by Sharissa Reichert
If you’re like most moms, you’re busy as heck, trying to juggle school schedules, a zillion activities, and a tiny bit of “me” time. If you’re falling short on the latter, having a few quick workout videos on hand (that you can do anywhere, anytime) can make a huge difference in your mood … and your month!
While getting abs like Gwen Stefani’s may seem out of your reach, the good news is you don’t need to do a lot to strengthen and tone your midsection — and look and feel amazing.
Here, I’ve put together a workout using a Bosu ball and hand weights that you can do several times per week in order to build those rockstar abs. Now, the only thing you need to do is buy a cute crop top to wear for your next gig.
Disclaimer: These exercises aren’t meant to replace the advice of your physician or other health professional. Always consult your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
— Sharissa Reichert is a personal trainer, mom, and rock musician who lives in Brooklyn. To schedule a session, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her blog.
You probably already know how great lunges are for toning your legs and improving your endurance. But did you know they can also improve stability, core strength, and balance, too? If time is a problem (and it probably is, if you’re a parent), our resident rock mama and Brooklyn, N.Y.-based personal trainer Sharissa Reichert, who sings and plays washboard for Milf & Dilf, has you covered.
This month’s three-minute video, named in honor of the Lollapalooza music festival that began in the early 1990s and recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, is all you need to strengthen those quads and work on your core. The best part? You can do anytime (like when your kid naps) and pretty much anywhere. Also, in case you missed it, check out her 5-minute ab workout, featured last month on Rockmommy.
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.
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.
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.