Key Considerations for Coaching Pregnant & Postpartum Athletes

November 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Coaches act as the first line of defense for the people they influence. A good coach knows that what we do and how we do it extends FAR beyond exercises and a kick-ass training session. What makes us good at what we do is our ability to connect, observe and be creative with context. Anyone …

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MY STORY

November 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

I grew up in a small town in Southern California, raised by my single mom and sister, until my mom remarried in my teenage years. I was involved in swimming and water polo for most of my childhood and continued with water polo through college at a Division 1 University. I graduated with my degree …

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Your First 6 Weeks Postpartum: 6 movements + guidance for the postpartum athlete

October 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

*This guidance is NOT medical advice and all pregnancies, birth methods and recoveries vary by individual and experience. It is highly suggested to prioritize rest above stress. For at least the first six weeks postpartum, keep activity levels low to moderate and know that less is more right now even if it seems counterintuitive. WHEN …

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The 5 P’s: Preconception, Pregnancy, Postpartum, Pelvic Health, Performance

August 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

When it comes to preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, performance and pelvic health, there’s a lot of extreme OR generic info. I like to hang out in the middle, connecting all the considerations for a variety of individuals. Yes, we can make some general suggestions. Yes, we can identify the extremes. But mostly importantly, I want anyone who …

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Am I the “Worst Case” Scenario?

May 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

I am 2 weeks post op from a scar revision. The above image shows the healing of my scar at this stage (2 weeks post), and some of the redness is due to laser treatment. I was incredibly hesitant to get it revised at only three months post op from my original abdominoplasty, but after …

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Abdominoplasty update

April 19, 2019 | 3 Comments

I am 10 weeks post abdominoplasty and recovery has been challenging, just not in the ways I originally anticipated. Going into surgery, I was concerned about things such as implications to my pelvic health function (no history of symptoms, but was concerned about the potential of them due to pressure changes), and long term athleticism. …

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Abdominoplasty Recovery

February 8, 2019 | 4 Comments

As I write this, I am five days post mini abdominoplasty and breast re-shaping (tissue was removed and an implant was added so size stays the same, but shape and management of the breast tissue is improved). Going into surgery was really intimidating. I struggled with the choice of this surgery, because of the recovery …

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Complement your nutrition habits

November 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Today’s blog is sponsored by One A Day Women’s Prenatal Multivitamins. One A Day  Women’s Prenatal Multivitamins are the #1 OBGYN recommended over the counter brand of prenatal multivitamins. I try to stay within my scope of practice and expertise as a women’s strength and conditioning coach. I created the movement and online education, Pregnancy …

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Diastasis Recti & Athleticism

November 4, 2018 | 1 Comment

Diastasis recti in action At a year postpartum with my second son, this video was taken of me doing some snatches. When watching the video of those snatches, I noticed my shirt fly up and saw my diastasis recti in action! If you look closely, you can see my gap and aesthetic changes.  I don’t …

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Pregnancy and Postpartum Journey with Lindsey Valenzuela

October 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

CrossFit Games Athlete Lindsey Valenzuela Trusts the Postpartum Process Let’s #flashbackfriday with Lindsey Valenzuela.  Lindsey is a longtime friend and first pro athlete who let me help guide her pregnancy and postpartum athleticism chapters. (Follow the P&PA coaches and athletes at @pregnancyandpostpartumathleticism and Lindsey on Instagram @liftlikelindsey). We didn’t actually start working together as coach/athlete until the beginning of …

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