My Gym: Baby Workout Session

Home With Heena , 22 May 2013

My GymHealth and fitness are key to our well being and quality of life – and it’s never too early to start!  My Gym is a new baby and children’s fitness center that has opened in Bandra.  The state-of-the-art facilities are perfect for letting your children run around and explore all types of fun activities.   Living in a city, it’s hard to find clean and spacious outdoor playgrounds (where you would feel comfortable taking your baby) – and that’s just going to become more true with monsoon season about to start!

My Gym Children's Fitness Center
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center
Play Space
Play Space

By baby gym, I do not mean they are lifting weights or on treadmills. ;)  This is more of constructed playtime.  The activities are focused on helping babies and kids develop physically, cognitively and emotionally.   We at Team MissMalini thought it would be interesting to track this development, and I’ve enrolled my daughter Veda at just 9 Months old.  My Gym offers classes for babies as young as 6 weeks old, and for children up to 13 years of age.

Ball Pit
Ball Pit
Play Circle
Play Circle

During our first session, Veda was all smiles.  The class started with some free playtime to get the babies comfortable with their new environment. Then, following proper gym protocol, we did some stretching.   As you can see, some of these “workouts” were very fun (mommies had a little arm workout too)!  Jamin was our instructor for the class and I found him to be very friendly and encouraging.  Yashica was also there to help and was wonderful with the babies.

Warming Up
Warming Up
Stretching
Stretching
Jamin doing Arm Circles
Jamin doing Arm Circles
Tick-Tock Time
Tick-Tock Time

After the stretches, we did a little singing and dancing. This was followed by some free time to explore the gym while the staff set up the next activity.  I took Veda on the trampoline and then we “hung out.”

Veda Having Fun
Veda Having Fun
Dancing
Dancing
Trampoline
Trampoline
Hanging Out
Hanging Out

The staff had created a little maze, that Veda immediately went to explore. I think this is a great way to develop her spatial recognition.  I then placed her in a sled and pulled her through the other direction.  I think this was some more Mommy workout. ;)

Maze
Maze
Sled
Sled
Sleding thru the Maze
Sleding thru the Maze

Veda’s favorite activity was the swings.  My Gym uses safe and sturdy plastic swings that hang from the ceiling.  While the babies would swing, the staff would blow bubbles, providing lots of happy stimulation!

Swings
Swings
Bubbles
Bubbles
Happy Veda
Happy Veda

To get the babies active again, we had a crawling race!  It was really cute to see the babies crawling towards their moms and the toys (although Veda went to another mom).

Crawling Race
Crawling Race
Jamin giving Encouragement
Jamin giving Encouragement

Finally, it was time to wind down.  All the babies were gathered back in the play circle for a little puppet show and song.  What’s not to love about a cute fuzzy penguin?!

Winding down
Winding down
Puppet show and song
Puppet show and song
Jamin with Penguin Puppet
Jamin with Penguin Puppet

Veda really had a great time and took such a great nap after!  My Gym has geared the classes to allow children to have fun while they gain strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and confidence. Though there is only one structured class per week, members have access to 5 other Play and Practice sessions.  For class schedules and further information, please visit My Gym.

Friendly Staff
Friendly Staff
My Gym Products for Sale
My Gym Products for Sale

Veda is currently crawling and standing up with support.  She was a bit hesitant with the handlebars and the trampoline.  Lets see how she is doing after the next few sessions.  Stay tuned!

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