Fit Pregnancy Inspiration - Dani Rowe Olympic cyclist
Olympic Champion Dani Rowe MBE enjoyed a record-breaking cycling career that included multiple World, European and National titles. She won Gold at the London 2012 Olympics in the Team Pursuit. Also a Commonwealth Games medallist she is the World Record holder for the 3km Team Pursuit alongside teammates Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott.
Now retired from professional cycling she has set up a coaching company with her husband and fellow cyclist Matt Rowe (Rowe & King) and recently had her first baby.
Dani’s training routine during pregnancy
‘Staying active during my pregnancy is really important’ says Dani who swopped her road bike for a mountain bike for extra comfort and stability for cycling when pregnant. Her pregnancy training routine also included 90 minutes running or walking each day but for someone used to an Olympic training regime Dani scaled her exercise back considerably.
Dani’s motivation for training during pregnancy
‘The physical and mental benefits of exercise are so beneficial, exercise helps me to sleep better and eat better as well as keeping my body strong. Giving birth, recovering afterwards and caring for a small baby is physically demanding and it’s so important to be prepared.’
What FittaMamma maternity activewear she wore
How our maternity activewear worked for Dani Rowe
The combination of a supportive exercise vest and maternity sport leggings was ideal for all her training requirements, whether Dani was training on her indoor bike, cycling outdoors, running or walking during pregnancy.
Dani said, ‘I absolutely love them, the clothes are really, really nice. I love the way the leggings come right over the bump and the top doesn’t ride up – it does a similar job to a belt but more comfortable, easing and holding the weight and helping to support your hips and pelvis. I did a 6km run in them last week and my bump barely moved, they’re so supportive.’
A final word from Dani about staying active when pregnant
For me the most important aspect of pregnancy exercise is listening to your body. I check my heart rate to make sure I’m not pushing too hard but after years of competitive training I know what I’m capable of and what feels right.