Spin Classes when Pregnant
There are a number of benefits for participating in spin classes when pregnant at your local gym. There are some precautions you need to take when pregnant to ensure that you are maximising the benefits and ensuring you are exercising in a safe manner.
Spin classes are a better alternative to cycling when pregnant as you start to lose your balance more so cycling can become dangerous.
1. Listen to Your Body!
You should always listen to your body especially when you are pregnant. Now is not the time to be a hero and push the boundaries. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort then stop and quickly assess if you should finish your spin session.
2. Drink Plenty of Water
The last thing you want is to become dehydrated. You should have your water bottle with you to ensure that you drink before, during and after your workout. Dehydration can lead to pre-term labour so drink plenty of water!
3. Your First Time
If you were participating in spin classes before pregnancy, then you can continue when you are pregnant. Be aware of how your body changes as you enter each new trimester and the importance of listening to your body.
If you are starting spinning for the first time when you are pregnant then be sure to let the instructor know (if early on in your pregnancy and it’s not obvious) so that they know that if you are taking a break that they will not continue to push you.
The key point is to start easy stay at a comfortable pace and take regular breaks.
4. Short is Sweet!
Forget the 45 or 60 minute plus sessions. Your goal is to ride for 15 – 30 minutes and if you wish to do more exercise then select one of our PregActive pregnancy workouts.
5. Don’t Try to Set New Records
Your rate of perceived exertion can be a guide to how hard you are pushing yourself.
Remember you are riding for two, so if you find yourself getting too out of breath then slow down and reduce the intensity and pace.
6. Watch Your Back
If you have not properly adjusted the seat, pedals and handlebars you may cause strain to your lower back. Make sure you are comfortable and slow down or stop if you start to experience any back pain.
7. Stationary is Best
There is always a new form of exercise or equipment coming onto the market to become the next fad. We have seen a wave of spin bikes that are far from stationary and move with you as you lean right or left.
8. You are Not Climbing the Pyrenees!
If you were riding up the Pyrenees in France you would be off your seat and driving your legs as heard as you can to get up the hill.
Now is not the time to stand up and get off your seat. Maintain a comfortable pace and stay seated otherwise you may just be pushing too hard.