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Physical fitness is a key component of general health, and even more important for parents who have to keep up with active, fun-loving little ones. For those looking to workout in a gym environment, finding one with quality child care can prove challenging. Here is a list of five great Bay Area gyms with kids’ programs. Fitness enthusiasts of all types, from the yoga-lover to the CrossFitter are sure to find a spot to workout that will welcome the younger set.
3055 Olin Ave., Suite 3000
San Jose, CA 95128
With one of the best gym child care programs outside of the local YMCA, Active Sports Club has several Bay Area locations for the fitness-minded parent. The Active Kids program is open for kids ages six weeks and up. Older children will enjoy a wide variety of activities ranging from arts and crafts and sports to playing on the Wii and reading. Babies up to age three have a specially designated baby-proofed area separate from the older kids. Gym member parents can also take advantage of specially scheduled Parents Nights Out, Stroller Fitness classes, and birthday parties.
37330 Cedar Blvd.
Newark, CA 94560
CrossFit fanatics can now make a family affair of this fitness lifestyle, and enroll the kids in specialized CrossFit Kids courses at the CrossFit of Fremont. The gym currently holds three CrossFit Kids classes each week for $100 per month. Kids ages three up to 18 are welcome to join. Adult memberships start at $139 per month. Both free trial classes and boot camps are offered.
1460 Tully Rd. #608
San Jose, CA 95121
Popular with members due to the supportive environment and spirit of camaraderie, CrossFit Kindred offers a Saturday class custom-tailored for children. Kids ages six to 12 can join the Saturday morning Kindred Cobras class and reap numerous benefits from increased coordination, speed and agility to improved language, math and social skills. The kids’ program is specifically designed to foster the developmental needs of children and incorporates all manner of movement from running and jumping to climbing and lifting. Children of mixed age are combined into one class and participate in the same workout, with varied levels of intensity based on fitness level.
1747 Church St.
San Francisco, CA 94131
Nestled in Noe Valley, Cardio-Tone offers a variety of 45 and 60 minute classes for adults. Class options include spin, barre, Zumba, and yoga. Childcare is available at specified hours, four days a week, at a rate of $6 per child. Reservations are requested for those requiring babysitting. The gym also offers a Friday afternoon post-partum yoga class where infants are welcome.
385 Ashton Ave. at Ocean Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94112
Yoga Flow SF holds fast-paced, heated vinyasa flow yoga classes. The Ocean Avenue location has a dedicated child care area and welcomes kids ages three months and up. Experienced care staff is carefully screened before hire. While parents workout, the kids will enjoy everything from reading, music and arts and crafts. Snacks are welcome, as are nursing mothers.