Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question? Look no further! S.L.A.M. Sweat Like A Mother is here to answer any questions you may have about our exercises, our worldwide locations, what to bring with you, and who can come to class. We want you to feel included in your classes, excited to come workout, and ready to Sweat Like a Mother!
Check below for some of our most commonly asked questions.
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What happens during a S.L.A.M. class?
Workouts are an hour long. Class begins with a five minute dynamic warm-up followed by the core of the workout which includes intervals of running (or walking) and fitness stations that will focus on strength and conditioning exercises, many in the form of intervals such as HIIT, Tabatas, AMRAPs (or SLAMRAPs as we like to call them!), and more! The final 5-10 minutes of class takes place often near a playground, and finishes with a cool down and stretch. Class is challenging and our aim is to SWEAT LIKE A MOTHER. There are modifications for every exercise so moms of all fitness levels are challenged and feel comfortable.
What makes S.L.A.M. better than a local gym membership?
This program was created by a mama for mamas!! Moms can workout with their children so they don’t need to worry about leaving their children in someone else’s hands. Children also learn from mom that taking care of their body and mind is an important part of life. Moms are able to motivate each other as they workout with other moms with similar fitness goals in a much less intimidating environment.
How do I register for class?
Your first class is free so you can just show up or register and sign the waiver ahead of time by clicking ‘sign up here’ on the affiliate webpage. Arrive at least 10 minutes before start time. We begin promptly and class will leave the warm-up area. Once you decide that S.L.A.M. is right for you, there are a few different payment plans to fit your needs.
What do I need for class?
You need a stroller (if you have young children), and a set of hand weights (anywhere between 3 and 15 pounds each). The instructor will have extra weights for those who are trying class for the first time. You may use any type of stroller. An umbrella stroller is not recommended and a jogging stroller is recommended but not necessary. Just be sure the stroller you are using is sturdy. You must wear athletic shoes and bring a towel or mat for the ground exercises and plenty of water. A hat and/or sunblock are also highly recommended. A stroller cover or a light blanket or towel for clipping onto the stroller to protect your child from sun or rain may be useful. For older children, snacks and toys are a good idea as well.
What if the weather is bad?
We will only cancel classes in extreme weather conditions. Please check the facebook page for updates in the morning before class. We will post this information on the facebook page an hour before class begins.
What do I do if my baby gets fussy during class?
The beauty of our S.L.A.M. classes is that we all get it and we all understand. The first priority is the happiness of your baby. Tend to your baby first. Class will stop every few minutes for exercise stations, so you will be able to catch up with the group if you happen to get behind. We will provide music, books and fun for the children during class in order to minimize boredom and fussiness. Often times the interaction with other children, the entertainment of mom working out and the constant movement of the class from one spot to the next is enough to keep children happy.
When can I start class?
Once you are six weeks postpartum and your doctor has cleared you for exercise, you may begin attending S.L.A.M. We also recommend being seen by a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist before returning to exercise.
What if I have more than one child?
Bring them all to class! Many moms workout with double and even triple jogging strollers!
Can I still join if I have non-stroller aged kids?
Yes of course! We have lots of moms who attend class with no kids in tow. Older children are welcome at class, we simply ask that they stay next to the strollers during stations and next to you during routes for the safety of themselves and others. Older kids are great because they help entertain the other S.L.A.M. kids!
I am pregnant, is this class right for me?
Yes. Studies have found that exercise during pregnancy has multiple benefits for BOTH mom and baby. Some of these benefits for mom include having shorter and less complicated labors, returning to pre-pregnancy weight sooner, less discomfort during pregnancy, more energy during pregnancy and faster recovery after, and improved body image. As far as the intensity of the exercise, instructors will help you modify exercises to focus on function and safety during exercise. If you wish to start working out once you are pregnant, appropriate modifications will be made for you. It is asked that you discuss your exercise plans with your health care provider before participating in S.L.A.M.
Is my instructor trained in prenatal and postpartum fitness?
Yes, all instructors are nationally certified fitness trainers and their coursework included extensive education in prenatal and postpartum fitness. We also have an in house Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist who provides owners, instructors and members with education for the pregnant and postpartum athlete. If you have any concerns, do not be afraid to talk to your instructor about them.
Can my partner/friend/mom/relative come to class with me?
Yes! If your partner wants to join you on a particular day or if you have friends or family in town, you can certainly bring them to class, free of charge!
Can my kids ride their bikes, scooters, or skate boards?
For liability reasons and for the safety of themselves and others, children must be in the stroller if they are 4 or below and running or walking alongside mom if they are 5 and above. S.L.A.M. instructors include fun things like songs, stories and bubbles in their daily plans to entertain children and keep them happy!