Now that I am a new mom and no longer pregnant (woo-hoo) I am excited to get Back At It. I miss the adrenaline from a great sweat, and I really miss being able to push my body to its limits.
At four weeks post-partum I went for my first run in almost a year. It was hard, my chest heaved, but it was very refreshing. I realized at that time, however, my body just wasn't ready to be back in the game yet. So for two more weeks I continued to lay low, taking long walks with my new family.
It took me another full week to get Back At It again. This time at eight weeks post-partum I headed to the gym. Knowing there weren't any classes available at the time that worked in my schedule, I just pulled up an old workout from the blog to give it a shot.
Most of the workouts on my blog I have pulled from experts since I have no formal training in exercise physiology. My good friend and personal trainer Ashley used to make up workouts for me and a group of our friends. We tagged ourselves "Ashley's Army" and had fitness challenges each month. I miss those days of gym buddies, but at least I still have a large repertoire of workouts to look back on and implement in a pinch when I can't find an exercise class that works for me.
The treadmill workout is pretty self-explanatory. Let me describe just a few of the strength exercises:
- 3 point Shoulder Press (borrowed from Peanut Butter Fingers) can be found here.
- Cable Punch: similar to this guy only punching straight out, focusing on form.
- I used a machine for the leg raises and curls
- 3 point lunges with bicep curls- I did 10 lb weights and that was too much for my weak arms! Do 8 reps on each side instead of 12 for this exercise and if your arms are tired or your heart rate spikes just hold the weights by your side or drop them completely.
- Barbell row
The best thing about working out now versus before Eleanor, it feels like such an indulgence. It was a wonderful treat to leave the house (alone) and spend a full hour of uninterrupted Tanya-time. It no longer feels like a chore!