28-minute HIIT Elliptical Workout

  If you've got 28 minutes, you have time to make your tush burn! A combination of high intensity "sprints" and reverse pedaling, this workout will give you a big bang for your time buck. Your butt will thank you later. A few notes: go as fast as you can on the 30 second sprints, AND when going in reverse. Press through your heels to make sure you're engaging your glutes. Don't feel it ...

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Postpartum repair is not just about your core and pelvic floor

  It can be really easy to think that we just have to 'do kegels' and 'do more core work' to fully recover from having a baby. But hold up! Our muscles do not work in isolation, so it makes sense that we have to look at the whole-body system when we're coming back from an injury (like childbirth!). Let's look at the mechanics of all the muscles that go into postpartum ...

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How to check yourself for Diastasis Recti

  Diastasis Recti is the separation of the connective tissue between the six-pack muscles (the rectus abdominals). It happens when too much pressure is placed on that muscle and the tissue connecting the two sides together starts to stretch and separate, creating a ‘depression’ between the two muscles. Want to know more about it? Read the 5 surprising things you didn't know about Diastasis Recti (but should). Here's how to check yourself! Have questions? ...

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How to Know You’re Doing Core Work Correctly (and Incorrectly!)

  ‘Gah, I’ve been doing core work wrong my ENTIRE life’ ‘I’m feeling muscles I didn’t even know were there!!’ ‘I’m sweating my a$$ off moving my hands 3 inches forward and back. WTH!’ I’ve taught hundreds of students and clients over the last 15 years. And you know what? I would guesstimate about 95% of them have said one of these things after putting them through a core workout.  (A workout that does ...

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Redefining Your Postpartum Journey: The Dangers of Jumping Back into Exercise Too Quickly (Part 4 of 6)

  Once you've wrapped your head around why we mamas have to exercise differently for a bit and the mental shift we have to deal with in postpartum too, we know you'll be ready to jump in, like...yesterday. But hold up! This is one of the biggest mistakes we see new moms make. Going too fast, too soon.      We know, it's so tempting to jump feet-first back into doing 'what you were doing before' ...

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Redefining Your Postpartum Journey: The 4 Keys to Pelvic Floor and Core Restoration (Part 6 of 6)

Learn the 4 keys of pelvic floor and core work: 1 - Alignment - your posture! The alignment of your ribs over your hips is super important as you start to activate your core and pelvic floor. Your muscles depend on your bones being in the right alignment to be able to connect (and contract!) well. If you're out of alignment, your muscles have to work twice as hard to get into ...

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Redefining Your Postpartum Journey: An Essential Mental Shift to Getting Back to Exercise (Part 3 of 6)

  Now that we've talked about why postpartum exercises is so different and why we really need to pay attention to that difference, we have to talk about the mental factor of this entire process. Let me tell you, 'mental' can be the hardest part of all. We know the hit-the-ground-running instinct all too well. I did it myself after my first son, with disastrous results. (I learned my lesson the hard way, ...

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Redefining Your Postpartum Journey: Why you must address issues from pregnancy and childbirth NOW (Part 2 of 6)

  In Part 1 of this blog series we talked about why postpartum exercise is so different than 'regular' exercise. Yes, it's different. But what happens if you don't actually DO things differently? Well...potentially a lot.     Now,we are not trying to freak you out here. This is not a life-or-death situation, but it is something that can change how your physical body feels for the rest of your life. Imagine this - using the ...

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Redefining Your Postpartum Journey: Why Postpartum Exercise is so Different Than ‘Regular’ Exercise (Part 1 of 6)

  When I had my first son in 2013, I thought the healing process would be relatively easy. I was fit, I worked out through my entire pregnancy and did 'all the things' I was supposed to do. And it's my profession, so why wouldn't it be easy? But when it was time to jump back in, boy was I dead wrong. Fast forward many years and another child later, and my approach ...

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