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:

 

MIIT

 

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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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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Postnatal-16If you’re a Fitness Instructor, Pilates Teacher or Personal Trainer who has often toyed with the idea of working with postnatal clients, I’m here to help!

 

Working with new mums and running outdoor buggy workouts, whatever the weather is a great way of filling up your daytime slots where other classes have failed.

 

Have a watch of my vlog below where I list not just one reason, but 4 reasons why you should be working with postnatal women.

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SONY DSCThere’s no real “yes” or “no” answer to the question: “Can clients give themselves abdominal separation after birth?”, but in today’s post, I’m hoping to educate you, as a Fitness/Pilates Professional, with a little bit more about what abdominal separation is, and how certain movements, and indeed general habits of several new mums can actually cause abdominal separation, or indeed make it worse.

 

If this is the first time you’ve heard about Diastasis Recti (the technical term for abdominal separation), you may want to educate yourself more about the condition.  

 

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personaltrainingWhen it comes time for new mums to return exercise, it can be a tad on the uncomfortable side if they’re breastfeeding.

 

I’ve worked with over 1,000 new mums and I’m here to share my top tips for making exercise whilst breastfeeding more comfortable.

 

Grab a pen and paper to jot some notes down and feel free to list them in your weekly newsletter, on Twitter or on your Facebook Page.

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Postnatal-53Setting up an outdoor buggy class for new mums is a brilliant way of training, for them, for their babies and for you too.

 

But, beware!  There are certain qualifications and insurance boundaries you need to adhere to when running outdoor exercise classes for new mums.

 

To save you time, I’ve spelt everything out in a little vlog for you below, so grap a pen and paper, make some notes and let me know if you have any further questions:

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