Crossfit has been a part of my life now for over 2 years. No, I don’t crossfit. My husband does. From the moment he tried his first class he was smitten. Now he joins competitions and is in the best shape of his life. I have yet to be overcome by this worldwide obsession and to be honest have only tried 1 class (which was enough for me at the time). But millions of people across the globe rave about it and they can’t all be bonkers right? I sit down and talk to Anna Ledesma, mom of 3, yogi, and devoted crossfitter to find out the low down on how crossfitting can benefit women.
Anna Ledesma: Crossfit has changed my life tremendously. I am stronger not only physically but also mentally. I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I first tried it, I was only curious because a lot of my friends kept talking about it and my husband and I got hooked on it from the moment we tried our first class in 2012.
My prevailing thought before was that I just wanted to get fitter and better at doing the workouts but in order for me to do this I had to change my lifestyle. I fixed my eating habits–I started making sure that I didn’t eat empty calories so I get the right fuel to power my body. I struggled so much with having the ability to do a lot of the movements so I took extra time out to build my strength to get my first pull up. Without me knowing it, I have become a more disciplined individual who didn’t just give up.
I highly recommend Crossfit because of the great sense of achievement every woman can get when you can carry a 25kg sack of rice without needing the help of a man, being able to help people push a car to get it started or being able to run and play more with your kids just because you have that much more energy. It also helps you in the daily grind because we women juggle so many things nowadays and being mentally tough is so important to keep us focused. I also love the fact that my kids(both boys) can look up to me and how they are able to see beauty in strength.
I have 2 boys and both were C-section. I started working out after the 6th week for both because I got a go signal from my doctor. However, every woman is different. It would be best to get a green light from your OB first. Afterwards, just tell your coach that you just gave birth. The beauty about Crossfit is that all movements are scaleable meaning that we can adjust all workouts based on the fitness level of an individual and you can gradually increase the difficulty of what you do over time.
I have seen women who got stronger and fitter a few months after they gave birth. If you do it at least 3 times a week then you’ll see a noticeable change even on the first month. Carrying your infant won’t be so hard as you become stronger.
It’s also a great way to burn the excess fat they got during pregnancy and to tone up their abdominal muscles because they get a cardiovascular workout as well as muscle toning in Crossfit classes. The best part is they get to do it with a community of people that will cheer them on to help them achieve their fitness goals and it can all be done in one hour so they can go back to their baby right away.
Yoga compliments Crossfit because our muscles tend to tighten and shorten when we get stronger. The best way to increase your range of motion and maintain your mobility is to stretch out your muscles and yoga does this. I personally prefer the heated ones because it allows my muscles to warm up faster so I get to stretch it more as the class progresses. I also feel the difference in my mobility when I do Crossfit then yoga afterwards.
Anna goes to EVOLVE + Central Ground CrossFit is located at G/F One Parkade, 7th Ave. cor 28th St., BGC where she can do Crossfit and yoga in the same place.
For more information,
8465496 or 09065529777.
FB, IG, T: evolveyogaph
Central Ground CrossFit
FB, IG: centralgroundcf