I get a lot of questions from readers about how to design workouts and balance strength training with cardio. Now, I’m receiving more and more questions regarding pregnancy and scaling workouts, especially with CrossFit.
There’s not a ton of information out there. But, thankfully many pregnant bloggers are sharing their personal journeys with fitness & pregnancy. Each one different, but it’s empowering to see so many woman remaining active during this time.
Are you scaling your weight or doing prescribed WOD’s still?
I’m definitely scaling with CrossFit. I had mentioned not changing much the first 15 or so weeks, but now at +20 weeks I can feel a difference. I mean, it’s not like I can hide this belly, can I?
This WOD called for 2 rounds of:
- 60 calories of rowing
- 25 double arm dumb bell snatch
See, the uber fit girl on the left with the red cap? Yeah, that’s the 12th Fittest Woman on Earth, Stacie Tovar. So, she was working out next to me during this WOD, not that I needed to be reminded that my level of fitness is declining or anything!
For the double-arm dumb bell snatch I used a set of 25# dumb bells. I likely could’ve gone with 30# but with 25 reps, I knew my heart would be beating out of my chest! Had I not been pregnant, I would’ve gone for it.
So how long is 60 calories of rowing? We were told to scale to 3 minutes of rowing if we couldn’t get 60 cals done in that time. I had to do that and only got to 45 cals.
I got done in 11:36 just making the 12 minute cut-off. I am more conscious of how hard I’m pushing myself, breaking up the dumb bell snatches to get my breathing under control.
Presently, I’m selective of which WOD’s to do. If I see a 1RM (one rep max) I typically don’t go, because now isn’t the time to PR. There is another member of CFO that is due a few days before me, so we exchange tips as well!
Another resource to check out if you CrossFit and are thinking about getting pregnant, currently pregnant or postpartum is CrossFitMom.com This site provides trimester break downs of exercises in addition to modification/substitutions for growing CrossFit bellies!
What do you tell yourself to push past the discomfort during a workout?!