Today’s guest blog post is from founding CFU member Danielle Reidenbach. She’s been with us since DAY ONE, from Airport Road to William Penn Way. We’ve seen her get married, we’ve seen her never take a rest day, and we’ve seen her little family grow with the addition of Bennett this past December. Take a read on her CrossFit journey, and how she maneuvered pregnancy.
I’m not sure if anyone can really prepare you for life after baby. One thing I’ve noticed though, your friends and family can definitely help you out along the way and pretty soon you figure it out.
CrossFit after baby, that’s a pretty similar story. Nothing could have prepared me for the changes my body was going to make, the feelings and emotions that would be running through my head, or how I would need to attack my workouts everyday. Watching the badass moms at the gym helped me get ideas and see what was coming, but as I moved through my terms, I learned more and more each day. With Bennett 5 months old now, I’ve been slowly able to make it back into the box, easing back into workouts, and continuing to figure out how to maneuver at CrossFit after baby.
1. CrossFit teaches you determination. Before pregnancy, I was that CrossFit Member that was at the gym everyday for as long as I possibly could be. (I even was voted “Most Likely To Skip Rest Day” at our Holiday Party one year.) The years I spent over the bar, on the rig and next to the strongest people I know taught me one thing, determination. That determination follows you throughout your life. I watched it follow me into my pregnancy as well, and even after baby. The determination and strength that I learned in the gym has actually evolved into determination and strength at being a mom. I find myself truly wanting to work harder to give Bennett a great life. My husband and I stay as active as possible, and we know that these habits are created young, and those little eyes are always watching.
2.You’ll have to scale, and everything is scalable. It’s inevitable, your belly is going to get bigger, you’ll find yourself coming around it to lift. Heavier weights are going to get harder and when you’re running, you’ll be slowing down. Even after baby, you’re going to have to scale. I’ve felt that sometimes it feels like I’m even starting over again. I know my determination, once I am fully healed, will get me back to where I want to be within the sport again. And I’m really excited to have Bennett join me in the gym, so I can start building great healthy habits for him as well.
3. Listen to your coaches, they are there to help. There were some days when I was pregnant (and even now!), when I took a look at the workout for the next day and I thought to myself “there’s no way I could scale that!” I’d go to the gym anyways hoping for the best and the coaches always had a movement I could do instead. Our coaches at CrossFit Uncompromised get it. They truly care about your health and wellbeing and will come up with a way to help me scale a workout, no matter what it needs to be.
CrossFit is a life changer. Seriously! Before you laugh, I mean that. It teaches you more about yourself and skills, physically & mentally that you can learn at the gym and continue throughout the rest of your life (even as a new mommy).