This course is divided into 15 learning modules that you progress through at your own pace (approximately 25-30 hours). Each module contains a webinar, downloadable PDF, and self-check to gauge your comprehension. There is also a master PDF of the entire course that you can download (and print if you’d like) to use as a textbook. Please see below for specific course content, resources included, and what you receive upon completion. This course is updated annually based on new research and participant feedback. Because you have lifetime access to the course, you will receive all updates.
Course Topics Covered
Evolution of Childbirth: The Ultimate Athletic Event
We explore how childbirth has evolved since the days of our ancestors – evaluating the practices of early people’s, which stand in stark contrast to the modern practices of today – to learn strategies for how you can best prepare and support women through this most complex and taxing journey.
Rationale for a Performance Training Approach
We’ll show you how we’ve applied the principles of performance-based program design to the pre and postnatal journeys to develop a training approach that will help you coach each of your clients to achieve their personal best in what will likely be the greatest performance event of their lives.
Understanding the Stresses of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood
Discover the stresses and demands placed on the body during this journey so you know exactly what it will take (and the challenges your clients will need to overcome) to be successful.
Understanding the Deep Core
This education discusses the role of the Deep Core (or “Core Canister”) at length – explaining the critical role these muscles play during pregnancy and childbirth. You’ll learn specific techniques to train these muscles properly during pregnancy and help rebuild them most effectively afterward.
Pain & Injury Management
We break down 9 different pains & injuries – with a key focus on the common conditions of Diastasis Recti and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. We dispel the many prevalent myths and share how some traditional techniques thought to help these conditions actually have the opposite effect. You will also learn the PROnatal “Core Recovery Protocol” — A detailed 3-Phased program that we take all postpartum clients through to rebuild the core and heal DR.
The PROnatal Performance Training Framework
You will learn a progressive, adaptable 3-Stage programming framework for both prenatal and postpartum program design. You’ll learn how to apply this framework to clients of all stages and fitness levels to help establish a foundation, build strength, and achieve their personal best on their specific motherhood journey.
Programming Detail: Movement Selection and What to Avoid
In addition to giving you a high-level programming framework, we also give you a detailed session breakdown of how to structure the session with specific guidance on movement selection – including a discussion on what to avoid regress during the various stages of pregnancy and postpartum recovery.
Assessing Pregnant and Postpartum Clients
You’ll learn a unique and powerful assessment strategy that will give you deeper insight into how your clients move outside the gym. This will help you determine where to start and how to progress each client through the framework in the safest and most effective way.
Nutrition, Weight Gain, and Psychological Considerations
This course also provides foundational knowledge on related topics such as pregnancy weight gain and nutrition, as well as perinatal psychological considerations and effective coaching. We help you understand the key information, and specifically speak to your role as a fitness professional in supporting your clients in these areas in a manner that fits within your scope of practice.
What's Included in Course
15 Self-Paced Learning modules
Webinars for each module
Downloadable text (per module AND full course)
Self-Checks for each module
Video Exercise Library (with over 160 exercises)
12 Sample Workouts
Movement Assessment Checklist
Client In-Take Forms
Physician Consent Template
ACOG Guidelines and Key Opinion Papers
What You Receive Upon Completion
Pre/Postnatal Performance Training Specialist Certificate
CECs (ACE: 2.8, ACSM 28, NASM 1.9, AFAA 15, CANFITPRO 4.0)
Complimentary Feature on our Find a Professional page
On-Going Support & Exclusive Content
Completion Requirements: Final Exam
At the end of the course, there is a 2-hour timed exam that you take at home on your computer/device. There are 80 Multiple Choice and True/False questions. You must receive 85% (68 questions correct) to pass and receive the benefits listed above. Exam re-tests can be purchased for $35.