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Can I Use A Kettlebell When Pregnant

Kettle bell workouts aren't just trendy—they're also efficient, offer great physical results and can help you achieve major strength gains. “If you have never used kettle bells before, pregnancy is absolutely not the time to start,” certified personal trainer and women's health specialist Garnet Henderson says.

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Christina Perez
• Monday, 14 December, 2020
• 8 min read
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“Your body is undergoing major changes, and you are likely to become more fatigued more quickly, so it is not the time to learn new, complex movement patterns. If you feel tired, give yourself extra time to rest and decrease the amount of weight you are using.

Starting around 15-20 weeks, make sure you modify your workouts to avoid any movements that involve twisting or lying directly on your back or stomach. In the second trimester, you will need to start decreasing the weight you use and the intensity of your workouts, Henderson says.

If so, you can give Henderson's effective kettle bell globe squat a shot. Here's how to do it, and if this is a new exercise for you, start with the lightest kettle bell you can find (usually 6 or 8 kg) and you can adjust from there:

Hinge the hips back and bend the knees to squat down like you are sitting in a chair that's slightly behind you. Keep the bellybutton drawn in toward your spine the whole time to support your lower back.

Continuing your exercise routine into pregnancy has numerous other benefits such as improved mood, increased energy and a more restful sleep. Challenging workouts such as kettle bell swings can be a great way to stay fit and prepare for the rigors of labor, but they are not safe for everyone.

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Due to a hormone called relaxing, your joints loosen during pregnancy, making it easier to get injured. The cardinal rule, or consensus, only applies to women with healthy, typical pregnancies.

For example, you should avoid lying flat on your back after the first trimester because your growing belly puts pressure on a major vein called the vent cave, which can cut off blood flow and oxygen. If your doctor gives you the green light to continue kettle bell swings, it is important to know how to complete the exercises safely.

You should avoid exercises that put strain on your joints, such as windmills, and those that require you to twist your mid-section. Two 20-to-30-minute strength-training sessions per week combined with a good cardiovascular routine will go a long way to keeping you and your developing baby healthy.

When I was pregnant with all three of my children, strangers would come up to me at the gym and say things like “are you sure you should be using those cattle balls? But I get it, understanding how to work out during pregnancy isn’t easy, let alone adding into the mix kettle bells, something that we know is so great for high intensity training.

It’s a great question, and if you’re here reading this article, then I think you’ll like the answer. Because first and foremost, the purpose of a pregnancy is for both mom and baby to optimize their health.

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Oftentimes working out while pregnant will do just that, but it’s always best to check with your doc and make sure. Sticking to those standards will most likely make that woman lose strength and cardiovascular capabilities for no real reason.

And if she loves working out and has the energy to do so, then telling her to only lift 25 pounds and keep everything low intensity, could very well make her miserable. So I cleared my plans with my doctor and got back to what I loved most in working out — kettle bells.

For most exercises, kettle bells are a great tool to develop strength, improve mobility, increase cardiovascular endurance and provide a killer fat-blasting workout. Because of its supreme versatility, the kettle bell allows for switching easily between exercises.

And because of its versatility, workouts/complexes can be scaled for anyone regardless of current physical fitness abilities or restrictions. Oh, and a few months from now, if you have a bell or two at home, you can do a workout in your living room while the baby naps!

Goblet squat : strengthens the pelvic floor, makes for great pushing skills in L&D Kettle bell swings : strengthens pelvic floor and posterior chain. Military press : Develops arm muscles needed for holding babies.

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Helps maintain core strength especially later in pregnancy Bent over rows : another upper body strength developer, a great contrasting movement to military presses Rack holds : Helps maintain core strength (alternative: plank) Turkish get up : maintains mobility even when your belly grows and it becomes harder to move otherwise By scale, I mean you can drop the weight you’re using or cut the workout time or take extra rest.

Okay it’s not a kettle bell exercise, but brisk walking is pretty much the best thing you can do while pregnant. It promotes blood flow, eases any pregnancy unpleasantness like hemorrhoids, gets you active and coupled with a great diet, will help make sure you don’t gain any unnecessary pregnancy weight.

Remember: Take the time to familiarize yourself with these kettle bell movements so you’re doing them correctly. So be smart — learn the movements, listen to your body, and scale the workouts according to your abilities and comfort level.

If you’re looking to get back in shape postpartum and you’ve been cleared by your doctor at your six-week checkup, come give the 5-Day Kettle bell Fat Furnace a try. This free five day programs provides workouts and eating guidelines that can help give you the fat loss boost you might be looking for after baby.

She worked out throughout each of her pregnancies and had quick labor and deliveries and swift recovery. Why not toss around the piece of workout equipment that's arguably most like a baby: the kettle bell.

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Contrary to what some people might think, it's perfectly safe to lift weights while pregnant, as long as you don't get too crazy. Just listen to your body and remember that this isn't the time to try to PR anything or to aim for six-pack abs, says Amanda Butler, trainer at The Hitting Room, a HIIT studio in New York City.

This dynamic kettle bell workout will help keep your body strong. The movements that recruit multiple muscle groups and keep your full-body coordination on-point-so you can be that much better at chasing after your little one when he or she can finally crawl.

A. Stand with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, holding a kettle bell sideways in front of chest, hands wrapped around the bell. Stand with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, holding a kettle bell by the handle in front of hips.

Send hips backward to hinge forward and slightly bend knees to lower the kettle bell between feet. C. Tap the bell to the floor (if possible), then press hips forward to return to starting position, maintaining a flat back throughout the entire movement.

Start in a deep lunge position* with the left leg in front, holding the kettle bell by the handle in the right hand. Hinge forward with a flat back to place left elbow on left knee, and lower kettle bell down next to right ankle to start.

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Row kettle bell up to chest level, keeping back flat and weight evenly distributed between both feet. C. Slowly lower kettle bell back to starting position.

*You may find it easier to balance with your feet wider instead of tight-roped in a very narrow lunge position. Hinge at the hips to bend over and hold the kettle bell by the handle to start.

*You may need to soften your elbows to allow them to rest outside your belly while swinging. Stand with feet hip-width apart, staggered so one foot is in front of balance.

Lower the bell behind head, elbows pointing toward the ceiling. *Staggering your stance helps with balance and puts less strain on your core muscles.

Stand with feet together, holding a kettle bell by the bell horizontally in front of chest. Lower into a lateral lunge, sending hips back and bending right leg, but keeping left leg straight (but not locked).

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C. Push off right foot to return to starting position, then repeat on opposite side. Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a kettle bell by the horns in front of belly button.

Lift left elbow and circle kettle bell around the head to the right, then behind head, then around the left side and back to starting position. C. Repeat in the opposite direction, passing kettle bell by left side first.

Stand with feet in a wide stance, left arm reaching directly overhead, biceps next to ear. In the right hand, hold a kettle bell by the handle in front of right hip.

Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a kettle bell by the horns in front of hips. C. Slowly reverse movement to return to starting position.

I recently moved from Chicago where I had an AWESOME SFG certified coach. Level 6 Valued Member Team Leader Certified Instructor

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I'm working with one woman right now who trains KB's once per week with me and also takes a couple of our classes, and it's all within her doctor's approval. We've openly discussed my level of physical activity, and she supports it as long as I feel good.

I've put a few on myself based on what feels good for my body now — I don't run and I don't do twisting ab exercises, but that is about it! Level 5 Valued Member Elite Certified Instructor

Colleen — Congrats! If I'm not mistaken, Joana Tehran and Lauren Brooks have some info on kettle training while pregnant. You may also get some good response by posting this question in the Strongest Training Facebook Group!

Colleen — Congrats! If I'm not mistaken, Joana Tehran and Lauren Brooks have some info on kettle training while pregnant. You may also get some good response by posting this question in the Strongest Training Facebook Group!

My wife is 5 and a half months pregnant and following kettle bell mother”States Artemis Scandalizes, Valerie Edmund and chief Sub Karen Smith are also great resources Zack — My coaches were Sean Griffin, Grant Anderson, and Steve Carlson at Chicago Primal Gym.

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