By Paul Swiech
The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) At “Diapers & Dumbbells” women hold their children as they are exercising or — in the case of the push-ups and planks — talking with and kissing their infants as they are underneath their moms.
Four women did butt-kicks, high knees, side steps, arm rotations, squats and other movements when their instructor gave them a suggestion they likely hadn’t heard before in an exercise class before.
“When we go down for each push-up, let’s give them a kiss,” said fitness instructor Nicolette Hursey.
So there were Hursey, Lisa McCully, Marisa Crabtree and Jordan Mueller kissing Taygan, Samuel, Douglas and Ezra each time the women went down for a push-up and talking with them as they held planks.
Diapers & Dumbbells is a small-group exercise class that began Tuesday at the Bloomington-Normal YMCA for mothers and their children ages 3 months to about 1 year.
What makes the class unusual is the women are holding their children as they are exercising or — in the case of the push-ups and planks — talking with and kissing their infants as they are underneath their moms.
Or tickling them as the women come down from side planks.
“It’s a good workout and you usually don’t get to work out with your child,” said Jordan Mueller, 24, of Bloomington, whose 10-month-old son, Ezra, weighs 19 pounds.