After having my first child, exercise was the last thing on my mind. I didn’t really care about fitting back into my skinny jeans and actually wanted to keep some of the weight (and boobs) I’d gained–but after breastfeeding and a rough post partum period, I weighed just a tiny bit more than I had before pregnancy.
But then I turned 30–and I was pregnant again. After being on bed rest for a month and taking daily insulin for gestational diabetes, my speedy metabolism finally slowed down–way down.
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I started off with workout DVDs I could do in the privacy of my living room. I didn’t have to worry about anyone staring at me or trying to schedule gym time around a baby and a toddler. I’d pop in a workout by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (I’m obsessed with anything that includes cheer, dance, or pageants) and get a quick workout in while the boys were asleep.
Then, I moved on to yoga. Downward dog, mountain pose, and cobra helped to ground me mentally and tone my barely-there abs. An early morning class at my office was great–but it was, well…early! Too early.
I’ve tried dance based classes (refer to my obsession above) like Zumba, barre, and soak-n-wet. I’ve sweat it out to reggae, soca, and hip hop. I’ve pounded a bag with boxing gloves and hung upside down from a harness–but I think I’ve finally found a workout that works for me.
Aaptiv combines all of the exercises I love in an app. Whether I’m getting my zen on or only have 7 minutes to spare, Aaptiv’s guided meditations and exercise sessions help me get active.
Aaptiv pairs workouts with playlists and trainer led sessions. If I’m running on the treadmill or cycling at the gym, I can choose a simple, quick way to get active by level or trainer.
For moms, Aaptiv’s special maternity program is designed to take you through all 3 trimesters and beyond–there’s even a series of stroller workouts to get you and baby moving.
Expert Aaptiv trainers and fitness experts including Kira Kohrherr of FitBump and yoga guru and author, Kristin McGee have created trimester by trimester routines for each week of pregnancy. The weekly workouts include both strength and cardio exercises specifically designed to prepare your body for birth.
I tried one of Aaptiv’s beginner treadmill sessions, Daily Dose of Cardio, and was dripping with sweat by the time I finished. Trainer Kelly C. took me through a mile at different speeds designed to get my heart rate pumping. The playlist was a mix of 90’s rock, but it helped me keep my pace, even at 3.2 speed. Kelly’s voice helped me keep pushing for a half hour–about 20 minutes more than I would have done on my own.
At the end of my workout, Aaptiv congratulated me and let me know how many calories I’d burned. (I really enjoyed the confetti.)
There are playlists of hip hop, pop, rock–I haven’t found trap music or soca just yet, but there are plenty of tunes to keep you motivated. From bubble gum pop to the legends of hip hop, Aaptiv’s huge music library includes all the hit songs you already know and love.
What kind of music gets you pumped during a workout?
I received a complimentary trial to access Aaptiv’s awesome guided workouts–but all opinions are my own.