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Kettlebells When Pregnant

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Bob Roberts
• Tuesday, 03 November, 2020
• 9 min read

“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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Today’s post is written by Lauren Brooks, owner of On The Edge Fitness. If you are looking for a challenging kettle bell training during pregnancy DVD that includes proper instruction, check out her videos: Baby Bells The Fit Pregnancy Workout, Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettle bells, Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettle bells DVD Vol 2, and The Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettle bells Vol 3.

This is exactly the out of date misinformation that doctors or nurses have advised pregnant women in the past. These are the type of misconceptions which can quickly instill fear and uncertainty when it comes to exercising during pregnancy.

Then the pregnant mom ends up doing almost nothing, gaining 40 kg, getting depressed and creating complications down the line. To make a blanket statement and tell every pregnant woman to have the same guidelines is basically stating we are all exactly the same.

Cog (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) has revised the guidelines and is now telling women to measure their intensity with the RPE (Rated Perceived Exertion) scale rather than concentrate too much on heart rate, since no one person has the same fitness level. On a scale from 1 to 10 Cog recommends women should keep their intensity between 5 – 8 during pregnancy.

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If you currently engage in a resistance training program and your doctor says you should not do anything more than walking, without a valid reason, it’s probably time to find a new doctor or care provider that is familiar with the current research. Preparing your body for one of the most physical and emotional events in one’s life is the most important thing you can do for yourself and baby.

Being in ultimate shape during your pregnancy will significantly lessen the chance of needing an invasive surgery. But never fear, if you kept your body strong, you can and will recover quickly and eventually regain your strength.

Unfortunately I was one of the unlucky ones that had no choice in the matter and ended up with a C-section both times, due to reasons I could not prevent. Nevertheless, I have surpassed my strength and fitness goals after each pregnancy in record time.

Today I am sharing with you some of the most common questions and answers I receive from my pregnant clients or their personal trainers. Because your body has never experienced this type of movement pattern, it’s not recommended starting during pregnancy.

All out Tabatha drills or trying to beat your current pull up record should absolutely be avoided. Remember you should not practice any pressurized breathing, therefore, pressing heavyweight overhead should be prohibited.

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Swings, Squats, Cleans, Rows, knee push-ups, and Presses are usually great exercises to continue as long as the body allows and are able. If you have any more questions about program design you can check out my DVD Baby Bells the Fit Pregnancy Kettle bell Workout.

Why not toss around the piece of workout equipment that's arguably most like a baby: the kettle bell. 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.

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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. 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.

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*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). 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.

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Suzanne KO, SFG, Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism Coach, Postnatal Fitness SpecialistOwner of So Fit Suzanne shares about her experience in recovering from the birth of her daughter and how her education in women's health has changed the way she practices with kettle bells both in her own training, and with her clients. Using them incorrectly can make your workout ineffective or, worse, leave you injured.

Using your core and lower body are essential for swinging a kettle bell,” says Captive Trainer Jennifer Gizmo. Take note of your movements and when you should be transferring power from your lower to upper body.

If you’re doing swings, focus on keeping your back flat and tucking your tailbone under you when your hips hinge forward. While you may feel really strong waving a kettle bell to and fro, doing so too quickly will largely sacrifice your form.

Continue until you land on a weight where you feel challenged, but can still perform five to ten reps without losing your form. “ to do complicated exercises before they’ve mastered proper form,” Gizmo shares.

With knees bent slightly, bend your waist forward until your torso is almost parallel to the ground. Lift the kettle bell up, allowing it to swing back between your legs.

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Now, push your hips forward to drive the kettle bell out in front of you. On the upswing, don’t lean back or let the kettle bell go higher than your shoulders.

From here you can go right into your next rep. On your last rep, once the kettle bell has swung down between your legs, place it back on the ground about a foot in front of you. Kettle bell swings are very rhythmic, meaning that they’re great for practicing your breathing technique.

Inhale a deep breath as the kettle bell lowers and swings between your legs, then exhale during your upswing. “A solution to these issues may be to practice without any weight first and then start with light kettle bells,” advises Gizmo.

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