9.06.2016

Crossfit After Skin Removal Surgery.



Please don't use my experience as the only way to go - I'm sharing my experience for reference. You can ask 100 people how their recovery after surgery went and you will get 100 different answers. I've actually had a lot of people share their story with me and some went back to the gym at 2 weeks and some are barely getting there at 3 months post op. I just know I've googled and read tons before I even had surgery to see what people had to say, there's not a ton out there so I want to put my story on the intewebs.

Ok - to start with I had a Lower Body Lift 5 weeks ago, actually 5 weeks and 3 days to be exact. I had my knee scoped and two torn meniscus cut out 2 weeks ago.  

I was told at 4 weeks I could run after my body lift - but with the knee surgery I had to wait 4 weeks. As far as lifting weights goes - use less than 10 pounds to start with, so that's what I did. For about a day.


I was a good girl and went to the Y, first for some cardio on the stair master. I need to be bending my knee so the scar tissue doesn't build up. Then I went over to the weight section, picked up some 8's and did about 20 minutes of arms. I decided that's just not the right route for me, shoot I've been picking up Aiden for weeks and he's 33 pounds. I also lug heavy boxes up the stairs for work, at least 20 pounds. My skin isn't tight, my wound is healing well, and I had a good level of fitness before surgery. So I decided to go back to Crossfit.


I went in for open gym to test a few moves out, see how I felt, see if I had any knee pain or swelling. To be honest, I'm more worried about my knee than I am anything else on my body. I did some pull-ups, push ups, deadlifts, and overhead presses. Felt good, nothing hurt, I went relatively light and later went home and iced my knee just in case. No running and no weighted squats. The knee is great, better than ever actually and I had absolutely no swelling! 

I did my first full workout on Labor Day, it was a hard workout - they usually are on Holidays. It was wall balls (150), handstand pushups (90), and cleans (pick the bar up off the floor to your shoulders and back down). I completed the workout with lighter than normal weights, felt great. I was actually really impressed with myself and my ability to do all those HSPU's, but by 3pm I could barely pick up my arms. Every single muscle in my body is pissed that they've been ignored for over a month. Soreness is to be expected, but it's been a very long time since I've had to hold on to the door to sit down and pee. Of course I did what I had to do - worked out again today. I feel better, less stiff, but I won't be upset when this soreness quits. 

I've always recovered well from surgeries, even my c-section after Aiden! I think being in shape helps, but I also feel like getting up and around when you are able is important. Again - you do what you're comfortable doing, this is just about ME ME ME :) 

p.s. Yes, I will be taking my shirt off for 95% of my workouts now. No shame in my game. I only wore a shirt today to mop up my sweat, I forgot how hot Crossfit is! 

p.p.s. I am not soliciting advice and yes, I've heard the horror stories about people ripping themselves back open, etc. 

14 comments :

  1. I love love this! I got BS for working out oregnant, up until the day I had my baby. Then BS for lifting up weights again 3 weeks port partum. Everyone is different. And hello, Booty shorts and sports bra is the crossfit dress code! ;) You so so good by the way! Love watching your journey and I show you off to everyone who wants to do iifym. Because I got all my info from you so Thank you for sharing everything you do!

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  2. I love love this! I got BS for working out oregnant, up until the day I had my baby. Then BS for lifting up weights again 3 weeks port partum. Everyone is different. And hello, Booty shorts and sports bra is the crossfit dress code! ;) You so so good by the way! Love watching your journey and I show you off to everyone who wants to do iifym. Because I got all my info from you so Thank you for sharing everything you do!

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  3. Good for you! I say, "You do you boo!" If you feel good do it!!! That's the only way to recover...at your pace!

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  4. You are amazing!!!! Does that band help you with the pull-ups? I have been trying forever, still getting frustrated - and I keep seeing these great assist bands, I have yet to purchase one but at least ONE chin up is my goal.

    Keep up the great heeling!

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    1. Oh yeah girl, they have lots of different ones that have less and less resistance as you get stronger!

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  5. Get. It. Girrrrlllll!!! You do you. You've frigging earned it. Just like we earned all our stretch marks etc from having babies, we earned our muscles from busting our asses.... you earned your rewards. So happy for you!

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  6. Get. It. Girrrrlllll!!! You do you. You've frigging earned it. Just like we earned all our stretch marks etc from having babies, we earned our muscles from busting our asses.... you earned your rewards. So happy for you!

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  7. Where is that sports bra in the top pic from because I need it! :)

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  8. It's all about moving after surgery! I am sure being in great shape helps too, but ultimately I feel as though the people that stay on pain meds and sleep through recovery are the ones that take longer. High five to your doctor too as that has something to do with it! You look so great! AND, BTW, I was dying with all the information you were sharing on Periscope with the house, lots, etc! Like literally I wanted to scream through the screen like OVERSHARING. hahaha. Although I am nosy and loved all the info I totally understand taking a step back with how much gets put out there. ;)

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  9. Haha I laughed out loud at the taking your shirt off comment. Go for it! I would too!

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  10. Cracked up at the shirt comment haha. Get it girl! You are def #bodygoals!

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  11. Glad the recovery is going so well for you!! And if I looked like you, I'd go topless too, haha! ROCK ON momma!

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