Since I first had my son, I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate him into workouts as a baby and now a toddler. (Because, who wants to wake up an hour early to exercise on their own when their kid already wakes up at 5am every day? Not me!) When I was working full-time, I typically found classes that were available on Saturdays so I could bring my son with me. Now that I’m home with him, I love finding classes during the week so I can get that much needed time with other adults while giving us both something fun to do. Fortunately, there are so many options out there depending on your interests and your child’s age or desire to participate.
The specific Mommy and Me workout classes listed here are in Pittsburgh given our locale. These types of classes can found in other locations in the United States as well, so fortunately you don’t have to be in Pittsburgh to take advantage of them!
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Fit4Mom Stroller Workouts
Fit4Mom is a stroller-based workout that offers classes across the United States. Locally in Pittsburgh there are two locations, the North Hills Fit4Mom that we go to, and the Bethel Park Fit4Mom location in the South Hills. Depending on the location, they offer a combination of barre based and cardio based workouts, as well as workouts tailored to prenatal and postpartum recovery. The classes can be done all-year-round, typically with an outdoor location in the warmer months and indoors in the cooler months.
Our local North Hills Fit4Mom is so focused on building a community for moms that they even offer a play group with crafts or other activities after classes on Fridays. You can find more information on classes and activities at the Fit4Mom North Hills Facebook Page.
Tip: Make sure you have a running friendly stroller before going to a Fit4Mom stroller class. We love the Bob Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller and coupled it with the Britax B Safe infant carseat when my son was younger. You can also use a regular travel system and stroller too as long as the wheels are sturdy enough to minimize impact.
Fit4Mom North Hills: Additional Info
- Location: Class location is weather dependent
- Outdoors: Meet at North Park, outside at the playground by the boathouse (10301 Pearce Mill Rd, McCandless, PA)
- Indoors: Meet at The Block at Northway (8013 McKnight Rd, Pittsburgh, PA)
- Classes Offered: Stroller Strides is a total body workout workout while Stroller Barre is more strength and cardio focused. There are also classes offered periodically that are just for the moms, as well as a running meet up that takes place in the warmer months.
- Class Schedule: Stroller Strides is offered on Monday, Friday and Saturday and Stoller Barre is offered on Wednesdays. All stroller classes are from 9:15-10:15am.
- Cost: The first class is always free and single classes are $15 each after that. Class packs and monthly unlimited memberships are also available and offer classes at a lower rate.
- Website: https://northhills.fit4mom.com
If you’re outside of Pittsburgh, you can find a Fit4Mom location by searching here.
The Dailey Method Barre Classes
I started going to The Dailey Method (TDM) Pittsburgh location when I was four months pregnant, after reading that barre was a workout that could be done up until giving birth. (With some modifications, of course.) The owner at our local Pittsburgh location, Joanna Amelio, is super welcoming and truly cares about every person that walks through her doors. One of the best things about our Pittsburgh TDM location is that it has an amazing kids’ room available, so you can get a workout in while knowing that your little one is having fun right next door. (TDM even accepts babies in the kids’ room as young as 6 weeks!)
Dailey Baby Classes are offered periodically at The Dailey Method Pittsburgh. If you’re expecting a child or recently gave birth and have an interest, be sure to let the owner, Joanna know. These classes typically involve traditional barre exercises with your baby in a carrier. (Ergobaby carriers are our favorite for this type of activity!)
4-week Lunch Bunch Classes are also offered periodically at TDM Barre in Pittsburgh. These are drop-off classes for kids ages 3-5 and include 45 minutes of active movement and 30 minutes for lunch.
Note: Unlike most exercises that require new moms to wait at least 6 weeks postpartum, new moms can start doing barre at TDM with some modifications as soon as 3 weeks after giving birth. (A doctor’s note most be provided.)
The Daily Method Barre Studio in Pittsburgh: Additional Information
- Location: Village at Pine, 2000 Village Run Road, Suite 203, Wexford, PA, 15090
- Class Schedule:
- Classes are offered every day of the week at TDM Pittsburgh. For the current schedule, check here.
- The kids’ room is available during the 9:30am and 10:45am classes from Monday- Friday, at 12pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and at 10am on Saturday.
- Cost: Individual classes are $23, however, classes are discounted when purchasing a class pack or membership. New client specials are available as well, including 14 days of unlimited classes currently being offered to new clients for $49. Childcare is $5 per class (or less if you purchase a kids’ room class pack.)
- Website: https://thedaileymethod.com/studios/pittsburgh
Many locations outside of Pittsburgh offer kids’ rooms as well. You can find your closest TDM location by searching here.
Yoga For Parents & Kids of All Ages
There are so many different yoga classes out there for expecting moms and for current parents to do with or without their kids. Below are a few great places that offer yoga for kids and families in Pittsburgh.
Green Yoga studio in Aspinwall really caters to families and yogis of all ages and abilities. There are several classes available throughout the week, as well as some specifically cater to families and/or Moms.
- Om Baby Yoga is a great way to introduce your baby to yoga while doing stretches that target the right body parts for postpartum recovery. We did baby yoga here for the first time when my son was about 6 months old.
- Mom Strong is a kid-free class taught by Kristen Carlin that focuses on empowering moms to focus on themselves and their fitness.
- Green Yoga also periodically offers classes for families with slightly older kids as they get older and start doing the moves more independently.
Schoolhouse Yoga has locations in the North Hills, East Liberty & Squirrel Hill. Currently only the Squirrel Hill and East Liberty Locations offer Mommy & Me classes that are typically best suited for moms with kids from 0-3 years old.
Toddler Story Time Yoga at Riverstone Bookstore
Our favorite local bookstore, Riverstone Books, also offers toddler yoga story time, which is an adorable (and free!) way for kids to get familiar with the yoga movements. With an active 18-month old, this has been a great way for us to test the waters and start learning the practice of yoga. Parents can also join in to help teach their kids the movements, and Riverstone has a great selection of yoga books available for families to practice the poses at home.
Many YMCAs also offer family yoga or baby and me classes. To find the closest Y to you, check here.
We loved British Swim School when our son was just getting acclimated with the water. At the time of enrolling, we wanted him to be able to safely swim prior to renting a house with a swimming pool for an upcoming vacation. Since both parents and babies are moving the entire time, it’s a fun way to be active while also teaching kids about water safety at a young age. To find your neighborhood British Swim School pool, check here.
This isn’t technically an exercise class, but you won’t stop moving from the minute you walk in the door. It’s a great way for parents and little ones to have fun together while singing, dancing and actively learning through play the entire time. At Kindermusik with Christa Beck, our local favorite, classes are available in Murrysville, Tarentum and Sarver. To find a Kindermusik near you, search here.
Ideas for Exercising with your Baby or Toddler for Free
If you’d like to workout with a little one in tow but don’t want to spend the money on a class, you’re in luck! Below are a few ideas for for exercising with a little one without paying anything.
Walk or Bike Around a New Place
When you get tired of pushing the stroller around the same block every day, just head to your local or state park. In Pittsburgh, our favorite local park to ride bikes or walk is North Park in Wexford. There’s a long path around the lake with plenty of playgrounds to stop at along the way, making it perfect for getting exercise (and having fun) with a baby or toddler.
Check out Your Local Library for Exercise Classes
Many libraries offer events aside from the traditional story times to get kids and their parents moving. Our local library, Northern Tier, offers a toddler/preschool exercise program. This fun program in Gibsonia includes running, dancing, obstacles and yoga. The class also encourages parents and caregivers to move along with the kids, making it great for the whole family.
Find a Workout to do at Home on YouTube
Several mommy and me exercise classes are available, including the two examples below.
- Bodyfit by Amy is a great home “trainer” for prenatal exercise classes and she does a Baby and Me workout for babies of all ages.
- Nancy Taylor offers several baby and me/ toddler and me workouts.
Please share in the comments if you have any favorite workouts with your little ones that aren’t mentioned above.
Children’s Book Inspiration: Goodnight Yoga by Diane Kovanda (or visit your local library or bookstore for more options!)
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