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MDTWEETY
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2/3/09 8:16 P

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ROSIEJO: Thanks so much for posting that! I actually found it after I posted here (after I went to class, my instructor told me about the info for pregnant women on the Les Mills Web site), but forgot to come back here and post to let others know. But I did not find one for Body Combat (my favorite class). Did you happen to see it by chance? I don't think one exists, because it probably would have been there with the one for Pump.

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2/3/09 5:53 P

 
 
Hey Ladies,
I just wanted to add that you can download a PDF file of a Body Pump pregnancy guide on their website. It's the Les Mills website. The guide tells you everything you should do to modify your Body Pump workout while pregnant. Here's the address for the PDF file.

http://www.lesmills.com/Files/Gl
obalCentral/Clubs/PregnancyBro
chures/BP%20pregnancy%20brochu
re.pdf

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2/1/09 11:11 A

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It's always a good idea at this point to elevate your upper body when doing any exercises on your back. The ball idea may work great!
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Catherine is the co-author of "Exercising Through Your Pregnancy" with Dr. James Clapp, and author of Fit Pregnancy For Dummies, published by Wiley Publishing in 2004. To learn more about these books or buy them online you can find them on www.amazon.com.

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2/1/09 8:56 A

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I thought of something else to ask:
I'm in my first trimester...second tri is coming up next week, I think. Some sources say I am in my first week of the second (so confusing! LOL!). But amyway...at what point should I stop lying on my back for body pump? Is it still OK at this point? Also...how propped up do I need to be? Like if I have my bench set up with two risers on each side, should I take one riser and add it to one side, or do I need to be higher up?

Hmmmm....I wonder if I can use a BOSU ball to support my back when I do chest presses and tricep extensions. I've been skipping abs altogether.

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1/30/09 2:02 P

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You're welcome and keep me posted on how you're doing!
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Catherine is the co-author of "Exercising Through Your Pregnancy" with Dr. James Clapp, and author of Fit Pregnancy For Dummies, published by Wiley Publishing in 2004. To learn more about these books or buy them online you can find them on www.amazon.com.

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MDTWEETY
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1/29/09 2:03 P

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Thanks for your response, Cathy! :)

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1/29/09 11:53 A

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I would avoid any lifts while lying flat on your back-use an incline bench instead. Also, pay close attention to how your body feels during and after class. If you have to strain to lift then take down a weight a bit. Also, if you notice increased muscle soreness or muscle strain it's a sign you're lifting too much weight.

I do feel strength training is a great way to stay fit during pregnancy and prepare your body for all the lifting motherhood requires.
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Catherine is the co-author of "Exercising Through Your Pregnancy" with Dr. James Clapp, and author of Fit Pregnancy For Dummies, published by Wiley Publishing in 2004. To learn more about these books or buy them online you can find them on www.amazon.com.

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MDTWEETY
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1/29/09 8:04 A

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Anyone do Body Pump? I'm wondering if I need to modify anything or stop doing anything when I take this class. I think the class overall is OK; I've seen some very pregnant women in there, though I didn't watch them to see what they were doing.

For background, Body Pump is a strength training class with barbells. You do:
squats
chest presses lying on a bench
back - rows and clean & presses
triceps
biceps
lunges
shoulders
abs (crunches, planks, etc.)



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