Working out has always been part of my life. And if you get the OK from your doctor, I’ve found that staying active is one of the best things you can do for yourself during pregnancy. For the past two years, I’ve been a regular at The Bar Method – a studio space featuring classes based on their signature ballet bar workout. For me, it’s all about sculpting your core, legs, and booty! Designed under the guidance of physical therapists, The Bar Method focuses on effectiveness, safety, and body awareness to stretch, strengthen, and reshape your body. This type of workout is unique because it’s gentle (and typically even sweat-free!) while still targeting and visibly toning the full body. When I got pregnant, I wondered if my beloved Bar classes were a safe option for staying in my best (baby)shape.
After a helpful chat with the teachers at The Bar Method, I was thrilled to find out that I could continue worry-free, pre and post baby! I just had to consider making a few modifications to my routine. They even have a pregnancy workout DVD available – great for mommies who might not have easy access to a location. Since then, I’ve kept up with going a few times a week. I joke that it’s the only “bar” I’m able to enjoy lately. But I don’t mind much, each session leaves me feeling so good! When I first started Bar, I saw my body tone up quickly. Even now, I’m impressed with my ab work out – being most surprised by how much muscle tone you can still have around your waist and belly. I feel really strong and healthy from head to toe. I love how it gives me just the right amount of energy, but also allows a release. It leaves me feeling more connected and in tune with my body, and my baby. I think it’s a great workout for any woman, and the best for moms-to-be!
The Bar Method and Pregnancy…
With the proper modifications, The Bar Method is a highly safe and effective form of exercise for women throughout all stages of pregnancy. And as studies have shown…regular exercise during pregnancy decreases backaches and discomfort due to swollen feet, makes women less likely to gain excessive weight, decreases the risk of diabetes, and improves mood and self-esteem. Bar Method classes can make pregnancy a better experience overall both mentally and physically. And overall, Bar Method students who classes regularly are leaner, calmer and generally healthier at birth (and after).