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Ab Rehab Works!

I took these pictures today. I am almost 10 months post baby #2. There is no doubt in my mind that the Ab Rehab Program works. It took me 3 years to get to this degree of fitness after Baby #1, and even then I still had my diastasis. Ab Rehab works! Are you suffering? Let me help you reclaim your core strength and pre-pregnancy body! The poochiness- gone! Lower back pain- gone! My 24" inch waist is back. Unbelievable! Of course this is not all ab rehab, but the ab rehab program helped to close my diastasis enough that I am now able to do more advanced core work. I will never do another crunch or V-sit as long as I live, but I am recovered enough to do push ups, planks, bridges and plyometrics. It is my goal to close the remaining 3 fingerwidths by the new year. They are stubborn! I am still suffering 1 fingerwidth of gap in the center and 2 low. I do have the strength, however, to engage my core so that I am now able to do supine leg lifts without any football bulging (remember th

Fractal Workouts

Today is Day 3 and I hit the stationary bike for 45 minutes of interval training. My program was 10 minutes of warm up HR 130, 5 x 4:1's HR 150-160: 140, 10 minutes of cool down HR 130. I feel amazing today! Post workout I logged my HRZ's, and had to do some backtracking with my calendar to update my cardio spreadsheet, as there were a few weeks not logged. This led me to review my cardio log over the past 8 weeks. I have logged 23 hours of dedicated cardio in that timeframe; this averages to about 3 hours of cardio/week. My goal is 5 days/week 30 minutes = 2.5 hours so I am very happy with my performance! If I equate this into running distance, it is the equivalent of running about 30Km/week which I think is a healthy distance- of course, considering I am crosstraining on the stationary bike I only use that analogy as a reference, for the lifer runner in me.  Of those 23 hours approximately 8 were spent in my warm up/cool down HR Zone, 8.5 were spent in my "maintain fit

The Wagon, Part I

My husband suggested that I blog about falling off the wagon, and I told him that I do! Of course it is a constant theme in this pursuit of fitness for life. I thought I'd write a little about some of the challenges that I face from day to day, week to week, and so on. I have been struggling a bit lately with REST. During the summer I made a hard push, working out 5-7+ days in a row, then resting for 2. Often I was doing "two-a-days" with an intense strength session in the morning followed by a short 5K evening run. Looking back at my workout log I took 5 rest days in June, 12 rest days in July (5 of those were consecutive, as I was planning my daughter's bday party; I considered it a week of summer workout vacation), and 9 rest days in August (5 of those also being consecutive as my husband had a week off work and I took it as my 2nd week of summer workout vacation). Over 3 months that is of 26 of 92 days, which averages to working out every 2-3 days. It feels like

9 Months Postpartum!

I took this picture on September 4th- of course it has taken me this long to get back to my blog! Anyway, at 9 months postpartum I am HAPPY! Weighing in at 118lbs, back to my pre-pregnancy measurements (and still breastfeeding!), DR almost closed and stronger than ever especially in my upper body. Here is PROOF that you CAN surpass your pre-pregnancy fitness levels with dedication and a positive attitude! Happy Happy