I am so fortunate to be able witness some of my key team members become moms for the first time. I recently interviewed Lisa Schale-Drake who runs my instructor training program and stars in our latest barre3.com release, a 30 minute pre-natal workout. Read on to find out what makes Lisa a “fierce” mom-to-be of twins.
Q: First off congrats on being pregnant with TWINS! You are an amazing multitasker so I have a feeling you will be equally amazing with a babe in each arm. Speaking of… are there any barre3 postures that will help you hold them better?
A: So many! I love any posture that works the back body. I love Incline Chair because it works my biceps and strengthens the entire back line of my body. I have a feeling I will need some strong biceps to pick up two car carriers. They are surprisingly heavy!
Q: At least your arms will be equally buff with two carriers! What is the most surprising thing about being pregnant and exercising?
A: It amazes me how quickly the body adjusts and changes. I looked back at a picture of me from just a few weeks ago and I am shocked by how much I have grown! However, I am also shocked by how little I feel pain in my body. I really do believe that working out and listening to my body has been key.
Q: What is the most challenging part of doing barre3 while pregnant?
A: Breathing! My soon to be girl loves to push on my ribcage, so I always feel short of breath.
Q: Have you noticed any shifts in how you approach fitness and specifically barre3 now that you are expecting twins?
A: Most definitely! I have noticed that going slower and taking more breaks is key. I am trying to listen and honor my body and modify if it doesn’t feel right. There are many postures that I miss doing, but I know that it is for the best for my babies and me.
Q: Listening to your body is a real gift. Pregnant or not, we can all learn from this! I like that you mentioned modifying. I’ve noticed even you slowing down. Can you speak more about this?
A: The reality is that I am working out for three! Once I decided to stop trying to be turbo and instead decided to slow down, I was able to connect to the needs of my body much easier. Now I can come to class and still get my shakes on during leg and seat, but find a sense of ease and release during core. It is a great balance.
Q: I’m glad you are finding balance. This is my big goal for moms at barre3! Can you explain in your words how barre3 supports moms-to-be?
A: The community is so supportive and inviting. I have had so many clients who are moms giving me great advice on baby products. The instructors always take such good care of me. And, I can’t wait to show off my twins in the childcare area.
Q: Someone on Facebook recently commented on your new pre-natal workout and called you “officially the fiercest mom I know.” I found this definition for fierce: showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity. I couldn’t agree more with this description of you and I look forward to hearing from all the other fierce moms-to-be after doing your workout!
A: Love that! I hope I live up to my new title once the twins are born.
Q: Any other comments or advice you would like to share to all of our moms-to-be?
A: Just enjoy this special time and honor your body. And, occasionally enjoy a bowl of ice cream