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
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.
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
photo: 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.
353 Main St.
photo: Amanda West
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.
11054 Washington Blvd.
photo: The Dailey Method
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.
photo: Farrah Zweig
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.
471 South Roxbury Dr.
Do you have a Mommy and Me fitness class you love? Let us know in the comments below!