Returning To Exercise: How To Structure Your Postpartum Workouts

  So, baby is here, you’re settling into your new way of life, and you’re anxious to get back into the gym.  Maybe you’ve even gotten the “green light” from your healthcare professional to resume normal activity again.  Not so fast!  I know this may not be what you want to hear, but I say this with the highest regard … Read More

9 Tips For SI Joint Pain During Pregnancy & Postpartum

  SI joint pain. I remember it all too well!  I experienced it during the last part of all three of my pregnancies.  It can literally make staying active during your pregnancy a pain in the butt!! So that you can keep up with your workouts and continue feeling strong, I want to talk about ways in which we can … Read More

Postpartum Bellies: Should You Be Wrapping Yours?

  Want to start a debate in the postpartum fitness world? Walk into a room and ask “So, should women use abdominal binders after pregnancy?” Things are likely to get intense quickly.  First off, let’s define our terms.  When I say abdominal wrapping, I am absolutely NOT talking about the kind of waist cinching or waist training that you may … Read More

Ready To Run Postpartum: The Mom’s Guide For How & When To Do It Safely

  Today, I want to talk about running.  Why?  Because it’s a topic that I get asked about quite frequently from postpartum moms and it’s one that they consider to be a “gentler” way to start exercising again post birth. Running is a great activity that burns a lot of calories (along with strength training), helps you build up your … Read More

Your Postpartum Checklist For Healing Well After Childbirth

I have a mom in one of my fitness classes who is due to give birth any day now.  We were chatting after class a few weeks ago, and she said to me: “So, after my 6 week check-up, I’m pretty much ready to come back to working out again like normal -right? I’ve been hopeful that over the past … Read More

5 “Crunch Free” Core Exercises

  You’ve probably heard somewhere along the line that crunches and sit-ups are the more “functional” way to a stronger core -especially if you participate in CrossFit (or some fitness program similar to it).  You’ll find most often that sit-ups are part of the daily WOD at least a few days per week in these types of gym settings.  But … Read More

Pubic Symphysis Diastasis: A Royal Pain In The Pubic Bone!

  Let me set the scene for you -you’re about 7 months pregnant (although it can happen sooner or later than this), it’s 2:30 in the morning, and you have to get up to use the bathroom for the 10th time in a row!  You roll to your side to get up, lift your top leg up to help you … Read More

Crunches: Your Friend or Foe?

  WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH CRUNCHES & SITUPS? Let’s talk about crunches today -shall we??  Recently at the gym, I’ve had women telling me that they have read somewhere along the line that “all crunches and sit ups are bad for you.” So, I thought it was time to bring this subject to light.  While crunches and sit-ups (when done … Read More

Sucking Guts and Squeezing Butts!

Quick Wednesday fit tip for you! No my pants aren’t hiked up, I just have a short torso!!😂 Anywho… Ladies…are you a perpetual gut sucker and bum tucker?!?! If so, please stop! You don’t strengthen your abs and glutes by constantly keeping them in a state of contraction. In fact, it will cause the opposite effect…shortened, tight, and weak muscles … Read More

Mom Always Said To Stand Up Straight!

Continuing on from my last post regarding alignment…Stop a minute, right now, and check your postural alignment. If you’re sitting, are you leaning to one side? Are your feet flat on the floor? Is the small of your back flat against the back of your chair? If you’re standing, is your weight balanced between your feet? Is one shoulder higher … Read More