I don’t think it increases intensity per se, I would be really careful with balance work during pregnancy due to the shift in body physique and hormones. Falling during pregnancy would be a drag.
Doing balance while holding onto something would be an option.
It all depends on what you are trying to achieve.
What is intensity? In a nutshell, it is how hard or how fast. If are making the balance challenges progressively more difficult, then YES! It is becoming more intense.
Here is an example…..
Balancing on one foot on a stable surface.
Balancing on one foot on a stable surface with the leg in full extension behind you.
Balancing on one foot on a stable surface with the leg extended in front of you.
Balancing one one foot on a stable surface with the leg extended out to side.
Balancing on one foot on a stable surface with one’s eyes closed and with one leg extended behind you; then in front, then towards the side.
Balance on one foot on an Airex pad and then following the same sequence as above.
After doing the above, progress it to BOSU ball.
Is it more intense or challenging? Absolutely!
I would be hesitant suggest that incorporating balance will increase intensity. Although balance may will increase difficulty of a particular exercise, it does not necessarily increase the workload. To increase the intensity with balance the muscular work has to be increased which is not necessarily done on unstable surfaces.
Fuel the Movement,
Hi Ashley. If I understand your question correctly, you are NOT asking whether balance training should be utilized for pregnant clients or even for your specific client. Instead I’m reading your question to ask whether, since you are already using balance training for your pregnant client, this type of training increases the intensity of the training. To that question, I’d say generally “yes.” To the extent that balance challenges are introduced to pretty much any exercise, that exercise’s intensity can (usually is) be increased.
I hope that this helps.