Fit Mama Friday: rip:60
So, I have started to get bored with my usual workout routine and decided to start rip:60…again. (Again, meaning I attempted to do the full eight weeks last winter and have yet to complete the series. Maybe this is my time to complete the series? That will be an even greater accomplishment if I can do it while pregnant.) Have any of you tried rip:60 before? It is a phenomenal workout and will leave you walking like a 97-year old granny for the next day or so after your first experience with it. (I’m serious, you should have seen me taking the stairs—wobble, brace, step, wobble, brace, step, repeat. Oh, and add a round, little baby bump to that scene and it makes for a funny site.) rip:60 targets just about every muscle in your body which can lead to some pretty bomb results. Even an exceptionally fit person will be left feeling a little sore after their first experience with rip:60.
One of my favorite things about rip:60 is that YOU get to determine how hard you are going to push yourself. This was the number one reason why I felt comfortable doing it while pregnant. The way you use the straps and your own body weight to strengthen your muscles is amazing. When using the straps you can easily adjust the intensity of your workout by taking one step forward or backward. Doing this changes the angle of your body and therefore adjusts the weight resistance with the workout. You will also get a great mix of cardio and strength training with each workout. To add to it, you also get a detailed nutrition guide with meals suggested for each week of the program.
There are a few parts that need to be cut out/exchanged for other moves if you are 20+ weeks pregnant like yours truly here. Here are the parts that I exchanged:
-Burpees—(I would like to sincerely thank pregnancy for this one!! J) Instead of burpees, I just run in place or you could go to the straps and do push-ups.
-Hip Raises—This move requires you to lay on your back, which is not recommended for pregnant mama’s past their 20th week. Instead, I did a second round of alternating leg and arm raises.
-Jumping Jack Series—I only do half of the series and turn to running in place for the second half. I don’t think there is any real harm that can be done by doing jumping jacks, but I just feel a little more comfortable running.
I would recommend rip:60 to anyone and everyone. It truly is an amazing program. If you are interested in trying it out for yourself click here. Christmas is only five weeks away. Do you have some shopping that needs to be done? rip:60 could make for a wonderful gift that just keeps giving!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
*Please note, I am not doing rip:60 with the intention of losing weight. I am well aware that is the last thing a pregnant woman needs to be worrying about. However, I am doing it to stay fit and active.
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