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NEW Mini Course! Pre/Postnatal Education for Group Fitness Instructors. LEARN MORE →

Group Instructor Course

Pre/Postnatal Education for Group Fitness Instructors

You work hard to attract and retain your members, but this can become much more challenging during pregnancy. These participants look to you for guidance on what they should (or should not) do, but how do you know what to say to them? Unfortunately, giving inaccurate guidance – or no guidance at all – can mean losing even your most loyal members.

Now you can keep your hard-earned members safely moving with you throughout pregnancy and beyond.

In just a few hours, this course arms you with the tools you need to safely, effectively, and confidently coach the pregnant (and newly postpartum) 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 tips can make the BIGGEST impact — and many of the tips benefit ALL participants.

CECs: ACE 0.7, NASM 0.6, AFAA 6.0

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Course Overview

What You’ll Learn
Upon Completion, You Will:
  • Understand the pregnancy changes that have the greatest implications for your work as an instructor.
  • Know how to adjust your cues to benefit ALL participants (especially pre & postnatal).
  • Confidently know what to avoid or regress by trimester (and why) and how to apply postpartum.
  • Recognize signs of common issues, know what to do if you spot them, and understand how to mitigate them in the first place.

Course Structure

This self-paced online course is expected to take approximately 6 - 8 hours. Progress through the learning modules via our state-of-the-art online learning platform (mobile friendly). You have lifetime access to the course, and all materials are available to download.

What You Receive

4 Self-Paced Learning Modules

Webinar, PDF, Self-Check for Each

Movement & Instructional Videos

Beneficial Core Exercises Guide

Equipment Considerations Guide

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Course Completion

35-Question Final Exam

30 Questions Correct to Pass

$35 Exam Re-Takes (if needed)

Certificate of Completion

CECs: ACE 0.7, NASM 0.6, AFAA 6.0

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Course Contents

The course consists of 4 learning modules and a final module with additional resources to further support you. You are only tested on the contents in the first 4 modules.

Learn the 6 changes that have the greatest implications for exercise (and your work as an instructor). By understanding these changes, you will better understand the rationale for the coaching recommendations made in Modules 3 and 4.

The changes discussed in Module 1 can lead to various pre & postnatal pains & injuries. We will discuss the 4 most common ones in this module — Low Back Pain, Diastasis Recti, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, and SI Joint Dysfunction. Learn what causes them, how to spot them, and how to mitigate and manage them. You’ll also learn why these are NOT exclusive to the pre & postnatal population.

This module focuses on strategies to START doing to provide a safer, and more effective, experience for your pregnant and newly postpartum participants. All tips are easy to remember and apply – from the “3Cs pre-class checklist,” to the optional “HI” pre-class guidance, and the “ABC” coaching tips that will benefit ALL participants – especially pre & postnatal.

This module focuses on what movements should be regressed, or avoided, by trimester (or belly size) and how to apply this guidance in the postpartum period. Because so many of the regressions are core related, this module closes by discussing a type of core training that is beneficial for ALL participants (especially pre & postnatal). We hope it offers some creative ideas for your programming!

The final module provides additional resources to further support you (you are not tested on the resources provided in this module). You’ll find a Beneficial Pre & Postnatal Core Exercise Guide, with video demonstrations of about 30 core exercise alternatives that you can offer 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!

In addition, you’ll find an Equipment Considerations Guide with tips and guidance for common equipment used in group fitness – including rowing machines, bikes, ski ergs, Megaformers, kettlebells, TRX, and boxing bags.

Finally, we’ll close by sharing an overview of our full-length Pre/Postnatal Specialist Course in the event this is ever of interest to you.

Who this Course is For

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

IMPORTANT NOTE:

This mini course is not intended for those wanting to learn how to coach pre & postnatal clients specifically (either in a personal training setting or a dedicated pre/postnatal class). Working directly with the pre & postnatal population requires more in-depth education, which you can find in our Pre/Postnatal Performance Training Specialist Course.

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

This year in particular, I have had more and more pregnant members approaching me with questions and I didn't feel comfortable giving them guidance. I found this course and could not be happier with what I learned! I loved how it was specific to group fitness – with actionable tips and great rules of thumb. I now feel very confident to assist my pregnant and postpartum members, and I learned so many great tips that will benefit ALL members. So much I did not know before. I think every instructor should take this course!

Kim Smith, Orangetheory Fitness Coach

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

The PROnatal Group Instructor course surpassed my expectations in the amount of useful and applicable information that can be readily implemented into any training modality. 

Brie Hollingsworth, CPT, M.A. Creator & Founder BASE Method

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

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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 pre/postnatal clients one-on-one, or in a dedicated class, then you would want to take our Pre/Postnatal Performance Training 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 Performance Training 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

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

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
  • AFAA 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.

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.

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.

Price: $129

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