You and the gym haven’t been on speaking terms lately. Can’t blame you: After wrangling several pounds of baby around town, who’d want to lift a barbell?
Instead, let Escape 2 Fitness’s Hot Mamas classes give new weight to your exercise routine. The outdoor sessions make fitness fun for you and baby, because each guided move involves you both. Gather at a neighborhood park to cycle through stretches, cardio, and core work — all with babe in arms (or in a stroller or carrier at times for safety).
Exercises are designed for bonding. Giggles might erupt as you squat and shoulder-press baby, do moving planks in front of him, or attempt lunges a deux.
The regimen is as quitter proof as they come; stopping doesn’t seem like an option when there’s a wide-eyed bundle watching your every move. Talk about raising the bar.
Hot Mamas classes are being held through September, at Oz Park, 2021 North Burling Street; Erie Park, 630 North Kingsbury Street; Wicker Park, 1425 North Damen Avenue. For more information and to register, call 312-222-1414 or go to escape2fitness.com. Single classes are $18; a ten-class pass is $150; monthly membership is $200.
Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock
What: The groovy cone-headed character is back for a show of live pop music and projected hand-drawn animation.
Why: Kiddos will love the story of his search for the toe end of an extra-long sock.
When: Sat., 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.
Where: Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., at Belmont Ave. Tickets at 773-525-2508 or online at schubas.com. Adults and children, $12.
Mommy and Me Fashion Tea
What: Sip brew or Shirley Temples and nibble cucumber sandwiches at Palm Court while watching an Odile runway show.
Why: Shop the looks in a private room before or after the show.
When: Wed., 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Where: The Drake, 140 E. Walton St., at Michigan Ave. Tickets at 312-787-2200 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Adults, $35; children, $18.
Chicago Q Kids’ Menu
What: Little ’cue lovers choose their own three-course feast (pulled chicken, mac and butter, corn bread, orange wedges, and more) for just $7.
Why: Their sauce is your gain.
When: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 1160 N. Dearborn St., b/t Elm & Division Sts. (312-642-1160).
Photo: Courtesy of Escape 2 Fitness