I Tried Dance Parties to Work Out As a New Mom + Here’s What Happened

When you’re a new mom juggling life with a newborn (or in my case, two newborns), working out can take a back seat to sleep, feeding, and changing diapers. But once you emerge from that fog of sleep deprivation and want to get back into the swing of things, what’s a busy mom to do? You can ask other moms for creative ways to work out with your kids, try our 12-week guide to postpartum exercise, or get your groove back using a chair (no gym membership required!).

Pre-kids, I really loved taking Dance It Out classes with Billy Blanks, Jr. It was an intense cardio workout, but I had a blast shaking my booty to pop hits and learning dance routines. I’m not a great dancer, but I love it. It doesn’t feel like working out at all. After having twin girls, I struggled to make it through my old dance classes. I got winded, and my body felt very different postpartum.

Once my girls got older and I had childcare, I wanted to get back to working out because it’s such a great stress reliever for me and I missed it. I heard about Fat Kid Dance Party after watching a PopSugar video about it, and it looked so fun that I signed up for it at Everybody, a gym that’s all about embracing every single body — no judgments. I chatted with Bevin Brandlandingham, the creator and teacher of Fat Kid Dance Party, who has been a body liberation activist for 15 years. When she moved to Los Angeles a year and a half ago, she was searching for a gym, and when she heard that Everybody was opening, she proposed teaching a Fat Kid Dance Party aerobics class. She loved throwing dance parties in Brooklyn where she used to live, so she thought it was a great way…

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