Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Boobs and Barbells

Today on my instagram (@sarah_bowmar), I posted a workout video that included burpees and I made the comment that I don't do the pushup because of my implants. And it sparked a frenzy.

Here's a little background on my implant journey:

When I was 19, 3 days before my second year of college started,  I had my first breast augmentation in Indianapolis, Indiana. I started with very little natural mass- I'm talking like a small A. My surgeon was able to give me 350 CC saline implants and one of the only things she forbade me to do was to lift chest with those implants. When you lift chest, your pec muscles will separate (hence, the chest split I'm sure you all have heard or seen online). This is great if that's the look you are going for- horrible if you have implants under the muscle like me (as your implants will move as your pec moves, therefore, giving you little to no cleavage).

So I obviously listed to Dr. Short. She's a surgeon and I am not. During the next 6 years. I added about 35 pounds of mass to my 5'3 frame. This resulted in my then "huge" implants looking quite average. For me, I was no longer comfortable.

In December of 2014, I decided to have my implants removed and replaced. This time, in Columbus, OH. I had 550 CC silicone implants replace my current saline ones. Again, under the muscle. My surgeon, again, suggested that I avoid isolating my chest muscles in any workouts that I do.

Does this mean that everyone with implants needs to avoid working chest? NO. But for my body, my implants, my placement, and my workouts- it was suggested to me twice by two different surgeons at two different points in my life with two different types of implants to not isolate chest- doctors do know what they are talking about!

If you are concerned at all about your implants, then ask or call your surgeon! That's what they are there for!

Happy Boobs For Life!!!

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  2. Love your honesty! (Especially when so many other fitness professionals aren't very transparent). Would love to see a blog post about why you decided to get implants, how it's affected your fitness etc.!

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  3. I am a certified plastic surgery nurse and a figure competitor.
    First off thank you for stating to ask the doc!!! They all have different opinions.
    I myself have subpec saline implants and I am allowed to do pushups and any other chest work I chose.
    Ladies, please make sure you are following your physicians post op instructions when getting back to the gym!

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