Written on April 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Kate Branciforte, editorial intern
It’s no doubt that it takes a special kind of woman to be a mother. Moms everywhere are some of the most inspiring women we know! And Lashinda Demus has given us a full cup of motivation mojo to sip on. In 2011, she captured the title of USA Track and Field Champion and set the American record in the 400-meter hurdles in 52.47 seconds. Oh, we should probably mention that she accomplished these goals after she gave birth to twins, lost the 50 pounds of baby weight she had on her 5’7” frame and overcame postpartum depression.
Six short weeks after giving birth, Demus was back on the track with her coach, training to get back into tip-top shape. But her coach isn’t your ordinary trainer. From the household to the track, 29-year-old Demus is taking hints from her mother, Yolanda Demus, another accomplished athlete who was a former NCAA 400-meter champion at California State University in Los Angeles.
We caught up with full-time mom, wife and 2012 Olympic-medal hopeful Lashinda Demus to find out how she clears the hurdles that come with being a crazy-busy parent.
Your journey from new mom to Olympic competitor is truly inspiring! How long did it take you to get back into elite shape after you gave birth?
A doctor typically advises mothers to wait six weeks before you do anything, but I thought I was Superwoman and decided to start training again four weeks after having the twins. I quickly came back down to reality; I really had to figure out how to run with my new body because everything that I was used to had changed. Even though I still moved forward with my training, I paid special attention to any body signals that I might be pushing too much. In total, it took me about nine months to get back to elite shape.
You also dealt with postpartum depression. Did training help you overcome this?
Actually, I was really depressed while I was pregnant, so the training after was more like an outlet of all these mixed emotions I had during my pregnancy. It helped me snap out of it and realize that I was getting something I’ve always wanted—a family. I didn’t have to make a choice between my career and being a mother. Relieving myself of that pressure changed my way of thinking, so in turn, I got so excited about bringing my two sons into the world.