Archive | August, 2013

Plyo Box and Pull Ups-25 minutes

14 Aug

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9 months postpartum and still focused.  Back in NY there was a park I would run to that had an adult workout area. The park included pull up bars, monkey bars, benches for plyometrics, parallel bars, and various other equipment that one could push, pull, and swing upon.  I would run about 1.5 miles to the park, do various drills for 20-40 minutes then run home.  I loved that routine.  It was there that I mastered my pull-ups and also my plyometric jumps.  I stopped much of this routine by the time I was about 4 months pregnant.  Since then I have moved, had my baby, and set up my own fitness studio.

Two of the first pieces of equipment that I purchased for my new studio space included the plyometric box and the pull-up bar.  Soon after I got the plyo box I started back into my plyo routines.  But I am just now getting back into doing pull-ups.  I had not done them for over a year (pregnancy plus postpartum).  I was sad to find that I no longer could do full pulls-ups.  Pre-pregnancy I was able to do 3-5 sets of 6-8 pull-ups at a time.  And now I can do NONE!  So I am back to the beginning again.  I am now back to doing assisted pull-ups (using resistance bands) and jump pull-ups.  In this video you will see me jumping off the bosu in order to get momentum to complete my pull-ups.

It is frustrating to not be able to do what I once was able to do.  But as I have said before, instead of dwelling on what we can’t do, we have to focus on what we can do and our new goals.  I hope to be sharing videos of me doing my full pull-ups one day in the near future.  But for now, here is what I CAN do…


Kettlebell – 30 minutes

4 Aug


Vamping back up into my pre-pregnancy KB routines.  My son is almost 9 months now. My body is not as lean as it was pre-pregnancy and therefore I am still a few sizes larger.  However I feel good and strong and I am focused on re-gaining muscle.  It truly is a challenge to attain ones fitness level postpartum.  I now understand this more than ever and I want to tell the moms out there I understand and it is completely normal.  Instead of being frustrated about it, remember that although you may have some extra pounds now, you also have an amazing little human.  Love the body that gave you this gift and that will lead you the right direction.

To those who wish to improve their fitness level this message applies to you as well.  Perhaps you are just setting out on your road to fitness, or maybe you are post-surgery or injury, or maybe you are trying to re-gain the health and fitness you once had–STAY FOCUSED and BE PATIENT.  Your goal is a great one and it will be reached in time.  There are no quick fixes, only lifestyle changes over time that will lead you there.