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8 Unintentional Ways Trainers Promote Disordered Eating (and What to Do Instead)

Dear fitness professionals, are you inadvertently misdirecting your clients? Are you unconsciously promoting disordered eating? What we hear, think, and say has a profound influence on how we feel about our health and our bodies. As personal trainers and fitness instructors, we have a powerful platform that can impact our clients in meaningful and lasting […]

9 Reasons Yoga Can Be a Great Cross-Training Practice

I’m both a yoga teacher and a personal trainer. I love lifting weights, doing burpees (not kidding) and everything about yoga. I’m often surprised at the lack of crossover between the yoga and fitness communities I work and play in, because I happen to think that they compliment each other quite nicely. I’m always trying […]

The Truth About Alcohol and Breastfeeding

There’s a lot of confusing and conflicting information around mothers drinking alcohol and breastfeeding. Advice ranges from “Don’t drink at all; no amount of alcohol is safe for your baby!” to “Just follow the general guidelines that everyone should follow; breastfeeding isn’t a special consideration at all.” And in between, “Drink moderately and wait two […]

How to Build a Referral Network to Support Your Pre- and Postnatal Clients

Health professionals who care deeply about their clients or patients look for professionals in other areas of practice who they can trust and to whom they can guide their clients or patients needing services beyond their scope of practice. To provide the highest level of service and care for your clients, it is critical that […]

Your C-Section Scar: A User’s Guide

Birth is this amazing, complex journey that might have brought along a few souvenirs after nine months. When I talk my kids about their births, we briefly highlight a couple of things that catch their attention, one being the lovely C-section scar as evidence of their entry into this world. I admit, it’s a much […]

Aug, 12 GGS GGS Spotlight

Coaching & Training Women Academy Spotlight: Jasmine Cabrera

Name: Jasmine Cabrera Age: 28 Location: Charlottesville, VA What was your first thought when you learned about the Coaching & Training Women Academy and the Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification? Literally, my first thoughts were: “Molly are you reading my mind over here?!” At the time I not only was looking for continuing education material […]

Common Concerns Affecting Exercise in the Third Trimester

Things happen quickly in the third trimester, and if you’re working with a client through her pregnancy, you may sense her growing excitement — and a healthy dose of anxiety — keeping pace with her growing belly as the big day draws near. It’s important that you remain flexible and focused on the baseline training […]

When to Refer Your Pregnant or Postpartum Client to Another Professional

When working with pregnant and postpartum clients, remember that you are just one member of their healthcare team. Your clients will be working with several health professionals throughout their pre- and postnatal experience including some or all of the following: General practitioner Obstetrician-Gynecologist Midwife Pelvic health physiotherapist Doula Registered dietitian Mental health professional Chiropractor Massage […]

How Interval Training Can Increase Exercise Enjoyment During Pregnancy

As research continues to support regular exercise in low risk, healthy pregnancies, the number of pregnant women engaging in moderate intensity exercise remains below recommended levels for health benefits. Current guidelines recommend that healthy pregnant and postpartum women, perform at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., equivalent to brisk walking) [1]. […]

Coaching & Training Women Academy Spotlight: Gudrun Arngrimsdottir

Name: Gudrun Arngrimsdottir Age: 36 Location: Akureyri, Iceland What was your first thought when you learned about the Coaching & Training Women Academy and the Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification? I immediately thought “This is definitely something I have to do!” It came to me at a perfect time since I was starting my maternity […]