I don't know why I waited so long to try Mom in Balance, a pregnant and postpartum sports class. I probably put the word "mother" in the name. (Because I'm not a mom yet.) But if it holds you back, try to overcome it. I'm glad I did it.
Mom in Balance is an outdoor boxing company that provides 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 people, and some are exclusively designed for one or the other stage.
I fit into the Pregnant Prison Camp and tried combo class for the first time last weekend. It was a gorgeous summer morning and if I wasn't pregnant I would have loved to run (I have run during pregnancy but after 37 weeks it's not so much workout as a way to get) somewhere really slow) so I was grateful for the opportunity to spend time in the shade.
There were about 12 people in the class I took; four were pregnant and eight were new (ish) mothers. For most of the class, we were divided into groups: pregnant and postpartum. In general, the two groups did the same, but the pregnant women used modifications or lower intensity. It fell as follows:
The class was a mixture of strength and heart. For strength components we made squats, used stretching straps for hand work, and made modified push and trit straps with park benches.
Cardio was a fun mix of sprints (or idle walks), fancy footwork using a rope ladder and side gears.
Owning two groups (pregnant and postpartum) was actually pretty cool. It revealed to me what postnatal fitness could look like. In general, the hour was as intense as you did. The sense of community was strong and I got the impression that the postpartum group had come together in this class for some time, making it a great opportunity to meet people.
Bonus: Weekday classes allow you to bring a baby; so if you are on maternity leave (or at home with a baby), you do not have to look for parental care.
- Sign up on their website or on ClassPass (each location has a different ClassPass destination)
- Your first class is $ 10 when you sign up for their website.
- Once you have enrolled in your first class, the tutor will send you an email for more details!
Looking for more prenatal workouts in NYC?
My favorite workout classes to get pregnant in NYC
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