During this pregnancy, I intend to keep lifting heavy and incorporating CrossFit into my training. Hope you enjoy this second trimester ladder workout!
I love the simplicity and variability of this workout. Plus, it really challenged me!
I paced myself throughout this workout by noting my RPE (rate of perceived exertion). The advice of staying below 170 bpm is outdated. It does not account for one’s healthy history or exercise background.
We don’t have a squat rack, so I had to clean & jerk the barbell each time. Gasser! And, the pull-ups are getting tougher for me by the day, so I had to break those up into singles on the last two sets.
If you don’t have access to a barbell or pull-up bar, there are several substitutions I might suggest.
For squats sub the following:
- goblet squats with kettlebell or dumbbell
- body weight, but increase the number of reps
For pull-ups, sub the following:
- 3 point stance rows (demo HERE)
- kettlebell upright row (below)
- reverse pull-ups
- if all else fails, BURPEES!
Or, you can take your pull-ups to the playground!
Disclaimer: Although I am an NSCA-CSCS and Healthy Moms® Perinatal Instructor, you should consult a physician before starting any exercise program or diet plan. If you choose to do any of the workouts featured on this website, you do so at your own risk