Before baby, I would run 3-5 days a week and do CrossFit 3 times a week (yes, I would sometimes double up). In order to keep myself sane and fit, I had to learn to get creative in sneaking in workouts throughout the day with my now 3 month old.
What I learned works best for me at home is circuit training or “rounds for time.” I basically look for things I can do with a pair of dumbbells and my own body weight. I also get outside with Frankie and walk whenever it’s nice enough.
Last week, I signed up for a free 30 day challenge by Betty Rocker. Each day I get an email with that day’s workout including a warmup and a link to a video showing the moves. I don’t plan on doing them on consecutive days, just whenever I don’t have CrossFit or some other type of exercise in mind.
On Easter morning, I woke up early to do the CrossFit Open 16.5, a combo of thrusters and over the bar burpees. It took me 17:58, which is not bad considering I just started training with barbells again.
Today I did the “Hot Abs” Betty Rocker workout; instead of doing 3 rounds as suggested, I did 2 before Frankie’s nap and then 2 after:
1 min of air squats
30 sec side bridge w/ hip dip (each side)
30 sec overhead reach (each side)
1 min mountain climbers
30 sec reverse tabletop toe taps (each side)
I could see and feel tighter abs right after just the first 2 rounds. This is 3 months post partum!
After 2 rounds of “Hot Abs”
Check back to see how I do with this new challenge and how I keep juggling motherhood with my active life.
I had back-to-back running days this weekend and loved it. I didn’t get a chance to do my once a week run last weekend so I was glad I was able to get these in.
Saturday I did the same 5K loop I had done the past 2 times and shaved 2 minutes off my previous time (which was 30 minutes). I’m finally starting to feel like my old running self!
I finished the run by doing a few sprints up and down my driveway. And can we just say how cute these leggings are? I got them from my local Athleta store recently.
Later that afternoon, I did another workout:
1 round of
1 power clean (65#)
5 front squats (65#)
20 double unders
3 pull ups
3 toes to bar
Then, rounds 2-4 I did 15 deadlifts instead of the clean/squat movement.
On Sunday, the hubby and I were supposed to go to CrossFit but overslept (thanks, daylight savings time!) so we went on a quick 25-minute run instead. The legs were feeling tired but I managed to make it through without any stopping 🙂
Today is my mom’s birthday, so there will be some indulging and I’ll probably take a rest day.
Sunday marked my official first day back at CrossFit. Although I had been doing home WODs for several weeks already, this was my first time back at the gym, seeing some of my fellow Crossfitters, hearing about some of their recent accomplishments and goals. Many of them are currently doing the Open, with Week 3 coming up tomorrow.
I had hoped that I’d be ready to also be taking part in the competition but I’m allowing myself time to rest and having faith that sooner than later I’ll catch up again.
CrossFit Open 15.5
My first WOD on Sunday was a 12 AMRAP of:
8 Sumo Deadlift High-pulls (55#)
6 Ring rows
4 Over the bar burpees
I finished 7 rounds and started on the 8th, completing the SDHPs, ring rows and 2 of the burpees.
I’m hoping to make it to the gym twice a week but I’ll be happy to at least go on Sundays with my husband while my mom watches the baby.
I finished my Sara Haley challenges on Saturday but hope to continue incorporating some of the movements when I work out at home.