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Finn’s Birth Story

**(TRIGGER WARNING: This birth story discusses things related to preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM), an emergency c-section, birth trauma, postpartum depression (PPD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). If you believe that reading this will be comprising to your mental health, please feel free to skip this post. […]

Goodbye, plans! (And hello new ones)

“I think I want to wait until after Christmas next year to have another baby.” This was part of a conversation that I was having with my husband over breakfast the morning of December 5th. I had just received an email that StrongFirst was hosting a SFG 1 Kettlebell certification course in Seattle next September. […]

Too big? Says who?

“You’re too big for him.” Growing up I never gave much thought to this idea. That I was “too big.” Sure, I had insecurities and struggled with self esteem. I wanted to look pretty, have nice clothes and wished that some things about my body had been different, but I never really considered myself “big.” […]

Why I Care So Much About Your Pelvic Floor

If you were to search our Facebook posts you would probably see the words “pelvic floor” come up about 100 million times. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but we talk about it A LOT. Pelvic floor health is one the most essential and yet often overlooked part of our body’s ability to move efficiently and […]

5 Tips on How to Exercise During Pregnancy

I remember it very clearly. I was standing in Cara’s bathroom with both hands on the countertop, staring in shock and disbelief at those two pink lines. I hadn’t been feeling any pregnancy symptoms and I was only 1 day late, but Cara encouraged me to take a test. And there it was. I was […]

The Top 3 Exercises that Directly Apply to #momlife

You’ve said it. I’ve said it. We’ve heard our other mom friends say it. “Chasing after my toddler all day is my exercise!” Isn’t that the truth? Those little rascals are always on the move and they’re quick! And Jack is no exception. He is on the move constantly, never content to just sit in […]

Could Our Pregnant Bodies Take Down the Diet Industry?

A few weeks ago something miraculous happened.   As a trainer working with mainly women, I spend a LOT of time talking with women about loving their bodies. I routinely talk women down off the ledge of self-flagellation through starvation and over-exercising. I’ve made it my mission to empower women to love their bodies. But […]

7 Lessons from My 1st Year of Motherhood

One year ago today at 1:22 a.m., my son Jack came into the world. (Still a favorite time of day for him, unfortunately.) When I look back at the last year of his life I relive a lot of joy. The warmth that filled my chest when he smiled for the first time. Singing the […]

Cardio through the Trimesters

When women find out they are pregnant, they often experience a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions. They might be happy, surprised, or relieved. But after the happy dance around the pee stick, the call to the significant other or the quiet contemplation of what is to come, most of us think a singular thing: What […]

The Safest Exercises for Pregnancy

A few months ago, a picture of a very pregnant woman performing Olympic lifts during a Crossfit workout went viral. What surprised me was not only how passionate people felt about what this expecting Crossfitter was doing, but also how diverse the opinions were. People have pretty strong opinions about exercise during pregnancy. In an […]