Yes, I am still Teaching Spin Class while Pregnant!

April 27th, 2010 Brandy Pregnant 9 Comments

I wonder why I’ve waited so long to write about the number one question I get while being pregnant.  “How long will you teach spin class?”  As the weeks go on and my belly grows bigger, my students get more and more curious as to when I’ll take my “maternity leave” from teaching spin classes.  I’ve been saying all along that I’ll teach until baby Kai comes.

I did have to shop around for a doctor that supported my workout schedule.  Whether I’m teaching spin class or taking a 90 min, heated (80-90 degrees) power yoga class I wanted a doctor that was on board with my progressive workouts.  I’ve been pretty faithful with working out 5 days a week for my entire pregnancy.  The first doctor I saw was very honest in saying that she didn’t have experience with fit pregnant women.  She strongly discouraged a heart rate above 140 bpm.  Even though I’ve been teaching spin classes for 12 years and workout almost everyday she still frowned upon the idea.  For me, I can’t even break a sweat with a heart rate of 140 bpm.  I knew right away that we wouldn’t be a good fit and would keep looking for a doctor.  I understand that the textbook recommendation for pregnant women while working out is to keep your heart rate at 140 bpm or below.  However, it is also recommended to maintain your current workout regimen while pregnant within reason of course.  The second doctor I found recommended that I workout everyday and forget my heart rate.  Now, we’re talking.  She said I should focus on the talk test to monitor my intensity.  So, as long as I can talk and breathe fairly well, I’m fine.  I appreciated her laid back attitude but know myself all too well.  I knew I needed to keep myself in line because I am one of those crazy ladies that love going anaerobic while working out.  I immediately went to REI and purchased a heart rate monitor to KIR (keep it real).  Personally, I can “feel” and “talk” fine while teaching spin but my heart rate monitor alarm goes off to let me know my heart rate is a bit high.  I manage my intensity by getting off the bike a lot and pay close attention to my heart rate monitor.  My heart rate can be as high as 165 during the warm up so monitoring my exertion is a fair amount to manage while teaching.  Let’s just say that the hour flys by.

The funny part about teaching spin while pregnant is the poddy breaks.  So far, I have been successful in NOT having to go to the bathroom while teaching my 1 hour spin class.  However, when I take a spin or power yoga class I almost always have to dash to the restroom during class.  Go figure.

All all, I love teaching spin classes and feel most like myself while teaching.  Is it comfortable to teach spin while 38 weeks pregnant?  Hmmm, maybe not “comfortable” but definitely doable.  Do I always  “feel” like working out?  No, not so much.  But, I’m always glad I did!   “Is it worth it to continue working out while pregnant? Absolutely!  I think working out while pregnant has been a blessing and a treat for me and baby Kai.  I sleep and feel the best after my intense workouts.

I definitely recommend working out while pregnant, especially if you were a workout queen before you became pregnant.  I hope that my students feel encouraged and inspired while working out with me and my belly.  I certainly feel motivated and oh so happy while working out with them!

Did you workout while pregnant?  I would love to hear your take on working out while pregnant.

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  1. amye
    Posted April 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    yeah lady! I think that is why I feel so great being pregnant. I don’t have back pain and I can still move. Working out 6 days a week. CAN”T STOP ME! 37 weeks 4 days! As I’m sure you’ve experienced – people are so surprised to see me in yoga, body pump, at the gym, doing stairs….. I just smile and say “baby likes it!”

  2. kelli
    Posted April 27, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Awesome post and well said! I am a runner and ran all through my pregnancy, including the day we went to the hospital. I felt the best during my pregnancy when I was running…although I did get a few strange looks along the way.

  3. Posted April 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Love that you ran during your pregnancy! Good job! I look at mothers in a whole new light these days. Yes, I get a lot of “double takes” at the gym and yoga studio these days. Who am I kidding, along with the grocery store and everywhere else. Strangers love to ask if I’m due tomorrow. :)

  4. Rachel
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 5:52 am

    You are amazing!! I cannot believe what an animal you are…well, actually I can. :-) I am so excited for you, Sean, and your growing family! Keep us posted by your wonderful blogs. Love ya!

  5. Posted May 10, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Had a blast mounting that spin bike week after week w/my big ole belly! Pretty sure my aggressive workouts are responsible for Kai’s muscular legs. love!

  6. Melanie
    Posted May 21, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Hey Brandy!! I was a regular at your noon class in the Pearl before you left for your trip around the world. I just had my first little one too in late February and was actually wanting to know if you’d come back and were teaching again, since we all know you’re the BEST!!! I was super excited to find out you recently had a baby!!! Congratulations on baby Kia!! I’m sad to have missed your growing belly. I worked out too my entire pregnancy and 3-4 pushes later baby Ruby arrived!! Spinning is one of the best post-baby workouts, since it is still really intense, and you don’t leak urine like the turbo-kick classes or running :( Hopefully it won’t happen to you. Congrats again, and can’t wait to go to your class in Hollywood when you’re back!!

  7. Posted May 23, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Congratulations Melanie on baby Ruby! I love that name. I would have loved to see you in spin while you were pregnant. Maybe next time? :) Good job on working out during your pregnancy. I’m planning on teaching my first class back since Kai was born on June 2nd. Hope to see you at the Hollywood gym soon! Bring a picture of baby Ruby. Cheers!

  8. Monica
    Posted June 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Hi, my name is Monica and I am so glad I found a fresh blog! I teach cycle also(RPM) 5 times a week and take another extra cycle class on Saturday plus weight lifting 3 times a week and yoga once a week. I am 31 weeks pregnant and still feeling good, preg hasn’t been a reason for me to stop teaching. I am the first cycle instructor pregnant in my gym so I get the same question.. when are you going to stop teaching? I am scheduled to “go” on maternity leave the 3rd week of July, but I am sure I will continue excercising until going to labor. I had a class this AM and on my way to teach the second one. I just have a question, my baby was breech 3 weeks ago, I just wonder if spinning could be the reason the baby is in that position? Last night I felt him move very much and I woke up with a weird pain above my belly(left side), any idea what it could be? bb is very active, even right now while typing. Any thoughts? advice will be appreciated. Keep moving! Cheers!

  9. Posted June 9, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Hi Monica,

    Thanks for your comment and congratulations on being pregnant! Good job on working out while pregnant, I think that it’s hard to keep moving while pregnant but very necessary. I highly doubt that exercise or spinning causes babies to slide into the breech position. However, I’m sure it’s possible. I don’t know what the weird pain above your belly could be outside of his/her foot? I’m writing our babies birth story right now and was quite surprised when we found out he was breech at 37 weeks. I wish you a healthy, happy delivery and postpartum recovery!