the perfect indoor workout

I tried a new spinning class at the Richmond YMCA today and loved it.  It was heart rate training specific and actually felt like a training ride instead of an aerobics class.  We did a good 45 minute endurance ride plus warm-up and cool-down and it was strange to watch my heart rate stay in what used to be my zones 2 and 3 but feel as though I was working.  When I first found out I was pregnant, I did quite a bit of research online and and spoke with my OB about workout heart rate during pregnancy.  Most health care professionals agree that heart rate is less relevant than perceived level of exertion or body temperature, so I focus mainly on how I’m feeling.  Still it was fun to strap on a heart rate monitor and see how hard I was indeed working.  What I learned is that I could probably push myself more than I’m doing, but that I’d rather be comfortable these days.  The issue of bike shorts digging into my belly (and bladder!) is an entire other comfort issue.  I wonder if anyone sells maternity bike shorts?

the workout:

45 minute endurance heart-rate spin class

core work:  crunches leaning on bosu ball to keep head above heart, side crunch, quadruped birddog  2 X 10 each

upper body strength training: shoulder press w/ dumbbell while doing wide leg squats (toes pointing out to maintain neutral spine), front arm raises w/ dumbbell, single are dumbbell bicep curls, tricep dips   2 X 10 each

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