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Fit2B Mama: Week 2
So guess what? It took me longer than a week to finish Week 2. I had a very rough week where sometimes I couldn’t walk, let alone exercise. But let this be a lesson. One bad week doesn’t mean you are done for good and as Beth always says, something is better than nothing.
I had to alternate doing Basic Aerobics IV with and without weights, it is quite a workout. I continue to love Restorative Poses. It is harder to find comfortable ways to lay into the stretches, even with lots of pillows (though my three year old also keeps stealing my pillows which doesn’t make it easier), but I still found it very soothing.
This combination really got my heart rate up (one of the issues with pregnancy I guess). The Warrior Workout is a little slow moving, but if allow myself to focus on quality of movement rather than high speed, it can be very relaxing and effective.
Basic Step Aerobics is definitely a little easier and more pregnancy friendly than the second longer version. But if you are pregnant still take care. Make sure the step you are using isn’t too high and that your heart rate stays at a comfortable level. (Mostly because you don’t want to fall off the step or start feeling faint.) I don’t do most of the upper body movements, instead concentrating on the lower body. I’m grateful for the simplicity of the choreography as well, since I am not quite as coordinated as I used to be.
I haven’t done the PMS Routine in a while because I tend to prefer routines that are on the Roku. This is another great stretching workout to do when you are pregnant as long as you are aware of your body and modify as needed. I felt comfortable doing the hands and knees portion because I was splinting, if you aren’t then be cautious not to over strain your core in that position. I also chose to eliminate the closing section done on the back because of how tender my sacrum is, but it might work fine for you so feel free to try it.
I am very grateful that Ultimate Upper Body is sitting down. That way I can work my upper body while still being able to concentrate on keeping good core the pelvic alignment. I’m not where I used to be, but doing the ocassional workout like this gives me hope that I will be able to get back into shape again, eventually. Transitions made a good warmup and even got my heart rate up a bit.
This is kind of a long combination, so you may find you need to do it at different times or even in shorter segments. That’s OK.
Basic Step II is very upbeat. In fact, I would call it one of the most cardio workouts I’ve done on Fit2B (a level of praise I usually reserve for Tabata Kick and Squat). The movements themselves aren’t that hard, it’s just that you don’t stop moving, and keep moving at a steady but pretty high pace. When you are pregnant, this can be a good thing, but you also need to be careful not to over tax yourself. The pause button is your friend. Take a few breaks for water and some nice deep belly breaths.
I am combining this with a stretching video, but you can choose to do that at another time, Bethany does a great stretch and cool down at the end of Basic Step II. I don’t know if I’ll be doing this much during the next two months, since my stamina is reducing as my pregnancy progresses, but I’m looking forward to coming back to it when I’m getting back in shape after pregnancy.
I haven’t done Simply Stretching in quite a while. (Still looking forward to when it gets added to the Roku channel). I was surprised how well I was able to balance for some of the stretches. Usually by this far along in pregnancy I have very little balance. But apparently despite my reduced stamina, my balance has been maintained which I attribute to Fit2B. This was an incredibly efficient stretching workout. It got several muscles that for whatever reason I haven’t managed to stretch in other workouts. Specifically some inner thigh and groin muscles which are super tight right now and make it difficult to move my legs properly. I’ll definitely be coming back to this one.
I like Maternity II a lot, but wow did it reveal this time how much mobility I’ve lost. I had to be very careful of my alignment during the side leg series to make sure to avoid the strange ligament popping sensation that I’ve developed. (It’s startling and uncomfortable and probably the result of all the hormones that are loosening my ligaments). For the first time I really couldn’t do the “thigh thing” as Bethany calls it. I tried to at least move my leg through the motion even if I had to support it with my hand or drag it on the floor, to help preserve some of my mobility. This was a hard moment for me because I’ve always been able to do this movement and it’s making me realize how limited I’ve become during this last trimester. (And still with 7 weeks or more to go). But overall this is a great workout, it’s short but it does a little bit of everything.
Pelvic Foundations is a great workout because it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Do what you can and what you are comfortable with. There are portions of this that I do with care or not at all because of my tender sacrum, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t get something great out of the workout.
I wouldn’t necessarily do Squat Prep every week, but like Align it Flat, pregnancy changes the way you experience this workout. I find that I definitely need to make my squats wider to accommodate my growing belly but this provided some good reminders of proper positioning.
Whew, wasn’t sure I was going to get through this week but I’m feeling confident that if I keep doing something each day at least I’ll keep the momentum going.
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