Hey Live Fit,
Good Evening and welcome to TONE IT TUESDAY. I uploaded my first video to the blog pregnant belly and all. Know I just need to learn how to add music to my video!
The Video is two very basic exercises paired together. A bicep curl and squat. A squat is considered a multi-joint exercise that that requires the exerciser to maintain balance and core stability. Make sure your belly button is pulled in to protect your lower back. It’s working multiple muscle groups of the hamstring, calf, quad, Glutes and your core. Adding that bicep curl will help allow your body to burn more calories and get your heart rate up to help add in some cardio to your workout. I have added the pulses an isometric hold to both the legs and bicep to stimulate the working muscles and change the pace. Adding isometric holds during our strength training routines are a great way to tone and sculpt the body. Holding the exercise while exhaling in a fixed spot, creates definition strengthening the smaller stabilizer muscles.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting some different variations of exercises that can be performed together as a circuit in which you can hit most of your muscle groups in a circuit workout. Being pregnant I have tried to weight train my full body (minus abs towards the end) 3 times a week. I have been pressed for time lately so I been circuiting my muscle groups versus the split routines that I normally do.
Make sure you always warm up the body prior to working out, I would recommend 1-3 sets of 12 reps adding in the 8-12 pulses, and an isometric hold for 8 seconds at the end of your reps.
Take Care, The girls and I are whipping something up in the kitchen that I will be posting by the end of the week. Fingers crossed it turns out tasty!
Blessings, Live FIt