Gym Laird #37 | Powerlifting Before And After Pregnancy

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In this episode of the Gym Laird show, Jim is joined in studio with his clients Meaghan Nelson and Rebecca Vice Bowers.

They sit down and chat about their experiences learning to powerlift and then how they changed their training once they found out they were pregnant.

Some of the topics discussed:

– How they came to train with Jim
– Dialing in nutrition
– From running to powerlifting
– Learning to train smarter
– Training without pain
– Learning to brace
– How the core is involved with different exercises
– Why it’s helpful to have someone look at your form and correct if need be
– Adjusting training for pregnancy
– The importance of having a coach during pregnancy
– Mindset changes while pregnant
– Dealing with health issues
– Preparing for a powerlifting meet postpartum
– The pressure of “getting your body back” postpartum
– Being a positive example to your child
– Why you shouldn’t compare yourself to others

To learn more about Meaghan and Rebecca, click the following links:
1. Meaghan’s Facebook
2. Rebecca’s Facebook


Jim Laird has been working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach helping clients achieve their goals since 1997. He has 4 years of Division One coaching experience and over a decade of working with clients in the private sector. He has worked with everyone from housewives who just want to look good and feel good, to professional athletes in the NFL, LPGA, and MLB; his most notable client being Scott Downs who is currently with the Chicago White Sox and is going on his 13th year in the MLB. Jim has helped dozens of young athletes achieve athletic scholarships to Division 1 schools and also trains a team of female Powerlifters. As an elite level Powerlifter, Jim pushed his body to the limit for years, and now understands the difference between working out to be healthy, and working out to achieve a high level performance goal, and he want to help others do the same. Learn more about Jim on his blog:

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