Skip to main content

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.


It is Pelvic Organ Prolapse Awareness month. I implore you to educate yourselves! We are a community of trainers, physiotherapists and professionals in the postnatal community offering reliable information and support to all of you! Please visit us at http://maternalgoddess.org/
You can start here: http://maternalgoddess.org/its-easier-to-prepare-than-repair-avoiding-postpartum-pelvic-floor-dysfunction/

Please spread the word.

Comments

  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!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

I don’t have a Diastasis- Why is my abdomen still distended postpartum?

I get asked this question all the time! Here is my answer:
Research has shown that 100% of pregnant women will develop some degree of diastasis recti. A diastasis is a lateral separation in the abdominal wall between the recti or “six pack”, due to a stretching of the midline connective tissue or “linea alba”. Although some diastasis will heal postpartum, in many cases a separation will remain without restorative exercise.
Distention from DR will present as a doming in the midline. Women who heal a diastasis spontaneously or through restorative exercise may still find that their abdomens are distended, particularly after a meal and/or at the end of the day. If there is no diastasis, why is this?
This abdominal distention does not occur in the midline, but rather across the entire abdominal wall. This is due to a weakened hypotonic TVA- transverse abdominis muscle. The TVA is the deepest anterior abdominal muscle, wrapping around the midsection like a girdle, with a left and right side. T…

Step 1- the splint

The Ab Rehab Program has 4 components: SplintingGetting Up and Down CorrectlyTargeted Abdominal ExercisesEngaging the transverse all day, every day So now that I am onboard I start wearing my splint every day. It takes a bit of getting used to. Unlike a standard postpartum compression garment, the splint crosses across the front and is designed to approximate the rectus abdominus muscles, making the exercises more effective and speed the healing- much like you would cast a broken arm to keep the bones in place. There is a specific manner in which to put on the splint; it is taught by the trainer. The splint is best work over a light undergarment such as a tank-top, to prevent it from "riding up" or bunching. Because I am nursing this is extremely impractical, so I opt for my maternity belly band underneath it instead. It really doesn't end up being too bulky. I am able to wear it all day, even when running!


In addition to approximating the muscles, the splint helps me to ke…

Challenges and Strategies with Bodybuilding

It's been 4 months of a solid push 1-2x week in the gym weights to max with my buddy. A few weeks ago I wrote this blog post on the challenges of recovering from the workouts. I am doing my best to keep up with demands of calories and rest to support this program. I am not suffering the extreme symptoms as I was a few weeks ago, although the post workout fatigue on the following day is pretty noticeable.


I have noticed some tendon soreness post workout. My elbows feel as if they have been struck- tender to the touch. I mentioned it to a body building client of mine and she suggested wrapping to provide support as the tendons strengthen with the muscle growth. The only way to make these big improvements is to push the envelope, but I want to train smart, as always! Here is my gimpy exhibition in the gym- wrapped and pushing hard.

I've been able to max at 100lbs once. 90lbs is my new consistent max, with increasing ROM. I tend to cheat to get the reps, and form nazi that I am …