25 Sep One Strong Momma
|Inside the belly, lil Elizabeth was doing handstand pushups|
Her name is Sara Mauk, we know her as the muscle hamster. Sara attended the very first kettlebell class..EVER. This was back at in January of 2010 when we were at the old place, even before there was a PSKC. In full disclosure, Sara and I have been good friends since our moms did Jazzercise together…old school!
This past Friday Sara and her husband Chris welcomed a beautiful and strong baby girl into the world, Elizabeth Ann. Congratulations you two, she is adorable!
So we’ve established that the Muscle Hamster was an original ass kicker. Don’t believe me? Check out the muscle hamster in action…fast forward to the 45: mark
She was one of the first females at PSKC who could regularly out lift some of the guys. She was the trail blazer and example setter for others to follow…
I still remember when she texted me and told me she was pregnant but we had to keep it a secret until she was ready to tell people. So our cover story was that she strained an abdominal muscle (clever I know). Her biggest concern was that she didn’t want to stop working out. I assured she didn’t have to, we would just have to modify and scale down things and that the intensity level she could ever get close to was 75%. We collaborated on some research and used http://www.crossfitmom.com/ as our guide.
|Hitting up a 5K with the PSKC crew|
Now, before you start freaking out. Sara wasn’t doing burpees, box jumps, or rope climbs. Safety was our number one priority. But we wanted her to maintain her strength especially in the hips and low back region. Admittedly from Sara it was tough to reign herself back in being the competitive person that she is. Additionally, when most fitness professionals would prescribe 20 minutes of “light cardio” we wanted her to continue to hit up the functional movements. Why? From the crossfit mom’s website:
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