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Group Instructor Mini Course

Feel completely confident the next time a pregnant person walks into your class

Are you a Group Fitness Instructor unsure of how to coach the pregnant and postpartum participants who attend your classes? Don’t risk losing loyal members due to uncertainty or misinformation about how to support them during this time. In just a few hours, this simple (but powerful) self-paced online course arms you with the tools you need to safely, effectively, and confidently coach your pre & postnatal participants.

CECs: ACE 0.7, NASM 0.7, AFAA 7.0, ISSA 7.0, AUSACTIVE 5.0, CANFITPRO 4.0


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Course Overview

What Makes This Course Unique
This Course Will Help You:
  • Understand what moves to modify or avoid, and why
  • Easily offer modifications that stay true to your format
  • Guide members in making choices for their bodies
  • Know the quick, simple tips to ensure a safe experience
  • Learn coaching tips that benefit ALL members
  • Support a safe & effective postpartum return

What's Included With Your Course

In just 5 - 7 hours, you'll come away with all the tools and resources you need to coach your pregnant and postpartum members with confidence. The course is applicable for all non-aquatic group fitness formats (including HIIT, boxing, barre, yoga, Pilates, dance/cardio, strength & conditioning, rowing, cycling, and running). Discover everything you receive with your course enrollment.

Self-Paced Learning

Progress through the 4 learning modules at your own pace (approx 5 – 7 hours). You have 1-year access to complete the course, but all written materials are available to download. Each module contains a video lesson and downloadable PDF to accommodate different learning preferences.

Core Exercise Guide

While there are certainly core exercises that need to be modified, you’ll learn what types of core exercises are incredibly beneficial for this population (and everyone else too). Plus, you’ll receive a Beneficial Pre & Postnatal Core Exercise Video Library with over 30 great core exercises.

Machine & Equipment Guide

Do you use specific equipment in your classes? Your course also includes a Machine & Equipment Considerations Guide with guidance for equipment such as rowing machines, stationary and assault bikes, ski ergs, reformers or Megaformers, kettlebells, TRX, and boxing bags.

Additional Resources

Throughout the course PDFs, you will find links to additional resources for optional further learning. At the end of your course, you’ll find a document that consolidates all these links and organizes them by the module they came from for easy future reference.

CECs & Certificate

Upon completing the course, and passing the final exam (see final exam details in FAQs), you will receive your certificate of completion and CECs from the organizations listed above. Don’t see your organization listed? You can easily petition for CECs. See FAQs for details.

Money-Back Guarantee

We want you to be happy with your course purchase. Therefore, we allow you to take the first module risk-free. If you are not satisfied after the first module, you can email us to request a full refund, and the material from that module is yours to keep.

Recommended and Approved By...

Our education is trusted, and recommended by some of the most recognizable health clubs and boutique fitness studios in the U.S.

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This is exactly what the fitness industry has been missing. So many pre/postnatal clients are taking group fitness now, but most instructors don’t know where to go for this type of education and are concerned the education may not be relevant for their job. This course addresses those concerns with information that is clear, relevant, and easy to apply in a group fitness setting. HIGHLY recommended!

Taylor Spearnak, Group Fitness Manager & Instructor, Equinox

I am so very thankful for this course! There are so many myths out there about pregnancy and postpartum fitness. I am glad this course dispels these myths and provides elite-level education in a relevant fashion. If you are hesitant about coaching this population or just want to increase your confidence in being able to rapidly adapt a workout for them, I highly recommend this course!

Juddy Ferguson, F45 Master Trainer & Global Athletics Educator

After taking this course I can say with 100% certainty that I can safely help my pregnant and postpartum members continue their exercise journey while still being true to my class format. I definitely recommend this course to anyone who teaches group fitness!

Jamie Tuttle, Orangetheory Fitness Coach

This was such a great course that provided real-life scenarios, examples, and ways to link back to the in-class experiences I lead every week. The content was well-organized, clear, and thorough. ProNatal has struck the delicate balance of science-backed information and relatable, approachable guidance. Thank you!

Chayanne Joel NYC Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer

As a cis-gender man, I often feel at a loss when a class member shares her pregnancy status with me. I doubt I will ever specialize in working with pregnant/post-partum folks, but I am so grateful to have some clear guidelines and resources moving forward. Thank you for creating this course!

James Donegan, Equinox Group Fitness Instructor

This was one of the most useful and practical courses I have taken in my entire fitness education. It gets right to the point with clear information laid out in a way that makes sense – supported by real life applications that benefit ALL participants. I think this course should be a requirement for any group fitness instructor.

Sabrina Ursaner, Co-Founder of Alignment Essentials

This course provides one of the most user-friendly training platforms I’ve seen. The material is smartly-structured, up-to-date, and highly relevant. It gives you the confidence to provide pre/postnatal clients a safe and effective workout and removes the stress of figuring out how to do this in a group setting.

Melody Davi, Training & Development, SLT, Obé

I LOVED this course. I was able to start applying everything I was learning while taking it, and I found myself even more mindfully aware when I worked out myself. Not only have I been able to help my pre & postnatal participants feel much more comfortable with their workouts, but I’ve also had a lot of positive feedback on the new cueing strategies I learned in the course that benefit everyone!

Regan Carlstrom-Wayman, Orangetheory Fitness Coach

As a male coach, who does not have children or a wife, this course helped me increase my level of comfort in coaching pre & postnatal clients so much! The content was easy-to-follow and understand, I loved all the options given for modifications, and the Machine & Equipment Considerations Guide at the end will definitely come in handy!

Mike W, Fitness Coach

I had been looking for a pre/postnatal course for a while, and I am so glad I found this one! It was the perfect balance of information to help me feel much more confident about helping my pre & postnatal students. It's a great feeling to be able to give them more than just ''please be careful’' and "no core work." I highly recommend this course to any other GroupX instructor!

Roos, The Floor Barre Instructor

I have been working with pre & postnatal clients for 5 years now, and this is the first course that I've seen that focuses specifically on what to do when a pregnant or newly postnatal client comes into your "regular" class. I feel like this training is spot on. It's also affordable and accessible for any professional. I highly recommend it! 

Jessica Harper BSc., E-RYT500, RPYT

This course is truly a gift to instructors who want to deliver the safest and most informative guidance to ALL members -- not limited to pre & postnatal. This course was beyond helpful!

Carolann Valentino, Certified Group Fitness Instructor

Course Content

Learn more about the topics covered in each module of the course.

Understand the 8 changes that have the greatest implications for your work as an instructor. For each change, you’ll learn what happens and how it impacts physical activity. Having this knowledge will help you appreciate the rationale for the guidance in modules 3 and 4.

The changes you learn in Module 1 can lead to various pre & postnatal pains & injuries (and the guidance you give your members can go a long way in helping them prevent these issues, or potentially exacerbating them). We want to make sure you do the former! So, we’ll discuss the 4 most common pains injuries — Low Back Pain, Diastasis Recti, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, and SI Joint Pain — including what causes them, how to spot them, how to help mitigate them, and why they are NOT exclusive to your pre & postnatal members.

With the context from Modules 1 and 2, now we’ll pull this information together into some coaching tips that will enable you to confidently provide your pre & postnatal members a safe and effective workout. This module covers tips to focus on — emphasizing simple strategies that have the biggest impact. You’ll see how nearly all these strategies benefit every single person in class.

This module covers what to modify or avoid by trimester, and why. Because every individual is different, you’ll also learn simple tools you can use to help your members make the best choices for their bodies. In addition, because so many of the modifications are for core exercises, this module closes by teaching you core exercises that are highly beneficial for your pre & postnatal members (and everyone else in class too), so you’ll have plenty of core exercise alternatives to offer your pre & postnatal members (besides Bird Dog!).

The final module provides additional resources to further support you, including:

  • Beneficial Pre & Postnatal Core Exercise Library: This contains video demonstrations of over 30 beneficial core exercises that you can offer to pre & postnatal participants if the rest of the class is doing core work that is not appropriate for this population. These exercises are also great for the rest of the class too!
  • Machine & Equipment Considerations Guide: This offers some important considerations and simple tips for common equipment used in group fitness – including rowing machines, bikes, ski ergs, reformers or Megaformers, kettlebells, TRX, and boxing bags.
  • Additional Resources: Your course PDFs often contain links to additional resources for optional further learning. You’ll find a document that consolidates all these links.

After the 4 learning modules above, there is a 50-minute timed exam that you take at home on your computer or device. There are 35 multiple choice questions, and you must get an 85% (30 questions correct) to pass. You can use any notes you want, but you must complete the exam within the 50 minute time limit.


The concepts are applicable for most non-aquatic group fitness formats (including HIIT, boxing, barre, yoga, Pilates, dance/cardio, strength & conditioning, cycling, rowing, and running). In general, we give guiding principles that can be applied to any format, but we also give examples of how you might apply them in the formats listed above as well.

No. If you wish to work with pre/postnatal clients one-on-one, or in a dedicated class, then you would want to take our Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist Course, which is a much more in-depth and comprehensive education that focuses on specific training strategies that are unique to this population.

This course is designed for group instructors who simply want to understand the basic cues and modifications to help participants have a safer and more effective experience in class. It focuses on only those concepts that can easily and realistically be applied in a group fitness setting.

If you plan to work one-on-one with pre and postnatal clients, then you should take the Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist Course, as this course will not prepare you to work one-on-one with clients.

After taking the Specialist Course, if you feel you need additional help in determining how to apply some of the concepts in a group fitness setting, then you can certainly take this course as well because the concepts are specific to group fitness.

If you have further questions, please contact us at info@pronatalfitness.com

Because we update our courses frequently, we do not include a printed textbook. However, each module contains a downloadable PDF with all the detailed text.

Yes. Typically the process is that you reach out to your certifying agency and ask them for a CEC petition form to complete.

To assist you, you can use this Course Overviewwhich provides reviewers with the information they typically need. We are also happy to provide your reviewer course access, or any other materials requested. Please reach out to us at info@pronatalfitness.com for any of this information.

This course is approved for the following CECs already:

  • ACE 0.7
  • NASM 0.7
  • AFAA 7.0
  • ISSA 7.0

Yes! We offer 3, 6, and 12 month payment plans for U.S. credit cards via Affirm. You will see this option as you go through the course checkout. Payment plans are personalized based on your credit score. Therefore, you will be asked to provide some very brief information to check your credit score. Note, this process is considered a soft credit check. It does NOT impact your credit score.

If you do not have a U.S. credit card, or you are not approved through Affirm, please reach out to us at info@pronatalfitness.com.

Yes! We allow you to take the first module risk-free. If, at any time during the first module, you are not satisfied with the course, you can email us at info@pronatalfitness.com to request a full refund, and the material from that module is yours to keep. After the first module, however, refunds will not be granted.

You have 1-year access to the course to complete it. However, all the written materials are available for you to download, so you have access to those for life. The course is estimated to take 5 – 7 hours to complete.

At the end of the course, there is a 50-minute timed exam that you take at home on your computer or device. There are 35 multiple choice questions, and you must get an 85% (30 questions correct) to pass. You can use any notes you want, but you must complete the exam within the 50 minute time limit.

If you pass, you will immediately be able to download your certificate.  If you do not pass, you can purchase an exam re-test for $35.

Each module also contains a self-check to gauge your comprehension. These are not graded. They are purely for your learning benefit, and they serve as great preparation for the exam.

We are happy to answer any questions you have!  Email us at Info@pronatalfitness.com or give us a call at 516-778-9468.

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Get ready to feel completely confident the next time a pregnant or postpartum participant walks into your class! As a reminder, we offer a payment plan and money-back guarantee. See FAQs for details.

Group Instructor Mini Course

1-Year Course Access

4 Self-Paced Learning Modules

Webinar, PDF, Self-Check for Each

Beneficial Core Exercise Guide

Equipment Considerations Guide

Additional Resources

Certificate of Completion


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