Fast Pass to Fitness: the Best Classes to Take if You're Pregnant
Finding motivation to work out during your pregnancy can be tough, but it has awesome benefits. Fitting exercise into your schedule will increase your energy, help you sleep better and can reduce pregnancy symptoms like headaches, backaches and swelling. Plus, it’s a great way to meet fellow moms-to-be and will help you get your prebaby body back faster after delivery.
Switching up your workout routine is a good way to engage different muscles as your body is changing, and keep you from getting stuck in a rut. For either $79 or $99 per month (depending on your city), the subscription service ClassPass lets you try an unlimited number of classes at a variety of fitness studios in your area, including many pregnancy-safe options. Since ClassPass is currently located in more than 30 US cities (and counting) with more than 4,000 participating studios across the world, it’s easier than ever to mix things up. You can search for classes by studio or by time, and narrow it down to type of class, including yoga, pilates, strength training, cycling and more. Here are some of the workouts you can sign up for using the service:
Moms-to-be practice techniques to increase strength and flexibility while reducing stress and incorporating breathing methods that will come in handy in the delivery room.
Prenatal Mat Pilates
Gain flexibility, increase stability and build core strength with a special focus on reducing pregnancy aches and pains—it’s a great way to prep for pushing.
This full-body invigorating workout targets individual areas to strengthen, sculpt and stretch, which will be key when you’re in labor. Plus, there are options to modify or intensify moves based on your own needs.
Updated December 2016
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