MODULE 1: Evolution of Childbirth
Explore how childbirth has evolved since the days of our ancestors – evaluating the practices of early people’s to learn strategies for how you can best prepare and support women through this most complex and taxing journey.
MODULE 2: Rationale for a “Performance Training” Approach
Learn how applying the evidence-based principles of performance-based program design can help your clients better manage the specific stresses placed on their bodies and emerge even stronger.
MODULE 3: The Demands of Pregnancy (How the Body Changes)
Understand the stresses and demands placed on the body during the pregnancy journey so you know exactly what it will take (and the challenges your clients will need to overcome) to be successful. Dive into 8 key changes that have the greatest implications for your work with your clients.
MODULE 4: The Demands of Childbirth and Motherhood
Dive into the stresses and demands of childbirth, as well as the (very physical) demands of new parenthood. These factors also influence the training program, as pregnant clients are training for 3 goals simultaneously: pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum recovery.
MODULE 5: Prenatal Programming Framework (Overview and Stage 1)
Get introduced to the Prenatal Performance Training Framework, and how it works. Then dive into the first of the 3 training stages (Foundation). Learn the specific objectives to accomplish in the Foundation Stage, and how to teach them to your clients.
MODULE 6: Prenatal Programming Framework (Stages 2 and 3)
Learn the details of stages 2 and 3 of the Prenatal Performance Training Framework (Strength and Birth Prep), including the specific objectives to accomplish in each stage, and how to teach them to your clients.
MODULE 7: Assessing the Pregnant Client
Discover a unique and powerful assessment strategy that will give you deeper insight into how your clients move outside the gym. This will help you tailor your training program more effectively.
MODULE 8: Pregnancy-Induced Pains & Injuries
Understand the three key causes of most pregnancy-induced pains & injuries, and the three strategies to help prevent them. Then, dive into 8 of the most common pains & injuries: low back pain, diastasis recti, pelvic floor dysfunction, sacroiliac (SI) join dysfunction, sciatica, symphysis pubis dysfunction, round ligament pain, and carpal tunnel. Learn the key causes, symptoms, and how to prevent or manage.
MODULE 9: Prenatal Program Design
Get into the details of prenatal programming – beginning with the high-level macrocycle development, and variations of this for the novice, moderate, and advanced client. Then, learn how to structure your individual sessions – including how to select movements and what moves to avoid by trimester.
MODULE 10: Pregnancy Weight Gain & Nutrition
Gain foundational knowledge on pregnancy weight gain, caloric needs by trimester, and nutrition. Learn how to support your clients in a manner that fits within your scope of practice.
MODULE 11: Pregnancy Psychological Changes and Effective Coaching
While no two pregnancies are the same, learn some common psychological changes and transitions that occur by trimester, and the important role you play as part of your clients’ support network (a role that expands beyond the physical work you do). Learn how to support your clients in the best way as they navigate this major life transition.
MODULE 12: Postpartum Recovery (Physical and Psychological Considerations)
Learn about the physical and psychological changes that happen after birth. First dive into the physical changes – from vaginal and cesarean delivery recovery to weight loss, fascia healing, and more. Then, explore the psychological changes – distinguishing the common “baby blues” from perinatal mental health disorders. Learn how to recognize signs there could be an issue, and how to manage these situations if they occur.
MODULE 13: Postpartum Programming Framework
Similar to prenatal, learn the 3-stage Postpartum Performance Training Framework (Foundation, Strength, Performance) and the specific objectives in each stage. You will also learn a detailed Core Recovery Protocol to take your clients through to help rebuild their core from the inside out after birth and heal from diastasis recti. This protocol is also highly effective for C-section recovery.
MODULE 14: Assessing the Postpartum Client
You will follow the same assessment that you learned in the prenatal module, but learn one additional assessment – the Diastasis Recti (DR) check. Learn how to check for DR in a manner that improves your testing accuracy and gives you a clearer understanding of your clients’ core integrity and therefore how to begin your core recovery work.
MODULE 15: Postpartum Programming: Session Breakdown & Movement Selection
Similar to prenatal, dive into the details of postpartum programming – including high-level macrocycle development, and how this varies for different birth scenarios and activity history. Then, learn how to structure the individual sessions – including how to incorporate the Core Recovery Protocol, how to select movements, and what movements to avoid while the body is still healing.