On the Mat: Butt, Thighs & Hips: Low Impact Strength and Mobility Workout

on the mat low impact strength and mobility workout
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Hello Everyone!

Welcome to today’s workout. This is a quick, 12-Minute Exercise Routine. It can be repeated for a longer workout, stacked with another exercise routine or done once if you are short on time. This routine is low impact and doesn’t include any jumping. As always, you will find the full length workout video and exercise breakdown below.

For today’s workout we are focused on lower body strength and mobility. We will be working the lower body through multiple ranges and planes of motion to recruit all of the muscles of your legs and glutes.

I am a fan of compound exercises, so although this workout is focused on the lower body you will still be getting in some strengthening for your arms, shoulders and core. I love multifunctional exercises that give you the most benefit during a short period of time.

I filmed this workout when I was newly postpartum. The process of re-building strength after having a baby is slow, and short workouts like this one were a huge part of regaining my strength. It was a fine tuned process of finding balance in getting in exercise, enough sleep, nursing and maintaining my own energy levels. I share this as a reminder, one round of exercise counts. If you can repeat the workout or stack it with another workout, excellent! If you only have time for one round, excellent!

Health and fitness are about consistency. You don’t workout once and achieve health and fitness for the rest of your life. It’s a continual process of making choices to actively maintain your health and wellness. At certain times in life that is more challenging than others. After having a baby (and during the toddler years!) it can be very difficult to carve out time for your own health, but everyone in the family will benefit when you do. So whether it’s a short workout or a longer exercise session try and get in some movement. If you find a favorite routine bookmark it and fit it in whenever you can.

I’m at a time period of my life where it’s very challenging to create time for myself, but I strive to make time anyway because I am a healthier, happier parent and human being when I do. I’m more patient, handle frustration better, and feel overall calmer and happier when I workout. That’s a positive and healthy dynamic that directly impacts my ability to parent to the best of my ability.

A huge motivator for my health is my family. I want to be strong, healthy and happy for them so I can be present with them, and teach them how to do the same.

My oldest.
My youngest.

I hope you enjoy today’s workout! Let me know in the comments if you have a favorite move and if this quick routine challenged you. I would also love to hear about what motivates you to get in your workouts and consistently choose your own health and wellness. Understanding your motivations (and what doesn’t motivate you) is a powerful tool for consistency.


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1. Rainbow: Right
2. Rainbow: Left
3. Elevated Clam: Right
4. Elevated Clam: Left
5. Prone Heel Press
6. Beast Thigh Pulse: Right
7. Beast Thigh Pulse: Left
8. Extended Hydrant Circle: Right
9. Extended Hydrant Circle: Left
10. Down Dog Leg Lifts
11. Prone Cross Tap: Right
12. Prone Cross Tap: Left

Complete 1-4 Rounds.

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