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How to gauge readiness for activity with Pre & Post Natal clients

There’s a number of aspects which must be considered when designing a pre/post-natal programme. Once screening has occurred you need to be able to interpret your client’s readiness.

Firstly, we will look at your client’s general health status. The presence of contraindications and complications must be acknowledged in order to protect both mother and child. You have an ethical responsibility to screen your client and refer them to their GP or midwife where needed. Read More

Credible sources of information for training Pre & Post Natal clients

It is ethically responsible for you as a trainer to use credible sources of information to refer back to in regard to training pre/post-natal clients.

There are a lot of myths which circulate and trainers who pass on information like Chinese whispers which soon become nonsense. The pre/post-natal training guides can be minefields if you don’t use credible resources, especially when implementing them into your clients training. Read More

Developing a working relationship with Pre & Post Natal clients

It is important to present yourself and organisation positively to all clients, this is expected of all professionals no matter who the client. However, the aspect of coaching and training pre/post-natal clients is a heavily debated subject, so you need to be on top of your game at all times.

It’s essential you establish a rapport before expecting the client to work with you. A pre/post-natal client may be wary about training due to the health risks it could create. It’s hard to hide the fact that there sadly is more risks and contraindications behind training pregnant women. There will also be a feeling of uncertainty, as the client will want you to show knowledge and understanding of what they’re going through, whilst ensuring they are safe. Read More

Contraindications for Pre & Post Natal clients

It is thoroughly advised that each fitness professional screens their pre/post-natal client intensely. ACOG (2015) have set a list of absolute and relative contraindications to exercise during the pregnancy phase.

Below is a list of absolute contraindications. This means that physical activity could be life threatening to either the individual or child if these symptoms occur.

– Hemodynamically significant heart disease Read More

What barriers are there for pre/post-natal women?

With the changing world, many women still want to exercise and keep fit during pregnancy, however many are scared of the effects which it may have on their bodies and the baby’s. With that in mind, let’s look at some barriers and discuss how to address them.

Firstly, focussing on pre-natal females –

Fear of miscarriage/harming the baby

Communicate with the client and ensure they know the benefits of exercise, make them aware that by exercise we don’t mean vigorous training. Ensure they are also aware that the trainer is qualified to teach the pregnant individuals and will adapt training to suit them per trimester. Read More

Mental Health Issues – Addiction and abuse

It may come as a surprise to many people that addiction is actually a mental health issue, many of us suffer from addiction in daily life whether it be minor addiction to major addiction, potentially causing loss of life.

An addiction is referred to as an individual using, taking or doing something which could be seen as harmful. The most often addictions relate to substances. Substances refer to anything ingested to affect normal functioning, these may include highs or alter your senses. Some substances are legal however the majority of addictions are to illegal substances. Read More

Myth Busting: Mental Health Edition

With mental health issues, there comes a whole host of myths surrounding those with illnesses. What better way to teach people about these than with some myth busting 101?

Myth 1 – Hardly anyone has mental health issues.

Very much incorrect, it’s reported 1 in 4 of us experience some sort of mental health issue every year.

Myth 2 – You can’t help someone with mental health issues. Read More

Mental Health: Stigma and Discrimination in life

There’s a huge stigma around mental health, which in turn can begin a load of discrimination to individuals which sadly suffer from this illness.

So firstly, let’s work out the difference between a stigma and discrimination

– A Stigma is a process in which an individual or group of individuals are devalued due to a real or perceived difference Read More

New Qualification – Level 3 Award in Supporting Pre & Post Natal Clients

New qualification announcement! We are proud to announce that we now offer students the chance to increase their knowledge on pre & post-natal clients with our new Level 3 Qualification.

Physical activity is known to be part of a healthy lifestyle and many women wish to pursue and active lifestyle during pregnancy as well as into the postnatal period, whether they are an experienced exerciser or a newcomer. Upon becoming pregnant, many regular exercisers wish to continue participating in their chosen activities without fear of harming themselves or their baby. Read More

Apprenticeships are for life, not just school leavers

So, if you hadn’t noticed February 3rd to 9th was National Apprenticeship week and we are proud to announce we are an active supporter of apprenticeships with our 5 amazing apprenticeships.

“Wait, you’re not just a fitness provider?” Don’t worry we hear you, if you haven’t seen any of our social posts over the last week or listened to episode #025 of VelocityRadio you won’t know that we’ve began rolling out 4 new apprenticeships alongside our already distinguished Level 3 Personal Training Apprenticeship. These include – Read More