Joan Pagano Fitness Group
401 E. 89th St. near First Ave., No. 2M
Joan Pagano can get you in shape for delivery, then show you
how to recover. These at-home sessions are custom-made to
fit your body type, workout history, and goals ($900 for ten
classes; $1,700 for twenty). Classes are 45 minutes.
108E. 16th St., near Park Ave., fourth fl.
The instructors are what make this program different from
other fitness centers. Each one is a registered nurse-certified
trainer or physical therapist. Workshops consist of six consecutive
90-minute classes over six weeks ($325).
Peggy Levine Fitness Studio
212 W. 92nd St., near Broadway
For twenty years, new moms have looked to Peggy Levine to
help shape their pre- and postnatal fitness and yoga routines.
The prenatal classes, for which a doctor’s note is mandatory,
modify traditional yoga poses to help prepare for labor and
delivery. Classes last 70 minutes ($21).
49 W. 23rd St., tenth fl.
136 E. 57th St., Ste. 603
Yoga instructors teach either one-on-one or small group sessions
here. The post-pregnancy workouts rebuild your stomach muscles
and maintain spine strength—and a post-pregnancy workout
DVD is available ($19), so you can do Power Pilates in the
privacy of your own home. Single Sessions cost $70.
Prenatal Yoga Center
251 W. 72nd St.
Thought the name might indicate otherwise, both prenatal and
postnatal yoga classes are offered here. Prenatal classes
focus on breathing and strengthening the uterus and pelvic
muscles, while postnatal classes (where babies are welcome)
are about opening your chest, releasing shoulder tension,
and strengthening your whole body. Pilates classes aimed at
maintaining mothers’ core strength are also on the roster.
Once-a-week classes are $185 each over an eight-week session.
177 Duane St.
After browsing her client roster (Madonna, Uma Thurman, Christy
Turlington), you’ll want Alycea Ungaro to train you
through your entire pregnancy. Prenatal Pilates classes (limited
to eight people) focus on reducing the uncomfortable side
of pregnancy (backaches, soreness, and fatigue), and while
there are no specifically postnatal offerings, there are classes
that aim to reshape and strengthen your body.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
243 W. 24th St.
This yoga center focuses on more than downward dogs. By teaching
the philosophy of Swamis Sivananda and Vishnu-devananda and
emphasizing the points and paths of yoga, moms-to-be can prepare
physically and spiritually for the birth of their child. Classes
are $12 (the first one is free); prenatal classes are also
The Sports Club LA/East Side
330 E. 61st St., near First Ave.
The Sports Club Rockefeller Center
45 Rockefeller Plaza
Starting in the fall, Upper East Side moms-to-be can begin
prenatal exercise training here. The biweekly classes focus
on moderate resistance training, Kegels, and stretching. All
participants will wear heart-rate monitors and follow guidelines
set by the American Council of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
226 E. 53rd St., near Second Ave., Ste. 6A
Strollercizing is a workout in which your stroller doubles
as a resistance apparatus. Pre- and postnatal parents can
tone up and get a complete cardio workout by pushing Junior
through Central Park and other designated routes. Registration
is $55 and includes a free trial class; single classes are
$30. More popular are the unlimited-use packages, at $445
per trimester, $285 pr half-trimester.
Yoga in Tribecca
38 Walker St., near Church St.
While she offers no separate classes for pregnant or postnatal
women, Carolyn Oberst, the owner and instructor of this yoga
studio, recommends all women join her regular session. Since
classes are taught in Oberst’s home, size is small and
extra attention is guaranteed. Women new to yoga are advised
to take the slower, more relaxed Basic 1 class ($16).
1026 Sixth Ave., near 38th St.
What’s better tan one-on-one instruction, especially
when you’re pregnant? Many of the yoga instructors here
are or have been pregnant at some point, so they know what
you’re going through. They’ll stretch you and
strengthen you on Gyrotonic equipment that expands to fit
all tummy sizes. A single session costs $65.