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  • By Julie Shaw 19 Nov 2013

    Yes, I agree with these times, just before baby gets sleep for their afternoon nap.

  • By Jen 21 Mar 2014

    What a dignifed, professional post Claire. Such a ludicrous situation, and such outgrageous behaviour from the FitPro in question. Just deplorable, and completely unprofessional!

  • By Sarah K Jones 21 Mar 2014

    Hi Claire, I applaud you for the clarity and maturity with which you have handled this issue. Its not easy to be in the firing line of such accusations and projections and you have managed this situation beautifully. All the very best!

  • By Amanda 21 Mar 2014

    Well done, a great response to what would seem to me to be completely unfounded accusation. Keep the faith Claire.

  • By Fiona Brown 21 Mar 2014

    Hi Claire
    I tried to leave a message on that blog saying I was a bit confused as to how this woman thought you were stealing her work?

    I pointed out that I had been teaching the exercises you have in your photos since 1986 and that nobody has the copyright on seated adductor work with a ball or DynaBand

    Each and every Realistic Pilates instructor that I have trained (150 +) has used these exercises with clients

    Unfortunately it would not allow me to add my comment .

    She obviously is very full of her own importance!

    Keep your chin up 🙂

    • By clairemockridge 21 Mar 2014

      Gosh, Fiona – you’re such a star! Thanks so much for your kind words of support and encouragement – it means a lot. My chin is up, thanks to you 🙂

  • By lindsay beale 21 Mar 2014

    Look how much love and support you have Claire;-) I do think this back stabbing/sniping/’my way is the only way ‘ attitude is appalling… the fitness world is HUGE, there is and always will be tons of people we won’t reach… praise be there is enough space for all of us to make a living and pardon you for trying to help people along the way! Tits up lovely. Karma 😉

  • By Anita 21 Mar 2014

    OMG! Without you and your knowledge Claire; I think many of us esp newbies would be in the dark! I can’t see how this person can justify you stealing their or anyone’s work! I never realised exercises were copyrighted or trade marked (that’s my sarcasn)! You’re a professional in what you do and your response! Last night’s webinar was really interesting, just smile and carry on, you have our support!

  • By Sharon 21 Mar 2014

    What a ludicrous accusation and a very dignified and professional response. You can hold your head up high Claire 🙂

  • By Jurga Proudlove 08 Apr 2014

    Hi Claire! I’m not quite sure I understand the second point in your post: “Doing isolated Kegels to an already tight set of pelvic floor muscles will only make it tighter, weaker and looser.” If the pelvic floor muscles are tight, surely that’s a good thing, isn’t it?

    • By clairemockridge 08 Apr 2014

      Hi there Jurga! Great question! It’s difficult to understand, isn’t it? Basically, a tight muscle isn’t a functional muscle. Think of the hamstrings or the pectoral muscles – when these are tight, it pulls everything out of alignment, and causes pain elsewhere to help the body compensate. And, a tight muscle doesn’t necessarily equal ‘strong’. Does that make sense? When it comes to the pelvic floor and pregnancy, you want mums-to-be to have a ‘flexible’ pelvic floor, not a ‘tight’ one to enable their body to facilitate childbirth. It’s important that the pelvic floor is able to do everything that’s asked of it, including being able to ‘strong’ and ‘flexible’ to enable it to ‘relax’ to push a baby out. Does that help?

  • By Jurga Proudlove 16 Apr 2014

    Thank you for your reply Claire – it does make sense. I was thinking more of the state of the pelvic floor muscles after the birth/s and hence thought that tight would be great!

    • By clairemockridge 16 Apr 2014

      No problems, Jurga. Glad my explanation was clear for you. Tight doesn’t necessarily mean functional when it comes to muscles, and particularly to the pelvic floor ones.

  • By Gill 05 May 2014

    Good sound advice. If clients are finding the squats and lunges tricking to get correct alinement try using suspension strapes ie TRX

    • By clairemockridge 05 May 2014

      Hi Gill! Excellent suggestion! Another thing you can do is open a door, and hold onto the door handles either side of the door as you lower down. Works a treat too 🙂

  • By Gill 01 Jun 2014

    USEFUL refresher…thank you

  • By Cherry baker 08 Jun 2014

    Lovely video , very clear and straight forwards . You come across sooo we I always look like I’m frowning
    Claire I have been searching for research and evidence base for this topic and despite lots of communication with my physio mates I can’t find anything .
    Do you have any evidence based research you could pint me to ?

    • By clairemockridge 10 Jun 2014

      I’ll email you some research on this when I’m back in my office. Will need to dig out a few links for you. No problems at all though, Cherry 🙂

  • By Cherry baker 09 Jun 2014

    Note to self must wear glasses when emailing late at night . Sorry Claire he he.

    Still searching for research not sure where this evidence comes from but so excited to learn new stuff if there something out there .

    Have a lovely day

    • By clairemockridge 10 Jun 2014

      Tee hee. Very good idea re glasses! Alignment issues affect pelvic floor flexibility and were unfortunately harnessing a generation of women who sit down a lot for work, rest and play. They sit with their tailbone tucked under which over time, tightens the pelvic floor. Pregnant women need to get flexibility back into their pelvic floor muscles to help facilitate childbirth. Does that help at all?

  • By Cherry baker 01 Sep 2014

    I’m more commonly getting told that Doctors are saying to mums to be not to sleep on there backs !
    This is putting fear of God into them when they wake up and find themselves on their back .
    I feel this is not necessary as you are proped up and if you has oxygen shortage enough to damage baby you would wake up . What does everybody else think ?
    Do you know anything about lazy daisy classes ? Don’t know anything about them just not sure what time means ?

  • By Ann Leyton 07 Sep 2014

    Very useful as ever Thanks Claire

  • By Cherry baker 07 Sep 2014

    Really good advice .

  • By Sara 14 Sep 2014

    I’m wondering about indoor/outdoor cycling, as well as squats.
    Thx! Very helpful!

    • By clairemockridge 14 Sep 2014

      Hi there Sara. Thanks for your question. I think cycling would be fine – it’s a very individual condition, so comfort comes first on this one. Re: squats – I’d tend to advise clients to not go too deep into a squat, instead, I place a yoga block/small inflated ball inbetween the knees and get them to engage their inner thighs when they squat to activate the inner thighs, and not to focus on getting their knees over their ankles, not their toes. Does that help?

  • By Gill 14 Sep 2014

    What are your thoughts on using the power plate if you have apops for general exercises like squats. Superman, shoulder bridge?

    • By clairemockridge 15 Sep 2014

      Hi there Gill. Power Plate usage is very individual when a client has POP. She might be fine the day of the session, but as the day progresses, she may get some tenderness or that dragging of the ligaments feeling. Squats are fine (see my note on previous blog about modifications). Superman – fine. Shoulder bridge – excellent for POP symptoms, because it’s an anti-gravity exercise and great for strengthening the glutes, the pelvic floor and the core. Hope that helps 🙂

  • By Tanja 05 Nov 2014

    Great post, Lots to think about! 🙂

  • By Maura 05 Nov 2014

    Thanks as always, Claire! Can you elaborate a bit as to why “pay as you go” does not work well with this population? I currently have a drop-in option, but am considering eliminating it after reading your newsletter today. Thank you! Maura

    • By clairemockridge 06 Nov 2014

      Hi there Maura. Re: pay as you go for pre/postnatal, I’d never suggest setting up classes with this as your sole payment system. You’ll get very irregular attendance and little commitment if you run sessions this way, not to mention limited profit. I allow the odd client here and there to pay per session (if there’s space available), but that’s only after they’ve finished their 10 session class pass and they’re not able to buy another 10 due to a) going back to work soon (postnatal), or b) due very soon (pregnancy). Does that clarify things a little more? Regards, Claire

  • By Tanja 18 Nov 2014

    Awesome post – I actually saw it on FB the other day and thought that’s a great idea! going to give it a go!

    • By clairemockridge 18 Nov 2014

      It’s really cool, Tanja. I’ve added a few things to my jar this month, and really look forward to going through the little slips of paper at the end of the year 🙂

  • By Maura 30 Nov 2014

    Yes! Thank you, Claire. Just seeing your response now. What do you think of offering 5 or 10 class packs (pay up front), but drop into class? While payment has been received, attendance is still spotty for me. Would you advise running the majority of classes as pre-book series? Thank you as always! Maura

  • By Julie Bickerton 19 Oct 2015

    Hi Claire, this is the way I want to go with ‘extras’. I would like to work on producing worksheets but not sure what format to go with. I’m currently looking at how to structure my add ons. My fave extras are Youtube vidoes but they are just done in my front room and I need more kit to make them more ‘professional’. I’d love to do an online course and offer it to my mums who are already on my course for a reduced price. Any advice much appreciated. Thanks for the blog, great!

    • By clairemockridge 20 Oct 2015

      Hi Julie. Thanks for your comment. Adding value to your customers really is the way forward and helps to set you apart from your competitors. I actually produced my own worksheets using PowerPoint (you’d be surprised how easy it is to use), and then I saved them as a pdf file. You can add pictures of you demonstrating the exercises and all of the watch points, muscles worked, number of reps etc as well. Does that help?

  • 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.



  • By Sarah 15 May 2016

    I think your approach is standard, I wouldn’t do it any other way with any of my clients. In group
    Or 1 to 1. I’m interested in sharing more on types
    Of Exercises and stretches that have had benefits to clients. Do you have a forum for this too?

  • By Keri 04 Jan 2017

    Thank you for the article. Can you provide names of some potential insurers please?

  • By Web Hosting 04 Mar 2017

    The material in this course approaches pelvic floor function from a whole body perspective vs. individual symptom or diagnosis perspective. Because of this, the material is applicable to a wide range of symptoms including pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, pelvic floor tension, pelvic floor weakness, etc.

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