Find Your Strength - 6 Ways to Workout After Baby!

There’s nothing like on-the-job learning. Until four years ago, I had no idea how much there was to learn about my body. I mean, I did some yoga and experimented with lifting and I saw a personal trainer when there was a good groupon, but I never thought about how my body was working beyond what it looked like in the mirror or if I was recovering from an injury or illness. These days, I have a 40-pound 4 year old who sometimes likes to be carried and a 25-pound toddler who sometimes likes to walk. Picking them (and blocks and crayons) up all day long, combined with the still frequent interrupted night sleep, and the clean-cook-clean cycle of parenting has left me without motivation to exercise. Luckily, I was introduced to the work of Katy Bowman and Nutritious Movement, who says NO to exercise! Ok, she doesn’t say NO exercise - she says the way we sit, stand, move, and breathe for 23-hours a day is MUCH more important than the way we exercise for 1-hour a day. And she gives you suggestions for how to make your daily life a time of finding strength. After giving birth in 2014, I trained with Zoe Bowick Levin, who has sadly since moved to Colorado. After giving birth in 2017, I did two online fitness programs I list below. Once I didn’t feel “blobby” again I happened to take on more responsibilities at work and lost the motivation for exercise. I imagine one day I will take a group fitness class again, and when I do, I think I will enjoy it. For now though, thanks to a well informed foundation and a Nutritious Movement inspired lifestyle, I am stronger than I was pre-pregnancy and I never hit the gym.

If you’re looking to build your foundation here are my 6-favorite ways to workout after baby! Don’t be surprised they’re all going to talk about pelvic health and life-style habits.

Online Programs

 Basically, Lauren is a beast of knowledge and has figured out a variety of programs to help pre and post natal people on their journey towards functional movement. She has a yoga and pilates background so her online courses are slower moving, though she does offer one Cardio Program if that’s your jam. Her pregnancy-safe classes are  here .

Basically, Lauren is a beast of knowledge and has figured out a variety of programs to help pre and post natal people on their journey towards functional movement. She has a yoga and pilates background so her online courses are slower moving, though she does offer one Cardio Program if that’s your jam. Her pregnancy-safe classes are here.

NYC Classes

 MuTu has become so popular lately, and it’s gotten an attractive facelift. The 12-week program is amazing but starts out a tad intense for me. If you’re not quite sure where your pelvic floor is - start with an in person program or check out Lauren Ohanyon first.

MuTu has become so popular lately, and it’s gotten an attractive facelift. The 12-week program is amazing but starts out a tad intense for me. If you’re not quite sure where your pelvic floor is - start with an in person program or check out Lauren Ohanyon first.

 Irene’s class MamaCore is an 8-week postpartum rehab to fab class hosted at Wild Was Mama in Greenpoint. She also does personal sessions at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy.

Irene’s class MamaCore is an 8-week postpartum rehab to fab class hosted at Wild Was Mama in Greenpoint. She also does personal sessions at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy.

 Rachel Welch took Zoe’s Bowick Levin’s place after she moved to Colorado and I am grateful to have just tried her signature Revolution Motherhood class. She offers online classes, drop in classes OR my recombination, a 12-week blobby to superhero series that is perfect for anyone working on figuring out what the core and pelvic floor are, how to use them, and then how to make them strong.

Rachel Welch took Zoe’s Bowick Levin’s place after she moved to Colorado and I am grateful to have just tried her signature Revolution Motherhood class. She offers online classes, drop in classes OR my recombination, a 12-week blobby to superhero series that is perfect for anyone working on figuring out what the core and pelvic floor are, how to use them, and then how to make them strong.

 This yoga studio in Park Slope was my home for many years. I recommend Lara Kohn Thompson’s Postnatal Therapeutics Class on Wednesday afternoons.

This yoga studio in Park Slope was my home for many years. I recommend Lara Kohn Thompson’s Postnatal Therapeutics Class on Wednesday afternoons.

 Ok, so this post would not be complete without a link to the beautiful FPC-NYC. For this post, I really want to highlight their Postnatal Rehab class with founder, Joanie Johnson. If you’ve just had a baby - start there. Once you’re kicking a$$ in a fully functioning body you can graduate to their classes.

Ok, so this post would not be complete without a link to the beautiful FPC-NYC. For this post, I really want to highlight their Postnatal Rehab class with founder, Joanie Johnson. If you’ve just had a baby - start there. Once you’re kicking a$$ in a fully functioning body you can graduate to their classes.