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Pregnant CrossFit Mom Incites The Haters

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Lea-AnnEllison/Image via Facebook
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CrossFitters are known for their intensity, their commitment to working out and at times their cult-like dedication to their sport of choice. But one L.A. woman has the internet up in arms—at eight months pregnant, Lea-Ann Ellision did a photo shoot at CrossFit Hollywood. A picture of her doing an overhead squat (below) was posted on CrossFit's Facebook page, and commenters went ballistic.

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Lea-Ann Ellison/Image via Facebook

Some called her "sickening" and "stupid," while others condescended to her. Brian Gee wondered, "Why risk anything?"

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Sarah Thomas said: "I hope you realize how lucky you truly are. When I was pregnant with my kiddo, I kept up the "active" lifestyle and due to the lifting I'd been doing, I had a placental abruption that could have taken my life and the life of my child."

Ellison, who is apparently a long-time athlete, has been outspoken about the hate the entire time, writing:

This went up on the CrossFit FB page 2 hours ago. 451 shares MANY likes. Some haters of course but mostly love. I can't believe this photo has caused this much stir but it makes me hopeful that it will inspire other strong healthy moms to continue on doing what they love. Pregnancy is not an illness!

and:

Thank you also to the haters who continue to prove their weak minded, self hatred toward strong powerful women. I am glad I personally don't know any of you toxic douche bags.

She has since gone on to do another photo shoot for In Touch magazine, and will appear on Inside Edition.

In comments, Ellison notes that her exercise regimen has been approved by her midwives.