Article by Harper's Bazaar. Original article here.
Prenatal exercise comes with specific guidelines – as Simone De La Rue, trainer to the likes of fellow mothers Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Chrissy Teigen and Reese Witherspoon tells Bazaar. Firstly, "Always check with your doctor before starting any exercise routine while pregnant," she says. (Read more of her dos and don'ts of pregnancy exercise, here.)
But while it's good to err on the side of caution, you needn't be anxious about working out. "The good news is there are now so many studies to support exercise throughout your pregnancy, so your doctor should be on board and encourage you to work out," De La Rue adds. The key is finding programmes that are as safe as they are effective.
Below, see eight of the best prenatal workout plans you can do at home, if you can't get to the studio. From yoga to cardio, barre to Pilates, these virtual methods will help you stay strong and feel confident throughout pregnancy.
Barrecore, the barre fitness experts with 13 studios across the UK, say its method is "one of the safest workouts during pregnancy due to the low impact and mindful nature of our classes". They offer private maternity modification sessions, so you can join full classes with adaptations, and in addition have recently added a dedicated prenatal class every Saturday morning to the live schedule, streamed via Zoom. Expect to exhaust your muscles and experience the famous 'Barrecore shake', but rest assured it's safe for you and your baby.
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Creating your own personalised playlists on Barrecore is easy - to start, simply find a video you like, then click the button that looks like this:
You can name your playlist, add as many videos as you'd like to it, and remove/reorder the videos in your playlist to suit your training needs.
To remove a video from a playlist, simply click the 'x' on the video in the playlist view that you no longer want to watch, and confirm to remove.
To re-order it, just click the left '<' and right '>' arrows of the video in the playlist, to swap it with the video next to it.
You'll find your favourite playlists saved for you once you have signed in.