10 Reasons why a stay-at-home mom should do CrossFit

10 Reasons why a stay-at-home mom should do CrossFit

Before I started CrossFit in February 2012, I was a stay-at-home mom. Over time, I’ve become stronger, fitter, faster and I even shed off the loose stuff in my midsection after birthing three kids, and I can honestly say I feel great in my own skin. These are some of the common side effects of CrossFit. But I think there’s more to it than just being stronger, faster, fitter and feeling better for a stay-at-home mom. Below are 10 reasons why I believe a stay-at-home mom should do CrossFit, based on my own experience. Some serious. Some funny. But all legit.

1. You can have your own routine, not the one built around your kid’s routines.  If you are someone who has been able to prioritize your own time to do your own things that make you happy, this may not be applicable, but I was not one of those moms. My day was all built around the schedule that my kids had. Once I committed to train 3 times a week at my box, things drastically changed. That one hour I spend in the gym is MY time; uninterrupted, focused, dedicated time just for me to be a better person. As long as everyone in your family is on the same page, this will absolutely help you maintain your sanity, and your kids will also learn to respect each other’s time and space. 

2. You can turn almost any house chore into a WOD.A sink full of dishes for time? AMRAP laundry folding? You’re going to have to do it anyway, just like the WOD on the board. Might as well make it fun.

3. You have a whole new reason to take your kids to the playground.  Playgrounds are awesome. You can hang. You can climb. You can jump. You can even find a makeshift dip station. Or you can practice your handstand on the grass. Playgrounds are not just for kids, you know.

4. You will remain calm, even when your kids drive you absolutely nuts.  I know all too well that moment when you’re so mad and you feel the urge to throw your kid out of the window.  Trust me, I have three boys in my house. I know. But now I know that I can put over 100 LB overhead, I just don’t even think about it.  There’s no way that you will let your anger take over you and end up doing something crazy.

5. Your kids not wanting to walk back to the car does not bother you any longer.  You have just finished doing the week worth of groceries and your kid just won’t move. I hear you. This happens all the time. But fear no more. You can just hold the entire groceries in one arm, and your kid in the other, and farmer carry the whole 100 m back to the car. No big deal. Just make sure you keep your shoulders square and your midline stable. Next time you can park your car even farther and PR your farmer carry.

6. You learn so many different ways to get your kids active.  Body weight movements are not just for you. They are perfect for your kids too. On a rainy day when your kids have to stay inside and can’t get enough exercise, you can put together a quick WOD for them with some air squats, push ups, sit ups, bear crawl, and couch jumps. My kids love them, and so will you and your kids. You’re welcome.

7. Your kids not wanting to eat their meals doesn’t bother you either.  It just means more food for you. Don’t even sweat.

8. Your aging parents are no longer a threat, in case you need to look after them down the road.  My father spent over a year bedridden before he passed away, and having to support him from the bed to the wheelchair was a big challenge.  CrossFit teaches you not only how much you can lift, but also how to get into a good position so you won’t hurt yourself while maintaining the grip to the weight you’re carrying. My father probably weighed about 150 LB. Just knowing that I could at least get him off the floor if he ended up falling, or that I could at least get him on my back and carry him if need be gave me a considerable confidence when I was in the position to look after him.

9. You get to meet other moms, just like you.  Often times, I got to see other moms through my kids connection, but they rarely become my friends. Through CrossFit community, you get to know some awesome moms out there who share similar values and you get to work out with them. Your kids will get to know their kids, and it’s a whole new sense of connection. They are from different parts of the city, and your world expands that much bigger.

10. You will be a happy mom and a happy wife, and that’s kinda important in the family.  It makes a world of difference. Enough said.  So, go ahead and try a class. All it takes is you making that decision. The rest will take care of itself!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

By: Shoko Tiesma

Shoko's passion is helping people unleash their potential to an extraordinary life — no matter what their age or experience,  Health is the body’s natural state and by applying the Move by Design Principles along with the CrossFit model amazing things begin to happen.


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