View Full Version : Best exercises for toning?

May 26th, 2015, 10:29 PM
My baby is a year old and I've lost all the baby weight and some extra. But I still have a pooch and just not happy with how I look. I had two babies 2.5 years apart and I'm now 39 years old. I was always a naturally thin person but gaining and losing all that weight twice has taken a toll. I've never really done much exercise apart from lots of walking but don't even do that anymore. Any tips?

atomic sagebrush
May 27th, 2015, 11:00 AM
Give up?? LOL. Pooches happen after 2 kids and in our late 30's.

Seriously, I love Tae Bo, it's fun and you get a whole workout all in one. It can be a littel challenging at first but just slow down the moves and eventually you'll catch on to it and can speed up.

May 27th, 2015, 12:56 PM
It is extremely hard to get rid of the pooch. I lost 35 pounds and was down to 21 bmi and still had a dang pooch. I am not even 30 btw so apparently age doesnt matter! I do know people who lost theirs but doing extensive toning exercise all over their bodies for over 6 months. You cant focus on just your abs...do your butt and legs as well.

May 27th, 2015, 02:34 PM
I always had a pooch, because I have a retroverted uterus (like a slide). It wasn't until I began to workout to DVDs that I was able to get rid of it before getting pregnant a couple of months ago!

I did Jillian Michaels body revolution, Shaun T's Focus T25, and Tony Horton's P90X3. I had the flattest, most toned abs ever! I honestly was in the best shape of my life! It's something about doing high intensity interval training (HIIT) that did it for me. I was once told by a former GP that I would never lose the pooch. Lies! It can be done!

Oh and I am not a Beach Body coach, I just really LOVE Beach Body and anything of Jillian Michaels work outs!!

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May 27th, 2015, 03:06 PM
Wow, I must try that XX! I too have a retroverted uterus and have always had a pot belly, even though I haven't had kids yet. It's just genetics and exacerbated by my scoliosis compressing my torso so much. But since my lipo last Nov my stomach is almost flat (still have a bit right above my belly button & a roll from my scoliosis unless lying down) and it is infintely better. Seriously the 3rd best decision I've made in my life, I only wish I'd done it sooner/younger, as the skin responds better. I'll likely need a tuck to deal with extra skin after I'm done having kids. But I can't recommend it enough, I'm soooo happy with my results after a lifetime of hating my belly. If you can afford it, get it! I started a whole thread about my lipo if you're interested. I'll try to update with pics soon.

May 27th, 2015, 03:17 PM
I also have a retroverted uterus...one of the worst my docs have seen...they couldn't even locate my cervix last time. Lmao. Maybe that is why i have such a hard time with my belly pooch!!!

May 27th, 2015, 03:34 PM
Seriously girls, I had a bad pooch! Plus, I too have severe scoliosis and lordosis! My pooch was GONE! I do eat clean, but let's face it, as a mom of two children under 5 I could improve my diet too! It was the change in exercise for me. After I deliver and am cleared to workout, I'm going to start with I had previously listed and then do Insanity Max30 (it's Insanity but only 30 min!) and Jillian Michaels new DVD set!

I need 30min or less, because my life requires it! Trust me girls, you will love the results!

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atomic sagebrush
May 27th, 2015, 04:15 PM
Haha me too (bad just like yours Rosie - they can't find my cervix) and also had a pot belly even before kids. I remember being really embarrased in softball in school because the uniforms were so unflattering on me and everyone else just had this perfect flat stomach. Geez I feel like you guys discovered something!!!

May 27th, 2015, 04:22 PM
I just never put two and two together that it would cause that! I am so nervous because during pregnancy by 20 weeks i was told it should correct itself and be a normal uterus...haha. however at my 20 week scan...nope it is still super retroverted. Can i give birth like this?! Hopefully it pulls forward by labor time.

May 27th, 2015, 04:33 PM
Rosie- it never bothered me! My cervix is apparently back where the bowel is! That's why I always spot or have brown discharge after a big or hard BM (Sorry, TMI!)! It makes delivery easy for me, because my cervix pulls out and down. It's painful getting to transition, but them I'm home free!!!

Yeah, seriously try those workouts! I wish I took before and after photos. My DH was like, "OMG, you've never looked this good"! It made me smile when HE started to those workouts too!

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atomic sagebrush
May 27th, 2015, 04:53 PM
It should have flipped up by now Rosie, are they concerned??? Is it interfering with bladder function??

There are some yoga positiions that are supposed to help but I think that's earlier on in pg, by 20 weeks it may have to do it on its own. :)

May 27th, 2015, 05:03 PM
They didnt seem overly concerned...just caused issues doing the anatomy scan because they said baby is super super low and far back in my pelvis. I had to be tipped back on the table for the scan to get pics of the head. Haha! My bladder isnt too affected. Tons and tons of braxton hicks though.

May 27th, 2015, 05:04 PM
Or maybe baby was low for other reasons?? They didnt exactly day why baby was stuck so low...just assumed it was my uterus position. ..because when i mentioned it at the scan the tech had an aha moment.

May 27th, 2015, 05:19 PM
So my mom, my mom's sister and one of her daughters and I all have nearly identical bodies: tiny bones, long limbed, skinny but with pooches. I know my dad said my mom's cervix & entire girly bits look exactly my mom (he was an OBGYN and did my first paps) and the drs who inserted my IUDs said they'd never seen such a tilted cervix and it was a real PITA to get them inserted. My AF cramps are nearly always exclusively if not primarily in my low back, not in the front.

I will ask my aunt & cousin about their uteri. With our otherwise super slender bodies our bellies are SO obvious, thus why I hated mine so much. It always felt so freakishly out of place.

May 27th, 2015, 05:29 PM
Yup! I get horrible back pain during my period and have always back labored. Even tampons are a beetch for me. Sex can be painful as well.

May 27th, 2015, 05:45 PM
I am TERRIFIED of back labour! I feel sure I'll have tonnes and it will excruciatingly painful. I fortunately don't usually have tampon issues (though OB style ones that expand horizontally are uncomfortable at best), but I've always found doggy style difficult/painful, like the angle just feels wrong, the penis slips out too easily, and I'm always tensed for the pain of it hitting my cervix. I have to very careful about how I tilt my hips.

September 21st, 2015, 07:39 AM
hi can you please tell me how often(days per week) you workout to the mentioned DVDs and what workouts from each set you did to get such great results? 😊 Thankyou

September 21st, 2015, 08:19 AM
I answered via your PM you sent me, but I'll post here too.

I started doing Jillian Michaels body revolution in its entirety, then the full T25 including Gamma, then completed P90x3.

I have a retroverted uterus and always had a pooch no matter what weight or fitness level I was at. These seemed to work for me and will do once I'm through having children.

FX and GL to you! Let me know if I can help further.

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