Frequently Asked Questions
You probably have everything you need right now in your house. A yoga mat and some comfy shoes to start. If you need weights, some cans from your pantry will do just fine. You may need a chair from time to time and we frequently use a resistance band to get the glutes firing, but you can also use a belt, yoga strap or sports bra. Many people like to buy a band for the glute work and we have some in our shop, but it is not a requirement. You may also use a yoga bolster but a rolled up towel works just fine too. If you want to do release work, you will want a tennis ball or lacrosse ball. And well, that’s about it.
MommaStrong is for everyone! We have a very diverse member base and these programs can be helpful even if you are not a mother. If you are looking for general fitness, you’ll go to the “Momma” program. If you need some rehabilitation after injury, surgery, illness, or just a general, beautiful, slow phase, head over to “New Momma.”
Yes! We have had a 72 year old finish a 30 day intensive for the third time! Now, it should be said that she went through the appropriate rehabilitation programs first in order to get there, but she is there! As with any other member, please start with the program that focuses on your lifestage. Momma-To-Be during pregnancy, New Momma for 0-6 months postpartum and then Momma. Remember two things: 1) It is never too late to get strong; and 2) Your body is incredibly resilient when given the right tools.
Yes! As always, though, please check with your physician prior to starting this or any other exercise program. The good news is that with the right attention and care, using MommaStrong methods could actually help address any biomechanical issues you are having. We have a broad range of body-specific and injury-specific Fix Me sessions that can help you confront, with care, the things that ail you. Most of the programs include options for modifications for special situations.
Yes! As always, though, please check with your physician prior to starting this or any other program. The good news for you is that our Hazy Days program is specifically created for 0-8 weeks postpartum. And then our New Momma program picks up at 8 weeks postpartum. Here at MommaStrong we believe that this tender fourth trimester is a special period and we will support you during this time. With that said, we also agree with your doctor and don’t think you ought to be exercising! There’s a middle ground between doing nothing and doing too much. Welcome to sanity.
Yes, all the workouts are safe for women with Diastasis Recti and we have a specialized program to address this specific issue.
We do not do before/afters because we think these are cheap marketing tactics that do nothing but make you purchase with unrealistic expectations, which 98% of the time result in shame. We are also anti-objectification and avoid all sources of images that sell the body of a woman over her entire self.
MommaStrong promotes a Health At Every Size® (HAES) approach, focused on movement and strengthening for the sake of health and wellness rather than weight control. We respect the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes and do not equate health with thinness or weight loss. The MommaStrong method guarantees strength and a core integration that you have never experienced in your life, and how you support that strength in your own fantastic body will be up to you and other qualified professionals to identify.
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Some “abdominal exercises” can be contraindicated for most women after childbirth. However, while we never do sit-ups, crunches, or push-ups in MommaStrong, we do teach proper plank form and performance. During 6 months postpartum, no women do parallel planks in our program—we do “v planks” instead. And in the v plank position, we are able to activate the deep pelvic floor muscles, which retrains the body how to use proper muscles during planks eventually.
Our belief system is that planks can become ok, along with lots of dynamic movement, if the right muscles are engaged during the exercise. And, in the end, we get functional, healed, integrated women ruling the world!
We have lots of access to the MommaStrong content across devices and platforms.
You can always use a computer. We recommend using one of these browsers: Chrome, Firefox, IE or Safari. Users seem to get the best performance and prefer Chrome, but any should work.
You can use one of the browsers mentioned above on your mobile device, but many users prefer to download the app. We have an apple and android version available. Just search for MommaStrong in your app store.
We offer streaming apps for Apple TV, Google Play, Roku, and Fire TV. Just search for MommaStrong. While the apps definitely make your daily video access easier, you will want to use your browser to explore supporting resources like the My ShowUps page, the Challenge page and to check out all of our illustrations and infographics on our Resources page. These tools are only available in your browser right now.