Crossfit and Breast Augmentation

I thought I'd start a new thread that is specific to CrossFit and breast augmentation, as it was one of the harder things to find info on, and it varied widely. And it made the decision to have the surgery all the more difficult. If anyone does CrossFit and wants to share their experience with BA, I'd love to hear how it's going for anyone else. 

I'll share my experiences, how I progressed back into it, and when I got back to the various movements and weights I was throwing around pre-surgery. 

I am 32 days post op today (yay!) and got the all clear from my surgeon today. No more restrictions on anything, so he said just ease in over the next few weeks.

I got myself some bands, weighted vest, ankle weights and some 5# dumbbells to amp up the basic / weightless movements I was doing.

I'll update PRs as I hit those again, and when I get back my other bodyweight / gymnastics movements (pull ups, C2B, T2B, muscle ups, handstand push ups, etc), as well as any standard Rx movements (i.e. 35# KB swings, 65# thrusters, 95# clean and jerk, etc).

**Pics are pre-op and Day 32 post op. 

 

Clearances

Days 1 - 7: slow walking only, heart rate had to stay under 100bpm

Days 8-31:

  • Cleared: legs, glutes, lower abs, super isolated light arms (i.e. 5# bicep curls)
  • Not Cleared For:  no high impact, no chest, no weight over 30#, nothing that activated my chest

Day 32: Given the all clear

Today's WOD of all things is Grace, so no way I'm diving right back in Rx there. My coach is scaling me to light DB snatches just to get me back into moving weight around from the ground to overhead. 

I also attached my WODs I did from Day 8-31 if anyone wants to borrow any. I did get myself some ankle weights to make things a bit harder for me. And I also got smaller resistance bands. But my coaches got creative with variations on squats, lunges and step ups for me :) 

 

My stats:

Implant: 400cc Mentor Smooth High Profile 

Placement/Incision: Under the muscle / inframammary incision

Height: 5/3-1/4

Weight: 116.8 pre-surgery / 115.8 as of day 32 post-op

Bra: 32A pre-surgery / I need to go get measured this weekend since I just got the clear for wearing bras again, but I'm measuring 28 under bust and 35 at the biggest point around, which is a 28G?!?!? They sure don't feel that big to me, so I'm getting fitted this weekend and am buying some bras from Zappos and Amazon prime wardrobe to test out (both have super easy returns) until I can get there. 

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  • I commented on your other post! But I鈥檓 heavily into CrossFit and I also had a hard time making the decision to have the surgery or not. 2 things were the biggest worry: 1. Natural look while being so lean and having more developed upper body muscles. 2. Would I be able to resume CrossFit and make progress. 

     

    I love that your posting about it because I spent weeks trying to find just one or two articles about Crossfitters or anyone who does weight lifting and how they are post op and what they look like. 

     

    So far the only minor inconvenience I鈥檝e had is mondor cords which is more annoying than anything. 

     

    My recovery was super fast and besides having mad chest muscles I am glad I took the plunge and had a breast augmentation. 

     

    Your results are amazing! We had our surgeries pretty close together! Im not 100% cleared like you are yet but I am finally allowed to do anything except any type of chest movement. 

     

    Im excited to see how your doing and I hope you keep updating! I鈥檒l be cheering you on as a fellow Crossfitter and BA buddy 馃槉馃槅

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      • Megan Leigh
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      Caroline Abigaila Yup same concerns as you :) 

      Though as of now I am super glad I pulled the trigger, especially now that I see the before/after pics. 

      And I can't wait to follow along with you and see how you're progressing. I just about fell out of my chair when the doctor said no restrictions all clear as I had my monster list of movements and weights to see what I could do.

      And hopefully that resolves itself pretty quickly! I was mega concerned with screwing anything up or having hemotoma or CC, so feeling really lucky that I got through it without any complications.

      Yesterday I backsquated 125# 5x5 and that felt great, so no issues there. 

      Still cannot hang from the rig. I could with a band and did a strict pullup with the band, but I think that will take a while to get back.

      I did DB snatch yesterday in lieu of Grace and the 20# DBs felt fine. 

      GHD situps are way slower than before, but I imagine that'll come back no problem. 

      Burpees suck, so I'm doing down-ups instead. 

      Box jumps were no problem (though I do them slower and way more sure footed right now).

      Double unders/jump rope don't feel great, so I'm giving those more time.

      I did a mile run today and other than hanging onto my chest the whole time, that was fine. Still need to get some better impact sports bras for running, but it's winter here now so I have some time to find the right ones.

      Anywho, more updates as I do more, but right now I'm just testing out movements and weights to see what I can do and what needs more time.

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  • Yay! I鈥檓 so happy I found this post! I鈥檓 also a CF鈥檈r and am about 15hrs PO.

    PreOp Stats: 135lbs, 5鈥3鈥, deflated B. 

    Went with 400cc HP Mentor Textured Round Overs. 

    Still wrapped in bandages but I鈥檒l post pics as I progress. Keep us updated on your progress as you鈥檙e a few weeks ahead of me. So happy to find this community! 

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      • Megan Leigh
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      Briana Marie awesome! I'm super curious to hear how things go for you with overs and getting back into CF. Supposed to be a quicker recovery, and I am guessing you won't have the same feeling I do with hanging from the rig.

      Tackling KB swings, GHD (the wod has T2B but I'm not there yet) and bike for tonight's WOD, so hoping everything goes well with those first two movements. 

      Will keep the updates coming :)

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  • Day 40 post op update:

    I did 14# Rx wallballs tonight and they felt 100% fine (135 total). 

    Also did 75 strict press at 55# (WOD was 75 strict pull-ups w/ 15wb every time you break, but I still can't hang from the rig so I subbed in strict press).

    Burpees feel more comfortable, but I'm still doing them super slow and stepping down and up into one. 

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  • Did a dead hang from the bar yesterday and a strict pull up at 7 weeks post-op! Things are feeling better and better each week 馃榿

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  • So glad of this thread! I鈥檝e just started CF.. for about 3 months and now have frozen my membership whilst I get my BA done! Also apprehensive to know when to go back since it鈥檒l take a while to get to the movements.. was thinking to join a different gym first to do light weights myself then return to CF when I鈥檓 stronger...

     

    My stats - 5鈥3, 50kg, 32B pre op

    335cc Motiva Ergonomix, under muscle. Surgery is on 16 Dec! Looking forward to following your journeys!

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      • Megan Leigh
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      Ashley I had been doing CrossFit for almost 4 years when I got the surgery and I was back there the week after surgery on the bike. But I got cleared at 8 days post op for enough that I could modify workouts, and my coaches (who are also friends) were so good about coming up with things for me to do. 

      I'm almost 8 weeks post-op and I've gotten a lot of movements back (did pull-ups and T2B in the past week). Definitely some things feel heavier, but I have been easing back into movements and heavier weights as things feel good. It is no different than an injury really--just modify/scale. 

      But I have done some Rx workouts since getting cleared at my 1 month post-op, and for me there is just nothing like a great CF workout & the community at the box.

      Good luck with your surgery!   

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      • Ashley
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      Megan Leigh sounds like you got back into it so quickly! That鈥檚 great you鈥檝e been able to return and get the appropriate scaling.

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    • Ashley Yup the scaling is key. Just don't push too hard too soon, and if it doesn't feel good, just give it a week and try it again. 

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  • 55 Days Post-Op:  Toe to bars in the WOD tonight and I got 49! Also did 63 65# thrusters, which also felt perfectly normal. I feel the most pull at the base of my breasts where the incisions are for the T2B, and really nothing under the muscle (which was my problem a few weeks ago even trying to hang from the rig or run). So I just did small sets today and everything felt fine.

    I got vertigo 11 days ago that kicked my ass, so that actually derailed my comeback at CF. But I'm feeling good again, so back to testing out movements each day 馃檪

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  • Thank you so much for making this post ! As a fitness fanatic I am so scared of taking time off ...and if I鈥檒l have limitations after 

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    • Laura Ann Of course! That was my #1 concern, but I stayed tight on my nutrition (I've been tracking macros for a year+) which definitely helped. And I walked a ton the first week, then when I got the clear for more at Day 8 I just modified based on what I could do. I'd do it again in a heartbeat! 

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  • Today is officially 8 weeks post-op. Got kipping pull ups, chest to bars, and rope climbs this week! I got so high on the C2B I'm going to try bar muscle ups tonight.

    Burpees feel almost 100% again.

    I did a few push-ups this week in a warm up, and they felt ok. But I've got more than enough other movements to hit upper body, so I am just leaving those alone for now until I hit 12 weeks and then I'll only do small sets. Tonight's WOD has 150 push-ups so I'm just going to do a different movement for that, since that feels like playing with fire.

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      • Brittany michelle
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      Megan Leigh was it hard for you to get back into your routine? I go to the gym 5 days a week and I'm afraid its gonna be longer for me to get back to doing what I'm use to doing after my surgery. 

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    • Brittany michelle No not at all! I did as much as I was cleared for 7 days a week starting at 8 days post-op. The biggest difference for me is just that I've lost some strength, but I'll get that back now that I can pick up a barbell again. But in terms of being able to go hard and maintain my engine, I had no problems. I think I was so hungry to start WODing in a less modified way that when I could finally do more standard movements, I just went to the pain cave (aka good hurt). But before when I could just do lower body, I just did super high reps and no breaks (aka a set of 50 air squats for 5 rounds as part of a WOD and I just wouldn't stop once). So just do what feels good, and don't be discouraged if you don't feel as strong initially. I'm lifting less now than I was pre-surgery, but it'll come back in a couple months and some movements quicker than others(and still hurt 馃槀 like it did pre-surgery).  

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      • Brittany michelle
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      Megan Leigh that makes me feel so much better, thank you! Now I'm ready to get this done!! 

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  • 9 weeks post-op update: Double-unders are no problem and we did them three times this week. Rowing feels good and I'm back to my pre-surgery pace. Barbells WODs still feel heavy to me, and same with the heavy lifts. We did 150 DB snatches at 35# Rx weight and that felt good this week. GHDs are back to feeling normal. So everything is moving the right direction! 

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  • I'm at 12.5 weeks and aside from ring dips and push ups, everything feels back to normal with CrossFit, and I don't feel any pull or weirdness when I run as well. 

    Now I'm just working on building my strength back up (doing some extra programming in addition to the class) and getting my muscle-ups back. That's the only movement I haven't gotten back yet, but given how much strength I lost in my upper body I'm not surprised. But pullups, C2B etc are all good.

    I lost about 12-20% on my lifts, with strict press being the biggest difference percentage-wise. Some of my #s below for reference:

    • Strict Press: 98# pre-surgery / 80# post
    • Back Squat: 170# pre / 150# post
    • Front Squat: 155# pre / 140# post
    • Deadlift: 285# pre / 245# post
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  • 15.5 weeks post-op and some updates on CrossFit movements:

    • Bar muscle ups are back ( I got one two weeks ago, so I've just been doing a couple everyday to try and get them back more consistently)
    • Push-ups I can do again no problem
    • HSPU are no problem

    The only movement that eludes me is the ring dip. That is the only thing that still feels funny, so I just pick another movement anytime that's in a WOD.

    Haven't retested the lifts yet to see where I'm at compared to pre-surgery for my 1RM, but I did restart some extra programming that's specifically for oly lifts I had done pre-surgery, so I expect 6-8 weeks of that and I'll be 100% on those lifts again.

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  • 16 week progress pic. I am loving how they have progressed so far and can't wait to see 6 months and 1 year.

    If anyone is like I was going in (super nervous about having to scale back/modify workouts) I say go for it! 100% worth it.

    And my husband and I are taking a vacation next month and I get to break in some new bikinis 馃憴 

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  • Thanks for your posts! I鈥檓 4 wpo and back working out! Feels so good! Have you found a great running bra that you love?! Thanks 

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    • Bethany Doesn't it though? I was so happy to be able to go all out again after a month of hyper scaled back workouts. 

      I really like the TLA by Morgan Stewart ones. I've gotten some from a few different brands but that's definitely become my favorite. I used to do the Lululemon Free to be Serene pre-surgery but one of the biggest challenges is finding something that is tight both under the bust around the band without any gapping and the cups. 

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  • Do you carb cycle with your macros ever? I鈥檓 new to macros and we recently had a challenge at our box so I wasn鈥檛  the one to calculate mine and I鈥檓 not sure how to but I thought changing it up, especially around surgery time, might help keep weight off as I鈥檓 being less active. Any tips you have would be helpful 馃榿

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    • Amanda I personally have not done carb cycling. You could use this calculator here to try and figure those out and give it a try for a couple weeks pre-surgery.

      For post-surgery my coach adjusted my numbers down by 270 calories. Fat was cut by 10g, protein by 10g and carbs by 35g each day to account for the reduced activity. I slowly increased them back up as I got cleared for more and more in the gym.

      I would up dropping weight during recovery. But I did stay active both with CrossFit and I walked every day at least 2 miles.

      And I got vertigo at 6 weeks post-op, so that threw things off in terms of CF more than anything since it hamstrung me for a solid month plus.

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      Megan Leigh Hi Megan, I also suffer from vertigo and before I heard of the Epley Maneuver it would take me out of commission for weeks.  You should look into it and give it a try if it ever happens again. 

      On the CF note,  your dedication is a inspiration!

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      • Megan Leigh
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      Mariojas yes that was the one the doctor had me do! I still get flashed of it if I lay flat or turn my head too quickly one direction, so I might need to lick it back up for a bit. 

      And thank you so much for the kind words 馃槉

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      • Mariojas
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      Megan Leigh Heck yeah,  I have so much compassion for someone that suffers from vertigo because I know how helpless it makes you feel at glance... literally,  just look to fast in any directions and the room spins. 

      I'd suggest you do the treatment a few times till it corrects the issue.  I swear by it. 

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  • Megan Leigh Happy to hear you鈥檙e able to get back into it so quickly! I can鈥檛 imagine doing weights anytime soon. I鈥檓 6 days post op, did rhinoplasty/ septoplasty, breast augmentation plus a little lipo for stubborn arm fat I鈥檝e always tried to play off as triceps 馃槀

    defintely have felt beaten up pretty badly this week. I started walking 2 days ago but the first 3 days I spent mostly in bed and it was really hard to move, all my upper body muscles have felt handicapped. Last few days I can finally get out of bed by myself, the first three my bf would have to pull me up and then help me lay back down. 

    I don鈥檛 do CrossFit anymore but still lift weights, and do triathlons now. I鈥檓 taking it super easy for this recovery and letting my body do it鈥檚 thing. I feel puffy and bloated but the bf, who has had many surgeries in his life says he always looks fat after surgery and the swelling will go down. Doctors said to eat well so I鈥檓 just eating whatever I want and making sure I get plenty of carbs and protein to recover faster. Not worried about losing it once I start tri training again. It helps that I did mine in Turkey and I鈥檓 enjoying all the Turkish cuisine right now :) 

    how do your pec muscles feel now that you鈥檙e using them again? And also do you experience any implant deformity when flexing? I wanted to go over for that reason but ultimately decided to go with the doctors recommendation to go under for more long term success and natural looking boobs. 

    Pic is 4 days post op. Abs aren鈥檛 too visible due to stomach puffiness and I can鈥檛 wait for my boobs to settle in, since right now they feel like super tight balloons 馃巿 

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    • Gaby Sofia You look great for just a few days post-op!

      And in terms of pec muscles, the only movements I don't do that come up in CF are ring dips. I haven't tried them in a few weeks, so I'll give them a spin tonight. But I didn't like the feeling, so I just dropped that movement and did something else. And we don't do bench press, but I did do some chest flies and those felt ok. But I'm not really concerned with specifically targeting my chest for training. 

      And since we have no mirrors at CF, I am not sure about the implant deformity. I have heard about that with some women who lift/do CrossFit, but it's nothing I've noticed. 

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  • I tried push ups for the first time yesterday and they鈥檙e so hard!! 馃槱 when were you all able to do those again? I鈥檓 about 8 weeks PO now and all cleared for exercise. I鈥檝e been lifting and doing everything but chest, but I have to do push ups specifically for work and I have to build up to over 50 in a minute. I鈥檝e never really done more than 20 at a time but even one feels impossible now. It feels like it鈥檚 tugging on the incision site and my boobs definitely move apart when I flex the leg muscles. I did some chest machines to feel a more controlled movement and I鈥檓 sore today. Only mild pain after my workout yesterday, but I鈥檓 really worried I won鈥檛 be able to pass PT tests if I can鈥檛 build up my push ups in the next few months.

    Any tips ladies?

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      • Megan Leigh
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      Gaby Sofia It took me about 15 weeks (3-1/2 months) before push-ups felt 100% normal for me. I'm at 6 months post-op now and still no issues. Just give it time and do the movements that do feel good for you.

      One thing you can do to ease back into them are elevated push-ups. It's a good scaling option and will help build up that strength again--again assuming those feel ok. I just wouldn't do high sets for now. 

       

       

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  •  I am six days postop and I did a lower body only work out today. I got pretty sweaty and I noticed after my shower that my Steri-Strips were loose. Did any of you experience this? What did you do? Thinking about calling my surgeon to see if he wants me to remove and replace with new ones.

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    • Amanda I only walked for the first week since they told me not to get my heart rate over 100bpm, so I never really got sweaty while I still have the steri-strips on. They removed them at my 1 week-post op.

      I'd just call the office and ask them what to do. I certainly made a few calls/emails that first week if anything seemed the tiniest bit off and wasn't covered in my post-op instructions.

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  • Hi Megan Leigh a couple of questions for you.  Not a crossfitter, but an exerciser. I ended up here because I was wondering what your progress was on handstands? When you were doing the pull-ups, do you mind if it shifts your implants a little, or does it not feel weird or bother you at all? I'm confused on things, I'm almost a year post-op and push-ups still feel weird for me (although planks and plank type variations don't). It can't tell if it's just because I'm weak from not doing them for so long or what.  I'm afraid to even try pull-ups and handstands. I really miss these and want to be able to do exercises again, but not if it means it's going to make my implants look weird. Mine are already further apart than I like, and one is a little lower or out more (or something) --I don't want to do any damage or make them look worse, but can't find any clear info. 

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