Disclaimer: Through my affiliation with Fit Approach, I received a set of Baby Strong Workout cards in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are my own.
Most new moms find it difficult to manage all of the demands for their time once their new bundle of joy arrives. Between the needs of the baby as well as the demands of taking care of everything else at home, and trying to make time for themselves, time is often at a premium for new moms. One of the many things that new moms find it difficult to do is to fit in time for working out, especially when their baby is awake and needs to be taken care of and entertained. Working out, once medically cleared to do so, has so many benefits during the postpartum period, especially when it comes to helping a new mom shed the baby weight as well as to help prevent feelings that can often lead to postpartum depression.
That’s where Baby Strong Workout comes into play. When I was offered the opportunity to give Baby Strong Workout a try, I was extremely interested to see how the workouts would allow me to work on getting back into shape post baby while also being able to take care of my newborn son.
On five different days, I was challenged to only workout with my baby. Each of the exercises included in the deck of cards required that I hold the baby the entire time, whether as a weight during strength training exercises or held close by while I stretched. The cardio component of the challenge called for me to walk while holding the baby for a specified period of time. Because of his young age (he’s currently seven weeks old) and how cold its been outside (we also had a blizzard in the midst of me completing the challenge), I modified the cardio part and took advantage of the fact that we live in a three story townhouse and did stair climbing up and down all three floors while holding him.
Each day of the challenge focused on working different muscle groups, or a different combination of groups. The challenge introduced me to a variety of upper, lower, core, and total body exercises that can be performed while holding a baby. The deck of cards includes instructions for how to properly and safely perform each exercise, as well as six different pre-made workouts that combine together a series of the Baby Strong exercises.
Based on my experience, I found many pros to Baby Strong Workout:
- Many of the exercises mimic strength training exercises that I’d regularly do (or would like to do) at the gym with weights in hand
- The cards are easy to follow with well explained step-by-step directions
- The deck of cards features a variety of exercises and workouts
- The exercises can easily be adapted depending on one’s fitness level
- The workout promotes quality mommy-baby time (or daddy-baby time if dad chooses to use the workouts as well)
- The workout can be done from the comfort of home
- The cards are small enough to pack and use while traveling or on the go
There were very few cons that I found with Baby Strong Workout:
- Babies won’t necessarily like every exercise/movement that is included in the deck (there were a couple that my son consistently didn’t like)
- Some exercises may seem too easy or too difficult depending on the weight of your baby
Overall, I had a very positive experience with Baby Strong Workout and thoroughly enjoyed the time that I got to spend working out with my little man over the past couple of weeks. I look forward to continuing to use the cards as the baby and I continue exercising together.
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