Many clients train like athletes and want to know the upper limits that are acceptable during pregnancy. Discover the guidelines and research about pregnant exercisers and get examples from pregnant athletes worldwide. Learn about the effects of exercise on the fetus and the mother and find out how to progress a cardio, strength and core workout for any level during each trimester.
By Lisa Druxman, MA, Farel Hruska
Lisa Druxman, MA, is the owner and founder of Stroller Strides, one of the country's fastest growing franchises with over 1,000 locations nationwide. She is the author of Lean Mommy and the creator of Mama Wants Her Body Back. She holds a master’s degree in exercise science and is a recognized presenter, writer and instructor. Certification: ACE ... read more.
With nearly 20 years’ experience as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and educator, Farel Hruska has been with FIT4MOM since March 2002. Joining founder Lisa Druxman shortly following the launch of Stroller Strides® - the first FIT4MOM program - Hruska has since become a leader in the company as the Global Fitness Director. Hruska manages all fitness-related programs and initiatives for FIT4MOM, supporting thousands of instructors and franchisees nationwide in addition to supervising Instructor Certifications through the FIT4MOM Academy program for Stroller Strides, Fit4Baby®, Stroller Barre® and Body Back®. Hruska has presented at numerous fitness conferences including EMPOWER, FitFest, SCW, Asia Fitness Conference (Bangkok), MEFIT PRO (Dubai), Fitness Festival (China) and IDEA WORLD & PTI numerous times, covering the topic of pre- and post-natal fitness, and has won the FIT4MOM Instructor of the Year Award, as well as been nominated for IDEA Instructor of the Year four years in a row. Having been a regular contributor to Active.com for her expertise on moms returning to running or starting for the first time after having a baby, Hruska has been featured by numerous press outlets for her fitness expertise, including New York Times, WebMD, Women's Running Magazine, SheKnows.com, Pregnancy.com and many more. An international educator and presenter in pre- and post-natal and overall fitness education, Hruska is an approved Continuing Education Provider for ACE and AFAA. Hruska graduated from Pepperdine University and is the mother of three daughters. ... read more.