Have you heard about Class Pass?
It’s the “Groupon of gyms,” a chance to try an unlimited number of fitness studios nationwide for one flat monthly fee. (In Denver this is currently $89/month.) I have been a member since last summer and loved the variety of pilates, yoga, cross fit, circuit training and barre classes available. As you know, these studios can charge up to $30 for a drop in, so if you are a regular exerciser, you can definitely get your money’s worth.
And then I got pregnant…
In the first trimester, I didn’t feel like working out very much in the first place, and I would get some differing opinions from instructors and trainers as to how much I should be modifying what was taught in the class. Of course always listen to the advice of your care provider and most of all to your own body!
Now in my second trimester, my energy is back and I’m trying to prepare my body and mind for the marathon that is childbirth. So I’ve been all around town taking classes and thought I would share with you the BEST Prenatal Class Pass Workouts I have found around Denver.
NOTE: I am not paid by Class Pass or these studios. This post is written from my own personal experiences as a paying Class Pass Base member (5 classes each month for $50.) If you want to try out the Base membership, you can get $20 off with this link. Of course you can also work out at any of these studios without Class Pass by paying the studio directly.
Denver’s Best Prenatal Class Pass Workouts
- Women’s Health at Firehaus Pilates (Highlands/Berkeley)
This low intensity Pilates workout is geared specifically for women who need a little extra attention: expecting or newly postpartum or anyone with pelvic issues. Instructors can offer extra modifications and have all the equipment to support mamas in exercising through their due date.
- Barre Sculpt at Belly Bliss (Cherry Creek)
Best part of this class and the studio as a whole? Baby-friendly! I saw tons of new mamas with little ones in tow. Everyone understands if you have to take a break to feed baby. Belly Bliss also offers prenatal yoga at the Cherry Creek location and at Baby+Company in Wheat Ridge.
This was by far the most accommodating yoga instructor and studio of any I visited. Iyengar yoga by design is extremely supported with lots of props so accommodation for the growing bump was easy. The small class size meant a lot of personal attention. I attended an All Levels Class.
- The Iyengar Center of Denver is also on Class Pass and they have a specific prenatal and fertility class on Fridays that rocked my world. Supported inversions? Yes!!
- Pure Barre (multiple locations)
Instructors were familiar with modifications for pregnancy and were attentive throughout class. If you have done barre before pregnancy and are already familiar with the small, focused movements you will be most successful. And if you’ve done barre before, you know that even if you’re not pregnant, these classes are CHALLENGING! So even having modifications, class was by no means easy!
- Dailey Method (Boulder and Highlands)
This studio offers childcare for older kids and you’ll likely see other pregnant mamas in your class. Modifications are given and the Dailey method founder herself practiced throughout her pregnancies. Read this on their approach for expecting moms.
Class Pass Tips and Tricks
Make sure you arrive a few minutes early and introduce yourself to the instructor. If you are not visibly pregnant, disclose your condition. I definitely have done this and gotten push back about whether or not I should be taking the class. Those studios did NOT make this list!!
Above all, if a movement does not feel good to you, who cares if everyone else is doing it with ease? Take a little breather, wait until they move on to something else. You are doing your body and your baby so much good by staying active!
Have you had great experiences at studios that should be added to this list? Comment below!