Remember my goal to lose the baby weight? Well I’m close! I have three more pounds to go. That’s exciting, but I have more I want to do. On top of those three pounds, I’d really love to lose an additional five, and if you’ve had a baby you know that your body is just different. Even as you lose the weight, which can be a difficult journey in and of itself, your clothes fit differently and let’s get real; there’s some jiggle. So while I have more pounds to lose, I’m also looking for non-scale victories. I’d like to get back to my 9-minute mile pace, tone my muscles (I’m looking at you, Abs!) and just generally feel more fit.
I’ve had the benefit of working out with a Cal Fit trainer, which was an awesome experience. They design a fitness and nutrition program just for you, and really take your goals to heart. Also, once you’ve worked out with a trainer you get a better feel for the gym layout, the equipment and even better - how to use it!
I still refer back to my training program, which is especially great in a pinch! I normally have my kids with me at the gym, and as my sweet little baby girl adjusts to Kidz Klub, I usually have about 45 minutes to get a workout in. Here are some of my favorite strength training moves and pieces of equipment, which are also great if you’re pressed for time!
- Quick Warm-up on the Treadmill or Stair Master (I either run intervals on the treadmill for 15 minutes, or climb stairs at a quick pace for 10 minutes)
- Crunches with the bender ball (the bender ball is great to help keep your back stabilized and add an additional challenge)
- Squats with the bender ball pressed firmly in between your inner thighs (you’ll feel your inner thighs screaming at you --- in a really good way of course)
- Bicycle Crunches (my all-time favorite Ab strengthening exercise)
- Push-ups with the Bosu (turn your Bosu upside down, place hands on either side and do a traditional or modified pushup. The key is to keep the Bosu balanced, which can be tricky at first)
- Kettlebell Swings with a squat
- Side Lunges with Small Weights (Rotate lunging from side-to-side and as you lunge to one side, raise both arms to lift your weights. I use five-pound weights, which may not sound like a lot, but once you’ve done this about twenty-times you’ll feel it!)
- Bicep Curls with Light Weights
- Plank (hold for 30 seconds, rest and then repeat)
In my next post, I hope I have more exciting results to share! And, in the meantime, if you’re curious about any of the equipment I have mentioned ask the front desk for someone who can help and give you a quick tutorial.
Until next time!
Christina is a busy mama to one very active toddler and an infant, balancing her dreams of staying home with her kids, and a part-time freelance communications gig. She loves the feeling after a good run and enjoys a fairly healthy lifestyle, but also believes life is too short not to eat cupcakes.