North Shore Gyms with creches & child-friendly Outdoor Fitness

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Unearthed vitality in Gordon
Unearthed vitality in Gordon

When you have young children, finding the time to exercise or go to the gym can be challenging… yet it’s so important for our physical and mental health! With the devastating news that Fitness First will be closing all it’s creches on 3 July 2022, you might be looking for other child-friendly options for ways to exercise with kids in tow. So, to help you decide, we’ve compiled a list of North Shore Gyms with creches & child-friendly Outdoor Fitness!


How do gym crèches work?

Some gyms, fitness centres and outdoor group fitness classes offer child-friendly exercise options for parents – in the form of creches or on-site nannies.

These are usually offered at certain times of the day (weekday mornings is popular!) or for certain training sessions. Some are included in the fees, whilst others might add it on as an optional extra. It’s best to check with your provider to see how they operate.

The creche operators will usually ask you to fill in paperwork letting them know all about your child and their needs while in their care, and you are generally welcome to stay with your child until they are settled and you are comfortable leaving them.

If you’re child becomes unsettled while you’re working out, you’re always nearby so can be contacted if needed!

Why is it important to exercise?

The benefits of exercising are huge! Exercising after having kids can improve your physical and mental wellbeing. Some of the benefits of postnatal exercise include:

  • Helps improve your mood, relieve stress and can prevent postpartum depression
  • Promotes weight loss and improves your sense of wellbeing
  • Increases muscle tone, strength and endurance
  • Boosts your confidence
  • Improves energy
  • Promotes recovery and helps strengthen pelvic floor and abdominal muscles
  • Great way to make new friends
  • Opportunity to do something for yourself and have some ‘me time’

North Shore Gyms with creches

Body Shape Female Fitness (Gordon)

Body Shape Gordon is the North Shore’s only ladies only fitness centre, and had been serving the ladies of the North Shore for nearly 20 years. As well as 80+ weekly classes, cardio & weights training and personal training, they also have a Kids Club which is open 6 mornings a week (Monday – Saturday). Body Shape’s friendly and experienced team are led by Sally aka The Baby Whisperer who has been the Kids Club Team Leader for 17 years! The environment is fresh, clean, and stimulating!

During the week it welcomes all ages up to Pre School age and on Saturday mornings all ages up to 13 years. Body Shape’s Kids Club even keeps going through the school holidays and welcomes school age children during this entire period!

Cost = $2.50 per 90 minute session (no booking required). Unlimited children

Find Body Shape in the Directory

“Body Shape in Gordon have an amazing Kids Club!” – Talya

“My kids love the crèche at Body Shape Gordon. Highly recommend” –  Jenna-Lee

Unearthed Vitality (Gordon)

Unearthed Vitality creche

Unearthed Vitality in Gordon is a North Shore Gym that offers a free crèche with nannies everyday at their 9.30am Mum Squad Classes, and at their Mum’s & Bubs Return to Exercise classes at 10.30am on Tuesday & Thursday. Mum’s are welcome to bring little ones to any other classes on their timetable, because they want to make exercise accessible for all mums. All classes are MumSafe accredited, and they partner with Lively Physio in Turramurra (Women’s Health Physio), where our members receive a discount to get checked postnatally. Find Unearthed Vitality in the Directory

Cost: Free creche! Book a FREE trial (and get a free coffee, too!)

Unearthed Vitality has a creche. It’s brilliant!” – Phoebe

Millennium (Waitara)

Mini Mills creche at Millennium Waitara

Mini Mills Club at Millennium takes care of babies from the age of age of 8 weeks, to 14 years! The creche is open Monday – Friday 8am-12pm and Saturday 8am-11:30am. Children can stay for 2 hours, and during this time they can engage in themed craft activities, drawing, reading, dress ups in the cubby house and playing with toys on our mat in a safe and fun environment. Find Millennium in the Directory

Cost: Single Visit: $5 for first child,  $4 for 2nd child and $3 every child | 20 pack for $70

“We always loved the creche at Millennium Gym in Waitara. My kids still love going there in the school holidays. Such a friendly gym and creche.” – Larissa

“Millennium Health Club offers a crèche at Waitara. They are 2 hours, offer to change nappies, have protected snack time and always have a craft/ activity going. They even helped transition one of my boys onto bottles for work and helped with nap schedules. nothing is too hard including toilet training. The staff retention is also amazing” – Ashley

Other North Shore Gyms with creches

  • Willoughby Leisure Centre
  • FIT (Lane Cove)
  • BlueFit (Lane Cove)
  • North Shore Gym (Pymble)
  • Fernwood Fitness (Hornsby)

Northern Beaches Gyms with creches

  • Energize (Belrose)
  • Virgin Active (Frenchs Forest)
  • G-Fitness at Harbord Diggers (Freshwater)
  • Premier (Brookvale)
  • BUMP (Dee Why)
  • The Gym Factory (Warriewood)

Child-friendly Outdoor Fitness Training

Mums Squad by Fit4Dream (Mosman)

Mums Squad by Fit4Dreams offers 1 hour long outdoor workouts starting at your pace, walking through our post-natal fitness programs with body-weight exercises progressing to jogging, boxing, weights, exercise circuits with resistance bands or medicine balls. Their nannies look after your babies and toddlers so you can get to spend time on yourself.  You’re working with other Mums facing the same challenges and sharing similar goals to you so a sense of team grows organically and pretty soon you just feel part of something special. Find Mums Squad in the Directory.

Next Step Fitness (St Leonards & Cammeray)

Next Step Fitness outdoor training

Next Step Fitness is passionate about helping you achieve and sustain a healthy lifestyle, long term. We focus on getting you active, fit and confident so you can feel better, sleep better, live better. Kids are welcome to the sessions! Find Next Step Fitness in the Directory

Mums Going Strong Fitness (Willoughby)

Mums Going Strong Fitness is a boutique group and personal training company designed for mums and specialising in core and pelvic floor recovery. They offer small group training with a nanny service. Find Mums Going Strong Fitness in the Directory.

Karina’s Mumma Method (North Sydney, Hornsby, Wahroonga)

 

Karina is a qualified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, and she runs child-friendly outdoor training session for mums. While you train, your baby is right beside you, playing with other babies, always under your watchful eye. You don’t have to leave them in a creche or worry about them elsewhere. Find Karina’s Mumma Method in the Directory.

Other child-friendly Outdoor training

The decision to close the creches at Fitness First is not popular

Many women are angry and disappointed at the decision to close all Fitness First creches, as the ability to exercise when you have children is so important.

“Such a disappointing decision by Fitness First. It is such a lifesaver for mums of really young kids, I know I looked forward to my me-time once a day while on maternity leave.” – Emma

“I’m so annoyed, I found out when I dropped my baby at the creche. It was my once/twice a week “me time”. They didn’t even send out email communication about it, you had to find out when you rocked up to use the Creche. Definitely considering switching gyms. They are going to lose a lot of their parent clientele.” – Monique

“I go to Fitness First because it has a crèche. For single parents this is absolutely vital. I am now looking to change unless Fitness First can financially make it worthwhile to stay as I’ll have to pay a babysitter on the weekend. Such disappointing news and seemingly without proper research and analysis. Some crèches like St Leonard’s are thriving (and the team is wonderful) . I’m still waiting for the official communication to members too from head office to find out via the media was appalling.” – Suzie


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