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.
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.
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.
98 Greene St.
Cost: Individual workouts start at $13; monthly memberships are $40 after $20 introductory rate.
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.
127 W. 79th St. #2D
Upper West Side
Moms love: The total body workout designed to help moms of all stages and post-partum workouts for recovery.
Schedule: Online or by appt. in-person
Cost:Starting at $99 for 12-week program.
Prenatal Yoga Center
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.
251 W. 72nd St. #2F
Upper West Side
Moms love:Classes specifically-designed for the journey of pregnancy.
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
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
Pure Barre Locations: 13+ NYC locations, check here for the closestlocal studio
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.)
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
Schedule:Varies per location, see updated schedule here
Cost: As low as $16 per class for Drop-In, (discount packages available)
Stretch It Out
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
Cost: $25 for first class; $38 a class per class after (packages decrease cost per class), doesn’t include cycling shoes
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