Woodbury mothers, if you’re looking to get in shape after the New Year but don’t want to pay for daycare, there will soon a new option for you.
The local Baby Boot Camp is set to open Jan. 25.
Baby Boot Camp is a “stroller fitness program,” said Heather Hampton, owner of the Maplewood-Woodbury franchise, the first in Minnesota.
The new business is aimed at stay-at-home moms who want to expand their workout to include circuit and strength training. And do it with their baby.
“Everybody can go for a stroll,” said Hampton, who has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a master’s in exercise physiology. “But that’s only so fun and you can only do so much with your workout.”
Though the class is clearly geared toward recent and expecting mothers, “Dad’s can come too. We don’t discriminate,” Hampton said.
During the cooler months classes will be held at the Valley Creek Mall, and likely move to Woodbury’s trail system when the weather changes.
The Jan. 25 opening will be held from 9-11 a.m. at the mall and include a modified class for those interested. There will also be prizes and giveaways donated by local businesses, which have been very supportive, Hampton said.
The California-based Baby Boot Camp franchise is 10 years old, and Hampton said she’s excited to bring it to Minnesota.
“It’s just a great way to work out with your children, and you don’t have to pay extra for daycare,” she said, adding that there are different workouts for people of different fitness levels.
As a certified yoga instructor, Hampton hopes to incorporate some of those moves into the classes. Hampton said she hopes the sessions also become a support group of sorts as the mothers exchange information about parenting.
She has been trying to get the word out about Baby Boot Camp, her first foray into running her own business. (She still works part time at Regions Hospital doing cardiac stress testing.)
“It’s a learning experience but it’s been fun,” Hampton said.
Hampton has an 18-month-old son, Evan. “He’ll be at the classes,” she said.
People can attend their first class for free. Single classes cost $15, with deals for six- and 12-class punch cards. There are also monthly rates ($75 for six and $65 for 12).