Everyone Can Learn from Emily Skye's Refreshing Prenatal Fitness Philosophy
"I'm not going to do anything that makes my body hurt."
If you're one of Emily Skye's 2.1 million Instagram followers, you know she loves a good lifting session and has been strength training during her pregnancy. (BTW, Skye has a message for anyone who thinks they know what's best for *her* pregnancy.) Now, Skye elaborates on her workout routine, including her forgiving philosophy, in an interview with our sister magazine, Fit Pregnancy and Baby.
"My doctor said I could exercise as usual, but I was training like an athlete before, and that felt uncomfortable once I was pregnant," she says. "You've got to trust your body. If something doesn't feel right, don't do it. I spent my entire first trimester lying on the couch, watching TV, and I ended up losing around 11 pounds of muscle. So much hard work, gone! But it's okay. I'm not going to do anything that makes my body hurt." (Related: 7 Prenatal Pilates Exercises)
"When I go to the gym now, I do the exercises that feel comfortable for me: deadlifts, squats, kettlebell swings," she says. "Nothing intense, and I use very light weights, with higher reps and more rest in between. And if there are days when I don't exercise, I know it's not the end of the world."
Now that's solid advice anyone can get behind-pregnant or not.