EDITOR'S NOTE: Nicole Crawford is a certified personal trainer and women's fitness specialist (NASM) and a pre- and post-natal fitness specialist (AFPA). Nicole thinks all moms should have the opportunity and support they need to stay fit. She volunteers at crisis pregnancy centers and is completing DONA International's requirements to become a certified birth doula. Connect with Nicole: Nicole@BreakingMuscle.com


How to maintain your fitness, and sanity, while trying to get pregnant.

During the second 28-day phase of the Fertility Cycle, we’ll increase the frequency of your workouts without a steep increase in intensity. Starting with the first day of menstruation, I will take you through a day-by-day approach to exercise, with a daily schedule provided for your entire 28-day cycle. There is one rest day noted, but take a second day of your choice off for active or complete rest.



This cycle of workouts is intended for women who do intense exercise for five or more hours per week. It is based on my own research and experience. I used this approach to regain my own fertility after the birth of my second child, with great success.


You might find it challenging to cut back on the time you spend in the gym, but doing so will help your body establish regularity. It’s understood that you want to continue being active while trying to become pregnant. The plan includes at least one sport or activity day per week, depending on where you are in your cycle, so you can continue the activities you enjoy while increasing your fertility.


Of course, not all women have the same cycle length, so repeat or skip days as needed. I recommend keeping a log of other markers such as energy levels, sex drive, and vaginal discharge to help you track where you are in your cycle.



Day Fifteen

Sport day - practice your sport for 45 minutes to an hour. Go all out.


Day Sixteen

Run/walk 5k


Day Seventeen

Rest day


Day Eighteen

Bodyweight Workout:

4 Rounds - rest as needed and take your time with this workout.

  • Push ups x 5-8 – slow and controlled, keep elbows close to sides
  • Hip Thrust x 20 – slow and controlled
  • Hold knees to chest for 30 seconds
  • Russian Twist x 10
  • Squat x 10
  • Forward Bend, ragdoll up to standing x 10


Day Nineteen

Sport day


Day Twenty

Run/walk 30 minutes - 1 minute run, 1 minute walk


Day Twenty-one

Active rest day - walk or practice technique/skill work for one hour