For 18 weeks, I’ve put out a weekly blog series on modifications for CrossFit workouts for pregnant and postpartum athletes. I think I’ve covered most every movement that pops up, explaining my reasoning behind my recommendations. At this time I feel that I have exhausted the series- there’s not much new to come up with, without going in depth. And honestly, it depends and varies for every athlete. If you do have questions regarding movements and training during these chapters, reach out to myself and any of the other
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For women navigating , exercise can feel like a deep, dark ocean of chaos. Schools of thought are like schools of fish, yanking us in different directions, and symptoms can feel as ominous as looming sharks. It can feel as if we’re aimlessly swimming, being pulled by tides over which we have no control.
And that’s, perhaps, the most unsettling part: there are many factors beyond our control, and variables and directions we don’t yet understand. For many of these, we will likely never get a definitive answer because the questions we ask are so individual.
“How much conscious pelvic floor engagement does one need (to lift, jump, run), and does that effort change over time?”
“How do we know we’re appropriately meeting the ?”
“How much supplemental pelvic floor exercise do you need, and does that prescription change as you do? In what ways?”
Well, “it depends,” right? We can do the best we can with generalized responses, but ultimately, the person in fear that her organs will descend further or that she’ll leak when she laughs is not looking for rules - she’s looking to trust.
The inability to trust oneself is one of the most resonant themes I hear in working with women with PFD. I believe that to help someone learn to trust themselves again has to be one of the main goals of every practitioner/coach.
I believe that trust is, in part, a response to awarenesses (not hypervigilance!). Awareness is the understanding of one’s internal and external cues. It’s the recognition of one’s breathing/positional/tension/p