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Lauren Gleisberg

An Honest Discussion about My Battle with Postpartum Anxiety

Back in October, I had the honor of being the guest editor for the Vital Proteins blog. I wrote 3 articles for them and one included this honest discussion on my battle with postpartum anxiety. I literally hit copy + paste to share it here as well because I think it’s far too important for anyone to miss.

 

Despite the stresses and struggles of caring for a newborn, I adjusted quite well to becoming a mom to two kids under the age of two. My son, Leo, was 1 1/2 at the time we welcomed our second baby, Beckham.

There was a lot going on, but I felt amazing and had a strong support system.

Around 6 weeks postpartum, my “new-mom-cloud-nine high” began to wear off and that is when I first noticed myself feeling different.

I was struggling with breastfeeding and an oversupply. At the same time, I also mistakenly rushed back into working. I work for myself, so there isn’t a traditional maternity leave. I love what I do, but it quickly became a lot to deal with.

I was aware of the symptoms of postpartum depression, but I didn’t feel the emotions one would assume depression feels like.

In fact, I felt quite happy. However, the overwhelm was immense. It felt like there was a huge weight sitting on my chest. At times, I could feel it coming on like a wave. It would physically consume me. My anxiety level would skyrocket. I became very irritable.

The nights were the worst. I was so tired, yet, even when my baby was asleep, I couldn’t sleep. My mind was constantly on, thinking about my problems, the never-ending to-do list, and how I couldn’t get any of it done.

This wasn’t like me.

Those close to me would use words like “calm,” “confident” and “go-getter” to describe me. Not now. Not this Lauren.

 

Lauren Gleisberg: My Battle with Postpartum Anxiety

WHAT IS POSTPARTUM ANXIETY

Postpartum anxiety (PPA) is a separate condition from postpartum depression (PPD). This study found that PPA is actually more common that PPD, affecting upwards of 15% of pregnant and postpartum women. However, there is significantly less information and awareness on PPA.

Most new moms (70-80%) experience the normal ‘Baby Blues’ which are mild ups and downs, weepiness and stress, according to the American Pregnancy Association. These symptoms resolve on their own within a few weeks.

More severe than the baby blues is PPD, which affects 1 in 7 new moms according to the same source. Symptoms may begin shortly after birth up to a year later.

Unlike PPD where mothers may feel extreme sadness, PPA symptoms are primarily worry.

“We call postpartum anxiety the hidden disorder because so few moms recognize it and it goes undiagnosed,” says Jonathan Abramowitz, Ph.D., associate chairman of psychology and director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “It hasn’t been discussed or studied much, even though it’s a lot more common than postpartum depression.

 

POSTPARTUM ANXIETY SYMPTOMS

  • Irritability
  • Constant worrying; some worries can be irrational
  • Inability to focus and think clearly
  • Changes in eating and sleeping
  • Feelings of dread
  • Hot flashes
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Nausea

According to Ann Smith, CNM and President of Postpartum Support International, 25-35% of postpartum anxiety cases begin during pregnancy. For others, postpartum anxiety can occur shortly after birth, or be triggered by a stressful life event or when weaning from nursing.

When I started experiencing many of the symptoms associated with postpartum anxiety, I was confused as to what was happening especially because I didn’t feel this way with my first child.

Postpartum anxiety is the loss of a normal and calm state. When you’re experiencing anxiety, you overestimate your obstacles and underestimate your ability to handle them. You second guess your decisions, and all of this affects your day-to-day life.

My symptoms became so apparent that those close to me encouraged me to call my doctor. For a while, I brushed it off thinking, “You’re stressed because you’re a mom to two little ones. It will just go away.”

When it didn’t just go away, I decided to make an appointment with my OB. I told her what was going on and that’s when she said: “It sounds like postpartum anxiety with some mild panic attacks.”

My doctor and I discussed various strategies to help with my PPA and we decided lifestyle changes were the best place for me to start.

Postpartum anxiety can range from mild to severe, and lifestyle changes alone may not work for everyone. I would encourage every woman postpartum who has these feeling that are affecting their daily life to reach out to a licensed healthcare professional.

Fast forward several months and I have my symptoms under control. There are several things I did daily to work take control of my postpartum anxiety.

 

4 THINGS THAT HELPED ME TAKE CONTROL OF MY POSTPARTUM ANXIETY 

lauren gleisberg post partum anxiety

1. understand what you’re going through (but try not to dwell on it)

I relied on professionals, not Google, to educate myself on PPA. As a new mom, you can easily fall down the Internet rabbit hole. I educated myself on PPA, but I didn’t allow myself to obsess over it. I was intentional about PPA being something I was going through and not letting it become who I was.

2. establish a support system

In order to manage PPA, it is important to establish your own team who is there to support both your parenting and personal needs. I became even closer with my friends who had children around the same age because they best understood where I was in life. Mom groups are great for this. For emotional support for myself, I relied a lot on my own mom and my husband. I hired a reliable nanny who I could trust while I had to work.

3. get moving & get out

Exercise releases endorphins, which are also known as the “happy hormone.” Even if it’s a short walk around the block with your baby, moving your body does wonders for PPA.

It can seem stress-inducing to get out of the house with a baby, but it is so good for your overall well-being. The trick is to just do it! At first, I would just go for a car ride with my baby and swing through the Starbucks drive through. You quickly build confidence and find a way to resume your normal activities withyour baby.

4. fine-tune your social life

During this difficult time, it was very important for me to surround myself with people, places and things that elevated my mood. This meant that I grew closer to certain people and further from others. I elected not to participate in certain social activities and prioritized others. I unfollowed social media accounts that didn’t make me feel good. Filter your life with this one question: Is this helping me or hindering me?

 

THE BOTTOM LINE

Worry is a normal part of parenting. Anxiety is a natural response to protecting your baby. However, when that worry and anxiety are severe enough to affect your day-to-day life, I highly encourage you to seek professional guidance.

After a few short months of making lifestyle changes, my PPA symptoms subsided. I wish I had known more about PPA before even having my baby, so I could have gotten ahead of what I was experiencing.

If you’re experiencing PPA or PPD, you are not alone and there is always a solution. It’s better to seek out professional help sooner rather than later so you can start feeling your best.

I’ve learned the best way I can care for my children is by first caring for myself. When I am operating at my fullest, I can be the best mom I can be.

Always remember… you’re doing great!

November Best Sellers

Best sellers lists are some of my favorite blog posts to read, so I hope you enjoy this one. It’s all your favorite items from the month of November and many of these make great gifts (for yourself and others lol).

 

1. CHRISTMAS TREE (here for flocked | here for green – currently sold out but keep your eye out)

The most stunning (and budget-friendly) Christmas trees. If you watch my IG stories, you’ve seen these 100x. I have the green cashmere one in my dining room and the flocked one in my bedroom. They’re stunning in person. Absolutely stunning. Online they look so-so. They’re 7 ft tall and skinny so they’re ideal for a smaller space. 

2. HOLIDAY FAMILY PAJAMAS (here)

The PJs I selected for our entire family for the holidays… they have womens, mens, kids, baby, etc. I am always drawn to a holiday plaid. These are super soft and a great price.

I wear an extra small tall for reference

3. LULULEMON ALTERNATIVE LEGGINGS (here)

$24 Amazon Prime leggings that rival the Lululemon Aligns. I have several pairs. I’ve purchased many for my friends and family. I actually think they come off a bit dressier than my other workout leggings so I not only wear them to the gym but I find myself grabbing them when I wear a daily legging outfit. Super flattering. They look and feel like butter.

there is a full review on these if you’d like to read more

4. COZY POM POM BLANKET (here)

Have you heard of the Barefoot Dreams blanket that people are obsessed with? This is just as soft but in my opinion, cuter! AND, $34! I love giving a gift from a nice retailer but at a great price – this is such a good gift idea, and get one for yourself too or you won’t let it go haha. I added personalization for some friend who I knew would love that.

5. BEDSHEETS (here)

Yes, the bedsheets you’ve seen on my best sellers lists for year and years. This item is actually number 1 on the list. These would make AMAZING gift for everyone and they’re just $20-$25 depending on the size you need. Quick summary if you’ve been living under a rock: absolute luxury, feels like butter, Amazon prime, 60,000+ positive reviews, and a cult-like following here on LG, thousands of you have purchased + rave about them too.

The BEST Self Tanner + Same Day Self Tanning Routine

This is the BEST self tanner on the market and I’m going to share my step-by-step routine that can be completed the same day you need to get your tan on. The products and routine are a game changer, so get ready. 

We recently took a family vacation to Florida. This trip was the first time I tried this full self tanning routine and I swear to you that I had over 10 compliments that trip on my tan. One women said to me: “those look like Barbie legs.” Here’s to a self tanning routine that yields “Barbie legs.”

 

THE BEST SELF TANNER PRODUCTS

I’ve tried almost every self tanner on the market. Previously, THIS was my favorite budget-friendly option and THIS was my favorite splurge. Then, I tried the one I am about to share, and I truly can throw every other self tanner away. 

I’m going to list out the products. Then, I’ll explain them more as we go through each step below.

  • THIS self tanner (I use the 2 hr express, dark)
  • THIS self tanning mit
  • THIS exfoliator
  • THIS body butter
  • THIS for a tan enhancer/blemish eraser

 

2 REASONS THIS IS THE BEST SELF TANNER

1. COLOR – hands down, this is the best color I’ve ever achieved with a self tanner. It’s a tan/brown instead of a tan/orange. Also, you can see it pretty easily as you apply it, which I find helpful for blending purposes.

I would have never picked the dark shade because I’m fair-medium when I’m not tan but I love this color 

2. 2 HOUR EXPRESS – more times than not, I have a party or event and I realize I should have used self tanner the morning of. Well, this allows you to achieve a tan in a few hour, so time is never an issue.

 

BEST SELF TANNER ROUTINE

The prep, application and extending routine I use is what brings the magic to this product, so I’m going to go step-by-step in sharing my self tanning routine.

 

1. EXFOLIATE

You may have heard you’re supposed to exfoliate the day prior to self tanning; I don’t believe that and I’ve done it the same day for years. I also like to shave the day of an event, which is exfoliating to the skin.

2-3x per week do you usual exfoliating. This one in particular is a new favorite of mine because I have very sensitive skin. On my legs and on the backs of my arms I have little bumps, which can easily become irritated. This specific exfoliator has helped reduce those bumps.

Here’s the trick… the day of the event, mix a little bit of this exfoliator with your shaving cream and then shave. This gives the ultimate silky, smooth skin.

The reason I suggest this particular exfoliator is because it contains jojoba oil (pronouced ho-ho-ba). This oil has anti-inflammatory properties which reduces redness caused by drying, eases eczema and rosacea and keep the skin calm. Just wanted to share why I think it’s the best. You’ll feel the moisturizing oil as you apply.

 

2. APPLY A TINY BIT OF LOTION TO ANKLES + FEET

This is a tip I’ve learned over the years for an even tan. Apply a bit of the lotion to dry areas like your hands, wrists, elbows, knee, ankles, and feet prior to using the self tanner to prevent product build up.

 

3. APPLY SELF TANNER WITH A MIT

Apply 1-2 pumps of the self tanner mousse to the applicator mit.  Rub it onto your body in circular motions, blending as you go. Work in small areas. I find that this self tanner doesn’t spread like lotion would, so expect to work in onto your skin pretty quickly and in small sections.

Also, every self tanner I’ve ever used has some sort of scent. This one has a hint but it’s not a bad smell. The product yields such a great results that I would use it even if it has a bad scent but you don’t have to worry about it with this product.

 

4. LET IT SET + THEN RINSE

Let the self tanner do it’s thing. If you’re doing this the same day of your event or party, I would wait a few hours for the tan to develop or as long as you can. Shower but do not scrub your body. Pat dry.

WHAT I LIKE TO DO: I shower in the evening, exfoliate, shave, prep my skin, self tan, wait a few minutes to get dressed, sleep, shower in the AM. I think that gives the best of the best results.

 

5. NIGHTLY BODY BUTTER

The day after you apply your self tanner, begin using a moisturizer each evening to extend the quality of your tan. I think that this one of the keys to the “barbie legs” haha. 

I use THIS body butter because it contains 3 body butters: shea butter, cocoa butter and cupuacu butter. It’s the ultimate hydrator. I do this before bed because then when I wake up,  my skin looks hydrated without looking like I just slathered lotion on.

 

6. PRE-EVENT TAN ENHANCER

THIS product is unbelievable. Think of it like body make up. You apply it like lotion and it tans and blurs imperfections, bumps, redness, body breakout, etc. If you already have a tan going on, it’s like VA VA VOOM. There is just a touch of shimmer too.

I would not recommend this step if you plan on getting in water, will be getting sweaty or rubbing up against things (be careful with light colored seats, cushions, etc.). I’ve never had issues with it rubbing off but it’s make up so there’s the potential for that.

It’s a product that can be used by itself too!

 

TO CONCLUDE

  • a trick to super smooth skin that will eat up the self tanner is the exfoliating shave
  • this self tanner gives a gorgeous, natural-looking tan
  • this at night will give your body major hydration
  • you can add a va va voom enhancer with this
  • you’re beautiful 

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: workout + wellness

This Fitness Holiday Gift Guide should really be titled a wish list for you. It’s full of workout and wellness items that may be good ideas to add to your list and/or to gift to all your fitness enthusiast friends. Below you’ll find specifics on each item and I try to include a bit more info (as the unprofessional, professional product reviewer that I am ;))

PINK BUMPER PLATES (here)

If you’re not familiar, bumper plates are like a typical plate you would add to a barbell but they are made of rubber. They’re ideal for a home gym + much more quiet. I’ve been eyeing this pink ones forever!

 

COLLAGEN BARS + COLLAGEN PEPTIDES (here + here)

Vital Proteins just launched collagen bars, which makes taking your daily collagen incredibly convenient. If you’ve been around for more than a minute, you likely know that  have my collagen as an afternoon snack along with a beef stick and/or string cheese lol. It’s a ton of protein + totally curbs my afternoon cravings. The bar option makes this even easier as there’s obviously no mixing required. The bars contain 16-17 grams of overall protein. FYI: my favorite flavor so far is Lemon Vanilla; it reminds me of a lemon poppyseed muffin.

 

GLASS BLENDER BOTTLE (here)

Blender bottles are the premier shake bottle for all your supplement needs. It’s the only brand I trust enough to have filled up and in my bag. I recently discovered this glass bottle with silicone (you can get the silicone in a few different colors). It’s the chicest shaker bottle I’ve ever seen.

 

COPPER BAKEWARE (here)

Just so cute! $13.99 for all 6 pieces. I am gifting these along with some cookies to a few friends who I know will love these items.

 

APL SNEAKERS (here)

These are such a good splurge item. You can’t go wrong with any APL sneaker but these are the ones I have my eye on next.

 

MINI BANDS (here)

I have these and love them. I am actually buying an extra set so I can keep the one I have in my hoem gym and bring the other to my gym (for whatever reason- my gym doesn’t have mini bands like this). They intensify so many exercises especially lower body moves.

 

OVERSIZED EXERCISE MAT (here)

This is genius. Whenever you workout on a mat, 50% of the time, you’re stepping off it. This is the solution!

 

BLACK LEGGINGS (here for budget-friendly + here for splurge)

Everyone needs an amazing pair of black leggings. These are my 2 favorites of the entire year: a budget-friendly option + a splurge.

 

STASHER BAGS (here)

I was gifted these by a different company a year or two ago…. first time user + I was obsessed. I go through so many plastic bags when I pack my kids snacks on-the-go. I like that they’re sturdier and you can easily wash them out for another use.

 

TELETIES (here)

You know I’m a huge fan of silicone hair ties because they reduce the crease in your hair. However, most I’ve tried stretch out after they’re in your hair too long. These are the stronger version. I can workout in them and they hold that pony in place! They’re also super cute on your wrist… it looks like a little bracelet.

The No Equipment Arms + Abs Workout that Kicks My A$$

This no equipment workout kicks my a$$ and I actually love it. I find it rather difficult to work my arms without equipment, you know what I mean? Two training components I implement to create an arm burn is that I’ll complete higher reps to make a bodyweight movement more challenging and I add in a lot of push ups: the ultimate upper body movement. I also included exercises that recruit the abs and rev up the heart rate to make this workout top notch. I suggest completing as many rounds as possible in 25 minutes but adjust the timeframe as needed: 15 minutes if that’s all you have or 35 minutes if you want a longer workout.

no equipment arms abs workout

JOIN THE FITMAS CHALLENGE… get the plan here!

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BUNDLE + SAVE (CHALLENGE WORKOUT + MEAL PLAN/COOKBOOKS)

^ I HIGHLY suggest the Bundle to snag the meal plan/cookbook at one of the lowest prices of the year. Try the recipes that women in the LG Community are going crazy over: Taco Lasagna, Supreme Pizza Chicken, Pizza, Cookie Dough + 100s more.

How I Shop on Black Friday to Get 90% of my Christmas Shopping done (+save MONEY)

Yes, yet again another system I have in place for being efficient with life. Holiday shopping starts off fun but somehow, year after year, I found myself the week before Christmas stressed and scrambling to find a gift for him and another for her. I’ve fine tuned my system for doing 90% of Christmas shopping on Black Friday. I get the bulk of my buying done, save so much money money and then can enjoy shopping in stores over the next month or so.

A few notes:

  • I shop for everything online; you may be able to find deeper discounts on big ticket items in store but my goal is to get the majority of my shopping done and done quickly
  • keep a lookout… many stores have been rolling out their Black Friday deals the week of Thanksgiving and often times the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals are nearly identical so don’t feel you can’t start early or have to wait for a specific date

 

Let’s dive right in as to exactly what I do, so you too can be efficient and save a ton of money this holiday season…

 

1. LIST #1 – WRITE DOWN EVERYONE YOU GIVE GIFTS TO

This list should include everyone from your husband to your best friends and even teachers, co-workers and the stylist who does your hair. Everyone you give a gift to – big or small – goes on this list. 

TIP: I try to group this list by price points. For example, I may lump my family in one group, friends in another, neighbors in a certain price-point category, and so on.

TIP: leave space underneath each person so you can go back and fill it in with items

 

2. LIST #2 – WRITE DOWN A LIST OF ITEMS YOU LOVE

My favorite step. I love to gift things I love, especially to friends, neighbors, employees, etc. On a separate piece of paper, make a list of items of all price points: $5 and up. I actually go back into my Amazon acount and other stores I regularly by from and jot down things I’ve purchased and loved. To me, this adds an extra layer of love to gifts. It’s like I personally like this so much that I wanted you to have one too. I think people feel this love when you give a gift.

 

3. ADD IN WISH LIST ITEMS

There are a few people who have wish lists to fulfill, so I add these items under each person’s name. This is especially the case for kids, and if you have a husband like Anthony… there’s a wishlist with links and specifics.

 

4. MATCH UP PEOPLE TO ITEMS

Go back to your name list and begin filling in the blank spaces with gift ideas. One reason I like to list gifts at different price points is because you can combine items. So, for instance, you may be giving a $50 gift but you have 2 $25ish items you could combine for one stellar gift… it all comes together flawlessly. 

TIP: because we don’t yet know how great the Black Friday deals will be, I’ll occasionally list a few potential items under each person.

 

4. MAKE A LIST OF STORES + WHICH ONES HAVE EACH ITEMS

Now, let’s make sure we are ready for the deals. Look at your gift item list and find stores that carry these items. These are the stores/websites we will be checking on Black Friday.

You may be checking multiple retailers for 1 item. For example, one year, I was crazy over a BaubleBar earings. I wrote down to be sure to check the retailer’s website as well as Nordstroms to see where I would find the best deal. Sometimes the original retailer offers the deepest discount and other times the big box retailer does, so it doesn’t hurt to check both.

 

5. SIGN UP FOR EMAIL LISTS

Always get on the email list! This is where you may have early access or exclusive discounts for shopping. I use the list of stores I just generated to be sure I’m on all the correct email lists.

 

6. SHOP SHOP SHOP (ONLINE)

Once the deals get going, start shopping. I suggest being flexible here. This is why I create a huge gift item list as well as provide multiple gift options under each person. One item I love may be 50% off whereas another is just offering free shipping, so I can start selecting the items based on the offered savings. 

Also, have fun with this! I’m not a serious Black Friday shopper. I don’t cry if I miss a deal. I just enjoy getting the majority of my holiday shopping done and feeling extra thoughtful about gifts

 

EXTRA TIP: PERSONALIZATION

Another reason I enjoy ordering so early is that it allows for personalization, which I feel goes such a long way with gift giving. Add a monogram where you can. Select an item to initial. When you order too close to Christmas, the extra days it takes for personalization can sometimes cut the timeline too close, but I love starting all of this early to add a touch of personalization. AND, sometimes the Black Friday deals include free personalization!

 

GIFT GUIDES

I’ve put together a few gift guide that might help you come up with your gift item list

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: COMFY + COZY here

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: a little something for everyone here

8 WORKOUT CLOTHING ITEMS I’M OBSESSED WITH here

 

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: a little something for everyone

I wanted to share a holiday gift that that includes a little something for everyone. One of my favorite parts of the holidays is gifting thoughtful items. I love when you give a gift that is beyond just a gift: a monogram, something that relates to topics you talk about with the person, an item that accounts for their favorite drink… anything that just really shows a little extra effort. It’s all about sharing love. These items are a little something for everyone with that added layer of love. 

holiday gift guide stocking stuffers

 

ROCKETBOOK (here is the one I got | here for the less expensive, just notepad option)

I treated myself to this! I love the feel of a pen and paper: making lists, calendar, etc. However, my life and work is so digital that I need my schedule and tasks on all my devices. This is the best of both worlds! Write everything in the notebook and use an app to transfer it to your computer. There is a more basic option of just a notebook or the fusion that I got with all sorts of pages: notebook, calendar, lists, etc. Such a good gift to give and treat yourself to!

 

MAKE UP/COSMETIC ORGANIZER (here)

On my list! I’ve looked at products like this but the $$$ held me back. This is inexpensive and so cute. It can obviously be used for travel or just to keep your products organized at home. I know my girlfriends will love this too!

 

LETTER MUG (here)

These are an amazing price. Pottery Barn stamp of approval. I am stocking up on these for teacher gifts, and they would also be perfect for adding some cute things into to make it a bigger gift. Also, I will be adding an L mug to the cart for myself ;):)

 

BAREFOOT DREAMS SLIPPER SOCKS (here)

Everyone raves about Barefoot Dreams anything and everything from their robes to their loungewear and socks. I love that these are a taste of a high end brand but under $20.

 

BRUMATE DRINK COOLERS (here)

A gift ideal for wine connoisseurs, craft beer lockers, cocktail enthusiasts, etc. So many “keep your drink cold” options for under $25. The reason I like this brand in particular is because it’s one of the only stainless steel options that doesn’t give your drink that icky metallic taste. Also, the options are endless… I particularly love the wine bottle holder (holds an entire bottle of wine) and how cute the colors are: glitter rose gold, marble, etc. You can use code LAURENG for 15% OFF your first order!

 

BOOK: WHO MOVES MY CHEESE (here)

I like giving books that I personally have loved readign and ones that relate to what a person may be going through. This is one I’ve given to my friends who are going through some sort of transition of change in life. I often include a little handwritten note when I give books.

 

BOOK: YOU ARE A BAD ASS (here)

Another book I like to give to my friends who are taking charge of life. Again, a handwritten note with the message of “you’re kicking ass at life and I thought you would enjoy this as you continue accomplishing all your dreams” is a cute touch. Get this for the friend who loves vision boards, goal setting, etc.

 

MONOGRAM LUGGAGE TAGS (here)

There’s something about a personalization to a gift that makes it feel extra special. Normally, monogrammed items are pricey but these are inexpensive and extra beautiful. 

 

STACK OF NAME BOOKS (here)

A great family gift. I get so many compliments on ours. I especially think this would be great for a family that has recently had a new baby.

 

Fitmas Challenge Preview Day 5: Glutes + Shoulders

Jump on board for a muscle group combination I know you’ll love by the end of this workout. This Glutes + Shoulder workout works two muscle groups you may never have thought to isolate together, but there are several exercises I find that hit both in a fun and challenging way.


lauren gleisberg fitmas challenge

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BUNDLE + SAVE (CHALLENGE WORKOUT + MEAL PLAN/COOKBOOKS)

^ I HIGHLY suggest the Bundle to snag the meal plan/cookbook at one of the lowest prices of the year. Try the recipes that women in the LG Community are going crazy over: Taco Lasagna, Supreme Pizza Chicken, Pizza, Cookie Dough + 100s more.

FITMAS CHALLENGE DETAILS

November 10: Preview Week – every day this week, I post a free workout to LaurenGleisberg.com as a preview of the challenge workout plan. Think of it as a sample or bonus week of the challenge.

November 17: Day 1 of the Fitmas Challenge + all workouts found in the Fitmas Challenge Plan available now

PREVIEW WEEK WORKOUTS

this week only… if you like these, you’ll love the full program available HERE

 

DAY 5: GLUTES + SHOULDERS (GYM)

DOWNLOAD: Day 5 Workout

DAY 5: GLUTES + SHOULDERS (HOME)

DOWNLOAD: Day 5 Workout

FITMAS CHALLENGE FAQ

WHAT EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED?

Gym: full gym equipment (barbells, cables, bench, dumbbells, machines)

Home: dumbbells, resistance bands, bench/step

*you’ll receive both versions so you can workout at home, in the gym or switch back and forth

 

WHAT IS THE FITMAS CHALLENGE BUNDLE?

The bundle includes both the Fitmas 2019 Challenge workout plan and the LG Eat Your Way Lean Meal Plan / Cookbooks (+all brand new weekly cookbooks for fall). It’s the best option for those serious about results as the combination of workouts and strategic nutrition is essential. 

 

HOW LONG ARE THE WORKOUTS?

30ish minutes | less time, more results during this busy season.

 

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Fitmas Challenge Preview Day 4: Chest + Back

Here’s an upper body workout targetted at the 2 major muscle groups: chest + back. What I also like about this is that there’s a tad of bicep and tricep training associated with the push and pull movements we will be doing

INSIGHT INTO TODAY’S TRAINING APPROACH

I liked sharing the training insight on day 2 so here’s more for today’s workout…

This workout opens with 6 traditional weight training exercises. I recommend challenging yourself with weight here. Because of the sets/reps format, you can get a nice rest in between each set, so push yourself by slightly increasing weight with each set. Remember to never sacrifice form.

 I also like the muscle burnout at the end of this workout. For me, it’s the ideal combo of weight training that I know is helping me sculpt a fit body as well as burnout moves to fatigue the muscles and burn calories for fat loss as well.


lauren gleisberg fitmas challenge

GET THE CHALLENGE WORKOUT PLAN

 

BUNDLE + SAVE (CHALLENGE WORKOUT + MEAL PLAN/COOKBOOKS)

^ I HIGHLY suggest the Bundle to snag the meal plan/cookbook at one of the lowest prices of the year. Try the recipes that women in the LG Community are going crazy over: Taco Lasagna, Supreme Pizza Chicken, Pizza, Cookie Dough + 100s more.

FITMAS CHALLENGE DETAILS

November 10: Preview Week – every day this week, I post a free workout to LaurenGleisberg.com as a preview of the challenge workout plan. Think of it as a sample or bonus week of the challenge.

November 17: Day 1 of the Fitmas Challenge + all workouts found in the Fitmas Challenge Plan available now

PREVIEW WEEK WORKOUTS

this week only… if you like these, you’ll love the full program available HERE

 

DAY 4: CHEST+BACK (GYM)

DOWNLOAD: Day 4 Workout

DAY 4: CHEST+BACK (HOME)

DOWNLOAD: Day 4 Workout

FITMAS CHALLENGE FAQ

WHAT EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED?

Gym: full gym equipment (barbells, cables, bench, dumbbells, machines)

Home: dumbbells, resistance bands, bench/step

*you’ll receive both versions so you can workout at home, in the gym or switch back and forth

 

WHAT IS THE FITMAS CHALLENGE BUNDLE?

The bundle includes both the Fitmas 2019 Challenge workout plan and the LG Eat Your Way Lean Meal Plan / Cookbooks (+all brand new weekly cookbooks for fall). It’s the best option for those serious about results as the combination of workouts and strategic nutrition is essential. 

 

HOW LONG ARE THE WORKOUTS?

30ish minutes | less time, more results during this busy season.

 

JOIN THE FITMAS CHALLENGE

 

BUNDLE + SAVE (CHALLENGE WORKOUT + MEAL PLAN/COOKBOOKS)

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