How I’ve Incorporated Shai Into My Wedding Exercise Routine

How I’ve Incorporated Shai Into My Wedding Exercise Routine

With our wedding a week away (yay!), Maks and I have been hitting the gym pretty hard to get into the best shape of our lives for the biggest day of our lives ­– and Shai gets to help, too!

As a bride-to-be, I really wanted to get that classic, long, lean silhouette that every girl craves. So, for the past 6 weeks, we’ve worked with the incredible (and slightly sadistic) Tim Hartwig to put us through the ringer with heavy weights and high intensity workouts.

The only catch is, spending five days a week in the gym isn’t always practical when you have a 5 month old. Rather than skipping a workout because we couldn’t find anyone to watch Shai, we just brought him with us.

As it turns out, he’s the perfect little gym buddy! Tim helped us modify some moves to incorporate Shai into our sessions – turning a workout into a family outing.

Here are just a few of my favorite mommy-baby moves.


Reverse Lunges

If you can find a mirror to do these in front of, reverse lunges with baby can be a lot of fun. Securely holding your baby face out, take a large, controlled step backward with your right foot. Lower your body until your left leg (front) is parallel with the floor and your left knee is directly over your ankle. Repeat stepping back with your left leg.

Partner Crunches

This is a great move to do with your partner. With your partner securing your feet, Lying down on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, have your partner position themselves at your feet. Engaging your core muscles, pass the baby back and forth to your partner. Feel free to add in baby smooches to help you power through.

Abdominal Hip Raises

With your knees directly above your ankles and your baby secured on your pelvis, squeeze your glutes to raise your hips off the ground (ideally forming a straight line from your shoulders to your knees).


Raised Knee Reverse Lunges

Starting with your baby securely against your chest and your feet parallel, lift your right knee then step backward, twisting your core so your right leg is behind your left leg (front). Repeat, stepping back with your left leg.

Squats with Baby Lift

Does baby like to go up-up-up? Then they’ll love these! With your feet shoulder width apart and baby firmly held between your hands, sit back and down until your thighs are close to parallel with the ground. Pressing your weight back into your heels, push yourself back up to start position, extending baby over your head as you reach it.

Want to see more family-friendly workout moves? Grab your baby and check out Maks and I on Good Morning America.

Photo Credit: Good Morning America

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  1. You all looked absolutely stunning on your big day. Your hard work certainly paid off! Now that we know what you did for exercise, what type of eating plan were you on or are on as a dancer?

    Posted by: Michelle on July 15, 2017 at 6:43 am
  2. Dear Peta, Pics of your incredible wedding are emerging all over my news feeds, media, literally everywhere..news has even reached the far corners of southern Poland lol 🙂 and although I seldom get involved in blog following, I couldn’t help but check out Your blog, to see what the hype was all about and become an instant fan!.. it’s all fabulous and just brilliant;) your story is an incredible one and just heart-melting…
    You are stunning, an incredibly talented artist and literally the most gorgeous! bride in the most ravishing dress I have ever seen. You looked like a dream. Hats off to your great sense of taste and style ;)…
    I wish you and the hubby and your entire gorgeous family nothing but the best in your new journey together and a beautiful life!

    Posted by: Jessica on July 14, 2017 at 12:38 pm