Stuck in a fitness funk? These five readers were, until our experts gave their workout routines a complete makeover. Get inspired by their one-month turnarounds and step off that elliptical to nowhere! (The Experts: Amie Hoff, New York Sports Clubs master trainer; Ashley Miller, New York Sports Clubs master trainer; Lisa Goldberg, nutritionist and creator of HealthCoach, LLC)
Can't Lose the Baby Weight
Rachel Strohmenger, 30, Brooklyn, New York
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Her Rut: Her daughter Jordan's first birthday came and went, but Rachel still hadn't shed the last seven post-baby pounds. She worked out three to five times a week -- running, lifting, and taking classes -- but "couldn't lose another ounce."
Workout Routine Rescue
- Take a "brake." Rachel was working too hard, at 90 percent of her maximum effort. By easing up to 75 percent -- with quick sprints mixed in -- she could run longer and burn more calories from fat.
- Focus. Rachel took aerobics classes that incorporated ab-sculpting Pilates moves.
- Eat more often. To boost her metabolism, she ate five smaller meals a day.
Success! Rachel is back in her favorite pre-pregnancy jeans. "I rarely weigh myself, but those pants tell it all," she says.