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Would you want specialist pregnancy fitness?

As some of you already know I am a physio and massage therapist. I would like to offer some kind of interesting exercises in the future but not just regular personal training as everyone today can do the course like that and I really would like to specialize in smg specific.

I was thinking of medical fitness to work with people who experiencd back issues but this will be a long way for me as I will need a lot of physiotherapy training/courses to do it correctly. What I am thinking of at the moment is specializing in pregnancy fitness to help moms to be stay fit and healthy. I noticed pregnant women often want to stay active but don't know what they can and can't do at the gym to have effective but safe workout.

I might need to do 200h of yoga training before I can qualify in teaching pregnancy yoga but I believe there are also some fast track options. I am not huge yoga fan and I don't think yoga can help with all back issues so I would rather avoid getting so involved in it while spending my time and money on more useful courses.
I do yoga myself but I don't think this is the cure to all problems. Smart physioterapy can often do more.
I would like to know if this type of service is sought for. I don't want to put all my efforts into this just to learn there is pregnancy physio payed by insurance so this offer is just not needed so I would like to get my first advice here and possible from pregnant ladies or those with little children. Is this a good idea? I would like to hear about your experience.

I think pregnant clients are very good clients as there are so many issuses during pregnacy good personal trainer/physiotherapist can help with. Also helping to prepare pregnant woman's body for last trimester and delivery can't be done just by any personal trainer. It needs specialized training (I believe).
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I am not huge yoga fan and I don't think yoga can help with all back issues so I would rather avoid getting so involved in it while spending my time and money on more useful courses.
Doesn't this answer your question? If you don't believe in what you're selling, how is anyone going to believe in it enough to buy it? Just my two penneth
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Re: Would you want specialist pregnancy fitness?

Pregnancy fitness does not need to be yoga. I made a course where I live, and though it had some new age tones to it, the gymnastics where actually much more anatomy based than chi energy mumbo-jumbo. Considering I am the embodiment of skepticism on a stick, and I actually enjoyed those minutes, tells something.

Still made use of the yoga mattress, the big blue pilates ball, the little hedgehog ball and scarfs, but it looked a lot like the gymnastics advised to me by my physiotherapist to help recover from my back injury.

I am sure you'll get enough clients for pregnancy gymnastics, specially if you open to non-yoga practices. Which exist out there
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Doesn't this answer your question? If you don't believe in what you're selling, how is anyone going to believe in it enough to buy it? Just my two penneth

I am not a fan of being fully involved in Yoga and focusing on it as my main physicical activity. I didnt't say I want to teach pure pregnancy Yoga but having some knowledge to be able to use it when is needed is useful.

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Re: Would you want specialist pregnancy fitness?

I think it sounds like a good idea. Maybe go talk to your local midwives place.
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Pregnancy fitness does not need to be yoga. I made a course where I live, and though it had some new age tones to it, the gymnastics where actually much more anatomy based than chi energy mumbo-jumbo. Considering I am the embodiment of skepticism on a stick, and I actually enjoyed those minutes, tells something.

Still made use of the yoga mattress, the big blue pilates ball, the little hedgehog ball and scarfs, but it looked a lot like the gymnastics advised to me by my physiotherapist to help recover from my back injury.

I am sure you'll get enough clients for pregnancy gymnastics, specially if you open to non-yoga practices. Which exist out there

Thanks for your words Helm. I am skeptic myself and I understand. I think healthy balance of techniques/styles is the way to go. I would like to offer gimnastics, pilates and physiotherapy based. Of course pregnancy fitness does not have to be only Yoga and I wouldn't like to teach it but stretching In pregnancy (lets call it Yoga stretching) is needed and can be beneficial so some Yoga skills will be useful here.

There is another thread for pregnancy women In Zurich. I see you posted there. Well congratulations and maybe we will be able to meet In person soon, possible after Christmas. I can't wait.

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There is another thread for pregnancy women In Zurich. I see you posted there. Well congratulations and maybe we will be able to meet In person soon, possible after Christmas. I can't wait.
I probably won't be pregnant much longer (to be very honest, I hope so because this is starting to get really hard...), but I do hope the group meets again soon
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I probably won't be pregnant much longer (to be very honest, I hope so because this is starting to get really hard...), but I do hope the group meets again soon
And how much longer do you have to go?
Have you been to the meeting ? Was it nice? I think the idea is great as most of us Don't have families here. I can imagine such group can give a lot of support.
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Re: Would you want specialist pregnancy fitness?

I'm no longer pregnant but it would have been great if there was this option available while I was pregnant as my biggest complaint during pregnancy was back pain.


I did look into fitness classes while pregnant but most were either based in Zurich or had hours during "working hours". Not all pregnant women are unemployed/stay at home and can make 10 am classes on a Tuesday...


And while reading your posts, I also had to smile as I don't like yoga either. I ended up in a post pregnancy baby yoga course due to the lack of options available and the pressure from medical professionals that it was absolutely necessary to get into a Rücksbildungskurs or else I would suffer long term ill effects. This course ended up being a complete waste of my time mainly as I don't like yoga but the instructor didn't want to speak German and I couldn't figure out what she was saying half the time in Swiss...
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Re: Would you want specialist pregnancy fitness?

Hi, thanks for sharing.
My friend who lives in Zurich and gave birth couple of months ago also went to prenatal Yoga and then to Rücksbildungskurs which in her opinion was also a waste of time. She didn't say exactly that but she described prenatal Yoga classes as fully about relaxation with a lot of breathimg and no real workout to make the body stronger. She didn't think it was interesting.
She went to Rücksbildungskurs as well which was about core and stomach muscles but she stopped early and never went back to it. I guess it wasn't very exciting so her opinion is actually very similar to yours.

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I'm no longer pregnant but it would have been great if there was this option available while I was pregnant as my biggest complaint during pregnancy was back pain.


I did look into fitness classes while pregnant but most were either based in Zurich or had hours during "working hours". Not all pregnant women are unemployed/stay at home and can make 10 am classes on a Tuesday...


And while reading your posts, I also had to smile as I don't like yoga either. I ended up in a post pregnancy baby yoga course due to the lack of options available and the pressure from medical professionals that it was absolutely necessary to get into a Rücksbildungskurs or else I would suffer long term ill effects. This course ended up being a complete waste of my time mainly as I don't like yoga but the instructor didn't want to speak German and I couldn't figure out what she was saying half the time in Swiss...
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Re: Would you want specialist pregnancy fitness?

I'm a yoga fan, but I found Pilates to be far more useful post-pregnancy, helping to deal with a whole raft of minor niggles exacerbated by having a new baby etc. It's also great for strengthening the core, and for re-building strength. It was also an oasis of much needed calm when I couldn't think about anything else except how/when to breathe etc. So, if you want my two penn'orth, I'd go for an introduction to Pilates, every time. It needn't be with all the equipment either - a mat, a towel and maybe a resistance band. My UK physio used to run the course I attended and both she and it were fabulous.
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