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 22

Yoga Series 1:
All poses for five deep breaths unless otherwise noted:

  • Bound angle pose
  • Seated forward bend
  • Child’s pose
  • Thread the needle
  • Child’s pose
  • Pigeon pose with bolster
  • Seated forward bend
  • Bridge pose
  • Child’s pose
  • Savasana – 10 minutes


Day 23

Sport Day - practice your sport for 1 hour


Day 24

Rest Day


Day 25

Short Bodyweight Workout:
5 Rounds:

  • Jump rope 2 minutes
  • Push ups x 10
  • Australian pull up x 10
  • Side plank x 30 seconds R/L
  • Pistols x 5 R/L


30 minutes skill work


Day 26

Sport day


Day 27

Active rest - walk for one hour today


Day 28

Kettlebell Workout 1 - use a weight you can comfortably press for 8 - 10 reps.
5 Rounds:

  • 25 KB swings per side
  • 10 KB thrusters per side
  • Push ups x 10
  • Goblet squat x 10
  • Side plank x 30 seconds per side
  • Rest in child’s pose for 1 minute between rounds