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Articles: Coaching and Training

How to Support Your Clients Through Miscarriage and Infant Loss

Miscarriage, stillbirth, elective termination, failed IVF, childbirth, SIDS — these are all examples of pre-term and neonatal loss. Pregnancy loss is often defined by how far along the pregnancy was when the loss occurred: Miscarriage (or spontaneous abortion) happens before the 20th week. Stillbirth is loss that occurs after the 20th week. An elective termination (abortion), […]

How to Help Your Postpartum Clients Heal Diastasis Recti

During pregnancy, as the baby is developing and the belly grows, what many pregnant women don’t realize is that, to accommodate that growth, changes are occurring not only in the uterus and skin, but all also in the abdominal muscles. Toward the later stages of pregnancy, continued expansion of the uterus is possible thanks to […]

Let’s Talk About Black Female Representation in Fitness

I have been in the fitness profession for approximately more than six years as a Pilates instructor extraordinaire who also cross trains across a lot of different modalities. I am a Black woman with two adult children who are both athletes. Over the past several years, the reach and influence of social media have grown […]

How to Train Clients with Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction

Pregnancy is a time of tremendous change and growth, both for baby and mom. A woman’s body undergoes many structural adaptations to accommodate the growing baby and prepare for birth, and she may develop any of several painful conditions as a consequence of some of those changes. Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) is one such condition […]

Creating Welcoming Gym Environments for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Athletes

It’s no secret that working out and strength training can have positive effects on our mental health. Exercise can reduce anxiety and depression. 1,2 It can also contribute to increased self-confidence and help us feel more at-home in our bodies. Transgender individuals tend to struggle with depression and anxiety at higher rates than the general […]

How to Train Clients with SI Joint Pain in Pregnancy

Sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain can be a common experience for pregnant moms. This discomfort is felt on the back side of the pelvis. We have a sacroiliac joint on both the left and right side of the pelvis, where the hip bones (the ilium) meet the tailbone (the sacrum). These are robust joints supported by […]

7 Ways Fitness Professionals Can Help Their Clients Improve Their Body Image

Personal trainers and fitness instructors have a lot of influence when it comes to matters relating to body image. As trusted authorities, they are often privy to intimate information about their clients’ bodies and experiences and have the power to lay the groundwork for meaningful conversations about body image. As a personal trainer, I can’t […]

5 Mistakes Trainers Make When Coaching Postnatal Clients

Exercise is incredibly beneficial after pregnancy, though your client’s workouts will look quite different from what she might have been used to doing before the baby’s arrival. Coaching postnatal fitness clients, when done well, supports all the transitions happening in a new mom’s body as well as her life. Good postnatal fitness coaching is thorough, […]

6 Mistakes Trainers Make When Coaching Pregnant Clients

Strength training in pregnancy is a form of physical activity that can be modified, exercise by exercise, to your client’s changing pregnant body, regardless of what stage of pregnancy she’s in. It can also help prepare her body to be better able to handle the physical stress of a progressing pregnancy and help to ward […]