New mom and second generation One On One client Kate Maclachlan.
“I think that being fit going into my pregnancy had a hugely positive impact. I felt completely like myself throughout the whole 9 months and my strength has stayed with me post-childbirth as well”.
What was your goal when you originally came to One On One?
My fitness goal has always been just to maintain a strong body for overall health. Because of my scoliosis, I find that when I’m not weight-training I start having aches and pains.
How did your fitness routine change when you found out that you were pregnant?
As soon as I told Codrut that I was expecting, the pregnancy training plan began! He modified the movements so that I wouldn’t be on my back and we stopped doing high impact cardio like stairs and running. Other than that, I kept lifting the same weight. Later into my pregnancy I began experiencing issues with my hips and glutes.
It was painful to walk and so he modified the workouts again to target specific muscles. I was pain free for the last month and a half of my pregnancy!
Now that you’ve had your baby what are your goals?
I miraculously didn’t gain much weight during my pregnancy, so I’m not really looking to lose weight. My husband and I love to bike around town, and I’m looking forward to taking the baby along when it finally warms up. We live at the top of a hill, so I’ll need to keep working on my legs and aerobic fitness! As always, I want to maintain my muscle and cardio fitness so that I can continue to be active and healthy with my family.
How do you fit exercise into your life (with a new baby)?
The baby comes with me to the gym! So far, she will just stay asleep in her car seat for the hour, but we’ll see how long that lasts. We also go to a mom and baby yoga class once a week, and out for long walks when it’s above minus 10.
If she’s napping, I might do a post-natal workout video. I’m taking a year’s maternity leave and fitness is definitely a priority for me while I have this time!
What does your exercise routine consist of?
At the gym I like to do a circuit workout. We will usually do two or three sets of different muscles groups with stair sprints in between. I feel like that’s the fastest and most efficient way to get back into shape, and I’m definitely tired at the end!
At home, I like to go for long walks in the neighbourhood. When the weather warms up, I’m hoping to get out to Kananaskis more regularly for hikes.
As you look back, what has been the most rewarding aspect of fitness for you?
I have a lot of trust in my body now, and I know that I’m capable of pushing myself. Working out has helped me as much mentally as physically. When I was younger, I was pretty scrawny. I couldn’t keep up with friends on a hike, I couldn’t do a sit-up. When I started weight-training, I began to be able to perform all of these activities and it was empowering! I think that being fit going into my pregnancy had a hugely positive impact. I felt completely like myself throughout the whole 9 months and my strength has stayed with me post-childbirth as well.
If you could give advice to another person who was struggling with their fitness what would that be?
Try to find little spots in the day to be active. Can you walk, bike, or take transit somewhere instead of driving? Run up the stairs or take them 2 at a time instead of just walking.
I think fitness can feel like an insurmountable task sometimes, but all the little things you do in a day add up and start to become habit.