I say this a lot. Time is precious as a new mum so one thing you don’t want is to spend a lot of time training, but not actually getting the results you want.
You could train every day of the week, but if you’re doing the wrong things the result won’t come, or they might come but very, very slowly!
Obviously people train for many different reasons and there is and should be no pressure to do anything to change your postnatal body. You’ve been through a lot so it’s important to recognise that.
But, often the postnatal period leaves us with a body we don’t recognise. A lot of women do want to change their bodies and there’s also nothing wrong with that.
You can love your body and still want to change it.
You can appreciate your body for what it’s been through and still prefer your old body.
So if this is you and you do want to physically see results from your training, we’re here to help you get there as easily as possible, so you’re not wasting precious time that could be spent on more enjoyable things.
Read on for Five common mistakes you might be making…..
Consistency - your body needs consistency to adapt and get stronger. Going hard for a couple of weeks then taking a complete break or switching to a different type of training will mean you’ll quickly lose any progress you’ve made. Pick something you can stick to consistently (rain or shine) and just keep going.
Intensity - To get stronger your body need to be working at an intensity that feels like a challenge, not pushing your body hard enough will mean you’ll continue at the same level doing things you can already do and continue maintaining your current level of strength. You need to be pushing yourself in your workouts to see results, those extra reps really do add up!
Progressive Overload - you also need to be progressing the intensity of your workouts gradually over time so that your body learns to adapt to this stimulus and gets stronger. This means lifting more weight or adding more reps or sets over time so that you are doing more every session. Do the same sessions with the same weights every week and your body will stay exactly where it is, you need to be gradually lifting heavier.
Recovery - This is a nice one. Your body needs the recovery period to adapt and get stronger. If you’re not recovering well enough, your muscles won’t be able to repair themselves and get stronger. Take rest days, get to bed early (easier said than done) and eat well.
Nutrition - your body needs energy and protein to get stronger. This means you should be consuming enough calories to support your training and enough protein throughout the day to maximise your chances of building muscle. Prioritise protein in your meals and snacks to ensure you are getting enough throughout the day.
Want help getting real results? Our in-person and online training courses will help you get THE BEST out of the time you are spending training. If you’re interested in learning more, get in touch and we can work out the best plan to get you RESULTS!