The new year is here, the holiday cookies are eaten and it’s time to get started on those resolutions to get and stay fit. It’s so easy for us parents to use the kids as an excuse to not make it to the gym, but this list proves that children and exercise are not mutually exclusive. Love to dance? Strap your baby on and shake your groove thing. Need some downdog to get your mood up? Put your kid’s mat next to yours and set an example for wellness in the process. Are your kids the only ones feeling like they’re bouncing off the walls? Head to a trampoline park – together. Whether you want to work out with your child or give them a safe space to socialize while you sweat, there are fewer ways to justify staying home.
DROP THE KIDS OFF
Flight Fit at Flight Fit N Fun
Parents can burn up to 1,000 calories in this hour-long low-impact class that takes advantage of the facility’s 15,000 square feet of trampolines and more. Plan to jump, crunch and push-up your way to health while kiddos ages 6 and younger can jump in the Kidz Zone for free.
Cost: $11/class, $16/two-class pass, $70/10-class pass
Where: 7200 Fullerton Road, Springfield, VA
When: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Friday and Sunday; 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., Saturday
UrbanFit Bootstraps at Urban Evolution
This strength-focused class for grown-ups happens alongside kids’ classes so everyone can get their fit on at the same time. This class starts with exercises designed to increase pull-up strength and climbing ability and ends with cardio to cover all your bases.
Cost: $20 drop-in rate
Where: 5505 Cherokee Ave., Alexandria, VA
When: check website
Drop the kids in the Play Lounge while you take a class rooted in functional training with elements of ballet barre, pilates and yoga. The full-body, low-impact workout covers body alignment, isometric holds, and small and large movements, each of which target different areas of fitness, including strength and cardio.
Cost: $29/class, see website for packages; $8/play lounge or $72/10 pack
Where: 1832 14th St. NW; 1000 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 1243 1st St. SE; 4900 Massachusetts Ave. NW; 701 2nd St. NE; 4829 Cordell Ave., Bethesda; 715 Duke St., Alexandria; 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington
When: Check website
YMCA Anthony Bowen
It’s fun to stay at the YMCA! At least that’s the goal of the Child Watch and Cool Kids Club programs. The first is for ages eight weeks to 4 years and is free for YMCA members, while the latter is for ages 4-12 and costs $10/month and a $5 drop-in fee. Themes in the club include science and Lego engineering. For grownups, the group fitness opportunities cover it all: aerial yoga, barre, belly dancing, boxing, Bodypump, cycling, Tabata, yoga and Zumba.
Cost: Contact for info
Where: 1325 W St. NW
When: Check website
MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR
From the group that brought is Stroller Strides, there’s a new option that blends pilates, ballet and barre movements suitable for the pre- and postnatal woman. Plan to use exercise tubes, a stroller and the environment to promote toning and fat-burning.
Where: 3415 8th St. NE, 225 7th St. SE
When: 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at Edgewood Arts Center, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday at Eastern Market
Mommy + Baby Fit at CrossFit South Arlington
Designed for pregnant and new moms, this class takes aim at getting your core strong to either carry a baby or get back in shape after giving birth. Babies are welcome to be part of the class, and women need clearance from their doctor to participate.
Where: 607 S. Ball St., Arlington
When: Check website
Take your family’s fitness to new heights with a trip to EarthTreks. Rock climbers young and old can test out their bouldering or repelling skills during special family programs designed to help participants build strength, self-confidence, and trust. Open climbs are also a great and–at $5 a person–affordable way to test your climbing chops. And let’s not forget cross training: EarthTreks offers fitness and yoga classes designed to complement those climbing sessions.
3 Locations in Md. And Va.
Nobody puts baby in a corner at this dance studio. Wear your baby as you dance your way through this 45-minute high-energy class. Geared toward all fitness levels, this class lets you feel the love while you feel the burn.
Cost: $15/drop-in, $80/six classes
Where: 4513 College Ave., College Park
When: 11-11:45 a.m. Tuesday
Looking to mambo and rumba your way to fitness? Look no further than Bouncing Bambini’s family-focused Zumbini and Baby Mombo classes. Zumbini combines Zumba-style music with dancing, singing, and instruments for a class where kiddos ages 0-4 and their caregivers will move and make memories at the same time. Bouncing Bambini’s newest addition is Baby Mombo, a high-energy babywearing dance class where you can sweat and smile with your little one cuddled close to you.
Yoga for You and the Baby/Tots/Kids at Sun and Moon Yoga Studio
Get your Zen on with your kiddo at classes for babies, tots or kids. The studio defines babies as infants to near-crawlers, and the class focuses on post-natal safety for both body and mind. Exercises emphasize support for feeding, holding, lifting and carrying the baby, plus participants learn baby massage. For the tot crew – those who are on the move – the class incorporates yoga poses, stories, music and creative movement, while the class for kids ages 7 and up is an all-levels yoga class with breathing and relaxation techniques.
Cost: First class is free, $16/class
Where: 3811 Lee Highway, Arlington and 9998 Main St., Fairfax
When: From Jan. 2-April 16 — 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesday for babies in Fairfax; 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for babies, 11:30 a.m. for tots and 6:15 p.m. for kids in Arlington
—Stephanie Kanowitz and Sarah Vogel