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What’s It’s Like to Work Out With a 10-Month-Old

jenn-gwen-fit-pit740I work out with my 10-month-old twice a week, sometimes three times a week. She is literally at the gym, by my side. I tell people this and they are all like …


And it is nutty at times. Because, as all moms know, it takes a village. Thankfully, one of my villages (in addition to family and mom friends) is my gym. And, with their help, it’s doable. Crazy, but doable.

Here’s how a typical workout with my 10-month-old goes …

Step one: Set up what we at the gym affectionately call the “Gwen pen.” It’s an elaborate design of perfectly positioned mats, padded boxes and toys.


Step two: Set up the gear I need for my workout, and attempt to warm up. Realize there’s a hole in the Gwen pen.


Step three: Act fast to seal it up. Bust out more toys.


Step four: Begin workout.


Step five: Rush back over to baby to pick up dropped toys. Give her a snack.


Step six: Melt when she cheers me on with a “mama” and hand clap.


Step seven: Baby gets fussy/bored. Enlist the help of others (thanks, Nicole, Tina, Erika and Sheryl!).


Step eight: Hurriedly push through my workout as quickly as possible to avoid total meltdown by 10-month-old.


Step nine: Cool down next to her, snuggle — and then offer her up as weight for others working out.


Step 10: Pick up our mess! (Otherwise, I’m not sure we’d be welcome back, haha!)


Like I said, it takes a village and it isn’t always easy. I’ve stopped workouts to soothe, find a binky, get her favorite blanket from the car, wipe a nose and nurse. But it’s all worth it. Happy healthy mama, happy healthy baby.

Do you work out with your little one? What steps does it take? I can’t imagine how much this will change when she’s full-out walking, which could be any day now …Jenn

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