Originally Posted by lizziemomofalmost4
Went to a 45 minute spin class today. They've started this race day training so for the next two weeks, the classes are sitting the whole time, keeping heart rate at 65-75%. The HR is easy to do and good for being preggo, but the sitting killed me. I have a gel seat but that didn't even help today. I had to keep standing up to run every few minutes.
Anyone else here spinning? If so do you wear a HR monitor and how high are you letting yourself go?
I've exercised through other pregnancies, but never with a HR monitor.
Hi Lizzie, the old advice was that you shouldn't go over 140bpm. However, the variability and volatility of heart rates (exacerbated by pregnancy) makes it very difficult to come up with very firm recommendations. I haven't been using a hr monitor, mostly because my hr is all over the place (resting hr is 10 beats faster, at least), but if I use the elliptical, which has a hr thing on it, I check it frequently and I don't go over 85%. More generally, using the perceived work scale (which I then check with hr) I'm keeping to about 70-75%. It's a comfortable workout but still very much a workout. My actual working hr hovers around 135-144 depending on the resistance setting.
As for exercise.. we had a huge snow storm yesterday so no gym. I did do a 5km erg (row) and I was sooooo slow. Today I'm hoping for some weights and cardio at the gym but my nausea and vomiting has returned with some force today. Boo.