Mar 6, 2014

What to do with your "mom pooch" ???

Hey everyone!  I put a question on my Facebook page last night asking what people wanted me to talk about and it seems like the "mom pooch" or "mom roll" won.

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First of all...if your belly looks anything like this congrats.  It's really a badge of honor.  You cooked a little nugget in there.  It was stretched out and poked and prodded.  But, how do we get it back into the shape you desire??

The one thing you will see that is lacking in most "mom pooches" is a lot of muscle tone.  When your abdominal wall is stretched to the max it loses it's elasticity.  Part of this is completely genetic.  You have elastic skin or you don't.  I am on the "don't" spectrum.  In order to get it back you must rebuild that strength with resistance training.  I have LONG had that "loose" look.  I gained almost 60 pounds with Ella.  I was seriously stretched out.  Before, when I looked down while holding a plank my skin would hang.  *GAG*  After last summer I can honestly say that its pretty much gone.   I have developed enough strength to where it has returned to being flat.
Step #1 in improving your mom roll is to do exercises that pull the abdomen back toward the spine.
These exercises work the abs from the bottom to the top!!!

Here are a few of my favorite abdominal moves for pulling the abdominal muscles back in:
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Like I said, you will notice that the ab work above is focused a lot on the LOWER abs.  No crunches or plain sit ups.  Moves that target your entire core will help pull the skin and muscles back where they need to be.  This leads me to my next point...

Step #2 Train like an athlete.  Athletic moves are what helped me finally get my core strong and toned again.  Most of the moves I find the most successful can be found in my soulmate workout...Les Mills PUMP.  I know you all have heard me talk about it before, it's a girls best friend.

If you have never taken a barbell class before you are truly missing out on an amazing body transforming workout.  Most of you probably didn't realize that you can also do it in the privacy of your home with Les Mills PUMP.  These workouts take "burn" to a whole new level.  With the "rep effect" the workout cranks out HUNDREDS of reps before you are finished.  It works different body parts for 5 minutes at a time, constantly changing the tempo of the moves so your muscles are tricked and stuck guessing.  You work on a muscle group just long enough until you move to the next part.  The workouts fly by.  I love how a new instructor pops in for each body part.  You never get bored.  I also love that its a 3 to 4 day a week program.

For me, it was exactly what I needed to get rid of my "mom roll."

The picture on the left is from the summer of 2012.  The picture on the right is from the summer of 2013.  Definitely lost the softness and pulled the skin back in.  Thank you Les Mills!!!

***People have been asking about this program and are really intimidated by the barbell.  Don't be.  It's not scary.  It's amazing.


The real work, however, happens in the kitchen...
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Step #3 Diet.  It doesn't matter what type of exercises you do. None of that hard work will show without the right diet.  This where the phrase "abs are made in the kitchen" comes from.

If you need help getting rid of your mom roll let us know.  Our challenge groups combine exercise, nutrition and accountability.  Your mom roll wants you to contact us :)



24 comments:

  1. Oh, my heavens - thank you so much for this post! I found your site looking for 21 Day Fix recipes and just started clicking around. I have a mom pooch too and it looks startlingly like the one in the photo, except I think it's bigger. I love that some of the ab exercises that you show are also in 21 Day Fix.

    Thanks again!

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    1. You are so welcome. Sit tight for me and you will have an awesome 21 Day Fix video coming next week. I have spring break so I will have time to shoot the video I want with lots of tips and tricks!!

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  2. I love it thank you so much for listening and then writing about what we asked. You are awesome. Can't wait to do the 21dat fix with you. I want to start the pump also. I actually want to try that even more now. Lol.

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    1. I can't wait for our challenge to start!!!!!!!! I highly recommend both workouts. 21 Day Fix is kind of a good base for the PUMP if you are interested!!! This would definitely be the month to buy it because of the sale :)

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  3. This is an aweseome post...I feel good knowing that once I get to my goal I can have tight skin and strong lower abs.
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  4. I finish the 21 day fix tomorrow and I already ordered Les Mills Pump, I am SO SO excited to start it!

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  5. I used to love Body Pump classes at the gym. Then, I dropped my membership when we moved last summer. I miss it a lot. I've been thinking about ordering Les Mills Pump. How does it compare to the Body Pump classes taught in gyms? Do you know if they will be making any additional Les Mills Pump dvds?

    By the way, I LOVE your blog. I appreciate all of your helpful posts!

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    1. Teresa,

      I have never done a class IN a gym, but I know that they are based off of this class. There are extra DVDs you can purchase (a step DVD, and a few other cardio DVDs that I love) but I'm not sure if they will be making NEW ones anytime soon. That is a great question!!!

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  6. this info is great and inspiring. i am 36 1/2 weeks pregnant and already getting my post-partum weight loss plan ready. i'm still attending my boot camp classes even at 36 weeks! i'd love to join one of your groups if you have another one available in april or may.
    thanks for all of this info!

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    1. Courtney,

      We would LOVE to have you. Contact any of use when you are ready. Maybe Maggie's...you could start working out together after baby!!!! :)

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  7. Haley, I finished up the 21 day fix and I am looking to integrate these abdominal exercises you have shown in this post to loose my mom pooch. Do you have any further instruction on the details of each move?

    Thanks,
    Melissa

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  8. I also have a mom pooch and the statement you said of abs being made in the kitchen, well I'm a vegetarian and I have a hard time finding a program that isn't for a meat eater. Is there any way that you can help me with that.

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  9. I think these are doable, I just need more discipline and motivation. I have stretch marks after having 2 kids, will those somehow fade away too? Thanks for this!

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  10. Hi my name is Victoria and I love your work outs but I have a huge problem. Every time I work out I fail because a lot of stress in my life. I work from 9 till 5:30 I have two kids 6 and 2 and it's super stressful getting home cook and watch kids and work out. Please if u have any ideas or advice let me know. Victoria.0980@gmail.com this is my email and I hope to hear from you soon :) thanks

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  11. I need your help please getting my abs flat. May I please get your nutrition plan. THANKS

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  12. I have had 3 huge babies then had shoulder surgery so I never lost it, now I am working out and the pooch remains after I have lost 50lbs! What else can I do?

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  13. Wow, your this post has totally inspired me to get rid of my mom pooch which is much bigger than in the photo shown above. I thank you for the post and I will start my workout soon. Xoxo

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  15. great article i think this will help a lot of mothers who just dont know how to get rid of that pooch. heres one of the workout routines I use.

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  16. great article i think this will help a lot of mothers who just dont know how to get rid of that pooch. heres one of the workout routines I use.

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  17. What happens to stretch marks when you lose so much weight? I am purchasing the les mills pump tomorrow! I have never lifted any weight. Do i need to lose weight first and then use this program to tone? Or can i do both with the program? Love the ste! Thank you!!

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  18. What happens to stretch marks when you lose so much weight? I am purchasing the les mills pump tomorrow! I have never lifted any weight. Do i need to lose weight first and then use this program to tone? Or can i do both with the program? Love the ste! Thank you!!

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  19. have you tried squats heres a squat workout routine that I also use. give it a try its awesome.

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