Why Pilates After Baby?

This post is brought to you by Fuse instructor, certified Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness Specialist, and mom of three, Randi Moore.

Randi makes pregnancy look good. Rocking the reformer at the Fuse studio in Dupont.

“Pilates is really hard.” “My core is too weak for Pilates.” These are just some of the things Pilates teachers hear from would-be students who haven't just had a baby, so why on earth would anyone want to do Pilates after having one? After your abs have taken a nine month vacation, they may seem quite happy to continue their R&R. However, the truth is, those abdominal muscles have been working all along to support the weight of your growing baby, protect your spine, and stretch to allow your body to adapt to pregnancy. After all of that, your abs need some TLC before jumping into the hardcore workout that we here at Fuse specialize in (devious wink). That's where Pilates comes to the rescue. The goal of our reformer and mat Pilates classes for new moms is to gently strengthen your abs -- the first and most important step to getting back into your fitness routine. The result of skipping this step and heading straight for the crunches can be a lifetime of weakened abdominals and pelvic floor muscles, and as new moms, we need our abs to support the new ways that our bodies are functioning. Breastfeeding, carrying ever-growing babies in one arm while unloading the washer with the other, lugging that carseat and stroller in and out of the car or up and down stairs, picking up baby from tummy time on the floor -- it all requires serious core strength. If we lack it, we risk injury every time we move through these simple actions. The great news is not only does Pilates start to reinvigorate our core, it incorporates the full body: arms and shoulders, legs and hips, glutes - its all in there. In the new mama “normal” of never having enough hours in the day (especially for ourselves), Pilates is a safe and efficient way to tap back into your body as a new, awesome mama! »»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»» Fuse offers several options for new moms and moms-to-be. Learn more about our pre-natal and post-natal Pilates classes, including student testimonials, or join Randi for the first Fuse Mamas Open House on Saturday, February 28 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Fuse on 14th! The free workshop will include a Baby and Me mat class and Push Prep mat class with Randi, a self-care workshop with Emily Griffin of Happy Parents, Happy Babies, and a sleep workshop with Jessica Brody of Eat, Sleep, Love fame. Ready to start your pre- or post-baby fitness journey? Head to our registration page to sign up for one of Randi's classes.  

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