Prenatal Fitness Home Workout

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I love getting questions from readers and try to answer in a timely manner! Many of you have been asking about my workouts during the second trimester of pregnancy. The first trimester, I mentioned that I didn't change much at all--but every woman is different. I did notice fatigue earlier, but overall I felt fine. Now that my belly is growing, I'm making modifications to workouts and specific exercises. In fact, I'm reminded of my growing belly every time I'm shopping in the produce … [Continue reading]

Reebok ONE Clothing for Women

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In November, I had the opportunity to visit Reebok headquarters in Canton, MA and preview some of their 2013 fitness apparel line. I was thrilled to see the direction Reebok was going with apparel ranging from my beloved CrossFit line to yoga to fitness to dance. I saw that Reebok was committed to venturing into a variety of fitness arenas by updating fabrics, fit, quality and function. Reebok graciously sent me the Women's Strength Track Jacket and the PWR Short Sleeve V-Neck to … [Continue reading]

Accountability: Nutrition

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A few weeks ago, CrossFit Omaha announced a nutrition challenge.  I pretty much looked the other way. I mean, I'm pregnant. Doesn't that give me the right to indulge and not be accountable with my food choices? Wrong. This is time I should be most conscious of what I'm consuming. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not hell bent on eating Paleo or eliminating sugar. Remember, the fro-yo I shared with Cooper? But, I like to make healthy, nutrient-dense choices. While I can use pregnancy as an … [Continue reading]

A Power Running Jacket & Fun Workout!

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A few months ago, I talked about the Zensah Smart Touch Gloves and have been using them in the frigid temps! I know they'll be an asset during the early, Spring baseball games when I want to snap pics or be social! Zensah recently sent me the Seamless Power Running Jacket to try. I really love the material of the gloves and the racerback tank top, so I anticipated this would be a winner as well. What Zensah says, "This Seamless Power Running Jacket from Zensah features a seamless … [Continue reading]

Home Kettlebell Tabata Workout

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*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 … [Continue reading]

CrossFit During Pregnancy

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I get a lot of questions from readers about how to design workouts and balance strength training with cardio. Now, I'm receiving more and more questions regarding pregnancy and scaling workouts, especially with CrossFit. There's not a ton of information out there. But, thankfully many pregnant bloggers are sharing their personal journeys with fitness & pregnancy. Each one different, but it's empowering to see so many woman remaining active during this time. Are you scaling your weight … [Continue reading]

We are having…

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Yesterday, we got to find out if we are having a boy or girl. More importantly, we saw that our little girl is healthy and progressing. She is 12 oz. and long, lanky at this point graduating from a mango to a banana. We listened to her heart beat (147 bpm), they took measurements, checked out vital organs, etc. She is very chill and was a little stubborn in letting us see "her" but she finally relented after I turned to my side for a bit. I honestly thought we were having a boy … [Continue reading]

The Best Exercises for Pregnancy

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Prenatal fitness is becoming more important & visible. No longer is it a sentence for a sedentary lifestyle. That being said, each woman is different when it comes to exercising while pregnant depending on preexisting conditions, health risks, and exercise history. Exercise boosts mood, improves sleep, and reduces pregnancy aches and pains (source). More importantly, it prepares you for childbirth by strengthening your muscles.  Bonus: it makes it much easier to get back in shape … [Continue reading]

My New Job!

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Happy Friday all! I have some exciting news to share! In addition to the fitness classes and personal training I do at Creighton, I will be teaching a course for the Exercise Science department--a couple sections in fact! Technically, I'm adjunct faculty. I think that sounds pretty nice! Since moving back to Omaha, I made a career change (scary) to the fitness arena and wanted to see where it would lead me (or wouldn't). I'm so thankful to be part of a respected department with … [Continue reading]

My Belly is Growing: 19 Weeks Pregnant.

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Apparently, growing bellies are interesting? Actually, I have always wondered how each woman changes throughout a pregnancy. I remember thinking, "I hope I look like her when I'm pregnant." Or, "OMG, will my body do that?!!" We are all so different: musculature, skeletal structure, height, hips...that it's tough to predict, so try to avoid the comparison trap (<---trying to take own advice here). I'm entering the 20th week of pregnancy which means, we are halfway there. … [Continue reading]