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'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.
Days 1 - 7: slow walking only, heart rate had to stay under 100bpm
- 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 :)
Implant: 400cc Mentor Smooth High Profile
Placement/Incision: Under the muscle / inframammary incision
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.
I commented on your other post! But I’m 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’ve 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’ll be cheering you on as a fellow Crossfitter and BA buddyReply
Yay! I’m so happy I found this post! I’m also a CF’er and am about 15hrs PO.
PreOp Stats: 135lbs, 5’3”, deflated B.
Went with 400cc HP Mentor Textured Round Overs.
Still wrapped in bandages but I’ll post pics as I progress. Keep us updated on your progress as you’re a few weeks ahead of me. So happy to find this community!Reply
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.Reply
So glad of this thread! I’ve 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’ll 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’m stronger...
My stats - 5’3, 50kg, 32B pre op
335cc Motiva Ergonomix, under muscle. Surgery is on 16 Dec! Looking forward to following your journeys!Reply
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 dayReply
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.Reply
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!Reply
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
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.Reply
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 bikinisReply
Do you carb cycle with your macros ever? I’m new to macros and we recently had a challenge at our box so I wasn’t the one to calculate mine and I’m not sure how to but I thought changing it up, especially around surgery time, might help keep weight off as I’m being less active. Any tips you have would be helpfulReply
Megan Leigh Happy to hear you’re able to get back into it so quickly! I can’t imagine doing weights anytime soon. I’m 6 days post op, did rhinoplasty/ septoplasty, breast augmentation plus a little lipo for stubborn arm fat I’ve always tried to play off as triceps
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’t do CrossFit anymore but still lift weights, and do triathlons now. I’m taking it super easy for this recovery and letting my body do it’s 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’m 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’m enjoying all the Turkish cuisine right now :)
how do your pec muscles feel now that you’re 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’t too visible due to stomach puffiness and I can’t wait for my boobs to settle in, since right now they feel like super tight balloonsReply
I tried push ups for the first time yesterday and they’re so hard!! when were you all able to do those again? I’m about 8 weeks PO now and all cleared for exercise. I’ve 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’ve never really done more than 20 at a time but even one feels impossible now. It feels like it’s 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’m sore today. Only mild pain after my workout yesterday, but I’m really worried I won’t be able to pass PT tests if I can’t build up my push ups in the next few months.
Any tips ladies?Reply
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.Reply