Crafting a Fitness Return

With running intervals last week, I felt a sense of relief about returning to running postpartum. Granted, I only ran for 1 minute at a time (walked for 4) but I really felt like I could keep going. That was encouraging. I do know that I’ll have work to do to return to running and feeling healthy/strong as well as allowing myself time to heal after delivery… but I’m really thinking a lot about what I will do to get back into shape (and hopefully even stronger) once I can.

In addition to running (obviously I’m going to do that!), here are some of the things I’m considering:

MomBodFitness ReCORE Program

Yes, I want (and need) a strong core to be a good runner… but I also like that this program works on rebuilding pelvic floor strength. I’ve never thought about that too much, but after Lisa wrote a post over on The RUNiverse about peeing your pants… well, it’s something that’s been on my mind!

Source: via Jill on Pinterest

Hundred Up

A running drill that dates back to the 19th century to help foster proper running form. This doesn’t look too strenuous, so I can probably start working on it fairly soon after delivering.

Source: via Jill on Pinterest

Willpower Method

This program intrigued me before I got knocked up. I was actually planning on giving it a try once I wrapped up my Las Vegas RnR season with Team Challenge… but that’s the point that I discovered I was preggo. It is focused on foot fitness, but it’s also a complete body workout.

Source: via Jill on Pinterest

Ultimate Jump Rope Workouts

I was sent this book and I like the appeal that you can do shorter workouts that don’t require bulky, expensive equipment around the house. Plus, it doesn’t require that I need to leave the house, so perhaps this could be slipped into nap times, work breaks and such?

Source: via Jill on Pinterest


My friend (and co-conspirator over at The RUNiverse) Chris said he got this system for his wife and she really likes it. I know I need to do more to build a comprehensive strength program, I wasn’t really dedicated to that aspect prior to pregnancy.

Source: via Jill on Pinterest

Physique 57

I have heard that this program is a really good strength training program to complement running. I also heard that the instructor is kind of annoying… I guess I’d have to give it a try and see!

Source: via Jill on Pinterest

JumpSport Rebounder

Okay, this just looks like it would be fun! But it also looks like good exercise, something that can be done at home while the kidlet naps or sits in a swing next to me (hopefully not screaming) while I watch silly DVR’d television (like What Not to Wear).

Source: via Jill on Pinterest

Granted, I can’t buy EVERYTHING. I do have to be discerning and decide what I think will work best for me. I’ve even started a Pinterest board where I can store ideas as I think of them. I have just over 5 weeks until my due date and a recovery period… so I have some time, but not forever. It will be nice to have some kind of approach figured out!
What workouts have you tried and loved? Especially things that can be done from home.


  1. I have loved the P90X Yoga workout and yoga podcasts for home and hotel room workouts. I recall reading that you have done/do yoga, so if you haven’t tried these yoga options, you should! A few years ago, I really enjoyed doing step aerobics at home. Even though I have little aptitude for dance choreography, step aerobics was not too difficult for me once I learned the basic moves.

    • I do love my yoga! I have several YogaDownload tracks that I’ve downloaded and the P90X yoga, both great recommendations.

      In a perfect world, I would have time to do 30-60 minutes of yoga each day purely for stress relief, in addition to other workouts planned!

  2. I took a Willpower and Grace class at a local fitness studio a few months back ,and it is definitely WAY more than foot strength. My hamstrings were sore for days. It was a great workout, but classes were $18 a pop so not really doable as a routine. I’d be interested in their dvd’s. I have some Core Fusion dvds that are great for strength and core training (I know they have some cardio ones and some geared toward sports conditioning). It’s a combination of yoga, Pilates, and ballet all done barefoot. I’m generally opposed to programs that tell you not to do heavy weights, but when my muscles are shaking from fatigue, I know I’m getting a good workout.

    • I have the Fitness Class app on my iPad and there are Willpower and Grace classes available through that. It’s a cool app, for a monthly fee you get unlimited access to TONS of different classes. So that’s where I was planning on getting my Willpower and Grace fix. I’m glad to hear your feedback on that!

      And I’ll look into the Core Fusion stuff too, that mix of stuff sounds like something I’d enjoy!

  3. So envious! I love your determination on how to get back to shape. I am still single yet my body looks like I’ve been a mom already. I let myself let go for years but I am also determined to look fit once more.

    I think the things that you have prepared for yourself as a new mom would also apply to me. Thank you for sharing them. I’d be researching about all the things that you have mentioned in your blog.

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