Fit2B Beginning + Fit2B Mama: Week 5

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Week 5 Goal: Four 25-30 minute Fit2B workouts + 1 daily double
This is definitely the hardest week yet, but still doable, even in my pregnant state.
Thigh Workout II

Since I haven’t done this workout in so long, I decided that I would  do it without the weights. Which was an excellent idea because I really struggled with it. Most of the standing portion was OK, but the side leg series was very difficult. It’s probably related to the pregnancy but there is definitely a stiffness to my pelvic and hip joints that makes these kind of moves very difficult. I’m hoping that it’s just hormones and I’ll be able to get back to more normal mobility after the pregnancy. I also wasn’t sure about the extended amount of time spent on the floor at the end. I did occasionally find it difficult to catch my breath and I definitely modified the shoulder bridges and hip circles. Overall, great workout but it’s not a favorite of mine and I won’t be using it as a regular maternity routine.

Plain Ol’ Pilates

This is a good Pilates workout. However, it’s not a great maternity workout. Floor work on my belly was hard to do pregnant. I also found the leg work on my back to be difficult because of how stiff my sacrum has become this pregnancy. Remember that some pregnant women can’t lay flat on their backs for too long. If you feel dizzy or uncomfortable, make sure to change position. This is a good workout, and I look forward to coming back to it again when I’m not pregnant any more,e but I don’t think it’s one I’ll stick with this pregnancy.

Kelly’s Total Body Toning

This is the second time I’ve done this as a maternity workout. I love the core section. It helps me almost as much as one of the foundational five. The arm section kills me every time. I can never get through it without having to stop and let my muscles rest if only for a few seconds. (Which is probably good since I’ll be hauling a newborn around soon enough, I need to get my artm strength back).Even though it hurts a little (good hurt, not real pain), I will definitely try to keep this one on my schedule for as long as I can.

Tummy Safe™ Gentle Blend

For some reason I was dreading this workout. I was convinced that I remembered it felt really long. Slower workouts can be hard sometimes because of the stamina necessary for the more sustained movements. But I was pleasantly surprised. After the first ten minutes, we got to the gate poses and side leg series and I was sure I wasn’t going to make it. But then once I got past that, everything else was rejuvenating and gentle. I was able to stretch all the tight and stressed areas of my pregnant body virtually pain free. (With the exception of my lower back which hurt a bit during the final series done flat on my back). Yes, I modified things a lot. I did the easiest of the five demonstrated versions of the side bridges. I had to focus a lot on breathing and maintaining my core, but I managed to finish. This definitely has some good things going for it as a maternity workout.

Daily Double – Try to do both in one day
Basic Aerobics III

What more can I say about this that I haven’t already said? It’s a regular part of my routine, and it will continue to be. It’s nice to know I can get my heart rate up for a short period of time without needing enough stamina for a much longer workout. If you are pregnant, like me, keep this one handy when you want some cardio or just to get yourself moving.

Balanced

I’ve always this workout but I haven’t been back to it for a while. I think this is a good workout while pregnant because it helps with balance, which is something I often struggle with during pregnancy, it is a challenge without being painful or leaving me breathless. I did opt to do some of the balancing movements without the weights, but that’s OK.

Only a week to go and I think I’m glad. This has been a good challenge but I’m ready to start scaling back soon. What I have been learning though is that consistency is good even if my stamina and strength aren’t. Even if I do something everyday, that still serves a purpose, even if I can’t do 30-60 minutes a day anymore. The last week is going to be a rough one, but I’m determined to get through it.

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Fit2B Beginning + Fit2B Mama: Week 1

Fit2B Beginning + Fit2B Mama: Week 2

Fit2B Beginning + Fit2B Mama: Week 3

Fit2B Beginning + Fit2B Mama: Week 4

Fit2B Beginning + Fit2B Mama: Week 5

Fit2B Beginning + Fit2B Mama: Week 6

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Fit2B Beginning + Fit2B Mama: Week 2

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Week 2 Goal: Four 12-15 minute Fit2B routines + Stretch

This consistent exercise thing is really difficult. It’s hard enough to keep up with everyday life while dealing with the rigors of pregnancy, but finding the time and energy to exercise.

Align it Flat 

I’ll admit that I  often find this workout a little long, and if you are looking for an opportunity for serious cardio, this is not it. But since I am approaching this Beginning Pathway from a prenatal perspective, I thought it would be worth giving this workout another chance. It is definitely different doing this while pregnant. My whole alignment is altered, and I’m on in my second trimester. But I’m also hopeful that a periodic review of this will help with my common aches and pains and help prevent them this time around.

Standing Chair Yoga

I haven’t done this workout since I first tried the Fit2B Beginning Pathway two years ago. I opted to do it as an after dinner or before bed stretch and cool down. It worked well for that. It was gentle enough that I didn’t sweat, but it also helped workout any muscle tension from my day. This is good for pregnancy because the chair helps with any balance issues that happen along the way.

Warrior Workout I 

I used this workout as another pre-bedtime cool down after a walk with my husband and kids. It got my muscles and joints limber but still didn’t feel like a hard core workout. This is one I’ll definitely be continuing to use throughout my pregnancy.

Basic Aerobics

I opted by for Basic Aerobics III instead of the original Basic Aerobics. Either is fine, I just happen to prefer the Basic Aerobics III. I like that it’s short and manageable and it’s easy to fit in almost any time. Plus I still feel like I’m getting a good, strong workout in that time.

I didn’t manage to do a specific stretching routine, but I have been trying to incorporate as much of the Pregnancy Stretching video into my daily life as possible.

Week Two Bonus: Try to accomplish some light cardiovascular training for 15-20 minutes on two additional days.

Kelly’s Core Cardio

I’ve done this workout many times before, but not since I got pregnant. It has been surprising helpful at producing movement in my SI joint and tailbone and relieving some of the pain and stiffness I get. Who knew that shadow hula hooping (what I call Kelly’s hula hooping without a hoop) would help so much. Kelly always incorporates all my favorite stretches into her workouts as well, so I feel like I’m getting at tiny bit of core rehab in every workout.

I also went for a walk with my husband and kids. While the speed wasn’t terribly high, in my current state I think it still qualified as cardio. I did walk quickly behind my daughter while she was on her scooter.

Week 2 done, Week 3 is going to be tough, but I keep clinging to the idea that I can continue to be active during pregnancy and in fact, doing so may give me a healthier pregnancy. I hope so.

Fit2B Beginning + Fit2B Mama: Week 1

Fit2B Beginning + Fit2B Mama: Week 2

Fit2B Beginning + Fit2B Mama: Week 3

Fit2B Beginning + Fit2B Mama: Week 4

Fit2B Beginning + Fit2B Mama: Week 5

Fit2B Beginning + Fit2B Mama: Week 6

 

 

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