Thursday, April 2, 2015

Up In The Gym ...

Just working on my sanity.

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Photo taken at 36 weeks. I'm now at 38 and change.

The comments I get when I walk into the gym usually fall into two categories: You Go Girl and How Do You Do It.

My answers are, respectively, thank you and because I need to. I usually leave out that my exercise routine is not as "hardcore" as I had envisioned when I found out I was pregnant. I'm not running 20 miles a week or getting in six days of workouts. My motivation is moderate, at best, and my days of early mornings are few and far between.

My views on my fitness right now have definitely been shaped by social media, having allowed myself to be sucked into the comparison trap and the idea that I need to be some kind of bad ass. But, my friends, bad ass has left the building.

Instead, here's how things have been looking for the past couple of weeks.

Monday: Barbell class

Tuesday: 40 to 45 minutes of cardio, usually incline walking on the treadmill or walking outside

Wednesday: Barbell class

Thursday: 40 to 45 minutes of cardio, usually incline walking on the treadmill or walking outside. I also lead boot camp in the evenings and usually do the warmup and part of the workout with the class.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 45 to 50 minutes of cardio

Sunday: Rest

Last week, I skipped my Tuesday workout because of the version. I had intentions of making it up on the weekend ... and, yeah. Didn't happen. I felt bad about it for all of 5 minutes.

Despite the schedule not being as impressive as I hoped, I've been especially happy with how well I've managed teaching barbell. I've had to take some modifications, performing push-ups and planks on my knees, and I don't have full range on bentover rows or clean and presses. However, save for squats, I'm lifting the same weight I did pre-pregnancy.

And speaking of squats ... my range is much different, probably because of all the relaxin. I might not have 25 kilos on the bar but I still feel sore after class because I can get deeper with better form.

I am on the schedule at the Y through next week so unless a baby comes before that, this loose plan will be in place through 40 weeks.

After that, well, it's baby time.


  1. Oh man, I hate hearing you are comparing to other people on social media. Let me reassure you that I have known a several pregnant ladies and they've all had various workout routines and I haven't thought anything of them, for what they do or don't do. Do you :) I can't wait to meet your new boy!

    1. I know, I know! I need to work on this. And I should do me ... because I'm AWESOME.

      Did you by chance read the fitspiration article (a lot about Instagram) in the ACE pub a few months back? It was really interesting. It's been in the back of my mind since I read it (and on my bedroom floor, still), and I think it made me more cognizant of why I view things the way I do. Hence the mention.

    2. You are awesome!

      I think I did read that. Was that the one saying how anyone can post that stuff on Insta, and a following doesn't necessarily mean you know your sh*t? LOL

  2. I think you're still a badass. That is all.

  3. I'm tired just reading this! At this point I'd been on bedrest for 5 months for both of my pregnancies. How's that for comparison? Ha!

  4. I feel like I gave up on "badass" a few weeks ago too. I'm not not exercising more days then I am. God forbid! Haha! You're looking great mama and soon to be holding your new little one!!