Postpartum Comeback Journey
I’m a new mother and co-founder of Ice Chamber, a unique athletic training facility in Albany, CA that has grown to over 300 members in the course of 3 years. My area of expertise is getting women (especially moms) in top shape utilizing kettlebells, bodyweight movements, weightlifting, and their natural environment. My credentials include: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), Certified Kettlebell Lifting Coach (AKC), Certified Kettlebell Trainer (IKFF), Certified Club Coach (USAW), BA Sociology from U.C. Berkeley.
Having been a sedentary person for most of my life, my personal fitness journey started only 8 years ago after the miscarriage of my first pregnancy. As strange as this may sound, surviving both a birth and death in the same moment made me feel oddly powerful and inspired me to shed the negative self-image that plagued most of my teen and college years. I ended up using that miscarriage as a life changing opportunity. I did what many of you did; I found a trainer and never looked back. Since then, I’ve helped hundreds of people lose weight and build inner strength.
In 2007 I became pregnant again. I never anticipated how much weight I would gain while growing a 9 pound boy for ten months. I planned on being one of those girls we all see on You Tube and running laps during my last trimester, but in reality all I could do was walk in straight lines… and even that was difficult. I made it to the other side, survived major abdominal surgery, and was left with 40 of the 50 pounds gained during my pregnancy. At 5 feet tall, fat clings to me like scuba gear.
Like so many brave mothers before me, adjusting to being a sleep-deprived-post-surgery-nursing-new-mom in addition to wife, business owner, and trainer was not easy for me. I agreed to capture my postpartum training days on video in order to show the reality—good and bad—of this humbling time in my life. The video featured below chronicles my comeback journey. In it, you’ll see the phases of my weight loss over the past year, from the cesarean birth to becoming a national gold medalist at the American Kettlebell Club Classic in Las Vegas (while still a nursing mom).
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MAYACHELA (MAYA) GARCIA is an accomplished Kettlebell Sport athlete, the co-founder of Ice Chamber, a successful athletic training company in the San Francisco Bay Area, and mother to her nearly three year old son, Mateo. She is a Master of Sport in the 20kg Long Cycle and a Candidate for Master of Sport in the Biathlon, a 9x Gold medalist, and is the 1st American to win an Overall Best Lifter award in the International Union of Kettlebell Lifting... more »