There’s more to fitness than posting Insta pics of your protein shake and lifting ridiculously heavy laundry baskets. Here are a few mommy and me fitness class options that will help you tone up, gain energy, and maybe even shed a few pounds. (Bonus: You’ll also meet new friends and bond with your baby.)
Why just jog when you can stroll? iStroll is the ultimate 60-minute stroller workout. This BYOB (bring your own baby!) class incorporates running, body weight exercises, dumbbells, resistance bands, and, of course, a jogging stroller.
While each workout is different, every session includes cardio, strength, and movement exercises. iStroll gives new parents a full-body workout while keeping babies moving and happy. Feeling a little apprehensive? No worries—this is a strictly judgment-free atmosphere. You’ll meet parents from different backgrounds and with a range of fitness levels.
Leslie Jackson, a mom of two who left her full-time career in higher education, leads the iStroll classes. “iStroll is so much more than a workout,” Jackson says. “iStroll is meant to build a community of parents. What I love most is the fact that it’s a built-in play date for the kids. We’ve made so many new friends through iStroll. I’ve made mom friends, and my kids have made friends of their own.”
Classes are Monday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at Veteran’s Park in Hoover and every other Friday at 9:30 a.m. in Heardmont Park. There are also classes on the first Saturday of each month. Every workout is followed by playtime at the playground or a craft. Prices range from $8 for a single class to $45 for a family package to $65 for a 10-class package.
You know that sinking feeling you get when you walk into a gym and it’s filled with muscular men pumping iron? Mommy and Me Time Fitness will give you the exact opposite feeling—because it was created by a mom for moms.
Owner Stacey Jernigan designed the classes so they offer varied interactive workouts—and you get to bring your child to work out with you! From yoga to prenatal/postnatal classes to fitness boot camps, Mommy and Me Time Fitness offers something for every mom.
“Fitness is an essential part of being a great Mom,” Jernigan says. In addition to the physical benefits, moms are also able to build community. “You find other moms to talk to about motherhood,” Jernigan says. “There’s a support system and a fellowship.”
A complete schedule of Mommy and Me Time Fitness classes is available on their website with prices ranging from $12 for a single class drop-in to $99 for an unlimited monthly package.
If you haven’t tried yoga yet, you’re missing out! Annie Damsky, the owner of Villager yoga, is a strong believer in yoga’s benefits for parents and children.
Her studio, Villager Yoga, offers classes for expectant moms, postnatal moms, and moms of infants and young children, where moms and kids enjoy yoga together. Whether you’ve never rolled out a yoga mat or you’ve already mastered mountain pose, you’ll feel welcome.
Prenatal and Postnatal classes strengthen mom’s body while providing an atmosphere of support. Grow with Me Yoga, for children 0–5, is a developmentally focused series designed to support a young child’s growing mind and body. Children and caregivers explore yoga poses and engage through creative movement, stories, songs, and more. This 4-week series supports sensory exploration; spatial awareness; listening, memory, and sequencing skills; and more.
Cost is $75 for up to 2 children.
There is also a drop-in Toddler Class on the first Saturday of each month and Parent and Baby yoga every Friday, at $15 for the whole family. A schedule of classes is available on the website with prices ranging from a $15 single class pass up to an unlimited 3-month pass for $295.
Though it sounds like a fancy new pasta dish, Zumbini® is actually an early childhood education created by Zumba® and BabyFirst! The program uses music and movement to promote cognitive, social, fine/gross motor skill, and emotional development for kids ages 0–4. Translation? While you’re both having lots of fun, your child is also learning a whole lot.
In fact, learning, bonding, and fun are the major goals in the 45-minute Zumbini® class. Different class themes—like Kulino Finds the Music and Hili and the Dance—feature various songs and activities. Classes are offered in 6- to 12-week sessions, although drop-in visits are available. Session signups include a Zumbini Bundle that includes a 20-song CD, a songbook, and a plush toy. Visit the website to find classes available near you. Cost for 4 classes plus a Bundle is $39 for the first child and $2 for additional children.