5 Exercises to Strengthen Those Toddler-Carrying, Guitar-Carrying Arms

Rockmommies know all about arms, and the importance of keeping them strong. But even if you’re used to carrying one or two 30-pound tots at the same time (haha!), back pains and strains can come when you least expect them.

To help you improve strength and muscle tone while reducing risk of pain and injury, our resident rock mama and personal trainer Sharissa Reichert, who sings and plays washboard for Milf & Dilf, has created a five-minute video you can do anytime (like when your kid naps) and pretty much anywhere.

Disclaimer: These exercises are not intended to replace the guidance of your physician or healthcare provider. If you’re starting a new exercise program, be sure to consult your doctor first.

Happy workout, mamas!

Awesome 5-Minute Abs Workout for Post-Natal Moms Who Rock

Pregnancy is one of the most physically demanding endeavors on your body. If you’re like me, strengthening your core after having a baby is a major priority (mainly to build strength and energy levels) but you’re shorter on time with a wee one in tow.

Brooklyn-area personal trainer Sharissa Reichert — a rockmommy who sings and plays the washboard in the band Milf & Dilf — can relate. For this reason, she’s created a fun, abs-centered workout called “Post-Natal Ab Recovery” that can be done in five minutes anywhere: the play room, your baby’s bedroom, or the garage, for example.

Each month, Sharissa will deliver a new five-minute workout to rockmommy readers. Check out June’s quickie workout if you missed it for more strengthening moves that’ll prep you for the day, or for the stage.



Disclaimer: The exercises featured in this or other videos are not intended as a substitute for medical guidance. Do not start any exercise program without consulting your physician or other qualified healthcare professional.

Quickie Workout Moves For Rocker Moms (by a Rocker Mom/Personal Trainer)

Every mom I know has insisted “I don’t have time” when it comes to a million different things — from writing thank-you notes to playing shows to exercising. And I can totally relate! So my trick is to try to squeeze in the extra stuff (like exercising, or practicing my guitar) into the nooks and crannies of my day. I figure it’s better to do something for 10 or 15 minutes than not do it at all — which is a trigger for slacking off completely.

For time-pressed moms like me — and who among the child-rearing set isn’t time-pressed? — my friend, personal trainer and mom Sharissa Reichert, who plays the washboard and sings in the band Milf & Dilf, put together some great “quickie” exercise videos for Rockmommy.

Our first exclusive, 3-minute video takes you through back lunges, ab work tailored to a mama’s post-baby body, and arm toning moves that’ll keep yours strong and sexy.