047How did the workouts help with labor?
Baby #2 was a scheduled C section, as my first was an unscheduled C section at almost 42 weeks after being induced, laboring and pushing. My recovery from both surgeries/deliveries was fairly quick, especially this second time around as I had not been in labor and pushing for hours before.The workouts helped me the first time around as I had the stamina and strength to endure the long labor and pushing. For each surgery/delivery I was in excellent health from continuing to workout which helped speed my recovery as well.

How far into your pregnancy did you workout?
Both pregnancies I worked out at SKB until 39 weeks. My first pregnancy I went till almost 42 weeks, however I decided at the time to end my SKB workouts at 39 weeks and instead walked for my workouts until I delivered. With my second I was scheduled for a C section at exactly 39 weeks, I worked out at SKB the morning before my baby was delivered.

What modifications did you make?
This is what is so great about SKB during a pregnancy, you can easily scale and modify a workout as needed. I am also a runner and in both pregnancies I reached a point where running was just not comfortable anymore and I had to stop. I didn’t have to stop my workouts at the gym though. Mainly I modified my workouts by scaling back on the weight and listening to my body on how much I could push myself during a workout (altering reps or intensity as needed). During my first pregnancy I worked with the trainers to find alternative exercises for ones that were uncomfortable or not ideal when pregnant.This second time around I had that knowledge to adjust my workouts, however the trainers had additional suggestions that worked out great as well and ensured that I never got bored.

How do you feel the workouts helped getting back after 6 weeks?
I not so patiently waited for my 6 week post operation/delivery appointment before I returned to SKB both times My quick recoveries were definitely aided by my workouts during pregnancy. I was up and walking as soon as possible and gradually building my distance on my walks during those 6 weeks. My first classes back have felt great, its nice to lift weight again and challenge myself. I won’t say the workouts are easy (they never are), however I know I am still in good shape and it is so much better that starting from square one. Another bonus of keeping up with my workouts is that I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight just a few weeks after delivery and able to wear my regular clothes.

What were the hardest parts of working out during pregnancy?

I can be a bit competitive in class, so I really had to focus on how I felt and what worked best for me each day. Each trimester brings its own challenges, so it can be difficult working through them and determining what works best for you. For instance during the first trimester I was exhausted and had morning sickness, however working out at the gym in the morning made me feel so much better. It wasn’t easy getting out of bed to attend the 6 am class, but it was so worth it afterwards due to how great I felt. Then of course at the end of my pregnancies it would feel awkward at times doing some of the workouts and trying to accommodate my big belly, but again the payoff of how great I felt afterwards was worth it.

Advice for women who are pregnant and hope to continue their workout schedule during pregnancy?

My advice for others looking to continue their workouts during their pregnancy is to just stay consistent to your training schedule. As long as your doctor has no concerns, keep it up. The hardest part is usually just getting yourself to the gym. Once you are there listen to your body on if you need to scale the workout. Ask the trainer for a modification if something doesn’t feel right, but also don’t be afraid to sweat a bit and get a good workout in… that is why you are there after all. Also remember that your workouts are awesome not only for your health and well being but also that growing baby.

Britt S.

2015-07-04 10.42.43How did the workouts help with labor?  The workouts got me through labor.  I had a long labor, and I was still able to have much needed strength at the end which I’m not sure I would have had if I wasn’t in such good shape.

How far into your pregnancy did you workout?  I worked out right until the end which ended up being one day overdue.  I actually came to class in the morning and went into labor that night – I think it may have been the jumping rope slams…

What modifications did you make?  I feel like I didn’t have to make too many modifications. I obviously had to make adjustments on what I could do for ab work, and in the last week, I had to cut back on most of the running and do rowing instead.  Other than that, it was really just being mindful of lowering my weight and number of reps as needed.  The coaches were really awesome about checking in during workouts to make sure I was doing okay, to see if I needed modification suggestions for anything, and to remind me not to go too crazy.

How do you feel the workouts helped getting back after 6 weeks?  I made the mistake of coming back for my first workout at 6.5 weeks on med ball abs, so that wasn’t very fun.  But I think working out through the end of pregnancy helped to make it easier to start up again after not being able to do even a fraction of the amount of activity I was doing before.

What were the hardest parts of working out during pregnancy?  The hardest part for me was making myself be mentally okay with not being able to really improve in terms of weight or number of reps and going backwards in many cases. A little personal but it was also hard to workout while feeling like I was going to pee myself the entire time.

Advice for women who are pregnant and hope to continue their workout schedule during pregnancy?  Just show up – you definitely won’t regret it!  It will make a difference even if you only do half of the reps.  It’s also pretty bad-ass and inspirational to see a pregnant woman being strong and kicking butt in the gym!

Melissa F.

125How did the workouts help with labor?
I definitely feel that the strength and stamina I maintained working out at SKB absolutely helped me through labor. I had to have Pitocin, which I had heard horror stories about, and I was able to power through without an epidural or pain medication. It certainly wasn’t easy, by no means, but there is no doubt my fitness level made it easier to get through.

How far into your pregnancy did you workout?
My last day at SKB was a week before I gave birth, so I was exactly 39 weeks for my last workout. I also went to Planet Fitness and used the treadmill and elliptical the week before I gave birth.


What modifications did you make?

I made quite a few modifications the further along I got. Pretty sure the first 16 weeks were pretty smooth without any modifications. I stopped running around 20 weeks due to it being uncomfortable. No exercises on my back after 16 weeks so for all of the ab exercises I did planks instead. Most double bell workouts I did with single bells as to not get my heart rate too high. I started doing squat thrusts with a box at around 32 weeks. I did a lot of single leg deadlifts in place of Turkish get ups and ring rows instead of pull ups. Basically I just listened to my body and didn’t overdo it. I didn’t lift as heavy and went down a bell size or two for most workouts. While I didn’t wear a heart rate monitor, I kept an eye on my breathing and made sure not to let my heart rate get too high.

How do you feel the workouts helped getting back after 6 weeks?
While my first workout after having my baby felt like my first one ever, it didn’t take long to build my stamina back up and get back to my old self. I can’t tell you how many people commented on how great I looked just 2 weeks post partum.

What were the hardest parts of working out during pregnancy?
Probably having to modify!

Advice for women who are pregnant and hope to continue their workout schedule during pregnancy?

Keep at it, it is so worth it. I felt so wonderful my entire pregnancy and I’m sure it was because I continued to workout 5-6 days a week. Even if it is just a quick walk on the treadmill, it totally pays off to stay active. Throughout my labor and delivery the nurses made several comments about how strong I was and that is was obvious I took care of myself, and my baby, throughout my pregnancy.

Caitlyn B.

preggogorillacleansHow did the workouts help with labor?
I had to have a c-section which was incredibly painful after the drugs wore off. I was very grateful that I was in such good shape or I don’t think I would have been able to do ANYTHING (get up off the couch, hold my baby, walk up stairs, walk in general). The strength that I could maintain while pregnant definitely aided in my recovery and I was actually able to run a 5K 12 weeks postpartum, which in hindsight was a really silly idea.

How far into your pregnancy did you workout?
About 4 days before I had my daughter at 35 weeks….she came early.

What modifications did you make?
Lighter weight for snatching, pressing, and swinging, lots of squats instead of sit ups and pull ups (I felt lots of stretching in my belly during pull ups so I stayed away), and mixing rowing in with running intervals.

How do you feel the workouts helped getting back after 6 weeks?

I wasn’t ready to get back after 6 weeks because I was still in pain from the surgery. Once that subsided at about 10 weeks, I was back at SKB around 12 weeks postpartum. I actually didn’t feel that bad after a workout – I modified some things but I felt like I was still strong and had endurance. I think my body was ready to move again.

What were the hardest parts of working out during pregnancy?
I was my biggest in the hotter months so not getting over heated was my biggest challenge, and not pushing myself, even though I wanted to go heavier.

Advice for women who are pregnant and hope to continue their workout schedule during pregnancy?

Keep at it – it’s good for both mom and baby. Talk to the KB coaches about modifications. They have plenty of them and you will feel more comfortable and safe. Also, listen to your body. If something feels weird when you do it, stop. Talk to some of the other moms in class and see how they maintained their workout schedules – having that support can be encouraging and ease fears. Oh, and do lots of squats….you know why.

Kelly K.