Tracy Anderson’s Postpartum Pregnancy Workout Video
I’ve been trying to lose the last 10 pounds from Graham’s pregnancy since Christmas. I think I gained a few pounds over the holidays which didn’t really help matters much–BUT, I have 8 pounds to go. Boy are they stubborn this time. I don’t know what is making the weight stick around–it is because I am in my 30′s, have some thyroid condition, or am just too lazy but I really want to get back to my original weight. And wear all my clothes. And look good in them. Oh, I can wear them, but I have a muffin top that I can’t stand. I have been consistently working out 3-4 days a week, mostly on the elliptical running machine but the pounds haven’t been falling off like they used to. I never really bothered losing weight right after Graham was born because I am one of those (unlukcy) women who don’t lose the last pregnancy weight until I am done nursing. With child one and two I was back to my prepregnancy weight within 3-6 months after the last sip of breastmilk was drunk. Graham quit nursing in October–4 months ago. I thought I’d be seeing more progress than I have been seeing.
I started thinking that maybe the elliptical machine wasn’t enough. Walking and Pilates had done the trick losing the weight with my first two kids. I have a great video to do with an exercise ball that I enjoy but I wanted something else to throw into the mix. I read an article in Cookie magazine about Tracy Anderson, who gained 60 lbs during her pregnancy. She is a dancer and had battled some weight issues before. She started doing a lot of research and trying her methodology on women of all different genetic shapes. Her methodology worked on women with all kinds of body types. The basic idea is that we overwork all of our large muscle groups and need to work on the smaller muscles to pull in the larger ones. She put together a post pregnancy workout routine to help moms target the problem areas after having a baby.
My stomach got so stretched out carrying all 12 lbs of Graham that it is in some serious need of muscle work! I read some of the reviews on Amazon and decided to go ahead and buy it. Of course, with most exercise–if you do it regularly you will see results. I’m still trying to figure out how to incorporate fitting cardio in with this workout routine. And how much should I do of both? She says to do the postpregnancy workout 4-6X a week.
On Monday I did video and I was using muscles that I didn’t even know I had. The first half of the video is abdominal work–which makes sense. Your abs get the most stretching and lack of use while you are pregnant. The last half works on legs and arms. All you need is a set of 3 lb. weights. Every stomach muscle I have is sore! I skipped Tuesday and did the workout again on Wednesday. My muscles were crying as I did the video again. They were tired from the Monday workout and were having a hard time keeping up. One thing I like about the video is that I will be able to see improvement in my own strength as I keep it up. I keep thinking that I’m 17 months postpartum so I can’t imagine how challenging it would be to start doing 2 months postpartum. It is worth it though. I don’t think it matters if you just had a baby or not–this workout is a challenge for anyone. I got my husband to do a few of the exercises and he was shaking right along with me!
She uses classical music in the background which I find relaxing–especially if I am having to workout with all 3 kids running around me. My only “wish” about the video is that it would be nice to see different angles of her doing the exercises more often. Some of the arm movements aren’t explained and it would be nice to see them from a different perspective.
I am hoping to get rid of the last tummy jiggles but I am trying to tell myself that even if I never lost the last 8 lbs. I am still doing some healthy for myself and my kids.
Have you heard of Tracy Anderson’s Postpartum workout video? Have you tried it? What other post pregnancy workout videos or activities have you done? Does anyone know how much you should combine cardio with strength training?