“So when can I go back to CrossFit?”
That was the question I asked my pelvic health physiotherapist within the first 5 minutes of our very first appointment together (back before I was a certified pre- and postnatal fitness specialist and knew better. Thank goodness my doctor suggested I go!).
I was so stuck in the mindset of bouncing back and getting back into my pre-baby workouts that I wasn’t fully comprehending that the reason I was in pelvic floor physio in the first place was because my body wasn’t ready for a short run around the block, let alone a 100+lb barbell back squat.
I get it.
You so badly want to feel like yourself again.
You want to step back into that gym and lift those weights, do those pushups, get those abs.
But the problem is that you may think you’re ready, but you actually may not be.
If you answer yes to any of these questions – yep, even just one measly question – that could be a “Woah Nelly!” sign that you’re dealing with…
- Some core or pelvic floor dysfunction
- Your alignment or breathing strategies aren’t as awesome as we’d like
- Or your body simply needs more rest and recovery before we ask it to do 100 squats with a 15+lb baby strapped to your chest (especially after all those pushups).
So get honest with yourself and take a real good look at how ready your body (and mind) actually is (or maybe isn’t) for that hardcore workout class.
Whether it’s Mommy Bootcamp, CrossFit, running, heavy weightlifting, or another heart racer of choice, this is how you’ll know whether you’re truly ready for it.