Fitness Friday: The Bare Minimum Edition

So I hate that my weeks in fitness are becoming so lackluster and just going through the motions, but I guess that’s the reality at the very end of my pregnancy. I’m 39 weeks and 3 days and I’m so over being pregnant, that I’m also so over my pregnancy workouts.

I’m really struggling with staying motivated to do anything! I’m pretty tired and I also feel sort of blah. Maybe it’s some kind of hormone dip or maybe it’s just because I feel like I’m in a limbo phase….just waiting to go into labor. I know logically I should try to stay busy and enjoy the time I have now, but logic doesn’t always come through for ya.

(My daughter and I waiting at my last midwife checkup.)

So here’s what I did this week, in between obsessing over not being labor:

On Monday I did a full body weights routine in the gym and felt pretty good. See detailed recap below.

Tuesday was a half hour of elliptical and 15 minutes of incline treadmill walking. Spin classes are pretty much done. I don’t think sitting on the bike would work at this point in terms of comfort.

Wednesday was another elliptical and walking day. I was getting some nice contractions while working out and had a burst of energy, thinking something was happening…but then they petered out.

Thursday I…rested! I made a last minute decision to rest instead of doing weights again, for pretty much no reason besides being tired. I had that imminent labor feeling again, which makes me want to rest and conserve energy, and then of course, nothing happens, so I end up feeling more blah because I didn’t work out. But I’m trying to listen to my body and rest when it says rest. I have the all of my life to work out (and I know I will).

I suited my dog up for a nice walk…and then thunderstorms hit. I was hoping the rain and barometer falling would help kick start something, too, but here I am, nada.

Friday (today). Going to do the full body weight routine I missed yesterday and walk the mutt while Anna is in preschool. I have a major urge to walk, walk, walk and I never get to. Maybe that means something?!

So here’s what I did in the weight room on Monday, just so this fitness post can have some fitness in it:

  • Really low weight body bar squats (30 lb. bar, three sets of 20). This also serves as my warm-up
  • Plie position squats with a 15 or 20 lb. dumb bell (three sets of 15)
  • Standing leg curl hamstring machine (three sets of 10-12 with 20 lbs. or so)

(This machine is great, since I can’t lay on my stomach for the other hamstring curl machine. But I think I like it better anyway. It seems like it targets the hamstring more. Check it out if your gym has one.)

  • Quad extension machine (I usually do one leg at a time to isolate a stronger or weaker muscle)
  • Short plank sets (three of only about 10 seconds…I’ve slowly lost the ability to hang out in plank as I’ve gotten bigger and bigger…mostly because of heartburn
  • Another preggo core move: In a tabletop hands and knees position, I suck up my tummy to work my transverse ab muscles (three sets of 12-15 reps)
  • Pushups! I am still gritting out three sets of ten real ones with good form. Heartburn makes this interesting.
  • Lat pull-down machine (80 lbs. still! Three sets of 10ish)
  • Low grip cable row (three sets of 8 at 80 lbs. or 15 at 70 lbs.)
  • Wide chest press machine (90 lbs., three sets of 8-10)
  •  Dumbbell shoulder fly (15′s) or lateral shoulder machine (like this one)

This machine is hard! I can only do 10 lbs. on it

  • Bicep curls (20 lbs. each arm, for about 8 reps)
  • Tricep pulley extension machine. I think I’m calling these machines the wrong names, since they are the ones I’m making up in my head as I go along. One day I will learn the proper names. It’s a machine with stacked weights, where you sit and do an overhead tricep extension on a cable. I can’t find a photo of something similar to what they have at my gym! So strange. Anyway, I just graduated from three sets of 12 reps at 30 lbs. to doing a couple sets at 40 lbs. Woo-hoo!

Overall, I do a lot less body weight and leg work than I did when I was smaller/ not pregnant. Less intense cardio type moves, and I rely more on machines where I can sit. I’m psyched I haven’t lost any strength! Maybe because I’m working with the advantage of an extra 30 pounds, but I’ll take it.

I’m ready for post-partum walking and a break from my routine. It’s been 39 weeks of not missing many days and I’m sick of walking into the gym to hear comments like “You’re still here??”

YES. But I don’t want to be here. At least not until I’m making a full stop return to maximum fitness in a few months.

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Filed under Pregnancy and Post Partum Fitness, Weight Training

3 Responses to Fitness Friday: The Bare Minimum Edition

  1. Wow, you’re so close! Great job maintaining your workouts… I really do think that made a difference in how quickly I bounced back post-baby, not to mention the mental benefits of keeping me sane through those last few weeks!

  2. I walked so much the last few weeks of my pregnancy. I was working those babies out!! ;) Why do people say things like that? Do they want to be punched in the face by a pregnant woman? :)

  3. Laura F

    Congratulations!!! Happy to see everything went well and quick delivery.

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