This is not your mothers workout class.
I'm shoving my pooch into a new pair of (super cute) Forever 21 leggings and wondering why the hell my 1.5 month postpartum ass decided to join a workout class.
Oh yeah, the pooch.
I started my google journey with three very important words "Mommy and Me," because there was no way I was going to be able to leave my newborn to workout because A) who wants to work out in the first place B) he was not even two months old and, most importantly, C) separation anxiety is real.
Fit4Mom® was the first thing that popped up.
FIT4MOM is the nation’s leading prenatal and postnatal fitness program, providing fitness classes and a network of moms to support every stage of motherhood. From pregnancy, through postpartum and beyond, our fitness and wellness programs help make moms strong in body, mind, and spirit.
They offered a variety of classes, including Fit4Baby®, for pregnant mamas, Body Back®, an eight week high-intensity interval workout journey and then, ah ha, Stroller Strides®, a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun!
I signed myself up for a trail class at a location near me...and never went.
Then a week later, all the moms in my Mommy and Me Newborn class were talking about this fitness class they were going to take on Friday...and guess what it was! Stroller Strides®, I told them I'd join them...
...and that was the first step in having someone to keep me accountable.
I know what you're thinking, how intense can a workout with your stroller (and babies in tow) be? Well, if you consider resistance tubing, wall sits, lunges, planks and hill runs intense...you're just getting started!
Fit4Mom® prides itself on being a village and I had no idea what I was getting in to when I joined mine in Costa Mesa. Aside from the killer workouts, there are constantly Mom Nights Out, Playdates and other group activities planned by mama leader Melissa Eagen who is either teaching classes or participating in them with you! The coaches constantly shouting words of encouragement as you're sweating your face off and having zero judgement as you step away to nurse your newborn for the third time in sixty minutes was incredibly liberating, especially coming from a world of competitive exercising where if you weren't the most fit person in the room you were losing.
Here? No one cared.
Everyone was just a mom--with their own little ones either running around or napping in their strollers--trying to find their own postpartum fit.
Now when I say I found a village, I don't mean that I've found friends for life (and some do, I'm just slower to warm up, I suppose) but I do mean that I've found a village of women in the exact same boat as me; wanting to exercise but needing to have their kids with them (for whatever reason), needing different levels of intensity and modification, feeding, holding and running after their little ones while also finding time in between to get a killer (I'm not even joking, I'm surprised every time I go, it's the best workout) sweat-sesh in. No judgement, no looking over your shoulder at the bike next to you, just moms supporting and encouraging moms.
Mama's hear me when I say this! Having a baby does not mean you have to stop working out, it does not mean you have to leave you kid at home if that's not your jam. I've been going once a week for over a month now and I don't plan on stopping. Sure, some days I get more workout in than other and other days Oliver Fox needs to be held for 90% of the class. The instructors at Fit4Mom Costa Mesa have had no problems giving me modifications for workouts to do with a baby in my arms, I'm always in some kind of lunge or modified jumping jack with him in my arms.
I'd love for any SoCal mamas to join me on Fridays and Saturdays but I also encourage my out of state mama readers to find a Fit4Mom near them! (I know they have them in my former hometowns of New York and Chicago).