What is BirthFit?

ImageHappy Monday! This is Kat Grosshaupt, the other half of BirthFit. You’ll find out more about me over the next few months as Lindsey and I roll out our new website. Lindsey and I will be taking turns blogging so I hope you’ll enjoy what we have to offer! I am a mother of two, a Doula, HypnoBirthing educator and a certified CrossFit coach. I am based out of Austin, Texas but visit sunny California whenever I can!

Today’s topic: What is BirthFit?

I’ve had a lot of people ask me about BirthFit lately. They assume it is a fitness program, and while that is one part of BirthFit, there is oh so much more.

Lindsey and I spent 6 days together after Christmas brainstorming, planning, making videos and defining our goals and what we want BirthFit to encompass. We both have a strong belief in the idea that Pregnancy, Childbirth, Parenthood, and even Life in general is multi-faceted. Everything builds upon everything else. Everything is built upon pillars and those pillars form the base of good health and wellness. So for BirthFit, we came up with 4 pillars that we think are the foundations of being “fit” for Birth.

But what does that mean? Being “fit” can mean a plethora of things. Are you mentally fit? Are you physically fit? Are you setting a good nutritional foundation for your body and the growing human inside of you? Are you researching and making decisions based on your own personal philosophy and not someone else’s agenda or out of fear? Are you preparing your home, your relationship with your partner? Are you asking questions? Are you mentally preparing for childbirth and parenthood? Are you doing everything you can to mobilize your body- chiropractic, acupuncture, massage?

All of these things matter and all of these things work synergistically to prepare you to be in the best physical and mental shape for this next chapter in your life- whether you are thinking about conception, are pregnant, have one or multiple babies- BirthFit is for you.

The Pillars

Exercise/Movement: Women (and men) should functionally train throughout pregnancy as is comfortable and safe. There is no one size fits all program or course of action. A healthy strong Mom will have an easier labor and faster recovery, not to mention a healthy strong baby. Studies have shown that moms who functionally train have shorter labors, shorter pushing times, and easier recoveries.

Nutrition: We advocate a diet focused on high quality meats, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats. We believe that a woman’s nutrition is her foundation for both her growing body and her growing baby. We see Nutrition and supplementation as preventative medicine and the best foundation possible for children’s health.

Chiropractic: As the body grows and changes, body work such as chiropractic is essential to keep all systems running smoothly. Chiropractic is not just for spinal adjustments. Pelvic health, as well as all the muscles, fascia, and nerves surrounding the growing belly and spine must be kept in optimal structural alignment to allow for the baby to be in the best position both in utero and in labor.

Mindset: What we think and how we speak about something determine our Reality. Whether it’s childbirth, pregnancy, parenthood, or your job, if you change the way you speak about and think about it, that thing/event WILL change.  We believe that Birth is normal. We believe that we, as women, are made to do this and that it isn’t a terrible medical emergency waiting to happen. BirthFit is about helping women change their mindset from one of fear and anxiety to one of empowerment and peace surrounding whatever life event they are going through. 

So there you have it! Lindsey and I are beyond excited to be on this path in life and we can’t wait to meet you, answer your questions, and just be here as a resource. We have so many exciting things planned for 2014 including live seminars, online programs and more. Thank you, in advance, for letting us be a part of this special time in your life.

Kat Grosshaupt

WORKOUT

Front squats 5-5-5

AMRAP 12 min.

15 Pullups

15 Shoulder to Overhead

15 Box jumps/Step ups

MODIFICATIONS & NOTES

  • Front squats are medium to heavy
  • Pull-ups can be done with bands or as Ring Rows
  • Shoulder to OH can be a push press, push jerk, or split jerk. Weight should be light enough to where you can do 10-12 reps in a row initially.
  • Box jumps are fine as long as you feel comfortable doing them. You can substitute step ups (or jump up, step down), lunges or air squats.

 

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