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Fitness geared toward moms and moms-to-be makes its mark. Here's your rundown of where to run.

Malena Lott June 15th, 2011

When you mention the word “fit” to moms, our first thought is probably kids’ tantrums.

Women work out at Mademoiselle.
Credits: Shannon Cornman

But thankfully, there’s a less stressful definition involving exercise beyond chasing our kids around the house.

When it comes to fitness clubs designed with women in mind, you could say I get around. In my 17 years as a 405 resident, I’ve been a member at several. And like a good friend, they’re always there for me in every size: prenatal, preggo and postnatal pounds alike.

Mademoiselle had me at the words “non-threatening” and “escape.” As a married 20-something in the ’90s, I didn’t want a fitness club “meat market” — or worse, for the place to smell like sweaty dudes. I’d rather workout with chicks.

Mademoiselle has been in business for 30 years with two fitness locations, 2950 N.W. 63rd and 7700 S.

Pennsylvania. It continues to offer the latest classes and equipment, including vibrators.

OK, the proper term is “vibration machines,” which, according to its website, help with “reducing back pains and stiffness of the body, controlling osteoporosis, accelerate the metabolic rate, increasing muscle strength and flexibility, enhancing body balance and coordination, improving blood circulation, increasing oxygenation of blood and burning fats easily and effectively.”

Vibration aside, Mademoiselle offers a number of other unique classes. If you love Zumba, the “dance party” aerobics, why not try it in water? Aqua Zumba is the latest craze, and Mademoiselle offers the first class for free.

Mademoiselle offers more than 200 classes, and — listen up, mamas — baby-sitting services are staffed by moms and grandmas.

Is there a better incentive for keeping up with your workout than knowing another set of eyes would be looking at that scale and checking those inches each month? Personal trainers not only hold you accountable but can also help you adjust your workout to meet your fitness goals.

Fit For Her describes itself as a large health club in a private, upscale environment for women only. Members have 24-hour access and get perks like tanning, personal trainers, group fitness classes and massages. Fit for Her has four metro locations, one in Edmond and three in OKC, all of which have a children’s area.

While Curves, a national chain with four metro locations, doesn’t allow your kiddos to tag along, I found it convenient to drop in for a quick 30-minute workout on their circuit. Unlike fullservice fitness clubs, Curves is a circuitonly program, providing complete cardio and strength training in a half-hour, which gives your whole body a workout and gets your heart rate up, thanks to the adjustable machines. In just a few months, I was able to drop 8 pounds and several inches by going only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while my little tyke was in Kids’ Day Out.

Curves locations can be found in Edmond, Yukon, Midwest City and Oklahoma City.

For you dance-y types, Jazzercise claims you can burn up to 600 calories in a 60-minute total-body workout. Set to modern music, Jazzercise blends jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. There are four metro locations. Even better, jazzercise.com includes videos to teach some of the basic steps, such as the standard grapevine, so you can practice before you get to class.

The YMCA may not be womenonly, but it’s certainly mom-friendly.

With a well-staffed children’s area, moms can exercise anywhere in the facility while the young ones are supervised.

Moms in search of “om” can find many yoga classes in the metro at fitness clubs or yoga studios. Yoga Room OKC, 4027 N. Classen, provides several types of yoga, ranging from the beginner to the expert, with classes in Tai Chi, “rock and flow,” vinyasa and Pilates.

New mamas can even workout with their babes, thanks to Baby Boot Camp, a national franchise with a location in Norman. The stroller-based workout combines cardio and strength training.

All of these options means Mom can not only get healthy, but stay happy.

 
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