A TRAINER who coaches postpartum mums on how to get their bodies back after birth claimed being at home with a baby is no reason to "let yourself go".
Niki Zoumpouli, 28, earns up to six figures a month teaching women, including plenty of mums, how to get back into shape.
The fitness guru, who has more than 100,000 users on her fitness app, is originally from Greece but now lives in Miami, Florida, US, and has a two-year-old daughter.
While she said she understood the struggles of being a new mum, she also claimed that women shouldn't use it as an excuse.
Instead, the mum-of-one said they should incorporate their baby into their workouts – even using their kiddies as "free weights".
Speaking to Jam Press, Niki said: “Home workouts will save you a ton of time and stress getting a babysitter.
Being an at-home mum with a newborn is no reason to let yourself go.
“I have built a top-of-the-range home gym in my garage because this is my career but all you really need is some dumbbells and a resistance band to get started.
“I want my daughter to watch me make the time to train and eat right.
“Your kids will do what you do so lead by example, start where you are and use what you have at home.
"Being an at-home mum with a newborn is no reason to let yourself go."
The fitness influencer struggled with her own weight after giving birth to her daughter in May 2019. During her pregnancy she gained 30lbs – the most out of shape the PT had ever been.
The mum also had a tough pregnancy with "all day sickness" in the first trimester and deep pelvic pain as her pregnancy progressed.
Niki now regularly shares videos and pictures of herself working out with Aria on her Instagram.
They don’t think they have the time but I show them how to work out around their baby.
Niki said: “You would have thought that I’d have been able to train throughout my pregnancy with my background in fitness but things turned out to be different.
“I was so tired, I had to listen to my body and rest. Then I returned to training six weeks after birth and I never imagined I’d be so out of shape.
“My body felt foreign – I couldn’t move or perform the same. It was heartbreaking to see years and years of hard work vanish.
“I remember laughing in the middle of my workout because I felt so weak. It was one of those moments where you had to laugh or cry.
“Looking back, I’m so glad I had that hard experience because it made me understand my clients a lot more and cater to their needs."
Niki founded her business, the GoodFitness app, with her partner in 2018.
She said: “Most of my clients are mums who want to lose their pregnancy weight and gain confidence again.
“So many women message me saying they are depressed and don’t know where to start.
"They don’t think they have the time but I show them how to work out around their baby. I even use my daughter, Aria, in my workouts.
"She has been around me through the whole journey of growing my business and while I worked on my own postpartum body goals.
"Aria is my biggest motivation.”
However, while Niki believes in getting back into the gym after pregnancy, she wants women to embrace their "imperfections" – and realise the power of their bodies.
She said: “I resent women being told that having babies ruins their body.
“I do have stretched skin, stretch marks and don’t get me started on the eye bags but I am not ruined and neither are the women I help.
“My body is powerful, it made me a mother and in fact I feel the sexiest, strongest, most confident and most healthy I have ever felt.”
Our bodies can’t lose fat and build muscle at the same time so we have to focus on each goal separately.
Niki takes her clients through a two-stage process to reach their fitness goals – a fat loss phase, followed by a muscle building phase – through her Mom Body Program.
She said: "Our bodies can’t lose fat and build muscle at the same time so we have to focus on each goal separately.
“When my own postpartum fitness journey began I focused on dropping body fat first.
"I used my own program to drop fat and it took me about four months to drop the weight.
"Then I focused on building muscle and giving my body the shape I wanted.
“Between the fat loss and muscle gain phase it took me a whole year to get to my goal physique.
“I tell my clients change won’t happen overnight. It takes time and consistent effort.
“It is hard but mums shouldn’t give up on their health because they are in a season of life that makes them feel their goals are too hard to achieve.”
“If you have lost hope, then remember your dreams, your passions, your lifestyle, it is all your responsibility.
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