At Fhitting Room, all of our trainers are pre- and post-natal certified. We have plenty of women come to us throughout their pregnancies and beyond. But two years ago, one mom got more than she signed up for when her water broke… in class.
In honor of Mother’s Day, this month’s FHITspiration is Elizabeth, a long-time FHIXer who we’re now thrilled to have as part of our corporate team! Read on to hear Elizabeth’s story, and find out what was running through her mind on that life-changing day.
1. How long have you been coming to Fhitting Room?
4 years... and counting!
2. What keeps you coming back?
The workout. The energy. The trainers. And now my job.
3. You continued FHIXing throughout your pregnancy. Can you describe that experience?
Being in the fitness industry (albeit on the business side of it), I’ve always been uber-aware of the importance of staying active before, during, and after pregnancy. I was working out 4x a week pre-pregnancy and when I found out I was pregnant, I planned to stay active (with my doctor’s consent). When you’re dealing with pesky pregnancy symptoms like nausea and tiredness, the thought of working out can sound overambitious. Having a go-to fitness studio that makes you feel good, surrounded by a supportive community, and having trainers who genuinely care is key.
4. You have a pretty crazy story about FHIXing during your pregnancy…
I do. I was in my usual 10:00am Saturday morning class on the Upper East Side. Dennys and Carlos were teaching. It seemed like any other class. Except this time, in the middle of a FHIX, I had to assess the situation in a matter of milliseconds to understand if what I was feeling was excessive sweating or my water breaking... yup. You. Read. That. Right. I had seen it on TV and heard about it from some friends, but I had no idea what one’s water breaking would feel like!
5. What was running through your mind?
That was a really hard FHIX but... excessive sweating? Or water breaking? (My gut told me the latter.)
6. Did you continue coming to Fhitting Room soon after your pregnancy? What was that like?
As soon as I got clearance from my doctor, I was back at it. I couldn’t wait to get my FHIX.
7. Did becoming pregnant impact your fitness routine? If so, how?
Of course. As we all know, pregnancy changes your body. It’s important to accommodate (while embracing) these changes. I would lose my breath during exercise sooner which meant frequent breaks for recovery. Additionally, your heart naturally beats harder during pregnancy so I didn’t exercise as vigorously to reach my target rate.
8. What advice would you give to other women who want to continue working out throughout their pregnancy?
Do it! With your doctor’s clearance, of course. It’s one of the best things you can do for your body during pregnancy to support the changes and challenges. It’s great training for safe labor and delivery, for both you and the baby!
As Elizabeth mentioned, you should always consult your doctor before starting or continuing any exercise program while pregnant. Have questions about our class programming? Call any of our studio locations to learn more, or check out our First Timers page!