I’ve been thinking a ton about my pregnancies since my first post comparing them, so here goes another!
Last time, I scoured the world for prenatal workouts that were challenging, but not crazy. I had found a lot of lighter workouts and a lot of people trying to not change a thing from their normal workout routine, and I was in the middle…a big part of why I started this blog (and you can find some pregnancy-specific workouts here). I liked a lot of them, and could do things like go to a lot of prenatal yoga, go to the pool alone to workout, etc, without another child!
So, take 2…by this time, I had a lot more experience as an exerciser, fitness motivator and group exercise instructor. And I was teaching 3 (non-prenatal) classes a week. So I knew that I would be doing my share of “regular” workouts. When I found out I was pregnant, I was doing a workout program called Hammer and Chisel. And I loved it. And I was sharing about it. And I didn’t want to tell the world I was pregnant yet! So I kept it up. I only needed to modify slightly (usually more because I’m clumsy and didn’t want to hurt the well protected baby than anything), and I started a new round after the first one was over, taking my time so I could also practice for my classes and not stress too much about sticking to schedule.
Then, I got tired. Like super crazy, staring into space, falling asleep mid-sentence tired. And I needed to streamline my mornings as much as possible. So I decided to check out 22 Minute Hard Corps for the 22 minute factor, changing out some of the workouts to do Active Maternity workouts (available streaming – free 30 day trial here) on days where I just didn’t want to modify from the videos.
It was moving time next, and I needed no equipment workouts to get me through packing and unpacking. So I went to the same program I had done while moving a year ago, Cize…dancing it up in my living room/gym/wherever was available. This is also around when I stopped teaching. It was getting harder to show moves, breathe, cue, etc, and with the move, I was going to be driving longer than the class to get there and back.
After that, I had about 10 weeks to go! Closing in! So I went nutty and decided to do T25 for those 10 weeks. Again, for short workouts, and remembering that there was a modifier at all times. The first 5 weeks were great…I modified the workouts, but could mostly stick to the modifications shown. I replaced the ab days with Active Maternity or another prenatal workout, and it was all going great. Until Beta, the name of the second 5 weeks. It was just too much for me to modify, especially at 430 am! Sometimes, that’s just too early for thinking! So I moved on…with 30 days to go.
Now, I’m back to dancing, this time to Country music with Country Heat. Sometimes I even share videos of how that goes. You know you want to watch the pregnant chick dance to music she doesn’t listen to! I have about 2 weeks to the end of the schedule and the due date of this baby. I may finish, I may not.
But I’m going to keep doing my best.