This guide to baby-friendly exercise classes is sponsored by Gixo. Gixo offers trainer-led live, group fitness classes you can take from your phone. Work out at home or outdoors!
Here are eight ways to get an effective workout with baby — or toddler — in tow.
1- GIXO, the app for indoor and outdoor trainer-led workouts, anywhere
Gixo is on a mission to get people moving. They’ve developed live group fitness classes you can take from your phone. A new class starts every 30-minutes, so you can do it whenever your (nap) schedule permits. The coaches get to know you, modify exercises based on your needs, and keep you motivated throughout your workout. It's like a personal trainer in your pocket. More info >>
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
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
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.
Thanks to Gixo for sponsoring this guide to exercising with a baby in the East Bay. Gixo classes can be done from anywhere.
[Photo credits: Title photo: Whitney Moss; Outdoor stroller mom: Whitney Moss; Mama Army Stroller Fitness photo courtesy Mama Army; Bladium indoor soccer field: Arlene Easterwood; Indoor push-up mom: courtesy of Gixo]