by Martha Hicks Leta
When Kendra Petrone signed on to participate in Fitness Together’s Wedding Party Workout, she went in with the goal of getting herself photo-ready for the slew of weddings and baby showers she would be taking part in during the coming months.
Along with all the social commitments, Kendra’s job as producer and on-air personality for the morning show at Kiss 108 FM often puts her in front of the camera for promotional events and concerts. In addition, Kendra’s work shooting small weddings, birthdays and special events for her photography business “Let’s Take A Picture” leaves her keenly aware that photographs can be pretty unforgiving.
So when Fitness Together partnered with Kiss 108 to promote the Wedding Party Workout, Kendra was really excited to begin training with Maria Pasquale Marques and Kristine Barry, who were really excited to get the chance to work with a local celebrity.
At Fitness Together in Medford, Kendra would undergo a fitness assessment and then participate in the 8-week program of nutritional coaching as well as one-on-one and small group training. But, as someone wise once said, all human plans are subject to revision by Nature and when Kendra discovered that she was newly pregnant with her second child, her training plans had to be revised.
While this may have seemed like a curve ball to the Wedding Party Workout promoters, it wasn’t much of one for Advanced Certified Personal Trainers Maria Pasquale Marques and Kristine Barry.
“As a matter of course, we customize our programs for each of our clients, so we always vary workouts to give a well-rounded alternative to the typical workouts of other gyms,” says Maria. That includes tailoring workouts for pregnancy.
And so, without much fanfare, Kendra’s Wedding Party Workout became The Healthy Pregnancy Workout.
Maria says there are very important factors to consider when training during pregnancy, with the primary focus centering on the well-being of mother and child. After getting her doctor’s clearance and guidelines, Kendra received a fitness assessment from her trainers who then designed her personalized program.
“Kendra was near the end of her first trimester when we started training. She was already at a decent fitness level and her weight was well within the normal range, so the goals were to maintain her ideal pregnancy weight with proper nutrition, boost her cardio to give her the stamina for labor and incorporate exercises that improved flexibility, strength and functionality.”
Kendra found the workouts were challenging, but noticed the positive results almost immediately. “Working with trainers Maria and Kristine has really given me more energy and has taken away a little of my nausea. Plus, I am doing things now that I never thought I could do before I was pregnant!”
Along with the challenging and fun workouts, Kendra also really appreciates the fact that her trainers remind her frequently to listen to her body. During each workout they encourage her to drink plenty of water, rest and modify anything that feels uncomfortable. And while most women worry about gaining weight during pregnancy, Kendra’s trainers say that with pregnancy challenges like heartburn and nausea, women should be more concerned about getting enough of the right calories.
“When we sat down to do a nutrition assessment with Kendra, we discovered she actually wasn’t getting enough calories,” says Maria. “So, part of the nutrition plan we set for Kendra was for her to take in about 300 more calories than she did with her pre-pregnancy diet. In her second trimester we want Kendra to be gaining about a pound a week and we also want her body fat percentage to be increasing slightly,” says Maria.
She says that the best remedy for maintaining energy and proper calorie intake is to have more frequent and smaller meals throughout the day.
Kendra agrees. “I learned it’s all about portions and food choice. I eat 6 times a day. I try not to eat the same foods every day and I use the Fitness Together online nutrition journal to log in my daily intake of food. It’s not complicated and it’s not overwhelming. It makes a huge difference when you see what’s going into your body.”
Maria says her new client is definitely embracing the whole Fitness Together Experience. “Kendra had a great retest! She raved about how amazing she felt while pregnant! Kendra lost inches everywhere that she could (chest, arms, legs, and shoulders). She lost 6.5 inches from her total body and gained 2.5 inches in her belly. Her body fat went up .5% and her weight went up 5 lbs. Perfection!”
Follow Kendra’s workout blog at Kiss108fm. Kendra works out at FT Medford
To find an FT studio near you go to FTGetsResults.com
The earlier posts:
Week 4: Kendra & Katie Get Results
Kendra’s Week 3: You Are What You Eat
Week 2: Feel The Burn
Kiss108fm’s Kendra Petrone Joins The Wedding Party Workout
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