Parenting can be a workout, especially for mothers of twins or caretakers who insist upon garbing their wee ones in titanium diapers and sandbag booties. Hoist a youngster into higher health with today's Groupon: for $25, you get one month of unlimited fitness classes at Baby Boot Camp. Choose from 20 Houston-area locations in The Woodlands (up to a $55 value), Sugar Land (up to a $60 value), Cypress (up to a $65 value), Clear Lake (up to a $70 value), Katy (up to a $70 value), Northwest/Champions (up to a $70 value), and West Houston (up to a $75 value). See each location's schedule for class times.
Fitness guru Kristen Horler developed Baby Boot Camp after realizing the lack of appropriate prenatal and postnatal training programs. Students in Boot Camp classes use their baby buggies as a resistance tool in strength-training exercises, cardiovascular drills, Pilates, yoga, and quad-wheeled can-can kick-lines. New mothers in the class are encouraged to bring along their infants, eliminating the need for a babysitter and facilitating familial bonding.
To ensure the safety of both strollers and their child cargo, all instructors are highly trained and certified, and the boot camp's structure abides by the guidelines of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Council on Exercise. To keep both mom and baby comfy throughout class, instructors recommend packing strollers with water, an exercise mat, sunblock, and a fully stocked baby bag with toys, snacks, diapers, blanket, hat, and a few Russian novels in case baby gets bored.
Though Baby Boot Camp sometimes features discounted prices online for the first class, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Baby Boot Camp
When Kristen Horler had her first child, she, like many new mothers, found that the time demands of parenting made it difficult to exercise. The only workout options open to her were to hire an expensive personal trainer or call a babysitter each time she wanted to go to the gym. Luckily, Horler wasn't just a mom—she was also a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and triathlete. She soon devised Baby boot camp, a stroller-fitness program that lets new moms and mothers to be engage in challenging workouts while interacting with their babies. StrollFit, the camp's most popular class, leads women through cardio drills, strength training, and gentle stretching routines, ending it all with an intense ab workout designed to whittle down baby weight and redefine the meaning of "tummy time." They also host Strollga, a yoga-inspired fitness class that uses strollers as props, and even lead an eight-week 5K training program.