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When I’m in my non-pregnant state, there’s usually a fitness goal I’m working towards, whether it’s smashing a strength or speed PR, increasing muscle definition, focusing on consistency, or adding new classes into the mix. Since I have a baby on board, my workouts are similar and I continue to teach the same classes (modifying as needed), but my goal is maintaining instead of adding. I’m not trying to stack on extra BODYPUMP plates or sprint faster, but instead, I’m working towards a healthy pregnancy and staying active as long as I possibly can. Not only does this do wonders for my mental state -I’m one of those people who needs to move on a daily basis or I get a little crankypants- but I know that being active will help me to give our baby a healthy atmosphere to grow. Fitness during pregnancy can also decrease the duration of labor, and make it feel easier, as it’s an athletic event (and by far, the toughest one I’ve ever done). Another goal: keep boredom at bay, especially since pregnancy isn’t the time to add in new types of workouts or focus on increasing speed/weights. The Mountain Athletics App has been perfect for little bits of inspiration for gym and at-home workouts.