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How to Talk to Your Client About Their Birth Experience (and Why It Matters)

Not all mothers identify strongly with motherhood, just as not all mothers give the birth of their child much thought after the fact. However, for a large number of women, birthing a baby is one of the most transformative moments of their life: it is when a new part of their identity is revealed, that […]

What Coaches Need to Know About Postpartum Depression

Your clients who have or who will have a baby are amazing. These women endure a 40-week metamorphosis to grow a human, involving constantly changing size and shape, as well as increasing their blood volume by approximately 50 percent, their estrogen production exponentially, and the world population by 1. These women have experienced a powerful […]

What Gym Equipment Can Be Used During Labor and Childbirth?

You may be wondering under which circumstance could a woman want or need gym equipment to assist her in the process of labor and childbirth. As it turns out, plenty! Consider the following scenarios: Women wishing to labor in the comfort of their home for as long as possible before heading out to the hospital. […]

Should Pregnant Clients Do High-Impact Exercise?

I remember it like it was yesterday: I was 18 weeks into my first pregnancy. A little slower, but still bound and determined to run through all of it. As I headed out on my first mile towards the Potomac River trails — I live in the DC Metro area — I had to stop […]

Coaching & Training Women Academy Spotlight: Sharon Jackson

Name: Sharon Jackson Age: 48 Location: Fort Worth, TX What was your first thought when you learned about the Coaching & Training Women Academy and the Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification? My first thought was that this would be a good certification to get because I work with so many expecting moms! What do you […]

How to Train a Pregnant Client Who’s New to Exercise

What do you do if your new client is not only pregnant, but has never really been an “exerciser?” This can be a challenging situation for a fitness professional, especially if you are new to training pregnant women. You will likely find conflicting information on what your client should and should not be doing, and […]

How to Help Your Active Client Set Training Goals During Pregnancy

Imagine this: your client is training consistently five to six times a week; they meet with you as their coach, diligently note their workouts in their training log, and send your their weekly updates. They never (OK, almost never) skip their warm-up — even the breathing drills! And yet, week after week, they are lifting […]

5 Surprising Benefits of Strength Training

When we first think of strength training, the gains that come to mind are typically restricted to the gym: following a progressive overload program allows us to lift more from week to week, and depending on our goals, we can see more muscle on our body as well. But what if there was more to […]

5 Fun and Effective Cardio Options for When It’s Cold Outside

Ahhh, cardio… Anyone who knows me knows that it’s definitely not my favorite thing in the world. While I’d often much rather be ripping some heavy weight off the ground with a deadlift or propelling my body through the air with an empowering chin-up, I’ve found ways to make cardio much more exciting than trudging […]

Jan, 20 GGS GGS Spotlight

GGS Spotlight: Marika Hart

Name: Marika Hart Age: 42 Location: Perth, Australia What does it mean to you to be part of the GGS Community? I love the GGS community! Part of my role with GGS is spending time hanging out in the Facebook groups with people from all around the globe. I get to “meet” so many amazing […]