Getting fit with workout routines that include your baby

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Mothers rejoice as there are now ways to join your energetic babies in your workout routines. Melody Jenson of Instagram: @momscast came in today to show us exercises to make your muscles and heart strong while also making your baby giggle.

Melody Jensen has been teaching Pilates and inspiring healthy living for 12 years. She is the mother to her 6-month-old son Aiden who loves doing anything with his momma including exercising. 

Here are some of Melody’s work out routines to do with your baby:

Staggered feet squat with a shoulder press:  

  • Works glutes, quads, abs and shoulders.  

Be sure to have a sturdy, secure chair.  Have feet shoulder width apart but staggered with one foot in front of the other. Hold baby comfortably under their shoulders. Keeping feet staggered, sit down in a chair, kick the front leg in the air while you lift baby in the air. Bring leg back to place, lower baby and stand up. Do 10 on each side and do 2-3 sets.  

Weighted (baby) leg and calve raises:

  • Works quads, calves and core.

Sit tall in a sturdy chair. Engage core. Place baby who can support his or her own head sitting right above your knee. Start by lifting heel from the ground as high as you can, keeping the toe on the ground. Do as many reps as you can in one minute. Then lift knee up and down slowly. For more challenge, straighten the leg and have baby sit just below your knee and left leg up and down. Do 10-15 reps on each side and repeat 2-3 sets.  

Russian twists with a baby:

  • Works arms and core. 

Sit on the edge of a sturdy and secure chair. Engage core and relax neck, jaw, and shoulders. Hold baby with one hand under their head/neck and the other hand under their bottom/backs of thighs. Gently twist your torso side to side, softly dipping baby towards one hip and then the next.  

Gluteal kicks:

  • Works hamstrings, glutes core and arms.   

Gently lay baby down on their back. Be in the tabletop position on your hands and knees with your hands on either side of baby’s shoulders. Engage core and keep your head aligned from your spine. Extend one leg behind you and lift in lower in the air. You can also do small circles in both directions, sway leg side to side while keeping your hips stabilized and bend your knee and lift your heel towards the ceiling. Try doing 12 reps and 3 sets.  

Find more about Melody at @momscast on Instagram,, and Momscast podcast found iTunes or your favorite podcast app on your phone or tablet or at

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