The CrossFit Open 22.2 for the Pregnant & Postpartum Athlete

On to week 2 of the CrossFit Open! Here is the workout:

10 min. time cap

1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps

deadlift

bar-facing burpees



Before diving into strategies for 22.2, I want to remind you of a few important things during this chapter:

  • Athlete brain is real, especially during a competitive time like the Open. The Open puts most athletes in a different mindset to allow them to push harder and faster than they normally would. Before going there, think about your current AND long term goals, way beyond pregnancy or trying to prove something early on postpartum.

  • Pregnancy is not forever, but postpartum is. Just because you can do something right now, it doesn't necessarily mean you should.

  • Pregnancy and postpartum is a really great time to hone in on your movement strategies, as well as to build and maintain a solid foundation for your core and pelvic floor. This is to help set you up as best as you can for long term health, strength, function, and performance.

  • This is not the most appropriate time to PR a workout or hit a new max.

  • Think about the risk vs. the reward of doing each movement and whether or not it will serve your long term goals.


Now, on to the workout for pregnant and postpartum athletes. Couplets like this can be really fun (and easy to remember what’s next-ha!), but just because it’s simple, don’t underestimate it-it's pretty high volume!


Remember that you can rest if you need it and try to maintain a good breathing strategy through the movements.



This is just ONE option on how you can adjust this workout to fit what you need:

10 min. time cap (MOVE FOR QUALITY vs against the clock)

1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps

sumo deadlift

incline burpees



Sumo deadlift: Breathe! Try to stack the ribs over the hips at the top of the rep and you don't need a massive (or any) butt squeeze at the top of the rep. Choose a weight that you can move well without losing good technique. The sumo position can allow more room for a baby bump, so if it's not getting in your way (or you are postpartum), you can also do regular deadlifts, dumbbells, kettlebells, etc.-choose whichever variation feels best for you!

I would not suggest maxing out (or getting close) during pregnancy and postpartum as the risks of injury and stress on your core and pelvic floor are not worth it.

*If you are postpartum and have progressed back to most CrossFit movements and increased loads and are wondering if wearing a weight belt would be appropriate, check out THIS BLOG for more on weightlifting belts and considerations to take.



Incline burpees: Breathe throughout each rep. Adjust the incline and range of motion that you are working through as needed.

*Due to the high impact and body positioning for burpees, they tend to put more pressure into the linea alba and the pelvic floor (e.g. coning of the abdomen, pain, leaking, and/or heaviness in the pelvic region), and they just don't feel good once that baby bump is present.

Read more on burpees in pregnancy in THIS BLOG.


If you experience any of the following symptoms (even if just a little bit), it may be time to make an adjustment, switch to another exercise, or consult with your OB, pelvic floor physical therapist or coach:

  • Coning or doming along the midline of the abdomen

  • Pulling sensations in the abdomen

  • ANY amount of unintentional leaking (urine or feces)

  • Pelvic pain or pressure

  • Heaviness or a bulge feeling in the vagina

  • Pain during or after exercise (back, hips, pelvic, belly)

  • Fatigue, exhaustion, or excessive soreness-this is likely a sign you need to back off a bit

  • Spotting or bleeding

Other things to be mindful of (as they may not be the most appropriate during pregnancy and postpartum):


  • Holding your breath

  • Working to complete failure/exhaustion

These are all ways you can learn to “listen to your body”.



How each exercise should be adjusted for each individual is going to vary greatly based on their experiences, and it’s one way I help my clients navigate exercise during this chapter.


Being intentional about what is most appropriate for you and your body can help you maintain activity, without pain or symptoms, and help with recovery postpartum. Remember that this won’t be forever, just for now and it can really help set you up long term!



Want more info on how you can navigate symptoms, exercise, and your journey? Fill out THIS FORM to schedule a FREE call with me to discuss how you can get better guidance with exercise and managing symptoms in pregnancy!


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