Baby Bumps And The GayPosted: April 10, 2012
For a fag I had my experience with pregnancy. I love babies and only wish I could experience the journeys of having a baby! Just recently I had a client, she was close to having a six-pack abs. Having trainer “BMI X-Ray Vision,” I know Tawnya was closer to 10 percent body fat and from working with her for about a year prior and knowing she was leaner for her 4th of July trip to her Lake house. That was one our set goals and she was kick-ass kitty! As soon as she found out she was expecting her first child I took real measure of her progress. She is super athletic and a champ when it came to her fitness. I don’t know how your girls do it! As a gay man, if I gain an extra layer of fat for winter, I go kookoo!
During her pregnancy she powered through morning sickness and fatigue. Six months into it the hormone relaxin started to show up. It’s a hormone that helps soften the bones, making them more flexible when conceiving. Tawnya’s pelvis started to really hurt. She powered through it as we worked around it, but she felt the effects of the relaxin for months after her baby girl was born.
Tawnya worked out with a modified but challenging workout (most woman would find it damn right hard) as her baby bump started to set in, with fear of stretch marks, and fear of being one of those ladies that gets stuck on the other side of chubby years after her baby is born. I keep her workout close to what they were before she was expecting. I hate to “peacock,” but I’m gay and do it so well– but think god for a gay with experience with athletic pregnancies. We kept her heart rate within 140 bpm. Tawnya was able to go a bit higher with her heart rate due to her fitness and history with intense training, but we made sure to keep her in her “oxygen zone” so the fetus would maintain a steady oxygen flow. Her workout included single-arm Kettlebell swing up until end of her second trimester at twenty-four pounds with repetitions up to seventy. She was doing squats with seventy pounds with repetitions of forty up until she had her lovely baby girl. This workout isn’t for a novice. Most Men couldn’t do this –period. You might imagine her to be some amazon, but she’s likely to be one of those woman you hate because she is more super-model than tomboy.
The level of your workout will depend on your fitness and your new best friend– your OB/GYN. If you’re newly preggers and moderately fit you might be overwhelmed and wondering when can you restart your workout — I know I would be! Resuming your program after you conceive is personal and clinical. We resumed four weeks after she popped. She did not have a C-section and we were very careful but ambitious. The typical range is 6-8 weeks, and up to three months following a C-section.
The most profound aspect for both of us was the ease to transition back into our full-fledged fitness routine. I have noticed with other clients that are not as fit, how hard their pregnancies, are both physically and mentally. Tawnya almost got her six-pack abs three months back into her routine, but believe it or not, then “Miss Thing” decided to have Irish twins. So far so good she is a lean mean baby machine with a new baby bump still swing those kettlebells.
This blog was written around a year ago. Since then I we had to “break-up,” because she lives in Pasadena and My client base is in West Hollywood and the West Side. I love Tawnya, and miss her more than she will ever know!
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