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I turned a spare/storage bedroom into a home gym and play space a couple weeks ago. I also have a built-in desk corner for working, so it really is a happy place that is just mine. I still need to get rid of some extra furniture and things from that we are storing for no reason really, but that’s what spring is about right?
I was able to get some super affordable gym floors off Amazon, paint quick and clear it out in just a couple days. I want the space super open, so we can roll around, jump around and ultimately get lots of activity in. The super hot summer is coming here, so playing inside will be more of a norm for just a few months.
The mirrors were light-weight mirrors I grabbed at Walmart for about $5 a piece. I used the Command strips to hold the mirrors up. I lined the corners, middle and down the sides, and they are holding really well. I slammed some doors and jumped around just to make sure. They really aren’t heavy mirrors, so the Command strips worked great.
My favorite part is the flooring. You can get so many styles and patterns on Amazon, and they come in these big foam tiles that you put together like a puzzle. I got the cheaper and lighter foam tiles because I like to stay on budget. You can go for the more durable, thicker rubber options too, and they are just as easy to put together. I almost got this grey one, then I decided to go for a warmer wood color. There are tons of options on Amazon.
I also needed some space to store my workout equipment like headphones, old running shoes (why do I keep them??), weights, rollers, protein powder and some snacks like sparkling water and bananas. I have a calendar to attempt to plan workouts and a letter board for motivation. My favorite protein powder is the IdealRaw, though I have recently tried Shakeology, which I am now loving too. More on that in another post.
Here you can see some of the puzzle lines in the floor. I love how soft it is, so I can roll around with the boys and do workouts without needing extra padding!
I also made sure we have a nice and loud speaker for music and dance parties or workouts. My Aaptiv workouts are perfect for this.
The toy and kids corner is where I keep special toys, colors and books to keep them entertained.
There is also a built-in desk in the other corner that I am working on next for my office space. It is the typical 1970s desk that totally needs to be revamped, I’m just waiting for the inspiration to hit me! And the time and energy haha!
For now, we have a nice play room/gym where we can get all of our energy out together!
I have a very specialized program for postpartum mamas looking to heal, nourish and regain their strength. I really struggled healing after my first child, and even went through pelvic floor physical therapy for weeks to manage scar tissue that developed from tearing. I have experience studying nutrition, physical therapy and I taught Pilates, so I’ve put together a program I wish I would’ve followed from the beginning.
A program that first heals your body through specialized movements and nourishing foods. Foods are so essential to your body finding the nutrients it needs to put itself back together again. Your postpartum body needs special care in the first 4-6 weeks where you focus on regaining strength and properly fueling your body for breastfeeding.
Here is what one mama emailed me on the program:
“I absolutely love the program! Just got finished with workout 4 and I’m dying I can only do these 2x thru and my second round is pretty funny to see I’m sure! I will work up to 3x:-) By the way, your little boy angel in the videos is too precious and makes me smile! My boys have been doing these with me as well🏼!
Here is what another mama posted in the Facebook Group:
“Feeling GREAT on this program!!! It’s unbelievable how eating clean makes such a difference. Let me rephrase that…it’s amazing the difference eating nutrient dense foods makes! My skin is glowing and I’m already shedding pounds! I also tried the first workout today and did well although I had to modify a bit and omit the backwards burpee (I had cesarean just over a month ago and don’t quite feel ready for that exercise just yet but I will get there). Loving this plan! Thank you SO MUCH for tour help! Currently eating pictures lunch while writing this ☺”
This program then moves you into gaining physical fitness back. I will never forget the first time I tried to go for a run around 12 weeks postpartum after my first baby. I didn’t do any strength work, so I was literally jelly. I had lost all my extra fat and my previous muscle. So depressing. I was barely able to start gaining it back before I got pregnant and sick again with my second. I’ve learned so much on maintaining muscle postpartum through a unique diet and Pilates routines. I walk you through all of this too!
Lastly, I take you into a workout program to combine with a meal plan to help you lose the baby weight, not your milk!! !
I created this program to be affordable and realistic for new mams!