ELISABETH GELLINGS
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ELISABETH GELLINGS

Why I started CrossFit:

I was incredibly bored with going to the gym. I dreaded lifting weights because it wasn’t fun for me. I could talk myself out of a workout so fast. My husband introduced me to Crossfit 4 years ago and I instantly fell in love. It fulfilled every aspect I needed to stay engaged especially having such a competitive background. I played competitive soccer all my life and needed something to keep me interested.

My goal in CrossFitting while pregnant is/was?

My goal was to maintain my strength and flexibility. I wanted to make sure when I was able to return that I didn’t have a huge mountain to climb. I basically didn’t want to have to start over. My first pregnancy I didn’t exercise much at all. I ran until I was 6 months pregnant. That’s when it became too uncomfortable.  When I joined CFB I hadn’t worked out in almost 7 months. I remember being so out of shape and I was miserable. I told myself this time around I was not going to feel that again.

I also wanted to have the energy to keep up with my 1 year old son. And being a stay at home mom getting to CFB 5 days a week was my sanity!

Since doing CrossFit while pregnant, I’ve learned:

I learned that your body is capable of doing a lot more than you think.  Not only did I maintain my strength I actually became stronger during my second trimester. It wasn’t until the end of my third trimester that I began to lower the weight.  I found myself being able to keep up with the class and I even PR’d on Elizabeth!

Biggest CrossFit and pregnant challenge I’ve faced:

The biggest challenge for me was listening to my body. I’m extremely competitive with myself and I realized quickly that my motto now had to be “just get through it.”  Working out for that one hour was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done next to labor. The idea of quitting while doing a WOD always passed through my mind at some point. But I was able to push passed it because when it was over it was the best I’ve ever felt.

Best CrossFit and pregnant secret or tip that I’ve discovered:

Have fun.

What did others say to you about doing CrossFit while pregnant? What was your response to any criticism?

I never received any criticism, but I did unfortunately happen to be on the other end of a lot of judgmental looks.  The positive part is there were a lot of people who were curious on whether or not it was ok to be working out. So I took those moments to educate those who cared to ask that working out is the best thing you can do for yourself while pregnant. I had knowledgeable coaches and a few friends that have done it before so I was confident the entire time. And if I had any doubts or questions the CFB Coaches knew the answer.

How much time did you take off before you started back at CrossFit:

I took the recommended 6 weeks. My mind was ready in 1 week but I wanted to be completely ready so there are no injuries.

Do you follow a particular eating lifestyle:

During my pregnancy I never used it as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted. I continued to eat healthy and drank plenty of water. I was able to curb most of the “cravings” with good snacks. However, I did indulge in a few chocolate chip cookies here and there!

Greatest CrossFit accomplishment:

I never stopped. I continued to go 5 days a week throughout my entire pregnancy until the very end when I dropped down to 4 days. And I never gave up during the WOD no matter how hard it was.

Favorite WOD:

Fran or anything with running.

CrossFit games athlete crush:

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet. I think she is awesome!

When I’m not in the box, you can find me:

Playing indoor soccer.