15 May 2012
On Wednesday, May 9th, two days before the 6 week mark, my doctor cleared me to begin my pre-pregnancy workout regiment. I quite literally ran myself back to my beloved class, Stoked 360 with Kira Stokes both Thursday morning, May 10th and Monday evening, May 14th, I took in a yoga class and I did a few jogs in between. It was awesome being back with Kira and my Monday night crew at Stoked 360; after the Thursday morning class I was sore for two days but overall felt good and that not too much was lost during my hiatus (although my abs definitely need some work!)
On this rainy Tuesday morning, I went to my first class of Stacy Berman's Boot Camp in Central Park for Moms. I had met with Stacy a few weeks ago, and was very much looking forward to her class! Hearing the weather called for rain pretty much all day, I was debating on whether or not to brave the elements, particularly because Sophia was coming along! I emailed Stacy that morning: I will try to come, but if it starts pouring, I am running back home with Sophia. Truth be told, I was somewhat tired from little sleep the night before and Stoked 360; but hey! Sophia was a pretty good excuse for me to stay in bed right?
So glad I did not!!
I will be giving you updates on my journey with Stacy over the next few weeks, but let me tell you that day one was AWESOME! The hour went quickly and the combination of cardio and body weight exercises I know will help give my metabolism that boost it needs. Never sure which exercise is coming next (I will be sure to bring gloves next time because my palms are killing me from the bear crawls we did on the ground of Central Park and what felt like 100s of push-ups and squat thrusts) the class keeps you guessing. Next class we were told to bring a gallon of water; I dont dare ask why beforehand.
Not only was the work out great, but who knew that Stacy Berman, a killer trainer, dubs as a great baby-sitter? While mom was running up and down the stairs of Bethesda fountain, Stacy stood right by Sophia's stroller, never taking her eye off her (and of course neither did mom!). When I came back from a sprint up the stairs, I saw Sophia peacefully in her stroller, yet kicking her hands and feet outwards as if emulating kickboxing moves. Seems as though Sophia wanted in on the action already!
Day two of Stacy's boot camp proved to be just as challenging as day one. I quickly learned what we were to use the gallon of water for: full body squats while holding the gallon then twisting to your right and left, making sure to tap into those obliques. Also don't forget to hold your arms straight ahead as you twist; Stacy, who is a stickler for form, will notice if your arms are too high or too low, or if your squat is not low enough.
Not only did we do suicide runs uphill, lunges into dead lifts with the gallon and side push-up, but the hardest thing we did was the crab crawl; as you can see from my positioning in the photo, maintaining that position while walking yourself uphill. Tough stuff!
Along with kicking me back towards my pre-pregnancy physique, Stacy has also promised to provide me with a food cleanse to help lose the stubborn pregnancy pounds that want to stick around. I started a food journal a few weeks ago, at Stacy's requets, and am somewhat scared to show it to her as there have been a few too many nights of take-out since Sophia's birth.
To be continued.....
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