iTrainFor a healthy, happy pregnancy

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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. North face app  1 of 1 2

As you guys know, I’ve partnered with North Face (you can check out my first post here and my second post here!) and have really been loving their new Mountain Athletics from The North Face line: Gina415 5

(designed for outdoor workouts and to withstand the elements, but I’ve been wearing them for everything, from hikes, to strength training, to yoga)Gina415 31 as well as the app, which is free for iPhone users. (Droid friends: all of the videos are accessible via their YouTube site.) They provide 6-week training plans, which I find to be an awesome mix of strength (muscular endurance, AMRAP-style workouts, and unilateral focus), cardio (sprints, plyo and stead state) and rest, with detailed form cue videos. If you aren’t sure how to do a move, just click and a fitness professional will guide you through the exercise. Otherwise, you press “Go” and go for it. You’re rewarded with badges along the way, and it’s an awesome method to change up your routine.  FullSizeRender 13 (Getting in a little stretch after one of the upper/lower body workouts, which included a warm up, 6 rounds of bench presses and 6 rounds of box squats) I’ll definitely be continuing to use the app for workout ideas as I continue to train for a safe and healthy pregnancy.

What are you training for right now?? How do your fitness goals change throughout the year?

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xoxo Gina

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  1. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on June 14, 2015 at 10:01 am

    This sounds really cool! Also, beautiful pictures!

  2. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on June 14, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    It is so amazing to see how active you are staying during your pregnancy! You look great – fab pictures.

  3. Melissa on June 14, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Hey Gina! Hope this day find you an you family doing well. I have a strange request, lol. I’m getting my hair cut . It’s been growing put for sometime. I had worn it similar to yours but not quite. Can u email son pics of your haircut from the back side and front so I can show my hairdresser how I would I’m it cut. My hair is and has natural body to it like yours and I wanted to get my hairdressers opinion if it would b e a becoming cut on me. Thanks.

  4. Bethann Wagner on June 14, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Your little bump is beyond adorable in all of these NorthFace outfits. They looks super comfortable too!

  5. Kate @KateMovingForward on June 14, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Your baby bump is the cutest! I LOVE Northface jackets!

  6. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy on June 15, 2015 at 2:42 am

    I’ll have to check out the app.

    I’m a runner primarily, but I strength train, do yoga & Pilates & swim occasionally too. My goals are usually focused on my races. I do a half in the spring & fall (and sometimes more than one), so I’m either in a rest period between training cycles or in a training cycle! And by rest period I mean just running less & not pushing as hard – not taking a break from activity!

    I don’t know how you do it all!

  7. Katie @ Operation Happier on June 15, 2015 at 10:04 am

    (For some reason, the comments look all squished on the left side of the page.)

    This sounds like such a great app, pregnant or not! Thank you so much for sharing; I will have to check it out. I’ve found being pregnant to be such a challenge in terms of fitness — I’m so used to pushing myself that I find it a hard line to work, trying to stay fit but not push too hard.

  8. kristin | W [H] A T C H on June 15, 2015 at 11:27 am

    you are looking great, mama! look forward to checking out this app.

  9. Erin on June 16, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Currently I’m training for my first Disney Half Marathon! I finished my first half marathon last September. I want to PR this race 🙂 I’m running the Wine and Dine Half…I feel like I’m living proof of that saying, “Will run for wine” lol

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