Looking for a little #fitspo? Want some motivation or need a little push to start a fitness program? Then look no further and check out these fit mamas! These women worked out before, during, and after their pregnancies and are in the best shape of their lives. Doing CrossFit while pregnant may seem a little extreme, but many of these women are experienced trainers and managed to keep up an intense level of activity throughout their pregnancies.
While it’s generally considered safe for moms-to-be to continue exercising at a level they are comfortable with, women who are pregnant (or who have just found out that they are pregnant) are urged to consult their doctor before beginning any type of fitness routine. It’s safe to start low impact activities like walking or swimming, but now is not the time to try out any vigorous, strenuous activities.
Exercising during pregnancy can have lots of benefits. It can improve posture and possibly decrease discomforts like backaches and fatigue. In addition to relieving stress, there is also reason to believe that routine exercise during pregnancy may prevent gestational diabetes. One more benefit? All that exercise can help build the stamina and endurance needed for labor and delivery!
In this post, we’re going to share some inspiring mamas who didn’t just work out - they worked on achieving the personal and professional goals they set for themselves. We’ve also included some fitness tips to help our readers get started on a fitness journey of their own.
15 Anna Kaiser
Celebrity personal trainer Anna Kaiser works with stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Shakira, Karlie Kloss, and Kelly Ripa. She can spend up to four hours a day working out, whether it’s for herself or with her superstar clients. She’s appeared in People, Vogue, Cosmo, Redbook, and Elle to discuss pregnancy diet and exercise tips. And she knows what she’s talking about. She recently became a mom to baby boy Brooks, and she worked out and danced all through her pregnancy.
According to Kaiser, working out regularly, especially in the first trimester, can help get rid of some of the yucky side effects of pregnancy. Working out will give you an energy boost, you’ll feel more focused, and morning sickness might even go away.
Fit Tip: You’re never too old to go out and play. When you take the kids to the playground, play right along with them. Do some pull-ups on the monkey bars, do your tricep dips on a bench, and do some squats while you push your kiddo on the swings.
14 Kristy Ardo
Kristy Ardo of Baby Fit Gym knows how it is. After her son was born, she struggled to find a workout routine to help her get back into shape. Not to mention, she was exhausted and couldn’t figure out when and how to get to the gym. Now, all of her workouts are quick 30 minute routines. Ardo does online personal training for everyone out there who doesn’t have time to squeeze in a trip to the gym. Her workouts can be done in your house or outside, and they are personally tailored for your needs. Ardo specializes in injury and postpartum fitness and can create three workouts per week that fit your lifestyle.
Fit Tip: Sneak it in. Squeeze in a mini workout whenever you get the chance. Kids at the table eating? Do a couple minutes of strength training. Kids reading books or watching TV? Hop on the treadmill. Bath time? Do some squats while your kids splash. Your exercises might be broken up throughout the day, but every little bit counts!
13 Chontel Duncan
Chontel Duncan is a personal trainer from Australia who rocked a six-pack through most of her pregnancy. Her first son was born via a difficult emergency c-section; doctors had a hard time getting the baby out and she got sick during the surgery. Her c-section scar is slightly bigger than normal and curves upwards as a reminder of how hard doctors worked to pull the child out.
Throughout her pregnancy, followers on social media were critical of her fitness regimen, which made her hesitant to share the news that she’s expecting a second child. Get ready for more awesome fitspo from Chontel!
Fit Tip: Block the time out. If you have a dentist appointment scheduled on your calendar in six months advance, you’re going to keep it, right? Same thing if you have an appointment with your favorite hair stylist. So if you have an appointment to work out regularly on your calendar, you’re probably more likely to show up. Set aside specific days of the week or times of the day where you make an appointment to work out. If it’s possible, arrange for a babysitter or family member to take care of the kids so that you can get in some gym time, go for a run, or attend a class. If that’s not possible, take the kids with you. Go for a walk and push them in the stroller! Whatever you do, just make the date with yourself – and keep it!
12 Emily Breeze Ross
Fit mom and two-time CrossFit Games competitor Emily Breeze Ross faced lots of critics who warned that she was probably harming her baby by doing workouts with heavy weights and lots of jumping. Despite all the criticism, and with the approvals of her doctors, Ross continued to work out – even lifting over 100 pounds – right up to her due date.
Ross has said that “strong mommies make strong babies” and that she didn’t work out for fame or attention. She believed that working out during her pregnancy helped her both mentally and physically.
Fit Tip: Make anywhere in your house the “home gym.” You don’t even need any special fitness equipment – or an expensive gym membership – to work out. If you’re stuck at home with the kids, use whatever you’ve got. You don’t need a weight bench if you have a chair. Lift milk jugs or canned vegetables instead of dumbbells.
11 Amy Updike
Amy Updike felt like a lot of moms do. She wasn’t eating well, she wasn’t exercising, she had little energy, and at one year postpartum, the only clothes that still fit her well were her maternity clothes. Despite being a full time pediatric ER/ICU nurse and mom, she knew that she needed to make some lifestyle changes. She spoke with a personal trainer who gave her a diet and workout plan. Her goal was to lose 10-15 pounds and be in the best shape of her life, but the results she achieved were much more dramatic than that. As her energy level went through the roof, her motivation soared, and she decided to try walking and posing in a fitness competition. The mom of two is now an International Federation of Body Building and Fitness pro who offers personal training plans through her website.
Fit Tip: Buddy up. Find a workout buddy - fellow parents can sympathize when you’re tired from being up late with a teething toddler but can also keep you motivated. You can also start sharing your workout updates on social media. It helps to have other people hold you accountable.
10 Jamie Eason Middleton
Jamie Eason Middleton is a well-known face in the fitness world. After battling breast cancer years ago, she sought the help of a personal trainer and nutritionist; after several months she was transformed into a happier, healthier version of herself. The former Houston Texans cheerleader holds several fitness titles, such as Hard-body Entertainment’s World’s Fittest Model. he was also the official female spokesperson for Bodybuilding.com, a Reebok athlete, and a Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute Expert. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and is a writer and columnist for several websites and magazines. She has two adorable little kiddos, August and Beau.
Fit Tip: Every mom finds herself short on time, so don’t waste any of your precious minutes trying to figure out what to wear when you work out. To get up and moving more quickly in the morning lay out your workout clothes the night beforehand. Skipping the step of figuring out what to wear makes getting up early a little easier. (An even better idea? Just go to sleep in your workout clothes; all you have to do is hop out of bed!)
9 Maria Kang
You might recognize Maria Kang. She’s the mom who posted a viral photo showing off her toned body alongside her kids, ages 3, 2, and 8 months with the caption “What’s your excuse?” That photo drew lots of harsh comments and criticism from social media, but Kang still has no excuses for her body! After gaining ten pounds since the infamous “What’s your excuse?” photo, she’s struggled with self-esteem issues and lack of motivation. But she recently realized that she couldn’t try to encourage other women to love their bodies if she was having a hard time loving her own. Kang says that whether it’s cellulite or a few extra pounds, women should celebrate their bodies.
Fit Tip: Get it done! In other words, get it over with. If you put off working out until you get home from work or until the kids are in bed, there are too many other things that might get in the way and prevent you from working out. Since you’re not going to have any meetings or appointments at, say, 4:30 in the morning, maybe you can use that time to rise and shine! You can get your workout in before you even have to think about getting the kids off to school.
8 Mirella Ingamells
Mirella Ingamells is a trainer who focuses on working with her clients to retrain their brains and bodies for long-term results. In 2013, she debuted in the World Beauty Fitness and Fashion European championship, taking first place on the Diva Fitness Stage and earning her official WBFF Pro Card.
Ingamells once traveled the world over training VIP clients but now focuses on raising her daughter, who was born in 2015, and offering online training packages to people wanting to lose weight, get in shape, and feel better about themselves. While she enjoys pushing clients to new limits, her main goal is to educate her clients so that their fitness change becomes a lifestyle choice, not just an attempt to get a “bikini body.”
Fit Tip: Take a class. What are you doing while your kids are at soccer practice, ballet, or music lessons? Use that time wisely. Sure, you could run out and do the grocery shopping or head home to fold laundry, but consider using the kids’ activity time as a way for you to get active.
7 Revie Schulz
For Revie Schulz, her fitness journey began when her sister suggested that she try CrossFit. Schulz fell in love with the sport right away, especially enjoying how challenging it was. She also loved how there’s always room for improvement. Another thing about CrossFit is that there’s always a community vibe to each workout.
After awhile, the mom of little girl Lexington, grew a little tired of the competitive nature of the sport and decided to start a fitness facility that would accommodate each individual’s fitness goals. wanted it to be a place where women empower each other and built each other up. That’s how CrossFit Babes Miami was born.
Fit Tip: Know what you’re doing. Once you finally find the time to work out, make sure you have a plan. Knowing what you plan to accomplish will help you make it happen. Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration for at-home workouts and fitness challenges that don’t require a lot of equipment – or time!
6 Sarah Stage
Lingerie model Sarah Stage gave birth to her first child in April 2015. Throughout her pregnancy, her six-pack remained pretty well-defined, thanks to already being in great shape when she got pregnant. Stage is well known for her pregnancy photos on Instagram, but she gained even more attention when she revealed that she lost all 28 pounds of pregnancy weight in just two weeks! By four days postpartum, her belly was gone! She’s due with baby number two in the fall, and unfortunately, some people on social media are quick to criticize her pregnancy physique, although her baby is measuring normal and healthy.
Fit Tip: Make the time. Some people use “I don’t have time to work out!” as an excuse, but if you’re serious about getting into shape, you need to make the time… If you have ten minutes to browse social media or check e-mail on your phone a couple times a day, then you should be able to scrape together some time to squeeze in a workout!
5 Sia Cooper
Sia Cooper from Diary of a Fit Mommy manages to balance motherhood, fitness, and business. Her goal is to create fit mommies one at a time by providing workouts, recipes, and tips to ladies who are thinking about getting pregnant, already pregnant, or those who have already given birth. She is a certified personal trainer who focuses on fitness nutrition and women’s fitness.
Her fitness journey began while in nursing school in 2010. Cooper watched her weight climb and struggled with feeling sick and tired all the time. She decided to make some changes, and, thanks to clean eating, dropped 45 pounds in nine months. She started her blog to help keep herself accountable, especially throughout her first pregnancy.
Fit Tip: Make it count! Motherhood is full of give-and-take, and a lot of the time, spending time with your family is a priority. So if you’re doing something that doesn’t involve your kids – whether it’s working or working out – make it worth it. Rather than feeling guilty about doing something for yourself (or without the kids) push yourself extra hard. Push the guilt out of your mind for that little stretch of time and really focus on whatever your goals are.
4 Sophie Guidolin
After Sophie Guidolin struggled to lose her pregnancy weight, she wanted to find a healthy approach to fitness that she could use in her busy day-to-day mom life. She started eating clean and working out and now shares her weight loss tips on her website, which features a large recipe section – there are even recipes for healthy kid lunches and treats!
Understanding that it takes a lot of commitment to live lean, especially as a working mom, Guidolin developed a workout plan that combines weight training and cardio. She also changed her diet and experienced results as quickly as three weeks. The mom of four has gone on to compete in several fitness model competitions.
Fit Tip: Just run with it. Just like it’s difficult to find time to work out when you have kids that need to be shuttled to school, activities, and birthday parties, it’s not easy to handle schedule changes with an infant. If you’ve got a little one that is struggling with nap times or early wake-ups, use that time to your advantage. Pack the baby into the stroller and hit the ground running. You’ll still get your workout in, and maybe your mini workout partner will get back to sleep.
3 Stacie Venagro
Three-time World Miss Fitness America Pro and 2014 Miss Fitness Universe Stacie Venagro is a personal trainer and fitness instructor from Rhode Island. She caught social media attention when she, as a first-time mom, started documenting her pregnancy on Instagram by taking weekly baby bump photos. Thanks to years of childhood dance and gymnastics, Venagro is basically all solid muscle, so she managed to keep some serious six-pack definition throughout her pregnancy. And of course, people on social media felt the need to troll the young mom and make assumptions about the size and well-being of her baby – who came into the world at a healthy 7 pounds.
Fit Tip: Don’t beat yourself up. Life happens. Sick days, the terrible twos, and cleaning up after a houseful of kids happen. There are days where you might hope to get an intense workout in, and things get in the way. If you miss a class or just don’t have the time to work out, don’t stress. Just make the most of whatever time you do have and do what’s best for you.
2 Tammy Hembrow
Even if you don’t know her name, you might recognize her face – or her body. Tammy Hembrow is an Australian social media star and fitness expert with several million followers on Instagram. She also has huge following on YouTube. She posts pictures and videos of her amazingly fit body and regularly shares her fitness plans and goals with her fans. Hembrow used social media to document her fit pregnancy and postpartum recovery period. She’s also shared her booty toning program online, and her website highlights her workout tips and eating habits. She describes herself as a proud mother, entrepreneur, athlete, and mentor. According to her official website, she hopes to motivate and inspire women to live happier, healthier lives.
Fit Tip: Take a runch break. If you don’t like the idea of waking up at the crack of dawn or waiting until the last minute to get your workout in, try runch – a running lunch. Take advantage of your half hour or hour-long lunch break and go for a quick jog or squeeze in whatever exercise you can.
1 Julie Baird
Julie Baird is the mom behind Our Fit Family Life. She is a certified personal trainer and a new mom. She believes that living an active, healthy life is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child. She and her husband have vowed to live a fun, active, and exciting life as parents. While it can be hard to focus on fitness, Baird says all it takes is a bit of planning and problem solving. She and her husband have made sure to adapt their way of exercising to include their baby. The couple is still as active as they were before becoming parents, and their bodies are even stronger!
Fit Tip: It’s not always possible to work out alone. So don’t! Include the kids in your workout. Children love to move. They can jump rope, ,roll on exercise balls, bounce on mini trampolines, and try to copy your strength and yoga moves.