connective tissue (linea alba) between the right and left rectus abdominis separates during late pregnancy. Our Diastasis Repair Workshops are taught by our licensed & certified Diastasis Repair Instructors.

Restore the Core

Our mat-based class is designed to help you restore your core by incorporating our Karna Ball, a functional exercise product designed to support the pelvic core neuromuscular system.

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High intensity interval training designed to get your heart rate up and tone your muscles fast. Karna Camp incorporates the Karna Ball, a functional exercise product designed to support the pelvic core neuromuscular system and give you a full body toning workout. Bring a mat and towel and get ready to sweat!

Running Programs

Whether you are new to running or have completed several races, our run programs will provide you with the technique to focus on your fitness goals. As a bonus, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with other moms! No running experience required. Strollers always welcome!

Nutrition Solutions

Our 4-week Nutrition Solutions program helps moms implement small changes to improve their health and wellness. Our sessions include nutrition tracking and weekly goal setting, navigating nutrition labels, and setting personal and attainable wellness goals.

MomStrong Tribe

Our MomStrong Tribe is our FREE moms’ club to support healthy families. Meet other local moms that are passionate about nutrition, fitness, and healthy lifestyle habits for their family. Monthly play dates allow moms to connect, while allowing their children to get in some fun playtime.

Mother Love Wellness Challenge

Our annual Mother Love Wellness Challenge (MOLO) focuses on helping moms across America to achieve their health and wellness with a focus on fitness and nutrition.

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From push-ups, sit-ups, and planks that involve leaning in to kiss and sing to your little one, to squats and lunges, from cardio to core while holding and lifting your little one, Mommy And Me Time Fitness Classes incorporates numerous fun, body conditioning exercises that will captivate your child’s attention while you get a great workout – you will definitely get a workout!

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Have baby, need a workout? We hear ya! It’s hard for anyone to squeeze regular exercise into a busy life, but moms of infants fight an especially tough uphill battle to make it happen. New moms are fighting fatigue and struggling to fit their own needs around their baby’s complete dependence.

Fortunately, their cries were heard, as witnessed by the plethora of Mommy & Me workout classes that have sprouted up around the country to enable Moms to workout without worrying about childcare. There’s truly something for everyone – from yoga, pilates, barre, stroller workouts, dance, cardio and strength training, and intense boot camps to kick your butt.

Here are our favorite postpartum workouts that allow you to work up a sweat with a built-in support network of other moms and your baby at your side.

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NATIONWIDE

These popular programs have a strong presence from coast to coast. Check their websites to find a location near you. We can almost guarantee that you’ll find more than one option that is close by and just right for your needs and your schedule.

Fit4Mom
Here’s where to go for an awesome outdoor workout with your baby. The founders of the original Stroller Strides have expanded to now offer Fit4Baby (a prenatal fitness class), Body Back (a workout for any stage of motherhood) and Stroller Barre. They also host an impressive mom community with playgroups and moms nights out.

Baby Boot Camp
There are more than 50 Baby Boot Camp programs throughout the Bay Area alone, and hundreds more across the country. The most popular stroller fitness class they offer, STROLLFIT, is a 60-minute class for moms of all fitness levels with one or two stroller-aged children. The ab routine at the end of each class makes it a total body workout.

Moms In Training
A program of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Moms In Training is a flexible, nine-week workout program that meets Saturday mornings. Get together with other moms and their babies to not only get in shape, but also raise funds for cancer treatments.

SAN FRANCISCO/BAY AREA

San Francisco is likely the yoga capital of the country and has no shortage of prenatal, postnatal and Mommy & Me yoga classes from one end of the city to the other. Golden Gate Mothers Group offers a fantastic list of yoga options for Moms. Bookmark it! The city also has some of the most active chapters of the national workouts we mentioned above. For Mommy & Me exercise options outside of the city, read on.

Pomegranate – San Anselmo
A wonderful center with prenatal and postnatal yoga and pilates, as well as new mom groups and workshops. You can do the classes with your baby and they also sometimes offer childcare so you can enjoy a bit of solo time.

Lautmann’s Gym – Mill Valley
Check out their new class for moms and their babies where you wear your baby in a carrier and the workout is designed (and approved by an RN) to use your baby’s weight as resistance.

Mommy & Me Pilates – Pilates Pro Works – Oakland
Popular pilates and barre studio offers a Mommy & Me Pilates class designed for new moms and their babies age 6 weeks to crawlers.

Yogalayam – Berkeley
Awesome Mommy & Me Yoga classes at this Prana Yoga studio.

Yogini & Bambini Yoga at Nandhi Yoga – San Mateo
Designed for moms who want practice yoga with their little ones by their sides. Open to all levels with babies who are pre-crawling to 24 months.

NEW YORK CITY AREA

Mommy and Me Fitness – throughout Manhattan
A wildly popular personal trainer leads moms in sessions that vary from jogging, doing squats and lunges, jumping rope, using resistance bands and working with the environment around you to get a great workout with great company or on your own if you prefer a private session.

Strollercize – Central Park
Use your stroller as a fitness apparatus to strengthen, slim and balance, and when your hands are not on the stroller, use the program’s RollerSize to tone thighs, target tummies and improve posture.

BoSoul – Manhattan
New Yorkers use this cool, innovative service to find other moms with similar interests, form or join a class group and hire a top-notch instructor who is available when they are.

Baby Om Yoga – Manhatttan and Brooklyn
A 75-minute class providing a full yoga experience for both caregiver and baby.

LOS ANGELES AREA

Zooga Yoga – Culver City
Zooga offers a full range of classes suitable for yogis of all ages, from babies to toddlers to teens & families; and for adults and mommies in all stages of pregnancy.

CHICAGO AREA

Hip Circle Studio – Evanston
This studio exceeds the typical offerings with popular classes such as a dynamic cardio class, dance, yoga and even belly dancing for moms and their babies or young children.

Bubbles Academy – Chicago
A bootcamp style workout that uses a combination of running, weight training, ballet and barre to kick you into (or back into!) shape. Studio offers free sibling care so you can enjoy some one-on-one time with your child.

Active Moms Club – Chicago
Mommy & Me Postnatal Recovery class is targeted to new Moms who are 6 weeks to 6 months postpartum and ready to lose their baby belly. The workout aims to tighten your abs, pelvic floor muscles and lower and upper back—all with your little one by your side. Toddler care for older siblings is available at a minimal cost.

WASHINGTON DC AREA

Lil Omm Yoga – Tenleytown
Community yoga center focused on yoga for all levels, specializing in prenatal, Mommy and Me yoga and yoga fitness classes and yoga for children. Their popular Mommy and Me YogaFit workout blends cardio, yoga, strength, and resistance training using free weights, bands, and blocks for a more intense workout.

Past Tense Yoga – Mt. Pleasant
Studio offers pre and postnatal yoga classes, kids yoga, Music Together classes and PJ parties. They also offer a fun Movers and Me class, though it’s more of a workout for your crawling to age 2 child than it is for you

Thanks to these fun, innovative and effective workouts, you can exercise around your baby’s feeding and nap schedule and enjoy the company of other moms who feel your pain in more ways than one.

Want to get a good workout with baby in tow?

Here are eight ways to get an effective workout with baby — or toddler — in tow. From Mom and Baby classes to studios with childcare on-site, we’ve got some ideas for you.

1) Use the Openfit app for a workout in your home or on the go (pushing a stroller, if that’s what you need to do). Enjoy the awesome music, and know that your coach will guide you the whole way — mostly through audio.

2- Baby Boot Camp, Oakland

With classes at Lake Temescal, you’ll bring your stroller and make your way around a circuit, led by an instructor. Jog or walk – it’s up to you. The workout includes resistance bands (provided by the instructor) and good old fashioned lunges and push-ups. Register online for a free trial class. It’s a good place to meet others who are on maternity leave. Website >

3- Mama Army Playgroup Fitness Classes, Albany

This locally-owned and operated class is designed to help you get fit and toned, create lasting friendships and become proud of your body again. Workouts take place in a safe contained space where toddlers form friendships through playing together. Babies sit in the stroller or lay on a yoga mat with their moms during core work. Instructor Sarah Flanagan says, “We meet each mom wherever they are currently at in their fitness journey.” Located at Ocean View Park (just off the 580 freeway near University Village) with a rainy day location in Richmond. The Saturday morning family class option is perfect for working moms and dads. First Class FREE: http://mamaarmy.com

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4- Yogalayam, Berkeley

There are other options for postpartum yoga, but Yogalayam offers the most tailored to new mom’s experience. With baby whisperers standing by to bounce your fussy baby or bring a fresh towel to clean up projectile spit up, every new mom in the East Bay should try this class once. Mom + Baby yoga is offered Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 am. (Note: due to the distraction of the babies, you may not break a sweat in this “yoga” class, but it’s a uniquely Berkeley experience). Located on Alcatraz Ave.

5- The Berkeley YMCA

Childwatch allows members of the Y to check their children in while they work out. Children can be as young as 8 weeks old. Worried parents, rest assured, the crying policy means that you will be summoned to comfort your babe if she is unhappy after five minutes of soothing from a childcare provider. Local mom, Aileen Clark, says, “We love the Hilltop Family YMCA. Child watch is included with a membership. I can bring all three of my kids every day (Monday-Saturday) for up to 2 hours. That means exercise AND time to read a book.”

The cost of the Berkeley Y’s onsite childcare is $2.50 per half hour per child. Bonus: You can squeeze in an onsite shower while your baby is still in Childwatch. Details here>

6- The Dailey Method, Berkeley and Piedmont

With a combination of ballet barre work, conditioning and stretching, this work out will certainly push you into the sweaty zone. The Piedmont and Elmwood locations both have onsite childcare for children from six weeks up to ten years old. Childcare is available M-F in the morning classes. Drop-ins and people at all fitness levels are welcome. Visit their website to reserve a spot in a class and to reserve childcare. Berkeley > Piedmont >

7- Hipline Dance Studio, Oakland

This totally Oakland studio is all about the community love. You are guaranteed to feel like a million bucks after one of their dance classes. A childcare room invites up to four babies or little kids at a time to hang out with a quality babysitter while mom shakes her booty in the studio. Reserve and pay for your onsite childcare when you reserve your class. Hipline’s entrance is located in the Trader Joe’s parking lot on Lakeshore Ave.

8- Bladium, Alameda

Photo: Arlene Easterwood, Icarian | kids activities at Bladium

Membership at the Bladium Sports and Fitness Club in Alameda means on-site childcare is included for up to two hours each day during the hours of 8:30am to noon and 4:30pm to 8pm for children as young as 3 months old. Please bring little ones with full tummies and fresh diapers. Fitness options include group exercise classes, soccer, Jiu-Jitsu, rock-climbing, and a personal trainer. Lots of free parking.

9- Bar Method, Berkeley

With a Kids Room staffed during select classes, Bar Method offers mom-friendly classes. Plus, the Gourmet Ghetto location, means Upper Shattuck stores and restaurants are easy to access after class.

10- Hilltop YMCA, Richmond

Local blogger Aileen tells us, “We love the Hilltop Family YMCA. Child watch is included with a membership. I can bring all three of my kids every day (Monday-Saturday) for up to 2 hours. That means exercise AND time to read a book.”

11- Equinox, Downtown Berkeley

With onsite childcare, this full-service gym with group workout classes (think yoga, pilates, cardio-dance) offers an upscale oasis for parents. Kids Club passes are sold separately to members, though the Kids Club is closed 2-4 pm weekdays.

Using OpenFit app indoors: Naptime workout options range from 15-minute Total Core classes to 25-minute Circuit Training & Reps

Don’t Miss These Mommy and Me Fitness Classes

Taking that first step to getting fit is never easy, and with a new baby, it can seem downright impossible. Luckily there are several fitness programs out there that understand the importance of helping moms make time for themselves and their health, while still caring for their kiddo. We’ve rounded up a variety of classes around L.A. that have created specific programs catered to moms who are looking to get healthy—all with baby on board.

photo: Kellie Fell

Fit4Mom
The country’s largest fitness programs for moms in every stage of motherhood, each location offers classes ranging from pre-to-postnatal fitness. Safely get fit while your bun is still in the oven as Fit4Baby instructors take you through modified yet effective workouts, and then once your little bundle of joy has entered the world, both the Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre programs get you and your little sidekick out of the house and into a stroller-based workout. Instructors help keep restless riders entertained while leading moms through exercises that incorporate resistance bands, cardio, strength training, and core work, all in a completely judgment-free zone. Fit4Mom is also all about helping to connect moms with after-class playgroups and Mom’s Night Outs. With the come-as-you-are attitude, it’s a great place for new moms to build their village.

Fit4Mom Franchises are located all over L.A. County: Westside, South Bay LA, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Torrance, San Fernando Valley, Palos Verdes and San Pedro, and Long Beach.

Fit4Mom
Online: fit4mom.com

photo: Baby Boot Camp

Baby Boot Camp
This is no stroll in the park, though you may find yourself working out in one! The hour-long, interval-based classes are often held outdoors with kids in strollers and incorporate cardio, strength, and core to make you #momstrong in no time. Nationally certified fitness professionals lead classes for stages ranging from pre-to-postnatal, including Birth Recovery, Diastasis Repair, and Nutrition Education. Baby Boot Camp is also there to provide a supportive environment for moms to build and strengthen their community through their MomStrong Tribe. California boasts the most Baby Boot Camp locations in the U.S., including four franchises in L.A. County. From the Valley to the South Bay, you can get your fit on all over the city.

Baby Boot Camp Franchises located in L.A. County: Encino (East), Sherman Oaks and Studio City, Los Angeles (Beverly Hills and Rancho Park), Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey), Los Angeles (Playa del Rey and South Bay)

Baby Boot Camp
Online: babybootcamp.com

photo: Happy Baby

Happy Baby
While the South Bay’s Happy Baby studio embraces a holistic approach, using mindfulness and a nurturing environment, it also wants to help mamas carting around their kiddos to get their booties in gear. Happy Baby offers several yoga and movement classes, but for those looking to really break a sweat, they offer three classes created to push your limit while regaining strength and clarity of mind. Newborns to three-year-olds are welcome to watch mom bust a move (and maybe even learn some themselves) at Mama Cardio Blast, taking moms through muscle-trembling cardio bursts and strengthening circuits, followed by ab work and stretching. Likewise, Mama Sculpt uses both full-range motion and isometric pulses to focus on building core strength and muscle sculpting. A Mama Bootcamp class is also offered, where pre-walking babies up to 14 months are welcome to join mom in a boot camp-inspired circuit training class.

Happy Baby
353 Main St.
El Segundo
424-218-9774
Online: happybabyla.com

photo: Amanda West

Zooga Yoga
In addition to a variety of yoga classes, this studio offers a Baby Booty Barre class where parents and caregivers are welcome to bring their little ones aged six weeks to sitting for one of the most challenging Parent + Me fitness classes they offer. Mixing core, barre, and boot camp styles, the class helps you bond and burn with baby, either by your side or in a carrier. Similarly, the studio’s Yoga Sculpt & Baby class is a full body toning experience done with six-week-old babies to crawlers that help build the muscles mamas need to safely carry and hold baby without compromising posture. For those who love to bust a move while they sweat, their signature Kangaroo Hop invites dancers aged two-to-five to have a blast dancing to modern and old-school hip-hop with their adult dance partners.

Zooga Yoga
11054 Washington Blvd.
Culver City
310-839-6642
Online: www.zoogayoga.com

photo: The Dailey Method

Dailey Baby
Born out of the ballet barre fitness craze that burst onto the scene back in 2000, The Dailey Method offers classes that combine ballet barre work, core conditioning, and muscle strengthening. A variety of workout types put the focus on proper alignment, posture, and strength, which is especially important in the Dailey Baby class (starting up again in Mar.). In this special mommy and me class, exercises and moves are tailored to include your little bundle (ages six weeks to seven months) in a front carrier. Moms can gain strength and balance as they bond with their infants, and start off on a path of healthy living, all with baby in tow. Need to nurse, feed, bounce, or soothe your baby while you workout? Not a problem, it’s all part of the fun at Dailey Baby.

The Dailey Method
1327 1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice
310-396-1500
Online: thedaileymethod.com

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T.O.T. Fitness
For a whole family, killer 60-minute, full body workout at the park, look no further. Each class starts with kids in their strollers so mom can get in some walking or jogging cardio and burn up those lower body muscles with squats and lunges. During the second half, riders are released for some play time while adults continue with circuit training exercises, rounding out a total body workout. As an added bonus, you’re already at a park with other families, so you’ve basically got a built-in playdate ready to go right after class. You can cool down and chat with other moms while your kids get out that last bit of energy before nap time. In addition to exercise classes, the program also offers nutrition and wellness coaching, which includes menu planning, grocery tours, and even kitchen makeovers.

T.O.T. Fitness
Roxbury Park
471 South Roxbury Dr.
Beverly Hills
Online: totfitness.com

Do you have a Mommy and Me fitness class you love? Let us know in the comments below!

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-Kellie Fell

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Want To Know More About Vitamins And Minerals? Stop And Read These Tips!

Have you been asking yourself how minerals and vitamins could provide you benefit? Do you wonder if your health issues could be alleviated through supplement use? Do you want to learn more on the topic, but don’t know where to look? This article has all of the answers you seek!
From time to time your body may ache for reasons you don’t quite understand. Before you worry too much, try adding vitamins to your diet. Vitamin E is a great vitamin to start out with because it is safe and can help reduce the amount of toxins in your body.

Try adding more magnesium, Omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D to your diet if you are feeling sad. A deficiency in any of these may actually lead to depression. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to support brain health, while magnesium can help your body and mind calm down and relax.

Folic acid prevents birth defects, certain cancers, stroke and heart disease. This B vitamin is added to flour, cold cereal and pasta. Additionally, many leafy vegetables, melons, meats and beans contain folic acid. Folic acid is used to treat Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, other, neuropathy, osteoporosis and RLS signs of aging.

When buying fat-soluble vitamins, like omega-3, it is a good idea to store them in the refrigerator. Since they contain fat, improper store can cause them to become rancid. Also, make sure to keep them away from heat and light because this can break them down and make them ineffective.

To boost the resiliency of your body, try taking flax seed oil and turmeric. Both of these can help reduce inflammation in the body. They can also protect you from illness. There are oil blends of the two that are known to help the joints, along with bettering brain and heart health.

Although it is possible to purchase mineral and vitamin supplements in many types of retail stores, some of the best deals can be found at online sites. It is extremely important to check multiple sites and read the review on any supplement you are interested in using. You can also find a lot of information at natural food stores.

Track the number of vitamins and minerals you take. You could be getting too much of certain vitamins or minerals if you’re a person that takes a lot of supplements. This is usually the case with fat-soluble vitamins like A, K and D and E. If the risks worry you or if you take prescriptions, you should talk to a physician.

Pregnant

Pregnant

When you have gone through menopause, don’t take prenatal vitamins. People think that these supplements help with the growth of nail and hair. They actually have too much iron for those past menopause and can be dangerous to take.

Once you reach menopause avoid taking prenatal vitamins. Some women take these vitamins when not pregnant for their positive effect on nails and hair. They actually have too much iron for those past menopause and can be dangerous to take.

Woman

Are you a woman of childbearing age? If so, you may be low in magnesium. In fact, 60 percent of women or more may be deficient in magnesium. If you are low, pick up a supplement, your best it is to talk to your doctor about having tests done to measure your levels, and.

If you are a woman who menstruates, low iron may be leaving you feeling depleted. As many as 15% of women are low in iron thanks to menstruation. If they’re not, get a supplement, be sure to talk to your general practitioner about being tested to ensure your iron levels are fine, and.

Low iron may be leaving you feeling depleted if you are a woman who menstruates. As many as 15% of women are low in iron thanks to menstruation. If they’re not, get a supplement, be sure to talk to your general practitioner about being tested to ensure your iron levels are fine, and.

Regardless of how bad you feel today, you can start feeling better tomorrow. Now, come up with a plan for using minerals and vitamins to better your health. Do it today to feel better tomorrow!

8 FREE YouTube Workouts You Can Do With Your Baby

Ready to lose the baby weight, but don’t have a gym membership or much time away from your little one? We hear you! Ease yourself back into the game and get moving at home with free online workout videos. We searched YouTube to find the best free fitness videos you can do with your baby in tow. Whether your newborn is just lying on a mat beside you, or if you’re holding your older baby close in a carrier, there’s a youtube workout for every mama trying to get back into shape. If you’ve got your clearance to workout from your doctor, try one of these workouts.

Baby & Me Yoga with Molly Sims

This professional-quality video was produced by Tom’s of Maine and Los Angeles’ Zooga Yoga and stars Molly Sims to keep you motivated. The 15-minute postnatal yoga session combines stretches and toning exercises. While most of the workout has your baby laying on your mat, the final few minutes features a few moves that your little one will love – being held, kissed and lifted up and down.

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Cross Train With Your Baby

New mom, blogger and Youtube fitness trainer Sarah Fit, filmed this quick cross training routine with her baby. She’ll show you how to use your baby as a weight (it’s not as unloving as it sounds!). The video is only about 5 minutes long, but don’t worry, it’ll take you longer than that to complete the calorie-blasting workout. Sarah takes you through four exercise and includes the number of reps and sets you should do along with smart tips on technique and new mommy issues.

20-Minute Baby Wearing Workout

JessicaSmithTV takes on a mommy and me workout by having her postnatal client wear her baby in a carrier for the session. The low-impact cardio routine, will get your heart rate up and keeps you moving so you don’t have time to get bored. The carrier keeps your hands free, while your baby gets to enjoy the movement as you squat, march, do leg lifts, squat and more.

Squats, Lunges & Baby, Oh My!

Shayna Frasco Rose, a certified trainer and mama, created this quick full body workout incorporating your baby. Be sure that your little one can hold his head up on his own before trying it. In just 5 minutes you’ll complete lunges, squats, biceps curls and abs. The heavier your baby is, the harder the workout will be.

Mommy & Me Full Body Toner

Fitness trainer BekahFit, who offers more videos on her website for a monthly fee, shows you nine mom plus baby moves in this 6.5 minute video. While BekahFit talks you through each exercise, you’ll see her sister and niece demonstrating. You’ll do everything from mountain climbers to squats with an overhead (baby) press.

Weighting Game

If you have a set of free weights, or have a gym in your apartment building that you can take your baby to without getting dirty looks from other gym goers, this routine from Sterling Jackson is for you. You’ll wear your baby in a front carrier, so your hands are free to do biceps curls, triceps dips and more. At the end, you’ll take Baby out and place him on a mat so you can interact with him during a few core exercises. Note: if you weren’t into fitness pre-baby, this mommy and me workout will be too advanced.

Entertain Baby With a Cardio Blast

Watch this 2-minute video to learn a sequence of 6 baby weight-burning exercises along with recommended reps and sets. Don’t let the new mom’s near perfect bod deter you. You’ll start with burpees and with squats with lateral raises. You won’t hold your baby or get her in on the action of this workout, but the video does show you how to do these moves while your baby is watching, and hopefully entertained by your sweat session. Good luck!

Head to Toe Mama & Baby Session

Fitness pro Phyl London will instruct you through a 15-minute total body, mommy and baby workout. You’ll start with a few core exercises, work on push ups (which Baby will enjoy as you kiss her little head!), add the weight of baby to some sets of squats and lunges and more.

Do you have a favorite Youtube workout? Share it in the comments below.

–Julie Seguss

15 Minute Mommy + Me Workout {plus my postpartum supplement routine}

As a new mom I know that finding time to workout is hard. Enter this 15 Minute Mommy + Me Workout; 6 exercises you can do at home with your baby!

As a new mom I remember searching #fitmom on Instagram, scrolling through these feeds and thinking…‘how in the heck am I ever going to find time to workout again?!’ And ‘is my body every going to be mine again?’

No. This might not be the answer you want to hear, but keep reading mama, trust me you’re going to like what’s coming…

No, you’re never going to ‘find time’ to workout as a new mom. But you can make time. If working out makes you feel strong, if it helps you find a sense of ‘the old you’, if it helps you cope with postpartum depression and anxiety you need to make time for working out.

And no, your body is never going to be yours again. You will forever share your body with your children in the most magical way. Your chest will forever be a place of warmth for your baby. Your arms, a place of comfort and rest. Your legs, a place for bouncing playtime and hiding when your toddler shy’s from a stranger.

When I think about how magical sharing my body is with my baby in this respect, it makes knowing that my body will never be just mine again feel much more magical. As a breastfeeding mama who still sharing a lot of my body with my baby, I need some additional nutrients. And since a lot of you have asked about my postpartum supplement routine, I’m sharing all my postpartum supplements below.

As a new mom I know it’s not always feasible to get uninterrupted time to workout without your baby. So I created this 15 Minute Mommy + Me Workout; 6 exercises you can do at home with your baby!

Turn playtime into #fitmom time with this total body, postpartum workout you can do with your baby or little.

If you’re having trouble viewing this Mommy + Me Workout, try turning off or pausing your ad-blocker. If you prefer, you can watch this video on Youtube here.

Note: this workout is designed to be done with a baby who has good head/neck control. You can always modify the exercises as needed to keep your baby on the mat if they are not at this stage yet.

the workout: 15 Minute Mommy + Me Workout

This 15-minute mommy + me workout consists of six exercises you can do with your baby. You’ll repeat all six exercises x 3 sets.

Perform each exercise for 40 seconds followed by a 20 second break for the first set, then 30 seconds followed by a 15 second break for the second set, and finally 20 seconds followed by a 10 second break for the third set.

  1. Down Dog + Push Up Peek-a-Boo
  2. Launcher Lunges + Baby Tickle
  3. Squat + Baby Press
  4. Squat Jack Baby Touches
  5. Baby Glute Bridges
  6. Seated Baby Twist

Repeat x 3 sets, dropping the ‘working time’ by 10 seconds per set.

see video above for complete workout and proper exercise form.

Down Dog + Push Up Peek-a-Boo

Launcher Lunges + Baby Tickle

Squat + Baby Press

Squat Jack Baby Touches

Baby Glute Bridges

Seated Baby Twist

My Postpartum Supplement Routine

When I heard some of my mom friends sharing that they had lost scary amounts of bone density from pregnancy and breastfeeding, I was curious and empowered to learn more so I could avoid this.

Your body is designed to give to baby first, drawing nutrients from your body to provide for baby. Which can sometimes leave you, mama, nutrient-deficient.

As a breastfeeding mama, who’s struggling to keep up with my little milk machine, I’m taking more supplements postpartum then I ever have. Honestly, I’m not a huge supplement fan. I prefer to get my nutrients from real food. But in an effort to stay healthy, strong, and desperately trying to produce more milk, these are the supplements I’m taking:

  • Garden of Life Raw Prenatals — general support to cover nutritional gaps from folic acid to iron, iodine and more.
  • Prenatal DHA — fatty acids that are important throughout pregnancy and during the early stages of an infant’s life for brain development.
  • Garden of Life Calcium — strong, healthy bones for baby and mama. It is recommended that a breastfeeding mother get about 1,000 mg of calcium a day – that is about 4 servings of dairy products.
  • Garden of Life Vitamin D — supports the growth of teeth and bones. Also comes in a liquid spray.
  • MotherLove More Milk Plus — herbal lactation support.
  • NOW Foods Brewer’s Yeast Capsules — lactation support.
  • Vital Proteins Beef Liver Capsules — for vitamins a, b and folate.
  • Vital Proteins Beauty Boost — for postpartum hair loss and support of skin, hair and nails.

Additional items I rely on to help with my milk supply and overall health:

  • Mother’s Milk Tea — lactation support.
  • Now Foods Brewer’s Yeast Powder — lactation support {I add to my smoothies, oatmeal, oat balls and ect}.
  • NOW Foods Flaxmeal — been known to help with lactation support {I add to my smoothies, oatmeal, oat balls and ect}.
  • Old Fashioned Oats — been known to help with lactation support {oatmeal, overnight oats oat balls and more}.
  • Vital Proteins unflavored collagen peptides — for additional protein and general support of my skin, hair, nails, bones and joints.
  • Healthy Fats — from avocados and nut/coconut butters to ghee, salmon and more. I’m all about my healthy fats which are essential for brain, eye, and heart growth and development. Also known to help with lactation support.

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