Here's a collection of the best mommy and me fitness classes throughout Chicago and suburbs! Typically geared for new moms, these exercise programs promote postnatal recovery and strength, as well as offer a supportive network. No babysitter needed! Kick start a fresh set of fitness goals with your little one by your side.
Beverly Yoga Center
$20/single class; $85/ 5 class
Infants - crawling
C. Wal: Beverly Yoga Center has many great yoga and fitness offerings. In specific to mommy and me fitness, Mama + Baby Yoga and Postpartum Pelvic Floor are two classes where babies are welcome to be carried, fed or rocked while you find this special time helpful to strengthen your body and mind.
Starting at $59/month
Babies or toddlers in strollers
Shila: Fit4Mom organizes mommy and me classes throughout Chicago at locales and parks near you. They host a variety of fitness programs geared for new moms. In particular, Stroller Strides includes power walking, jogging and strength training intervals while your baby sits in the stroller. Stroller Barre is a unique blend of ballet, pilates, yoga and stroller-based strength exercises too.
Baby Boot Camp
Babies in strollers
Shila: Baby Boot Camp programs are led by nationally certified fitness professionals that provide training, nutrition, and community support for moms. You will find their regular fitness programs and mommy and me classes taking place at various spots and parks throughout Chicago and suburbs. One class in particular is called Stroller Fitness; this 60-minute class incorporates cardio, strength, and core for a total body workout, while your baby is secured in the stroller.
Hike it Baby
Shila: Hike it Baby organizes family friendly hikes and urban strolls, all the while promoting appreciation of nature. Hike It Baby hikes pace as fast as the slowest hiker. This helps to make the experience a welcoming one. All ages are welcome to get moving together.
$28/single class; $115/5 classes
Babies 6 weeks - crawling
Shila: CocoonCare is a fitness and wellness center catering to women in their prenatal and childbearing years. Baby And Me Yoga aims to strengthen your body and core, improve posture, and relax. Your new baby is invited to exercise along with you! Interactive postures incorporate your little one, which promotes bonding too.
Lincoln Park Zoo's Parent & Toddler Yoga
April - September
Lisa R: Introduce your toddler to yoga outside with this class held in the outdoor education pavilion at the zoo. Kids will have fun posing like different animals and engaging in guided nature activities. A limited number of child size yoga mats are available on a first come, first served basis. Outdoor classes are held at the People’s Gas Pavilion at Nature Boardwalk, which offers serene surroundings. See website to confirm schedule.
Active Moms' Club
Shila: Active Moms Club provides Chicago moms with prenatal fitness and postnatal fitness opportunities, personal training, and post-baby body express training packages. Most classes are moms-only, however in the case of From The Core: Post Natal Recovery, new babies are allowed to accompany them. See site for the description of this mommy and me fitness class that will encourage your safe return to regular exercise post childbirth.
$25/drop in; $180/ 10 class
6 weeks - 12 months
Shila: Prenatal Fit is a prenatal and postnatal woman's gym that also includes a variety of workshops, babysitting and massage offerings. Fitness opportunities where babies are welcome alongside you can include: Mommy and Me Yoga, Mommy and Me Pilates, Mommy and Me Bootcamp, Mommy and Me Baby Bjorn Aerobics, and Mommy and Me Zumba. Be on the lookout for additional events, too.
Sweet Pea's Studio
$18/single class; $80/5 classes
Babies 4 weeks – active crawlers
Shila: Sweet Pea's offers a relaxing weekly time for new mothers and babies in their yoga studio. Baby and Me Yoga classes feature postures and breathing techniques that focus on restoring balance and health and relaxation. Bring along your newborn! In addition, discover infant massage techniques and stretches for baby.
Bloom Yoga Studio
$20/drop in; $90/ 5 class
Mom and Baby: non-crawling babies
Shila: There are a handful of yoga opportunities for all ages, including yoga for babies, parent and tot classes, kids, tweens/teens, and families. In specific, Mom and Baby is a class geared for new moms to strengthen and recover from childbirth. Non-crawling babies are welcome on the mat to join this not-too-strenuous but encouraging fitness class.
Hip Circle Studio
$20/drop in; $90/5 class
Lisa R: Hip Circle Studio hosts a variety of fitness and empowering wellness classes ranging from yoga to belly dancing. Babies are welcome to be worn during belly dance class, too. They are also welcome to share your mat in Pilates until they start crawling.
Om Yoga Chicago, Co.
Ages: 4-9 years
Shila: Mommy (Daddy) & Me Yoga classes are designed to introduce children to yoga. During class, the teacher will give a unique story time that describes the tale of Omie; a little dog with a big imagination. Children, moms and dads can relax, breathe, and practices their poses in this short, 30-minute fitness class.
Twisted Tree Yoga
$10-17/drop in; $65/5 Classes
Yoga Playgroup: ages 6 weeks - 3 years
Alexandra F.: Twisted Yoga offers a myriad of awesome weekly classes for adults and yoga for kids, including Family Yoga and Adult/Tot Dance. Yoga Playgroup, in specific, is a unique fitness class geared for adults to practice yoga while their babies and toddlers play and explore around them.
Oak Brook Water Park Aquatics
Age: 6 mo-4 yrs (with a caregiver)
Shila: Oak Brook Park District’s Family Aquatic Center is a local indoor water park, swimming pool and fitness spot. Suit up and enjoy Parent/Tot Fitness where the focus is on babies adjusting to beginner water skills with the support of a parent or caregiver. This innovative pool class also incorporates a fitness regimen for the adults with some cardiovascular and muscle toning water exercises.
Starting at $20/class
Infants, not yet crawling (in their car seat)
Shila: Edward-Elmhurst Health System offers numerous resources and support for new moms and dads, including a variety of post natal wellness and fitness programs where babies are in the exercise room with you. Example classes include: Daddy Boot Camp, Yoga Pilates Fusion, Aerobics, etc.
$17/ drop in; $75/ 5 classes
Alexandra F.: Willow Yoga offers small classes to ensure quality and individual attention, and has a variety of weekly classes for the whole family, including Prenatal and Teen Yoga as well as Baby Yoga and Tot Times for parents and their little ones! Mom's Yoga, in specific, is not a baby or toddler class - instead, it's a special time for moms to enjoy a relaxing workout while babies lay or roam the yoga room.
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