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haley shevener, CSCS  M O V E M E N T. RKC2, FRCms, USAW, Pre/Postnatal. Navigating POP & athleticism. Mama. Body neutrality. Funnier in IG stories. #popfitness

Is pelvic floor dysfunction unique to mothers?
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Is #pelvicfloordysfunction unique to female bodies?
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...but I can’t help but wonder if its prevalence in a female population is what has lessened the awareness, or its perceived impact. We don’t talk about vaginas, after all. Women aren’t athletes, of course.
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How many of us have heard, “well, you had a baby! This is just what happens!”?
TOO MANY.
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How many women have had their pain and symptoms ignored by their physicians? Too many.
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How many women have had their symptoms ignored or dismissed by their well-meaning fitness coaches and trainers (like me, before I had a clue!)? WAY TOO MANY.
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...And that’s where I can make an impact. I can’t change the way the medical establishment runs. I can’t change a history of sexism. I can’t suddenly run scientific studies with female subjects (oh, but I’d love to!), but I *can* bring awareness and suggestions, resources and support, in ways that are within my scope and that involve one of my favorite tools of strength: the kettlebell.
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So, that’s where I’m spending my effort, for now. Want access to the cheapest price on a course that lays out the strategy suggestions you need to acquire the skills to work with kettlebells, and a system to learn how to swing, get-up, clean, press (and more!) like a pro? Sign up for the waitlist with the link in my bio!
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#pelvicorganprolapse #pelvicfloordysfunction #pelvicfloorhealth #hardstylekettlebell #rkc #rkc2 #strongfirst #turkishgetup #swing #snatch #clean #press #strengthtraining #afemalespecificapproachtokettlebelltraining

It was such a joy to have the opportunity to catch @stopchasingpain’s presentations on the #pelvicfloor and on the topic of play at the @strengthmatters summit. These two topics are deeply woven in my work, but I left with new ideas and curiosities that I’m excited to explore. The morning movement exploration set the tone for an awesome day in San Diego. Thank you, Perry!

We joke that motherhood is inherently exhausting to the point of madness, synonymous to martyrdom as we neglect our basic needs. We speak of mothers as if they are merely vessels for the lives of others: their bodies "ruined", their sexual interests null and void, their personal goals on an indefinite hold. We shy away from sharing the difficulties of motherhood with one another and feel compelled to preface each negative account with, "of course, I love my child...", as if our difficulties somehow mean we don't. We have a name for the suffocating mud we traipse through as we second-guess decisions (a conditioned response built on sexist expectations): "mom guilt". Somewhere, we learned that motherhood means to give all of yourself to your child and that anything less is "selfish" (the *worst* thing a mother could be, we've decided).
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While my journey into motherhood is young, I have learned this : I don't want to live for my son. I want to live alongside my son.
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I have learned that my well-being is instrumental to being able to witness and share connection with others, including my son. It is not my job to make my son happy, nor is it his to bring me joy. It is my job to help him acknowledge the myriad of feelings he will have, and to show him that happiness is his to foster (and not the end-all-be-all), but that I'm here to help with love, and kindness, and respect.
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I have learned that the greatest way I can teach him to respect himself is to show him that I respect myself.
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I have learned that being a mother means caring not only for the child I love, but learning what it truly means to nurture and care, and that I am deserving of these things, too.
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Happy Mother's Day, mamas. In a sea of clamoring voices asking you to do things, I'm hesitant to mention this, but I have a request: I hope that you see your inherent value in this world. I hope that you see how deserving of care and kindness and compassion you are. And I hope that you can give yourself some of that. Not just today, or tomorrow, but every day.
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I wrote this last year, but the sentiment rings even more true to me today. 📷: @whitneycooleyphotography

A day learning from @dj84123 is a good day. 🤗❤️🧠
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Bonus was getting to be with my loves, @mr_shevener and @brianna.battles.
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Thank you, Dan John, for the always-insightful presentation at the @strengthmatters Summit!
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#strengthmatterssummit

Women need a strategy for #kettlebelltraining that acknowledges our structural differences from our male counterparts.
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Women need coaches who understand the pelvic floor, who understand that leaking, #pelvicorganprolapse, and rehab after pregnancy and birth aren’t things we just ignore.
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All athletes need coaches who understand that the pelvic floor is a performance-enhancing system.
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All of us who want to move well need guidance and support, especially in areas where little has been available.
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Until recently, we weren’t having these conversations. And we definitely weren’t making changes to our strategy to best help ourselves, and our athletes, find joy and strength in movement.
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It’s time for that to change.
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This is a recording of a portion I recorded early last year for @brianna.battles’ Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism course where I lead coaches through the variables we can change to allow our female athletes to move with more confidence and ease by manipulating breath, alignment, pressure, and strategy. It is attached to an enormous wealth of knowledge and practical information to arm yourself with the best evidence-based information to train women going through pregnancy, postpartum, and well-beyond.
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The link to sign up is in my bio, and you’ll see another link there, too:
✨A Female-Specific Approach to Kettlebell Training✨ is launching in June and you can get on the waitlist NOW to save money and time! This is the comprehensive course of the strategies discussed in the PPA course, and that I discussed during my presentation of the same name at the Women’s Health and Fitness Summit last year. Click the link to be the first to know when it’s available. That price will not be accessible to anyone who isn’t on the list, so don’t miss out! 😱

During mating season, the female Shevener bird will perform the ritual courtship dance with dumbbells, displaying her plumage to gracefully lure her mate. Once she’s found her mate for life, she’ll engage the male Shevener bird in a unified avian routine with the assistance of kettlebells. The birds will continue to build strong AF nests made up of a myriad of gym equipment (swipe left). They’ll remain down south for several days, until they’ll unite with their young to migrate north.
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This rare footage of these strange birds is rarely available, as the birds’ primary concern is making sure their baby bird doesn’t fall out of the nest or squawk too loudly. Amazingly, the Shevener bird is a species known for the generosity of the elder birds in the flock, and the grandmother bird was kind enough to be the caretaker of the baby bird for the day.
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So happy to be frolicking with my fine feathered friend. There’s no one I’d rather do weird shit in the gym with than this one. And, yes, we’re wearing matching shoes. 👯‍♀️
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#nationalgeographic #kettlebelltraining #kettlebellwindmill #turkishgetup #sledpush #landminepress #ropeclimb #couplesthatlift #thatlasthashtagisfilledwithcrap #makeshitup #beweirdinthegym #postpartumfitness #pelvicorganprolapse #prolapsesafe #pelvicfloor #makingeverythingpelvicfloorsafe #dips #pointlomasportsclub

What a weekend! The inaugural Women’s Athleticism Workshop was a success! It was such an honor to help connect dots with a group of curious coaches and athletes eager to be more prepared to work with women who strive to explore their athleticism, and to do it with my incredible and brilliant (and freakin’ strong!) friends @brianna.battles and @liftlikelindsey. There were lightbulb moments, friendships made, strategies being dialed in, and excellent questions being asked all weekend. To top it off, @lululemon was generous enough to gift each person who attended a complimentary pair of pants! Oh, and donuts! We had donuts. 🍩 .
The best part? This is just the beginning. Stay tuned for the next one - we’re just warming up! Every woman deserves the compassion, education, and support that was flowing through the walls of @automocrossfit this weekend.
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#womensathleticismworkshop #strengthandconditioning #crossfitmom #momswholift #education #fitnessworkshop #femalefitness #pregnancyandpostpartumathleticism #prenatalworkout #postpartumfitness #postpartumbody #pelvicfloor #pelvicfloordysfunction #pelvicorganprolapse #popfitness #diastasisrecti #pelvicfloorsafe #pelvicorganprolapseawareness #movement

Setting the stage for Sunday with #StrategySaturday 🧠 Today, we talked theory. Tomorrow, we lift. 💪 We’re having a blast at the #womensathleticismworkshop!
@brianna.battles @liftlikelindsey

Strong women keep each other from buying stuff they don’t need at Target.
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Getting the #womensathleticismworkshop started with my gal @brianna.battles 💪💪💪

Go ahead and be “that person”, if you’re feeling compelled to move.
Be “that person” at the airport, at the park, in the waiting room, whatever. Be “that person” who decides that an open floor (or chair, or place in line) is an open space whether it’s in a gym or an airport (and, by the way, I did end up scooting over a bit, once the walkway gained some traffic), even if people think you’re strange. You are a little strange, after all. We all are, but you’re willing to accept that, and do what feels good. Maybe that means getting in some movement, maybe not. Who knows what that means? Well, you do.
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Movement is one of many tools I use for managing my anxiety. I can’t always access it, but I have found that I can choose to see the opportunity to move beyond the gym. And I can choose to welcome the comments and stares (which, by the way, rarely come). Does what someone else thinks matter more than what you do?
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Reminder: we made all the “rules” up. You can bend them.
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Be “that person” who embraces their oddities, who does what feels good, who is open to shifting perspectives. Better yet, just be you.

I used to enjoy sprinting (well, mostly the idea of it, ha!) but that doesn’t feel super awesome for my body anymore. While adjusting away from a formerly-loved activity can be emotionally and physically challenging, it’s helpful for me to remember that I can still find fulfilling ways to move. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I don’t miss running and that I can’t feel frustrated that I don’t feel awesome doing it anymore - in fact, I think allowing that grieving process to occur is *so* important. Our bodies will change and our abilities will fade. That’s tough stuff to process, particularly when your identity, joy, and career are all things wrapped up in your physical ability to move in certain ways. But, many of us can find options that also feel good. They won’t replace our former interests, perhaps, but we can keep expanding our interests, as our bodies evolve.
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This circuit isn’t a sprint, but it provides me with similar benefits and felt much better to perform. Being adaptable is a skill! Practice.

As I’ve discussed before, it is my belief that a reductive list of “safe/unsafe” exercises will never provide a comprehensive training program for someone managing #pelvicfloordysfunction (or anything, really). Instead, we remove our reliance on exercise libraries and critically evaluate the appropriateness of each movement, and the way it’s performed, for each person. When we’re thinking beyond the box, we have more variables to consider. One of those variables is “how”.
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When asked the question of whether ___ is appropriate for a person with #pelvicorganprolapse, I have a series of follow-up questions versus a simple “yes/no” answer. One of the things I’m interested in is the way a person performs the movement. Often, I’m specifically interested in their set up. I’m demonstrating a deadlift and a squat in these two videos. On the last two reps of each, you can see me starting to pull, or starting to ascend, and getting “stuck” from fluidly continuing to move. In the preceding reps, you can see that I, for the most part, ascend in a way that appears a lot more connected (and felt that way, too).
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Can you imagine what might be the preferred option for me, if my goal is to best manage pressure and complete the exercise? During the last two repetitions of each of these movements, I start to push up from the ground, but then get pulled back by the load. In this moment, the potential for an increase in pressure that I wasn’t prepared to handle exists more so than it does in the beginning reps. If you were on this cusp of your symptom threshold, it’s possible that this strategy might push you over the edge (or, you could be totally fine!). Even if you were symptom free, you’d likely be able to lift more resistance if you set yourself up more efficiently.
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...But this is simply Weightlifting 101. Managing force and tension and pressure and bar path isn’t about #prolapse, it’s about strength. *This* is why I believe that we all benefit from the conversation of “movement” not of “movement for prolapse”. This is why we consider scientific principles and individual tendencies, not a prescription of standardized movements. This is how we empower each other. 💪

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