So sorry I’ve been slacking on the fitness posts lately. Truth be told, I took a pretty long hiatus from the gym during the first trimester because I just really never felt like I had the energy. However, once I hit the second trimester I did get a surge of energy back and started going to the gym 3 or so times a week and just doing some light jogging and incline walks on the treadmill.
Now that I’m in my third trimester, I’m definitely too big to really do much running (for fear that I’ll trip) and I get winded very easily. This has required me to be a little more strategic with how I get some exercise in. I could just keep walking on the treadmill, but honestly I’ve gotten a little bored of that and am really focusing on building up some muscle mass that I’ve lost so that the baby weight is easier to lose.
Yes, more muscle= more calories burned…making it significantly easier to shed those pounds post-birth. Over the years I’ve accumulated several different “at home workout guides” which I’ve now used to compile a list of different exercises that are deemed safe for pregnancy (of course everyone is different so make sure you talk to your doctor about your fitness routine and make sure they give you the A-OK to workout).
As far as cardio goes, I’ve tried out a few different types of classes and definitely feel most comfortable doing Spin/Cycling. In fact, the studio I’ve been going to typically has 3 of us mommies-to-be in the class! My first time going I was a bit nervous about how they would feel about me being in my third trimester, but they were SO welcoming and made me feel so comfortable.
Other great thing about spin classes is that you can go at your own pace. You have full control over how much resistance you add, how fast you peddle, etc and no one will ever know if you are taking it easy or not. (if your cycle studio has one of those “leader boards” just opt out of being on it if you can).
So here is what a typical week of workouts look like for me now:
Monday: At Home Circuit (Legs)
Tuesday: 45 minute Spin Class
Wednesday: At Home Circuit (Arms/Butt)
Thursday: 45 minute Spin Class
Friday: Full Body Circuit
Leg Circuit: Complete circuit 4 times. Rest as needed.
- 20 Plie Squats
- 24 Single-Leg Lunges (12 each leg)
- 30 Lying Side Leg Raises (15 each side)
- 20 Calf Raises
Arms and Butt Circuit: Complete circuit 4 times. Rest as needed.
- 10 Knee Pushups
- 12 Tricep Dips
- 20 Arm Circles
- 20 Donkey Kicks (10 each leg)
Full Body Circuit: Complete circuit 4 times. Rest as needed.
- 10 Wall Push-ups
- 20 Fire Hydrants (10 each leg)
- 60 second Wall Sit
- 15 Squats with Calf Raise
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Okay thats it for this week! Any other pregnant mommies out there struggling to get themselves to the gym lately?
For those not pregnant- what is your favorite workout at the moment? Tell us in the comments below!
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