Laura Kenny has hit back at those who criticise pregnant women for exercising, after receiving negative comments about her fitness routine.
On Instagram, some have questioned whether the Olympic cyclist, who is seven months pregnant, should still be hitting the gym.
“I’m not stupid, I’m an athlete and I know my body better than anybody knows it,” the 25-year-old told HuffPost UK.
“If I thought I was putting myself or the baby at risk I would 100% stop.”
Kenny, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, is expecting her first child with husband and fellow cyclist Jason Kenny in mid-August.
She’s currently training for around two hours each day, switching between swimming, working out in the gym or riding the turbo bike she keeps in her garage.
The mum-to-be is determined to keep her fitness levels high so she can represent team GB again in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“I didn’t want to be so far away from where I left physically. I’d always set my heart on going to the next Olympic games,” she said.
“I spoke with my gym coach and we decided we could carry on, pretty much as normal to start with, and after that we would tail it off and it would slowly decrease.”
Kenny’s videos on Instagram show her completing squats with 20 kilos on her back, then 20 kilos on her front. It may surprise some, but it’s a huge step down for the athlete, who used weights of 70-75 kilos before she was pregnant.
She has also stopped riding on the road, sticking to the safety of her garage, and has eliminated exercises such as leg presses from her routine.
“Anything that’s above me where I haven’t got control over whether the weight is going to slam on me I wouldn’t do,” she said.
“Or anything where the bump gets in the way. With press-ups I lean on something now, because I found my bump was hitting the floor before anything else was!”
Kenny said she has learned to “ignore” her critics and listen to her body.
“The first few comments I read to Jason and I was a bit like ‘why would people say…