In a new monthly blog, I will be highlighting different exercises that can be done while pregnant. A special thanks to my wife Brenda Trudell for the plethora of pictures she will be featured in. Note: Many of the exercises shown will center on third trimester, as that’s where Brenda was when the photos were taken. Third trimester is the most limiting, so these exercises can be done in both the first and second trimesters as well.

This months exercise: Woodpecker Push-Ups

Target: Core, deltoids (shoulders), upper back, chest (when hands are placed wide), triceps (back of arms), and biceps.

Start: Get down on all fours with your back flat and your head neutral. Your hands should be slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.

Motion: Flex your elbows away from your body until your upper arms are at a forty-five degree angle. Bend at your hips. Do not let your belly touch the floor.

Pointers: A neutral head and spine are very important. Keep your back strong by looking tow feet in front of you.

Repetitions/Sets: Not everyone will be at the same level, but try for 8-12 repetitions and 2-3 sets.

About the Author

Christopher Kazda is a Certified Personal Trainer and a Chiropractic Technician at New Beginnings Chiropractic, 1861 Business Hwy 18/151, Mount Horeb, WI 53572. He is available Monday through Saturday to help you reach your fitness goals.

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