The prenatal fitness scene is certainly growing. Studios all over the nation are providing pregnancy friendly workouts for women so that they are able to maintain a fitness routine throughout this time. Yes, its true -- Pregnant women CAN workout like the rest!
Simultaneously, the hybrid fitness scene is becoming more popular as studios are offering combination classes for their clients and customers. Trying to include a varied fitness routine is difficult for many so studios are taking the effort out by offering cardio/strength combinations. One studio in particular, Flex Studios in New York City, has been able to successfully master a prenatal friendly workout in a hybrid format.
Flex Studios has partnered with FitBump, a fashion brand appropriate for women to wear before, throughout and after their pregnancy to introduce a series titled, FitBumpFLEX. It was designed with expecting moms in mind. Led by a prenatal-certified fitness instructor, Jenn Seracuse, the one-hour class includes 20 minutes each of TRX (for the upper body and back), Barre (lower body work to help stabilize muscles and maintain pelvic and hip alignment as baby grows), and Pilates (body-appropriate moves on a reformer).
Not only is this workout effectively designed but also takes into account the prenatal physiology that takes places. According to the Director of Pilates at Flex Studios, Jenn Seracuse, "Focused, deep transverse abdominis breathing is important during pregnancy for a number of reasons. Also, since each exercise in Pilates is associated with the breath connection, it makes using the breath during labor much more accessible."
Classes ($9 each) will run for three Saturdays (May 3, 10, and 17) at 8:30am, at the FLEX Union Square studio and classes are capped at 11 participants to ensure proper instruction. Sign-up is available directly at the Flex Studios website.
Post workout, take advantage of the FitBump pop-up shop located at Flex Studios (available through May) and snag new maternity staples for spring—like the Vida long sleeve top ($68), Theia Patterned top ($52) and Danae leggings ($80). In addition FitBump is on a bigger mission to provide educational and informative content to pregnant women everywhere -- stemming beyond the fashion and providing a bigger need to this audience.