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Fabulous Friday

January 23, 2015

Fabulous Friday | Crossfit & Pregnancy

Wow, it’s been a while since I did a Fabulous Friday post!  This past month has just FLOWN by!  Some days feel like they take forever since it’s getting more difficult to move around, my feet have begun to look like marshmallows and fewer and fewer of my maternity clothes are fitting these days.

BUT, to say it’s all worth it is definitely the truth!  Baby Catherine’s due date is February 17, which is just 3.5 weeks away… I’m still hoping for a February 12 appearance, but as of our appointment earlier this week, she’s perfectly content just hanging out where she is right now :-)

I actually forget how big I’m getting until I look in a mirror sideways.  Looking down, she doesn’t seem all that big, but when I get looks from people (“You’re due any day now, right??”) and exclamations of surprise when I say we still have a few weeks, I realize that this baby girl isn’t going to be too tiny!


But even with all of this, I’m still working out.  I still go to Crossfit about 3 times a week and do as much as I can.  Some days it’s more emotionally or mentally taxing than it is physically, but I think I mentioned before that this season has required me to give myself a lot of grace.  But there is still plenty I can do!  It’s required a good bit of modification with various WODs, but I think it’s helped that we started crossfit over 2 years ago so that I feel confident to come up with my own workouts on days that we have open gym or days that I just can’t physically do the WOD that’s planned.

So, between what’s on the schedule at Crossfit Greer, what I myself know and think I can do, and the website CrossfitMom.com, I’ve been able to keep up with things and stay in decent shape.  Obviously only time, delivery and recovery will tell just how worth it this has all been.  But I’ve gotten SO much encouragement from so many people that keeping up with all of this is 100% worth it on every level.  I’m so thankful that I’ve been healthy enough to keep up with working out!  There was always that small fear that I’d end up on bedrest or my sciatic would continue to bother me, etc.  But God has been gracious and I’m thankful for a healthy pregnancy!

To give you an idea of what my workouts have looked like, here are a few examples from the last several months with some of my modifications:

23 weeks pregnant
– 50 slamballs (20lbs)
– 30 burpees (more of a push-up) over the bar
– 50 thrusters (55lbs)
Time = 19:45

27 weeks pregnant
3 rounds:
– 15 pull-ups (I kipped and used a red band)
– 15 jerks (Rx was 85lbs, I did 65lbs)
– 15 box jumps (I did step-ups)

31 weeks pregnant
7 min EMOM: 3 deadlifts (I did 85lbs)

4 rounds:
-20 wallballs (14lbs)
– 30 double unders (after first round, I had to change to 15 box step-ups, thus ending my jump roping while pregnant!)
– 8 ring dips (with red band)
– rest 1 minute in between rounds
Time = 15:50

36 weeks pregnant
Deadlift x3 = I did 3 in a row at 95#

3 rounds
– 500m row
– 12 deadlifts of body weight (I did 75lbs)
– 21 box jumps (I did step-ups)
Time = 18:32

Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not posting this for a pat on the back or for people to say “well done!”  I’m posting this in hopes that it will encourage others to just keep going (or to start!).  I’m at the point where I just don’t want to go anymore, but I know it’s going to be worth it… for me and this baby girl.  And for Ben because overall, I’ll be healthier and stronger and he won’t have to use ALL of his strength when he helps me up off the couch ;-)

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