My Last CrossFit Class (for Awhile)

Last night, I had my final CrossFit class until after Baby H. arrives. It was definitely bittersweet. Obviously, I need to give my body a break and rest up for labor, but, man, it was sad saying goodbye to my favorite workout and my favorite people. As Greg Glassman (the founder of CrossFit) once said, “Woodstock wasn’t just about the music.” I will miss you, CrossFit 781, but I will be back!

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I asked my friend Kayla to snap a few photos of my last WOD. I figured I should document it, especially since CrossFit has been such a huge part of my pregnancy and now it’s just about over.

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My last WOD (for awhile) was 5 rounds for time of 20 Deadlifts + 20 Wallballs, which was a serious leg-smoker. My quads are so sore today!

I went super light with the weight (#65 for the Deadlifts and #10 for the Wallballs) and finished in 11:07. It was a great workout to end on, and I definitely soaked in every moment of it.

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The photo below is absolutely ridiculous. It just shows you how much “weight” I was moving at CrossFit! Haha! #readytopop

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Dinner

After CrossFit, I came home and threw together a quick dinner, which was lettuce wraps made with honey ham and Light White Cheddar (<– so good!) from The Laughing Cow with Backyard Barbeque Kettle chips and a Grillo pickle on the side. Yum!

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I wanted something more after I finished eating my lettuce wraps, so I reheated some sweet potato wedges.

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And then I end up eating almost an entire bag of Apple Pie Oat Clusters from NatureBox. These things are incredible! I actually finished them off this morning!

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Health News & Views

Like a lot of people, I don’t always have a ton of time to exercise, so I make the most of my sweat sessions by maximizing every single minute with full-body, high-intensity movements to get the most bang of my buck.

This 15-minute kettlebell workout is both fast-paced and challenging, so it’s guaranteed to burn some serious calories in a short amount of time. All you need for this workout is a kettlebell (I recommend light-to-medium weight, not a challenging heavy weight), your sneakers, a stopwatch, and a little bit of space. The goal of this workout is to move from one exercise to the next without stopping. Set your timer for 15 minutes and see how many rounds you can do!

15-Minute, Total-Body Kettlebell Workout

Question of the Day

Have you ever taken a significant amount of time off from exercise? How’d you deal?

57 Comments

  1. I don’t ever cross-fit, but i think I’m going to do with workout tomorrow morning! Thanks for sharing! Congrats on your last WOD before baby comes 🙂

  2. I have not taken a significant amount of time off yet, but I am due in September and wonder how I will do without my daily movement. It will be difficult, but I’m sure our little ones will keep us plenty busy. 🙂

  3. Well, I’m planning to take off my first significant time in November! 🙂 I honestly think it’s going to be tough because I exercise to feel good, not just to look good. But I’ll deal with it.

    I am loving all my Nature Box snacks. I’m having a hard time making them last!!

  4. tapering for a race, recovering from a race, and recovering from injuries are all times i have to take off of running. sometimes it can be frustrating, but i try to view it as a time to dedicate to other stuff like reading, spending time with family, SLEEPING, etc.

  5. Nice job on the final WOD! Taking a break from exercise can be so hard. I had to do so for 3ish months to recover from hypothalmic amenorrhea and near exercise addiction. At first, I battled mentally with it but then after a few weeks found I had so much more time to do other things (not that your experience will be like that, since Baby H will keep you plenty busy, I’m sure). Ultimately, I learned a lot, that rest is really good for our bodies, and mine needed a lot of it to heal and that the world won’t stop spinning if I don’t get my workout in. I’ll be taking another break come August when our little one comes, and she’s a reminder that taking that break a few years ago was more-than-worth it.

    1. I’d pick a weight that would allow you to do the majority of the reps unbroken without stopping to rest, so you can maximize the workout as much as possible! 🙂

  6. You are awesome girlfriend! I love that photo of you and Mal – you are glowing and look beautiful!

    I’ve taken a few extended periods of time off of moderate to higher intensity exercise. First time was when I was trying to get pregnant. That was tough for me, but so worth it. Second time was after I had Hunter, and it wasn’t nearly as challenging for me because I was so focused on Hunter and other things. I didn’t even have a huge desire to workout until about 8 weeks postpartum. We went on lots of walks and such, but nothing crazy! 😉

  7. Way to go on the last workout! I’ve commented a few times recently, but you and I are due a day or two apart and I’ve also been Crossfitting throughout this pregnancy. I am signed up to go through next week, but after going this morning and having my belly keep getting in the way, I think today may have been it for me as well. Our bodies sure do tell us when it’s time to really slow down. We’ll be back at it in no time! Good luck!

    1. I hear ya! Trying to do pistols the other day was what ultimately told me I was done. My belly is just too big! Haha!

  8. I actually had cancer last year which involved chemo – operation – chemo – operation so most of the time I was ‘lucky’ enough to be both physically and mentally exhausted so much so that I didn’t miss the workout but when my mind started clearing from my chemo fog that’s when the cabin fever set in and boy did I wish I could be back in my gym!! I tried to make the most of it by going for as long walks as I could manage. I’m so happy for you guys and it’s so exciting seeing baby Haupert growing! I’m sure most new mums will say to you that a new baby is a whole workout in itself!! Good luck x

  9. I’m so impressed you’ve been working out this far into pregnancy! I think it’s really awesome to be an example and show what is possible.
    I broke 2 toes a few years ago and couldn’t exercise for a few months. Walking was painful.
    I easily filled my time and I’m sure you will too with new baby. Rest up while you can! He’ll arrive in the blink of an eye. XO

  10. I had three c-sections and the time I took off after those was definitely the longest I’ve taken off since I had mono as a teenager!! I found that breastfeeding was so exhausting and made me so hungry that I was okay sitting on my butt for a week or so. I started walking with the baby after a week or two (my doc was fine with that) but didn’t get back into high intensity workouts for about a month. I really think you will be tired and busy enough that that might seem reasonable, even for an exercise addict!

    BTW, so many women I know who have had either (or both!) c-sections and vaginal deliveries found that you pretty much feel beat up for 5-6 days after delivery, and then you magically start to feel like yourself again. You may have heard this already, but I wish I would have known the first time that it is normal to feel awful, but it does NOT last, and when it lifts, it’s like magic.

    Good luck with everything!

  11. so interesting to see how people carry so differently. I guess its because you have stayed so fit and toned everywhere else, but that baby belly is lookin quite large! I laughed out loud at the photo of you doing the deadlift. you are ALL baby belly! tina planet for sure. here’s to a healthy, chubby little baby 🙂

  12. I’ve been lucky to not have to take significant time off from working out, but my mom, who is a cyclist and really fit broke her foot and ankle a few summers ago and had to have metal rods put in them. She had a cast for a few months, then the boot and physical therapy for another 4 months and it was a long time before she could ride her bike again. She just tried to fit in at-home workouts with DVDs that didn’t involve her putting pressure on her foot. I know pregnancy/birth and injury recoveries are different both in time and nature, so I hope you’re able to enjoy Baby H and get back to fitness when you and your body are ready for it! And I hope the colitis doesn’t flare up for you either!

  13. I don’t think you gave the correct weight you lifted… pretty sure you forgot to add the baby/belly weight! Who knows, you might have set a new PR when you factor that in. =)

    I hurt my back once and had to take about 10 days off from fitness. I hated it! I could literally feel my energy and metabolism grinding to a halt!

  14. I cannot believe you were doing all that cross-fit work being pregnant! Seriously, I have no idea how but you are my inspiration! I love it! I have had to take time off from working out due to injuries and it’s tough. My best advice is to find another form of exercise you like and can still do like walking, biking or swimming. That way you are still keeping active and maintaining your fitness.

  15. Like you, I exercised throughout my pregnancy. I went to the gym the day I went into labor and felt great the whole time. However I had a complicated delivery that ended with an unplanned C-section, and that was AFTER my body was pumped full of all kinds of drugs to help move along my labor and then to stop it altogether. So I wasn’t cleared to exercise for 8 weeks! And even then, it took about 3 months before I was able to juggle work, the baby, sleep, etc. well enough to get on any kind of schedule. It’s all totally worth it now, plus I have the cutest little running partner (even if he DOES fall asleep within the first mile every single time).

  16. Yes, I had an overuse injury in my foot once and had to take about five weeks off from the gym. I hated the fact that I was missing my favorite group fitness classes, and it disrupted my routine. However, once I was healthy and ready to go back to working out, I have appreciated my current health so much more… not being physically able is rough. I’m always thankful that I’m fit and healthy enough to move. Enjoy your break!

  17. Yay for going so strong for your entire pregnancy. Now it’s time to rest up for the REAL WOD: LABOR. 🙂
    I’ve been liking lettuce wraps and lighter meals lately, but they always leave me wanting more too. I suppose it’s because it’s so light that it’s more of a ‘snack’….which is why I’m always grabbing something else afterwards or munching. Usually it is on some component I missed from my meal. But hey, who cares as long as you get it all in!

    1. @Mia: oh PLEASE do not call labor a WOD! It is a natural process to bring your child into this world, not to be lessened and compared to a workout.

  18. You look amazing! How great to have been at this long :). Enjoy your last few hours/days/weeks…go out to some dinners and go out for fro yo! It becomes much harder to just get up and go once Baby H makes an appearance. 🙂

  19. My goodness! I really admire your hard work and dedication towards CrossFit during your pregnancy! That’s amazing! I haven’t taken a significant amount of time away from exercise. I always have to be active, even if I’m just walking while running errands instead of driving!

  20. Lately I’ve really been interested in Crossfit. It looks like a great workout. You look great!

    The nature box foods looks so yummy. I think I’ll be getting my own box soon. Plus, I’m always looking for healthy snack alternatives.

  21. Congratulations!!! You are so close its exciting! In all honesty I have never really taken more than 2 weeks off at a time from exercising of any sort. Even with injuries and such I have found a way to stay active. Giving birth is a completely different case though! You def need to take some time off and let that body heal and of course soak up the time with your beautiful baby 🙂

  22. Girl seriously I find this post so amazing!! And I feel so guilty for slacking off when you are out there rockin your workout with that big belly!! lol That baby is gonna be chunky lol You are all baby!! 🙂

  23. Wow! You look awesome and looks like a great last workout! I was unable to workout for most of my first pregnancy because I ended up needing surgery at 12 weeks pregnant. My goal of running through my pregnancy went out the window. I definitely got stir crazy and had to start some serious power walking as soon as I got the green light. It’s definitely hard to take time off when your body craves the workout and the endorphin rush. Good luck with the arrival of Baby H!!!

  24. Way to go with all the workouts while pregnant! I had complications while pregnant and had to be on pelvic rest very early on. Priorities definitely had to switch for me. Postpartum I was more worried about sleep than exercise. Eventually you will get back in a groove. You look great!

  25. Tina you are so inspirational! I didn’t find CrossFit until after my 2nd baby, and I’ve been doing it for 4 months now. We hope to have a third one day, and I will DEFINITELY be looking back on these posts for inspiration. I am so in awe of you.

  26. I agree with Lisa! I really don’t have any excuse not to workout when you are over there cranking out deadlifts and almost ready to pop! Truly inspiring. I hope I can have your motivation when I am preggers one day.

    I’ve had to step away from running for almost 2 years now. I developed chronic patellar tendonitis and I can’t run a mile with a sharp pains in my knees. I used to love signing up for races all the time and it really stinks that I can’t anymore. Hopefully one day! Until then, I just cross train with other types of cardio and will soon be signing up for a century ride to get my fill of a “race” in.

    You look fantastic! Enjoy your much deserved rest!

  27. I took 5 months off from running last winter and went out of my mind until I re-discovered core workouts. I’ve since added pilates, swimming, yoga: who knew. I don’t crossfit but I’ll give kettles a try. Is there a link that explains how to do kettle swings?

  28. You look so great! You are all belly. Little guy must be running out of room! So sorry you’re done at CrossFit for now, but it’s all for a good reason! And I have no doubt your friends will be visiting with you while you’re away!
    I had to take about 9 months off of running due to an injury. Two of those months I was off of exercise completely at the insistance of my PT. I slowly worked my way back and learned to be very patient with my body. It’s definitely a learning curve. At first I was so angry with my body and fought against it. Then I was just sad. It was like going through the five stages of grief because I had lost a part of my life that I loved so dearly and couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thankfully, I am making my way back and every new, small accomplishment feels huge!

  29. That baby belly! I love that you made it so far into your pregnancy still doing CrossFit. You’ll be stronger than ever for labor! 🙂 🙂

  30. I just teared up for you 🙂
    I had a breast reduction in January and ended up having to take over 4 weeks off. I did NOT handle it well and went to my go-to upper, food. More specifically sugar. I am regretting it now, I feel like I have gone back MONTHS AND MONTHS on my training. Thanks for letting us share your journey so far, and I look forward to hearing all about your future adventures!

  31. Oh my gosh, you look so cute! You’re all belly! I’m sure it was a little sad having your last class for awhile, but like you said, you’ll be back for sure.

  32. good for you!

    I crossfitted until 8 days before I gave birth to a healthy baby boy! now back in the box and loving it. It’s funny, people kept telling me to take it easy before labor and I really didn’t want to. Looking back, I’m glad I did!

    Now almost 9 weeks PP and been back at the box for 3…feeling great! You’ll bounce back easily!

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