New York's Best Prenatal Fitness Classes (2022)

The past couple of years have not been great for exercise studios, but in-person classes are coming back. (Vaccination policies vary by business.) The upside is that fitness providers have adapted big-time and now offer all kinds of virtual options including on-demand classes, and live online sessions. After confirming what’s OK with your doctor, check out our top prenatal workouts in NYC, including prenatal yoga, prenatal pilates, cycling in and out of the pool and barre work. Added plus? You can do all of these classes post-baby as well to keep your workout streak going strong. For more fitness spots, head on over to our roundup of New York City gyms with childcare, take a look at our favorite kid-friendly hikes in and near NYC, and our top NYC stroller hikes if you already have a kid in tow.

BYKlyn

New York's Best Prenatal Fitness Classes (1)

Indoor cycling studio BYKlyn created The BYKlyn Yard, NYC’s first outdoor cycling studio in response to COVID-19 restrictions. (They biked all through the winter, warmed by physical activity and heat lamps, with a tarp and twinkle lights overhead!) All classes are outside with COVID safety as the top priority; the maximum number of riders is 23 per class, with 6 feet between all bikes and masks.

Classes use Silent Disco/Sound Off headphones for a fun, club-like atmosphere, and top instructors from studios throughout NYC each bring their own style and music to classes. All classes at The BKYlyn Yard classes are Real Ride, with hills, speed work and intervals—just like a real bike ride. Pregnant riders are welcome, and can adjust the intensity of a ride as needed. Rate is $30/class, with 5 packs ($145) and monthly memberships also available.

Moms love: The inclusive and fun atmosphere. All levels and body types are welcome—you don't need to be a perfect pro to ride here.

Location: 421 Dean St. , Downtown Brooklyn

Schedule: Choose from 30 classes throughout the week.

Contact: 347-987-4771

Online: byklyn.com

Ballet Beautiful

New York's Best Prenatal Fitness Classes (2)

Ballet Beautiful is a great workout to take advantage of stretches and targeted exercises inspired by classical ballet training. (Fans include Maggie Gyllenhaal and Tracee Ellis Ross.) Classes offered combine barre, mat, and light cardio, and are designed to help sculpt and tone your body. Ballet Beautiful's Soho studio is currently closed due to the pandemic, but there are lots of ways to access classes online: via purchasing individual workouts to stream, joining as a member for access to all trainings, or by booking a private individual or group class. Don't worry, no matter how you take a class, no tutu or previous dance training required!

Moms love: The targeted prenatal and postnatal workouts specifically designed for women preparing for and recovering from childbirth.

Locations:

98 Greene St.
917-675-7875
Soho

Schedule: On-demand

Online: balletbeautiful.com

Cost: Individual workouts start at $13; monthly memberships are $40 after $20 introductory rate.

Pronatal Fitness

New York's Best Prenatal Fitness Classes (3)

Created by a former marketing executive and mom-to-be when she found prenatal exercise options contradictory and lacking, Pronatal Fitness trains expecting moms for pregnancy, birth and motherhood like athletes prepping for a major sporting event. The workouts are specifically designed to prep moms for the physical, and physiological, demands of all three wonderful, but challenging times. Pronatal Fitness also offers post-natal workouts (with or without baby) to help you get back into the swing of things and outdoor classes are also offered (think cardio with the stroller and beyond). For those struggling with diastasis recti (or ab separation), new moms can have a consultation and receive an individualized program.

While studio classes are not currently happening, 12, 24, and 36-week programs are available for purchase (with lifetime access). You can also schedule one-on-one classes online or in-person with a certified trainer.

Location:

127 W. 79th St. #2D
516-778-9468
Upper West Side

Moms love: The total body workout designed to help moms of all stages and post-partum workouts for recovery.

Online: pronatalfitness.com

Schedule: Online or by appt. in-person

Cost:Starting at $99 for 12-week program.

Aqua

New York's Best Prenatal Fitness Classes (4)

Aqua is often described as more like a spa than a gym, thanks to its serene atmosphere. (It describes itself as a "Boutique Wellness Club
with Saltwater Pool.") No class is off-limits for pregnant women here (given doctor approval). It is recommended for pregnant women to begin with a Blend class that combines Power, Interval and Restorative exercises. The water, kept at 84 degrees, creates a natural massaging motion, stimulating the lymphatic system and enhancing blood flow. Instructors provide detailed explanations of body positioning and bike functionality. Remember to inform each instructor about your pregnancy. For moms-to-be that need to take it easy, there are restorative classes that incorporate gentle cardio, focus on breathing, body alignment and stretching. The adjacent studio also holds meditation, stretching and toning classes, as well as personal training, and you can get a massage at Aqua, too.)

Location:

78 Franklin St.
212-966-6784
Tribeca

Moms love: Cycling in the water! The saltwater is supportive and removes the impact on joints.

Online:aquastudiony.com

Schedule:Daily

Cost: Prices and memberships vary, starting at $35 for an introductory class and $150 for an introductory month.

Prenatal Yoga Center

New York's Best Prenatal Fitness Classes (5)

Moms-to-be can practice yoga postures, breathing exercises and enhance awareness of their ever-changing bodies at the Prenatal Yoga Center. Positions will strengthen pelvic muscles, improve circulation, and exercise the spine. Instructors at the Prenatal Yoga Center interweave childbirth education and therapeutic application for common aches and pains into specialized yoga classes. After baby arrives, post-natal classes address concerns and body changes, and new moms can bring babies along.

Location:

251 W. 72nd St. #2F
212-362-2985
Upper West Side

Moms love:Classes specifically-designed for the journey of pregnancy.

Online: prenatalyogacenter.com

Schedule:Classes daily in-studio and online

Cost:Single class online $25; single class in studio $30; eight-pack $180 online, eight-pack in-person $200 (Many other membership levels available.)

Pure Barre and Physique57

New York's Best Prenatal Fitness Classes (6)

Want to preserve those long, lean gorgeous muscles throughout your pregnancy(or at least try to find them again)? Barre classes are some of the best workout classes for pregnant women due to the controlled movements and seamless modifications. Physique57 and PureBarre are two of our favorite barre workout studios, and both offer classes that combine light cardio, strength training and stretching to work yourarms, thighs, seat and abs of during and after pregnancy.

Moms Love:These two studios offer barre classes that make us feel like we’re never taking the exact same class twice given their variety of instructors and class types. The moves allow for small bursts that fatigue muscles to exhaustion for ultimate toning. At Pure Barre, new moms can workout and bond with their newborn at the “Babies on Board” class, a fun, postnatal-friendly workout.

Physique57 Location: 180 6th Ave., Soho

Online:physique57.com

Pure Barre Locations: 13+ NYC locations, check here for the closestlocal studio

Online: purebarre.com

Schedule:Times based varybased on location;register for Physique57 online here. For Pure Barre, find your local studio here to see class schedule.

Cost:

Physique 57: $40 per class, or $150 for four classes in one month (Many other pricing structures are available.)

Pure Barre: $36 per class(discount packages available, some studios offer Baby on Board packages.)

Yoga Vida

New York's Best Prenatal Fitness Classes (7)

Compare notes with other expecting moms in the moderately- paced, 90-minute prenatal yoga class atYoga Vida. Each class begins and ends with a restorative pose to connect with baby, relax the body, and de-stress the mind. But we promise it’s no nap fest! Basic yoga asana allows you to strengthen the body and increase stamina required for labor(kegels anyone?).

After baby, check out their postnatal classes; babies 18 months and up are invited to join you for a 90-minute class designed to heal and rejuvenate the body following childbirth.

Moms Love: Pigeon pose: it opens the hips (making more room for baby) and stretches the back, butt and thigh muscles in all the right spots.

Location: 666 Broadway, 3rd Fl., Noho

Online:yogavida.com

212-845-9973

Schedule:Varies per location, see updated schedule here

Cost: As low as $16 per class for Drop-In, (discount packages available)

Stretch It Out

New York's Best Prenatal Fitness Classes (8)

Lengthen muscles, loosen joints, and relieve muscle tension with VillageGyrotonic prenatal class. The studio is currently open for one-on-one sessions, and you can join live classes online. Gyrotonic improves overall flexibility by strengthening and stretching major muscle groups and joints while enhancing your range of motion, balance and coordination. Based on principles from yoga, tai chi, gymnastics, and dance, the exercises are performed on equipment designed to give the human body complete freedom of movement.

Moms love:Gyrotonic exercises help to create a strong, flexible, pelvic floor while strengthening and toning abdominal muscles, buttocks, hips and thighs.

Location:
35 Bedford St.
West Village

Online:villagegyrotonic.com

646-638-0110

Schedule: See class schedule here.

Cost: $12/30-minute online class; $20/60-minute class, $110 private in-studio session with discounts for multiple sessions

SoulCycle

New York's Best Prenatal Fitness Classes (9)

Good news SoulCycle addicts: just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you need to stop tapping it back like a rock star. Assuming cycling has been a part of your life pre-pregnancy and you and your doctor agree it's okay, SoulCycle encourages riders to continue riding through pregnancy with personal adjustments taken when needed. While there are no set “prenatal” classes, regular Soul classes shouldn’t be an issue with your bump.

Moms love: It's a 45-minute dance party on a bike. What's not to love?

Location: Multiple NYC neighborhoods, check here for the closest near you

Online:soul-cycle.com

Cost: $25 for first class; $38 a class per class after (packages decrease cost per class), doesn’t include cycling shoes

Exhale

New York's Best Prenatal Fitness Classes (10)

Exhale is a mom-to-be’s ideal destination for prenatal workouts. Specializing in barre, yoga, cardio and spa treatments, this inclusive facility is ready to make working out an awesome experience. If you’re already active in both barre and yoga classes, you are encouraged to take classes right up to the day you give birth if you like. Exhale's barre and yoga classes vary by intensity, and their dedication to guests’ health requires expecting moms to provide a note from their OBGYN before taking classes. While classes aren’t called out as prenatal, teachers are prepared to offer proper modifications throughout class to ensure a moms-to-be a great workout. Added plus? Exhale offers prenatal facials and massages (after the second trimester) to help guests relax and relieve stress.

Moms love: Scheduling back-to-back classes and spa treatment. What better way to motivate for a class than a spa treatment afterward? We’re in.

Location: Central Park South

Online:exhalespa.com

Cost: $10/virtual class; $42/single class, $110/private session

— Shnieka Johnson & Ilyssa Smith

RELATED STORIES:

Hikes with Tykes: The Best Stroller-Friendly Trails Near NYC

The Best Facebook Groups for NYC Parents

Search more like this

  • prenatal
  • pregnancy
  • yoga
  • ballet
  • prenatal yoga
  • motherhood
  • spa treatments
  • mom to be
  • music
  • post natal
  • back pain
  • bike rides
  • blog post
  • body workout

Top Articles

You might also like

Latest Posts

Article information

Author: Merrill Bechtelar CPA

Last Updated: 10/14/2022

Views: 6557

Rating: 5 / 5 (70 voted)

Reviews: 85% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Merrill Bechtelar CPA

Birthday: 1996-05-19

Address: Apt. 114 873 White Lodge, Libbyfurt, CA 93006

Phone: +5983010455207

Job: Legacy Representative

Hobby: Blacksmithing, Urban exploration, Sudoku, Slacklining, Creative writing, Community, Letterboxing

Introduction: My name is Merrill Bechtelar CPA, I am a clean, agreeable, glorious, magnificent, witty, enchanting, comfortable person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.