Thursday, February 2, 2012

Fitness after Pregnancy - Easy Oblique Exercise by Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 Days

Are you struggling to get your pre-pregnancy body back?

It took me nine long months to have a baby, and nine LONG months to shed the baby weight. Getting a pre-pregnancy body back was no easy task. Maintaining it, especially finding time to work out, has been even harder.

No longer able to hit the gym every night, I needed alternative ways to sneak in exercise. Hence, Jillian Michaels' Ripped in 30 Days workout video. It provides four weeks of various exercises, meal plans, and fitness tips.

After baby, I struggled especially with the middle section. So I focus more on ab and oblique exercises. 

Below is an easy oblique exercise I learned from the video. You can do it in your living room, and it requires no weights.

Step 1

Turn your body sideways. 

Extend your arm and support your body. 

Make sure your body is held up straight.

Step 2

Keep supporting arm extended.

Dip your pelvis into the floor.

Stop. Hold for 2 - 3 seconds.

Step 3

Slowly lift your pelvis back to starting position.

Keep your supporting arm in position.

Make sure your body is straight again.

Repeat for 3 sets of 10 reps each.

Alternate sides.

Do you have any easy oblique exercises to share?


  1. I love this post gear, am gonna use it

  2. I love Jillian Michaels! A good oblique exercise is the russian twist! Made me sore the next day!

  3. you know, kinda funny...i actually started to plan an exercise series of posts and took some pictures..holding the pose while waiting for the camera timer was KILLER, lol!!

    this looks like a good one...the group that i work out with does a lot of these "plank" type exercise.


  4. Great job, darling!
    You are in such amazing shape!


  5. Great Post! Your arms look fabulous!

  6. it's so true, after having baby it won't come back to flat unless going to gym and zumba exercise everyday. but I am a mom and working so hard for family. I am gonna try to do it your exercise step is great

  7. Might have to check this out after my pregnancy!

  8. Great post beauty

  9. great post :) you look so sporty <3

  10. your body is in great shape anyway! love this post! <3
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  11. I love working out, so I think I'll try this exercise maybe tomorrow.. thanks for the tip! :)

    Maikeni blogi - part of me

  12. You are so fit and toned I can't believe you ever struggled! Thanks for sharing these tips. xo style, she wrote

  13. This is a great exercise! I have been very lazy lately, and actually I am considering to buy a DVD workout as well... I've heard of the Brazilian Butt Lift, it apparently does miracles to the rear and tummy :) And this one looks great too! Jillian Michaels is very talented!
    Good luck!

  14. wow you look awesome after having a baby! keep it up.

  15. Just scrolled through your blog, and I've gotta say, I really like your content!
    Thanks for the ab exercise! I'll have to keep that one in mind.
    I'm now following you <3

  16. i love your arms. they look so perfectly toned! :D whats your doG?

  17. OK..I've not had a kid and I have some lovehandles...yikes this holiday season, and turning 31 has not helped.

  18. Thanks for sharing:) After three kids, I seriously need to do these!

  19. OMG! this is cool! you should do this more often hunn! <3 <3 btw, you look stunningly sexy! :D

  20. You have beautiful sporty body!!!
    I know the exercise you showed very well. It's very helpful!!!!

  21. Omg that looks so hard! You are way fitter than me for sure! haha

  22. Nice workout you've shared =)..look quite easy but the time I'm doing really needs much effort to actually do those..but hardwork do pays off =) thanks for sharing..

  23. I didn't even need to have a baby to find the abs are my hardest. I will have to try that oblique exercise when I'm working out tomorrow!


  24. Yo´ve done a hard work, now you´ve a great shape.
    Thank for sharing, i need to do some exercice.

  25. You look so slim and healthy! Congratulations on losing the baby weight and keeping it off! Those exercises seem hard haha.

    I hope I don't gain too much weight if I decide to have a baby in the years to come. I love to eat and have random cravings that will be intensified during pregnancy I think

    Thanks for sharing ab exercises. Again kudos on the weight loss!

  26. Hey! Thanks for sharing this! I will definitely try it out! I am doing the Insanity program now :)

    Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! It means a lot!


  27. Great post! Oh how I wish I could get ripped in 30 minutes haha.
    Defo using that oblique exercise at the gym.

  28. Hi lovely, you are in shape!!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Besos, desde EspaƱa, Marcela♥

  29. Jillian Michaels scares me lol I'm pretty sure she would make me cry if she was my trainer. In all honesty I would LOVE to have Bob Harper has my trainer *sigh*

    Anyway I should through this into my warm up rotation. Also love the puppy in the background!

  30. What a unique post, thanks so much for featuring this small snippet of exercise! I'll definitely try this out, it looks really tough but effective!
    xoxo, Veena
    Twitter: @VeenaMcCoole

  31. woman you look fabulous. my sister gained 42 lb during her 2nd pregnancy and she lost everything after 3 month through exercise and carefully planned diet. she said breast feeding helps too. : )

  32. I don't have any exercises to share (I am so lazy), but I will definitely try out this one to move christmas weight :). Thanks for sharing! xo

  33. It looks like a great plan! I just found your blog and I think it's really cute! I hope you will be able to check out my blog too, it's a personal style and fashion blog from England. I would love it if you could stop by! Thanks! :) :)

  34. I've done Tai Bo ab boot camp for years and while it's kinda old now it's super effective however lately I've been slacking on it big time! lol I like the exercise your doing I'll have to try that out.

  35. How hard was this to do right after baby? I feel like I'm losing all my ab muscles:(
    You look amazing, great work, I hope to look as good as you when I'm done with all this!!

  36. I love that pup in the background...just doin' his own thing while you're exercising!

  37. Its great to hear about moms who get their pre baby bodies back!

  38. you have a great blog! i follow you on google friend now <3follow back?

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  40. I do a really strange oblique exercise that totally shreds the muscles -- it's awesome. You start in downward dog, and then you move your right leg to your left arm (and vice versa), sticking your leg out straight between your body and your arm. Totally crazy but totally serious.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  41. omg, you look like you could be on the cover of a workout dvd! you are so fit, and you are holding that pose really well! i do oblique exercises everyday, but it's kind of embarrassing. i do it every time i go to the bathroom.... after washing my hands, i stand in front of the mirror, and do 12 reps each side.... it definitely helps. :)

    happy friday!

  42. have you got a baby? Ohh so cool!! Nice post dear!!

  43. i love jillian michaels workout dvds! and you are so fit... seriously! i can't believe you even had a baby! ;-) tara

  44. i hate oblique exercises - i do some from pilates and they kill!

  45. Jillian Michaels! love her<3 looks like it is a good workout

  46. I love pilates - there are usually a few poses or exercises that focus on obliques. I've always wondered what it would be like to try Jillian Michaels' stuff. Judging by your amazing shape, it looks like it's pretty effective!

  47. I'm impressed by the definition in your arms!

  48. Great post!!!

  49. 1st very cute workout gear! 2nd I do own her 30 day workout and OMG! i do love her and if you stick to the plan you do feel lol and eventual see results xo nice post xo

  50. Michelle from here @ LBD will bookmark this I just know it even though she's not even due until June! Haha great post.

  51. Omg, you have AMAZING arms!
    You just had a baby? I'm so ashamed.

    I'm doing her 30 day shred and hopefully the jiggles will go away.

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