I don’t know why I waited so long to try Mom in Balance, a fitness class for pregnant and postpartum women. I was probably put off by the word “mom’ in the name. (Since I am not yet a mom.) But if that’s holding you back, try to get over it. I’m glad I did.
Mom in Balance is an outdoor bootcamp company that offers classes in parks around New York including Fort Greene Park, Battery Park, Prospect Park and Central Park.
Some of their classes combine pregnant and postpartum folks and some classes are exclusively for one stage or the other.
I fit squarely in the pregnant camp and I tried a combo class for the first time last weekend. It was a gorgeous summer morning and if I hadn’t been pregnant I would’ve loved to go for a run (I’ve been running while pregnant but at 37 weeks, it’s not so much a workout as it is a way to get somewhere really slowly) so I was thankful for the opportunity to spend time in Central Park under the guise of fitness.
The class I took had approximately 12 people; four were pregnant and eight were new(ish) moms. For most of class we were split into groups: pregnant and postpartum. Largely, the two groups did the same activity but the pregnant women used modifications or a lower intensity. Here’s what went down:
The class was a mix of strength and cardio. For the strength components we did squats, used stretching straps for arm work, and did modified push ups and triceps dips using park benches.
Cardio was a fun mix of sprints (or power walks), fancy footwork using a rope ladder and side shuffles.
Having two groups (pregnant and postpartum) was actually pretty cool. It exposed me to what postpartum fitness might look like. Overall, the class was as intense as you made it. The sense of community was strong and I got the impression the postpartum group had been coming to this class together for a while, making it a great way to meet people.
Bonus: The weekday classes allow you to bring your baby; so if you’re on maternity leave (or home with a baby) no need to find childcare.
- Sign up on their website or ClassPass (each location has a different ClassPass destination)
- Your first class is $10 if you sign up using their website.
- After you sign up for your first class, the instructor will email you with more details!
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