After two full-term pregnancies and a pair of awesome children, when I look back at my pre-baby body, I think about how nice it would be to have it back. I am amazed when I remember that back then I still wasn’t 100% happy with the way my body looked. Motherhood definitely has a way of putting things into perspective.
Before having kids, I like to think that I was a pretty healthy and active person. I would go to the gym 3-4 times a week and eat relatively well. But life after baby really changed things. I was so busy and tired, both mentally and physically, that exercising and worrying about what I ate just got pushed to the back burner.
Then as Keyan got older I started doing some 10 or 20 minute exercise video’s at home, the Wii Fit and walking. I never really got back into the gym because the timing didn’t seem to work and to be honest, I felt guilty leaving the house 3 or 4 times a week for a couple of hours to go to the gym.
One option I thought about was getting a personal trainer who could help me focus on my fitness goals and get them accomplished. But at that point in my life, I couldn’t justify the cost or time investment.
I eventually did it my way, slow and steady, trying lots of different exercise routines. Four years and another baby later, I made it back to my pre-baby weight and it felt great! But even though my weight was the same, my body wasn’t. I still don’t fit into most of my old clothes and I can’t get rid of my ‘muffin top.’ But I’m happy and I’ve made my peace with it. I focus on the things that I like on my new body, like my legs, my face and the fact that this body was responsible for two little miracles.
But just because I have reached my weight goal, it hasn’t stoppped me from still trying to be healthy and active and strive for more. I toyed again with the idea of trying out a personal trainer to help me get to the next level.
Then a little while back a friend of my husband got in touch with me. He was a partner in a new company called Virtually Fit and he wanted to know if I was interested in trying it out. I looked up the website and found out that they provide personal trainers online at a much lower cost than traditional personal trainers. There are a number of different programs to choose from like Custom Workouts which are specifically designed for your needs and Target Workouts. The Target Workouts programs range from Weight Loss and New Mom Workout to Weekend Warrior and Intro to the Gym workout. Each program is put together by a Canadian Certified Personal Trainer and comes with a daily workout plan, specific instructions and even exercise video’s.
I was excited to try the virtual trainer experience and decided on the New Mom Workout. It was so great, I wished it had been around when I was a new mom. The workouts are laid out for each week. They are short and can be done anywhere with internet and anytime, even while your kids are napping! You can even stop and pick up later if there is an interruption and there often is with children around. You definitely can’t do that with a real-life personal trainer!
There were some exercises I wasn’t sure about but the site had explanations and instructional videos that showed me everything I needed to know. Because of a recent knee injury, I wasn’t able to do all the exercises, but a trainer was always available to answer my questions for modifications.
All in all a great workout and great experience. I’m still doing level 3 and when my knee is better, I think I will try out the Custom Workout to get that one-on-one trainer experience with a plan just for my needs.
And Virtually Fit is so awesome that they are giving away one of it’s Target Workout Plans! It’s three months of personal training with the New Mommy Workout as well as a one-week nutrition plan for one of my lucky readers!
To enter, visit Virtually Fit and let me know in the comments below, which other workout program you would be most interested in trying besides the New Mommy Target Workout.
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I’d also love to hear how you feel about your mommy body.
*All of the opinions expressed in this post are mine. I was not given any compensation to write this. Virtually Fit offered me a three-month trial of the New Mommy Workout so I was able to write a review.