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Play Time

A family that works out together stays healthy together. Skateboarder Tony Hawk, his wife, Erin, and their three kids show you how.

You could say that wife and mom Erin Hawk is knee-deep in men: There’s 10-month-old Keegan, 3-year-old “fireball” Spencer, energy-burning 9-year-old Riley and her “insanely active” husband, skateboard superstar Tony Hawk.  So how does Erin, an ex-competitive inline skater, find time to get into shape after having a baby?

She immerses herself in the boys’ activities—and gets the boys involved in hers. That can mean anything from using Keegan as a “free weight” of sorts, to running after Spencer, to roughhousing with Riley. And when Erin wants to do a more structured workout at the gym, she has Tony watch the kids.

Erin knows how hard it is for any new mom to incorporate exercise into a busy schedule. That’s why she was eager to develop the following home workout routine with Fit Pregnancy fitness expert Linda Shelton. In the workout, mom gets bonding time with her baby and family while re-toning her entire body—strengthening her legs, arms, butt and abs.

Skater meets skateboarder  Erin and Tony met while skating in the same exhibition; she was a senior in college and he was already a skateboarding sensation. The couple were married in 1996. Erin’s first pregnancy, with Spencer (Riley is Tony’s son from a previous marriage), was a breeze, but during her recent one, she spent several weeks on bed rest because of excessive morning sickness. Once she felt better, Erin got back on her feet with yoga and walks.

As for the future, Erin expects that being part of such an active family will always influence her personal routine. “If I push a stroller up a hill, it’s a workout,” she says. “My advice to other moms is to find creative ways to make their everyday situation a workout—running around on the beach, for example, or chasing soap bubbles with their kids.”

The Family Fun Workout:

These exercises are a great way for you to spend time with your baby, your partner and even your older kids. Making this workout part of the family routine also helps to develop consistent exercise and play habits. The exercises are safe to do once your baby is 6 months old and can hold his head up. If your baby is too young to join, substitute a weighted ball and let him watch from the sidelines; have older children join in where appropriate. Do the exercises as often as you can, aiming for 30 minutes of focused family time.

1. BACK-TO-BACK BABY PASS Sit on the ground back-to-back with your partner, legs crossed. Hold your baby under the armpits in front of you, arms bent (A). Contract your abs and rotate to your left as your partner rotates to his right; pass the baby to him (B). Rotate in the other direction as your partner passes the baby back to you. Repeat 6–8 times. Works the abdominal and back muscles.

2. PRESS-UP HANDOFF Your partner lies faceup, knees bent, as you stand by his feet. He holds the baby under the armpits and straightens his arms, lifting the baby toward you (A). Grasp the baby and lift him high into the air (B). Lower the baby, passing him back to your partner. Repeat 6–8 times. Strengthens supine partner’s chest, shoulders, arms and abs, and standing partner’s legs and back.

3. UP AND OVER One parent holds the baby in a backpack and everyone lines up, the first person holding a ball. The first person passes the ball overhead to the second person (A), then runs to the end of the line; the second person bends legs and passes the ball between his legs to the next person (B), then runs to the end of the line. Continue passing the ball 2 or 3 times. Strengthens buttocks, legs, abs, back, chest, arms and shoulders.

4. BALL CATCH This game involves all kids in the family. Place your baby in a front carrier; make sure he’s secure. Stand in a circle or line and play catch with your kids and partner. Be creative: Call names or numbers to signal who should catch the ball. Strengthens legs, arms and abs.

5. PARTNER SQUAT Place your baby securely in a front carrier. Stand, facing your partner; hold each other’s forearms, leaving space for baby, and place feet hip-width apart; contract abs (A). Both of you sit back on your heels, pulling slightly against each other. Bend knees as you both lower your hips toward the ground until your thighs are as close as possible to being parallel to the ground (B). Straighten legs to starting position and repeat 8–12 times. Strengthens quadriceps, hamstrings and buttocks.

6. HUDDLE AND HIKE Stand across from your partner, legs hip-width apart, holding baby securely. Bend your knees and gently swing baby between your legs (A). Stand back up and swing your arms to pass baby to your partner (B), who repeats the same move. Repeat 6–8 times. Strengthens legs, chest, arms, shoulders, abs and back.