ABCs of Post-Natal Exercise

Maxine Grossman of Maxine Grossman Personal Training in NDG loves working with new moms! On Tuesday, April 25,  she is hosting a workshop at Melons & Clementines: “A-B-Cs of Post-Natal Exercise.” Details are here.

For the last 25 years, Max has been passionate about fitness! She shares that love with others with her very personalized training. She exercised through her two pregnancies and recoveries and understands well the challenges. She wants to make sure that new moms train in an informed, safe, and supportive environment!

Max shares with us what her workshop is all about plus offers some advice to new moms about exercising post-baby….

Who should not miss your workshop on post-natal fitness?

“Are my abs gone for good?”. “Will I ever be able to jump again… without leaking pee?” “Am I doing these Kegels right… and do I even need to?”

If you’ve been asking yourself questions like these, this workshop is definitely for you. Whether you’ve had your baby 6 days or 6 years ago, pregnancy and delivery can take a lasting toll on the body if not properly addressed.

What are some common myths about post-natal exercise?

Myth #1: I’ll start as soon as I have some routine and a few hours to myself.

Ha! Sorry, those days are gone, mama. The good news is just a few minutes a day can make a huge difference, but when that’s all you have to spare you’ll want to spend your time wisely. What’s the most effective thing to be doing???

Myth #2: As soon as I feel strong enough I’ll get back to my “regular” routine.

Yikes. Pregnancy and delivery (vaginal or C-Section) are pretty traumatic on the body. Bits get moved about that need to get worked back into place. Rushing into the exercises you were doing before pregnancy can actually make things worse. We’ll cover how to rebuild that foundation before layering on your previous exercises.

Myth #3. I’ll never get my “pre-baby” body back.

As my three-year-old would say, “Not true, Mama. Verrrry verrrry not true.” You CAN get your old body back, and maybe even be faster, fitter, stronger than ever. But this takes a long time, a lot of work, and a lot of stars aligning.

Is being stronger than ever a priority for you? If yes, great! We’ll work towards it. If not, then that’s great too. Prioritize what feels right now.

What is one piece of advice that you can give to a new mom who is eager to start exercising again?

Be kind and patient with yourself. You might be juggling interrupted sleep, breastfeeding, toddlers at home, routine change, no chance to prepare meals (let alone eat). You can practice rebuilding your core and getting stronger, but be forgiving about the demands and expectations you place on your body at this stage.

What will you be covering in Tuesday’s workshop?

The A-B-Cs of Post-Natal Exercise refers to Ab separation, Bladder control and C-sections. I’ll show you how to check for diastasis recti. We’ll talk about pelvic floor, bladder control, and Kegels. I’ll explain the “core” and what strengthening core really means. I’ll show you the most effective way to use your time and what moves to avoid.

All attendees will receive a pass for a free trial at MG Personal Training.

If a mom is interested in more information but cannot attend, can you still help her?

Nope. . . . Kidding! MG Personal Training offers several classes a week that are appropriate for new moms; babies are always welcome. Call me to ask about a free trial. If you feel have questions or specific issues you’d like to address, we can set up private sessions.

(Interview courtesy Okidgo:

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