I can't believe it's come round so quickly, but we turn 1 this month, and to mark the occasion I wanted to celebrate the amazing athletes who have come through Hatch over the last year, over 80 of you.
As part of our #celebratethemamas campaign we interviewed three beautiful real life Hatch Athletes over April: Magda from London, Emma from New Zealand and Jayme from the USA. We also had an amazing chat with CrossFit legend and Hatch advocate Annie Sakamoto.
Watch each interview by clicking on the image.
Side note: What's amazing is that, although I didn't manage to get their, or my, whole faces in the frame (lols - still working on those digital skills) the whole thing worked!
I loved talking to Magda who finished her Hatch Athletic program a few weeks ago talked to us through her athletic pregnancy and postpartum journey thus far. We dive into the problematic fact of being told to 'listen to your body' in pregnancy and 'see how you feel' but at the same time having never been in a pregnant body before! We also discuss the differences between her training experience with her first bub and her second.
Her take homes were:
👉🏼 Go slow if you want to go fast
👉🏼 Adjust your own expectations and give yourself permission for things not to go completely perfectly
You’re amazing Magda and I know there are mums out there all over the world who will be inspired by your story. Thank you ❤️
This was AMAZING! We interviewed Annie Sakamoto! What an absolute honour to have her join us today to talk all things pregnancy and postpartum in the CrossFit world. 🙌🏼🙏🏼
No doubt you’ve heard of Annie: 4 times games athlete and one of the original CrossFit women in the sport. She’s the owner of world famous gym CrossFit Santa Cruz, she’s the mum of two, and inspires thousands, if not millions, of athletes around the world - a large part of those people being women. 🌎
We discuss her athletic pregnancy and her journey to regaining fitness postpartum. We also discuss the differences between the information that was out there some 14 years ago, compared to that which is available now (you lucky lot 🤣).
Annie it was an absolute pleasure to reconnect with you and thank you again for you time 🙏🏼❤️
Lovely Emma is an elite cyclist on road and track and has a pretty cool home gym too. I loved her take on the mental struggles that can happen during pregnancy, birth and out the other side as a new mum as a performance driven individual. Her main piece of advice was to perhaps loosen ones grip on control and try to “go with it, and have some fun.” 🙌🏼🙏🏼
I definitely relate to struggling with the loss of control during this stage of early motherhood so I think it’s excellent advice to practice.
Funny isn’t it, how we maybe go into this journey thinking about the physical body but realise a lot of this adventure is really one of developing ones mind.
Thank you so much Emma for joining us. We’re proud that you’re one of our Hatch Athletes and so pleased you got a lot from the program. ❤️
Gorgeous Jayme joined us for our final #celebratethemamas live interview and, wow, what a conversation. We talked about training and athleticism in pregnancy and postpartum but we also spent a long time unpacking the challenges that we can face when arriving at disappointments in motherhood.
Jayme’s birth and breastfeeding journey was the ultimate challenge for her to navigate and accept - finding that having to apply flexibility and acceptance isn’t always easy - when life events of such huge importance don’t always go to plan. We can have very strong strong feelings about how we would like them to be and it can be hard to overcome when things don’t go to plan. My gosh I empathise with this more than anything.
And I think learning to accept disappointments is part of what makes us unique as athletic and performance driven mothers, who strive for the best in everything we do. It’s not easy but as Michelle Obama says in her biography:
“Motherhood is a masterclass in flexibility and letting go.”
You’ve done an incredible job Jayme and Marco is the luckiest little boy to have you as his mum. He really is. 🙌🏼🙏🏼
Jayme’s take home advice was “be ok with asking for and accepting help and be clear about what you need.”
Thank you for your time Jayme and we’ll be sorry to see you leave us this week, but hoping both your physical and mental journeys as a new mum continue to go from strength to strength. And we’re ALWAYS HERE. ❤️