We all know the feelings that arise after the birth of a child, everyone of us has said it at one time or another “I really need to get back into shape, and I need to lose some of the baby weight I have gained.” The problem is many of us do not want to join a gym, can not afford a personal trainer, and can not afford the cost of childcare while we are working out. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a fitness program for new moms where they could work out with their babies in the great outdoors? Well, I have some great news for you, there is a new fitness program making its way across the US, and the only workout equipment needed is your stroller! That’s right many cities now offer fitness programs that are stroller-based exercise programs designed specifically for new moms! Who knew that your stroller could do double duty as fitness equipment?
Baby Boot Camp
Baby Boot Camp has over three hundred locations in twenty-six different states. They offer a variety of classes to meet your specific needs, including prenatal classes. Baby Boot Camp’s classes combine strength-training, cardiovascular drills, pilates, yoga, and abdominal exercises. Classes range in length from fifty-five minutes to seventy-five minutes, and follow the guidelines set forth by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Council on Exercise. Classes range in cost from $5 to $20 per class depending on class selection, and location, with no charge for your first Baby Boot Camp class.
Stroller Fit has over two hundred and fifty locations in thirty states. Stroller Fit classes use exercises that target your “mommy muscles”, the muscles that are used and abused during labor, delivery, and the postpartum care of your baby. Classes consist of three different intensity levels to accommodate the needs of new moms, with a typical class lasting about fifty minutes. Classes are $5 each, and moms can purchase an unlimited monthly membership for $45 to $65 per month.
Stroller Strides is by far the largest franchise of the stroller based fitness programs with over five hundred locations in forty-one states. Stroller Strides classes combine Power Walking with intervals of body toning exercises that use exercise tubing and your stroller. Classes are designed for all new moms, regardless of exercise level, and depending on the class you chose range in length from fifty-five minutes to seventy-five minutes. Stroller Strides also offers free playgroups, and mom’s nights out. Classes range in price from $4 to $15 per class depending on class selection, and location, some locations also offer monthly memberships.