This morning was one big flashback to 2 1/2 years ago. I should say it was lots of little flashbacks to 2 1/2 years ago. You know, when I was all round and glowy, maybe a little sleepy too. Ah! Here she is…
I joined a group of round, glowy and sleepy gals this morning at Rapid Fitness in Raleigh. I have been to lots of gyms, but I seriously love this one. I like fitness classes because I’m an uber-extrovert who can’t stand the solidarity and monotony of running. (Let’s be honest. I hate running in general. If that’s your thing, they have plenty of treadmills and ellipticals with fancy TVs.) What I really love is that they have specialty prenatal exercise classes.
No. I’m not pregnant. Thanks for asking, though.
Now that we have that cleared up, I have an explanation for my attendance to this class. Rapid Fitness’ prenatal class was being featured on NBC 17’s local morning newscast. As part of my Public Relations job, I do Media Training to prepare clients for interviews. After helping Brandy, a Personal Trainer for Rapid Fitness, they asked me to use my baby blogging skills to tell all my darling readers more about what they offer. I was there to observe and tell you all about the prenatal class.
Disclaimer: Rapid Fitness gives me free classes that I don’t attend like I should. My opinions, however, come up more than they should. They are totally free and totally honest.
Being with the TV news crew gave me flashbacks to all my early morning hours as a news reporter. I was all busy and harried, maybe a little stressed too. Ah! Here she is… (Really cold and miserable on this day, apparently.)
This morning Brandy discussed the importance of prenatal fitness. As a personal trainer and mother of a 2 1/2 year old, she works with moms-to-be to stay fit before pregnancy. She explained to Page Crawford from NBC 17 that exercise while you’re pregnant can help with the following…
- More energy
- Less moody
- Better sleep
- Easier labor and delivery
- Decreased chance of Gestational Diabetes
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. “Ha! Sounds good Amy, let’s go workout when I’m already more tired then I have ever been in my entire life. Did someone poison my food? Seriously.” I hear you. These recommendations come with a caveat. Do what your doctor says is okay. Don’t push it. That is something they really stress at Rapid Fitness. Let me tell you, these were some seriously dedicated pregnant chicks.
You see the blond on the left? That’s Jennifer. She is my sweet, adorable coworker whom I love working with. You want to talk about a tough cookie? This poor girl has had an awful pregnancy! She has been sick EVERY DAY. If you have questions about Zofram and extreme exhaustion, Jennifer can answer them. She is expecting a boy in May, and I think she will be glad to not be pregnant. Yet here she was this morning, toning muscles and keeping her body strong. She is my new hero.
All the exercises they offer in the class are modified and lower impact to make them safe for pregnancy. They did lunges and squats to prepare your legs and booty for the big pushes of labor. The class then used small free weights to tone arms. I know I’m not the only one whose arms were seriously sore after labor. It’s hard work to pull yourself up by your legs like that. Bouncing and sitting on the exercise ball while lifting the weights was encouraged. Of course breathing, stretching, and water breaks were a huge priority. (Wait, not those kind of water breaks!)
I’m making it a personal goal to do more low-impact exercise the next time I get pregnant. (Whenever that is. Again, I’m not pregnant.) I did a lot of walking the first go-around, but I want more overall tone this time.
Were you/are you able to exercise during pregnancy? What kind of exercise did you do/are you doing while pregnant? Did you take a class? Did it help you feel better during pregnancy or labor and delivery?