Wow, we have some catching up to do.
But there’s just no time. Or I’m lazy. One of the two.
In lieu of a long, boring recap of My Life Lately, here are some cliff notes for ya, picture-collage style:
Most of the pics are from hubby’s and my recent (KID-FREE) trip to Austin. He was on a work trip; I was there for the free hotel room. My duties involved sitting by the pool, bumming around downtown, and picking out places for us to eat food.
Oh, and you’ll be proud: we even worked out together in the hotel gym every day! Couples who work out together stay together, or something like that?? I don’t know, but it did make all the tacos and BBQ a little more manageable. (And the sushi—OH THE SUSHI. Best of my life, and it was just the random hotel restaurant!)
More specifics on what you’re seeing: a bar in Austin with 100 taps (we. like. beer.), my not-so-little kiddos (bottom right: Joshie’s 9 months old already!), launching the most recent BodyFlow release at the gym, and several pics on and around the famous Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin (every night around dusk, over a million bats fly out from under it and it’s a major attraction—although, ermm, we couldn’t honestly see much).
Recap of the recap: it’s summer and life is good.
Now, on to the real reason I’m here:
I have a workout!
This is one of the (25 PLUS!) prenatal workouts I put together last year, right before Joshua was born. (You’ll see my 39 week preggo belly proudly featured—he was born a few days after I took the last photo!)
So my original plan was to write and photograph all these workouts, and then compile them into a little prenatal fitness package and offer it online. Great plan, buuut…things have changed a little since then.
Namely: I’ve done tons and TONS of research into prenatal fitness, and I’ve learned all of these great new things that aren’t totally represented in my original programming.
It’s not that I was wrong, exactly…just that the crazy perfectionist in me wants to make everything even better now. But, of course, since all the photography sort of relies on me BEING PREGNANT, this is kind of tricky (slash impossible).
However, most of the original stuff is still awesome, and I definitely don’t want it to go to waste. So I’ve decided to start rolling it out on the blog. (And as for that hot new prenatal knowledge…well, stay tuned!)
Here’s the first one:
Personally, I found that barre workouts felt ESPECIALLY awesome during pregnancy. Perfect amount of effort and intensity, perfect amount of burn, with no compromising positions or movements.
And 10 minutes is just right for those days when working out is the last thing you want to do, as an exhausted pregnant lady, even though you knoooow (eye roll) that you’ll feel a thousand times better when you’re done.
(P.S. I have a longer barre workout, too, which I’ll try to post soon.)
Here we go!
A quick note about this workout:
Typically, I’m a fan of heavy lifting/fewer reps for best (aka fastest) results. But for pregnancy, light weights/high reps makes more sense sometimes.
Partially, this is because the goals of prenatal fitness are different than regular fitness goals: it’s not about getting ripped or leaning out (obviously) – it’s about feeling functional and comfortable, and prepping for that whole crazy birth thing.
But mostly, heavy(ish) lifting during pregnancy just doesn’t always feel good, which can lead women to believe that they shouldn’t work out at all.
My mantra during pregnancy was always: Just. Do. Something.
Some movement > no movement.
Stay tuned for more prenatal workouts to come!! I’ve even created a special page to store them all. <— (feel free to bookmark that puppy – promise I’ll keep it updated!)
And if you’re not currently pregnant, I’d LOVE it if you’d want to share this with your preggo friends (or save for the future??).
What have you been up to??? Recaps please!