Participating in the “WODing in their Wives’ Shoes” fundraising event for Choices for Women were, from left: Ali and Cisco Maldonado, Becky and Ben Canida, Rebekah and Cody Kiser, and Holly and Nick Fory. The husbands got a feel for what their pregnant wives experience when they exercise.  (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Participating in the “WODing in their Wives’ Shoes” fundraising event for Choices for Women were, from left: Ali and Cisco Maldonado, Becky and Ben Canida, Rebekah and Cody Kiser, and Holly and Nick Fory. The husbands got a feel for what their pregnant wives experience when they exercise. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
CrossFit workouts are known for their intensity.

Now imagine that kind of a workout with an extra 20 or 30 pounds around your midsection.

This week four local men did just that for a fundraiser called "WODing in their Wives' Shoes."

The four fathers-to-be, cheered on by their pregnant wives, were outfitted with either a pregnancy simulation suit or a medicine ball that was taped to their abdomen.

Then the men went through a typical WOD, or Workout of the Day, similar to the routines their expectant wives follow.

"We thought it would be great for the husbands of all the ladies who are currently pregnant to do a workout in their wives' shoes to see how hard it can be and to see how much extra weight we are carrying - how uncomfortable that can be," Holly Fory said.

Fory and her husband, Nick, own Mad City CrossFit. Nick was one of the participants.

The other participating couples were Cisco and Ali Maldonado, Ben and Becky Canida and Cody and Rebekah Kiser.

"When they first told me about the workout I was all for it," Cody Kiser said. "I thought it would be a good idea for our wives to see us do this hard workout," he said.

"But it was torture. Just getting the bar up to your chest, you've got this object to go around. It's just something that we guys don't understand, but I guess we do a little bit more now."

"It was so funny," Rebekah Kiser said. She said she and the other pregnant women in the group are still doing many of the same workouts.

Then, wiping a drop of sweat from her husband's brow, she said, "So it was nice to see the husbands go out there and get a little extra sweat going on and have fun with it."

The event was not only to help the husbands gain an appreciation for their wives' workout struggles. It was also a chance to raise money for an organization that helps local women and families.

"We used the event as a fun fundraiser for Choices for Women," Fory said. "It looks like we collected $400."

Choices for Women provides free pregnancy testing, ultrasound verification, peer counseling, information about pregnancy, fetal development and abortion risks, education on parenting and adoption, post-abortion help, referrals to local help agencies and abstinence education at local schools through the Pure Initiative.

Choices for Women recently moved to 304 Jefferson St. Its hours are Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone in need of assistance, anyone looking to volunteer, or looking to donate funds can reach Choices for Women by phone at (812) 273-0400.