Lifting for two! A prenatal strength building full body workout. A great momma-to-be routine to continue to build up strength. This workout is great to do during your 2nd and 3rd trimesters. A workout that strengthens your entire body. All you need is a chair or bench and some free weights. Strength training workouts like this one are great to help mommas stay strong and healthy during pregnancy, aid in labor, and be helpful once the little one arrives.
Happy August 1st! This year is just flying by, isn’t? So many big changes have already happened in my life and the year isn’t even over yet. I am so excited for this new month as Michelle and I have a lot of great things planned. Plus I am just a little over 4 weeks away from my due date. Yay!!
This pregnancy has been different compared to my first. I’ve been feeling great but I do feel with this second pregnancy I have been getting winded more where I lose my breath. It’s weird for me to experience this because I don’t remember this happening that much with the first pregnancy. It truly is amazing how every pregnancy is different.
I love today’s workout routine and know you will enjoy it too. It’s a mix of a little cardio that’s pregnancy safe with some strength training exercises. Step-ups are great for both cardio and strength. I love step-ups to tone up my lower body while my baby bump grows. I changed them up a little in this circuit by doing them more at an angel back-and-forth kind of action instead of the straight on step-up approach.
I recommend using a lightweight pair of dumbbells to avoid straining your changing body and avoiding any extra pressure on your core.
This was hard for me to do mentally this time around with my second pregnancy as I love challenging my body with weights. But I am honoring my body and doing my best to protect my core (focusing on diastasis recti) with this pregnancy by doing things differently. One is not going to heavy on the weights.
If you are new to my story you can see more about how I am working out differently this second pregnancy to prevent a large diastasis post-baby.
Remember to listen to your body and stop when something doesn’t feel right to you. Don’t feel bad for modifying your workouts to keep training in the third trimester! I have been going lighter on the weights and reducing my speed.
Strength training routine for pregnancy to tone and tighten your entire body
Share this workout with your girl friends and moms. *Disclaimer: make sure to consult with your doctor before trying a new workout routine. If you feel any pain or discomfort while exercising, stop.
Equipment: chair or bench and free weights
Style of workout: strength training
Workout focus: pregnancy full body
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This workout targets your entire body.
Get ready to have some fun with this pregnancy strength training workout.
The step ups are a great exercise that targets your thighs and glutes while adding in a little cardio. The addition to holding weights bumps up the challenge a little more. Make sure your chair or bench is stable to protect yourself while working out.
Keeping your butt strong during pregnancy is important. It is one muscle of mine that definitely gets weak so I like to make sure I work my glutes a few times a week and single leg bridge is a great butt toning exercise.
If you don’t feel comfortable doing exercises on your back, please do this exercise laying on a stability ball or do standing butt kickbacks.
Squat with inner toe tap is a fun cardio style move that works the lower body and gets the heart rate going.
Single arm tricep get-ups are a great arm exercise that really targets the back of the arm. I love this move to do during pregnancy and postpartum. Make sure to activate your core and pelvic floor before doing each exercise.
Mantra for the week – I am grateful for my strong body and what it allows me to do every day.
This is a powerful affirmation to repeat frequently, especially during pregnancy. This is also great to say to prepare you for labor. I am adding in affirmations for this second labor.
As moms, we can overlook how strong we really are. How strong our bodies are.
Take some time to remind yourself how strong you are and that your body is capable of doing amazing things. That you do amazing things every day from taking care of yourself, husband, and kids.
Be grateful for your strong body and what it allows you to do.
Be kind to yourself. Be compassionate. Be patient.
Let me know what was your favorite move was.
See you at the next workout.
xoxo Lori (and Michelle)
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