Exercise Pregnancy Dos and Don’ts of Les Mills Group Fitness Program

Every quarter, Les Mills Group Fitness shares with instructors some educational tips to help us  better execute our programs! I  was super elated to see this subject matter because one of my fitness SHEroes is currently pregnant and maintained her vigorous instructor schedule for quite a while.

I thought participants would greatly appreciate this information. I’ve seen mommies to be phase in out of programs before and after their pregnancies! I just love to see women continue their fitness efforts while pregnant!

So heres the 411 straight from the international group fitness gurus!

Exercise Pregnancy Dos and Don'ts of Les Mills Group Fitness Program


First and foremost, let me start off by stating: I appreciate all of you who entrust me with the skinny on fitness and health but all group fitness participants should seek the professional advice from their obstetric caregiver before participating in any group fitness class! 


So without turning this into a research paper, I’ll just give you the basics as it was distributed to us as instructors for your benefit;

  • Exercise is really important for a healthy mother and baby
  • Do whatever you have been doing, reducing intensity when you, and your doctor, think you should
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Wear comfortable, cool clothing
  • Don’t lie on your back
  • Remember to consult your caregiver about your plans for exercise


My blog is specific to 2 amazing Les Mills Group Fitness Programs!  I blog about BODYPUMP and BODYCOMBAT because they give me life from week to week! I love them, can’t shut up about them, you pretty much know that, thusly you are pretty familiar with the classes.

For the purpose of this post, I will link to the description page of each Les Mills Group FItness Program so that you will have an idea of what is acceptable and what is not.

BODYCOMBATNOT RECOMMENDED 🙁 because of joint instability!  The kicks may aggravate the hips and pelvis.

LES MILLS GRIT NOT RECOMMENDED because of the high intensity goal of pushing it to the limit!

Here on out it is purely modifications…

BODYPUMP – participants should just adjust their benches to an incline.

CXWORX – Safe in 1st and 2nd trimester. You can to work the abs in four-point kneeling, supporting themselves on their elbows (ensuring you keep your chest lifted) or rolling over to do Hover or Plank work when it’s no longer comfortable for you to lie flat on their back.

BODYATTACK and BODYSTEP – If you were taking them before pregnancy, you are safe to continue.

BODYATTACK modification – take the low impact option

BODYSTEP modification – decrease the number of risers and take low impact options. Make sure to have a stable base of support by ensuring that the foot is always planted firmly on the step every time and by keeping a slightly wider base of support.

RPM – Take regular breaks, reduce resistance, and avoid standing positions on the bike when you feel necessary.

BODYVIVE & BODYBALANCE/BODYFLOW  – Both can be started for the first time during pregnancy and are ideal for making healthy lifestyle changes!

That’s the 411! Now I have a few questions for you!


Yours in Healthy, Active, & Prosperous Lifestyles,


Rx Fitness Lady wants to know…

  • What kind of exercise did you do when you were pregnant?
  • What is your favorite gift to give/most useful gift to receive at a baby shower?



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Rx Fitness Lady

Greetings, I'm Joi, a Pharmacist with a passion for fitness & a community leader. I teach BODYCOMBAT, BODYPUMP, Tabata Boot Camp, & serve as a mentor to young girls. My goal is to inspire people to live healthy, active, & prosperous lifestyles through practical blog posts deliveries. You can find me on Facebook and Instagram. You can view more post and subscribe to stay tuned to latest updates at Rx Fitness Lady.

3 thoughts on “Exercise Pregnancy Dos and Don’ts of Les Mills Group Fitness Program

  1. I did Bodypump until the end of my second trimester and thought it was great. I probably could have continued but I felt better doing barre so I stuck with that. I also loved Bodybalance because it was nice and relaxing. My favorite was Bodyvive. I think it is the perfect workout for pregnant ladies–just the right amount of cardio and strength training without heavy weights.
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