I hear from a lot of newer parents that they feel guilty about taking so much time away from their children to workout.  So here are five reasons why it is so important for parents of young children to get their CrossFit on!  Do it for yourself, do it for them.

1.  Arm strength:  The kind of arm strength that can carry a 35lb baby and carseat combo, a 5lb diaper bag, a purse, a 10lb work bag, a bag of toys, a to-go cup of coffee, and lock the door all at the same time without dropping anything or anyone.

2. Endurance: So you can do ten minutes of thrusters with your baby/child just to hear that belly laugh over and over.

3.  Strength and Balance: So you have the leg strength and balance to use the restroom on a plane, while holding your squirming, screaming child during turbulence and not dropping him, knocking yourself out, or falling out of the door with your pants around your ankles.

4.  Confidence:  Hitting a PR in the gym or doing a pull up for the first time in your life builds confidence.  Confidence in your own judgement as a parent is imperative.   One, because you will have a LOT of decisions to make and, two, because every well meaning know-it-all woman in the store will tell you exactly what you should be doing differently.  Trust yourself or at least flex at this lady to intimidate her.

5.  Commitment: How many times have you said right before some seven round burpee bull honkey workout from the devil have you said ‘I”m not doing all those rounds!  I will just do like five and see how I feel.‘?  Then, at round five you decide to finish all seven rounds! Learning to finish what you started and fulfilling your commitment to yourself will help you when you must say NO for the 17th time.  Stick to your guns.

Thursday’s WOD:

Strength:

From 7/25/13:  Back Squat  3reps@85% 1rep@95% 3reps@87.5% 5reps@77.5%  all of your one rep max back squat.  If you did this on 7/25, add 2kg to everything.  If you do not know your 1RM, every set should feel heavy toward the last rep.

Conditioning:

5 Rounds

24 Single leg hops over medicine over ball

12 Overhead stationary lunges using medicine ball

12 Medicine Ball Cleans

*20lbs/14lbs male/female

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8 Comments

Stewie · August 29, 2013 at 12:52 am

This is awesome. Especially #3.

Fawn · August 29, 2013 at 8:19 am

I do not approve of #3, but you knew this! You should NOT be up during turbulence, especially if the seatbelt sign is on! I don’t want to see anybody do burpees with their face against the ceiling of an airplane! 🙂 with that said, a coworker of mine was just injured in turbulence on Monday. From what I could tell she has a nice shiner on her eye and she had to be taken to the hospital. Turbulence is no joke!

ChrissyB · August 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Ahh come on Fawn! You are no fun! LOL!

Megan · August 29, 2013 at 1:11 pm

I love this! Plus, Fawn is just a mean stewardess, so don’t listen to her.

Fawn · August 29, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Just call me buzzkill. : P

    admin · August 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Be sour all you want, but this is a true story! I was on a flight to Florida with Jarrett who was around 14mos old and had to carry him to the tiny bathroom with me. They can’t be trusted on the floor in such a disgusting place, so I held him throughout the incident. Somewhere around my pants being pulled up one handed, turbulence hit! If it weren’t for my remarkable leg strength and balance, that could have been it for Jarrett. Or at least an early swirly for him.

Fawn · August 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Lmao!!! I know it’s terrible but I’m getting the most comical visual. It sounds like something in an awful sitcom. Yes, airplane/lav floors are NO place for kids to be crawling!! Not all flight attendants are so accommodating but most will happily hold children while you do your business, yes, even I do it. And yes, I’ve had my share of squirming, hissy fit throwing, blood curdling screaming tots on my lap so mom or dad could use the toilet. Just don’t make it too long! Ha!!

Stewie · September 2, 2013 at 12:22 am

I would pay one MILLION dollars to see Fawn in full SWA regalia holding someone’s kid. Priceless…

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