KX Pregnancy Programme

You’ve probably heard me talk about Gideon & KX Life a few times now. KX is the most amazing gym in Chelsea with great staff, a great atmosphere – and a great spa!
Gideon, my PT there has always been on hand to give me top-notch advice, whether it’s about pregnancy, working out post-baby and even the best formula to try when bottle feeding Lacie. He’s a walking health & fitness manual and someone I’ve trusted with my training pre and post baby.
As soon as I had Lacie and got the go ahead from the doctors to exercise again, I saw Gids straight away and have been seeing him on a monthly basis ever since. He’s given me a fantastic workout plan to follow three to four times a week, and although it’s nothing like what I was doing pre-pregnancy (we’re working up to that!) I love doing it every week and can really notice the difference with my posture, muscle-tone and weak areas like my glutes and shoulders. He’s one of the only trainers that truly listens to me and truly knows my body and A-type personality – and knows how to keep me occupied training wise. I certainly don’t want to overdo things again and get stuck in the ‘Over-Training, Let’s Abuse My Body Rut’!
Since training with Gids throughout my entire pregnancy, KX have launched a Pregnancy Support Programme, which not only looks after your nutrition and training but also physiotherapy and osteopathy; things tend to move a lot in during pregnancy due to a surge of relaxin and the extra weight your body has to handle.

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The programme took over a year to get together, as, as usual they wanted to collaborate with the best experts in the industry and provide the best information and service possible. Not only are they working with nutritionist and author of ‘The Health Delusion: How to Achieve Exceptional Health in the 21st Century,’ Glen Matten but, also Simon Rice and Boniface Verney-Carron, who can provide private spa-based physical therapy sessions.

So what type of exercises does Gideon have me doing?
A Turkish Get Up is the move that starts my programme off. This helps switch on my nervous system, switch on every single muscle in my body and helps me warm up and ease myself into my session. I’ve gone from using a 8kg Kettlebell to a 12kg and we’ve since progressed it so I do an internal and external rotation and a press in each position. It’s so challenging and I really have to connect my body to my brain during every position but I love it and once I’ve done this move a few times, I feel soooo ready to start my session!

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I’m also doing side lunges with a gliding disc to work my entire lower body, including those pesky inner thighs, back pulls with a resistance band to help pull my shoulders back (I feel so hunched over since having Lacie), lunges with a Kettlebell press for shoulder stability and a toned bottom and thighs side planks, one-legged Kettlebell deadlifts and renegade rows. Each session takes about 45 minutes, which is perfect for squeezing in the morning before Lacie wakes me up and generally keeps me busy for the rest of the day!

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I would urge anyone in the Chelsea area (or beyond) to contact KX if they are pregnant and scared to train or really want to be well looked after. Not only will you be trained in a fantastic environment but you can also indulge in the spa afterwards and have anything from a pregnancy massage to a Hydra facial. Their changing rooms are awesome too….there’s big fluffy white towels, dressing gowns, hair brushes, toothbrushes, candles and gorgeous toiletries. It makes going to the gym a real pleasure even if I do miss my little cherub….

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Pregnant or not?

As you can see from my last post – I went a bit crazy with the pregnancy tests – but they were only cheapy ones that I got free with my Ovulation Monitor so I wasn’t sure what to think.

On my way home from Devon, I got straight onto the phone to Vivien and asked her if I should trust them. She said that she’s found that pretty effective in the past and to drive over to hers the following morning and she would check me out.

I did. The next day I drove to Simple Healing in West Sussex and laid on Vivien’s treatment table – she did her thing and said – “Yup – there’s definitely something there. It’s only tiny, but yes I can see something!”

OMG!

I called my husband, who was like “what does this mean?” Men eh!

He came home that night with some super duper digital test and sure enough I was 3 weeks pregnant. I couldn’t believe it. Changing my diet, exercise regime and having treatments like acupuncture and healing with Viv had worked.

There were times when I was miserable and hated my less toned body and questioned if things were actually going to work again – but they did and if I can do it anyone can!

Over the next few weeks, watch out for some of the foods I included in my diets, some of my new exercise routines and tips on how I plan to get through this pregnancy as healthy as I possibly can.

I can’t tell you how happy we both are – and how much we owe to the likes of Gideon and Viven for helping us on our journey – its’ been emotional but also such an amazing learning curve!

I’m also happy to help anyone who needs advice or some support. Email me at miller82uk@yahoo.co.uk and I will do what I can to share my knowledge and experiences……

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