The beautiful, empowered, proud new mother Samantha Pease.
Logan and I have had the pleasure of working out with your husband Tommy and more recently you. Y’all seem to have an ambitious and close knit community at Trifecta. Can you tell me about CrossFit Trifecta?
CrossFit Trifecta was started by my husband and I in October of 2011. Tommy started the sport in the summer of 2009 and I followed shortly after. We love the community that CrossFit has brought us, and the family we have built at Trifecta.
So I know you had a baby in the not so distant past. CONGRATULATIONS. Tell me about the little one so everyone knows.
We welcomed Dylan Rose into the world, at home, on November 28th, 2011. She is an amazing eater (like her daddy) with a spicy personality (like her momma).
You mentioned that you continued to exercise during pregnancy. Desribe your training routine. Crossfit only? Or did you mix it up? Did you have a favorite workout?
I continued crossfitting 3-5 times a week (which is what I was doing prior) because it felt good. I was nauseous in the beginning of my pregnancy and working out was actually the only thing that made me feel better throughout the day. Towards the end I had to stop due to an ovarian cyst they found during my pregnancy (bummer).
Did you have favorite relaxation ritual such as yoga, meditation, or walking on the beach?
Definitely loved walks on the beach! Still do… now with Dylan in tow 🙂
What did your diet look like during your pregnancy? Were you more ‘strict’ during those 9 months or was it more difficult to eat clean during pregnancy?
I felt is was definitely more difficult to eat clean during pregnancy, I’m not gonna lie! I did my best but definitely had my moments. I made sure I had my nutrients for the day (for baby and me) and then some 🙂 Everything in moderation, even in pregnancy.
Did you utilize anyone for body work and/or alternative therapies during pregnancy (chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, etc.)?
I did get regular prenatal massages as well as some acupuncture towards the end. I developed carpal tunnel in my wrists during pregnancy and the acupuncture helped a bit.
Much of training CrossFit involves a lifestyle both in and out of the gym. How much would you say a lifestyle that supports vigorous exercise, strong community ties, and a priority in nutrition played a role in the success of your pregnancy?
I believe that the shape that I was in BEFORE my pregnancy (best ever because of CrossFit) as well as the knowledge I have in health and diet were the main reasons I bounced back as quick as I did. I gained 40 POUNDS and was back in my skinny jeans 3 days after giving birth. Mind you they were tight, but I could get them on! I lost 32 pounds within the first 10 days and the rest came of gradually.
It seems like that which helps athlete’s in a workout, for example, would also help a woman in pregnancy. From focusing on the task at hand, to trusting the process and fighting through to the end. In what ways, if any, was giving birth like the mental game that plays out in a WOD?
That is exactly the mentality I had throughout labor. Of course you are in pain, but I was more goal oriented. I did NOT ask for meds. I asked what I needed to DO TO GET THIS BABY OUT! You are used to having a goal during a WOD, whether it be to complete something for time, or complete a certain amount of rounds/reps in a given time. I would ask “ok, seriously how many more pushes?” I didn’t care if the doctor said 246, I just needed a goal!
You also mentioned that you had a home birth. Please do share with the BirthFIT community that experience.
Having a home birth was such an awesome experience for both me and my husband! I felt so empowered and accomplished; doing something I planned on and sticking to it. There is so much fear behind natural childbirth, but this is what we were MADE to do! Maybe ignorance was bliss, but I was so happy that I did it.
What do you feel was your biggest tool of empowerment for your birth.
Knowing that I could do it!
Give me 3 pieces of advice you would give a first time mother.
1. YOU are the mother, therefore, whatever YOU decide to do for YOUR baby is 100% the way to go. Don’t do something because you feel you have to because everyone else is doing it.
2. Give yourself a break. This was difficult for me. I’m a TYPE A personality. Accept the fact that an “immaculate” house simply has a new standard once you have a baby, and that’s okay.
3. Love your body and what it has accomplished. Enjoy being pregnant even when you feel huge. Know that it goes by so fast and you will surprisingly look back at those times and miss them.
4. OH and BREASTFEED!!
Run 200m or Row 250m.
10 scapula push ups
10 hollow rocks
10 kb strict press R
10 kb strict press L
Advanced (44#), Intermediate (26-35#), Beginner (18# or less)
20 KB Snatches R
20 KB Snatches L
15 KB Snatches R
15 KB Snatches L
10 KB Snatches R
10 KB Snatches L
5 KB Snatches R
5 KB Snatches L
This could even be a swim workout using a lighter weight than you would use on land.
Runs can definitely be substituted for the rows.
If you’d prefer not to go overhead, then do KB cleans.