Shanola Hampton sure knows how to multitask in new motherhood!
“I hit the gym as soon as I could after giving birth,” says the actress, who has been married to husband Daren Dukes since 2000.
“Most importantly, I worked out until the day I gave birth,” she adds. “Staying in shape throughout the pregnancy made it easier to get back in shape.”
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“Then I did planks and really worked out my abs,” she continues. “Three hundred crunches five days a week.”
Hampton didn’t work with a personal trainer, but she did meet for a single session with trainer Torri Shack, who showed her ways to incorporate little Doc into her workouts — a genius idea for any busy mom.
MOVE 1: Push-Up to Plank Hold
This move “targets the shoulders, arms, core and key muscle stabilizers,” according to Shack.
“The key is to keep the head, neck and spine in a neutral position, abs engaged, and lower body muscles (hips, glutes, etc.) activated throughout the movement,” she tells PEOPLE.
MOVE 2: Mom and Baby Chest Press
This move can be performed while you’re lying on a bench or the floor, and targets the pectoralis major, triceps and anterior deltoids.
“Many women are inherently weak in the upper body,” Shack says. ” This exercise is a great way to help develop upper-body strength while having fun with your baby.”
— Jen Juneau with reporting by Sarah Michaud