Our New Antenatal Class
Here at Platinum we love seeing your beautiful pregnancy bumps in our Ballet Barre classes. And whilst there are so many amazing benefits to exercising throughout your pregnancy, there are also some adjustments and modifications that need to be made to keep you and bump safe and healthy. And that’s why we’re launching a dedicated pre-natal barre class in our Sandymount studio on Thursdays at 8pm.
So what are these benefits, I hear you ask?
- Improves and/or maintains physical fitness
- Supports weight management
- More energy
- Can help to improve mood and reduce postpartum depression
- Improves posture
- Decreases the risk of blood clots, varicose veins, leg cramping and swelling.
Why Ballet Barre?
Our pre-natal barre classes are low impact. Through mindful movement our goal is to gradually build mobility, strength, functionality and overall health through your pregnancy. The stretch and strengthening aspect of the class can aid a smoother delivery and recovery, as well as prepare you for some of the more active labour positions. The workout can be modified throughout all stages of the pregnancy to keep your body healthy.
Do I have to be a dancer?
This is one of the questions I get asked the most about Barre classes. The good news is you don’t need to have the co-ordination of Darcey Bussell (or the tutus). As long as you can channel your inner ballerina then, with the use of a ballet barre for balance and some small props (a set of light weights, resistance bands, small inflated balls and cushions), we’ll have you pliéing your way into labour in no time!
Some things to remember
- The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG) recommends that, with a doctor’s OK, women with uncomplicated pregnancies should be encouraged to exercise regularly through all three trimesters. However it’s in important to know when you should stop exercising. Here are some guidelines.
- If you haven’t had a consistent workout routine prior to your pregnancy, then now isn’t the time to try and build your fitness. Instead focus on building mobility, functionality, pelvic health and general well-being.
- And most importantly… Listen to your body, breathe and hydrate through class.