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Bumps and Barbells: Raising the Bar for Prenatal Fitness

Bumps and Barbells: Raising the Bar for Prenatal Fitness

By on Jul 9, 2017 in Articles |

  Contributed by Charlotte Hughes. So you’re pregnant. Not only must you now give up the prosecco, cured meats and coffee but you must also give up exercise….right? Wrong. Join me on a reminisce through my prenatal fitness journey. First Trimester I’m not going to pretend I didn’t struggle. The first trimester saw me through the majority of the summer, right when RWF moved into its new premises. No one at this time knew about my pregnancy so I had to put a brave face on the morning sickness and fatigue. It was horrendous! I helped the team set up the shiny new equipment…squat racks, hack squat, deadlift platforms, painting the walls, whilst thinking miserably to myself “I’m not going to be able to use any of this stuff for another 7 months!”. Well. I was wrong. I soon realised that pregnancy isn’t the disability some people make it out to be. Pregnancy is just a temporary condition which you can easily adapt to, given the right environment and some determination. So, amongst the heatwave we had during August and the constant feeling of being hungover, I battled through my training sessions, with only minor adaptions. I hung up my weightlifting belt and accepted that heavy deadlifting was off the plan for a few months, but I did continue squatting, flat benching, straight leg deadlifting and military pressing, with very little compromise to weight or form. Second trimester So, now the secret was out. My pregnancy was well known and my little bump was beginning to take shape. I started to feel a little more human at this stage too. No fatigue and at last, no morning sickness!   My attendance at the gym resumed, managing to train at least five times a week, each session lasting around 45 minutes. At this stage I accepted I needed to make a few sacrifices, but only to the weight I lifted and in some cases, the way I lifted it. There was to be no more flat bench pressing as this just put too much pressure across my core. Instead I moved to incline bench. I also introduced much more back work such as seated cable rows, high/low rows and single...

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