Charlotte, North Carolina, mom Emily Breeze can do pull-ups, dead lift 155 pounds, and basically kick your butt. Oh, and did I mention the Crossfitter is 35 weeks pregnant?
According to the super fit mom-to-be, she's only working out at about half of her usual capabilities. Breeze told Us Weekly, "My one-rep max on dead-lift is 325 pounds, so 155 is less than 50 percent of my one-rep max. The 155 pound dead-lift would not be considered too heavy for me. I'm working at 50 percent of my normal pre-pregnancy 100%."
Still, scrolling through this trainer's Instagram feed, I'll admit to being shocked by what her body is able to do so close to her due date. And it's not like fit moms-to-be are anything new! But damn, Emily!
In one Instagram post, Breeze shares comparison shots of herself with and without her burgeoning belly.
To accompany the impressive images, she inspiringly wrote:
"The top picture was from last year when I got back from competing at the 2015 @crossfitgames and the bottom picture was last week at 35 weeks pregnant. In fact, I am pregnant in both pictures. A woman's body is so fascinating to me with the changes and ability to create life but also stay strong and healthy is beyond amazing. I have learned so much in the last 9 months and continue to lean on my doctors for advice and support. Cheers to all the HEALTHY and STRONG pregnant mammas."
Breeze plans to continue her Crossfit, Olympic lifting and metabolic conditioning routine six days a week until her baby boy is born. But even she is intimidated by the prospect of having to lose the 26 pounds she's gained while pregnant. "I have always been an athlete and never had to worry about weight gain. The unknown and what I can't control is scary. I'm hoping to snap back quickly," Breeze said.
Of course, as any fit mom who chronicles her pregnancy journey on social media knows, critics are always lurking nearby, ready to attack. Breeze says, "People who don't know me write the craziest things [on my Instagram]. I am completely baffled that people would think I'd do anything that would harm my baby ... but I won't allow someone's uneducated opinion to deter my doctor-approved fitness regime during my pregnancy."
Well, Amen, Emily. Anyone who puts you on blast is probably just thinking about how they can't do what you can, even when they aren't growing a life inside of them. Or...maybe that's just me.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.