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Have you ever heard of cross-training, interval training or circuit training?
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I am 11 weeks pregnant and would like to start circuit training. I was going to the gym before but I stopped as soon as I found out I was pregnant. Is it OK to begin again?
My Opinion:
Although I’m a HUGE fan of circuit training, I would NOT recommend it during pregnancy.
Why? Because the main purpose of circuit training (going from one exercise to another without taking a break) is WEIGHT LOSS. And during pregnancy your intention is not weight loss, but MAINTENANCE – maintenance of both muscular and cardiovascular strength and endurance.
I know you don’t want to put on any unnecessary pounds, but this is NOT the time to follow any kind of weight loss routine – I would leave that for after your baby is born!
Although I don’t recommend circuit training, I do recommend doing a variety of exercises that will work your different muscle groups.
So what’s the difference between circuit training and doing a variety of exercises?
When you’re working according to someone else’s program or someone else’s time (intervals), you’re not listening to your body as much as I think you should. Your concentration is external.
Now some body-aware and very experienced exercisers will be okay with this, but most pregnant women are not.
Also because your flexibility, balance and cardiovascular endurance (breathing) have changed significantly, it’s important to slow down and go at your own pace. And of course, don’t do anything that feels painful.
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Variety is KEY!
I’ve always felt that working a variety of muscles like your chest, back, legs and arms all in one workout is a very efficient way to workout. Traditionally, the ‘experts’ have always recommend working a select muscle group or groups (maximum two) per workout – but I haven’t found that to be very efficient or effective for 99% of the women I’ve coached over the years.
So, if you’re comfortable in the gym, design your OWN circuit routine and have FUN experimenting with different exercises. Variety is very important to keep you from burning out or getting bored! Just make sure to follow the basic exercise guidelines for pregnancy because you DO NOT want to cause any harm to you or baby!
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Updated: March 21, 2016 — 6:44 pm
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