The 5 Best Mommy and Me Workout Classes in San Diego

Working out after having a baby is hard. And I’m not talking about physically hard, I’m talking hard in finding the time and energy to fit in a workout session. And just when you think the seas have parted and you can actually squeeze in a good workout, many moms (including me) don’t have nannies or daycare options to watch the little one(s) while breaking a sweat. That’s why I was so excited to find these different mommy and me workout classes in San Diego where your can bring your baby and also receive a great workout. Here are the 5 best Mommy and Me Workout Classes I’ve found in San Diego (specifically, North County):



  1. Stroller Jam at the YMCA, Encinitas:

    The YMCA in Encinitas is pretty awesome! They offer so many classes, daycare for the little ones, a big indoor pool with a retractable ceiling to let the sunshine in, and the thing that attracted me the most – their Stroller Jam classes. Stroller Jam incorporates a workout with your strollers and your babes in tow. They usually conduct these classes along the coast in Encinitas, so moms can enjoy fresh ocean breezes during this challenging workout. Really challenging. I might have had to lay down on the sidewalk to catch my breath while my baby secretly judged me from her stroller (ok, yes, that happened). Now, THAT’S what I call a good workout.
    Check website for up-to-date class schedules and pricing:
    Magdalena Ecke YMCA Encinitas
    200 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024
    760.942.9622

  2. Barre Class at the Dailey Method Barre Studio, Carlsbad:

    I attended  this fun Mommy and Me class with my mommy group (read about the whole experience here). Who knew that half-inch movements could provide such an intense workout! Of course there’s much more to the class, including a combination of ballet barre work, core conditioning, muscular strengthening, yoga and orthopedic exercises – all while wearing your baby in a carrier! It’s a win-win; baby gets to be close to mama while mama gets in a great workout with added weight!
    Check website for up-to-date class schedules and pricing:
    The Dailey Method Barre Studio
    905 Calle Barcelona #227, Carlsbad, CA 92009
    760.479.0764

  3. Mommy Bootcamp with California Core

    If you’re like me and love circuit training and exercising outdoors, this one’s for you! California Core is set to open this coming Winter in North County, San Diego. I had the pleasure of experiencing a demo class which was an hour session mixed with cardio and strength training. California Core is all about  functional fitness training designed for the San Diego lifestyle. I loved this class because it focuses on building your core through personalized training at private residences, local beaches and parks. Their mobile fitness comes to you and babies in strollers are welcome to join! Your first class is always free and mention you heard about California Core through Mommy Project SD & get your second session 10% off!
    Contact for up-to-date class schedules and pricing:
    California Core
    Throughout North County, San Diego
    954.303.0368 (Call or text to set up your one-on-one or group training session)
    info@californiacore.com 




  4. Mommy KCal Class at Baja Body Athletic Club, Oceanside:

    Baja Athletic Club is a new gym in Oceanside. The thing that makes them unique is their sand studio where they teach different core classes, an Anti-gravity class and more fun, unique workouts. After trying (and loving) their Anti-gravity class, I signed up for the Mommy KCal Class where you burn 1,000 calories! (It was insane). During this high energy cross training program, they mix strength and cardio integrating suspension cables, jump ropes, overhead monkey bars and more! This is a very fun, high energy class for moms to enjoy while babies are having supervised fun playing in the sand room! 
    Check website for up-to-date class schedules and pricing:
    Baja Body Athletic Club
    1220 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

    760.231.1755

  5. Mommy & Me Yoga Class at Soul of Yoga, Encinitas:

    This was one of the first Mommy and Me classes I took after Blake was born (read all about my first experience here). I love these classes because not only do you get some amazing stretching time while your baby looks up at you from your yoga mat in awe of the different poses, a portion of the class also incorporates baby yoga where you move your baby’s legs and arms to stimulate circulation and digestive. Fun for mom and baby! Namaste.
    Check website for up-to-date class schedules and pricing:
    Soul of Yoga
    627 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024
    760.943.7685

mommy and me workout classes in San Diego



Rookie Moms Challenge #5: Practice Yoga Baby Style

This past week Blake and I completed the 7th Rookie Mom’s Challenge: Practice Yoga Baby Style. This was easily my favorite Rookie Moms Challenge to date. I had taken a few prenatal yoga classes at Soul of Yoga in Encinitas while I was prego and I always wanted to come back with the babe to try out the “Mommy and Me” Yoga class. That’s why I was excited to see this challenge on the Rookie Moms list of 52 Weekly Challenges.

On the way to the class, we did start off a little rocky with Blake’s crying protest – Oh, the NERVE of me putting her in her car seat! It crossed my mind to turn around and try this class again the following week, but I figured she was dressed (in her most fitting baby yoga attire nonetheless), fed and changed so there was no stopping us now! The Yoga gods must have shone down on us because the second we walked into that studio she stopped crying. Namaste!

Nursing and Crying and Blowouts, oh my!

The class was full of babies all around Blake’s age. I had even invited some of my mommy play group members to come along and experience the fun (and they did)! You could see the slight fear on all of us baby-yoga-first-timers’ faces – what if our baby started crying during class? What if she needed to eat or be changed? All of these worries were immediately put to ease when the instructor began the class with, “Anything goes here – feel free to breastfeed, change diapers, and do whatever it is you need to do to make this enjoyable for you and your baby.” (I could almost hear the sigh of relief from some of the moms, me included – this was a safe zone)! And boy did we all take her up on that: Poop blowouts, crying babies and breastfeeding were going on all around us at all times. As soon as one baby was content, another one would need to be fed, or changed or rocked – it was glorious!

“Don’t Act Like You’re Not Impressed”

Of course Blake needed a diaper change about half way through, which wasn’t worrisome to me anymore, because, as we all had heard – this was perfectly acceptable right dab in the middle of class! What WAS worrisome, was when I realized that I was down to my last diaper in my bag – a.k.a. my “backup” diaper because it was one from my baby shower game where everyone writes funny sayings on the diapers. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about – check it out here). I laughed to myself because what are the chances that we’d be caught in a “spotlight” change situation (in the middle of a circle with everyone staring) where I have to whip out the diaper that says (in huge sharpie ink), “Don’t Act Like You’re Not Impressed” (Anchorman…anyone?). I paused for a moment, hoped that the other mothers played the same game at their showers and proceeded with the change.

Baby Yoga

The instructor came around the room and banged her little gong in front of each baby’s face, asking each one if they were ready for yoga. Blake’s eyes have never been wider when she saw and heard the gong – oh yea, she was ready! :) The first part of the class was all about “baby yoga” stretching their little arms and legs, singing yoga songs (to the tune of common nursery rhymes) and then giving them soothing massages. It was probably the cutest thing I have EVER seen – and Blake was loving it.

The second part was all about mom – practicing the typical beginner yoga poses while our babies looked up at us from the mats (Blake thought it was hilarious when I did poses dangling over her – funny mommy).

Soul of Yoga

The last part of the class incorporated the babies and moms – swinging the babies around, practicing different poses while holding the babies, etc. This is about when Blake reached her yoga limit and started wailing – just in time for the…breath in, breath out…Namaste! We made it! :) 
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