Celebrity Trainer Claps Back At Mum Shamers After Postpartum Workout Video Goes Viral

Her impressive workout videos (and phenomenal physique) have garnered her a mass of adoring fans on Instagram. But celeb fitness trainer Massy Arias’ latest post is drawing even more attention than usual. And this time, it’s for all the wrong reasons.    Last weekend, the new mum shared a clip of herself lifting weights at […]

by | Dec 5, 2017

Her impressive workout videos (and phenomenal physique) have garnered her a mass of adoring fans on Instagram. But celeb fitness trainer Massy Arias’ latest post is drawing even more attention than usual. And this time, it’s for all the wrong reasons.   

Last weekend, the new mum shared a clip of herself lifting weights at the gym with her 9-month-old daughter Indi strapped to her back via a baby carrier.

“21lb weight vest custom made,” she wrote in the caption.

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Many praised her for her multi-tasking efforts, labelling her “#mumgoals,” a “true inspiration,” and a “pioneer of the new way to think and act when it comes to obstacles and excuses!”

But others were quick to criticise her for putting her baby in harm’s way.

“I think you’re great but I would rethink your daughter on your back,” one user weighed in. “Too much bouncing for her. Her brain is still developing. Also, does not look comfortable for her and might upset her stomach.”

“I really can’t understand y [people] can’t leave their kids safely aside to workout instead of using them as added weights…” added another. “That constant jerking and swaying isn’t good for them… get them a lil rocker and set them aside.” 

Arias, however, has no time for haters. 

“I respect your opinion but with all due respect, I don’t appreciate that from the moment I said I was pregnant and still today, people are suggesting I’m the type of mother who will not protect her child,” she responded in all caps.

“There was no vigorous rocking or jerking here as you can clearly see in the video. Movement is happening and she’s obviously sleeping through the whole thing so how is that jerking her? The vest was specifically put in a way that protected her head securely.”

She continued: “First it was about body shaming 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.” 

Mum shamers: consider this yet another example of why it’s never OK to pass judgement on another woman’s parenting choices.

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Women Fleeing Domestic Violence Can Now Receive A One-Off Support Payment

It’s been labelled the shadow pandemic and the fact remains that for many women across Australia, domestic violence is a lived reality that doesn’t discriminate by age, occupation, or socio-economic status. Researchers have found that during Covid-19 lockdowns, there was a surge in family and domestic violence, with agencies experiencing a surge in demand as nearly half their clients reported an increase in controlling behaviours. 

As many who have lived through such turmoil and trauma can attest, the roadmap to fleeing such situations at home can be fraught with challenges and extremely difficult to navigate, particularly when such bureaucracy makes it even harder. Now, it’s been announced that women fleeing a violent relationship will be given a one-off $5,000 payment as part of a federal government trial scheme. 

Known as the “escaping violence payment scheme,” the government has set aside $144.5 million over the next two years to give women $1,500 cash, with the remainder to pay for goods and services, bond, school fees and other necessaries to establish a new safe home. UnitingCare Network will be tasked with delivering the payments while helping link women and their children with relevant community services. 

As the Daily Telegraph reports, “An analysis of domestic violence data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that while it is more common for women from poorer areas, women from high socio-economic areas are not immune from experiencing partner violence.”

As Women’s Safety Minister Anne Ruston explained, the trial has been introduced with the aim to help women overcome the financial barriers that might deter them from leaving a violent relationship. “We know that financial hardship as well as economic abuse - which may involve interfering with work or controlling or withholding money - reduces women’s ability to acquire and use money and makes it difficult to leave violent relationships,” she said. 

“The payments will assist people who need financial support to leave. We know the size of the house a woman is fleeing doesn’t matter. Often she bundles the kids into the car, maybe the dog too and they leave with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.”

To be eligible for a payment, women must be facing financial stress and have some evidence of domestic violence such as a referral from a family and domestic violence service provider with a risk assessment and safety plan, or an AVO, court order or police report. As UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little said, “We believe that all people, especially women and their children, have the right to live freely and without fear, and this payment is an important step forward to ending violence against women and children.”

If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

If you’d like to speak to someone about domestic violence, please call the 1800 

Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or chat online. 

Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.