What I Learned By Training for RKC – Part 1

I meant to write this post before I actually left for RKC, but never got around to finishing it. I was thinking for a few weeks before I went about just how much training for this certification taught me. Just like the actual weekend, the training/preparation was challenging mentally and physically.

I started training for the RKC soon after having Connor, at some point in July, around one month postpartum. I only really took a few weeks completely off from working out after giving birth because I trained through my entire pregnancy (and I start going a little stir crazy when I don’t exercise). I took it slow the first few weeks and worked on improving my general fitness, but then dove into training for the RKC, following specific programs my husband helped me to develop with my goals in mind.

Goblet squat with baby

Here are some things I learned while training for the RKC.
Some of these are probably pretty obvious, but others might catch you by surprise. I am apparently very long winded on this topic because I had to divide this into another 2 part post!

It is possible to love your body MORE after you have a baby. (And not all that long after you have a baby.)

By the end of 10 months of training hard I was (am) as fit and strong as I have been in my entire life. I’m really proud of myself for obtaining my RKC so soon after having a baby, especially since we also started a business and I work a full time job as a marketing manager. Was this easy? No. Did this feel great? Yes.

Love Who You Are

There doesn’t always have to be a ton of variety in your training. ‘Boring’ is okay sometimes (and by the way…boring works).

I posted the other day on the FitFluential blog about these 5 exercises that YOU should be doing. I meant it and I know some people probably read this and thought, “there’s no way that I can get fit just doing 5 exercises, especially if none of them are running.” Go ahead and doubt me, but I promise you that I did not do anything super fancy to train for the RKC and I did very, very little running this past year. There were months where I really only did 3 exercises. I was working out 3-4 times a week (and then doing an additional day or two of conditioning) so things could get a little ‘boring’, but this type of training worked. I got strong and lean.

Kettlebell Swings on Vacation

Rest days are important.

I was pushing my body quite hard and the workouts I was doing were similar to what I have done for the last few years in some ways, but much harder and heavier. A few years back I used to ‘workout’ 7 days a week, but I did plenty of junk miles (as you runners would say) and I wasted plenty of

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time at the gym trucking away on cardio machines or lifting lighter weights. Now I realize that I didn’t need a day off during that time because although I was working long, I was not working nearly as hard as I could have been. Towards the end of my training for the RKC I was working really hard. Bring on the rest/recovery day!

Tired After Working Out

Excuses have no place when you have a real goal you’re chasing (think time and money committed).

Saying “I’m tired and don’t feel like waking up at 5am” doesn’t fly when you have a baby and/or job that’s going to need your attention the rest of the day. If you don’t get up, you don’t train. If you don’t train you don’t get stronger. If you don’t get stronger, you don’t pass the RKC. If you don’t pass the RKC you waste a lot of time and money. You also disappoint all of your blog readers as well as your husband (and business partner). :)

…part 2 coming up tomorrow (guess I learned a lot)!

Have you ever trained for something and found that you learned some unexpected lessons?


  1. I love this! I just started getting into CrossFit (about 6 months) and I am starting to believe that junk miles are not worth it anymore. I love the changes I’m seeing in my body with more weight training/lifting heavy and with running less.

    You look great by the way!! :)

  2. Great post! You look amazing and i adore that picture of you and Connor at the top. Sooooo cute x

  3. You look amazing!! Check out those guns, girl!! I LOVE that you love your body even more now than pre-baby. That is amazing. And I agree with Jess, this is totally all about smarter, not harder. You killed it!!

  4. Seriously, all rings true with me. Discipline!! Xoxox

  5. Great lessons. I’m with you on rest days. So important. And I think it’s important that your workouts have a purpose. And there’s usually a reason for “the basics” or a set of standard moves – they work.

  6. I LOVE this post. It screams “work smarter, not harder” — a mantra I’ve been trying to live through and through this past year. It’s not about the hours you spend working out, or the variety of your workouts, but how you use every single second of that time you DO spend working out, and giving it your best, most quality effort every single time. you are proof of that! I LOVE that you are the strongest and most fit you’ve EVER been. You’ve worked damn hard for it! GO YOU!!


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