All posts tagged: #MommyExercises

What Is The Best Program For A Mom To Get Her Pre-Baby Body Back?

I wouldn’t say there is 1 best way or specific way to achieve this in terms of exercise (but diet is still the #1 driver for Fat Loss) but getting started and staying active on a regular basis is the first step. Once you enjoy what you’re doing then stick to programs that work and don’t overthink the process. There is so much fitness and nutrition information out there but I, personally, believe in the basics and foundational movements to truly shape the body. With my Mommy duties, I now train 4 times a week with basic fundamental strength movements. These are the primary functional movements I design my program around: a. Squat variations b. Deadlifting movements c. Over Head Presses d. Rows e. Lat Pull Downs f. Hip Thrusts/Glute Bridges g. Core work (** work with a Pelvic Floor Specialist during pregnancy and postnatal to make sure everything is in working order **) Of course ALWAYS use a weight/resistance that you’re comfortable with to start even if it’s just bodyweight. Postnatal isn’t the time to try and …

10 Tips On Programming Your Fat Loss Diet

I have the fortunate opportunity to interact with so many women on a daily basis and, obviously, the most common inquiry I receive is “how do I put together a fat loss program?”. In my opinion (and experience), a fat loss plan that yields results and is long lasting (i.e. lifestyle) should be one that is simple to follow, offer plenty of food flexibility, an open mindedness in understanding that it is also going to be a lot of hard work for the purpose of embracing new behaviours, and a strategy that adapts with you. 1) Diet on as many calories as possible so you’re not creating such a large energy and nutrient drop. Your deficit should be reasonable and don’t panic by drastically reducing calories when weight stagnates because, like all diets, it will. Stay the course. 2) Traditional cardio should be used strategically and as a last resort once Diet and Resistance Training is fully optimized. 3) Do not eliminate food groups or even foods you like. Keep flexibility and variety available. Quantity …

Mommy Bum

Postural assessment is something that I perform with all of my mommy clients because it’s almost always overlooked especially with weight loss likely being everyones primary concern. I would argue that postural correction for a new mommy will even make you look a few pounds lighter and also feel much better – so pay attention! One of the most common postural imbalances I see with new mommies that are carrying their babies is the #PosteriorTilt which is a postural deviation where your pelvis is tilted backward causing your lower spine to decrease its natural extension. This causes the upper spine and shoulder girdle to round forward to maintain centre of gravity, causing our bums to appear flat and droopy along with our tummies to appear bigger than it should because we’re pushing outwards – not a good look at all! The side effects of this postural imbalance include weak #hips, weak #quadriceps, tight #hamstrings, possible #sciatica, weakened abdominal muscles, tightness in the lower back and neck, along with tight chest muscles. So why does this happen? Obviously carrying a newborn for hours on end …

STRONG LIKE MOMMY Client Progress

It’s amazing when an image can be so powerful that there is no reason to provide explanation which is clearly the case here with ‪#‎StrongMommy‬ Tiz P’s mind-blowing progress. I’m beyond proud of what she has accomplished to date (50 lbs lost is an obvious reason) but it is the change in her lifestyle that is the real highlight! She’s cognizant of what she eats, enjoys plenty of food flexibility, her fitness goals are a priority in her life, and she is in tune with her body – can’t ask for more than that. I can’t wait to share more Tiz!!! 🙂

TEAM STRONG GIRLS Transformation

After 9 weeks of vacationing in Canada, STRONG MOMMY Carey H. (who lost an incredible 61 lbs!!!) sent an email as soon as she got back home to Australia to share with me some exciting news. Carey says, “Hi Jenny, I just had to share this with you – so I just got back from our 9 weeks holiday in Canada. I weighed myself this morning and I weigh exactly the same as the day I left for vacation! In Canada (after my photo shoot) I still prepped many of my meals and also enjoyed many free meals as it was obviously a very social holiday but I also kept up with my workouts while on holiday (because its just part of who I am now) and I have so much more energy and feel amazing. I’m so happy that I just returned from a huge holiday and came back pretty much the same weight but lifting so much more heavier weights at the gym…‪#‎STRONGGIRLS‬ style!” By following a ‪#‎maintainable‬ and ‪#‎sustainable‬ approach to exercise …

6 weeks Postpartum Accountability Check!

I’m 6 weeks postpartum and I finally have the ‘green light’ to lift heavier and increase metabolic and core stability training, the gloves are off and I’m picking up the intensity. Since I am breastfeeding I’ll be eating healthy (as per usual) but eating what I want and when I want without counting calories. As part of my lifestyle ritual, I have a good idea of how much I need to eat with measurements of protein and carb sources along with keeping up dietary fat intake. One of the amazing things about breastfeeding is that you can burn up to 500 calories a day so my extra ice cream and cookie splurges balance out the energy deficit it creates (umm…bonus!). I’m going to increase the volume of exercise along with intensity levels but will keep my sessions at no longer than 45 minutes (free time is of the utmost importance when you’re a new Mommy). I’ll forego the typical cardio based work and save it for walks in the fresh air with my boy…and most importantly enjoy being a Mommy …

6 Weeks into Motherhood

I am now 6 weeks postpartum and WOW! Motherhood has been quite the experience thus far. I heard a lot of different things from so many different people prior to my delivery (i.e. what to expect, what was horrible, what was delightful, etc.) but I took everything with a grain of salt because as much as I love hearing other Mommy Stories I hated hearing how hard it was going to be and how there will be no time for anything, etc, etc, etc. To be honest those comments just fuelled my fire to actually try to do more! I’m not saying that motherhood is easy because it’s not (far from it) but with a few adjustments, sacrifices (one being the state of my house lol) and lots and lots of planning I find that I am able to do even more than I expected. I’ve adjusted to the shortage of sleep, erratic eating times, and when I’m breastfeeding I’m actually planning, planning, planning.  When baby sleeps, I take that opportunity to exercise (I’m blessed …