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Group Instructor Course

Pre/Postnatal Education for Group Fitness Instructors

About 86% of women will have a baby at some point, and when it comes to group fitness, this can often mean losing even your most loyal members.  We want to help you change that. In just a few hours, this course arms you with the tools you need to safely, effectively, and confidently coach the pre/postnatal participants who attend your classes. All tips are designed to be easily applied in a group fitness setting. You’ll be surprised by how the simplest ideas can make the BIGGEST impact, and many of the tips benefit all participants.

CECs: ACE 0.7, NASM 0.6, AAFA 6.0

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About The Course

 

What You Receive

  • Self-Paced Learning Modules
  • Lifetime Access (Including All Updates)
  • Webinars, Downloadable Text, Videos
  • Self-Checks to Gauge Comprehension
  • Certificate of Completion
  • CECs: ACE 0.7, NASM 0.6, AAFA 6.0

Course Structure

This course is divided into 5 learning modules that you progress through at your own pace (approximately 6-8 hours). Each module contains a webinar, downloadable PDF, and self-check. There is also an electronic textbook of the entire course. You receive lifetime access to the course including all course updates.

At the end of the course, there is a 45-minute timed exam that you take at home on your computer/device. There are 30 Multiple Choice and True/False questions. You must receive 83% (25 questions correct) to pass and receive your certificate. Exam re-tests can be purchased for $35.

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Course Content

This course is designed for group fitness instructors looking for simple tips to safely and effectively coach the pre and postnatal clients who attend their classes. Applicable for all non-aquatic group fitness formats (including HIIT, boxing, barre, yoga, Pilates, dance/cardio, strength & conditioning, rowing, cycling, and running).

MODULE 1: The 5 Pregnancy Changes You Need to Know
Discover the 5 ways a woman’s body changes during pregnancy that will have the greatest implications for your work as an instructor. The following 3 modules focus on coaching strategies to help her manage these changes.

MODULE 2: Core Work & Managing Intra-Abdominal Pressure
Dive into the coaching strategies for managing the change in pressure within her core in a way that’s effective (and realistic) in a group fitness setting. This module has the most implications for ALL participants, and may change the way you cue from here on out.

MODULE 3: Managing Alignment Shifts
Discover easy to apply tips for helping your prenatal participants manage the shifts in their alignment and center of gravity (COG). Similar to Module 2, many of these tips benefit all participants.

MODULE 4: Remaining Prenatal Coaching Tips & Summary
Get simple strategies for managing the last three changes discussed in module 1. This module also includes quick reference summaries and a “what to avoid by trimester” chart.

MODULE 5: Postpartum Coaching Tips
Understand how to apply the tips you already learned to your postpartum participants, and how this can make a world of difference. You’ll also learn how to spot “red flags” that could signal an issue (for pre or postnatal clients) and how to manage.

Course Price: $129

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This is exactly what the fitness industry has been missing. So many pre/postnatal women 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

The thing I loved most about the course was how it gives you the tools to determine if an exercise is appropriate or not instead of making you memorize a laundry list of what you should/shouldn’t do. 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 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 and Development Operations & Instructor, SLT

I love how this course is laid out! It’s specific and to the point. Not only do I feel more confident with my ability to coach pre/postnatal participants, but I also love how so many of the recommendations are beneficial for all participants -- making the class an overall better experience for everyone!

Melissa Chisholm, Group Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer, BFX Studio

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0.6 CEUs

0.7 CECs

6.0 CEUs

FAQs

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 clients one-on-one, then you would want to take our Pre/Postnatal Performance Training Specialist Course.

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 will not teach you the optimal way to coach clients one-on-one, and does not cover topics like deep core and pelvic floor training, Diastasis testing and core recovery work, assessments, recommended movements and program design, etc.

Our goal with this course was to focus only on those concepts that are relevant when teaching in a group fitness setting so that it’s easier to remember and apply what you learn.

If you plan to work one-on-one with pre and postnatal clients, then you should take the full-length 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. Many people do this, as the courses do cover different things.

We suggest to do the Specialist Course first, then you can make the decision after that if you feel you need this additional course or not.

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

No. Teaching a dedicated prenatal or postpartum class requires a much more in-depth education than that provided in this course. If you want to work one-on-one with pre/postnatal clients OR teach them in a group setting, you would need the education in our Pre/Postnatal Performance Training Specialist Course

This Group Instructor course is a mini course designed for instructors who teach traditional group fitness, and simply want to learn how to provide their pre and postnatal clients a safer and more effective experience.

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

If you need any additional information about the course, you can submit this Course Overview to your agency. 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 0.6
  • AAFA 6.0

You have lifetime access to the course, so there is no deadline to complete. That said, once you start the course, we recommend trying to work through it relatively consistently because the concepts build on one another. The course is estimated to take between 6-8 hours.

We update all our courses regularly, especially as new research emerges. In general, all courses are updated every 1-2 years. Because you have lifetime access, you will have access to all future course updates.

Because we update our courses so frequently, we do not include a printed textbook. However, each module contains a downloadable PDF with all the detailed text. In addition, at the beginning of the course, there is a master PDF of the entire course (with a table of contents that includes hyperlinks to each module). You can download the entire course as one file, then print it and put it in a binder, separated by tabs for each module if you’d like.

At the end of the course, there is a 45-minute timed exam that you take at home on your computer or device. There are 30 multiple choice questions, and you must get an 83% (25 questions correct) to pass. You can use any notes you want, but you must complete the exam within the 45 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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Course Price: $129