My fav fitness classes while pregnant in NYC

Well well, look what the cat dragged in (me). I haven’t posted in ages, which means I’ve not shared some big personal news: I’m pregnant. I’m due (as if it’s a very strict appointment) at the end of June.

running at 24 weeks in Savannah
running at 24 weeks in Savannah

In the last 30 weeks or so, I’ve tried a bunch of different workout classes to varying degrees of success. Working out while pregnant is different for everyone. I’m happy to share what’s worked for me (and what hasn’t) in the event it makes it a little easier for someone else to get out there. I also know I’m lucky to be able to work out so consistently during pregnancy. I know not everyone feels up to it – or is advised to.

Nicole’s Pregnancy Fitness Class Scorecard

StudioFor pre-natal/post-natal only?Welcoming to pregnant ladies?Sweaty?The Scene Modify much?(1= no modifying; 10= lots of modifying)Mini Review
Physique57 NoYes
They love modifying for pregnant ladies and have special bolsters
NoFit uptown ladies (at pretty much all locations)3
The whole abs section (~10 minutes) needs to be modified but the instructors are happy to help; the class sticks to the same format each time so once you sort modifications, you're golden
I love this class for it's reliability. I know being pregnant won't get in the way of my ability to work out here.
Fhitting Room NoYes
They have a promo video welcoming pregnant ladies to come
YesUpscale bootcamp, co-ed, tough workout, positive reinforcement7
Each class is different so the level of modification varies class to class
Since the workout changes class to class, it's hard to know when I walk into the studio if I'll be able to join the class in the routines. I have all but stopped going because I got tired of doing my own thing.
DanceBody NoDidn’t acknowledge I was pregnantYesYounger crowd (both locations in NYC are downtown)2
I skip the pushups and replace with jumping jacks; this also assumes you’re a pregnant lady who is okay with jumping!
I love this class while pregnant. So far I'm lucky and jumping has been fine for me. This class makes me straight up smile.
ProNatal FitnessYesYesYesHeld in a Tribeca community center basement; mom-to-bes of varying fitness levels1This was a good workout but it wasn't for me. The studio is right next to an indoor pool and it was very humid and there were no windows. The tone was a bit medicinal rather than fun.
PreNatal Yoga Center YesYesNoChill, hippy UWS mom-to-bes1This place is pretty good. It's a slow flow, but I think all pregnant yoga probably is.
Love Child YogaYesYesNoMother earth meets the West Village in a damp basement1I wanted to like this so much. It's located on Horatio Street and looks straight up precious, but the room the class takes place in is dark and damp.
Fit Pregnancy ClubYesYesKindaHip, Soho pregnant ladies (who will probably wear crop tops the second they are out of labor)1This is a solid workout catered to pregnant ladies. Think: weights, cardio and toning in a trendy studio. They make being pregnant cool.

If you’ve been pregnant, what were your favorite workouts in NY?

Actually Cool Dance Classes in NYC

Real talk: I used to think dance classes were for people who couldn’t handle “real” workout classes like Barry’s Bootcamp.  Dance classes didn’t seem hardcore enough for me. Then one of two things happened. Either I got over myself or these classes got harder, probably both. Look around any of these dance classes and you see (mostly) women who are way stronger than me.

Today’s fitness market is packed, and it shouldn’t surprise you that New York City has many dance-focused offerings. They range far beyond traditional options like Zumba or Ballet. Some of the classes use dance to complement strength workouts within one session. Here’s a rundown of the dance classes currently trending in New York.

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We took a Barry’s Bootcamp class in Bergen, Norway

Want to make Barry’s Bootcamp harder? Take it in Norwegian.

Matt and I went to Norway and Sweden for 10 days of hiking and exploring. Our AirBnB in Bergen, Norway was around the corner from Barry’s Bootcamp. It’s just called “Barry’s” in Norway. I wonder if the word “bootcamp” doesn’t translate.

barrys norway

After a week of challenging hikes, Barry’s wasn’t exactly what we needed, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to take a New York favorite while abroad. Also, fun fact: Despite the fact that EVERYTHING is more expensive in Norway (compared to the US), Barry’s is cheaper!

barrys norway

We visited on a weekend, and Barry’s in Norway follows the same calendar as in the US, so it was a Full Body workout (the schedule varies by day of the week). My short vacation in Norway doesn’t make me an expert on it’s culture, but it’s hard to escape the view that Norwegians are fit. Here read this study about the culture of fitness in Scandinavia. Even in the US the Barry’s regular is a self-selecting crowd and the average participant is in pretty solid shape. I steeled myself for a tough workout and that’s what we got.

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Gym Review: Central Rock Gym (a new UWS climbing space)

Hot off the press: There is a brand new rock climbing gym in the Upper West Side. Until now, if you wanted to try your luck at bouldering  you had to commute to a decidedly cooler, younger part of the city (Long Island City or Gowanus).

Central Rock Gym opened at 60th and West End and offers a gorgeous bouldering and rope climbing facility. After reading about my experience at Brooklyn Boulders, the gym reached out and invited me to give them a try.

central rock gym

I brought my friend Caroline and Central Rock was kind enough to host us, provide us shoes and give us a lesson. We needed it.

Just three blocks from Columbus Circle, the gym is right next to a SoulCycle in a part of the Upper West Side that is adding new, trendy, commerce every day. After checking in upstairs and getting fitted for climbing sneakers (which are meant to be uncomfortably snug), we headed down to the gym space.

 

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I ran a small town 5K and it kicked my ass

As a lapsed runner, the last bit of the habit I’ve yet to kick is the part where I search and sign up for races. I’ve given up buying running clothes and you know, going for runs but inputting my credit card info into sketchy race websites  to purchase a 7am Saturday wake up call is a habit I just can’t quit.

I spent a weekend in Great Barrington, MA with my best bud Tricia.  In a ritual scraping of the internet, I found a local race in support of Volunteers in Medicine, a Great Barrington based health charity, was going on during out stay. The race was hosted by a local brewery called Big Elm Beer. I conferred with Trish, she was in and so we signed up. Tricia is my original running buddy. You may remember her from recent adventures such as the Cherry Blossom 10 miler.

5k sheffield

We got to GB late Friday night, around 11pm but I didn’t fret since the 5K didn’t begin until 10am the next day.  It feels very on-brand to have a late start to a race hosted by brewery.

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