Pregnant woman sitting on fitness ball holding belly.Today, I’m sharing with you what I consider to be the 3 Top Causes of Back Pain for our pregnant and postnatal clients.

The tips I’m listing here aren’t just for pregnant women by the way, but for anyone – male or female, old or young, fit or unfit etc.

Feel free to share this information around amongst your work colleagues, friends, neighbours and respective others.

It could really help someone close to you and set off a few light bulbs in the process.

A lot of people suffer with back pain, but aren’t aware of what it is that’s often the culprit.

Here goes:

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Postnatal-57I think the important thing to point out with interval training is that the intensity level for both pre and postnatal needs to be safe.

The words ‘safe and effective’ are often paired nicely together when we talk about pre/postnatal exercise, aren’t they?

Today, I’m sharing my Top Tips for Making Interval Training Effective for your Postnatal Clients.

So, here goes:


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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

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When it comes to challenging your pre/postnatal clients, it’s important that you get the balance right.Prenatal-109

Correct me if I’m wrong, but you do want to make your clients’ hour of exercise with you once a week, worth their while, whilst keeping it safe and effective.

There are a few hints and tips of the trade to help you, the Pre/Postnatal Specialist, ensure that you’re applying the ‘Goldy Locks’ method whereby you’re getting things ‘just right’ for your clients, without skimping on safety.

Here goes:

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Postnatal-31When it comes to teaching pre and postnatal, and for me in particular Pilates instruction for these populations, it’s both simple and scary all at the same time.

Why simple?

Well, once you know the limitations or boundaries of what’s safe and what’s not for the pre/postnatal client, it’s like there’s a simple line that you just don’t cross.

There are exercises you’ll feel comfortable teaching to your prenatal groups and other movements you’ll find are more appropriate for 1-2-1 situations.

Why scary?

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Pregnant woman sitting on fitness ball holding belly.When it comes to teaching an exercise class for pregnant women there are several elements to making your sessions successful.


We know, as Pre/Postnatal FitPros, that there are various components of fitness like muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and so on.


If one element is missing, it’s not quite complete, is it?


And, realistically, it’s your CLIENTS that are missing out, eh?


I’m here to share the top essential elements your pregnancy class should contain, for maximum effect:

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pelvisfloorsideIf you’ve not jumped on the whole functional, movement-based pelvic floor exercise bandwagon, then I’m here to share you some easy, simple exercises with you that will help train your pre/postnatal clients’ pelvic floor muscles.

If you missed my series of articles giving away Everything You Should Know About Training the Pelvic Floor, they’re listed here:

1)      3 Things You Should Know About Training the Pelvic Floor Muscles

2)      3 MORE Things You Should Know About Training the Pelvic Floor Muscles

3)      EVEN 3 More Things You Should Know About Training the Pelvic Floor Muscles

Nowadays, I don’t prescribe isolated ‘Kegels’ to my clients.

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94_ab separation_no stripesRighto, so this is Part 3 in a series of blogs to assist you, the Pre/Postnatal Specialist enhance your skills when testing for abdominal separation.


Are you enjoying the posts so far, by the way? If so, pop a comment below, or better still, share this information with your FitPro friends.


If you haven’t stumbled upon Parts 1 or 2 of this wonderful series of articles, here they are below:

1)       3 Tips on Testing Abdominal Separation

2)       Another 3 Tips on Testing Abdominal Separation


Might be best to read those first and then come back here, me thinks.

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Claire-230This is part 2 in a series of posts relating to testing abdominal separation for the Pre/Postnatal Specialist.


Today, I’m sharing 3 MORE tips for getting to grips with what it is you should be testing for, whether there’s a right and a wrong way to be dealing with postnatal clients and how getting this skill accurate can enhance your role as a Pre/Postnatal Specialist.


If you didn’t manage to read my article last week listing the first of 3 top tips on testing abdominal separation, click here to get yourself clued up.

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Claire-230So, when it comes to testing for abdominal separation, (formally known as diastasis recti), whilst it’s not mandatory that you check every new mummy client who comes through your doors, I’d say it certainly adds another string to your bow as a Pre/Postnatal Specialist.


Abdominal separation is quite common with 35-62% of women suffering with the condition after birth.


To improve your confidence, technique or just to brush up your skills for testing new mums for separation, here are my top tips:

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