Massy Arias Worked Out With Her Daughter On Her Back And People Weren’t Happy About It
Fitness star, trainer and CoverGirl model Massy Arias is well-known for her intense workouts and, in turn, her incredible results. It’s always been quite clear that she knows what she’s doing when it comes to safe and effective training.
But since her following has grown and she’s become a mother, a number of people who follow her page have been outspoken in their criticism of how she balances fitness and motherhood.
I couldn’t resist to put a crown on that little princess today. Happy Friday my queens, don’t forget to keep that chin up so that crown doesn’t slip. I think I’m having way too much fun dressing up with Indi. I think I’ll be Pocahontas with this little one. What are you guys thinking for Halloween ? Have a blessed weekend. I got a challenge for you tomo. Stay tuned 😝 WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM #babyindi #babygirl #childofGod _____________________________________________________________ No me pude resistir de ponerle una corona a esta princesa. Feliz viernes mis reinas, no se olviden de levantar sus caras siempre para que esa corona nunca se caiga. Tengas confianza en ustedes mismas porque nosotras lo podemos todo. Tantos son los roles que tenemos que actuar que la vida nos prepara para todo. Las quiero…mañana les tengo un reto así que no se lo pierdan! #hijadecristo
When she was carrying her daughter, Indi, people had a lot to say about her choice of workouts. And after choosing to exercise with the 9-month-old on her back recently, Arias found herself dealing with critics who felt the move was dangerous for her child.
It all started when she posted this video of herself with Indi in a carrier on her back while enjoying some exercise:
Everyday discovering something brand new 🔥 21lb weight vest custom made 😜🔥 So my week didn’t go as expected and I got some bad news on my birthday about my mom. This weekend I’m channeling all my energy to feeling better so I can figure out the best solution. Things could be a lot worse , so I’m thankful for it. Going to be doing a lot more of these workouts because she seems to love to fall asleep like this. Oh, did I say it was HARDER THAN I THOUGHT? 🎶 @teddysphotos ”I’m in love with your body” WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM #momlife #beastmode #childofGod _____________________________________________________________ Cada día describiendo algo nuevo 🔥 mi chaleco con pesas hecho a pedir con 21lbs 🔥 Mi semana no ha ido como esperaba al recibir unas noticas un poco desafortunadas de mi mamá. Este fin de semana lo tomaré para canalizar mi energía y encontrar la solución correcta para resolver sus problemas de salud. Las cosas podrían ser aún peor así que muy afortunada me siento. Estaré haciendo estos entrenamientos más a menudo con Indira porque la verdad que esto estuvo más difícil de lo que pensé. DALE! #hijadecristo
Arias said that her daughter seemed to enjoy the mom-and-daughter workout, falling asleep pretty easily while on her back. And even though she said that she was planning to do more of them in the future with her mini-me, commenters told her she needed to take it easy. They worried she might fall and land on the child, or allegedly, cause some form of damage to her developing brain due to all the movement and “bouncing” happening.
“I really cant understand y cant pple leave their kids safely aside to workout instead of using them as added weights,” said one woman. “That constant jerking and swaying isnt good for them…get a lil rocker and set them aside.”
Another commented, “I think your great but I would rethink your daughter on your back. Too much bouncing for her. Her brain is still developing! Also, does not look comfortable for her and might upset her stomach.”
Arias initially responded to statements like these with a graceful version of “Mind your business, please and thank you.”
“I appreciate your opinion love but I know what I’m doing and from the moment I got pregnant and still today, I’m still getting comments on how I should parent my child or how I’m not doing what I’m supposed to do. She’s alright, the ergo is secured on her head. Appreciate your concerns but I’m her mother and I wouldn’t put her in danger!”
But she also had no problem with letting people know that their faux concern, which they’ve shared since the moment she announced her pregnancy, is actually also a form of shaming.
“First it was body shaming because because I wasn’t showing too fast, then the shaming about me working out during my pregnancy, then the shaming that I stopped breastfeeding her too soon even though she never latched on and I was pumping exclusively for 6 months, then this? Come on.”
Considering we’ve seen women do everyday activities that can’t help but require some bouncing and movement with their children tied to their backs (including infants), these concerns by her commenters seem somewhat first-worldly (as in “first-world problems”) for us. But are they valid? What do you think of her choice to exercise with her young daughter on her back?