Workout of the Day:
Four rounds for time of:
Row 400 Meters
Run 400 Meters
(This workout will be performed as a relay race in teams of three or four. The moment one member comes off the rower, the next teammate may begin rowing. The workout is completed when each member of the team has rowed and run 1600 meters. If you don’t have teammates to share the burden, give yourself 2-3 minutes of rest between rounds, and score the times for each round.)
Invictus Athlete Profile – SupaStar Susan Nahama
Written by Katie McLaughlin
For those of you who don’t know Supa Susan, aka Susan Nahama, she is one of our fellow Invicti pregnant ladies. Already a mother to two children, Mason and Mia, Susan came to the gym as a typical Globo-gym member looking to try something new. She fell in love with CrossFit along with a fellow Invictus member and stud, Justin Nahama. They got pregnant in December of 2009 and are expecting their son at the end of August. I sat down and talked with her about her pregnancy and how CrossFit has affected it.
How has pregnancy affected your CrossFit career?
Being pregnant limits the things that you can do. I’ve learned that there’s always ways to modify. Also keeping your heart rate down and taking rest when you need it. That’s the hardest part. It’s so different and the opposite of what CrossFit is. You’re not fall on the floor out of breath and sweaty but you still feel good and you know you’re doing the right thing for the baby.
Did you exercise during your first two pregnancies?
Not CrossFit, but I did weights and the treadmill.
Do you feel different during this pregnancy in comparison to others?
CrossFit is so much better and so different. I feel stronger and don’t have so many aches and pains. It also helps me sleep better and I know it will help me have an easier delivery.
How have you felt during this pregnancy in general?
This pregnancy has been easier from start to finish. In the beginning it was rough for me. I wanted to train more than I was but I was nauseous all the time and I had a lot of morning sickness. Honestly though, Crossfitting made me feel better and it helped me get through it.
How long did it take you to recover from the first two pregnancies?
After my first two kids, I didn’t really want to exercise. With Mason I would say I was back 50-60% before I got pregnant with Mia. After Mia it took a whole year to drop the weight and feel better. I was breastfeeding at the time but I wasn’t exercising as much as I wanted. With this pregnancy, I am excited to get back into the gym and moving again. I think it will make a huge difference with recovery and losing weight.
I have to ask, any weird cravings?
Yes, Mexican food and as cliché as this sounds, pickles. (I have 5 pickle jars in my fridge). Specifically, pickles wrapped in cheese and also, ice cream.
Lastly, and the question I really wanted to ask, what’s the key to being such a good lookin mama?!
I think just being happy and living a happy, fulfilling life. Also, doing Crossfit. It’s life changing. I’ve never felt better since joining Invictus. I am healthier now than I was in my 20’s and early 30’s!
One point that I want to make is Susan recently turned forty and said that they conceived right away. She attributed that to CrossFit as well as eating a Paleo diet. She is a beloved member of Invictus and most importantly, she is SUPA!!