Well, I’m back to share with y’all what my workouts this week consisted of. I hit the 35 week mark early on in the week. As the end of this pregnancy approaches, I’m finding it harder to want to workout, though I never regret it after I’m done. Friday morning was probably the toughest decision yet. I wanted SO badly to just skip the workout and enjoy a nice leisurely morning of reading or writing, but I told myself to just start with 10 minutes. One 10 minutes led to another, which led to another, and it really didn’t take long to hit my 30 minute mark. I probably could have kept going, but I have a busy day of grocery shopping and hauling my 35 pound toddler around so I opted in favor of saving a bit of energy for that 😉
So, here goes!
Monday: I started off the week with one of the exercise videos from Blogilates workout for the day: a Bikini Blaster for AwesomeSauce Arms. I love Blogilates, and I love her workouts of the day, but I’ve found that they incorporate a lot of Ab exercises or ab-strong poses that are incredibly difficult to do this late on in the pregnancy.
Awesome Sauce Arms was perfect though. Arm strength that left me finding new sore muscles for a couple days 🙂
Since that was only 20 minutes, and the other Bikini Blaster workouts looked a little too bouncy or absy for this big ol’ pregnant belly, I moved on to a yoga workout by Ali Kamenova. It was pretty compatible with the big belly. I just made space in each pose for the belly, either by making it a wide leg stance or not taking the stretch quite as far.
Tuesday: Today I did more Blogilates. I made it through a couple of the videos, but the Cardio dance session was just too much. Looked fun, I gave it a go, and I’ll try it again when I’m not preggers, but my belly was not happy with all that bouncing around. Not to mention that it was really, painfully awkward. I mean, seriously. Thank goodness I live out in the middle of nowhere and keep my curtains closed for my early morning workout…
I did do Blogilates’ Fat Burning Cardio Warmup,
Blogilates Spring Fling Toning
and a Pop Sugar workout: Victoria’s Secret Model: 10 Minute Circuit
Those three were all do-able with a few of my modifications. One of my favorite modifications for jump squats or any jumping motion really, is to do a normal squat/other random exercise and power through it like I intend to actually jump, all the way to my tip-toes before coming back down. It kicks a normal squat up a few notches, but the displacement is a lot more controllable.
Wednesday: Yoga Day. After a couple days of cardio and strength training it felt really good to slow down and stretch out. I did a lot of heavy gardening work in the beginning of the week, so I was feeling pretty sore from that too. This Hatha Yoga routine by Ali Kamenova really hit the spot. Obviously, I’m not doing any headstands, but I do like to practice getting into Crow Pose, without letting my toes leave the ground.
Thursday: Today was a Fitness Blender Day. I love FitnessBlender! They have so many awesome workouts, with different styles and levels of difficulty–you’ll be hardpressed to not find ANYTHING you want to try.
Friday: Today I did a few more of the Blogilates workout of the day, and a little prenatal yoga from Body Talk Daily to wind down. I was feeling incredibly achy and sore–whether from my kinda obnoxious concoction of workouts and heavy garden work this week or just from the normal 3rd trimester aches and pains, nobody knows. I stuck it out for my 30 minute minimum though, and that yoga at the end was fantastic. It felt amazing.
Blogilates Heart on Fire
Blogilates Legs on Fire
Body Talk Daily Prenatal Yoga: Episode 4
So there you have it. My workouts of the week.