Wondering if its OK to take Indoor cycling class during pregnancy?? If its been part of your fitness routine and your OBG gives you the OK there is no reason you cannot continue participating (with modifications) through your pregnancy. For me it was the perfect low impact cardio workout, I had to give up running early on because my bladder just couldn’t handle it, however I was able to keep cycling until 34 weeks. Here are some tips from my experience.
I was reluctant to do this point, but it forced me to read my original objective of the year and provided a much needed reminder. At the beginning of this year, I decided that 2017 isn’t just going to be about crossing goals off my list, it’s going to be about how I want to feel.
For 2017 I want my life to be less about drama and the desire to be in control. Focusing on nurturing important aspects of myself and my life, such as my well being- mental and physical- my relationships, and my career. In 2017 I want to feel calm and balanced, I want to forgive the past, release the future and SHOW UP for the present.
So how have I been doing?
When I think back to my pre-baby, 5am, multiple workouts a day, self and talking to fitness clients and mothers about making time for fitness….I want to throat punch my old self. I have said it once and I will say it again, before I had a baby I had no idea. Motherhood and exercise is no easy feat- the struggle is real.
I can tell you right now, if I didn’t have an established fitness lifestyle before my babe arrived finding the motivation to incorporate fitness into life with an infant or toddler would not be a priority.
A few weeks ago I participated in the BMO Vancouver Marathon. This was my 5th half marathon, third BMO race, and first postnatal half. In typical BMO style the race was top notch. From package pick up and organization, to the crowd and finish line party. The difference this year was my attitude.
I’ve been an Indoor cycling instructor for over ten years, during this time I’ve learned quite a few things about teaching group fitness. I have had success and a few failures, all of which have helped me to become a better, more confident instructor.
As an instructor it’s important to choose music you love that gets you “pumped.” The more I “feel” the music, the more it comes out in my voice, energy and instruction- and the more it gets everyone else energized and excited. With that being said its equally important to know your audience, what gets me pumped might not work for my class so its important to meet them on common ground. Read on for some of my insights into teaching and one of my classes favorite playlists.