It’s long overdue for me to share my fitness routine, but before I do, I want to share a little back story.
I’m a mom of four, one via c-section, so those of you who have children understand the trauma your body endures to give birth to these wonderful gifts from God.
My tiny body stretched far beyond what I thought possible, bore weight greater than what’s medically recommended for my height and all this was possible because God knew what He was doing when He created women.
But with each birth I stretched more, gained more, and didn’t snap back to my pre-baby shape as easily as I did after my first child.
I wasn’t uncomfortable with my weight, but I did begin to suffer from headaches, terrible stomach cramps, sore legs and was always tired.
In fact, I felt like I looked fine for a mom, but my husband insisted I was not as healthy as I should be for a woman my age.
I’d done P90X, and worked out off and on throughout the years but I really wasn’t motivated. I was working out mostly to get my husband off my back about it.
He was trying to encourage me to get be healthier, but for me it was nagging.
He’d point out health news clips about women and breast cancer. Women and the detriments of drinking coffee. Blah…blah…blah!! I didn’t care about any of that.
So how did I finally get motivated about exercising?
For me it was rediscovering my passion. I’m passionate about looking great. I want to look great for me and for my husband. I don’t go all crazy with it, but I did place my personal well being and on the back burner after having my third and fourth child.
I stopped doing my makeup and nails. I stopped going to the salon, shopping and doing things for myself.
My world became my kids and that’s how it was supposed to be while they were younger. Now that they’re getting older, I can do some of those little things that are not important in the grand scheme of things, but just make me feel feminine and pampered.
So, I decided to get my body back into pre-baby shape, but I didn’t want to end up looking masculine.
I stumbled upon online communities that had moms in them who looked fit and feminine at the same time.
Educating myself about fitness and what kind of exercising help build up the body in a way that compliments the physique of a woman was important.
Now, what do I do in the gym?
I don’t follow a specific routine, I mostly focus on strengthening and toning body parts based on how my body feels.
I break my work out down into two parts, upper body and lower body.
For upper body I want toned arms, chest and back. For the lower body, I want a flat tummy, and toned glutes, hamstrings and quads (that’s just butt and thighs ya’ll).
I’ve done every fitness class offered at my gym for enough time to see the kind of results I’m seeing now and it just wasn’t happening and it was because I wasn’t weight training.
My weight training for the following consists of:
1. Pull ups using my body weight. I will add a little bit of weight in the future.
2. Bench press (flat, incline and decline)
3. Kneeling Lawn Mowers
4. Seated Rows
5. Shoulder Shrugs
6. Bi-cep curls
7. Cable pull down triceps
4. Seated leg curls
5. Leg press
6. Calf raises
7. Leg extensions
8. Hip Adduction & Abduction
What about cardio?
I do some cardio a few times a month.
I rotate between the stationary bike, wind sprints, running one to four miles or the stair climber.
I don’t have to do a whole lot of cardio because I don’t eat a whole lot of junk food.
The junk I do eat seems to burn off fast as a result of my daily exercising.
I exercise 4-6 days a week for about 2 hours a day.
Some of that time is spent talking to my husband and other people I know at the gym.
This post was longer than I intended, but I hope it encourages and inspires you.
I’m sure there are things I didn’t answer that you may be wondering. If so, let me know.