Pancake Butt and The Postpartum Mama

Let’s talk about those glutes this week -shall we??  (BTW…the picture above is from one of the greatest movies ever…Uncle Buck…I know I just aged myself.)  Some ladies are simply blessed with a little more filling back there, and others of us -well -we have to work for it a little more (myself included)!  Regardless of that, it’s so important … Read More

Modifications For The Pregnant CrossFit Athlete

I have pretty much been an athlete my entire life.  So, when I took up weightlifting as a teenager, the workouts I did in the gym were not the typical workouts in which most teenage girls partake (e.g. endless amounts of crunches, sit-ups, and minutes slaving away on the treadmill).  I’ve always lifted heavily in the gym, and challenged myself … Read More

Could Babywearing Be Hindering Your Postpartum Recovery

Babywearing has made serious inroads in American mommy culture. Even ten years ago, it was hard to find examples of moms wearing their babies outside of particular sorts of music festivals and LLL meetings, but now, many women have embraced the practice of babywearing, especially for their second or third baby, when they need to chase after a toddler or … Read More

When I Return To CrossFit and Boot Camp Classes Postpartum?

  I’m a gal that likes to lift weights and challenge myself in the gym, so I completely understand where she’s coming from when a new postnatal client asks me: “So, when can I go back to CrossFit/heavy lifting/running/doing the “hardcore” stuff again?” This is something that comes up a lot for the moms I work with on their postpartum … Read More

Prolapse Friendly Exercise

In my last post, I covered more general information regarding pelvic organ prolapse like what it is, the three types of vaginal prolapses, what causes a prolapse, and what are some possible signs and symptoms of one.  If you missed that post, you can go here for some further reading. For those of you that would like the quick and … 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

Prenatal Fitness Myths Revisited, Part 2

So, last week I was doing a prenatal fitness consultation with a mama in her second trimester. We were going over some of the things you should and shouldn’t do as they relate to prenatal exercise. She told me at one point in our conversation that her doctor gave her some very general recommendations as well -one of them being … Read More

Mobility Monday: Foam Rolling & Your Lower Back

Happy Monday Friends! A little “Mobility Monday: tidbit for you: I see athletes rolling out their lower back with a foam rolling all the time. While it may seem like the right thing to do in order to relieve lower back soreness and tightness, it’s actually “bad news bears” for the lumbar spine for a few reasons: 1. If you … Read More

Post Christmas Thoughts

This is how a lot of us may feel the day after Christmas. We “over indulge” on the big day, and then we feel like we need to punish ourselves the day after with grueling workouts and starving ourselves for the day. What if we switched our mindset from “over indulging” to enjoying ourselves? What if we looked at the … Read More

Kettlebell Swings for the Pregnant & Postnatal Athlete, Part III

  Alright -thus far we have covered technique for both the Russian and American kettlebell swings (read here), as well as simple tests you can do to determine if you are ready for American swings (read here).  Now we are going to cover kettlebell swings as they relate to the pregnant and postnatal athlete.   So, if you were participating in kettlebell training … Read More