I’ve been getting a lot of questions about working out lately, so I thought I’d document what the current routine looks like for me, both in answer and also so I can look back in three weeks and laugh about how great everything felt as I fall ass first into the rapidly expanding dent on my couch.
21 Overhead squat 95/65
15 Overhead squat
9 Overhead squat
Woke up to this crossfit workout:
Hang Power Cleans
WOD - 10-9-8-7-6
KB Swings 53/35#
* Run 200m after every round
Yes, PLEASE. This type of thing has become my favorite type of pregnancy crossfit: some dedicated lifting with a short little workout after. Kettlebell swings are still comfortable for me to do, and for the strength stuff I tend to go about 70-80% less than I would normally do.
I also had my pre-natal yoga series Tuesday night (birthday present from Mike!) , which is great because it it’s enforced stretching, which I need, and also because it’s a community of women all in similar states of pregnancy, which I ALSO need, but is gentle enough that I’m not sure I consider it a workout.
50 Med Ball Toss 10/9’ @ 20/14#
1 Mile Run
Dude, whatever. I hit the trails again with the dog. (If Crossfit looks like a mostly cardio day, I’d just as soon run in the woods, ya know?)
Alarm (and by alarm I mean DOG) went off at the usual 4:30am and I didn’t even bother checking the crossfit workout. I was TIRED, yo. Fed the pooch (he has no snooze feature so it’s best to just feed him and go on with life) and went back to sleep. Got up around 7am, took him for a short walk in the hood, dragged myself to work. Walked the dog again after work and then hit the neighborhood pool for a 1500 meter swim (3 x 500 of slow and steady). Swimming, for all it’s incredible ass pain w/r/t logistics, is truly awesome in its ability to make me feel AMAZING. Was so, so tired most of Thursday but then felt great post-swim. This, by the way, is a lesson I relearn after EVERY SINGLE SWIM, and only after torturing myself with 30 minutes of “ugh, I don’t wanna GOOO” even though I’ve been a swimmer for years.
20 Deadlift 135/95#
10 HSPU (Hand stand push ups)
*Rest 1 minute”
15 Shoulder to Overhead 135/95#
45 Double Unders (100 Singles)
*Rest 2 minutes*
10 Front Squats 135/95#
2 Rope Climbs
Ok, so this is a good crossfit workout for pregnancy, but requires a handful of modification. I dropped the weight on the lifts, obviously – down to 65lbs from 95lbs. My handstand push-ups were more “go into a handstand and flex your elbows” and less “actually lower your head to the ground” (this was for SAFETY and also I can’t actually do a handstand push up. But mostly safety, OKAY?). Also skipped the rope climbs, opting instead to do 10 pull-ups for each round.
Took around 20 minutes and was hard, but not exhausting. I did not feel spent or wiped out at the end, which was my goal – I’m not trying to do these workouts as quickly as possible, but more just get through the movements. In retrospect I could have maybe gone up in weight a bit, for a ‘better’ workout, but I think that’s how I’m ‘suppose’ to feel to know I’m scaling them correctly.
Anyhoo. That is This Week in Pregnant Working Out. Mike and Sammy get home Sunday ( in case you’re curious, I’m like 80% on checking the mail everyday WHAT WHAT), and I expect as a consequence I’ll have less motivation to go to bed early enough to have enough energy for a daily morning workout, but we’ll see. I hope I’m able to sustain most of the schedule, for as long as I can, see above re things that make me happy, working out.