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I Tried It: Baby Dailey

I arrived at the Dailey Method studio downtown to find a bright, clean space, as opposed to a scary, germy gym.


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The Dailey Method San Diego, 1230 Columbia Street, Downtown. Saturdays, 9:15 a.m. $20 per class. thedaileymethod.com

I work full-time, which means I spend about 50 hours a week away from my 3-month-old son, Tristan. The idea of taking an exercise class with him, though, didn’t seem like the answer to spending more time together. Wouldn’t I sweat on him? Wouldn’t he get hot and cry?

I arrived at the Dailey Method studio downtown to find a bright, clean space, as opposed to a scary, germy gym, along with seven other moms and one dad.

Tristan began the class with a smile. It must’ve been the music and all the ladies in Spandex. 

We started with squats and lunges, though I couldn’t bend as deeply because Tristan is 14 pounds. We did calf raises, pliés, bicep curls, and tricep kickbacks (slight movements with 2-pound weights). Miraculously, the T was happy to be along for the ride. He chewed on a strap and looked at the ceiling fan for 20 minutes. Then he actually fell asleep while I was pulsing at the barre. Later we did push-ups over our babies, kissing them on the “down.” Advanced move: sit-ups with the baby. And finally: stretching.

I had not expected to have so much fun. I looked down at Tristan and relished having him with me. 

I left the class with my legs and glutes shaking. I also left with a better understanding of just how out-of-shape I had gotten, and knowing I had several reasons to return—including the cutest workout partner ever. 

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