Post Baby Workout: Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey)
Review for Strollfit Class, 1/13/14, 9:15am – 10:15am, Helms Bakery District
For most people, starting off the New Year means working out and losing weight. As someone who has a baby, my “New Year” starts when I am ready. My baby is 9 months old, and it is embarrassing to reveal how long its been since I seriously worked out. I have been fortunate in the sense that I lost most of my “baby weight” by chasing around and carrying my bundle of joy. She is small like me, but is gradually becoming heavier than the weight of a bowling ball I can manage to roll down a lane. “Tiring,” is the word I generally use to describe how being a new mom feels. Now that my little one is starting to stand, crawl quicker, and inevitably walk soon, I feel as though I need to do the training one does before a marathon to avoid injury. Enter: The Necessary Workout.
In the past, I did a variety of things to stay fit – joined gyms, took dance and yoga classes, swam, and even worked with a personal trainer. Before pregnancy, it was a challenge to stay focused. Now that I have a child, my workout options are greatly limited. Recently, I saw a post in one of my mom Facebook groups about Baby Boot Camp in West L.A. I decided to check it out and speak to owners Melinda Blechner and Elizabeth Avila after class to learn more.
Besides the first class being free, parking is free at Helms Bakery where the classes are held
Despite it’s central location near bustling downtown Culver City and the metro, Helms Bakery District feels like a private, quiet park that just happens to have great window shopping and aromatic food smells.
“How much working out can I actually do?” I know how antsy my baby gets
My baby sat in her stroller the entire time (one hour) and only whined a few times! It was her nap time (but decided not to nap), but was overall pretty good. Stroller confinement is a common concern for moms, owners Melinda and Elizabeth say, but most moms will realize the children enjoy being outdoors and watching their moms exercise. If a baby needs to get out of their stroller for any reason, it’s never a big deal. Exercises can be modified to incorporate your child and moms are encouraged to work out at their own pace.
What types of exercises can I expect?
I took the Strollfit workout, which is a combination of strength training, cardio drills, and stretching. There was some running/jogging, and we also used resistance bands and yoga mats. It was in group exercise format, but felt like personal training. Co-owners Melinda and Elizabeth are pre/postnatal and CPR/AED certified, as well as nationally certified trainers. The beauty of having two trainers is while one leads, the other can show modifications and make form corrections if needed. I felt a little uneasy about feeling out of shape, but being around other moms put me at ease. It is a very supportive environment, and you get what you want out of it. You can push yourself (and they can push you if you want them to) one day or take it easy for the next class (I had to take a breather or two in-between some of the drills). One mom showed up without her kid. She said she gets a better workout going to Baby Boot Camp than she does going to the gym because the format works well for her. The great thing about being around other moms is that they get it. There’s no judgement, and everyone is generally there to do something good for themselves – to stay healthy. Are they exercises I could do at home? Yes. Would I actually carve the time out to do them myself? Not likely.
Socializing with other moms
Socializing is also one of the big draws of Baby Boot Camp. It’s one of the motivations to go. As a stay at home mom, I welcome adult face-to-face conversation. Baby Boot Camp is a national franchise, so classes are localized and it is very likely that your fellow classmates don’t live too far from one another. When making new friends in Los Angeles, proximity is key to creating a foundation for friendship. Owners Melinda and Elizabeth actually met one another and became friends through another Baby Boot Camp class they took for several years before opening their franchise, so you never know what new friends you might meet.
Class Availability, Pricing, and more
Please check their website and facebook page for the current class schedule, pricing, and pre and postpartum requisites. Currently classes are from 9:15am – 10:15am, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. There are plans for a Saturday class, and in a few months, classes will be offered through Culver City Parks and Recreation
Grand Opening Celebration
Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey) is having a GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION Friday, January 17th, from 9:00am – 11:00pm
There will be:
- Demo Classes
- Raffle Items
- Gift bags
- Basic car seat/stroller cleanings by CleanBeeBaby
- Free kids craft by Lakeshore Learning
- Free demo class with Sing and Play with Me
- Free samples by Happy Family
- And much more!
Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey) Website
Baby Boot Camp (Culver City and Marina Del Rey) on Facebook
Helms Bakery District