The cold weather moved in today and my swim class was cancelled this morning (which I discovered after I’d risen early to get to the pool!), so after my afternoon nap I pulled out my new prenatal workout DVD. I watched the instructions, put on running shoes, flipped my yoga mat to floor-side-up then collected the necessary chair, pillows, and cans of pumpkin (in place of hand weights). I was charmed by the instructor’s French accent as she told her history with her twin sister in Cirque du Soleil and her plans to be back in shape 6 weeks after the baby’s arrival in order to film a new act. She looked spectacularly good for 8 months pregnant and was totally inspiring. Check out The Perfect Pregnancy Workout if you’re expecting anytime soon!
I stuck to most of the beginner modifications and only had to stop midway through the second set of tricep dips. There was never a rest. For example, when I moved into child’s pose between sets of push-ups, I was instructed to do kegels and after my quads were burning from too many squats, I was told to hold the last squat and guess what was added? Yep, more kegels. The grand finale came in the form of arm circles for something like 5 minutes to “prepare my body for labor”. I was encouraged to keep everything else loose and and my focus on the breath while my shoulders and arms fatigued. This video is a complete body workout and I look forward to doing it regularly so I can become advanced 🙂