As a personal trainer, knowing baby was on the cards at some point (sooner rather than later) I decided to do my pre and post natal training a few months back. Great for me when I did fall and great for potential clients.
From a PT perspective, to train the average pre/postnatal gym goer, the training was great. As a 2+ years CrossFit athlete, honestly I found the training pretty useless for training myself and other pregnant women through their CrossFit pregnancy! It was very much based on government guidelines; slow steady cardio and globo gym classes with a little bit of weight training thrown in.
When asked about high intensity training like CrossFit, Olympic lifting or powerlifting the trainer looked lost. Nothing against her, she knew her stuff otherwise and I didn’t really expect her to have an indepth knowledge of CrossFit, but I came away with no real knowledge of how I would train myself when the time came.
I started doing some research of my own and found a few women who kept training while pregnant. Lea-Ann Ellison and local Katja Harjanne made the news for CrossFitting while heavily pregnant, and have both since given birth to very healthy babies and look fantastic themselves! Body builder Jessie Hilgenberg has a great instagram account and Birthfit is full of pictures and videos of heavily pregnant women doing incredible things. CrossFitMom.com used to be fantastic help but has since been replaced by a page not hugely insightful.
The main comment I read while researching was ‘listen to your body’ which was all well and good.. But would I be able to translate what my body was saying? How do I tell the difference between a workout just being tough and my body saying you shouldn’t be doing this? Advice says not to overheat, but our box is a tin building and like a sauna the second the sun comes out.. Is that safe?
I understood the concept of working around a bump and scaling as the bump got in the way in the second and third trimester. But what about the first? The most dangerous trimester!? When one person says to take it easy and the other says keep going as normal until 20 weeks!?
My first doctors appointment was far from useful training wise. When I explained what CrossFit was (a combination of weightlifting, cardio and gymnastics – in a nutshell) her exact words were “well you’ll want to stop that and just do a bit of this” raising her arms over her head and out to the side in some 1970’s aerobic step class manner! Helpful!
So here I am, with the knowledge I have from training myself, PTing, self study and my pre and post natal course, but otherwise generally winging it and hoping I learn along the way, enough to actually provide some helpful information to ease the minds of fellow CrossFit Mum’s to be. I also hope blogging about my CrossFit pregnancy will help me with any further pregnancies of my own.
Pre-pregnancy check list:
Time crossfitting: 2 years
Sessions per week: 4-6 sessions, 1-2 hours.
- Deadlift – 127.5kg
- Back squat – 95kg (ish)
- Front squat – 82.5kg
- Strict press – 45kg
- Push-press – 57.5
- Clean and jerk – 70kg
- Snatch – 42.5kg – Power 45kg
- Overhead squat – 52.5kg
- Weighted pull-up – bw + 24kg
- Weighted dip – bw + 20kg
- Fran time – 5.31
- Grace time –
- Isabel time – (shocking – but first time being able to RX it, at 42.5kg, my 1RM squat snatch!)
CrossFit Open 2015: top 6% in UK, top 8% in Europe, top 9% worldwide. CrossFit open 2016 will be approx 1 month postpartum.. We shall see!
Strengths: bodyweight, pistols, pull-ups, HSPU, clean and jerk.
Weaknesses: engine needs work, overhead squats, snatch, running and rowing, doubles.