The treadmill at the gym? Booor-ing. If you’re a new or expectant mom looking for a workout routine that’s both fun and invigorating, run — don’t walk — to Prenatal Fit. The just-opened Lincoln Park gym is designed for women during and after pregnancy. It’s where you can exercise and navigate this crazy new life phase, meeting friends and bonding with baby along the way.
Owner Adina Rosenberg has been in fitness for more than 20 years (she clocked years as an instructor at East Bank Club) and has two prenatal fitness certifications. Her goal is to inspire moms to stay strong during pregnancy and get fit after. The gym is a fresh, modern oasis of silver and gray-blue and features two workout studios, a babysitting room, massage room and locker room. It offers all types of exercise formats, from fertility yoga to prenatal yoga to mommy and me classes.
Classes are adaptable for both pregnant and postnatal women. Choose from strength training, Nia, Zumba, Ballet Barre and Pilates. There are also many workshops planned, including baby care, labor and delivery, and CPR certification. Add to that specialty classes like Tiny Tunemakers, a early music class; and Tumbling, an intro to gymnastics.
The Mommy & Me Classes
Babies starting as young as six weeks up to crawlers are invited to join Mommy and Me classes. And there’s a whole slew to pick from: bootcamp, yoga, Baby Bjorn aerobics and Pilates. Once the little ones start moving they graduate to other classes, like yoga sprouts and tumbling.
Expect lots of interaction in the Mommy and Me classes. Instructors encourage moms to keep connecting to their kiddos by having them be part of the exercise or keeping eye contact with them. Imagine “kiss baby pushups,” which prompt moms to give baby a smooch at the bottom of the pushup or “super baby crunches,” for which moms place their babies on their shins and do ab crunches.
The Extra Perks
Prenatal Fit gym has flexible hours to cater to a mom’s nontraditional schedule. Classes start as early as 7:15 a.m. and end at 8 p.m. Another perk is the soon-to-open massage space, where you can get prenatal, sports, deep tissue and Swedish treatments.
The babysitting room also comes in handy. If you are interested in using the babysitting service, reservations need to be made either by phone or online. It’s $8/hr and $4 for siblings, and there are both weekday and weekend sitters.
Prenatal Fit’s drop-in classes are $20/class, and there are packages, too: $175 is for a one-month membership. If you know you’ll commit, there’s a six-month membership or one-year option, which gives you discounts on massage and workshops.
We don’t think you’ll miss the treadmill one bit.
1937 W. Diversey Pkwy.
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— Kelly Aiglon