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WTF Is Your Pelvic Floor And Why Does It Matter When Weightlifting?

WTF Is Your Pelvic Floor And Why Does It Matter When Weightlifting?

WTF is a pelvic floor and why does it matter in weightlifting?   You’ve probably seen “pelvic floor” tossed around in women’s fitness a lot over the last few years. This is a good thing.   But if you don't know what on earth a pelvic floor is, you may just...

3 Core Tips For Lower Back Pain When You Deadlift

3 Core Tips For Lower Back Pain When You Deadlift

I was having a conversation with a friend last week about lifting heavy objects. A favorite topic of mine, if you hadn't noticed.   And my friend mentioned she stopped lifting heavy objects because deadlifts started hurting her lower back.   Tear.    ...

How Amanda Went From Prolapse​ To Deadlifting 265lbs

How Amanda Went From Prolapse​ To Deadlifting 265lbs

Amanda, a young mom of three young children and avid CrossFit athlete who enjoyed pushing her body beyond its limit found herself leaking when she returned to CrossFit postpartum. And on a whim, she made an appointment to get internally assessed by a pelvic floor...

What Is Normal For You Lady Parts After Childbirth

I posted a question in my Instagram stories, asking what was something that you wanted to know or wish you had known about pelvic health after pregnancy.   The most common question was, what is normal and what's not for your lady parts after giving birth?   ...

Prolapse & Grocery Carts

Prolapse & Grocery Carts

  Do you find yourself dealing woth prolpase symptoms when you're trying to live your life? Like when you're washing dishes, or trimming your garden? I mean, the garden in your yard, not the one below. But it you're feeling symptoms while you're doing that too,...

Body Image And Fitness Expectations During Pregnancy

Body Image And Fitness Expectations During Pregnancy

  I have been running away from my body image issues for as long as I can remember.  Since I was a child, I felt fatter than the other girls in my class. In my 20’s, I was 40 pounds overweight and was incredibly embarrassed.  I went to extremes to lose excess...

Returning To Exercise Post C-Section Recovery.

Returning To Exercise Post C-Section Recovery.

After having two vaginal deliveries, one in the hospital and one at home, a c-section seemed unlikely in my third pregnancy.   At 30 weeks, my son was breech. There was a very brief conversation with my midwife, but it was more of a wait and see game.   My...

Life Is A Pain In The Shoulder: 4 Strategies To Ease Shoulder Pain

Life Is A Pain In The Shoulder: 4 Strategies To Ease Shoulder Pain

  I’ve just completed my first CrossFit Open and dayam, it was work. And they seem to love beating the bejesus out of their shoulders. The athleticism all levels is inspiring.   You know who’s upper body takes a beating like a CrossFit Athlete who just...

How To Mobilize Your Pelvic Floor After Your High-Impact Workout

How To Mobilize Your Pelvic Floor After Your High-Impact Workout

This is my first year taking part in the CrossFit Open. I had joined CrossFit a year ago and it was the energy of the CrossFit Open I found inspiring. After the traumatic birth of my third baby, I wanted to feel strong. CrossFit has given that to me. When I first...

4 Fitness Mindset Strategies For The Mom Returning To Work

There comes a time in every mother’s life where her life is flip-turned upside down, to quote the Fresh Prince. Sure, transitioning to motherhood or introducing a new baby into the family can be a bit of an upthrow, but I’m talking about another massive transition...

Will My Body Be The Same With A Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Will My Body Be The Same With A Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

This past week, several of the women I work with have come with concerns of their pelvic organ prolapse and the confusing symptoms popping in an out. No pun intended. All of these women have successfully completed pelvic floor physiotherapy or currently in rehab in...

Be Everything To Yourself First In The New Year

Be Everything To Yourself First In The New Year

The last day in 2018. I hope you've had a good year and 2019 exceeds all your expectations. Let me as you this, do you attempt a fresh start in the New Year? I've shifted away from New Years Resolutions over the past year. They never worked. So why fail when you can...

3 Strategies To Keep You Leak Free During Your Workouts

3 Strategies To Keep You Leak Free During Your Workouts

I remember the first time I leaked when doing a box jumps. It was about 4 years ago at a 7 am group training class. Being hardcore and all #noexcuses back then, I put my all into every single workout. But I was springing a leak with every jump. This was before I...

Your Vagina And Shovelling Snow

  Ah, the snowfall. The essence of a Canadian winter. The first symbol of holiday cheer.   And... Shoveling. Lots and lots of shoveling. With shoveling, may come some pain in the pelvic floor ass. If you have a prolapse, you know exactly what I mean. Shoveling,...

Flabby Bellies And Body Love

Body image is a funny thing, don’t you think? Yesterday, I was snapping some pictures for some upcoming content. Yes, the shirt had to come off. This is way out of my comfort zone. Clothes are my safety net. I'm not one to post booty of myself in a sports bra in...

What Is Diastais Recti And Do You Need To Be​ Concerned?

What Is Diastais Recti And Do You Need To Be​ Concerned?

  Have you watched the movie “The Waterboy” with Adam Sandler? It’s one ridiculous piece of cinematic history simply because it’s so out there. And it goes to show you how far we’ve come in social acceptance. A movie like that, wouldn’t fly with most people...

Celebrity Silliness And Your Vagina

Celebrity Silliness And Your Vagina

There is nothing short of celebrity silliness, especially when it comes to caring for your vagina. Gwyneth Paltrow praises vaginal steaming, claiming it cleans your uterus. I’m going to be straight here and tell you this. Your vagina doesn’t need a sweat lodge. It...

Mysteries Of The Kegel…Solved

The kegel is the single most prescribed exercise for healing the pelvic floor. The mythical vaginal contraction, women are doing to keep their lady parts strong and tight. Because every woman needs a tight vagina to have a well functioning one, right? Yet,...

Find Your Pee Free Zone

Find Your Pee Free Zone

I find it heartbreaking to hear the stories of women who’ve given up their training because of their symptoms.   In my personal and professional opinion, I believe no woman should have to give up on her training when it comes to her symptoms. I did because of...

Does Your Coach Ask About Your Vagina?

Does Your Coach Ask About Your Vagina?

A while back, I was at CrossFit here in London, On, and I was doing some good 'ol back squats. I was feeling ambitious so I went slightly heavier than normal. And I went a little deeper to test this body's skills. I must say, not too shabby. As I was at the bottom of...

It’s Not Ok To Not Be Ok

It’s Not Ok To Not Be Ok

I was inspired to write this thanks to Jessie Mundell, a prenatal and postnatal fitness expert, here in Canada. She sent out and email simply to check in. She wrote about how althought, it's great that the messages across the internet were telling those who are...

From Postpartum Trauma To Finding Strength

From Postpartum Trauma To Finding Strength

I fell into a deep depression after my son was born. I was 3 days postpartum and started feeling a strange pain in my shoulder. (To read more about this, check out When Postpartum Recovery Goes Wrong). I brushed it off and went to bed. I was looking forward to...

From Prolapse To Proud & Powerful

From Prolapse To Proud & Powerful

  When I was first diagnosed with a pelvic organ prolapse (POP)  almost 3 years ago, I was crushed. It felt like I didn’t do a good enough job taking care of my body. I tried to do the right things by exercising regularly and eating well, but it simply wasn’t...

Ready For Impact Post-Pregnancy? Here’s What You Need To Know First

Ready For Impact Post-Pregnancy? Here’s What You Need To Know First

After the birth of my first baby, almost 7 years ago, I took the 6-week clearance as permission to go hard or go home. I began strength training like a bodybuilder without a second thought. The 6-week clearance is the guideline most women use to give themselves...

From Breast To Bottle: My Journey to Bottle Feeding

From Breast To Bottle: My Journey to Bottle Feeding

I didn’t expect to have this reaction to 20 pounds of frozen breast milk but I was hit hard. Seeing these full bags of unused breast milk made me briefly question whether or not I should have stuck it out and continued to make myself nurse my son. Should I have...