Baby Boot Camp: Kicking Your Butt Into Gear One Stroller Ride at a Time

by stacie on September 9, 2020

I won’t lie; I’m still struggling with that last ten pounds.

In fact, I’m struggling with the second five pounds — I keep gaining and losing those same five pounds over and over.

And while I’ve started a pretty strict running regimen and totally enjoy the solitude of it, I still want to do something different. Yoga is great, but not quite what I’m looking for. I need something that will provide a little jolt to my system and get things energized again.

I need Baby Boot Camp (also widely known as Stroller Boot Camp).

It’s important to note that I did not come to this foregone conclusion all on my own — in some ways, I have Facebook to thank for it. While I was browsing the photos of an old high school friend and her new baby, I came across one where she was in a bikini with her husband and two kids. With an infant of roughly three months on her hip, she was rocking that string bikini like she was Kourtney Kardashian with a team of trainers.

I understand genetics play a part in what your body will and will not do. And I also realize I will never be 5′ 7″ with blond hair and blue eyes like my friend. However, if Baby Boot Camp can get her back in a bikini, it can certainly shock my system into melting off that last ten pounds.

Baby Boot Camp incorporates cardiovascular, strength-training, and core strengthening all into one workout. And the resistance training comes from your stroller. The class is held outdoors, with a group of other people, and for obvious reasons they encourage you to bring your baby. It’s like a social event and a workout without the stress of finding daycare.

I’ve also heard that these classes are so much fun, you don’t even realize you’re working out.

Since the first class is free, I figure I have nothing to lose. My only potential roadblock is the fact that my daughter hates sitting in her stroller. And because that’s an integral part of the workout, her screaming to get out could become problematic. But I’m going to give it a shot anyway - even if I do have to leave early, it’s worth a shot to take advantage of the benefits:

  • It’s personal training without the major investment: all class instructors are nationally certified and classes are small which allows for more one-on-one training time
  • It helps combat the baby blues: socialization with other moms, endorphins from the exercise…classes provide a great foundation for combating the baby blues
  • Participants don’t get left behind — for any reason: with a commitment to “come back for you” if you need to stop for a diaper change or quick feeding, you’ll never feel like you’re exercising alone
There are tons of other benefits too, but I think you get the picture. Plus, if you’re currently expecting, they offer classes for pregnant mommas too!
Interested in trying a class? Check out where a class is held locally and contact the instructor. Then, report back and let us know how it went!

Photo Courtesy of Baby Boot Camp

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Penny W. September 9, 2020 at 9:38 am

This sounds like a lot of fun, Stacie! Let us know how you liked it and if the baby sat in the stroller without crying for the duration. :)

I’ll bet you lose the weight, as long as you don’t go for coffee and muffins with your new boot camp mommies!

Carly September 10, 2020 at 8:18 pm

I have heard of these classes. They sound great. Socializing can make anything better, even working out! I’ll have to see if there is a class in my area.

henny ort September 11, 2020 at 8:42 am

I think this would be perfect for me. Last time after my baby, exercise is what saved me. My husband had to babysit though, not something he can do now with his job. This is win-win. I hope they have one in my place.

Angie September 14, 2020 at 1:28 pm

I have been doing Baby Boot Camp for about a year and a half now and am in the best shape of my life. I have met so many great friends and it is part of our routine now that my son and I don’t know what to do on days we don’t go workout with our friends. I highly recommend as a workout and moms group!

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