This is an excellent strength session that supports mothers throughout the various stages of their motherhood journey; from prenatal to antenatal and postnatal.
One thing that nobody appreciates until they embark on their own parenthood journey, is the sheer amount of pressure that mums are under during the different stages of their pregnancy. From getting pregnant to actually being pregnant and then adapting to life with a tiny human is kind of a big deal. With all the changes going on to a mother’s body it is natural to want to get some normality back post-baby.
Unfortunately, the ‘pre-baby body’ is an illusion. A mother’s body will never be the same – but that’s not to say that it can’t be a better version of the previous. Through education and the correct periodisation of physical training, a mother’s journey back to strength and health is completely achievable.
The biggest hurdle to training that mum’s face at any stage of their motherhood journey (apart from new-found time constraints!) is a lack of strength, not necessarily lack of fitness. Once you’ve entered the antenatal and postnatal phase, fitness won’t be achieved until the body has a strong foundation to undergo the rigors of consistent exercise. During these phases, aerobic fitness will initially have to take a back seat until you can get back in to the gym to build up strength in the areas that have been effected by your pregnancy.
A very popular method of antenatal and postnatal recovery is Pilates and yoga which are fantastic – however they have a shelf life. The reason being, like any training initially, body weight exercises will only play a role in providing enough overload until you adapt and then continued use of these exercises will not increase your base strength levels.
The best way to ensure constant progression and adaptation is to get yourself underneath some barbell and dumbbells. External weight has to be added to facilitate the overloading principle in order to stress the body’s joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nervous system and stimulate adaptation. The body will only respond to load. Regardless of anything you read or hear, this is the science and the reality, load must be added to get stronger.
Why is strength so important?
If you are weak then you are more likely to break. By break, this means getting injured. Even if you did train throughout your pregnancy it is not possible to sustain the same level of strength that you had prior to falling pregnant. There are too many physical disruptions. This means that most mums are at high risk of injury by entering into a rigorous training regime.
To counteract this, we have designed a specific strength training class where a maximum of 5 mum’s can attend. In this hour you will undergo a periodised and individualised program to suit your level of strength and fitness, and will be progressed periodically only when your body is ready to take on the next challenge. It will be performed in a group personal training atmosphere in order to make it cost effective, while at the same time allowing you to be amongst other mum’s who are on a similar journey as your own. This ultimately makes it a lot more fun and less daunting to be in a gym moving weights.
We understand that some days no matter how great your intentions can be, bub just doesn’t want to play ball – making it hard to commit to a set day and time, this way if you miss a class you can make it up during open gym, or do a class – or if you’re having a particularly great week make all of them!