Lagree + Pregnancy: Can I continue my Lagree workout while pregnant?

The month of May is about ELEVATING YOUR POTENTIAL. This month more than ever, we want to salute all of our mommas and mommas-to-be who constantly inspire us to work at our maximum, most efficient level!

For our mommas to be, a question we get asked often is “Is it ok for me to continue taking classes during my pregnancy?” Training throughout pregnancy strengthens your body so you can recover and get back to your full potential when you need it most.

Many of our clients say Lagree helped them with a quick and easy delivery, and helped them get back into their pre-baby shape quickly. While we don’t recommend starting a new Lagree workout routine while pregnant, if you’ve been coming, are familiar with the workout, and you have your doctor’s approval, there are many ways to modify the moves and allow you to keep taking classes well into your 3rd trimester. With this workout, you can still reach you full workout potential by modifying based on your changing body’s needs!

It’s always great to let your instructor know that you are pregnant, so they understand your limitations and can recommend alternative moves to keep you safe and working throughout class.

Pregnancy Tips

  • Always listen to your body.  If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it!
  • Do not let your heart rate get too high.  If you need to stop and catch your breath, don’t hesitate to take a break.
  • Stay hydrated – especially after taking class.
  • As your belly grows, you can be a little more off balance than normal.  Use the pole for balance and support, especially when standing on the machine for leg exercises.
  • It is not recommended to lay on your back or stomach after 18-20 weeks due to compression of the uterus.  We recommend avoiding moves like megaformer crunches, angel crunch, leg circles and swimmer.
  • It’s important to avoid putting too much pressure on the rectus abdominis which can trigger Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA), which is abdominal separation.  You can continue with the core/ab exercises if you are feeling good, but we recommend avoiding crunches and modifying core/plank exercises. Some great modifications are: moving the exercise to the front of the machine with 2-3 yellow (for more support) and coming to your knees.  Another great alternative is swapping some additional leg or upper body exercises during the abdominal moves to allow you to keep safely exercising throughout the entire class.
  • Remember your muscles, joints and ligaments are stretching to accommodate your growing baby.  Limit any discomfort and pressure by limiting the range of motion of your exercises (specifically lunges and inner thighs).

Postpartum Tips

  • Do not resume working out until ok’d by your doctor. Most of the time this is 6-12 weeks postpartum.
  • Once approved to resume a workout routine, slowly increase your activity as tolerated. Be patient with yourself. Be careful with rectus abdominis (ab) strengthening until the deep abdominal layers have returned to baseline fitness.

We also offer a Back From Baby special – Unlimited 3 Months for $515 – to help you get back your pre-baby body. For additional details or to purchase, please email connect@elevatesd.com.