After the birth of my daughter two years ago, I searched for a Mommy & Me fitness class in my area. I didn’t find one, so I opted to
binge watch Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix and eat obscene amounts of ice cream work out with my daughter at home. As Miller got older, she would mimic my movements as I worked out and we ‘exercised’ together. Eventually our exercise sessions just morphed into Motown dance parties and then Bam! Preggo with Baby Number 2. I continued to do pre-natal exercises at home throughout my pregnancy, but with yet another broken tailbone (seriously?!!?) and a daughter who saw my gigantic belly as a trampoline any time I’d lay on the floor, it became more and more infrequent.
Once the Little Dude arrived, I
binge watched Private Practice and ate obscene amounts of Hershey Kisses during late night nursing sessions reopened my search for a local Mommy & Me exercise class. As luck would have it, The Abington Club in Jenkintown had launched a Mommy & Me fitness class during my hiatus from physical movement. The Fit Mom (formerly Elite Mom) class is designed for pre and post-natal moms with young children. The class is led by a pre and post-natal certified instructor and promotes a fun, supportive environment for moms with kids. Finally, an alternative to Netflix and Ben & Jerry’s.
I’m a big fan of this class for several reasons:
- I ran out of shows to watch on Netflix.
- I can go to the gym without having to find a babysitter.
- The instructor, Renee, is a sweetheart and a great motivator. She keeps the mood fun and upbeat, but also leads a great workout.
- It’s an effective workout. I use an 18 pound baby for bicep curls. I definitely feel it the next day. Also, Renee likes planking. I hate her. (Just kidding! See above sweetheart comment.)
- Your kids can participate in the class (my 10 month-old is my weight) or not (Miller plays next to me on the exercise mat). From newborns to pre-schoolers, kids are totally welcome. Nobody bats an eye if you need to feed your baby or get a coloring book out of your bag for your toddler. The women in the class are all super friendly and supportive.
- Whether your goal is to lose the baby weight, to be an active role model for your child, or to bond with your newborn in an active way, this class is a great opportunity to meet other moms in an active environment. Who doesn’t love new friends?
- The class is open to non-members and has a variety of pricing options. You can pay by the class or purchase half/full packages.
- The first class is free, so you can see if the class is a good fit for you and your children before making a financial commitment.
I definitely recommend this class to my fellow Montco Moms and their kiddos. Miller, Maddox and I hope to see you there!
Fit Mom takes place at The Abington Club Mondays and Fridays at 10:15am. The Abington Club is located at 300 Meetinghouse Road in Jenkintown. For more information, call 215-885-0734 or visit www.theabingtonclub.com.