“But I had been working very closely on- holistically- on keeping my hormones and all those types of things- that’s always been really important to me- on keeping those kinds of things where they should be. And so, then I kind of wasn’t surprised, but I still thought, “Oh how on Earth is my body capable of that after a grueling CrossFit Games week?” But then I was also... I was pleasantly surprised and really excited and I went, “Okay, this is obviously where I’m supposed to be for now.” And I thought, “I’m pretty sure I’m going to want to compete again, but I’m just gonna take it day by day,” because you don’t know how it will play out. And I’ve just done that really since it happened. You know, I just promised myself that I would accept and enjoy where I’m at and not sort of focus on where I’ve been or where I’m going to be, and just kind of enjoy the process and be grateful for the fact, for one, that I even have the capability of being pregnant because that can a feat in itself.” - Kara Saunders
Kara Saunders is a seven-time CrossFit Games veteran with four top-10 finishes under her belt, including 2nd place in 2017 and 4th place in 2018. Growing up as an only child until the age of 13, she naturally found herself turning to sports for entertainment, her favorite being swimming. At 19, a personal trainer introduced her to CrossFit, and Kara’s raw talent, hard work, and discipline quickly led her to success in the sport.
Not only is Kara a decorated Games athlete, in 2017, she also became an affiliate owner, opening the doors to CrossFit Kova, in Brisbane, Australia, where she resides with her husband Matt.
These days, Kara is taking a different approach to her training- shortly after the 2018 Games, she became pregnant with her first child. We caught up to discuss what it’s like to make the transition from competitive athlete to expectant mother, the training and nutrition practices Kara is applying to foster a healthy pregnancy, and how Kara is drawing from her CrossFit Games experience to balance the stress of being a business owner and first-time mom.
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