Well, I tell you, I am one sore mama and I am over 6 years postpartum! But the rigorous schedule I have been keeping these days with the CoreMama™ workouts has kicked my proverbial butt. We started filming nearly a week ago for a series of videos of the CoreMama™ exercises and of the post-postnatal counterpart that I call PowerMama which steps it up a notch for women who are at least 6 months postpartum. I have been doing a few hours a day total of the exercises, which is a lot, but with plenty of breaks in between takes, so I didn’t expect to feel the way I do right now. After all, I have been teaching these classes for years. And I created these programs. So I am most surprised by the fact that I am so surprised by the soreness in my abs, shoulders, butt and thighs. Did I think I was immune to such consequence because I fancy myself some sort of fitness goddess? Why yes, I suppose I did.
I am no professional athlete but I definitely consider myself a pretty fit mama. I avoid gyms like the plague because they bore me to tears, but I do teach 4 or 5 one-hour PowerMama and CoreMama™ classes a week. I play tennis 3 or 4 times a week and walk at a good clip all over creation in my small mountain town almost daily. When the film crew asked me how many classes I could do in a day, I boasted without hesitation, “At least 5”. I stand corrected. Averaging 3 or 4 HALF HOUR classes for 6 days in a row has me officially spent and realizing the need to heed my own advice on resting between days of exercise. I always advise women in my classes to not take the classes two days in a row, and for new moms to start with the shorter 30 minute classes to ease into it. I tell those new to this sort of exercise to do 10 minute segments with rest in between until they can do 3 in a row without much difficult them move on to the longer 30 or 60 minute classes. So I believe in taking it easy, listening to your body and resting as you need it. I just didn’t believe that I would need it like I do!
One of my friends who is a student and a model in the postnatal videos was quite amused by my muscle aches and soreness today. A wry grin crept across her lips and she couldn’t control expression of the sadistic pleasure at hearing of my discomfort. Her reply… “Now you know how we all feel!”
Humbly, I am taking the day off tomorrow and making sure that I give plenty of rests to the sweet mamas in my classes from now on!