Written on June 11, 2013 at 3:31 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Chloe Metzger, editorial intern
Olympic beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings is no stranger to pressure, but this time the mom-of-three is putting the heat on herself: “My post-pregnancy body needs a lot of work right now. I’m just starting to rebuild my foundation.” Walsh Jennings, who is gearing up for the seven-city AVP (Association of Volleyball Professional) Tour, stopped by the FITNESS office to chat with our uber-excited editors about pregnancy, Pilates and the secrets to her fit physique (spoiler: a ton of hard work). Bonus: YOU could win an autographed ball from the superstar herself!
You welcomed your third child, Scout Margery, to the world just two months ago. Other than a lack of time, how has motherhood changed your exercise routine?
It’s made me more focused, for sure. I used to have plenty of time during the day to take care of myself and get my workouts in, but now it’s get in, get done, get out. When I was pregnant, I stayed really fit so that I could hit the ground running, especially with the AVP Tour coming back this summer. It’s a big objective of mine to come back and kick everyone’s butt, so I needed to start pretty fit. I’m building a strength foundation, trying to stay really flexible, and then working to get my agility back. It’s very humbling every day—but really fun, too!
So what were your workouts like during pregnancy? How’d you stay in such great shape?
I played volleyball, lifted three times a week, did Pilates twice a week, and then did other random workouts. I’m really lucky in that I can mix up my workouts a lot, and I have really nice trainers who help me think outside the box. I keep my body guessing—I think that’s huge.
That’s definitely a lot! Anything in particular you love to boost your flexibility?
I do Pilates twice a week. I’m a firm believer in it—I think everyone in the world should be doing Pilates, especially people who are pregnant or post-partum. It’s a beautiful way to get your core back and your body awareness back. Flexibility is a function of strength, and I need to be flexible on the court, so that’s a huge priority. You need to tackle every base.
Which moves do you swear by for toning your tummy, especially post-pregnancy?
Everything Pilates! It’s all about the deeper ab muscles. I work on the big Plyo Ball a lot. I’m also really into windshield wipers. I think that anything with twists is really good, not only for your spine and your obliques, but for your entire abdominal structure.
Categories: Celebrity, Fitness, Motivation, The Fit Stop, Workouts | Tags: beach volleyball, giveaway, kerri walsh jennings, Misty Mae-Treanor, Olympics, post-baby body, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Workouts, workout
Written on July 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm , by Samantha Shelton
- 29, Venice, Florida
This mom of one (soon to be two!) knows how to deliver a hefty dose of inspiration whenever our mojo is out of wack. Her real, down-to-earth attitude resonates with readers who visit The Wannabe Athlete, reminding us that there’s no need to fit into a cookie-cutter mold of “perfect.” It’s even OK to be a bit – dare we say it – vulnerable. After all, every single healthy step takes us closer to our goals, no matter how big or small.
Pumped-Up Playlist “I actually really like to run to praise and worship music. The meanings and powerful messages of the song get me amped up!”
Motivational Mantra “‘Dare to dream big.’ I’m not a natural athlete or a fast runner, but I’m not afraid to reach for tough things. After all, that’s usually when the best things in life happen.”
Body Bounce-Back “After the birth of my first child, Mini Athlete (13 months), I lost all of my baby weight – about 40 pounds! I fell more in love with running during this time, and even finished two half-marathons before becoming pregnant with baby number two! It wasn’t easy, but now I know that since I did it before, I can do it again.”