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VIDEO! Body After Baby With MJ: Pole Dancing

7 months post partum now, and feeling fabulous! Getting back to my old tricks, not quite where I would like to be yet, but taking my time losing the baby weight by enjoying the journey and getting stronger every week.

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Working out used to be my #1 focus, but now family and my little Vivian come first, and I’m ok with not being like those celebs who are back in rock hard shape after 1 month! I know what comittment like that takes and my precious time with my little one can never be regained. So if you are a new mom, my best advice, take your time and don’t compare yourself to anyone else and do what works best for YOU!

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I have always loved teaching dance and pole fitness, but have taken a hiatus shortly after I became pregnant and now raising a baby girl. I still find time to workout and do the things I love and today I went to my favorite pole dance studio Shine Alternative Fitness and took a pole dance lesson with Talia Marino …she’s a bad ass and an awesome instructor!

Talia Marino, pole instrucotr at Shine
Talia Marino, pole instrucotr at Shine

She was incredible with breaking down the moves and kicked off the class with a fun warm-up too. She taught me a move called the Alegra I have been trying to nail since long before I was preggers…and I did it! WATCH THE VIDEO HERE 

All I need to do now, is learn to ‘HOLD IT’,  but not bad for a new mama getting back in the grove! Long before we had a nursery…it was my pole dance room, so needless to say, we kept the pole in there and the other day, Vivian crawled over to it and pulled herself up on it! Hey, it’s Vegas Baby! MJ

Vivian Monroe 7 month old pole dancer!
Vivian Monroe 7 month old pole dancer!

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MJ pole dance
MJ pole dance

Click here to find out more about all the classes Shine Alternative Fitness has to offer for all levels and first timers in aerial arts.

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Body After Baby with MJ: Mommy and Baby Yoga

As a new mom, one thing on all of our minds is… will I ever get my body back?! So like many others, I was very excited to jump back into the fitness game when the DR gave me the OK, and never look back. They say, with a solid workout and nutrition plan, you can transform your body in 3 weeks, no problem right!? Well, I tried lots of classes, from stretching, dancing, yoga, Pilates… I even enlisted a trainer, nothing was gonna stop me…Until reality set in, my daughter Vivian will be 5 months tomorrow and by now I should have been back in rock hard shape  and I realized trying to stay consistent and structure a new routine with a new baby ain’t easy! My fitness goals are important to me, but my little one comes first! So I wondered, how do you do it all? Make time for your health and fitness goals and quality time with baby? This got me to change my focus from my own practice, to incorporating it with my daughter.

Read more on my journey to getting my body back after baby! Hot Pilates

New Mommies Chelsi & Blaine 2mos / MJ & Vivian 5mos
New Mommies Chelsi & Blaine 2mos / MJ & Vivian 5mos

I was inspired by my friend Chelsi Rae, she is also a proud new mommy to her son Blaine, who is 8 weeks old. We met years ago, working the biggest pool party event in Las Vegas, Ditch Friday at the Palms Casino, I broadcasted my show and she lead the sexy promotion model team, so I know fitness is important to her as well. She posted a snap of her taking her son to Mommy and Me Yoga at Belly Bliss inside Desert Perinatal Spa.  (Click for schedule and more details on classes). I knew then, this was a great class to start for Vivi and me to do some working out together (and I wondered why I hadn’t thought of this sooner!)

Plank Baby Kisses
Plank Baby Kisses

We had a wonderful instructor, Mary Luty, she lead the class, with patience, smiles, laughter, singing. And not to mention, her beautiful English accent that I know the babies loved as much as we did! The yoga flow was very good and had options to make it challenging, so I feel I got a great full body workout and got to play with my baby the whole time, my favorite part was learning the baby massage at the end. The class was full of babies and children of ages ranging from 2 weeks to 2 years old. Anything goes, from a feeding, to a diaper change (which I had to attend to) it’s just such a welcome environment for a new mom and I would suggest her class to anyone! Here are some snaps of Chelsi and I from this morning, I will be back for sure and you can always message me on FB, if you would like to join us! – MJ

Down Dog / Tickle Baby with Hair..you can see Vivs pulling mine!
Down Dog / Tickle Baby with Hair..you can see Vivs pulling mine!

And finnish with a big stretch and play!

Butterfly Stretch and Baby Play
Butterfly Stretch and Baby Play

the next day, Vivian was practicing her baby yoga moves!

Vivian Monroe 5 mos Yoga Baby
Vivian Monroe 5 mos Yoga Baby

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Body After Baby with MJ: Bellydancing

I’m now 13 weeks postpartum and I have been taking my time getting to know my body again. I’m not rushing anything, right now what is important is building healthy habits for myself and my daughter and taking steps toward getting stronger and healthier everyday, while enjoying life with my little one and not taking it so serious when it comes to fitness. Click here to read more on my “body after baby” journey. Here’s me and Vivs today #TutuTuesday, she’s 13 weeks.

To read more on Body After Baby, follow MJ’s journey : Flexibility

MJ & Vivian Monroe 13wks
MJ & Vivian Monroe 13wks

I love taking fun classes around Vegas, this week I was in the mood for a good cardio dance session, so I went to The Z Spot Las Vegas to take Debbie’s Bellydance class. What I love about this class is it awakens your sensuality, and another cool thing is, it’s safe for anyone at any level…I danced all throughout my pregnancy and even at 40 weeks to help get this baby moving out!

MJ 40weeks pregnant..belly dancing! Baby came 4 days later
MJ 40weeks pregnant..belly dancing! Baby came 4 days later

Plus, there is even guys in there dancing and having a blast…so like I said, it’s for anyone! Debbie Cazares is an amazing dance instructor, her energy and sensual moves just draw you in, she is the moist laid back, fun loving girl ever! I have been taking her classes for years, she inspires by taking bellydance and modernizing it with the latest, hottest music and turns it into a heart pumping full body workout! I reccomend you take a class, and check out the schedule at Z Spot, they have tons of awesome classes to dance too! Get your ‘dance’ on Vegas.

MJ Bellydance at ZSpot
MJ Bellydance at ZSpot
Debbie Cazares leading the bellydance class at Z Spot
Debbie Cazares leading the bellydance class at Z Spot

Where MJ started her journey, click here!

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