How to Do the Plank Correctly in Postpartum
Let’s R E S E T your Plank to make sure you’re aligned well, engaging your core and not straining the back, shoulders or pelvic floor. Here’s how!
Ahhhh plank. The core exercise we all love to hate! 😅 But do you hate it because you’re making it more difficult, uncomfortable and strenuous than it needs to be? Let’s R E S E T your plank to ensure it’s strengthening your core in postpartum, whether your little one was born 6 months or 6 years ago!
The plank is a stabilizing exercise that forms the basis for other exercises like push-ups, burpees and mountain climbers. Understanding the plank and how it should feel in your body can help you engage your core better during all kinds of bodyweight workouts!
👉 If you’re dealing with pelvic floor symptoms or recently delivered, try these 8 Steps to the Perfect Postpartum Plank and work your way up safely and effectively!
Stay away from those crazy-long plank challenges. Instead, focus on a high-quality plank using the cues in this video.
✅ Sound ON to hear the expert cues you need to understand how plank should feel in YOUR body before your next home workout!
How to Do the Plank Properly in Postpartum
👇POLL: What’s your favourite way to plank? On an incline? Side plank? Hands or forearms?
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When Can I Run, Jump & Lift Weights In Postpartum?
When do you “graduate” from postpartum workouts and know you’re ready for heavy lifting, high impact and more intensity? Here’s how to know.
A quick google of the term “postpartum…”
What? don’t pretend you don’t google medical stuff, too!
A quick google of the term “postpartum” will have your head spinning.
Are you postpartum for the 6 weeks before your postpartum checkup?
Are you postpartum for the first 3 months after baby is born, aka the “fourth trimester?”
Are you postpartum for the year of infancy, about 12 months?
Or maybe you’ve encountered the #postpartumisforever trend on social media encouraging women to embrace the changes in their body, however long they may last?
When you move onto high-intensity training depends more on how you feel and less about the exact timeline since your little people were born.
Some mamas might feel ready to lift weights but not jump. Others might love running but feel back pain while attempting to lift heavy.
Understand your body is giving you feedback and use that feedback to adust intensity or exercises according to your needs that day.
Your best best? A qualified coach like our pal Reena Parekh, mama of 2 and co-creator of the Mama Reset Run Well program in our Membership.
Laura sat down for a chat with Reena about moving from mat work to barbells, jumping and running.
Learn the best way to start adding intensity and impact to your workouts, how to know when you’ve pushed too far and what “level” of core training is appropriate for you!
(Hint: when you’re ready to return to running or join that barbell class you’ll still need the core & pelvic floor training, moblility and strength work to support those new routines! Where better to get those supportive workouts than Mama Reset?)
Returning to high-intensity exercise and weightlifting in postpartum with Guest Expert Reena Parekh
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