23 – Lindsey Valenzuela on pregnancy, affiliate ownership, and competition

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In this episode, I sit down with Lindsey Valenzuela.  Lindsey has been an athlete all her life and played collegiate volleyball at California Lutheran University. During that time, she began Olympic Weightlifting to train for volleyball and quickly fell in love with the barbell. After her collegiate career was over, she began competing in Olympic Weightlifting and then found CrossFit. She has since become a seasoned CrossFit Games athlete, competing in 4 CrossFit Games and finishing as high as 2nd place in 2013 and most recently finishing in 7th place in 2015. She also represented Team USA in the CrossFit Invitational in Berlin in 2013. Lindsey has coached at several affiliates in Southern California and in August of 2015 fulfilled her dream to open her own affiliate, Autumo CrossFit, with her business partner and former NFL player James Townsend. Shortly after, she discovered she was pregnant and made the announcement that she will be taking the 2016 season away from competition. I was excited to sit down with Lindsey to catch up on her crazy year of transition, how she is approaching her pregnancy, and her plans for the future.
In this episode, we discuss:
  • Her back injury and how she discovered she was pregnant
  • Stepping away from competition for her pregnancy
  • Her plans to return to competition
  • Her approach to training while pregnant and how it has evolved throughout the pregnancy
  • How she responds to negative comments or media about doing CrossFit while pregnant
  • Her approach to nutrition and sleep during pregnancy
  • The recent opening of her affiliate, Autumo CrossFit
  • Three things she does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her
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