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New fitness concept allows moms to work out while bonding with babies

CarryBean offers classes at Turn Cardo Jam Studio in Scott’s Addition and Yoga Source in Carytown.

Trevor Dickerson



A group of dads just won the internet by line-dancing while wearing their small children in baby slings and carriers. The video has gone viral with praise for the parental bonding and kangaroo care choreography. It’s a fitness concept new to most–wearing your child to work out–but Richmond now has its own version of the fitness phenomenon that just launched this month.

The program, called CarryBean, is a cardio fitness class designed for moms who want to bond with their babies and still participate in a great workout. Created by fitness enthusiast and new mom Kari Hyman, the group class is designed to give moms a chance to interact with other parents and their babies while working on toning, shaping and burning calories.

Classes are 45 minutes long and unlike the viral video, CarryBean does not include dance choreography. Instead, it includes a warm-up, aerobic strength and toning with fitness bands, and stretching with the primary focus on keeping the heart rate up to burn calories throughout the workout, while baby naps or is entertained by the exercise.

“I really want this to not only be about getting back in shape, but about helping moms find a community,” said Hyman. “There are so many questions moms have after having a baby, and so many physical changes, I’m hoping to give moms a place where they can make the best use of that hour they’ve dedicated to themselves.”

The classes are a true family affair. In addition to bringing her toddler-aged son Jett to each class, Kari’s mother Pam is also involved in the program. Pam offers sibling care at the Yoga Source location so moms can workout with fewer distractions.

CarryBean RVA currently offers two classes in Richmond: Mondays at 3:30 PM at Yoga Source in Cary Court in Carytown and Wednesdays at 4:00 PM at Turn Cardio Jam Studio in Scott’s Addition. Classes are $14 to drop in and discounted packages are available.

A special pop-up class will be held Saturday, October 29th at 11:00 AM and will be free. It takes place at Turn.

And finally, here’s that viral video we know you’re dying to see.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.