Looking for a good pregnancy cardio workout? Try this15-minute, full body prenatal bodyweight workout. These nine low-impact cardio exercises at home are safe for all trimesters of pregnancy (a great low impact workout at home for beginners too).
A quick, full body prenatal bodyweight workout at home, no equipment needed.
If you’ve done one of my low impact workouts before, you know: low impact does NOT mean low intensity.
This prenatal workout will raise your heart rate in a pregnancy-safe way. These low impact HIIT cardio exercises are safe for ALL trimesters of pregnancy. Which also makes this a great cardio workout for beginners, bad knees and weight loss.
What Are The Benefits Of Prenatal Bodyweight Workouts?
Staying active during pregnancy can reduce lower back pain and other common aches and pains pregnant women experience. Prenatal bodyweight workouts are particularly effective because they can be done anywhere, no equipment needed, and can efficiently raise your heart rate. Prenatal cardio and strength training are both beneficial.
What Are The Benefits Of Low Impact Workouts During Pregnancy?
Low impact workouts are great for all seasons of life, though especially beneficial during pregnancy because they raise your heart rate and burn calories (without running or jumping), arejoint friendly (limits stress on joints) and prevent injury and risk of heart disease.
15-Minute Prenatal Bodyweight Workout
Raise your heart rate in a pregnancy-safe, low impact way with this prenatal bodyweight workout at home.
I filmed this prenatal workout routine in my second trimester, but it’s a great pregnancy cardio workout for the third trimester of pregnancy as well.
Do these nine low impact cardio exercises at home or in a gym. There’s no equipment needed, bodyweight exercises only.
It’s all timed intervals, which means you move at your pace, striving for as many reps as you can in the 30 second timed intervals.
I suggest adding this low impact cardio workout to your exercise routine 1-2 times a week.
The guided video includes form cues, pregnancy modifications and motivation along the way.
Your Prenatal Bodyweight Workout Looks Like This:
9 Low Impact Exercises At Home
Timed Intervals (30 seconds per exercise, moving directly from one exercise to the next)
Repeat All 9 Exercises x2 Sets (rest for 60 seconds between sets)
Prenatal Bodyweight Workout
1. Squat And Alternating Balance Punch 2. 3 Knee Drives And 3 Lunge Pulses, R/L 3. Front Knee Strike And Rear Kick, R/L 4. 2 Jabs And 1 Squat 5. 2 Lateral Walks And 1 Cross Jab 6. Speed Bag 7. Front Kicks 8. Side-to-Side Squat Punch And Row 9. 3 Fast Feet And Floor Tap
9 Prenatal Bodyweight Exercises At Home
Squat And Alternating Balance Punch
Targets: Legs, glutes, quads, hamstrings, hip flexors, shoulders and core.
How To Do A Squat And Alternating Balance Punch
Start standing feet shoulder-width distance apart, knees slightly bent, core engaged. Bring hands or knuckles up to “defend” your face in a guard position (or slightly lower).
Lower down into a squat position, lowering your hips down parallel with your knees. Drive your knees out toward your outer three toes.
Drive through your heels to stand tall, squeezing your glutes. As you stand tall, perform a knee drive on the right leg, driving the knee up towards the chest.
As you perform the knee drive, perform a single arm punch with the opposite, left arm, driving the left hand overhead.
Bring the right foot back down to the mat as you bring the left arm down in front of you again.
Repeat the squat, alternating the leg that performs the knee drive with the opposite arm punch.
Modification: Option to omit the knee drive and perform a squat and alternating overhead punch while keeping both feet firmly planted on the mat.
3 Knee Drives And 3 Lunge Pulses
Targets: Legs, glutes, quads, hamstrings, hip flexors, arms, back, shoulders and core.
How To Do 3 Knee Drives And 3 Lunge Pulses
Start standing in a neutral position, feet hip-width apart.
Step your right foot back into a reverse lunge. Lowering your right knee towards the mat, aiming for 90-degree angles in both knees. Pulse for a three-count in this loaded reverse lunge position.
Then, perform three knee drives on the right leg by quickly pulling the right knee towards your chest and sending it back.
Repeat this, alternating the lunge pulse and knee drive for the timed interval.
Front Knee Strike And Rear Kick
Targets: Hips, hip flexors, glutes, quads, hamstrings, lower abs and core.
How To Do A Front Knee Strike And Rear Kick
Start standing feet hip-width apart, left foot slightly forward and right foot slightly back.
Perform a knee drive on the left leg by driving the left knee up towards your chest with power and control. Weight is in your right back foot.
Lower the left foot back so it’s flat on the ground, then shift your weight into your left foot and perform a rear kick on the right, sending the right leg long behind you.
Repeat, alternating the front knee strike (or knee drive) and rear kick for the timed interval.
Modification: Option to make this less intense by tapping the back foot rather than performing a rear kick. Option to make this more intense by performing a front kick rather than a front knee strike.
Start standing, feet hip-width apart, knees bent, core engaged. Send the arms just overhead, bending at the elbows.
Perform a boxer shuffle by gently bouncing, shifting your weight back and forth from right foot to left foot, balancing on the balls of your feet.
As you do so, imagine you’re hitting a “speed bag” (think of any kind of boxing movie you’ve seen, this is the classic move). Make large circular motions with each arm as you “hit” your imaginary boxing bag.
Continue to hit the boxing bag as you maintain the boxer shuffle for the timed interval.
Modification: Option to perform the speed bag with fists at chest level rather than overhead (the higher the arms overhead, the higher the heart rate).
Targets: Hips, glutes, hamstrings, arms, back, abs and core.
How To Do Front Kicks
Start standing, feet hip-width apart, knees bent, core engaged. Arms are loosely in front of your chest, elbows bent.
Transfer your weight into your left leg as you pull your right knee up towards your chest.
Then hinge back, keeping ribcage to hips open as you kick through your right heel, kicking your right leg straight in front of you as you stand. Pull the arms back, elbows to hips.
Return your right foot to the mat, bringing the arms back in front of your chest, and repeat the front kick on the left leg.
Start standing feet shoulder-width distance apart, knees slightly bent, core engaged. Bring hands to the hips.
Step the right foot out wide and lower down into a squat position, lowering your hips down parallel with your knees. Drive your knees out toward your outer three toes.
As you lower into the squat, punch both arms straight out in front of you.
Drive through your heels to stand tall, squeezing your glutes. As you stand tall, shift your weight into your left foot and step the right foot back in to center. Pull the arms back to your hips to return to your starting position.
Repeat, this time stepping out to the left for the squat.
3 Fast Feet And Floor Tap
Targets: Hip flexors, quads, hamstrings, calves, back and core.
How To Do 3 Fast Feet And Floor Tap
Start standing in an athletic stance with your feet shoulder-width distance apart and your hips low, keeps bent.
Push through the balls of your feet and run in place quickly for a three-count.
Then, drop your hips low to sit back into the bottom of a squat, lowering your hips down parallel with your knees. Drive your knees out toward your outer three toes.
At the bottom of the squat, quickly tap the ground with your left hand. Then, pop back up into the athletic stance.
Repeat, alternating the hand that taps the floor for the timed interval.
Modification: Option to omit the floor tap and just perform fast feet.