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Arm Day

23 Jul

I got put on call at work today, which means I can get some things done around the house but have to be ready to get out the door within about 10 minutes if I get called to get to work on time. To make sure I didn’t irritate my back I stuck with an upper body workout for this morning and, if I’m lucky, I’ll take the dogs out for a walk once it cools down.

This workout will definitely get you a burn whether or not your pregnant- just make sure you’re lifting heavy enough. If you do need some modifications (either as a mom to be or a beginner), you can do most of this sitting if you need to or, of course, go down on your weights and increase your rest times.

Side note, since being pregnant I make sure to do at least 1 or 2 sets of 20 squats in my warm ups (squats and kegels ladies… for real) and I end my workout stretching out my hip flexors and doing at least 1 physical therapy exercise to loosen my back.

The workout

3 sets:

  • 12 Straight leg Deadlift to upright row
  • 12 Bicep curl
  • 12 Monkey Rows (**with any type of row, keep your shoulders down and back and do not lift too high. Going too high is not better and puts you at very high risk for injury. If you aren’t familiar with rows or are unable to keep good form, sub in any other shoulder exercise. Tons of options can be found at Bodybuilding.com)

3 sets:

  • 20 Lateral to front raise
  • 15 triceps dips on BOSU

2 sets:

  • 12 Hammer curls
  • 12 Push ups

3 sets:

  • 12 overhead tricep extensions
23.5 weeks post workout

23.5 weeks post workout

Clean Bulking

20 Jul

I found out Friday I have not gained any weight over the past month and my total weight gain for the pregnancy is about half what it should be. Oops.

I’m sure there are people out there thinking that I shouldn’t be complaining or that they wish that was their problem. And I get that. But here’s the thing; not weighing enough can be as harmful in pregnancy as gaining too much weight– to be fair, mainly if it starts effecting baby’s growth. For now, they’re re-adjusting my work schedule so I can get on a regular sleep routine, giving me weight goals to meet and checking on baby’s growth in another week or so. My doctor never made me feel stressed or like I’m doing something wrong and really took a team approach for how to increase my weight without just adding junk into my diet.

So, how am I going to add on weight?

I’ve already switched to little/low impact cardio and am focusing on body resistance and light weight training… so that part’s different than when actually bulking.

I also had two wonderful cheat days this weekend for my birthday that included gluten free pasta, brownies, Mexican food, french toast, cookies and more cookies. Despite a decent hike Saturday and short workout yesterday, by the end of two days this is how I felt:

bulk_king While it was fun for a day to eat whatever I wanted and I think the normal sleep schedule will be the biggest help; I’m now on the hunt to add in healthy higher calorie snacks each day.

Here is my list so far:

(thanks to everyone who already added suggestions)

  • Cheese sticks
  • Almonds/nuts
  • Nut butter– peanut butter, almond butter
  • Greek Yogurt– no more non-fat
  • Adding in a protein shake
  • A little extra oil while cooking

And to be honest, I still have some cookies and brownies left over 😉 What are some clean snacks you could add to the list?

**For the record, baby is moving like crazy and I’m confident a normal sleep schedule and some extra protein shakes will fix the weight fairly quickly.

Total Body Workout

13 Jul

The past week or two my back has been really bothering me… probably in part because I haven’t been able to get into physical therapy and obviously in part to the growing belly. Due to that, some days my workouts have just been all my physical therapy exercises and some trigger point work. Today though I incorporated my PT exercises into a total body workout. My modification for this workout was just doing lighter weights and longer rests so, pregnant or not, this should give you a challenge!

3 sets:

  • 15 squats to cross punch
  • 15 lateral shoulder raise
  • 15 front raise
  • 20 calf raises

2 sets:

2 sets of 12 lunges with bicep curl/leg (so you’re doing 24 curls)

2 sets of 12 straight leg deadlift with upright row

1 set of 20, various PT glute exercises

IMG_0141Also, I tried the White Chocolate Raspberry Quest bar for the first time today. It’s so good! Most the flavors have been way too dense for me since being pregnant but this one was really tasty and didn’t make me feel nauseous so I may have finally found a Quest bar to rotate in with my other preggo snacks. Do you have any favorite high protein snacks for on the go?

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Preggo Leg Day

18 Jun

I have decided that with all the changes going on I need to make sure to prioritize “me time” too. So today, in between all my appointments I had to decide whether to clean the house or workout. I chose to workout. I still have time to do a quick clean up and then this weekend I can do my “real” cleaning but I’ve got to remember to keep time for myself too.

At one of those mentioned appointments, I got to hear baby’s heart beat today! Baby has a really strong heart beat and was moving around when they found it. It made it feel even more real to know baby is moving around in there. I’m even starting to feel a few flutters. Just another week or so and we get to find out the gender! Any guesses?

Here’s the modified leg workout I did:

3 sets:

  • 15 Squats
  • 20 calf raises

2 sets:

  • 12/leg lunges with torso rotation
  • 12 straight leg deadlifts

3 sets:

  • 15 Fire Hydrants
  • 12 Glute Kick-Backs

2 sets:

  • 12/leg split lunges
  • 15 sumo squats

Squats are definitely one of the best exercises I can think of for pregnancy, that and basic core exercises.

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Upper Body Pregnancy Workout

13 Jun

You’ve probably noticed I’ve been a bit quiet…. There’s been a lot of adjusting going on. Obviously adjusting to being pregnant (now 18 weeks) but I’ve also started a new job with a longer commute and have learned I will be starting a Nurse Practitioner Program this September. Lots of exciting things but took a couple weeks to get used to the new routine!

If you’ve been following me on Facebook or Instagram you know I’ve really been struggling with shortness of breath this pregnancy. After lots of testing and multiple follow ups they’ve ruled out the big scary things so I finally feel comfortable trying to add regular workouts back into my new routine. Up until now I’ve been staying active but not doing “real” workouts as often as I’d like.

I have been using “Fit & Sleek- Prenatal Physique” with Leah Sarago and that has definitely helped me stay active. I like that they break the workouts into 15 minute segments so I can really do whatever I feel up to that day. Obviously compared to training for the bikini competition though, it sometimes feels like 100 steps backwards. I’m trying to focus on just doing my best with where I’m at right now and making sure I’m taking care of the baby too.

Fit & Sleek Prenatal Physique- Prenatal Workout with Complete Pregnancy Training Plan

Today was a good day. Hubby and I went for a bike ride this morning which was a really nice way to at least get some low intensity cardio in. After finishing some things around the house and sneaking a nap in I did my strength training later in the day. Mainly focused on upper body, the workout looked like this:

Warm Up

3 sets:

  • 12 squats to bicep curls
  • 12 Tricep Dips

3 sets:

  • Straight Leg Deadlifts with Upright Rows
  • Tricep Skull Crushers (I used the BOSU to put myself on an incline so I wasn’t flat on my back)

2 sets:

  • Planks (30 sec on forearm, 30 sec with straight arms)
  • 12 Lateral Shoulder Raises
  • 10 Front Shoulder Raises

I finished with my physical therapy exercises I hadn’t incorporated and stretched out a bit. I didn’t realize how tight I’ve gotten with fewer workouts so I guess it’s time to start stretching more too.

17 weeks

A few days ago at 17.5 weeks

Lessons From First Trimester

29 Apr

I’ve got one more week in my first trimester and thought I’d share what I’ve learned so far. As I said in my last post, this is how MY body has been. Your pregnancy (or your friends’ or wife’s) will be different than my pregnancy. However, hopefully you can find something useful in this.

1. There will be days you physically can’t workout… and that is okay. This was hardest for me to accept, especially coming off training for the competition. At about week 6 I got hit with an awful sinus infection (okay, and initially I was too stubborn to go to the doctor) that just knocked me out. I was already tired and dizzy and that just made it one hundred times worse. This brings me to number 2.

2. Listen to your body, within reason. I don’t mean take a nap instead of going to the gym every day (if you’re like me, it was tempting). I do mean when you feel like you are going to pass out from doing cardio, stop. I had to basically stop doing cardio for most of my first trimester and am really just now trying again. I have to do way lower intensity than I was before and again, that’s okay. Just don’t completely stop. Find a workout you can tolerate– mine has been Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown

3. When they say feed the nausea, they mean it. You can ask hubby. I have to eat every 2 hours. I will be dizzy and sick by two and a half if I let it get that far. Now, I don’t mean full meals every two hours. For me a big breakfast is key… And then a morning snack, lunch, a couple afternoon snacks, and dinner, plus sometimes a bed time snack. Just keep in mind the extra 300-500 calories you need doesn’t really kick in until around week 11. Spread your calories throughout the day and focus on making sure it’s a balanced diet (babies NEED fats and carbs!). For me, carbs have been my friend to control the nausea– this was also VERY hard to accept coming off the competition training.

4. It’s okay to ask for help. If you’re as lucky as I am your significant other is more than willing to help… they just might not think you need it. You don’t really look different, if it’s your first pregnancy you probably aren’t even showing in the first trimester, and they can’t possibly understand how exhausting doing nothing can be while growing a small human. I still have to remind myself to just explain what I need help with and tell hubby how I’m feeling at any given minute.

5. This is the most important. LISTEN TO YOUR DOCTOR. I can give you my advice and my experiences but I am not an OB/GYN or Nurse Midwife and I have no clue what is going on with your pregnancy. Your doctor’s office is your best resource, don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Did you have any tips or tricks you lived by in your first trimester?

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10 week baby “bump”

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Spring Time… Tank Top Time!

8 Apr

We have had a very busy couple weeks here! Hubby was gone for two weeks and then for Easter I met him and we drove to South Carolina to celebrate with some friends. It was a lot of fun but the past couple days have been catching up on house work and trying to rest up a bit. I leave again this weekend for a girls’ trip with one of my best friends (this time hubby will be the one stuck at home). Between all the traveling, house prep and training it hasn’t left time for much else!

Lately I’ve really enjoyed arm workouts. Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE a killer leg workout and try to work in legs at least 3 times a week per my coach, but it’s probably a good change.

In the spirit of this new found appreciation, I figured I would post an at home tricep workout from a few months ago.

10 walk out tricep push-ups (elbows in at your sides instead of wide)

3 sets:

  • 12 dumbbell chest press
  • 15 BOSU tricep dips
  • 20 BOSU crunches

3 sets:

  • 20 overhead tricep extensions
  • 12 BOSU push ups

3 sets:

  • 12/arm tricep kickbacks
  • 20 v-ups
Building those arms

Building those arms

I hope you all are having an awesome week so far, we’re over halfway to the weekend! Do you have a favorite body part to train?