Seattle rider Alison Mitchell shares her story:
I am a 34-year-old, type A personality, who was instantly hooked on Flywheel when I was dragged by a friend in October of 2012. I walked out of the stadium thinking, “Wow, that was more intense than running a 10K!” I had previously been a runner. A week later, my boyfriend proposed and I knew this would be the best way to get in shape for my wedding the following July. When I found out I was pregnant in February of 2013, not only did wedding plans have to change a bit (dress must now accommodate a baby bump), but I thought for sure I would have to slow down my exercise intensity. Much to my surprise, my physically active OBGYN told me that Flywheel would actually be better for me than running, since there would be an instructor in the room in case something happened, and my impending lack of balance would be stabilized by handlebars!
Of course there were days when I was tired during my pregnancy, but all in all, I think I missed two scheduled classes the entire time. I took class five times per week, all the way through my pregnancy. I am a true believer that the exercise I did throughout those nine months prevented all of the dreaded pregnancy side effects. I had no morning sickness, no swelling, and gained the exact amount my doctor had suggested (while also being able to indulge in an occasional cupcake or two!). I continued to take classes with my favorite instructors (Aina Williams, Tommy McCarthy, and Ashley Erickson) and joked that they might need to learn how to be a midwife, just in case the baby came during class! My doctor suggested I wear a heart rate monitor during classes to be able to see if I was pushing myself too hard. Luckily, I was able to do all of the classes with the same intensity as I had prior to becoming pregnant, and felt the best during class than any other time during the rest of the day.
I “Powered Up” every month in 2013, including November, when I gave birth and was #1 on the TorqBoard the day I went into labor! Flywheel also trained me for the endurance I needed during labor. All in, my labor lasted 14 hours, but it honestly felt like a very long work out, and a little bit easier than a Power Hour with Aina! All through delivery, I could hear her voice saying “Suck it up!”
I took two weeks off after giving birth to a wonderfully happy (and active) little boy. The benefits of my exercise can be seen through him and his strength from day one. He was holding his head up on his own beginning the day he was born, and rolled over at two weeks old. He absolutely loves music, and often moves his legs like he is riding a bike! While I was on maternity leave, it was a little hard to get a work out in, but my husband, knowing how much I loved Flywheel and how great I felt after class, was committed to making sure I could return when I felt up to it. We had a complicated drop off, pick up, car shuffle situation, but it worked for us and our family. We were all able to work out, and I was able to lose all of my baby weight by the time Kent was 3 months old. Now that I am back at work, I am back into my normal routine (and continue to top the TorqBoard on a regular basis!).
Alison, you are a true inspiration to us all! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
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