Lose the Baby Weight, Not the Baby!

Stroller Strides Workout

Baby weight is not a seasonal thing. Women are having babies 365 days a year and they’re battling the postnatal bulge for months after giving birth. And as some of us can attest, it’s not uncommon for women to be trying to shed extra baby poundage a year or more after giving birth. So, anytime is the right time to discover new workouts that’ll help get our pre-baby bodies back.

One common difficulty among new mothers is finding time to work out when you have a new baby to care for. So we found five neighborhood workouts where you can lose the baby weight, but not your baby. Throw together a combo gym-diaper bag and leave your excuses in the nursery, because now ya got none!

1. Mighty Mamas at Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center

Owner Lakey Evans-Pena created this class five years ago after having her second child. In a studio for children, plenty of moms were coming pregnant with their attending children’s siblings and were ready to shed weight in the familiar studio. Postural work and core work are the basis of the routine. This workout is specifically designed to work on your post-baby bod. So, all those areas that got a little out of whack in those nine months will be attended to. The instructor encourages moms to work at their own pace. Lakey says, “We’ve had mamas with us for all 5 years, multiple pregnancies, and many friends of friends who drop-in because they have heard about the class or seen what a difference it has made in both physical and mental shape, and they want to join the happiness.”

Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00 am-10:00 am , visit www.wmacc.com  or call 718.866.6811 for pricing and drop-in info.

2. Stroller Strides in Prospect Park

Stroller Strides is the perfect workout for moms with babies who can hang in the stroller while mom pushes her way to a new body. The hour-long workout includes power walking and intervals of body toning, using exercise tubing and the stroller. The workout can also be modified for pregnant moms with another in a stroller. Stroller Strides uses Prospect Park as their stomping grounds and meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 am. It also offers a working moms’ Run Club with two programs, a couch to 5k class and a 10k and beyond program, the runs are designed for the working mom who either wants to start running or get back to running after the baby. Anna Catherine says, “Babies are always welcome in their strollers which is a lot of fun because the moms who come without their strollers take turns pushing the kids.” The Run Club has two new sessions starting in September.

For pricing and further info on Stroller Strides or the Working Moms Run Club contact annacatherine@strollerstrides.net or call 800.972.1623

3. Shanti Baby Yoga in Bay Ridge

Mama baby yoga is a special thing. It’s a great bonding experience for you and your baby as well as a low-impact workout. Shanti offers both baby and toddler yoga classes. This is a unique yoga class that helps babies develop motor skills, muscular control, stimulates their minds and even offers them the chance to be around and socialize with other babies. Shanti prides themselves as “a class that gives mothers an opportunity to socialize and bond with other moms while rebuilding their postnatal bodies.” If you are a yoga lover and living in Bay Ridge, Shanti Baby Yoga is a mind, body and soul experience for you and your baby. Om.

For current class schedule or to get updates on the Fall schedule go to shantibabyyoga.com or call 646-823-7261.  

4. Move It Momma in Prospect Park

Move it Momma is a class designed by personal trainer and mother of two, Chana Balk. Chana’s Mission: To provide motivating, fun and realistic fitness programs specifically designed for moms (their bodies and lifestyles) that transcends just fitness, and offers support, camaraderie and motivation to lead a more balanced and fulfilling life. “The class incorporates the toddlers into the routine when appropriate, and the toddlers typically mimic the moms’ movements,” says Chana. At a Move It Momma class, expect a hardcore sweaty workout with a lot of high fives and a celebratory smoothie with new mommy friends afterwards. Groups typically meet at the entrance to Prospect Park at Grand Army Plaza. Currently Move It Momma is on a summer break but is starting back up after Labor Day.

Fall Class Schedule: Tuesdays, 9:30 am-10:30 am Thursdays, 11:00 am-12:00 am Sundays, 8:00am-9:00 am. Contact Info@moveitmomma.com or call  917.596.2902 to reserve a space.

5. Baby Synergy in Prospect Park

Baby Synergy is a very hands-on mama baby workout. As a method of bonding, your baby is aligned with your body, essentially making the baby your resistance weight. The workout is designed for mothers and babies six weeks to crawling, and is a safe, low-impact workout. To get a feel for their unique approach, check out some of the key Baby Synergy moves in these videos on their website. Baby Synergy is currently holding walkabout stroller classes in Prospect Park at the 11th Street entrance.

Current Baby Synergy Schedule: Mondays 6:30 pm, Thursdays 2 pm, and Saturdays 12:30 pm. All classes are an hour long. For fees and space reservation email babiesynergy@gmail.com.