Spinning my way to fitness – with small people in tow.

Sun 20 Nov 16 | Lifestylish | 22 comments


Baby in playpen belongs to my fellow spinning buddy (who appears to be taking a break while I suffer in the background!)

I’ve never been a gym bunny. Dancing was always my thang. Ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, you name it I did it. It kept me occupied, fit, and really happy during my childhood and well into my teens. Even at uni I sought out ‘adult’ dance classes. I did a ballet class at the Royal Academy of Dance until I was 36 weeks pregnant with M, and a cool streetdance class between babies.

But it’s much harder to head out in the evenings now with two children at home somehow. Not only motivationally, but with their bedtimes and our dinner (sooo hungry these days), and the importance of blogging husband time too.

So I’ve been trying to get my exercise in during the day while I’m off on maternity leave. Luckily, I’ve managed to lose most of the baby weight pretty quickly, but my big old tummy roll that housed the little blighters is wobbly as hell, and gives a muffin top a run for its money in the wrong jeans.

But where can you take the children that isn’t postnatal yoga with panpipes and tiny new babies? Something that’s a decent cardio workout too?

Well, my answer was a local studios called Strong Vibes who absolutely rock when it comes to welcoming Mums with small ones in tow. They’re so chilled about bringing babies to class, they’ve got a playpen you can stash your little one in while you exercise.

I started off doing Power Plates a few months ago on a morning M was at nursery, and while Little P was 3 months and not yet on the move. She’d happily kick about on the mat, listen to the music and stare up at the lights and funny looking ladies in lycra buzzing on machines and doing sit-ups.

But I’ve recently discovered spinning. And I am not a cyclist like my husband I may add. It is amazing for getting a sweat on and listening to some PUMPING CHOONS (musically, I still live in circa 1995!). Little P is relatively grump-free in her car seat with a bunch of toys and a few dozen rice cakes within her grabbing range – which is crazy considering she’d never sit happily in it at home for 45 mins. But there’s so much to stimulate her, the sound of wheels spinning, legs pumping, people trying not to swear…


And on the days I have no childcare for M, he comes along too – he sits outside the class where I can see him from the saddle, and gets a heavenly 45 mins playing Lego City on the iPad. He’d love it if I did a lot more exercise, let me tell you.

Anyway, this place’s relaxed attitude to bringing your little ones has really motivated me to get fit again – I really think if I hadn’t found it, I’d be mooching about in my dressing gown feeling rubbish about my rolls. So don’t be shy to ask your local gym or studios about baby-friendly classes – I think on the whole, people like the idea of a bubba to look at to take some of the pain away! Unless they’re wailing, in which case normally the music drowns them out 😉


Petite Pudding
The Pramshed


  1. Sunita

    You are SO a cyclist! And how fab Lil P can watch her mama sweat it out. So great you can get out and exercise with your mates too xx another fab post MM xxx

    • kimberly

      Thanks Sunita! Definitely not a cyclist though. Still feel v unfit! X

  2. tinmccarthy

    I am definately having a difficult time getting back into the workout routine- esp with twin toddlers running a muck


  3. Baking_Bron

    It’s amazing to know there are baby-friendly classes! I’m a major gym bunny but was worried about finding space/time to exercise after having kids. This post makes me feel much more at ease about it 😀

  4. aliduke79hotmailcom

    It is great that they are so child friendly. One less thing for you to stress about. I’ve only done one spin class and it nearly killed me lol.

  5. twotinyhands

    Goes to google baby friendly gym in my area… I’m not holding out much hope though in my sleepy town! Such a good idea though. Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

  6. Lydia C. Lee

    What a great idea…lot of people do bootcamp here with the bub in the stroller #Fortheloveofblog

  7. Petite Pudding (@petite_pudding)

    Wow that is so cool that your local gym are so child friendly – I can’t imagine that in the few gyms I have been in! #eatsleepblogrt

  8. Squirmy Popple (@SquirmyPopple)

    That’s great that your gym is baby-friendly! I wish mine was – finding time to exercise is nearly impossible, and I wish I could just take the Popple along with me. Now that she’s nearly 18 months, I’m not sure she’d sit quietly, though she might be okay with it if I brought the iPad…#fortheloveofBLOG

    • kimberly

      Yeah 18 months is tricky – baby normally fine bar the odd kick-off, 2 1/2 and over works due to zombie iPad-ness… Don’t rush though, it’s hard work ha! Thanks for reading 😀x

  9. tammymum

    Omg I am so jealous of this gym. Love spinning it is by far my fav exercise but I can’t ever get to a class esp with my two in tow. I’d love a child friendly gym that doesn’t cost the earth to one join and two use the crèche. This looks perfect! Enjoy! Thanks so much for joining us at #familyfun

  10. Jo (Mother of Teenagers)

    You sound like a woman on a mission. It is great that you have child friendly gym and one where they have facilities so that you can actually see your kids and them you whilst you exercise. Go girl!! #fortheloveofBLOG

  11. Shaney

    I used to dance too! It was the only exercise I really enjoyed. Now with 2 children I find it impossible to commit to classes. So looking for an alternative. Thanks for sharing #fortheloveofblog

    • kimberly

      So hard isn’t it! Getting the right class is key. Good luck x

  12. The Pramshed

    This place looks amazing Kimberley! Well done for loosing the baby weight so quickly, I’ve got the tummy roll to loose too – although it’s not shifting much at the moment though. Whoever thought of bring your baby to the gym is a genius. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

  13. James Hopes

    I’m sure you were pretty slender when I met you!! Sounds like you’ve found a good keep fit solution though! Keep up the good work 😀

  14. anintrovertedblogger

    Yay to baby-friendly classes!I love spinning and just wrote a blog post on it as well!

  15. Crystyle C.

    Loved this! I fell in love with spinning back in college. Recent grad, haven’t found a studio I’d like to join yet!

    • kimberly

      It’s hardcore and addictive isnt it?!

      • Crystyle C.

        Yes! I loved the great sweat I’d get out of it. And not realizing how intense it was until you get up after class and can’t feel your legs!lol

  16. aliciajell

    Hi! I’m a mummy of 2, and returned back to dance after 13year gap, to help me get fit. I love it! I’m back en pointe!!!! I also do a bit of running and yoga. But you’re right, it’s so hard to find the time and energy to get to class, but isn’t it so worth it when you do?! X

    • kimberly

      Totally! Feels so good. Wow – fair play that you’re back en pointe! That was never my strongest point(e) anyway. Bravo and enjoy! x



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