Goodbye, Baby Weight!

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1. Lunges

Stand with feet hip-width apart and hands on hips. Keeping shoulders relaxed and abs drawn in, take a big step forward with your right leg, bending both knees 90 degrees. Keep your right knee over your right ankle, left knee approaching, but not touching, the floor. Straighten both legs as you push back up, then bend knees again and repeat for reps. Bring right leg back to starting position and switch legs. Repeat for reps. When you're ready for more of a challenge, perform lunges while holding a 5- to 10-pound weight in each hand.

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2. Squats

Stand with feet hip-width apart. With your arms straight out in front of you at chest height, lower into a squatting position until your thighs are parallel to the floor or as low as they can go so hips stay in line with knees. Exhale as you rise back up to standing. Repeat for reps. When you're ready for more of a challenge, perform lunges while holding a 5- to 10-pound weight in each hand.

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3a. Triceps presses

Sit on a stability ball with your feet hip-width apart, holding a weight in each hand. Raise your arms above your chest and bend your elbows to a 90-degree angle, lowering the weights behind your head. Pressing the weights up toward the ceiling, straighten your elbows, then slowly bend elbows back to starting position. Repeat for reps.

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3b. Triceps presses

Sit on a stability ball with your feet hip-width apart, holding a weight in each hand. Raise your arms above your chest and bend your elbows to a 90-degree angle, lowering the weights behind your head. Pressing the weights up toward the ceiling, straighten your elbows, then slowly bend elbows back to starting position. Repeat for reps.

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4a. Biceps curls

Sit on a stability ball with your feet hip-width apart, holding a weight in each hand with your arms by your sides and palms facing forward. With your abs tight, chest lifted and shoulder blades back, use your biceps to bend your elbows, bringing your wrists toward your shoulders. Hold for a few seconds, then slowly return to starting position. Repeat for reps.

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4b. Biceps curls

Sit on a stability ball with your feet hip-width apart, holding a weight in each hand with your arms by your sides and palms facing forward. With your abs tight, chest lifted and shoulder blades back, use your biceps to bend your elbows, bringing your wrists toward your shoulders. Hold for a few seconds, then slowly return to starting position. Repeat for reps.

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5a. Push-ups

Begin either on your hands and knees (or your toes if you're more advanced) on the floor or with your hands on the edge of a coffee table, your hands slightly more than shoulder-width apart in front of you, fingers facing forward. Lower your hips until your body forms a line between the top of your head and your knees (or feet). Inhale and lower your torso toward the floor until your elbows are bent at about 90 degrees. Exhale and straighten arms to bring torso back up to starting position. Repeat for reps.

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6a. Abdominal crunches on the ball

Sit on a stability ball, then walk your feet forward and roll down until your lower back is on the ball, feet hip-width apart. With your hands clasped loosely behind your head, stretch back over the ball. Inhale, then exhale as you crunch up, lifting your shoulder blades off the ball. Slowly lower to starting position.

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6b. Abdominal crunches on the ball


Sit on a stability ball, then walk your feet forward and roll down until your lower back is on the ball, feet hip-width apart. With your hands clasped loosely behind your head, stretch back over the ball. Inhale, then exhale as you crunch up, lifting your shoulder blades off the ball. Slowly lower to starting position.

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