I joined crossfit for my baby boy. Before I was pregnant I remember seeing pictures of a friend who was doing this crazy thing, I had no idea what it was but it seemed bat-s**t-crazy to me! she was insane. I remember saying to my husband to have a look at these weirdo’s, they are so hardcore, can you imaging me doing that, then we had a good laugh.
Then I got pregnant, I had a boy and one day I had a sudden realisation that I didn’t want to be a ‘sideline mum’ I didn’t want to have to sit there and watch him play because I couldn’t run with him or couldn’t bend that low, couldn’t pick him up…. I didn’t want him to be embarrassed by me.
At that point I was dangerously close to 100kg and it was terrifying. Then I remembered my friend, and started looking at her pictures in a new light, maybe I could do it.
I was previously a fond gym membership owner never user, so I made a deal with my husband that I would do a bootcamp and if I went to every single one I could join. I hated it, with every single sore muscle in my body, but I loved it at the same time and I went to every one. I was terrified when I first turned up, but in awe of what everyone was doing, and remember vividly making sure I was 15 mins early to each bootcamp just so I could watch them workout.
The rest is history, I have been with WOF since.
I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, and am working on finding the right balance of lifting and taking care of my joints, this is challenging for me as I have had to scale what I can lift right back. It is going to take time and it means things I would like to have done had to be put on the back burner until I get things sorted. But its not impossible to do crossfit with this.
My favourite WOF memory is when I was having a dinner with two of my crossfit friends and one announced she was pregnant!
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