To understand this better, I need to back up a bit.  I was introduced to CrossFit in 2009 by some colleagues in the Texas Army National Guard at Camp Mabry in Austin.  I was instantly hooked, but didn’t really drink the Kool-Aid until 2010.  After altering my diet from a sprouting vegan to paleo, then zone-paleo, then adding TONS of supplements, my effort in the gym finally started showing progress.  My lifts were getting stronger, my body was faster and meaner, and I was a woman on fire.  By spring 2012, I was on the CrossFit Cedar Park team for the South Central Regionals, and we did really well (came in 5th overall).  A few days before Regionals, I found out I was pregnant.  After the competition, I slowed way down in the gym and even took a pregnancy-induced break.  One month after the baby was born, I was back on the barbell.  I wanted to be a post-baby success story and show that women can come back stronger after birth.  I did manage to get my strength up pretty quick, but with everything else going on in my life, my body couldn’t take the intensity of CrossFit the way it had previously.  After many months of altering and modifying, I made the command decision to take an extended break from CrossFit: this time for me.  So, from November 2014 until a few weeks ago, I put my gym membership on hold and focused on more restorative work.  I mostly did yoga, a small amount of light and strict work with weights, and a touch of jogging.

 

Here’s one of my latest Instagram pics demonstrating that crazy flexibility

 

After spending the past month and a half focusing on yoga and restorative work, I have returned to the gym.  Similar to the post-partum, my body has changed yet again.  My body, mostly in my hamstrings and psoas, is much more flexible.  When returning to training and Olympic lifting, flexibility without the strength to support it can be dangerous.  I did some moderate weight back squats my first week.  My lower back hurt for awhile.  

Because I don’t want to break myself, I sought out a specialist in this field.  I need someone to re-introduce my body to the demands of Olympic lifts and strength training.  That’s why I’m working with Aaron Davis from Train Adapt Evolve (co-located with CrossFit Austin). Once again, I am back at the beginning.  Just because I’m flexible doesn’t mean that my body is in better alignment.  Aaron has been working with me on breathing techniques, proper muscle activation and posture under weight, and form on Olympic lifts.  What we are doing is not the sexy stuff people post on Instagram.  It’s almost like physical therapy with a little fun at the end.  I even get to do exercises on my own to get my hammies to fire up on their own.  It’s all progress, and I’m excited to share the results in a few months.  

 

My first day back in the gym… needing some coaching on form for sure!    

 

Here’s to new PRs!

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