Make Yourself: I'm joining the Nike Training Club!

Oh, but my stomach, she is like a waterbed covered with flannel now. When I lie on my side in bed, my stomach lies politely beside me, like a puppy -- from Anne Lamott's Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year

My baby is 21 months old, and I still look pregnant. (Unless I'm holding my breath and my gut in, of course!) I'm not telling you because I want or need your sympathy, it's just a fact.

This isn't terribly surprising, considering how impressive my pregnant belly was. I've lost almost all of the 40 lbs I gained in that pregnancy -- I'm only 6 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight -- and that's pre all of my pregnancies, not just my third. Six pounds is nothing -- it's like a slice of cake or something, so I'm not too worried about it. My waist, however, is nowhere near what it was. I'm currently at 30 inches at my natural waist, and I'd like to whittle that down to ... something less. What the number is isn't as important as having a strong core. I suffer from diastasis (my stomach muscles separated) and that is affecting my quality of life way more than my weight. Turns out your stomach muscles are important: You need them to hold yourself up and your organs in. Maybe that's why they call them the core?

It's amazing, really, how well I've bounced back with very little training -- read: no training-- but I've decided that it's time to get my core back. I miss it!

Plus, my back hurts. A lot.

Those of you that follow me on Twitter know that I'm seeing a Pilates trainer on Saturdays and that I really love my geriatric ballet class on Thursdays. (I'm serious, my fellow "dancers" are all over 60, and I love them so.)

Other than that, I was kind of stuck on what else I could do -- I specifically needed cardio, and while I love running, it's not feasible with three kids and no sitter. I'm not comfortable running on treadmills, and the elliptical bores me to death.

So when Nike and Glam approached me about trying out the Nike Training Club App for 6 weeks I immediately said yes. The app is free (unlike Pilates) and lets you tailor your workout to one of four fitness goals. I chose to "Get Lean" since I needed to step up my cardio.

I just finished my first beginner workout, called "fighter fit", and I can tell you two things about it: It's not boring -- most drills are less than two minutes long, so it's fast and keeps you engaged -- and it's hard, but not because it's confusing. The app walks you through each step, visually (photos and videos) and verbally (text and voice). It's like having a personal trainer, except she's free. Pretty cool.


Next Wednesday I will give you an update on how the Nike workouts are going and report my results so far. (I love accountability! If you download the app, promise you will share your results with me? I need a buddy!)

In addition, I'll have information for you on a cool Nike Training Club sweepstakes. Maybe you want to join me? The app is free, so you literally have nothing to lose. Come on -- it'll be fun!

Until then, XOXO!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nike Womens via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nike Womens

The Nike Training Club App is a full-body functional training app designed for you to make yourself whatever you want to be. Whether you’re looking to get lean, toned, or strong, NTC takes every workout to the next level. Download it here.