Is it just for mums?
Nope its suitable for all women, in fact if you are someone who is thinking of having children you may really benefit from starting to do the lean mums workouts.
Is it just for new mums?
No it’s suitable for all mums, no matter what age your children are in fact its suitable for women in general.
How soon after giving birth can I do it?
There’s no set timescale on this as it’s very individual and in depends on the type of delivery. If you are in any doubt always speak to your doctor. As a general rule you can begin very light exercise once any bleeding or soreness has stopped.
I’m not very fit can I still sign up?
Of course! The great thing about Lean Mums workouts is that you can pick workouts that suit how fit you are and also how long you have to train. Everyone has to start somewhere and you’ll be amazed how quickly your fitness improves.
If so where do I start?
If you are new to training or haven’t trained for a long time the best place to start is with 5 minute, Level 1 workouts.
I really struggle with diet will I get help with that?
You certainly will! Diet plays a massive part in fat loss and the Lean Mums Website contains guidance on what to eat, how much and lots of tasty recipes.
I’m a rubbish cook will the recipes be complicated?
No they are deliberately very simple, even if you are a good cook I know how difficult it can be for mums to cook so all of the recipes are really easy to prepare and cook.
I don’t have time to cook separate meals, can my family eat these meals too?
Yep the recipes on the Lean Mums website are suitable for the whole family. I know cooking separate meals can be a right pain, so hopefully your whole family will enjoy these recipes.
The recipes don’t need loads of expensive ingredients do they?
No, you’ll find a shopping list that contains the most common ingredients you’ll need for the recipes. You’ll be able to get these from most supermarkets and they wont break the bank.
I don’t have any weights or equipment at home?
That’s fine, you don’t need to use heavy weights in the workouts. If you don’t have small hand weights then a bottle of water or tin of beans will work fine.
I’ve never even been to a gym before can I still sign up?
Definitely yeah, I’ll talk you through how to do all of the exercises and if theres any that you still aren’t sure about you will find extra guidance in the tutorials section.
How long do I need to join for?
You can use the website for as long or as little as you like. I want the website to be affordable for all and for it be something that becomes a part of your lifestyle.
What if I don’t like it?
We hope that you’ll love Lean Mums but if it’s not for you simply cancel your membership, there’s no contract.
How long until I see results?
Unfortunately the answer to this is it depends. The main factors are how well you can apply the eating plan and be consistent with the workouts. The sooner you get into a routine of eating well and training regularly, the sooner you’ll see results. But it does depend on how much weight you have to lose
I always put loads of weight back on after diets, will this be different?
I hope so, I hope to teach you the changes you need to make to your lifestyle to get in shape and stay in shape!
Can’t I just find workouts like this for free on YouTube?
Yeah the Internet is full of workouts you can do for free but they may not be suited to you. I’ve designed these workouts especially for busy mums! As well as the workouts you also get nutrition advice, recipes, blogs and access to the forum to communicate with other mums in your position.
My husband wants to follow the workouts and recipes too will it work for him?
Your husband is more than welcome to follow the wrokouts too, they have been designed to be more suited to women but he’ll still get a benefit from doing them. The recipes are suitable for the whole family, so he can enjoy those too!
I never have long to myself because of the kids will I have time to do it?
Yeah the workouts are 5, 10 and 15 minutes long. If you don’t have long just go for a 5 minute workout. At the end of the 5 and 10 minute workouts if you still have time to continue you have the option of skipping cool down and going straight into another one. As you can see it’s all geared towards making it easier for you busy mums to squeeze in workouts.
When is the best time to do the workouts?
There’s no rules on this, simply when it suits you best. Some people like to train in the morning, others like to wait until the children have gone to bed, whatever suits you. You might find it depends how you feel day to day.
Is a 5 minute workout really going to make much of a difference?
Combined with good eating habits you’d be amazed what a difference a small amount of exercise can make! I’ve continued to be surprised by how easily the mums I’ve worked with have changed their bodies by making simple changes to their diets and moving more.
How many workouts do I need to do a week?
There’s no straightforward answer to this, you need to work out what is realistic and works for you. What I would say though is try to do something everyday, some days that might be a couple of workouts, maybe just one workout another day and failing that just a short walk.
How many workouts should I do a day?
This would depend on how fit you are. If you are just getting started then one will be enough, if you are starting to get fitter and have time you might want to do 2-3 workouts at once. But remember Lean Mums allows you to train in a way that suits you. If you have time to do a few workouts at once then great, if you only have time to grab 5 minutes here and there that’s fine too, spread your workouts throughout the day.
Do I need to follow the training or can I just do the diet?
You can use Lean Mums however you like, if you’d rather just do the workouts or just follow the diet plan that’s fine too. But for best results you should combine the two.
Will anyone else be able to see my pictures?
No we only share images if we have your permission to do so. All pictures and measurements are stored securely and kept confidential.
What should I wear?
You can wear whatever you like, just go for something that is comfortable that you can move in. You can do these workouts in the comfort of your own home so no need to dress up! For some of the workouts you might be more comfortable in trainers.
How much is too much when training during pregnancy?
You need to gauge this based on how you feel. As a general rule I like to think that workouts during pregnancy should energise you not exhaust you. If you are starting to feel worn out you are doing too much. Your energy levels will vary day to day so go on how you feel daily and as always if you are in any doubt, speak to your doctor.
Can I drink on the plan and will it ruin my progress?
I’m realistic enough to know that sometimes we all fancy a drink, the key is to make sure it doesn’t undo all of your good work. Drinking a bottle of wine everynight is going to halt all your progress, but a glass of wine a couple of times a week isn’t as likely to. The key is to factor it in one approach would be to avoid snacking on the days you’ll fancy a drink. The snacks on the Lean Mums plan are 150-200 calories, a standard of glass of wine is 160 calories, substitute the snack for the wine that day and your overall calories are the same. In terms of big nights out, again I know you’ll have them from time to time and that’s fine. It’s about making sure that you get back on track the next day and making sure you aren’t having a massive night out every week.
I’ve just had a baby where should I start?
We would always say follow the advice of your medical professional, once they’ve given you the okay you still need to be cautious. A great place to start for you might be to continue with the 3rd trimester workouts initially, these will work your muscles and get you moving but without taxing you too much. Just make sure that you are pain free with no heavy bleeding, if you experience either of these things stop and see your doctor. When you start to feel fitter you can maybe try the Level 1, 5 minute workouts.
I’m pregnant but want to exercise what would you recommend?
The best bit of advice is usually to start training before your pregnancy, as you’ll find it easier to continue with that as you move into your pregnancy. However if you haven’t trained before your pregnancy you need to be even more cautious. As always, check with your medical professional first, and if you get the okay to train, follow the workouts that are suitable for your stage of pregnancy; first, second or third trimester. They are very gentle and focus on controlled movements to improve posture and strength in a safe and controlled manner.
I’m really fit and active but I’ve just found out I’m pregnant can I still train?
Everyone copes with pregnancy differently and it’s up to you and your medical professional to decide what you are capable of. Some of you might find that in the early stages of your pregnancy you can continue to train as normal, just with more caution. As your pregnancy progresses we would advise you select a trimester appropriate workout just to be safe.
I haven’t trained for years since having children and I’m really unfit which workout should I do?
That’s absolutely fine; there are plenty of people in your position. Just start with the Level 1, 5 minute workouts until your fitness and strength improves. The Level 1 workouts are designed for people who haven’t trained before or for a while and just need a gentle introduction.
I’m quite fit but not able to go to the gym as much as I used to, which workouts would be good for me?
You might find that you can go straight into the Level 2 workouts, the Level 3 workouts might be appropriate too but start at Level 2 and see how you go from there, you can always drop down or go up a level.
I’m in my third trimester of pregnancy and I’ve read that training can help with the delivery and getting back into shape after, can I do any of the workouts?
You’re absolutely right that exercising during pregnancy can help with both those things, however it’s usually advisable to start exercising before your pregnancy not during, especially not at this stage. To be safe I would hold off for now, perhaps just stick to gentle cardio like walking and swimming, then look to get started after you’ve had your baby.
Can I follow the meal plan if I'm breastfeeding?
Yep you can continue to follow the recipes, they all include a balance of required nutrients, so will be perfectly safe for breastfeeding and are inkeeping with the guidelines given by the NHS. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Pages/breastfeeding-diet.aspx The only change I would make is to not be too concerned with sticking to just the meals and snacks, if you feel you need more then have more. You can either increase portion sizes or add more snacks, just go on how hungry you feel. If you are feeling hungry and/or lethargic you need to eat more.
Can I follow the meal plan if I'm pregnant?
As you are probably aware there are certain foods that you need to avoid or take care with whilst pregnant as they may harm your baby. The recipes in the Lean Mums Meal Plan include a balance of essential nutrients and the ingredients used should all be fine but it's important that you are aware of which foods can be harmful so you can avoid them in your other meals.
Below is a list of the foods to avoid or be cautious with but if you want more information visit
So the foods to be cautious with or avoid are:
Eggs- make sure they are cooked until the whites and yolks are solid
Cheese- avoid soft cheeses with white rinds like brie, camembert and some goats cheeses
avoid soft blue cheeses like danish blue and gorgonzola
(all hard cheeses are fine as are cottage cheese, mozzarella, feta, cream cheese and halloumi)
Pate- avoid all pate
Liver and Game- both should be avoided
Fish- avoid shark, swordfish and marin and limit tuna to 2 steaks per week or 4 tins
(most other fish is fine but only eat shellfish if cooked)
Milk- stick to pasteurised or UHT milk
(all yoghurt is fine)
Fruit and veg- should be fine but just be careful to wash off all soil
Caffeine and teas- limit caffeine to no more than 200mg per day and drink herbal teas in moderation
Vitamins and fish oil supplements- avoid high dose multi vitamins, fish liver oil supplements and supplements containing Vitamin A
Also make sure you are eating enough. Don't feel you need to just stick to the plan, add in more snacks or increase portion sizes to ensure you are getting sufficient calories for you and your baby. If you are feeling hungry and/or lethargic you need to eat more.