• Zia Hits the (Toddler) Gym While Her Parents Do Killer CrossFit Workouts

    The Dantes family loves to work out!
    by Arnel Ramos .
  • The public sees her as a feisty woman who fights for the people she loves. Acknowledged as queen of the GMA-7 lot, Marian Rivera is the picture of a self-made woman who will not back off from a battle if she believes that it is worth fighting tooth and nail for. But marriage and motherhood have mellowed one of showbiz’s fairest ladies.

    Nowhere is this more evident than in the life milestones the lovely actress shares on her Instagram account. Motherhood has indeed become Marian Rivera. In fact, on her Instagram profile, Marian calls herself, among other things, “a devoted mom to Z.” 

    Z is, of course, Marian and husband Dingdong Dantes’ 2-year-old child Maria Letizia. On February 9, Marian shared on Instagram Stories two photos of her daughter’s first toddler gymnastics class.

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    Zia, in a pink ensemble, can be seen doing flexibility exercises with her classmates and doing a split. Proud mom Marian’s caption read: “Good job, Z!” complete with a heart emoticon.

    Child care experts say that it is advisable to start children young on a sport. Parents, however, must make sure to keep it fun. Gymnastics provides opportunities for children to learn team skills and find out how to interact and work with others. Self-confidence and self-discipline are mental traits that can be developed through gymnastics. 

    That Marian and Dingdong or DongYan enrolled Zia in a gymnastics class should not come as a surprise. Zia has accompanied her parents to the gym; after all, this is a power couple who is very good at taking good care of their bodies. And based on their social media accounts, the two has been doing Crossfit as a couple.

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    Only last month, Zia kept her dad company in the gym. Dingdong said he missed his run and decided to work out using a weight sled. Coming along for the ride was Zia, who didn't show any fear as her dad picked up speed. (We bet she was saying faster!)

    Two days before her Instagram story of Zia's first day in gymnastics class, the actress regaled her followers with a photo of hers on Instagram doing a glorious CrossFit push-up. The said photo is captioned, “I feel prettiest when I sweat” and garnered 87, 591 likes. We bet the "likes" isn't just for the caption, but for Marian's super toned form — look at those abs. Click the right arrow of the photo above to see the couple's face-off. 

    We couldn't help laugh at one comment made by one of Kapuso actress’ followers: “Strengthening, and endurance…para kaya sumabay kay Zia…”

    As one saying goes, "Happy healthy parents make happy healthy children."

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