It’s a question I have been asked a few times…does the pregnancy make you stronger? Does is make you faster?
I have mulled this over in my mind a lot over the last few weeks and I think I have an answer.
No it doesn’t make me stronger but it does mean I am more in tune with my body and have found that all the changes to my body have meant I have become more efficient at using my body.
To explain that a bit further.
My mid-section has quite obviously changed beyond recognition I don’t have the same mid-line stability as I did before, which is when I have to start making the way I brace really count. I need to make sure that I can call on the rest of my body and ask it to work that bit harder to make sure I am safe.
As for the pregnancy making me faster..well some days I am on form and others I am sluggish and tired. I am just really glad I can keep up some kind of routine.
I wrote this post on my site way back in August 2011 a couple of months before having Snoop.
Now a year late I want to add to this as Andrew asked me a very similar question………
“Sally to get stronger do you need to get up the duff?”
We all know Andrew is far from tactful at times but he had a very good point to his crud question.
Before I had Snoop I had a very ropey pull up, zero ring dips and even worse double unders…………
1 Year on and I have 6 solid pull ups, my first ring dip and though still hard work I can bang out some double unders.
For anyone looking from a distance baby = stronger.
I can assure you though that the reality is very different.
So what has made the difference………….
My time in the gym is limited. I need to make every session count as I now don’t have the luxuary of training as and when I want.
I have made a Hit List. This is a list of skills I want to master. Having them written down means they stay at the fore front of training sessions, which in turn makes my use of training time more efficent.
I keep a detailed training book with all my sessions and weights recorded. Although I used this before I was a bit sloppy at note keeping.
Doing it strict – I have made a vow to train in the strictest possible way. I don’t really care about the fastest time at this point. My concern is getting it done with good form and without having to use thick band support.
Paleo – In January I tried 30 days of strict paleo eating. In the begining it wasn’t so easy, not just because of my own excuses but because my husband is a pasta lover! Slowly I made changes to my kitchen cupboards and my cookbooks. I have founds ways of adapting old recipes and worked out how I am going to be paleo while eating out.
I have to say its getting a lot easier to stay strict pretty much most of the time. And what is the pay off from this change over. I feel better in myself, less bloated and tired and of course the gains in strength speak for them-self. What can I say I am a total convert!!!
So back to the question at hand….
Do you need to get up the duff to get stronger?? ……..No but getting organised and focused goes a long way.
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Sally Dixey is a Crossfit London Personal Trainer in Bethnal Green