I’m finally, getting back into a good exercise and fitness routine and I’m feeling great again. The first trimester (12 weeks) can be pretty tough. I had been battling all the food cravings and then wasn’t getting much done other than brisk walks outside, whenever my head wasn’t around the toilet bowl.
Though it was tough, I’ve thankfully passed that 12-week threshold and starting to feel like myself again. Inspired by how healthy and fit I feel again, I created this home workout routine. It is the same one I have been doing on my living room floor and also perfect for you during these trying, self-isolating times when you can’t go to the gym.
Not only has this been a great workout routine for me whilst pregnant, it’s a great workout in general, even if you’re not baking a bun in the oven. Exercising while pregnant is great for many reasons, to name a few; it helps with stress release, preventing excessive weight gain, helps combat fatigue and prepares your body for labour. This is a circuit style that will get your heart pumping, body sweating, circulation flowing and if you’re pregnant possibly baby kicking.
There are only a few pieces of equipment I used in this workout, most of which you can substitute with alternatives from around the house or just do without.
In Set 1, I complete the exercises wearing a resistance band however, if you do not have one, get squatting without. In Set 2, the first two exercises I do on sliders, if you don’t have a set, you could use a small towel on a hard surface or simply do it without. The rest of set 2; all the shoulder exercises I use a 2kg weight. An alternative; you could use 2 x filled water bottles, bottles of wine or any heavy objects at home – you can get creative here. In set 3, all you need is your gorgeous body and a yoga matt!
SET 1 (WITH BANDS)
20 x Crab Walks
20 x Squats
20 x Squat Pulses
20 x Squats with Alt Lateral Leg lifts
20 x Side to Side Squat Heel Taps
SET 2 (SLIDERS + 2KG WEIGHT)
20 x Reverse Lunges - Repeat each leg
20 x Lateral Toe Taps - Repeat each leg
20 x Shoulder Press
20 x Alt Front & Lateral Shoulder Raise
20 x Reverse Fly
SET 3 (YOGA MATT)
20 x Donkey kicks - Repeat each leg
20 x Fire hydrants - Repeat each leg
20 x Elbow to knee extensions & 20 sec hold after your reps – Repeat both sides
1 Min x Plank
30 sec x Boat hold
20 x Boat hold toe taps
20 x Hip thrusts
1 Min x Glute/Hip bridge
Repeat Circuit x 2 if you can!
If you would like see me demonstrate the exercises below, please follow the link to my YouTube. It’s a 5-minute video. I encourage you, to watch prior to see exactly how to perform each exercise and also after to check your technique.
Happy Sweating! Watch Demo
*Disclaimer: If you are eager to give this work out a go, please know you are doing it at your own risk and complete it at your own pace/level. Please check with your doctor first if you are pregnant or have health issues. I also recommended a good warm up prior to completing this workout, frequent water breaks and a cool down once finished to prevent injuries. Skye Fagan is not at all liable for any injuries.