Why exercise during pregnancy?
Research tells us there are many benefits of exercising throughout pregnancy, including:
Boost energy, reduce stress
Reduce pregnancy discomfort
Prepare your body for childbirth
Improve your self-image
Get your body back faster after childbirth
While you are pregnant it is important to include at least 15 (increasing to 30 minutes) of mild intensity physical activity per day. This activity should include resistance training and cardiovascular training, both of which the Lagree Method provides.
Our clients have found that the low impact, strong intensity of the Lagree Method is the perfect form of exercise when expecting. They feel safe throughout the class and are still able continue their love of moving, sweating and feeling strong.
If you were already exercising before your pregnancy, you know that it helps you feel confident, healthy and strong. We recommend you continue your fitness, but at a lower intensity.
If you are just starting out it may seem a little scary. Our trainers will help you be successful during your workout. Our recommendation is that you start off easy and only progress to a mild intensity.
Adhering to these guidelines in your class will make sure you and bub are safe.
Always consult your doctor before starting out.
Let your instructor know that you are pregnant. Also inform them of any recommendations from your doctor.
Your instructor will ensure you avoid any exercise where you lay on your back. If there is a movement you want to try, ask the instructor if it is safe for you.
Whilst pregnant your aim is maintain fitness, not improve. (For those competitive exercisers, now isn’t the time to challenge yourself!) You should be able to hold a conversation and not feel overheated. If you need a break during class, take it!
During movements the intensity in your muscles should feel comfortable to mildly uncomfortable. You should avoid training your muscles failure. We will add more intensity back into your workout after bub.
Your balance is likely to be effected during pregnancy. Your instructor will help you modify or substitute any movements that seem unstable or require advanced core strength.
Want to find out more?
If you want to know more about exercise considerations while you are pregnant visit Fitness Australia here.
Check out the clip above of Lagree Fitness Master Trainer, Laurie Campbell, demonstrating some basic to advanced movements whilst seven months pregnant. While some of these movements may not be right for you, Laurie's video shows the safety and variety of pregnancy-suitable exercises on the Megaformer.
There are so many great movements you can do whilst pregnant, so come try a class with us this week or give us a call on 9380 4249. We would be happy to talk about any concerns you may have.
Certified Personal Trainer with 10 years experience. Certified Lagree Fitness Instructor teaching at LaFit Studio, Perth WA. Currently studying Exercise Science at Edith Cowan University.
You can join Ash at LaFit Studio on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.