Pregnant at the Barre?

Monday, February 20, 2017 By Jessica Tomes

“Keeping active during pregnancy has a myriad of benefits for both mom and baby,” says Deanna Cordo, owner of YogaBarre Wellness and mother of two. Mom may experience an easier labor and delivery, more energy, fewer of the typical pregnancy aches and pains, better immunity, and a better bounce-back postpartum. Potential benefits for baby include a healthier heart and brain, as well as a tendency toward a healthier lifestyle and even (future) athleticism. Who would have thought, right? But it makes sense when you really think about it. We, as parents, have an opportunity to role model so many of…


Keeping It Tight Down There | KegelSmart Review

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 By Nina Spears
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This post has been compensated by Intimina for an honest review. Read our policies page for more information. We’ve all heard about Kegel exercises. We try to do them when we remember (which for most of us is hardly ever), and we’re always wondering if we are doing them correctly. I will be honest, even though I am constantly telling my clients that they need to be working on their Kegels before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and after baby, I am not practicing what I preach. The problem is that I always feel awkward when I am doing them. I ask myself, “Am I squeezing long…


My Interview with Jillian Michaels About Her New Book, YEAH BABY!

Thursday, December 1, 2016 By Nina Spears
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This post was sponsored by Rodale for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Read our policies page for more information. When you hear the name ‘Jillian Michaels’ you either love her or… are afraid of her. 😉 I happen to be on the love side, and I am inspired by her no-nonsense, can-do attitude and her passion for helping others. She has done so much in her career (through television, her DVDs and/or her books) to educate and support people through their health and wellness journeys. As one of the world’s leading fitness experts and a renowned nutritionist, she has been a tremendous fitness resource for all…


Mama Gone Fab | Week Twelve: Strut-Worthy Stems

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 By Lanie Towsley

HOLY MOLY, MAMAS, Y’all did the darn thing!! Congratulations on getting to week 12 of the “Mama Gone Fab” series with us and Hilary Hall. After our “break” last week you may have thought we’d finish up easy on y’all…WRONG! ; ) This last workout may leave you a bit wobbly, but you will NOT regret it. And your stems will thank you as you strut your stuff in that little LBD this holiday season. We had so much fun creating this series for y’all, and sincerely hope that you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have — and that you’ve…


Mama Gone Fab | Week Ten: “Mama’s Hardcore” Workout

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 By Lanie Towsley
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Hey Mommas! Thanks for joining us for week 10 of the “Mama Gone Fab” series with my girl, Hilary Hall! With only three weeks left of the series, we thought it was time to focus on an area that is SO important — especially when you’re a mommy doing a lot of heavy lifting. (Both physically and mentally!) So here’s our “HardCORE” workout! We hit the pavement again for this one because who doesn’t love a little sunshine? And we wanted to show you how these exercises can be easily incorporated into almost any part of your day. Hope you…


Mama Gone Fab | Week Nine: “Mama Be Strollin'” Workout

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 By Lanie Towsley
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Hey mommas! WOW, can you believe we are in the final phase of the “Momma Gone Fab” workout series?! I sure hope you’ve been loving it as much as I have! For the final four weeks we are heading outside for some sunshine and fresh air! Over the next four weeks we are going to kick our daily walks into high-gear with exercises using both body weight and baby-as-weight as well as a couple of HIIT routines. So grab a friend, your stroller, and let’s hit the pavement! Oh, and baby, of course! ? We really enjoyed this lower body…


Mama Gone Fab | Week Eight: “HIIT It Mama” Workout

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 By Lanie Towsley
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It’s Workout Wednesday and we’re back with Hilary from Hilary Hall Fitness for our weekly Mama Gone Fab workout videos. We’ve been enjoying all of the strength training exercises each week because #strongisbeautiful but it’s important to incorporate some heart-pumping cardio too! Week 8 is all about HIIT-ing it hard, mommas! High-Intensity-Interval-Training is awesome because it can be short, burst workouts that are TORCHING calories! The great thing about this workout is that you can do it ANYWHERE (heck, a grocery store aisle is ideal!) and it doesn’t require any props. So, lace up those sneaks and get ready to sweat! WARNING: you may receive strange looks if you…


Mama Gone Fab | Week Seven: “Better Make It Quick” Workout

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 By Lanie Towsley
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It’s Workout Wednesday and we’re back with Hilary from Hilary Hall Fitness for our weekly Mama Gone Fab workout videos. Only a few more weeks left until our 12 week series is over. 🙁 I’m a pretty bummed with that, but I’m happy to know that we have these great workouts to watch, follow along and cycle through each week as we all try to get fit and healthy. Today, Hilary from Hilary Hall Fitness has got a “Better Make It Quick” Workout for us. We all know that it can be tough to fit in a workout during our days. These quick exercises will really get your…


Mama Gone Fab | Week Five: Crib-Side Workout

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 By Lanie Towsley
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It’s Workout Wednesday and we’re back with our weekly Mama Gone Fab workout videos for you. We hope you’ve been enjoying them so far! Today, Hilary from Hilary Hall Fitness has put together an amazing workout that you can do in your little one’s room by his/her crib. Watch the video below to follow along. Exercise 1: “Sissy Squats Peek-a-Boo” (15 seconds) Exercise 2: “Push-Up Clapper” (15 seconds) Exercise 3: “Playtime Plié” (15 seconds) Exercise 4: Tummy Toners (15 seconds) Do these exercises for five more rounds for a total of five sets for a full 5-minute workout. Thanks again for watching. Did you enjoy this workout? Let us know what you think in…


Birth Control After Baby

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 By Jessica Tomes
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First comes us, then comes baby. For the typical couple, the life-altering adjustment from “just us two” to “us and this sweet little monster who does nothing but eat, sleep, poop, and repeat” is probably enough to warrant immediate birth control — at least for awhile, anyway. Not to mention, the new mama may not be feeling super sexy after carrying a baby for nine months and then going through the beautiful (yet painful and exhausting) process of giving birth. For some couples, this adjustment period will be longer than for others. It is my personal belief that a lot…