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Women's Crossfit= dysfunctional training?

I was absolutely mortified to see this video on facebook yesterday; it literally makes me sick to my stomach: Crossfit- do you pee when you workout?

I seriously cannot shake this off. I am rattled to the core.

I wrote this on the Crossfit Facebook page and also emailed it to CrossFit Toronto:

Stress incontinence is no laughing matter and what these women are doing is wrong. The pelvic floor is a muscle which supports the organs in your body and when it is not functioning it is no longer supporting exercise, and possible meaningful everyday activities. These women train HARD! Why are they not training their pelvic floors in the face of such obvious dysfunction? Would you train through an injured bicep that could no longer support the weight of your arm? This is madness.

Are you aware what will likely be next to start falling? Poo. Really funny! Then next? Your pelvic organs- think bladder, intestines, uterus. Your body is showing you it is no longer supporting you. Listen to it! When your organs prolapse in 20 years it will not amuse you!

It is an affront to then equate this dysfunction with “working harder than everyone else” and coin it with a cute pet name. I implore you all to please recognize that this is NOT normal! This is serious business.

I am a high intensity personal trainer who does plyometrics, runs half marathons, and trains hard. I do not pee. I do not pee! I have 2 children and I do not pee myself! Have I suffered stress incontinence postnatally? Yes. I trained to rehabilitate my pelvic floor and now I don’t pee during exercise. At all. Ever.

Urination should result in disqualification. You are watching an athlete injure themselves. Seeing a urine soaked podium makes me want to cry. How can you all be laughing it off? My clients, my colleagues- we are all appalled. If a client tells me they leak when they run we stop running and strengthen the pelvic floor to support the sport. Then we return to it. It’s simply functional training.

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  1. Thank you for posting this! Had I just watch the video and not read your article, I'd have thought "well, my workouts must not be intensive enough, since I've never peed during a workout" (I haven't had any children yet). They make it sounds so normal in their crazy little world!


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