Motivation; it's the holy grail of a regular exercise routine, right? Wrong! Wishing that we were more motivated to workout or feeling frustrated that others are just more motivated than we are is a waste of our time and energy.
Before I had experienced the postpartum period, I had a lot of ideas about what exercise after birth must be like. I knew that there would be changes to my client's pelvic floors, that some of them would be breastfeeding, that fatigue would likely be an issue, and that exercise could be a really great tool to add stress reduction and strength back into their lives.
There aren't many exercises as deeply empowering as the pull-up. Once you get yourself over the bar for the first time, you feel strong both physically and mentally. But pull-ups are tough. They require wicked grip strength, a strong core and lats of steel.
If you hit up google or pinterest for a quick workout routine to follow, you'll likely miss out on a few key exercises needed to elicit functional strength and an injury free body. Sure, you'll find squats, lunges, push-ups, planks and crunches that heavily target our anterior chain. But what you're less likely to find are exercises that help to strengthen our lateral hips, glutes, and hamstrings.