Think working out is hard? Try doing it when you’re nine months pregnant. That’s exactly what one CrossFit coach set out to show men with a recent fitness challenge. Michelle Duboc was 40 weeks pregnant herself and had some male gym members do an intense workout with 10-pound medicine balls strapped to their bellies to mimic the challenges of exercising while pregnant.
She and the fellas were doing the Murph Challenge, a workout that includes a two-mile run, 300 air squats and 200 pushups. Duboc posted a video to Instagram of the guys attempting to complete the challenge with the medicine balls around their waists, commenting, “After today’s workout it’s safe to say that they will never workout with a baby bump ever again.”
Duboc’s husband, Gian Franco Duboc, who co-owns their gym, CrossFit Unbounded, and coaches with her, actually came up with the idea to do the workout challenge with medicine balls. Michelle says, “It was pretty cool to see them actually want to try it and to see kind of what it feels like.” She has worked out through both of her pregnancies and it turns out, that challenge was done on the very last day of her second pregnancy. She delivered her daughter, Sky, the next day.
Local workout enthusiest Emily Breeze has been doing this for years! Check out Emily’s Insta here.