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Tempe mom makes money from posting Instagram workouts

Posted at 5:00 AM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 14:31:26-04

They are famous, without the paparazzi, and they could be living right next door.

These Valley women have thousands of followers on their social media accounts. They are mothers -- some of them stay at home and some work full-time jobs -- but they are making money on their posts and sharing their secrets to success this week in our ABC15 series.

The first woman we chatted with also has the largest following at nearly 220,000 for her family fitness account called baby_fitgym on Instagram.

Kristy Ardo posts videos of workouts and her children are always seen by her side or being used as weights.

She lives with her husband and three children in Tempe. Quinn is her youngest child and Tate is the middle child, but Tucker is the one who started it all.

"He came along and I no longer was able to go to the gym," Ardo said. "So, I started incorporating him into my workouts."

Ardo is a personal trainer and she started setting up her camera to capture those distractions. But, she also was capturing the moments Tucker and her shared during those sweat sessions.

"It became a really fun bonding experience for me," Ardo explained. "So, I was like, 'I have to post these! These are so fun!'"

Now, her massive Instagram following looks to her family to see how she fits fitness into motherhood.

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ABS AFTER BABY! Tag a friend and save this workout! Like this post if you want AB WORKOUTS! This is pelvic friendly, safe for Diastasis Recti, if you have lower back pain, also great for post csection! Even if you don’t have a baby yet these are great to do BEFORE getting pregnant!💕 • Head over to to sign up for my new pelvic floor and core challenge starting soon!!!! • These moves focus on your DEEP core muscles. Especially those TVA muscles that act as a corset and wrap around your back. Mine were on FIRE 🔥 Be mindful when doing core work and try to focus on proper breathing to help fully fire your deep core muscles. Doing reverse plank and side plank exercises are such better options than the front plank for us females! They help better maintain abdominal and pelvic pressures. . ⭕️3-5 rounds 1️⃣20x Glute Taps (L/R) 2️⃣20x reverse plank walk ups 3️⃣20x side plank pike (L/R) 4️⃣20x dog step outs 5️⃣20x Core pulls ⭕️Generally pregnancy safe. For the dog step outs if you have DR and have any doming in your stomach do these with knees on the ground . 🔹Reminder- Fill your belly with air then as you exhale feel your TVA engage and lift your pelvic floor up, then do the exercise on the exhale. Always do the hardest part of a move on the exhale. Then relax and fill your belly again. Don’t just suck your stomach in. Practice ENGAGING. It takes time and practice to get better at this 😘 . #csection #pelvicfloor #abworkout #absafterbaby #postpartumfitness #postpartumworkout #csectionrecovery #personaltrainer #diastasisrecti #pelvicfloorfriendly #tva #transverseabdominals #fitmom #babyworkout #momlife

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"I really want to remind moms - like, you still have to take care of yourself," Ardo said. "If you're the best you can be, you're going to be better for your kid."

Ardo posts a couple times a week with workouts and moves you can do amid the diaper changes and meltdowns. She also offers online personal training with no gym required.

"I've learned to let the kids come in and do it with me," Ardo said. "I like being able to show them that fitness is a priority."

Ardo encourages followers to take the interruptions with the territory, which makes finding time for Ardo to post on Instagram a little harder, too.

But, she said she is blessed to make money off of her hobby. Ardo believes her success comes from being as real as possible.

"People are like, 'Oh, I want that. They're getting free stuff and they're getting paid to take a selfie,'" Ardo described. "But, I think if you don't start it being genuine and authentic and in a positive way and you're just doing it for the likes and the attention, then it's going to be a lot harder road going down that way."

To follow Ardo on Instagram, click here.