How To Get a Flat Belly in 2015

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!

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    • sara says:

      Yes! Stay tuned . . . the first week of workouts will be available on the blog tomorrow! So glad you are doing this!

    • sara says:

      I’d love for you to be too! Stay tuned . . . the first week of workouts will be available on the blog tomorrow! So glad you are doing this!

    • sara says:

      Hi Marie. Congrats on the new addition! I’d love for you to be part of the challenge, but have you had your doctor’s approval yet to start working out again? This challenge is definitely more intense than I would recommend for immediate postnatal. My new DVD, however, will be perfect for you, which is coming out in early February.

    • sara says:

      Yes! Stay tuned . . . the first week of workouts will be available on the blog tomorrow! So glad you are doing this!

    • sara says:

      Yay! Can’t wait! Stay tuned . . . the first week of workouts will be available on the blog tomorrow! So glad you are doing this!

    • sara says:

      Sweet. Stay tuned . . . the first week of workouts will be available on the blog tomorrow! So glad you are doing this!

    • sara says:

      Yes! Stay tuned . . . the first week of workouts will be available on the blog tomorrow! So glad you are doing this!

    • sara says:

      So glad you are interested. The first week of workouts will be available on the blog tomorrow! Stay tuned . . .

    • sara says:

      Marion, I’m so happy you are going to do the challenge. The first week of workouts will be available on the blog tomorrow! Let me know if you have any questions.

    • sara says:

      Awesome! The first week of workouts will be available on the blog tomorrow! Hope you love it! Keep me updated on your thoughts and progress!

  1. Olena says:

    Just had my first baby about 7 weeks ago and I can’t wait to get back to working out!
    @OlenaNutrition

    • sara says:

      Congrats Olena! What did you have? Just so you know, this challenge isn’t designed specifically for postnatal (but my DVD coming out in February is), so just be conservative and listen to your body. Also, let me know if you have any questions. I’m here to help! The first week of workouts will be available on the blog tomorrow!

    • sara says:

      Love that you love it, Erin! Can’t wait to hear what you think. Yes! The first week of workouts will be available on the blog tomorrow! So glad you are doing this!

    • sara says:

      Awesome, Megan. Stay tuned because the first week of workouts will be available on the blog tomorrow! So glad you are doing this! Happy New Year!

  2. Bridgit says:

    I am ready to dive in – Joshua was born 8 weeks ago and it is time to start working!

    • sara says:

      Congrats Bridgit! Little boys are the best! 🙂 Like I’ve mentioned to some of the other new moms on here, please be conservative and use the modifications. My postnatal workout program will be available in February, which you’ll really love. You’ll like this challenge too, but it’s not specifically postnatal, so just listen to your body, and let me know if you have any questions.

    • sara says:

      Congrats, Renee! You’re going to love it but please be conservative since you’re still 9 weeks post! I’m offering modifications, so you may want to stick with those, especially the cardio ones. The first week of workouts will be available on the blog tomorrow! Let me know if you have any questions. I’m here for you.

  3. Christi Blakkolb Munz says:

    I’m game! Been working hard to get back into shape after having twins. Still have a diastasis that needs some help.

    • sara says:

      Hey Christi! How old are the twins now? Do you know how big your diastasis is? My postnatal DVD will be perfect for you as both me and one of my backup moms have had one as well. It’ll be out in February. You may want to do some of the modifications for this challenge. I wouldn’t want you to make your diastasis any worse. Let me know please so I can help you make the best decisions.

  4. Ebs says:

    I’m totally in! I’m almost 6 months postpartum from a big baby and have been dealing with diastasis recti so I’m glad for this and your postnatal exercise offerings! Instagram is ebs_yoga

    • sara says:

      Congrats on your new baby! I know – diastasis can be so frustrating. Do you know how big your gap is? You’ll def want to check out the new DVD when it’s out, as it’s very appropriate for diastasis. Just be conservative with the challenge so you don’t frustrate your diastasis, and definitely let me know if you have any questions.

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