Most days, we are researching activities to put our kids in. Dance class, soccer camp, gymnastics, karate, swimming, you name it. But what about us moms? Often we forget that we need some physical fitness during the week that does not include running after our toddler. A time dedicated to us, for us, with other moms that get us, uninterrupted by someone needing a snack. With the beautiful weather the Bay Area grants us on most days, there are some amazing fitness classes geared just for moms. Most offer free trial classes, so check out our picks below and sign up for a class. Why should our kids have all the fun?
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Jane Austin Yoga
Yoga does wonders for the body and mind, but as a new or pregnant mama, it can be life-changing. Jane Austin is a certified yoga teacher with years of experience and a pretty big following. Her pre-natal classes, pelvic floor awareness, and baby yoga classes are held at Yoga Flow in Noe Valley.
Offering in-person and virtual classes, PowerPlay in San Francisco makes it a point to meet you where you are in your fitness journey and help you get to where you want to be. With specialty classes for pre and post-natal, pilates, lift, and even classes for babies as young as 6 months old, PowerPlay is your one-stop shop for fitness.
With a variety of classes ranging from childbirth prep to lactation help and newborn 101, Natural Resources in San Francisco is a favorite among new parents. The three-week fitness series is catered to either pregnant mamas or to new parents. The pregnancy series focuses on breathwork and pelvic floor exercises while the post-natal series focuses on strength and toning. Classes are all outside and set to fun music with a super supportive group.
SRTT (She Runs This Town)
If running is more your speed but want to join a group that understands the need to check on baby, stretch, or even stop and pump, this might be your group. With chapters all over the Bay Area including East Bay, all you need to do is join your local chapter, connect, and get ready for lots of mama talk on the pavement.
With locations in Walnut Creek, Alameda and Oakland, this mom-focused group teaches strength and cardio classes multiple times a week. We love the Baby Bootcamp class made for mamas of all levels. The class is taught in a HITT format and uses strollers and your own little one for a full-body workout. No babysitter is needed!
Emily is a certified NASM fitness instructor and mom of two toddlers, so she knows what it’s like to have limited time for herself. MissFit Bootcamp offers group classes in beautiful Hayward as well as personal training and an intense 8-week nutritional and fitness series. Check out the Sunday Funday HITT class!
“Strength in Motherhood” is the tagline of this supportive group that is all about making time for you. From classes like Body Boost which will get your heart rate up to Stroller Strides for a full-body workout with baby in tow, you'll be having fun chatting with other mamas while getting a workout in. There is also an 8-week Body Wellness Program that is all about nutrition and fitness. Fit4Mom is an awesome way to get a workout in with mamas who get the challenges of breastfeeding, toddlers and everything in between.
While this gym isn’t just for mamas, KG Fitness is a small studio in San Mateo that has built a lovely community of women who are supportive and welcoming. With fun classes like DanceVibes, Ballroom, and JumpSport (working out on a trampoline!), you’re sure to find your mama tribe here. Classes start as early as 8 a.m and as late as 7 p.m to help fit in a class when you can.
Beyond The Push Fitness
Whether you want to build muscle, increase flexibility, lose weight or just connect with other women, check out Beyond the Push Fitness. With in-person Mama Beast Bootcamp morning classes in Redwood City and San Mateo, you’ll feel better about making time for yourself and being a part of a community of women. In addition to fitness classes, they also do Moms Night Out and themed classes to make it fun. Worried about childcare? Kids are invited to participate too!
If dance is more your jam, then check out Groovitude in Palo Alto. Located in the Cubberly Theatre, this small studio founded by two moms have built a fun, loving, and welcoming community for anyone that wants to dance. While there is no childcare, it’s really a time for mamas to connect with their love of dance. With contemporary, tap, hip hop, and jazz classes, this is one studio you’ll want to come back to week after week to learn more steps.
AVAC (Almaden Valley Athletic Center)
A popular gym for South Bay parents, the Almaden Valley Athletic Center has a variety of fitness classes, a substantial pool, childcare, and camps for little ones. We love the AbsoluteFit program for all an-around small group (10:1) training for moms and dads that also includes childcare.
A boot camp made for mamas, FitMamaStrong in San Jose offers classes in a supportive and positive environment no matter where you are in your fitness journey. Babies are invited in strollers for class while mamas can enjoy some adult conversation. The best part is that 10% of all monthly profits go to the Heritage House in San Jose to support pregnant mamas overcoming hardships.
If yoga, pilates, and barre are more your thing, check out the Dailey Method. The Corte Madera location holds classes in the studio as well as online. One of the perks is the childcare option that can be added so there is no need to book a babysitter when you want to work out!
Bay Club Marin
For a variety of fitness classes ranging from dance to yoga to HITT, the Bay Club is a membership well worth it. With the after-school programs, kids camps, and childcare available for members, you can rest assured the kids are taken care of while you get your sweat on. We especially love the heated pools for recreational swimming or lessons for all levels.