Train­ing with your child

Shape (Malaysia) - - Contents - By MARY AN­DER­SON Kristin McGee (@kristin­m­cgee),

Mommy and me classes are work­out savers when you crave the gym but want to keep an eye on your tot. An­other bonus: “You’re role­mod­el­ing the im­por­tance of ex­er­cise for your child,” says Bela Moté, a na­tional di­rec­tor at the YMCA of the USA. “And the ear­lier you do that, the bet­ter.” Here’s how four pop­u­lar workouts han­dle your off­spring.

Pool work­out

At any pool, you’ll see the squad of par­ents with their kids (un­der 3 years old) in the shal­low end of the pool, pro­pel­ling the tots through wa­ter. Such baby swim classes are meant to get them used to the idea of swim­ming, but there’s con­stant mo­tion and a bit of re­sis­tance in those 30 to 60 min­utes. “It may not be a full work­out for you, but there’s some low-in­ten­sity car­dio in­volved,” Moté says.


Ba­bies (about 6 weeks and up) act as added weights for your poses; imag­ine boat pose with baby ly­ing belly down on your shins or sun salute with you hoist­ing baby over­head. “The flow is pretty con­sis­tent— you’re able to do down­ward dog to kiss-me chaturanga pushup, then cat-cow into planks, so you get in the stretch­ing, strength­en­ing, and core work you came for,” says in­struc­tor the creator of the BendiGirl yoga DVD, who teaches a plus­baby ver­sion (that’s her above with her work­out-buddy twins). “It’s not ly­ing around and coo­ing at your baby. You’ll have even more of a work­out be­cause you’re hold­ing them as an ex­tra weight.” and bands, barre work, and then floor work with baby, out of the car­rier, be­ing used as a weight for things like press-ups and curl-ups,” says creator Tori Levine. “We fo­cus on core and pelvic-floor en­gage­ment through­out class.” In other words, you’ll hit all the same ton­ing as your usual barre class. A few cities of­fer classes, or you can register for live-stream classes through ba­biesatthe

Boot camp

When it’s nice out, hook up with a stroller class, and you can pretty much re-cre­ate your reg­u­lar group cir­cuit ses­sion. “You’ll work up a real sweat do­ing things such as walk­ing lunges with the stroller, 30 se­conds of jump­ing jacks, bench push-ups, and plank holds—es­pe­cially if the in­struc­tor moves from ex­er­cise to ex­er­cise with no breaks,” says Sara Dim­mick, the founder of Phys­i­cal Equilib­rium stu­dio in New York City, who leads lo­cal stroller boot camps. (You can Google “stroller work­out” for other op­tions.)

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