A few weeks ago, I wrote about exercise in the first trimester, which added up to slow walking and light weights at the gym when I felt good. June was actually normal, July was slowing down, and August was pretty blah. The whole month. I did the best I could with what energy I had. My body was busy forming a poppyseed into a lemon! There wasn’t a lot of leftover energy for exercise.
Around Week 14, I had an increase in energy and felt much better, just as the books say I would. I decided not to return to CrossFit because it is probably too high impact for me, and modifying everything and being the slowest in the class probably won’t make me feel all that great. I also enjoy sleeping in. But I did want to do something to get moving besides walking. I do have a gym membership, but why belong to one when you could belong to two? (Not really, I just wanted to try a studio.)
I bought a Groupon for Define Body, the same place I tried last May with a Living Social deal. This time, I get two weeks of unlimited classes. And then I’ll have to buy a pack of classes. I just started the two week period over the weekend and took three classes in four days. Define is a local barre method studio with its own technique. It is in a pretty studio, with kind instructors and good music. It is so refreshing for me to try this other type of studio. The classes are an hour and open to all skill levels. It’s about using small movements and light weights to tone specific areas in a fun way.
Back in May, I enjoyed Define, but still really liked the intensity of CrossFit more. Now, Define is just the right amount of movement and stretching for me without being too hard, too heavy, and too much impact. Immediately, my hamstrings and triceps were sore and I enjoyed that feeling. I missed working hard and feeling sore.
I modify any movements that include ab work or twisting. Although a chunk of the class is about core movements, I can modify by leaning on a ball or hanging on to a band to absorb the tension, or I just don’t do the movement. I can still do about 85% of the movements just like everyone else, and it’s been so nice to take a class and trust that the instructor will help me modify something.
My plan is to still exercise 4-5 days per week with a mix of walking and either this class or some other form of light cross training as long as I’m feeling good!