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Tips to Working Out with An Infant

The #1 question that I get most often is “How did you train for Ironman Canada with an infant?”  Most of the time the person asking is looking me up and down while giving me the look of “you are crazy!”  I will be honest, it was not easy.  I relied heavily on my husband, family and friends.  When they were not able to help, I got creative.  Here are a few things that I did that helped me to prioritize my daily workout and get moving.

1) Baby Swap
Find a fellow mom who is looking to workout.  If the weather is nice, you can meet at a park.  If the weather is not so favorable, you can me at one of your homes.  While one mom watches all of the kids, the other heads out for a run or a workout class.  When the mom returns, the mom who was watching the kids gets her time to workout or head to the gym.

2) Bike Trainer
While training for Ironman, I needed to find time to swim, bike and run.  Although I would prefer to ride my bike outside with the wind blowing through my hair, I found that the easiest way to get time in the saddle was to capitalize on nap time.  After I put her down for a nap, I would head to the garage (my workout studio) and hop on the trainer and spin until she woke up.

3) Gym with Daycare
I know this may seem obvious, but there are gyms in the Seattle area that have great daycares!  Here are a few that I have used or friends have recommended to me.  Pros: you get 2 hours a day of daycare.  If you plan far enough in advanced you will even have time to shower!

LA Fitness – Ballard
1416 NW Ballard Way
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 508-5030
Babies 12 weeks and older
$15 a month for 2 hours a day
Large room with play sculpture, tv, cribs, swings and
Open M-F 8am – 12pm and 4pm to 8pm.  Weekends from 8am – 12p

Magnuson Athletic Club (MAC) – Magnuson Park
7751 63rd Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 452-1500
Babies 6 months and older
Daycare cost is included in membership
Open M-F 8am – 12pm and 4pm to 8pm.  Weekends from 8am – 12p

Allstar Fitness – West Seattle 
2629 Southwest Andover Street  Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 932-9999
12 weeks and older
Daycare cost is included in family membership (roughly $100 per month for 3 people) for 2 hours a day
Open during gym hours M-F and from 8am – 1pm on the weekends

4) Running Stroller
If you don’t have one, you gotta get one.  At times I wish I had a GPS on our Ironman BOB stroller so I could analyze the data and see all of the places we have run.  The stroller is portable, light and something that my daughter and I enjoy doing together.  There are more and more races popping up all over the country allowing parents to race with the jogging stroller.  Remember to pack the snacks, toys and sippy cups!

5) Workout Video
Channel your inner Jane Fonda and break out those leg warmers!  Pop in your favorite workout DVD and get moving while your babe takes a nap.  For those with older kids, you can workout while they play close by.  Here are a few of my favorite workout DVDs.  Granted I have never had a 6 pack, I can say that I have gained strength from these videos.

Tracy Anderson Method: Post-pregnancy workout
Personal Training with Jackie: Xtreme Time Saver Training
Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six Pack

No more excuses!  Get out and get moving!

Take good care and be well mamas!

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