She’s said it before and she’ll say it again: Tiff Hall will NOT succumb to the pressure to ‘bounce back’ to her pre-baby body.
Since the birth of her son Arnie in September 2017, the fitness guru has centred her training regime around how she wants to feel, instead of how society thinks she should look. And as a result, the 34-year-old is “stronger than ever” - both mentally and physically.
“I put on 30kg while pregnant and to be honest, I didn’t want to bounce back after having a baby,” she captioned a recent Instagram post, comparing her figure at two and 15-weeks post-partum. “It took me over 17 months to regain my fitness and strength.”
Despite the overwhelming expectation placed on her to slave away at the gym in the weeks after Arnie’s arrival (the joys of being a celebrity PT!), Tiff put the needs of herself and her family first.
“I prioritised self care, the sanctity of the newborn bubble, breastfeeding, recovery and one of the most important relationships in my life. My love of movement,” she explained.
When Arnie went down for his nap each morning, Tiff would play one of her many TIFFXO at-home workout videos. She told herself she didn’t have to commit to doing the whole thing – just five minutes would be enough.
“I knew if I punished and flogged myself too soon, I would damage my relationship with exercise. So I chose self love and acceptance,” she said.
Gradually this approach helped her establish healthy habits again, and soon enough she rekindled her connection to martial arts: “My core, pelvic floor, glutes and kicks are stronger than before I had my baby. It not only helped me physically but built mental and emotional resilience for the fight many women face after having a baby: sleep deprivation, postpartum injuries, feeding, going back to work…”
And as all new parents should, she learned to take things day-by-day.
“I focused on the fit, not the fat loss, and in doing so, I never bounced back - I bounced FORWARD,” she said. “I am stronger now, because of you baby 👶🏼.”
Thanks for being such an inspiration, Tiff. And for helping all mamas to see that slow and steady really does win the race.