When Bethany and I decided to put together a few post-baby workouts, we wanted to focus in on areas where Bethany’s body was needing to be strengthened, as well as more generic workouts that all moms would love (and hate). If you follow Bethany, you would know that she has the most delicious, chubby baby named Skipper. Along with being chubby and delicious, he is also quite a load for Bethany to carry around. The constant stress of holding a baby for any new mom can cause poor posture, back pain and exhaustion. By adding just a few simple exercises to your weekly routine, you can help avoid these issues and build strength at the same time. It is possible to be a mother, fit in your workouts and not feel like you’re spending your life at the gym.
I love bands and body weight workouts because they are easy to throw together while baby naps or plays on the floor.
Bethany wanted to work on her back, core and butt strength, so we put together a circuit that is easy to follow and targets the full body.
A small child
Each movement should be performed for a four count movement, and for 45-60 seconds based on your fitness level.
The strongest person is the slowest person 😉
Repeat circuit 3-4x
Leg lifts (with band)
This movement targets the butt primarily while using the arms and core as a stabilizer.
Leg is straight and in line with the hips. Keep weight even on both sides of the body as you slowly lower the toes of the moving leg to the floor. Once the toes have touched the floor, press against the resistance of the band and return to starting position.
Keep your hands directly under your shoulders
Belly into spine
As you lift your leg, think about evening your weight out.