After your postpartum clients have progressed through recovery, and built sufficient strength, you are ready to move them onto impact and higher intensity work. But how do you do so in a safe and progressive way? In Postpartum Progressions: Part 1, we showed a 4-step process to begin this training by working with different variations in speed. Assuming your clients made it through this progression (with no symptoms of leakage or coning in the belly), then you are ready to progress further.
Now in Part 2, we will introduce impact. Again, we will do so in a safe and progressive way. Think of this as gradually building up your client’s “suspension system.” We follow a 4-step process for this as well. Watch the explanation below.
Always remember that as you layer these steps into your programming, you still look for the same success markers:
- Ability to perform movements while maintaining neutral alignment
- Absence of “coning” in belly (a sign of diastasis recti)
- Absence of urinary or fecal leakage (a sign of pelvic floor dysfunction)
If you note any of these, her body is not quite ready for that particular progression. Want more information on training postpartum women? Explore our education to become a Pre/Postnatal Performance Training Specialist.