I had my 6 week postpartum check up today and I was given the green light to exercise, starting slowly (my doctor knows me well enough that she made she to make that point clear). I can honestly say I’ve been waiting for this day since August 6th when I got hit by the freight train that was my pregnancy. I tried to work out a couple of times during the pregnancy and always ended up feeling worse so I realized I would need to just take it on the chin and I rode the bench for the last 8, almost 9, months. I was a little nervous that I would have to wait another couple of weeks since I had one twin naturally and one via c-section but lo and behold, the wait is over!
I’m back! Or I will be anyway.
The first things to disappear when I stopped working out were my legs and butt and it was devastating. Playing soccer growing up and lifting regularly since high school, I have always been proud of my legs. And they were G O N E. So – those are priority one with the added benefit that I will get my butt back at the same time. That being said, a huge part of my plan is the following:
Keeping calm may or may not happen with twins but it’s worth a shot. Starting this coming Monday, I will be squatting everyday (well, all but Sundays). Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be 5×5 back squats. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday will be 5×3 front squats. Starting with just the bar, I will add 10 pounds per week. Full disclosure – I have been doing some body weight air squats for the past couple of weeks just to get moving so going to the bar should be ok at this point. I’ll also be working in some strict press, strict pull ups (banded to start), rowing, and core movements focused on the transverse abdominus (basically a lot of plank variations). With my pregnant belly all out front, I definitely have some “twin skin” that I’m working through but I’m hoping that increasing my water intake combined with this plan will help that slowly get better as well.
Once I get my legs and booty back, I can’t wait to treat myself to a Savage Swim bathing suit. This might have to be a 2-step process with a one piece followed by a bikini when I get my belly in line. I LOVE these suits, it’s such great motivation.
Progress pics to follow! Can’t wait to get started.