*Edit: I have added an instructional video! See below.
Because I teach and train on a college campus, my schedule revolves around the academic calendar.
So, I’m back in my routine! I told my classes that I was 5 months pregnant (in case they couldn’t tell!!). When I’m in fitness gear, you can really see my belly–time to fess up!
I felt really good teaching and continue to use the “talk test” for intensity; meaning if I can still instruct and encourage, I’m doing okay! However, I still like to wear my Polar HRM so I can see my heart rate on a consistent basis.
When my body is changing, growing, getting softer, I can’t help but notice. This is my first pregnancy, so it’s all new for me. When you’re in the fitness arena, it’s tough not to think about appearance especially when leading a group fitness class. However, I’m working on re-framing my self talk. Now, it’s about showing women you can stay active during pregnancy. Plus, it may help my class seem less intimidating, right?! “She’s 5 mos. prego, it has be easier!”
What does 21 weeks look like?
Still dressing “nice” for my exercise science lectures, but we will be in the weight room for a majority of the semester, so sweats it is! Thank goodness-I’m running out of clothes already!
More normal clothes! what?!
Spencer and I went to Zero Dark Thirty over the weekend. With baseball season approaching, weekends will be filled with practices and games, so we took advantage. Really enjoyed it–lots of focus on the “hunt” versus the actual mission.
And, the GNC Total Lean Challenge is in its third week. I had the chance to instruct and demo the prescribed workouts, so if you get a chance, check it out! Bonus: prizes are awarded weekly.
Guess who also keeps me active? You got it, my best buddy Cooper! He found a ball during one of our walks and promptly deflated it. He was quite proud of himself.
Last week, we added kettlebells to our home gym! I was so pumped to work out with them! For the following WOD, I set my timer to tabatas [20 seconds on: 10 seconds off x 8] for each move. I used a 35 lbs. kettle bell for all moves except the dead lifts where I substituted with 50 lbs.
The single arm KB snatch is the most technical move, and high pulls look something like this:
You will do each move for the 4 minutes before moving to the next. Take a 60 second break in between each exercise. It’s 20 minutes of intense work!
*Edited on 2/14/13 to include video:
1. What was the last movie you saw?
2. Do you like wearing normal clothes or could you live in sweats? –Obviously, I’m not a fashionista. Sorry, little girl. Your mom will have you in athletic gear! 😉
*FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions are my own.