Stretching! Yep, it’s nothing new, but often something pushed aside from your own fitness routine. You should always begin and end your workout with stretching, matter of fact you should stretch EVERYDAY! It’s not like a workout, where you may need to have a day between to rest, but daily stretching is great to increase flexibility, range of motion and it get’s oxygen flowing through the blood and awakens the body. Recently having a baby, I’m getting my body back, so I looked into a good stretch class in Vegas, and found Loracle, a beautiful gymnastics/cirque style gymnasium with tons of fun classes and with incredibly talented instructors, like Ivan,a cirque performer im KA who taught the stretch class.
If you don’t pay attention in class, he will twist you into a pretzel!
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but boy did I get an amazing deep assisted stretch, soemthing you just can’t acheive on your own. He also encouraged and pushed me to try things I havn’t in a long time, like splits and back bends! This is 11 weeks after my ceserean I had with my first child, Vivian Monroe. I have been getting back into working out slowly since 8 weeks post partum, light weights, yoga, sensual dance…but most improtant when getting back to fitness after baby, for the first time or just getting back into into it period is STRETCHING! Maybe you are a habitual exerciser, but need to bring stretching back to your routine. I feel like I am retraining my body, so trying to build new fitness habits, like the best suggestion Ivan gave me…to stretch everyday! So, that’s my goal for the next week, until I see him again. (I plan to teach hubby some of these assisted stretch tequniques) so we can play together!
People have asked me how my recovery was after baby, and honestly I can say it wasn’t so bad, even going through surgery. I stayed very active throughout my pregnancy from weight training, yoga and dance and continued my same activities, but with odvious modifications. So I would reccomend practicing fitness throughout pregnancy! I never thought my tummy or back could handle a backbend stretch so soon after! I’d reccomend a class for any level at Loracle! Click here for schedule, they have tons of fun classes to try!
Here’s a fun one at 38 weeks pregnant after a weight training session attempting the “running man” yoga pose.
And belly dancing just 4 days before I gave birth..40 weeks and 1 day!
an here’s my adorable Vivian Monroe at 11 weeks old