When did you first come to CrossFit NOLA?
I think it was March of 2011. I went to a couple classes at the very first location on Joliet before you guys moved to the location on Burthe.
How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first experience/WOD?
I first heard about Crossfit from my brother who started doing it in St. Louis. He described what he did, and I pretty much told him he was nuts. A few months later, I was so bored with the usual gym stuff I googled Crossfit in my area where we lived in Illinois, and a gym was just opening up. That was January of 2009.
The first WOD I ever did was a 7 min AMRAP of 7 burpees and 7 squats. It wasn't fun then, and still isn't very fun now.
When are you due? This is not your first time to do crossfit during a pregnancy. Can you tell us about your experience doing crossfit while pregnant?
I'm due April 1 with my second child. I did Crossfit all the way through my first pregnancy. My last WOD was 3 days before I went into labor. I went on a 5 mile walk the day my water broke, and only because it was the end of July and I thought it was probably too hot to WOD. In my first trimester, I felt like Crossfit helped me through the slight nausea I had, and in my third trimester, I felt like it helped prepare me for labor. I gained a normal amount of weight, had no issues with gestational diabetes or preeclampsia, and lost all of my baby weight quickly, all of which I attribute to good nutrition and Crossfit.
How has Crossfit helped you with your second pregnancy?
Crossfit has helped me keep my sanity during this second pregnancy :). Being pregnant with an active 2 year old is rough, and I've really used Crossfit as my outlet to de-stress. Along with that, I feel like the days I get to the gym, I actually have way more energy through the rest of the day. As long as I'm able, I plan to do Crossfit all the way through this pregnancy too.
What advice would you give to other expecting mothers?
I guess I would say to not use pregnancy as an excuse to become complacent. It can be really easy to let your nutrition go and stop exercising and say, oh it's ok I'm pregnant. In all reality, this is when you should be focusing on nutrition and trying to lead a healthy lifestyle. It's ok to indulge and have your cheat days (trust me, I'm not perfect), but don't let it become a habit just because you're going to gain weight anyways. Keep moving!! You don't have to Crossfit, but it's fantastic to try and do something. Anything that gets you moving! Even walking is great and will make you feel good, and ANYONE can walk. Not only is exercising good for the mother, but it is amazing for the health and well being of the baby too.
How many days do you crossfit? 3
What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
Nothing specific, but just the progression of where I started to where I am today with my fitness and strength. I started out not being able to jump rope and had to use the black band for pull-ups. Even with 19 lbs on my 5'3'' frame so far in this pregnancy, I'm still rocking double unders and am able to kip my pull-ups.
After a hard workout, what is your favorite meal?
Lately, usually just some jerky, an apple and some nuts. I'm slightly obsessed with the coconut paleo kit.
On a Saturday night, where could we typically find you?
On the couch with my husband, being lazy.
What is one goal that you are currently working on that you will accomplish before the end of 2014?
Currently, I can't really be working on any goals. After I have the baby though, my goal is to lose the baby weight, and........I'll get back to you on that :). One thing at a time.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Out of all the Crossfit gyms I've been a member at (in Illinois, Louisiana, and Florida), Crossfit Nola's facilities and coaching are top notch. I'm so happy to have found them, and be part of the 'family'. Thanks to all the coaches that have helped me on my fitness journey, despite the 'obstacles' I've thrown their way. :)
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