Working out after becoming a mom takes on an entirely new meaning. It’s either that sacred alone time at the gym you’ve been desperately craving, or the crazy multi-tasking attempt to sweat with kids in tow – usually it’s the latter. That’s why stroller workouts are king, and having a kick @ss stroller is necessary. That’s why I partnered with BOB Gear to create this moving barre stroller workout.
Why ‘moving’ in the title? Because this isn’t a stroller workout that keeps the stroller stationary. Let’s be honest, there’s no way my kids will sit quietly and angelically in a non-moving stroller while I get a full-body workout in. Can I get an amen? Movement = entertainment = quiet = mommy workout time.
To say I was thrilled when BOB Gear provided me with a 2016 Stroller Strides Duallie for review is probably an understatement. Admittedly I purchased a different double stroller once my second baby was born – and I hated it. Here’s the thing, if a stroller can’t provide sun protection for both kids, can’t fold up in a snap, and can’t turn on a dime with very little effort, don’t even think about buying it. The BOB is the holy grail of jogging strollers – and the Stroller Strides Duallie is no exception.
DON’T judge me, but we’ve owned five strollers in two years. FIVE. I’m not going to say I’m a stroller expert, but I know my shiz when it comes to child-transporters. The BOB is my favorite – hands down, no question. I absolutely love the suspension – I can take this stroller anywhere, and it works in any situation. From casual strolls to the farmer’s market to trail running, the BOB Duallie is the jack of all trades.
I owned a Bob Revolution single jogger with my first child and loved it. So I bet you’re wondering, “why would you buy a different double stroller brand?”. Well, I was kind of scared – scared that the BOB Duallie would be too wide to take anywhere. And scared it would be so heavy that I wouldn’t want to take it anywhere. Boy how wrong I was! The BOB Duallie is just as easy to fold and load in my vehicle as the single BOB Revolution. And as for size, I really haven’t had a problem going anywhere, in fact, it’s actually easier to steer than that ‘other’ brand I purchased which seats two children front to back. You’d think that configuration would be great, but I felt like I was always pushing with my arms fully extended, since the back seat stuck out so far. NOT a comfortable for a walk or run. The Duallie makes me feel like I’m pushing a cloud, without feeling like I’m not kneeing my child in the back of the head!
If anyone has any hesitation to purchase a BOB single or double jogger, I’d say JUST GET IT! The investment is absolutely worth it, and the quality is outstanding. Still not sure? Feel free to email me and I’ll convince ya! Although BOB Gear provided this stroller for my review, I truly am a big, big fan of this company and their products.
Ok back to this moving barre stroller workout! Since we all know that jogging strollers are great for jogging (duh), I can’t wait to show how my BOB works for a moving barre stroller workout. Barre? With kids? And a stroller? YES! Here’s how:
Moving Barre Stroller Workout
Moving Sumo Squats
Start with your right hand on the stroller handle (your “bar”), left hand on your hip and body facing the side. Gently push the stroller out and step your right foot towards the stroller while keeping your heel off the ground, executing a wide sumo squat with a right heel lift (left foot stays flat on the ground). Bend deeply into the squat then bring you left foot in towards your body, turn around and do the same move on the opposite side (left heel lifted, right foot flat) as you step out and bend into the sumo squat while pushing the stroller with your left hand. Do 10 repetitions.
Start facing the stroller, both hands on the bar and feet hip-distance apart, parallel. Next, lift your heels off the ground and bend your knees to a point where you feel challenged. Now lower your body even further to the ground as you gently push the stroller out and as you extend your arms. Lift your body back up to the original position as you bring the stroller back in. Every lower and lift is considered one ‘pulse’. Do 10 pulses/repetitions.
Standing Oblique Crunches
Start with your right hand on the stroller bar and left arm extended overhead. Extend your left foot and tilt your body so that you are leaning in slightly towards the stroller. Extend your right arm fully so the stroller is away from your body as you bring your left leg up towards your left shoulder, making sure to bring your left elbow in towards your knee. As you bring the knee up and elbow in, use your right arm to bring the stroller in to your body at the same time. This move will involve core strength to maintain stability and slow, controlled movements. Do 10 repetitions.
Start facing the stroller, both hands on the bar and stroller close to your body. Wrap your right foot behind your left, right toe facing the ground. Next, push the stroller out as you lift your right leg behind your body, chest facing the ground. Pulse your right leg up slightly higher than parallel for two counts (two pulses upwards), then bring it back down to the original position as you bring the stroller back in. Do 10 repetitions.
1st Position Angled Pulses
Start facing the stroller, hands resting on the barre. Bring your heels together, toes apart, and lift your heels off high off the ground. Bend to your lowest position as you bring your right hand in towards your right shoulder, swiveling the stroller to the the right diagonal. Bring your body up slightly using the power of you thighs as you swivel the stroller to parallel with your body. Next, bend your knees again as you bring your left hand in towards your left shoulder, swiveling the stroller to the left diagonal. Do 10 repetitions, each swivel counting as one.
Moving Lunge Lifts
Start facing the stroller, both hands on the bar. Step forward with your right foot into a lunge position (making sure to keep your right knee behind your toe) as you push the stroller forward with the lunge. Straighten your legs as you lift your left leg off the ground and squeeze your seat during the lift. Next, do the same move with your left foot stepping forward and right leg lifting. Do 10 repetitions.
Try the entire sequence of this moving barre stroller rwork at the end of a run for a muscle sculpting post-cardio routine, or do at least three rounds (or more if your children allow) for the ultimate outdoor barre workout.
Have you tried stroller workouts with your kids? Do you own a BOB? If so, share your story!
This post is sponsored by the awesome people at BOB Gear. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting Physical Kitchness!