Best NYC Fitness Classes For New & Expectant Moms

Prenatal Yoga Center founder Debra Flashenberg

Getting fit is a feat in and of itself. Factor in a baby and you might be a bit worried about how to work on your fitness at any stage of pregnancy. Fit moms do exist and they are raving about the classes described below. Expecting or new moms can get their sweat on with specialty classes and old time favorites alike.

Physique57: This prenatal class, which is offered online and in person, will get you toned and ready for delivery. You’ll be using old time barre techniques to specifically prep your body for delivery. Take it as slow or as fast as you want in this go-at-your-own-pace class.  This class was named the Best Prenatal Workout by New York Magazine in 2007 and will still kick your but today. They have locations in the Financial District, on West 57th Street, on the Upper West Side, and in Lower Manhattan.

ISHTA Yoga: Yoga newbie? You don’t have to ditch your dreams of savasana with a newborn on the way. Try out ISHTA Yoga’s (located in Greenwich Village) prenatal class created for moms-to-be in any trimester.

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Fit4moms: If you are looking for a typical prenatal or post-pregnancy workout class then this is not the class for you. Brooklyn’s Fit4moms offers three unique classes for pre- and post-natal fitness buffs including Stroller Strides (think interval training with your baby in tow). They also offer a class called Body Back and a Running Club for all ages.

Fitnotic: Fitnotic offers online, personal training, and group fitness training for new and expecting moms. The unique classes include Hoopdance, which utilizes hula-hoops for core strength, and a course on Diastasis Recti meant to teach women about the proper exercises to strengthen the abdominal muscle.

Prenatal Yoga Center: This yoga center has your average prenatal yoga class as well as Music for Babies and Infant Massage. The Mommy and Me yoga class combines infant massage techniques with slow-moving postures to help develop your baby’s motor skills. Mommies and babies 4 weeks to crawling are welcome to try this interactive class. The Prenatal Yoga Center has locations on the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Flatiron, and Tribeca.

Rhythm for Life NYC: Fun fact: Maternal dance, aka belly dancing, can safely be done while pregnant. These ancient moves combine relaxing techniques with belly and Latin dance moves. Besides getting an overall confidence boost this Chelsea-based class will help open your hips, relieve back pain and strengthen your body for delivery.

Village Gyrotonic: This prenatal class in Greenwich Village combines Yoga, Tai Chi and dance for a total body workout. This low impact workout allows the body to move effortlessly through the sequences allowing greater mobility in the future. Expect to gain better balance, strength and flexibility.

AquaBeba: Take your workout to the water with this prenatal water exercise class in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This gentle workout, perfect for women 12-40 weeks along, is great for reducing water retention and increasing circulation. Expect to feel rejuvenated and calm, especially after ending with 15 minutes of free float time.

X93 Fitness: Personal training for prenatal “gym rats” does exist. You can find it on the Upper West Side at X93Fitness in the Upper West Side. Work with one of their personal trainers by performing safe and effective regimens for expectant Mothers. The trainers help with everything from body building to kickboxing so their unique combination of knowledge will surely benefit your personal training sessions.

The Bar Method: The Bar Method knows about working out around the baby bump. Whether you choose to modify movements in the beginner course or sweat it out with other expectant moms in the prenatal class you’ll be feeling the burn either way. You are in good hands with this class that utilizes “The Method” which fine-tunes exercises based on the knowledge of physical therapists. The Bar Method has locations in Brooklyn, SoHo, and Roslyn Heights.

FitBump: Though they don’t have a physical facility, FitBump is a locally-based online fitness resource for moms-to-be. Their Targeted Trimester Training (T3) workouts are super-popular and their site is a wealth of training regimes, fitness videos, and wellness tips. Plus, they also have an online retail store featuring amazing activewear!