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Staying Fit While Pregnant – PT 1: PRE GAME

Staying Fit While Pregnant – PT 1: PRE GAME
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Yana is a Fitness Coach, Pre/Post Natal Trainer & Yoga instructor in San Francisco. She has a degree in Sports & Exercise Science from Edith Cowan University in Perth Australia and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer; Pre & Post Natal Fitness Coach and Certified Yoga Instructor.

With over 10 years of experience in sports and fitness, over 4 years as a Class 2 soccer/football referee in Singapore, Yana brings an abundance of knowledge and real sports experience to her clients. You can inquire about her training or yoga services at www.XodusFitness.com
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2 Months Fit While Pregnant
2 Months Pregnant

Going through the pregnancy process for the first time was quite an experience. I had all of these assumptions in my head about what it would be like stay fit while pregnant and how it would feel, but the truth is you never know until you’re there, on the field…in the game.

This was especially true in terms of my fitness. I was very worried that I would be too tired to workout when I got pregnant and lose the body that I worked so hard for.

Despite not knowing, I made a declaration to myself early on in my life that I would stay fit throughout my pregnancy and be one of those ladies that I admired who bounced back right afterwards.

Like an athlete who trains their whole life to be a pro, I was preparing my body for the ultimate challenge of pregnancy.

Fit While PregnantWhen I met my husband Rich Thurman, a Strength and Conditioning Coach and founder of  Xodus Fitness who has worked with many Pre & Post Natal women, I began to express these ideas to him.

He would say that everything I do prior to my pregnancy would translate into an easier delivery and quicker recovery.

This intrigued me and I decided to study for a certification in pre & post natal fitness training myself.

It was in this process that I learned how my body can be strategically prepared to perform better throughout the pregnancy process.

Soon after receiving my certification, I began working with pre and post natal clients.

This is about the time I met Anna, a marathon runner. She was pregnant and decided to work with a me in order to maintain her strength throughout  her pregnancy.

Anna worked with me up until she was 38 weeks and she gave birth in her 39th week. She was fortunate not to have any complications with her labor and came back to begin training again just 4 weeks after giving birth.

Fit While PregnantIt’s stories like Anna’s that inspired me to work on my personal fitness as a woman and to get my body better prepared for pregnancy.

As women, we have to work twice as hard as guys for the same gains to burn our own body fat.

Muscle helps burn body fat and men naturally build muscle faster than women. Because men can build muscle faster, they can lose body fat more readily if coupled with a healthy diet.

Even though it may be harder for women, we can still burn that excess body fat and live a healthy lifestyle through working out and having a balance diet.

However, there are some common mistakes made by women especially when it comes to working out.

For example, doing long monotonous runs on the treadmill or elliptical machine seems sensible, but it isn’t.

Instead, here’s what I would recommend:

  • Get off the treadmill and into a program that provides more High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
  • Get involved in a program that encourages weight training; strength and resistance training; flexibility and mobility training
  • Couple your training with a healthy approach to eating

By taking these first steps, you’re creating healthy habits, that will lead to an overall healthier lifestyle and lay a solid foundation for your future pregnancy.

Just by doing any of the above, you’re efficiently targeting excess body fat as well as strengthening, toning, and shaping your body more effectively prior to ever getting pregnant.

Stay tuned for Part II in next week’s post about staying fit throughout your pregnancy…

~ Yana
P.S.
Check out some recent posts about Exercises with your baby.

And…
If you want to start working out and kicking your body into shape the right way here in San Francisco, then check out some of my fitness programs, including Personal Training at Xodus Fitness

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Yana Ibrahim Yana is a Fitness Coach, Pre/Post Natal Trainer & Yoga instructor in San Francisco. She has a degree in Sports & Exercise Science from Edith Cowan University in Perth Australia and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer; Pre & Post Natal Fitness Coach and Certified Yoga Instructor. With over 10 years of experience in sports and fitness, over 4 years as a Class 2 soccer/football referee in Singapore, Yana brings an abundance of knowledge and real sports experience to her clients. You can inquire about her training or yoga services at www.XodusFitness.com