Recommended Resources: Training New Moms by Jessie Mundell

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Jon Goodman was gracious enough to send over a copy of this new product for me to review (among others), and I think it’s awesome!

Not only is it needed, but it’s simple, well-put together, and thorough. I found myself both nodding along and learning new things while reading it. Jessie and Jon did a great job of writing, producing it, and providing you with programs, promotional material etc to use in your training.

While this is a trainer’s resource, I think it also useful for those who are more “fitness-savvy” (heck even someone who’s not, though the information might be a bit deep if you know nothing about anatomy, biomechanics etc). Good resources for women who have had, or are going to have children are scarce, and many trainers I know feel a bit at a loss about some of the more delicate particulars and complications that can arise. Prolapse, urinary incontinence, pelvic floor discussions etc are often uncomfortable to ask about and/or embarrassing to broach with a client simply because you might feel it’s “out of your league”.

Not so! These issues affect women IMMENSELY and better education and resources on the topic are a godsend.

If you find yourself asking these questions, I recommend you drop the dough, and get this package. I am not affiliated with it, I just liked the product and want to help spread good information, especially in regards to this topic, which is close to my mommy heart.

“Postnatal training is highly beneficial when programmed well but can also be harmful with poor programming. I don’t say that to scare you but to wake you up to how important this topic is. The most common issues are:

• Disregarding the stress the core and pelvic floor have undergone during pregnancy, labor, and delivery

• Not being aware of diastasis recti abdominis (DRA), a common abdominal muscle

separation occurring during or after pregnancy, and/or how to assess clients for it

• Performing exercises that put direct stress on the diastasis and pelvic floor, potentially causing undue harm to long-term core function

• Not understanding the intensity of exercise for a woman who is stressed and sleepless and has an unstable foundation

• Too much high-intensity exercise too soon upon returning to training

• Starting running or high-impact exercises too soon

• Too little strength training, too much stretching

• Gyms that do not allow moms to bring babies to training sessions

• Not referring clients to a pelvic floor physiotherapist/physical therapist”

The training manual, is a wonderful PDF read for anyone. Because of this alone, I suggest you buy it. It will cover topics like:

– What women are told by doctors, and the bigger picture of recovery and successful exercise post-partum

– Healing the body while changing its shape. Timelines, recommendations and “best practices” for those who want “their abs back” without pain or negative consequences.

– Building good alignment and what is that anyway? What happens in the body during pregnancy and how is alignment, posture, etc affected?

– Diastisis recti and pelvic floor dysfunction (READ!). Incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

– Core and pelvic floor restoration. That area of your body takes a beating during pregnancy! Even for those who maintain or have some physical fitness to begin with. Now imagine someone with NONE, and helping their body heal, adapt and get stronger….

– Abdominal wrapping, c-sections etc.

– Program design for post-partum. Nope, planks and crunches don’t cut it!

“Postnatal is forever. The postpartum period = forever. Postnatal is not only the first year postpartum. The body has changed, and as trainers and coaches, we need to understand how it has changed and why it needs to be trained differently postpartum. Whether your ladies are 6 months or more than 20 years post-birth, their bodies will have considerations that you need to understand. That’s what we will discuss in this manual. Does this mean your clients can never run, jump, or lift heavy weights again? Absolutely not, although in some cases, it might. There are many physical changes in a woman’s body throughout pregnancy and postpartum. Throughout this manual, we’ll discuss the difference between common and normal occurrences and the importance of understanding this for your ladies. The goal as you read through these pages: Understand how you can enhance the lives of your postnatal clients and give them the gift of long-term health and fitness. The result will be lifetime clients and an endless stream of referrals.”

Guys, (no literally, you MALES) I am looking at you even more than the female trainers. You cannot afford to be ignorant, or embarrassed on this topic. You need the confidence, respect and compassion to address these topics and concerns with your female clients. It is your responsibility. The fact that you are a guy has nothing to do with it. So the best way to do that is; get educated!

A really cool part of this package is “Awkward conversation” scripts. So you can have a starting point to work from. A client’s body, while you train them, is part of your responsibility. Even when discussing the delicacies of the female form and it’s functions.

You can purchase it here:

You can find Jessie Mundell here:

Jon and Jessie were kind enough to offer a 30% discount for my readers. Use “fitbad30” at checkout to redeem (Note: The code does not work with the Paypal checkout).

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