Exercise classes with working parent-friendly schedules?

circus yoga circleJenna emails:

Is there a good drop-in place for exercise classes with evening and weekend hours near downtown Albany? Similarly, are there any baby and me type classes that do drop-ins and working-lady schedules?
Must get fit. Have no time. Or motivation.

A lot of people struggle to fit exercise in to their schedules. Add a kid to the mix, and it gets even harder.

So, have a place in/near Albany to suggest to Jenna? Or maybe some strategies for making the schedule work? Please share!

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I know it's technically not downtown Albany, but Best Fitness in Westgate Plaza on Central and Colvin has a daycare for members. They have a variety of classes (yoga, zumba, pilates, etc) included in their membership prices (which are very cheap - $10-20/month)...with pretty extended hours.

Drop ins will be hard. My advice - get someone to watch your child and go for a walk. Everyday.

I belong to Best Fitness on Central Ave. They are fantastic, have daycare in the evening until eight, have evening classes, and are reasonably priced. I've been a member for a year and a half and have two young kids. Best of luck!

When I had my daughter last year, I did Baby Bootcamp - Capital District. They meet in a fire station in Loudonville. They have classes on a couple of weeknight evenings. The kids ranged from baby to toddler and it was a wonderful group of women. Not to mention the workouts were killer.

Does anyone know of these classes in & around Clifton Park?

Depending on where you work, Empower State Plaza Fitness, located below the Egg, offers classes (including pay-by-the class) between 11:15-1:115 daily. There is a good mix of 30 and 45 min classes, from yoga to cardio to sculpting to abs, and it is inexpensive. It's a great way to take a break from the workday...

I highly recommend Lisa Polsinello- she started Travelling Trainers to meet people where they want to work out throughout the Capital District. She literally comes to you and your group with any equipment you might need, you just need a mat and a water bottle. On weekdays she offers classes before and after work hours and during lunch time. She also offers classes on weekends depending on what her clients want.

My husband and I have been working out with her for a few years now and couldn't recommend her more highly. She's professional, knowledgeable, very encouraging, and keeps her workouts fun and engaging. She can be reached at polsinello@aol.com.

Hope this helps!

Gyms have drop in classes. Center for Nia and Yoga is in Albany. Zumba classes are at Danceland in Latham. I'm considering continuing education classes, at a local high school for swimming starting in February. You can go to any continuing education program in the area.

I've been a member of the JCC on Whitehall for a number of years. They offer a bunch of great group exercise classes through out the day and evening and offer childcare for children between 3 months and 10 years.

They have an indoor pool for year round enjoyment and classes and two outdoor pools in the summer, one is specifically for families with young children.

All of the gym equipment is new and well taken care of and the locker-rooms are spotless.

An adult membership is $47 per month and all classes and pool use is included. Childcare is extra.

As for motivation, being fit and taking care of your health is the best thing you can do to ensure you are around and healthy down the road for your children. There's nothing more enjoyable than being able to run, jump and play with your kids, it's also being a great role model for them.

It takes about 3 weeks to make or break a habit. Trust me, after the first 3 weeks when your clothes are a bit looser, it will be easy to keep on schedule. :-)

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