#FITMOM: Jess Allen of Blonde Ponytail Fitness

Welcome to the #FITMOM series on Carrots ‘N’ Cake! With the New Year upon us and lots of mom readers in the mix, I wanted to share some Q&As with several of my favorite fitness bloggers, who also happen to be moms. Read on to see how they make fitness a regular part of their lives! 

Jess Allen

www.blondeponytail.com

Children (name, age): Jada, 4 and Cole, 22 months

How long of a maternity leave did you take before you started working out again? Looking back, do you think it was too much time, not enough, or just the right amount of time?

I followed my doctor’s recommendations for both pregnancies and waited the full 6 weeks before resuming workouts. I actually felt better and recovered faster after my second pregnancy. However, I still allowed myself the 6 weeks weeks to rest, heal, and adapt to being a mom of two. I attribute my fast recovery of my second pregnancy to how I trained, focusing on strength & vertical core training using a mix of CrossFit workouts.

Once you started your workout routine again, how did you workouts change? What did your new workout schedule look like?

I figured out fast that workouts needed to be efficient, full body training sessions focused on intensity, not duration. Moms barely have time to go to the bathroom by ourselves, right?! I didn’t have time for an hour at the gym. I shifted my training to home workouts by slowly accumulating equipment. This way I could maximize the time my youngest was napping, and my oldest was at preschool (or watching Paw Patrol). I’m a better mom and wife if I get a workout completed in the morning, so this became a priority for me.

Now that you’re a mom, what are your top tips and tricks for sticking with your workout routine?

Because I’m a personal trainer, I plan my workout the night before using the equipment I have at home and always complete it in the morning. My toddler is with me while my oldest is a school, so I have plenty of snacks or activities ready for him while I am training. It’s not perfect, I often get interrupted by him because he IS a toddler! But, it works, and I feel more energized as a result.

What’s your #1 piece of advice/words of wisdom for new moms who want to get back into a fitness routine?

You should not feel guilty for taking time to care for yourself. Investing in yourself by exercising makes you a better person that positively impacts those around you. Your kids will notice that being active is important and simply part of daily life!

7 Comments

  1. I love this!!! As a mom of 2 with a husband never home because #smallbusinessowner I have had to change out some running workouts for at home fun with toddler in the mix. And Jess is someone who I already follow as well and super relatable!!

  2. Thanks for doing this post, excited for more! As a mom and pregnant with baby 2, it’s nice to have insight from others on getting that workout groove back!

  3. Is it at all possible to find women for this series for whom working out/blogging is not their job? While I get a lot of your blog (and similar blogs) I am often left frustrated by a lot of the advice, which just doesn’t very often jibe with a full-time, out-of-the-home desk job that doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for exercise/fitness. Mainly, I think it boils down to many of us not being able to do all of that AND blog about it, so maybe that type of person doesn’t exist.

    Please note that I am not trying to suggest what you do is not a full-time job (or two, or three!) that you don’t work very hard at — it is just logistically VERY different from many other people’s lives. Thanks for considering!

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