Work It: Mommy or Daddy & Me

work-it-mommy-or-daddy-and-meThere are so options today for moms (or dads) to incorporate a part of their own fitness program with one especially geared towards their young child or children. Dubbed ‘Mommy and Me,’ or ‘Daddy and Me,’ classes, some in the 941 include a focus on the mom’s fitness (or the dad’s) while others are geared toward baby and toddler wellness with the parent acting as a partner. Either way, these activities allow a parent to engage with their child in a healthy lifestyle activity the child and parent are sure to not only enjoy but benefit from.

Baby Boot Camp

Ever hear of strollga? At Baby Boot Camp it’s a yoga-inspired stroller fitness class that incorporates a stroller (with baby inside!) as a prop for improved posture, strength, and balance. Mommy and me groups, classes and events are everywhere, especially in the 941. Speaking of Baby Boot Camp of Sarasota, the 60-minute ‘Strollfit’ class is the most popular. Among myriad other options, at Baby Boot Camp the free Mom’s group is a place where mom’s passionate about health and fitness meet to connect, share ideas and allows their children to enjoy a fun playdate. Baby Boot Camp holds classes in Lakewood Ranch, Rothenbach Park, Benderson Park and Lakewood Ranch Baptist Church. Call Paula Casane at 941.350.0633 for more information.

Dance, Swim, Gym At the Y

Manatee County, Lakewood Ranch: A dance, movement and stretch class where children will learn fun dancerelated activities, basic dance, steps, stretches and dance room etiquette in a fun, safe environment with mom and or dad. For more information, call 941.782.0220.

Sarasota County, Frank G. Berlin, Sr. branch: Mommy and Me Gymnastics focuses on parents and children working together to build gross motor skills and flexibility in a gymnastics environment. Parents are encouraged to help their children through obstacle courses and basic moves on gymnastics equipment such as the tumble track, pit, balance beam, and bars. For more information call, 941.955.8194.

Mommy and Me Yoga

Rosemary Court Yoga offers ‘Mom and Baby Yoga’ classes. The class offers benefits for both mothers and their babies. Mothers re-build core strength and find relief from neck and shoulder tension as they bond with their child. The class is designed for babies from 6 weeks to 3 years, but all are welcome. For more information about the classes held at the studios in downtown Sarasota, visit or call 941.942.5280

Play Fit

Play Away’s ‘Mommy and Me’ and ‘Daddy and Me’ music and sensory programs are “food for the brain, stimulating the senses and sending signals to children’s brains that help to strengthen neural pathways crucial for all types of learning and physical growth. We incorporate parent child bonding, and as well as core and trunk building exercises. Bonding activities are essential for baby’s happiness and wellbeing while core/trunk exercises are crucial for bilateral coordination and motor development.”

For more information about Play Away Lakewood Ranch, visit or call 941.755.1070.