Free Fun For Kids, Fitness For Mom

kidszone2Phia is now offering FREE child care during select classes. We have a separate, fully equipped fun child care room that has toys, activities, and wonderful staff. To sign you child up for childcare you can call or text Phia at (978)491-9112. In you message provide the child’s name, age, your name, and the date and time of the class you’d like childcare for. You will receive a text confirmation that your child has been signed up. All children must be signed up for child care 24 hours prior to Mom’s class time.

More about our child care policies and class descriptions at PHIAWOMENSCENTER.COM

Meet our child care staff:

Billi-Jo

Billi-Jo Todd

Billi-Jo is 33 years old and has been a professional nanny and babysitter for over 12 years. Billi-Jo is a grew up in Gloucester and she has cared for children ages 3 months to 14 years old. She enjoys arts and crafts, being outdoors, and playing sports. Billi-Jo is CPR certified and prides herself on being “kind, honest, trustworthy, and very reliable.”

 

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Anna French

Anna is 33 years old and currently resides in Gloucester. She started babysitting when she was 14 years old. She has been professionally nannying for the past 13 years. She has training in CPR/First Aid. Anna went to school for communications but found her real passion was working with kids. For the past 13 years Anna has been fortunate to pursue a career working with kids of all ages and has loved every minute of it. She currently works for 4 families in the North Shore area.

Kid free fitness classes for Mom:

Tuesday evenings 5:30 – 6:30 pm – ZUMBA

Friday mornings 9:00 – 10:00 am – STRECH AND STRENGTHEN

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New Fitness Options for Gloucester Moms

If you missed the first Mommy and Me Fitness class last week have no fear! It’s back this week with a new time.

Our mommy and me class will now be from 10:00 – 11:00 am every Wednesday morning at our convenient location on Main St. in Gloucester.

In other exciting news, Phia is now offering FREE child care two days a week. Check out our new fall schedule starting September 5th, after labor day.

Group Fitness 9-17 Phia was created to be a place for women from all walks of life to find a fun, accepting, empowering fitness experience. We wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t offer options for the moms of our area. Whether you’ve always been into fitness, are just starting on your fitness journey, or are getting back into the swing of things after having a baby, we’ve got an option for you! Our classes are always for all levels.

Come join us this fall at 242 Main St. in Gloucester right across from Liquor Locker.

Also, take a look at our website for more info and don’t forget to like us on facebook!

You don’t need to,”Get your body back.”

…because it never left.

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After having a baby there is so much pressure for a mom to bounce back to her pre-baby body right away. Magazines and internet articles use terms like,”get your body back.” What they don’t seem to understand is that your body didn’t go anywhere. You didn’t have a child and then suddenly start going about your day as a floating head. In fact you should feel more connected to your body than ever.
It grew a life and brought it into this world. Go you!

 

As moms we have so much on our plates. We work (if you stay at home believe me I know you put in plenty of work), we take care of the kids, and we try to take care of ourselves. Unfortunately self care often becomes last on the list of things to do. Is it our fault or are there just not enough options that take parenting into account? Some may say that you’re just not making the time that you should. Why aren’t you getting up at 5:00 am to do pushups? Why aren’t you burning the midnight oil to get back to pre-baby size? Here’s another opinion: Is it really self-care if you’re running yourself into the ground trying to do it? For some moms getting up at 5:00 am to work out, or going for a run after the kids are in bed, works. For others, they just need another option that fits into their life as it is.

Also, lets talk about fun. The world is often a serious place and with news stations warning us about pesticides, kidnappers, cyber bullies, and so much more we need a little light heartedness in our lives. If exercise is drudgery it ain’t happening! So let’s discuss some options.

  1. Walking

    A great place to start is a simple walk. Pop the kid(s) in the stroller and enjoy some fresh air, scenery (can’t beat a walk by the ocean), and those feet hitting the pavement. Bring a friend, the dog, or do it solo. Even a short walk around the neighborhood is enough to improve your mood and burn a few calories.

  2. Get the kids involved

    Getting the kids involved not only kills two birds with one stone, it teaches them a good lesson about a healthy and active life style. Examples: have a dance off in the living room, make an obstacle course that you can do together, make a game out of boring exercises like squats, pushups, or jumping jacks.

  3. Find a fitness class that offers child care

    There are some fitness studios that offer free or low priced child care when you attend a class. This is a great option for single moms, or mothers who’s partner isn’t available to watch the kids to get some “me” time. Heads up: most require pre-registration so plan ahead.

  4. Join a mommy and me class

    This is a great option because it again, gets the kids involved, but also takes out all of the thought or prep on your end. Mommy and me classes also give you an opportunity to meet other moms to converse (and commiserate) about mommy-hood. Being a modern mom can be a very isolating experience. This is a great opportunity to see that you’re not alone in the struggle to be “Mom” but also “Me.”

These are a few great options to help you get started reclaiming your body (not recreating it). Being a mom means our bodies are often dedicated to the service of tiny humans, and that role is important. What is also important is that we stake a claim to our bodies in the most positive way possible. Being active and healthy doesn’t have to mean you have to try to be super woman, while being super mom, and therefore ending the day super tired.

If you can think of any other ways to be active and healthy while being a wonderfully busy momma leave them in the comments below. Other moms (us too!) would love to hear your ideas. Also, if you’re in the Gloucester area and would like to find some mom/kid friendly options check out our website at WWW.PHIAWOMENSCENTER.COM
or like us on facebook for updates on what’s coming up for moms in the Gloucester community.

Lastly, the most important part of being active is showing up. Whether you’re running a 5k pushing a stroller or going for your first long walk in months, you showed up. Both are impressive, both are valid, both will benefit you. And now a round of applause to happy, active, moms and to fitness options that make more happy, active, women.

Mommy & Me Fitness Class Coming Soon!

mother-daughter-love-sunset-51953Starting Wednesday August 23rd we will be offering a fun mommy and me fitness class for moms with children 0-3 years old. The class will be every Wednesday morning from 9:00 – 10:00am.  Mommy and Me Fitness will feature fun kid friendly music, and exercises that include the kids and give Mom a great workout. Children who can not sit up on their own should come in their car seat for easy mobility. We have a separate, comfortable area available for breastfeeding mothers to nurse. Bring water, towel, your little one, and your sense of humor!

We are also excited to announce that starting in September Phia will be offering childcare during select classes. Now there’s no need to arrange for a babysitter or wait until your spouse is home. We’ve got you covered! Stay tuned for more details and the release of our fall schedule.

For more information and our current class schedule visit PHIAWOMENSCENTER.COM

Don’t forget to like us on facebook for updates, giveaways, and announcements.

Learn To Make Origami Flowers At Phia

Our July craft night will be a fun origami paper folding workshop. This is a great relaxing alternative to a Friday night out at the bar or, a great activity to do in between dinner and going to hear your favorite local band play. Located right downtown on Main St., Phia is the perfect location to walk to all the local hot spots.

Origami paper folding is an ancient craft that promotes creativity, relaxation, and mindfulness. Phia’s origami flower workshop will teach you to make several types of paper flowers and we will give you written directions and pictures for each flower to take home. These flowers are the perfect way to capture this beautiful growing season all year long. Come sip your favorite drink, fold some paper, and enjoy fun, low key vibes. All are welcome! No experience needed.

Only $15 when you register online today!

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Pre-register here: www.phiawomenscenter.com

Free class to first time customers!

Phia is extending our Free First Class offer into July! Want to try out one of our classes and see what the buzz is about? This is a great opportunity to experience one of our fun fitness classes with NO obligation. All of our classes are for all levels of fitness and our instructors offer different intensity and difficulty levels during each class. We offer strengthening classes, integrated flexibility training, Zumba, yoga, ballet fitness and guided mediation. Our classes are tailored to the specific strength and weight loss issues that women face and we will work with you to achieve your fitness and wellness goals. If you like your first class you can drop into another class for just $10 or sign up for a class punch card and receive an additional free class.

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Photo credit: Kara Caso Photography

So what are you waiting for? Drop in for any of our classes and find your happy place at Phia Women’s Center! We’re located right downtown at 242 Main St. two doors down from Stone’s Pub.

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Cardio Dance Party at Phia

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This Saturday morning from 9:00 – 10:00am

DJ Lara Jardullo will be spinning some fun beats while you follow along to easy to follow, fun choreography. All are welcome. No experience needed, ANY fitness level welcome! Wear sneakers, activewear, and bring a towel and water.

Where’s the fun happening? Phia Women’s Center at 242 Main St., two doors down from Stone’s Pub.

Pre-register online and only pay $10 admission is $15 at the door. Reserve your spot at www.phiawomenscenter.com

Mimosas afterwards to start your Fiesta Saturday off right! Let’s get this party pumping!