Warm-up: 20 Sit-Ups, 10 1-Arm KB OHS (35/20lbs), 10 Snatch High Pulls (45/25lbs), 10 Muscle Snatches (45/25lbs)
Box Squat: 3×3
MetCon – For Rounds:
Death by Clean and Jerk (60% 1RM)
(Perform 1 C&J on the first minute, 2 C&Js on the second minute, 3 on the third, etc. until failure to complete prescribed number of C&Js in that minute.)
Finisher: LAX Ball in Hip and Back
Good news for you all, we have another installment by Coach E$ about her pregnancy, CrossFit, and all other things. Here we go…
Forging an Elite Fetus: Erin’s Journey
Ah, the sweet challenge of a new human being entering your CrossFit lifestyle. As everyone knows, I’m pregnant and due to have a sweet little miss on or around May 15. Many of you have asked questions, guys and girls alike, about how exactly this whole CrossFit thing works while you’re pregnant. Well, I’m here to hopefully shed some light on being a preggo CrossFitter. Remember to keep in mind, this is my experience only and every woman has a different experience during their pregnancy.
Weeks 13-16 of pregnancy make up the fourth month
Eliminated movements during my fourth month consisted of anything that puts me on my back or on my stomach during the movement – bench press, bottom half of the turkish getup, back extensions, sit ups, etc. I can’t be on my stomach for obvious reasons, but not being on my back was new to me. I asked my doctor and he informed me that when I was on my back, my uterus presses on the vein that sends blood from my lower body to my heart… so, lying on my back could interfere with the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta and babe which could cause both of us to pass out. No more convincing needed after that explanation! I have to say, I hated giving up sit-ups but I scaled to toes-to-bar which was fine with me; the more ab work, the better!
And, my far-increased need for bathroom breaks. I can’t tell you how frustrating it was to suddenly have to go to the bathroom every five minutes at the gym. I worked really hard at holding it, but still had to make a run for it every 15 minutes, or so… unless there was jump rope, running, deadlifts, toes-to-bar, or squats involved – then I couldn’t help it! So, forgive me ladies if you went to the bathroom and found no TP… I plan on restocking CFKT soon.
In addition to a few struggles, I had some great CrossFit moments in the fourth month, too. This month was a big turnaround for me as I was feeling so much better and really getting comfortable in my own expanding skin at the gym! Because I felt like I was really getting the hang of what my body wanted and needed, I was able to push myself and do many of the WOD’s Rx, something I was a bit scared of doing in the first trimester. I also got a lot of my energy back, and I continued to stay on track with my doctor’s weight-gain plan.
I want to extend a sincere thank you to those of you who have been asking about the pregnancy and how I’m feeling. I know it’s foreign territory to most of us, but it means the world to me to know my CFKT family is thinking about me during this awesome life-changing time. Now I just can’t wait until it’s you or your wife’s turn to have a sweet little babe! The programming will be awesome. ;c)
Coach E$/ Erin/ Mama