Where There’s a Will…

So if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, then you may have noticed that my training looks much different lately.  (If you don’t follow me yet, why not?!?!)  Anyway, yeah things are pretty different these days in the gym and it’s not just because I am 7 months into this pregnancy.

The Problem.

I am being treated for Osteitis Pubis (click here to see how “fun” this is).  In a nutshell, my pelvic girdle is really, really angry resulting in groin pain on both sides, SI joint pain, shooting pain down my leg, clicking popping and shirring between bones when I try to use one leg at a time, and my abductors have basically shut down for some reason leaving the work to the adductors that are already enflamed and angry.  Yeah, it sucks.  It should heal after I have the baby and some extensive PT, but until then I need to keep my sanity (relatively speaking, of course) and that is usually done by way of running, lunges, squats, and deadlifts.  But needless to say, that ship has sailed for the foreseeable future.  I was angry about it, then I was depressed about it, and now I’m moving on.

The Solution.

Soooooooo, what do I do when all of my favorite gym aScreen Shot 2016-08-18 at 8.08.04 AMctivities are put on hold? 1. learn. 2. do.

First I had to take stock in what I can do and what I want to do.
I’m not all about punishing yourself with exercise that isn’t fun, so this was a factor in developing my “program”.  Upper body was no problem.  Aside from the general limitation of not being able to lay flat on my back for the bench press (there is a large artery that goes from me to the baby that can be compromised with extended periods in that position), all upper body is game.  So, upper body splits currently look very similar to normal with shoulders/chest/tris and back/bis each 1-2 times per week, however I will be transitioning to a more total body approach as “game day” AKA “D Day” AKA my due date approaches.

Lower body is minimal with machine/accessory work with light touches on quads and hams totaling about 15 minutes.  The goal here is just to maintain any muscle tone I can for the next few months.  The real lower body “strength” work has been done on the devil’s trike.  You don’t know the devil’s trike?  Oh, it’s real name is the airdyne and it is a stationary bike that can provide some nasty resistance if you simply look at it wrong.  Think lactic acid. It is both my enemy and best friend at this point.

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This is my view A LOT of the time.  It’s as dark and moody as it looks.  Don’t cross her wrong or she will make you regret it…

Now, as much as I would love to say that I grind on the Airdyne every day, building both my aerobic base and anaerobic threshold, I don’t.  I can’t.  I’m not wired that way.  Which is a-ok with me because I, somehow, found my way into the pool.  Swimming has been great for me during this pregnancy.  It is one of the few times of the day that I don’t feel heavy and cumbersome, but actually a little smooth and dare I say athletic?  But, the surprising benefit here is the amount of learning I have done as I try to develop my swim strokes, endurance, and overall technique.  I feel challenged both physically and mentally, to learn and apply everything I can about this new discipline.  It has taken my training in a new direction and I am pretty excited to see where that is.

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 8.06.58 AMThe Future.

Some of you may be thinking, “hmmmm, swim, bike… That looks eerily like a certain endurance event that crazy people compete in.”  I won’t say it, because once I do, I am sure to commit myself to something major.  And the last time I did that I ended up on an awesome journey that put me on stage 3 times in a year competing in a tiny, sparkly bikini.  But, let me tell you that the thought has certainly crossed my mind.  A lot.  That being said, right now I am really trying hard not to get ahead of myself and just make it through this pregnancy with a healthy baby, and a healthy mind and body.

So what’s my point in all of this craziness?  There is always something you can be doing to move and be healthy.  Always.  It may not be the things you want to be doing, but on the other hand, it may open your eyes to something new and exciting.  You just have to be willing to learn and to try.  You know what they say, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”  Find your will and you might just find your way.

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