One of our lovely members wrote this great blog about how someone with curves trains at CrossFit. We hope you enjoy it! - Jeremy
Or How I train with big boobs
Hi, I’m Kat and I’ve been doing Crossfit for just over a year. I started to help get back into shape after having a baby and have absolutely loved it. The only problem that keeps cropping up is my large cleavage. According to Google, the average cup size in the UK is 36D. At the time of writing this I’m wearing a 34G and at the height of child rearing I reached 36L. This obviously leads to some issues and I thought I’d share them here along with the solutions I’ve come up with along the way.
1) Get a Good Sports Bra
Total no brainer. None of us are stupid so I’m only mentioning it for complete-ism. Odd sizes (like smaller band with large cups) can be trickier to get in store, I found mine online after watching a few reviews. Shop around and don’t be afraid to send them back if they don’t feel right. There’s nothing worse than spending a lot of money on something that doesn’t work for you.
2) Don’t Struggle
Due to the size of my cleavage there are certain movements that are physically impossible. Prime example is a warm up where everyone was lying on their chest rolling a lacrosse ball into the front their shoulder. I try it and the ball simply rolls away as I can’t get my shoulder close enough to the ground. The thing I’ve learned about Crossfit is there are always options. If you find yourself in a similar situation tell the coach and they’ll find another way. In this instance I moved to the rig and did the same exercise standing.
3) Good Form
When you are half way through a Metcon it can be hard to keep perfect form but I’ve found it especially troublesome with a large cleavage. There is so much less leeway of form when you have to work around big boobs. Slack off a little and Sumo Deadlift High Pulls can become rather painful when the kettle bell bounces off your boobs hard enough to leave bruises. It’s important to try and be as consistent as possible to avoid this kind of thing.
4) Take Advantage
On the up side, a large cleavage can make certain moves easier. Anything where you have to touch your chest to something gives you several more inches to work with than anyone else. This can give the advantage of either doing reps faster or saving energy as you don’t have to go down as far. True, you also have to carry extra weight to start with but you have to think of it as swings and round-a-bouts.
5) Suck it Up
Unfortunately, there are certain movements where your boobs with always be an issue. Lifting a bar overhead I’m often aware that my cleavage is in the way and I can’t get a perfect line. As there is nothing I can do about that I have to adjust to accommodate for it instead. A lot of the time it’s a matter of carrying on and not giving up just because of the inconvenience biology has given you. However, if you’re willing to occasionally hit yourself in the boobs then, Crossfit can be loads of fun and a great way to get in shape and meet amazing people. I’m not going to stop and I hope you don’t either.
I hope my random musing have been entertaining and I hope to see you at the Box soon.