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New moms find their fitness fix

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GINA R. HEINE
January 25, 2008
— Hey moms, feeling a bit self conscious exercising in public before or after giving birth?

Well don’t give up; two new classes are designed especially for you. A prenatal yoga class and a new pre/postnatal aqua fitness class at the YMCA of Northern Rock County offer a chance to exercise with woman of similar shapes.


“I’m not feeling as self conscious,” Jessica Johnston said after a recent water class.


Doing an aerobic work out in the pool seems to be easier on the body than doing one on land, she said.


“It’s going to help my coordination, strength, hopefully lose a few inches,” she said.


Fitness director Jessie Cutsinger said the classes focus on exercises that are safe for pregnant women whose muscles change.


“These classes are specific for pregnant women where other classes they may do some exercises that you may not be able to do,” she said. “It helps your baby develop better when you’re active.”


For PollyAnna Perdue, getting in shape after having three children is long overdue, she said.


“There’s a lot more resistance,” she said after a recent water class. “The movement is easier because you don’t feel the weight of your body coming down. You get a workout without feeling like you’re getting a workout.”


Staying active during pregnancy is important, Cutsinger said, but you shouldn’t jump into something if you’re not used to being active.


Cutsinger recently had a baby boy and reaped the benefits of exercise during her pregnancy.


“The weight dropped off a lot faster because I was in shape,” she said.


Women need to wait several weeks before exercising after giving birth, and the special classes offer a transition for them to work their way back to their pre-pregnancy work out, she said.


“It is a way to slowly get back up (to a regular routine),” she said. “Your body goes through so much when you give birth. It is nice to have that slow transition.”


Prenatal yoga classes, offered for women in their second and third trimesters, prepare the mind and body for labor and delivery, Cutsinger said. Classes focus on breathing and keep women limber and stretched out without high-impact activity.


Exercising brings mental advantages for mothers, too, she said.


“You feel better about yourself when you’re working out because you’re so big anyway,” she said. “It does help stress-wise, especially after you have your baby. You have that hour for you.”


If you go

A session of prenatal yoga will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for four weeks on Fridays, starting Feb. 1, at the downtown Janesville YMCA, 221 Dodge St. Cost is $15 for members, $30 for nonmembers.


Free pre/postnatal aqua fitness classes are offered for members from 12:15 to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturdays.


For more information, call Jessie Cutsinger at (608) 754-6654, Ext. 113.



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