Back In Ac­tion

Whether you’re sport­ing a baby bump or a post-De­cem­ber food baby, this be­gin­ner-friendly home work­out is ex­actly what you need

Women's Health (South Africa) - - JAN/FEB 2018 - BY WANITA NICOL | PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY CASEY CRAFFORD

A per­fect work­out for be­gin­ners and moms-to-be

There’s noth­ing more hum­bling than com­ing back from a fit­ness hia­tus. Walk­ing into your old gym only to find there’s a whole new timetable of classes you’ve never heard of. Mir­rors... Ev­ery­where. Show­ing a shy, un­cer­tain woman hid­ing in a baggy tee. What hap­pened to the ca­pa­ble Ama­zon who could light up the tread­mill and rock a crop top with swag? As for the work­out... Holy ket­tle­bells! Were you ever that fit and strong? Your come­back starts here!

Well, here’s some good news: your fit self isn’t lost for­ever; she’s just out of prac­tice. And if you want to get her back, the so­lu­tion isn’t throw­ing your­self right back into your old rou­tine. What you re­ally need is a bridg­ing work­out that will build a solid fit­ness base for your re­turn to glory – like this one from per­sonal trainer and Next Fit­ness Star 2017 fi­nal­ist Tammy Raw­stron. Tammy spe­cialises in pre­and post-natal train­ing, so she’s used to work­ing with baby bumps – and the post-baby bod­ies that KFC crav­ings built. Which makes her the ideal can­di­date to ease you back into that fit life. “This work­out fo­cuses on full-body ton­ing in an easy and safe way,” says Tammy.

Fit ma­mas this way

Baby on board? The work­out was de­signed to be gen­tle enough for moms-to-be while build­ing the strength you’ll need dur­ing your preg­nancy and im­me­di­ately af­ter. “I’ve in­cluded strength­en­ing up­per-body ex­er­cises that will help with baby han­dling,” says Tammy. “Core-strength­en­ing ex­er­cises al­low for good pos­ture be­fore and af­ter de­liv­ery.” And it’s not just about build­ing strength – reg­u­lar ex­er­cise dur­ing preg­nancy will help you sleep bet­ter, boost your en­ergy lev­els and lift your mood. “Plus, you’ll gain less weight dur­ing your preg­nancy, which means you’ll have less to lose,” Tammy ex­plains.

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