Happy Saturday, friends!
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about pregnancy and exercise lately (CrossFit, specifically) and, while I am not a doctor, I thought I’d share my experience moving forward, especially now since it’s getting a little more challenging to work out with my ever-growing baby bump.
Prior to 20 weeks, my workouts weren’t much different. Sure, I was tired and battling all-day morning sickness during my first trimester, but things were mostly the same. I took it down a notch during the majority of my workouts, but once I was feeling better, I went right back to my normal routine, especially at CrossFit. I’m still using my pre-pregnancy weights for workouts (mostly Rx and L3), and I’m still keeping up with some of the top ladies at my box, but, of course, this is getting harder and harder as the weeks progress. Metcons are a lot more difficult because I’m exercising for two and can’t catch my breath as easily as I used to, but everything else is the same.
My CrossFit modifications so far:
- Toes-to-Bar —> Kipping Knee Raises
- Handstand Push-Ups —> Strict Presses
- Sit-ups —> Butterfly Sit-ups
I’m not running as much as I was before, but a lot of it has to do with the winter/snow/cold weather and not having access to a treadmill. Plus, I don’t have any races on my calendar to train for. And, ok, running is really hard for me right now and, when I do run, it’s more of a run-walk or I am super slow, so it’s kind of frustrating. Even still, I’m running at CrossFit and taking hour-long spinning classes to keep up my cardio-endurance the best I can.
So, that’s a quick summary of how things have been going to far. I’ll be keeping track of my weekly workouts and letting you know when and how I make modifications, specifically at CrossFit since that’s my primary form of exercise and a lot of you guys seem curious about it. That said, here’s a recap of last week’s workouts! Side note: If you haven’t already, check out CrossFitMom for some great info on pregnancy and CrossFit!
Sunday: CrossFit (Open Gym)
Tuesday’s workout was Open WOD 13.2 from last year’s CrossFit Open. I actually did this workout twice last year, and the second time I did step-ups and increased my score by 30-something reps, so I did them again (instead of box jumps), which worked out well for comparison and as a pregnancy-friendly movement.
I did the workout as prescribed and finished with 209 reps, 54 less than the last time I did it, but, hey, I’m pregnant. I still got a great workout, so that’s all that really matters right now.
Man, I was so buff back then!
Thursday’s WOD was short and sweet: 3 Tabatas (20 seconds of work + 10 seconds of rest), one each of Double Unders, Sit-ups, and Pull-ups.
Tabata Double Unders
Rest 2 minutes
Rest 2 minutes
We kept track of our reps for each round of the Tabatas. As you can see, my Double Unders were all over the place, sit-ups were consistent (pregnancy modification: I did Butterfly Sit-Ups), and my Pull-ups declined with each round. Man, my built-in weight vest is making Pull-ups harder and harder! Haha!
Friday’s workout was such a smoker, I decided to skip this morning’s WOD. My body was exhausted when I woke up. Holy sore quads!
After a warm-up, we worked on Front Squats (5 X 5) and then went into the WOD, which I scaled the crap out of.
It’s funny, some days I go to CrossFit and almost feel like my old self. Other days, I go there and feel, well, pregnant. And yesterday was definitely one of those days. I felt it even in the warm-up at the beginning of class—I was trailing behind everyone! Haha!
Anyway, I scaled the WOD big-time yesterday. I used 65 pounds for the Front Squats and Power Cleans, 35 pounds of the kettlebell swings, and used a 14-pound ball for the Wallballs. I finished in 8:33, which was one of the fastest times in the class, but, truthfully, the weight was enough for me yesterday. I’m just happy I can still CrossFit without too many modifications!
The workout finisher (because our quads weren’t smoked enough) was 21-15-9 of unbroken box jumps. Box jumps have been a serious struggle for me now that I’m a good 25 pounds heavier, so I opted for the 15-inch box (instead of the 20-inch), and it was still really tough! I managed to do them all unbroken, but, woah, my quads (and lungs) were on fire!
Questions of the Day
How were your workouts this week? What was the toughest one you did?