Isn’t this what everyone wants?? I know I do. 🙂
As some of you know, my project at the end of 2014 was filming a postnatal workout program. The focus of these workouts is to help moms regain their core strength and lose the baby weight, but these goals are not so specific to new moms. Most people I know have these same goals: tight abs and weight loss. Yes, my new workout DVD, to be released in February, is designed for new moms, but I’ve taken some of the methodology from my postnatal training program and am sharing with you what I’m calling my 30 Day #SayNoToCrunches Challenge.
As someone with a healing diastasis recti (the separation of the abdominals, specifically the rectus), saying no to crunches has been key in my recovery. Sometimes I honestly think that no one should be doing crunches . . . hence this challenge was created. In my opinion, crunches don’t really do a ton for you, especially for weight loss and creating true core strength. Crunches don’t give you what the exercises in this challenge will – a strong core from the inside out. Plus, the addition of the cardio will help you burn the fat away.
The other part of this challenge is ACTUALLY doing exercises for 30 DAYS! I don’t know about you, but I usually don’t focus on a certain area, in my workouts, for 30 days in a row. And to be honest, there are a lot of days, that I don’t even get a workout in, so I’m excited that this challenge will make me do something on the days that I can’t fit a workout in and do even more on the days that I actually do. So . . . yes, that means you can take the challenge and just do that much for the day, or you can add it on to your workout of choice. I can tell you from having done my Burpee Challenge, that it works in your favor to do the challenge first (if you’re doing any additional workouts) and as early on in the day as possible, so you don’t forget.
I hope that you’ll join me. I’ll be sharing a calendar ASAP, as well as new exercises each week, so you know exactly what to do and when to do it. I know I’ll be putting a big successful X through each day that I complete. I’m starting mine on January 2 and going to January 31, but you really can start whenever works for you. I just think it’ll be more fun if we do it together! Plus, it’ll be a great way to kick off the new year, especially if you have any serious fitness goals.
The sheets I provide you will have the basics, but I encourage you to check back in on the blog for more detailed outlines of the exercises and tips for perfecting them. I’ll also video them on Instagram, so let’s make sure we are following each other. I’m @sarahaleyfit. If you hashtag your workouts, use #SayNoToCrunches, so I can find you! Plus, this way you can enter into some fabulous give-aways I’ll be doing throughout the 30 Days. Yay!
Comment below if you think you’d like to join me and leave your instagram name, if you have one. I’ll have the workouts available ASAP, so stay tuned!