This Is Model Ashley Graham’s Entire Pregnancy Fitness Routine

Model and mom to one (soon to be two) Ashley Graham’s schedule is pretty busy. But between her runway appearances and hunting for Isaac, her toddler, she’s still found plenty of ways to move around while sticking to her favorite parts of her workout routine.

With baby number two out, Ashley had to completely revise the way she trained. “This pregnancy is so different because a) I have a toddler at home and b) I’m not in the shape I was when I got pregnant with Isaac,” she told Women’s Health. “After I got Isaac, it was like baby weight, pandemic weight, and I never really got on my toes again.”

Meanwhile, Ashley’s approach to fitness has evolved to better fit her life. Her training is more geared towards “what’s coming after I get that baby out,” she says. Ashley sat down with Women’s Health to talk about everything from buying a stairmaster to training in the playground. Read on for her best pregnancy fitness tips:

Let your training work for you.

At the gym, Ashley usually focuses on weight training and cardio. “When I work with my trainer, we do a lot of weights and then do some sneaky cardio,” she says. “But I have to say, I just bought a stairmaster and put it in my bedroom. He looks out the window and I have no excuses. ”

Lately, she’s been concentrating mostly on her glutes. “To be honest, I feel like my bum has dropped a lot over the past few years,” she explains. “Everything to just pick it up again.”

And she’s not back from doing a few smaller workouts throughout the day. In her first trimester, Ashley said she was too sick to exercise in the morning. “Now, in my second trimester, I want to do it at eight in the morning, in and out,” she says. “But then I enjoy doing some afternoon yoga because it was something that really helped me through my pregnancy with Isaac.”

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Stick with what you love

Ashley has been working on her yoga game for years, and she’s still at it. Her favorite place for classes is Sky Ting Yoga in New York. And now she’s starting prenatal yoga. “It’s just more boring for me because it’s less twisty and upside down,” she told WH. “But it’s just so good to be so lithe and not hurt my back.”

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Ashley loves to post her yoga progress on her Instagram, like this shot from a recent story:

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Think of exercise as a form of self-care.

For Ashley, fitness time = time for me. “I’m always so happy when I leave the gym. For example, ‘I’m so proud of you Ashley,’ ”she says. “I have these quick ‘congratulations’ for myself because it’s a good reminder for me to keep going because I’ve been so active with Isaac that I don’t want to fall away here.”

During her first pregnancy, says Ashley, she worked out six days a week, a mix of “crazy cardio” and weight training. Now she is poised to stay healthy and get back in shape.

“I give myself a lot more grace this pregnancy. I rest a lot more – when I’m tired, I take a nap instead of telling myself to have my way, ”she says. “When Isaac takes a nap, I take a nap and I think these are the things that actually help me stay active.”

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Make work a family affair.

Sometimes the whole clan moves together, Ashley explained. “When it’s playground time,” she says, “I think of it more like exercise. I get in the sandpit and go down the slide and work up a sweat in the New York summer and that might be my activity for the day. ”

She also appreciates the extra time with Isaac. “We eat crackers, drink juice, and slide down the chute,” she added. Her husband Justin is also participating. “Justin will do exercises and he will run after him and I’ll do some lunges and stuff like that. But it’s going to be like family practice where he plays outside, but we can still work out a little bit in.”

Ashley said that a conscious effort to turn game time into a sweat can go a long way. “It sounds like a normal game with your kid, but if you really see it as ‘Okay, we’re doing a workout,’ then you can actually do it.” Also, Isaac is already learning from the best: “When Justin does push-ups, he likes to lie down under him, “she said.

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Set the best example you can.

Ashley, who is already an outspoken advocate of body positivity on social media, says she continues to model those values ​​for Isaac. “I learned from my mother early on that your words really have power,” she told WH.

“No matter how old your child is, they will listen and take everything with them. They are so smart at such a young age, and although they cannot speak words, they mimic our behavior.” continued. “So I’m really aware of what I’m saying about myself and how I’m treating myself in front of him, just like my mother did.”

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Fuel your body with foods you really like.

Warning: Ashley’s daily diet could make you hungry. After her morning workout, she likes one special breakfast – one English muffin with scrambled eggs on top and the others with butter and jam. She also loves fruits, like nectarine and plums, and she adds that she craves cucumber and celery (just like she did during her first pregnancy).

“Lunch, I ate sandwiches like crazy,” she said. “Don’t sleep on sandwiches!” Her Sammie of choice is Hawaiian bread with mayonnaise, gray poupon mustard, chicken, Munster cheese and salad. And her favorite food is husband Justin’s lamb. “It’s definitely a staple in our home,” she adds.

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And know that you are doing your best.

At the end of the day, Ashley advises other mothers-to-be to know that you are doing all you can. “I try to sweat at least once a day, and if I don’t that day, I’m not putting as much pressure on myself. I’ll just do it the next day, ”she said.

It’s just about knowing that “you are pregnant. You are growing in life. So it is important to listen to your body and even if my mindset should just go, go, go when I am not pregnant, I have to remember it because I’m pregnant, sometimes just to rest. “

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