It depends- there’s no one size fits all approach.

If you’ve been pregnant or are postpartum you’ve probably seen the Facebook ads for “X” approach that guarantees to heal a diastasis or help moms get abs or lose all the baby weight in 2 weeks. Ridiculous. Nothing works for everyone.

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#WorkoutWednesday - 1RM testing

I decided to take a little different approach with this week's post. We've been maxing out last week and this week at our gym, and thought that may be a good post for the blog.

Maxing out during pregnancy

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The 4th Trimester

Have you heard of it? The 4th trimester? It's the one that no one talks about.

It's hormones crashing. It's struggling to breastfeed. It's wondering what the heck happened to my body. You start googling things at 2am because you're up with the baby anyways.

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#WorkoutWednesday - Week 10 #MMMomWOD

Welcome to week 10!

Little misnomer, you don’t need to have a perfect substitute for a movement, even though that’s what I generally give you. If it’s a workout with majority lower body, you could substitute something upper body or cardio in instead. It’s about moving!

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Diastasis Recti & Coning - What you need to know

Someone commented on a post I made earlier this week on Instagram asking about coning and why it was such a big deal. Honestly, it's a good question because I think there's a lot of messaging out there to avoid coning, but explanations are not really given. Just giving it a quick Google, I see lots of articles on preventing and treating a diastasis - but no explanation as to what's going on. I've had a draft of this blog post in the works for months but never had the time/motivation to finish it until now.

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#WorkoutWednesday - Week 9 #MMMomWOD

Can't believe we're on week 9 of this series & the summer is almost over! Has there been anything you've seen so far that you have questions about? Are there any movements/specifics you're looking for that I haven't gone over yet?

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Taking the extra rest day.

Most people who like to workout have athlete brain to some extent. Athlete brain can help us power through tough workouts and muscle soreness, but it can also put us at risk of injury. 

If if you’ve scrolled far enough back in this blog, you’ll find my story of chronic back pain and injury. Part of why my injury became chronic pain was that my symptoms weren’t bad enough to stop me from continuing to train. I didn’t feel any “sharp pains”, more just of an “ache”. So I pushed and continued to train and even compete for 6 months without a change in my symptoms. 

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#WorkoutWednesday - Week 8 #MMMomWOD

Here's to another week of programming, working out, training or movement. Has there been anything you've seen so far that you have questions about? Are there any movements/specifics you're looking for that I haven't gone over yet?

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Why listening to my body wasn't enough.

I’ve been at a physical therapy course all weekend for pregnant and postpartum women. It’s been a great course and I’m excited to not only use the knowledge in my practice, but also connect the dots for the followers on social media.

Before becoming pregnant, I didn’t have much knowledge of training during pregnancy, despite my background as a PT and CrossFitting for quite a few years. I was told many different things by those around me, healthcare providers and the internet/apps. Some said to not let my heart rate get over a certain number. The most common theme was continue doing what I had previously done and just listen to my body. Besides that, there was no guidelines. CrossFit had put out a two page sheet on recommendations for scaling/modifications for specific movements, and that was the extent of resources I found/had.

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#WorkoutWednesday - Week 7 #MMMomWOD

Here's to another week of programming, working out, training or movement. Whichever best applies to you, I hope you find this series helpful.

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