You may know Instagram star Amanda Kloots for her body-positivity quotes, creative at-home workouts with jump ropes or for her contagious smile -- something she maintains while she's livestreaming one of her many (grueling!) fitness classes from around the world.
And now, the former Rockette and Broadway dancer has something else to smile about. Only last week, during Thanksgiving, Kloots announced she's expecting her first child with her husband of one year, Nick.
"I'm feeling pretty good!" she told AOL Lifestyle. "I'm 12-and-a-half weeks so I'm slowly starting to exit the nausea and tired stage."
Years of experience from working in the fitness industry has prepared this mom-to-be with workout and dieting tips for the next 6 months ahead. We caught up with the dancer in New York to learn about her tricks of the trade and how her role as an instructor has changed since she learned she's expecting.
On how her diet has changed since finding out the news...
It definitely has changed. When you're nauseous, you're only craving carbs -- and not the carbs you should be eating, like plain bagels and grilled cheese! So it's been a little hard to keep healthy and on-track.
It's actually really exciting because you start to learn what the baby needs and what you need to start putting into your body -- like protein, like DairyPure Mix-Ins, more vitamin C and folic acid. So, it's actually this really cool time to figure out how I can help this thing growing inside of my body with the food and fuel I'm giving it.
Amanda Kloots on Instagram
Amanda Kloots on Instagram
Filming a new AK! Dance workout video for you guys today!!! I’m so excited to get this video out to you all!! It’s going to be so fun and lots of cool new things! Stay tuned and follow along today with me in my insta stories for all the details!!
12 weeks today! Despite being very tired and nauseous every day starting around 3pm, I’ve managed to still teach my classes @studiob_nyc ✅ Honestly, even when I didn’t know how I was going to get through class- the minute I walked in and saw all your beautiful faces ready to go- I was instantly energized and inspired! I found that after working out my energy was back AND my nausea was gone! ⭐️ Exercise during pregnancy is so important! Giving birth is the most physical thing your body will ever go through so you have to be strong 💪🏻 and build your endurance and stamina! (This onesie avail @bandier by @we.over.me is my favorite outfit for workouts!)
Home for Thanksgiving?! Here’s a mini at home workout for you by me! It works your whole body!! Do 8 reps in each move at least three times through!! DON’T RUSH! Take your time, breathe, and lengthen your body from head to toe! (This outfit is avail @bandier right now and it’s @alala) Happy Thanksgiving everyone! ⭐️ more moves in stories ⭐️
I’m having the best week so far with my second AK! Intensive group! Each morning we workout for 90 minutes straight and work our booties off! I’m so sore and it’s only two days in! I absolutely love working with small groups of women for a week! In this intimate setting we become a fitness family. I see them grow, learn and get stronger- it is one of the best parts about my job!
Leg series today in my AK! Rope class @studiob_nyc ⭐️ In class you “jump rope” in MANY DIFFERENT WAYS! This time it’s on your hands with one leg! #akrope #bandier #studiobnyc #jumprope #legs #workout #fitness #fitnessmotivation #workoutmotivation
Can’t get enough of the song Shallow from A Star is Born so I found an amazing remix version to dance to tonight in class @studiob_nyc ⭐️👯♀️
Dancing through the weekend with @nickcordero1 📷: @leclickparis
A smile is the most beautiful attire that never goes out of style! See you tonight @studiob_nyc - AK! Body at 5:30pm! 📷: @masha.photo
LONDON BOUND 🇬🇧🎡 I can’t wait to meet everyone that signed up for class tomorrow with @facegym and my SOLD OUT classes @xtendbarrelondon 👯♀️⭐️ Any fun dinner suggestions or places to see?!? Let me know!!
It starts! He’s turning 40 and the celebration has begun!!
My first #NYFW show and attempt at taking pictures in front of all the photographers! Need to work on this! However I LOVED my @milly dress I got to wear and the show was so fun! 💚
One year down! We celebrated tonight by going to cocktails at our wedding venue @theskylarknyc and then dinner at The Grill! Now back home to devour our wedding cake a year later by the incredible @zac_young 🎂
Some reasons I ❤️ Bali!
✅These pants! 👱🏻♀️Top knots all day! 💁🏼♀️ No makeup ever! 💋
I’ll exercise all day so that I can eat sweets! Who’s with me?! 💁🏼♀️🍦
A private morning breakfast for two on the Serengeti!
I will never forget this day! It was completely mind blowing and every time I looked at Nick I felt like the luckiest girl in the world!!!! This is Babylonstoren, a hotel and vineyard near Stellenbosch. We went to the spa, ate the most amazing farm to table lunch at Babel, and then relaxed in the salt cave, hot tub and pools! We had so much fun that we booked a night there for tomorrow- our last night in South Africa! If you are coming to Cape Town make Babylonstoren part of your trip. Thank you @allisongrekin for this recommendation - it was a day I’ll always remember! More pics and videos in my stories- I went overboard because I couldn’t take how beautiful this place was!
Why is being in Italy so romantic?! Amore Amore Amore! ❤️
Made it to Cape Town! Any and all recommendations are welcome!
I walked into @cafeorganicbali and saw someone eating this and had immediate food envy! This beet and bean burger on a charcoal bun with a side of sweet potato crisps was incredible!!! I wish NYC had more places like the cafes in Bali! #gardengangstas #vegan #glutenfree #bali #foodenvy #foodporn #healthy #plantbased #reset
Highlights from our second camp, Serengeti Under Canvas! Thanks to @andbeyondtravel our stay here was phenomenal! We saw leopards, lions mating, a baby hippo, and a mom and baby rhino to complete the BIG 5! Tomorrow we head to our last camp! We already want to come back to Africa!!
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On keeping up with her workouts...
So far, no [changes.] It's been great. I truly believe -- and my doctors truly believe -- that whatever you were doing before your pregnancy you can continue on doing. Luckily, nothing has really changed. Just finding that extra energy is a little hard, but when I walk into a room full of people ready to go it instantly gives me inspiration.
On pregnancy modifications...
You just have to really be careful about your heart rate for sure. I like to use a breathing and speaking test for that. So as long as you can talk naturally as you're working out and your breathing is on track then your heart rate is pretty much okay. Also, not working out in a heated room, because that helps to elevate your heart rate, which is not necessarily safe.
As you get really big, staying away from exercises on your back and twisting and making sure your head is always elevated.
On the one song she's currently blasting in all of her classes...
One of my favorite songs is by Tiesto called "Let's Go." It kind of always puts me in a good mood.
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