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Forging Elite Fetuses: Part 1

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Forging Elite Fetuses: Part 1

Coach E$ during her own WOD yesterday, "Erin."

Warm-up: (10 Arm Circles (all directions), 10 Games Style Push-Ups, 25 Double-Unders x2), Rotator Cuff Stretch (30 seconds each), KB to back of socket (1 minute each)

Bench Press: 3-3-3-1-1-1

MetCon – 5 Rounds for Time:
10/5 Strict Chin-Ups
10/5 Strict Ring Dips
Rest 1 minute between rounds

Ladies and gents do I have a treat for you. Coach E$, or as some of you call her E-Mama, has started a little post series on CrossFit and her pregnancy. Therefore, if you know someone who is pregnant and working out or wants to exercise turn them on to her posts.  Or, if you ever have a wife with child or you yourself are preggo then this info will be muy importante to you.

Enjoy…I know I will,
<3 Coach Miss J

Forging an Elite Fetus: Erin’s Journey
1st Trimester

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.  For this particular blog, I’ll be talking about my first trimester only

[months 1-3 and weeks 1-12].  Remember to keep in mind, this is my experience only and every woman has a different experience during their pregnancy.

I was fortunate enough to not get too sick during my first trimester, but extreme exhaustion was a major issue for me.  Not only do I have a full-time job as a Marketing Manager for Dogwood Arts, but I also coach here at CrossFit Ktown and help out at my husband, Ben’s, business, Avanti Savoia.  And, oh yeah, I’m baking a baby in my human belly oven.  I know many of those around me noticed how tired I was, yet despite the fact that I felt like I had narcolepsy, working out always made me feel better… even if it did only keep me alert for the next hour.

Since I didn’t find out I was pregnant until I was 6.5 weeks along [most find out around the three week mark], I continued to work my butt off at the gym.  I set PR’s in those 6.5 weeks [yes, it was the first 6.5 weeks at the new gym… coincidence?  I think not.] I know I wouldn’t have gone for  them if I had known I was pregnant: Super Fight Gone Bad: 237 Rx; 1 RM bench press: 115 lbs.; The Chief: 18 rounds+2 PC Rx; 1 RM OHS: 120 lbs.; McGhee: 13 rounds Rx.

The second I found out I was pregnant, I really got nervous as far as CrossFit goes… I didn’t want to harm the baby in any way, but wasn’t sure how to maintain a healthy, CrossFit lifestyle without causing distress.  You see, most of the information out there insists that you “don’t do this, and don’t do that” when it comes to your pregnancy.  Fortunately my doctor, Dr. Bullen, who works with East Tennessee Women’s Specialists at Mercy West, was super helpful.  He was very encouraging of my active lifestyle, but insisted that I must listen to my body, slow down, do less than half the weight I’m currently doing in o-lifts, take more rests than before, and drink tons of water during my entire workout.  One great hint I read in a CrossFit blog was to sing during each WOD so I would know if my heart rate was too high.  If I couldn’t get out a word, I needed to take a break and slow down.

My personal struggle with CrossFitting during these first several weeks was knowing that I shouldn’t and couldn’t be as competitive as I was before.  I really had a hard time knowing that just a few weeks ago, I was doing it all just a little bit quicker and harder.  Once Ben and I decided to tell everyone [at the end of the first trimester], I felt so much better getting it off my chest as to why I wasn’t working out as hard as I had before… especially as a coach.  I’m still working on that part of this whole experience, but knowing that I’m preparing for pregnancy and labor, not despite it, keeps me motivated every day!

Notice E$ replaces sit-ups with knees-2-chest.

Even though I was eating foods I hadn’t eaten since starting paleo in January, I only gained five pounds in my first trimester which was right on track with my doctor’s weight-gain plan.  I believe a lot of that had to do with continuing to CrossFit during the tough times when all my body wanted to do was sleep, eat, and sleep more.  The only movement I had to give-up were traditional burpees.  Burpees were removed from my workouts slowly as I scaled down to snake-like burpees at first and then gave them up altogether because it got to be wildly uncomfortable and certainly wasn’t good for the babe.

During my fourth month, which we’ll post in the next couple weeks, a few of my favorite movements had to go… and even more have gone since then.  I’ll talk about why I had to give these movements up and my struggles/progress during this blog series of “Forging an Elite Fetus.”  I encourage any questions/thoughts you may have to be posted to this blog, or subsequent blogs, so I can address them.

Singing during my WOD’s forevermore,
Coach E$/ Erin/ Mama

Just like the shirt says...Live Life as Rx'ed.

By | 2017-04-25T14:39:21+00:00 January 5th, 2011|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|14 Comments


  1. Callie January 5, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Aww, great informative post Erin <3

  2. The Food Hound January 5, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Can you be Coach E$ Mama? That could be your hustler/pregnancy name :) Love the info, girl! ESP under the title of Forging An Elite Fetus, ha! You’re an inspiration to everyone!! Can’t wait for the next post!

  3. "G8r" Dave Parmly January 5, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    You really are, literally, “inspiring”. Good stuff, Erin.

  4. rachael the diva January 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    You are fantastic in many ways. Just think…you are going to be SO helpful to all the other soon to be ktown moms. Keep up the great work!

  5. Rachel H January 6, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Love you Erin!! Proud of your hard work! Thanks for also always being there for me at the gym when you could have been sleeping! It means a lot!

  6. Coach G January 6, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Erin, you and the child within are dear to us all. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to the rest of this series. Love ewe!!

  7. "G8r" Dave Parmly January 6, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Reading the Diva’s comment…does she know something that we don’t know RE “all the other soon to be ktown moms”? It has been a particularly cold winter, though…have to follow that data over time.

  8. Rise Up January 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

    WHOA there G8r, lets not get any rumors started. =o)

  9. Erin January 6, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Thanks, guys! I can’t express how much it helps having such a supportive CF family encouraging and supporting me. I do need to note the absolutely amazing series name, “Forging an Elite Fetus,” came from none other than our very own Travis McCroskey.

    Love, E$ Mama

  10. Ashley January 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    ERIN!!! That was so good and very informative! I am so proud of you for keeping this lifestyle up during your pregnancy! You are a TROOPER for sure!!!

  11. Ben January 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I knew she was amazing the first day I laid eyes on her, and she never fails to surpass that amazement everyday. I’m am always in awe of her abilities especially as I see first hand the amazing changes she is going through these last 6 months. Thank you to the entire CFKT family for your out pouring of support and motivation for Erin. She would never say this out loud, but not only is she inspired to continue to work hard in the gym for herself and our little girl, but for you as well. She has always lead by example, and this is no exception.

    Pretending to snatch punk boyfriends as motivation,

  12. Jane January 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Awww…Ben…and Erin…you both are perfect for each other and are going to be wonderful, encouraging, supportive parents to the sweetest little girl.

  13. Lynsay January 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I love it that you’re blogging about your pregnancy! I’ve always wondered what moms-to-be must change about their workouts. I think everyone has to learn to listen to their body – but I think that’s harder than you’d expect! Thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to meet little miss sweetheart Slocum!

  14. "G8r" Dave January 6, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Ben, trust me on this: Your appreciation will only grow. Toughest job on the planet: Mom.

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