Last Week’s Workouts {21 Weeks}

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)

I did “Numero Uno” with Kerrie and then EMOM 10 of 10 Wallballs (20 & 14 lbs) + 3 Pull-Ups. No modifications. Full recap of workout here.

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Monday: Off

Tuesday: CrossFit

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.

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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!

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Wednesday: Off

Thursday: CrossFit

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
Tabata Sit-ups
Rest 2 minutes
Tabata Pull-ups

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!

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Friday: CrossFit

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!

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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!

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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!

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Saturday: Off

Questions of the Day

How were your workouts this week? What was the toughest one you did? 

65 Comments

  1. I think its great you’ve been continuing to work out and you’re modifying as needed…that’s how I would want to be! This week has been upper body lifting, lower body, and planning to hit the gym here soon to do cardio and possibly some more lifting and abs! Have a great Saturday all 🙂

  2. I think you are AWESOME still doing cross fit workouts while pregnant. I love hearing your progress and workout recaps. My toughest workout this week was upping my squat weight and practicing deadlift form. Up to 100 for squats (hoping body weight sooon!!) and currently lifting 85 deadlift. And, I got a compliment on my deadlift form. Awesome 🙂

  3. My muscles hurt just from reading your WODs for this week! Very impressive!

    I did a new kickboxing DVD. I used to LOVE kickboxing when I was in my early teens (I was all into being “badass” back then) and haven’t done much since. The DVD (Guillermo Gomez’s Kickboxing Cardio Power) definitely had me tripping over myself by the end!

  4. I’m 16 weeks pregnant, and I know exactly what you mean about feeling like your old self at CrossFit some days and feeling like a lumbering elephant other days! Sometimes it makes me wonder if its all in my head. Last Sunday I felt like a superstar during a bunch of 500 meter runs, and then the next day, I couldn’t do a single 400 without walking!

  5. We did a Tabata today of DU, hang cleans, push-ups, scissor lunges. You look adorable, love the orange top. I’d love to send you a shirt from my box. So glad to have found your blog. I’m trying to work on figuring out the best way to start incorporating running, which is a huge weakness of mine, with my CrossFit workouts. We always do strength on M/W/F. Any advice?

  6. You’re kicking ass for two!! In Ireland women get pregnant and cease all activity, well not all but most. It’s like they see it as an excuse to eat donuts and avoid any exercise. Keeping so active will hopefully really help with the labour too!

  7. I love your recent workout updates! It took me a while to get back in shape after I had my baby, but you’re showing that it’s possible to stay fit throughout your pregnancy, very inspiring! Thank you!

  8. Great post! Love reading about how you stick with it through pregnancy! You go girl!!
    I have a question about iced coffee. What do you get in it at Dunkin Donut’s, when i go they don’t have soy milk and thats my fave so i never know what to put in it. You always have the best lookinng drinks so I figured you might know?

  9. I have been fairly active this far ( 23 weeks) w barre and other stuff, but my inlaws came into town last weekend gave everyone the flu and now I’m battling it or a cold ( taking Tamiflu against my preferences too). Walking is all I’m doing until I know I’m doing better.

  10. Way to go on continuing to CrossFit while pregnant! Also, talk about quad smokers: yesterday the WOD at my box was 20 Front Squats, 30 Box Jumps, 40 KBS and 50 Wall Balls. (My second day DOMS is always terrible, so tomorrow should be fun, haha.) Luckily, no cash out for us!

  11. Today’s workout was definitely the toughest. I went to crossfit and it was a partner WOD with 70 KB swings, 70 shoulder to overheads, 70 box jumps and 70 wall balls AMRAP 20min. I’m just finishing up my 2nd week at crossfit and this was a tough one for me.

  12. Way to go! I love that you’re staying fit/doing CF during pregnancy. Such a great role model!

    I totally loved working out/teaching fitness classes throughout my pregnancy because it helped me feel ‘more normal’–and I promise it helps in delivery & the recovery afterwards!! <–that is major motivation to keep it up, promise.

    Hardest workout this week–teaching back-to-back BodyPumo & CXWORX. I was smoked, and then doing GRIT the next day. Yowzers.

  13. Go you for continuing your CrossFit workouts while pregnant! My friend continued to go until a few days before she went into labor and had a very short labor and delivery. Here’s to hoping that your experience is the same!

    I started CrossFit in June so everything is tough! Last week, thought it was on Friday. It was CrossFit Open 13.4 AMRAP 7:00 Up ladder 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18”¦Clean n jerk (135/95) Toes to bar. I struggle with cleans and haven’t gotten toes to bar yet but I’m making progress!

    P.S.
    We have the same CrossFit shoes! I love how bright purple they are!

  14. Tina – Holy smokes! Your scaled weights impress the heck out of me – such an inspiration! I’ve been waiting for this post – thanks! I turned 30 in October, and my husband and I are talking about having a baby within the next 2 years. A full-fledged Crossfit cult member, I am committed to Crossfitting for as long as possible while pregnant. I am so happy to hear about your experiences thus far. One question: Do you own/wear maternity workout clothes?

  15. I’ve heard that women who stay active during pregnancy have easier deliveries than those who don’t. Your delivery should be easy peasey in this case. Great work!

  16. Tina you are such an inspiration. I am a regular weight lifter and runner, mo crossfit for me but I do some of your crossf it workouts. We are trying to get pregnant now and I pray I can keep up my fitness like you have:)
    Thanks for sharing all your modifications and struggles as well:)

  17. You are an adorable pregnant lady!

    Not saying this to be discouraging, just realistic, but being active does nothing for labour. Totally different beast. I am only saying that because when I discovered that did NOT apply I felt like I had been lied to! So much depends on the baby, plus your skeletal (not muscular) structure. There is really no way to predict how labour will be for you, although probably the best indication would be how close relatives, ie your mom and sis, found it.

      1. @Tina: It CAN make a difference, but only to a certain extent. Labor is exhausting and a lot of hard physical work, so being in shape helps in general. Endurance, labor positions, etc. However, it wont make you have a shorter labor or anything like that. Your labor will be as difficult as it is going to be; I know of women who never worked out and had fast labors. And I know endurance athletes who had long, difficult labors.

  18. Holy Crow woman you are a machine! I wish I could say last week was a good workout week, even an ok one, but boy was it a bad week! I got one gym session in and nothing else! It was crazy! I can’t let that happen again, or what’s the point, right?

  19. Número Uno looks like a great one I could do on my own tomorrow at the gym!!

    We’re supposed to do Fran on Tuesday at our Crossfit gym and I’m excited and nervous. I’m sure I will have to scale this since I just started, and I’m totally ok with that!

    You’re doing great with Crossfit and pregnancy!

  20. Seriously impressed with your strength….very inspiring! love how you commented under a picture “man I was so buff then…” ummm you still are!!!

  21. That is just amazing. You have more energy than people who aren’t pregnant. You must be getting good sleep and have an amazing diet! I was thinking of joining crossfit. It looks like a great way to raise your strength. Anyway you look good! Keep up the hard work.

  22. One of the trainers/fitness instructors at my gym is pregnant. I remember watching in awe at her doing kipping pull-up while 8 months pregnant like it was no big deal. Talk about motivation.

  23. Just curious because I’ve never seen 21-15-9 of a single movement – what’s the difference between that and just doing 45 straight box jumps?

  24. I just gave birth 6 weeks ago to a sweet little girl and I am a CrossFit junkie. I worked out my entire pregnancy, even did a WOD the morning I went into labor. Around 6 months I really had to start modifying more, my running went out the door and I took up all rowing (ick!). But I did 5-6 days a week of workouts, I did more often workouts as my intensity level, as you know, starts to dwindle each week. Keep it up! My little girl was born 7lb 1 oz and was healthy! I had so many critics during pregnancy while doing CrossFit, but only you know what your body is capable of and how you feel. Can’t wait to see pics of that strong little boy! Oh, and I’m sure you know, but they make WOD toys for infants and kids…too cute! My little one already has a bar, kettlebell and WallBall! 🙂

  25. You looking FREAKING awesome !!! I’m not pregnant, but I have more stomach than you…lol. You are my hero !! Keep it up girl.

  26. You look fab! Do you think you’ll get a treadmill after the baby is born? I loved/love having one and when my girls were infants it was a lifesaver during naps when I couldn’t get outside with them in the jogger! Sometimes it meant just hopping on it for 20 minutes (with the baby monitor on of course!) but it felt good!

  27. Can I just say that I love your straight forward and non-judgmental your posts about exercise and pregnancy?! For real, I’m about 15 weeks and I am so sick of reading condescending posts about how if you’re not working out all the time, you’re doing it wrong. I just appreciate how real you are!

  28. It’s nice to see what you’re doing for workouts! It’s encouraging to see that you still can workout when you’re pregnant, even if you have to modify a few things and back off a little bit!

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