1) A military training camp for new recruits with strict discipline
2) A prison for youthful offenders, run on military lines
3) A short, intensive, and rigorous course of training.
I rest my case. The words “Mommy” and “Boot Camp” do not belong in the same sentence together. Or at least a boot camp should not be a “Mommy’s” first choice of exercise post-baby. The ideal first exercises would encourage gently contracting and relaxing of the muscles of the core including the transversus abdominus, pelvic floor, and lumbar multifidus muscles. They would encourage proper coordination of the respiratory and pelvic diaphragm. They would include a giant emphasis on posture and alignment, not just during the exercise movement, but in all movements from changing diapers, to giving the baby a bath, to middle of the night feeding sessions. No sergeants, no barking orders. Want to learn the best first exercises? Consider joining either the Postnatal Pilates or the DRA Rehab class. Your body thanks you!