5 Reasons Why Interval Training is Awesome For Postnatal Clients

Postnatal DVD film shootWhen it comes to training postnatal women, I’m a big believer in interval training.


When we think of ‘interval training’ however, the acronym HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) often springs to mind, doesn’t it?


High intensity isn’t so good for new mums, as you know.


And, that’s why I’ve renamed things:




which stands for:


Mummy Intensity Interval Training


What do you think?!


If you’re a little apprehensive about doing circuit/timed-style workouts with your new mummy clients, please don’t be concerned.


It’s perfectly safe and can be a very effective way of training your clients.


Today, I’m sharing my:


“Top 5 Reasons Why Interval Training is Awesome for Postnatal Clients”


Are you ready?


Ok, here’s why I think Interval Training rocks my mummies’ worlds.




It’s not groundbreaking news that interval training (where your clients’ heart rate goes into different training zones) is good for fat-burning, is it? Clients come along to my classes for a workout. If your new mums are like mine, it’s probable that they attend just one session with you per week and do no other structured, postnatal-safe exercise outside this. So, in essence, I want to make their workout worth my clients’ time and interval training slots in nicely.




Pilates / Yoga teachers reading this please don’t assume that you’re exempt from teaching your exercise methods ‘interval-stylee’. I’ve done loads of timed workouts with my pre/postnatal clients where we go from standing to the floor, move positions seamlessly on the mat and tick off 10 exercises and a whole host of muscles groups in between whilst we’re there. If you’re stuck in an exercise rut with your postnatal clients, mix up the norm and fiddle about with interval training.




Interval training is how I work out myself. I love it, because it’s literally only 10-20 minutes out of my morning, and the best bit is – I get results. There are many ways you can plan interval workouts and I’ll explain the ins and out of this in a future article, but all I’m saying here is, if your clients are short on time, but want results that are ultimately safe and effective, do consider work versus rest type workouts.




It’s true, isn’t it? How difficult is it sometimes to give the mums who’ve been with you for 6 months+ a jolly good workout, without compromising on intensity for those that are just 6 weeks postnatal? Interval training simplifies things and all you need to do is instruct one exercise with a few difficult adaptations, set your timer and off everyone goes. Your clients aren’t stupid – if they’ve had enough of one exercise before the bell sounds, they will stop and take a break.




You can simply and easily devise a full-body workout for your new mums in a matter of minutes. With just a bit of planning, you can target the upper body, lower body, core, throwing in a few functional movements whilst you’re there.



postnatal circuit cardsAnd there you have it.


My top tips for including interval training workouts in your exercise sessions for new mums.


If you’d like more info on how my MIIT (Mummy Intensity Interval Training) works and how I’m able to structure workouts so everyone’s looked after, then click here.



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  • By Lisa 05 Apr 2016

    Hi, how is MIIT training different to HIIT?

    • By clairemockridge 05 Apr 2016

      Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for your question. HIIT stands for high intensity interval training. High impact work isn’t so safe for the pre/postnatal client, so I adapt exercises to be MIIT ‘mummy-intensity’ instead.



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