Pregnancy Exercise “Badge of Honour”?

“I squatted and deadlifted heavy weights until my due date.” “I did burpees and box jumps well into my 3rd trimester.” “I ran a half-marathon at 34 weeks pregnant.” WHY?  I’m not judging when I ask this question. I’m truly interested in why someone would choose to do these things. Is it because these exercises felt GREAT? Is it because they…

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Wordless Wednesday: A Look Into My Life Lately

It’s another edition of Wordless Wednesday! The past 6 weeks have been filled with fun travel adventures to Florida, Edmonton, Toronto, and Kingston. I have a couple more trips over the next couple weeks to round out this pregnancy. Up next is San Francisco to present at the Nor-Cal Fitness Summit and then back to…

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How Much Weight Have You Gained?

Oh, yeah. It’s happening. I’ve been getting asked, “how much weight have you gained so far in pregnancy?” First of all, this is an interesting question to ask someone, isn’t it? 😉 (In full disclosure, I sometimes ask women this question if I’m working with them postpartum because it could give me more information about…

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Pregnancy Nutrition: 1st and 2nd Trimester

Food has been…different, to say the least in this pregnancy 😉 I’m now 24+ weeks along. Food is definitely getting more normal, as in I can eat some meat and veggies again, but there’s been a ton of changes to my eating routine for the last 5 or so months. I must say, this has…

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How Do You Learn to Love Your Body?

The picture above is taken of me at the beach in Florida. I was 22 weeks pregnant, here. I didn’t feel any weirdness in a bathing suit. I felt really, really comfortable. The question of, “how do you learn to love your body?”, was posed to me by one of my girlfriends. And, it’s such…

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5 Tips For An Easier Labor and Birth

I’ve been having really incredible conversations about birth with other women for years now. I get how lucky I am to be able to say that. Many women are not. I recently had a conversation with a pregnant woman who told me she was truly terrified of giving birth. She had been told a million…

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Pregnancy Workout Plan

I’ve been getting a bunch of questions regarding my workouts so far in this pregnancy. Let’s get into things in a bit more detail now! I’m 20+ weeks pregnant now. Over the last week I’m surprisingly feeling really good 😉 It almost feels weird to say that I’m feeling good! Here’s what been happening with…

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Pregnancy: Up To Week 18!

Well, it’s about time I told you the exciting news…. I’M PREGNANT! I’ve been keeping it close for a little while now. I’m 18+ weeks along, so babe is due around the end of July. I’m not taking the due date too seriously, though! If you’ve been wondering what happened to all my wine pics and…

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Do This Exercise: Olympic Bar Pullup

Welcome to the first edition of “Do This Exercise”! Today I want to introduce you and coach you through the: Olympic Bar (Obar) Overhand Pullup. I’m not trying to force you into anything 😉 I just really think you could benefit ‘strongly’ from playing with this particular exercise in your workout routine. This exercise can work…

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5 Best Core Exercises for Post-Pregnancy

Postpartum core training needs to be done RIGHT to help heal the musculature and connective tissue which has been stretched and stressed through pregnancy, labor, and birth (vaginal or C-section). Unfortunately, many women jump into dangerous and damaging abdominal training soon after baby is born because they think, or have been told, that traditional core exercises…

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