Why did you become a personal trainer?
I became a personal trainer because I really enjoy helping my clients strive to reach their fitness goals. I feel like I can really make a difference in the community and assist in helping people’s quality of life. Being a personal trainer Is something I have always wanted to do, it is very satisfying to see someone excel in an area of fitness and watch as that big smile spreads across their face when they achieve something that they thought might not be possible for them. There is no better job in the world!
What did you do before becoming a personal trainer?
Before I became a personal trainer I was a police officer for six years in Sydney. Being in the force allowed me to see how important fitness really was. I enjoyed my time as a police officer however; my passion was helping people in another way.
What is your area of passion & expertise now with personal training?
My passion and expertise in personal training is in strength training and pre and post-natal exercise. Since having my little girl Bailey, I realized how important it is to remain fit pre, during and post pregnancy, not only for peace of mind but for recovery. I found that there were not a lot of options or information on how to train women during this important time in their life. Therefore, I decided to dedicate my time to helping women continue their fitness journey.
What are the top 5 tips for exercising while pregnant?
• Listen to your body. If you are feeling a bit off or lethargic it’s okay not to train that day.
• Modify your workouts to your fitness level. Your body is already going through a mini workout by growing that little bub that’s inside of you
• Strengthen the glutes, lower back, transverse abdominals and pelvic floor. Give flexibility to the chest, psoas, and quadriceps
• Try to stay away from movements that can cause the rectus abdominals to stretch too far.
• Train for muscle memory
What are the top 5 tips for exercising after giving birth?
• Make sure you have been cleared by your doctor and do not try to come back too soon after pregnancy. Your body is still recovering from that little miracle you created.
• Pelvic floor work is crucial during this time and now is the time where you may need that extra support to work on that area.
• When working out ensure you have good control over your abdominals to support your back
• Stay hydrated to ensure your milk supply remains sufficient.
• Join a fitness group where you have like minded people, this not only gets you out of the house but you get to meet new people who have lots in common with you.
Why is it important for women to exercise both before & after pregnancy?
To maintain a positive level of fitness throughout the whole experience. It helps when a woman can maintain her strength during pregnancy to assist with labour and maintain a healthy body weight during pregnancy for the overall health of the mother and baby. Exercising during this time has many benefits on both woman and child; however, it is important to seek professional advice to ensure it is safe to participate.
How can you help pre & post-natal women on their exercise journey?
I can help pre and post-natal women on their exercise journey by offering them personal training for any of their specific fitness needs such as pelvic floor or attempting to get back to their previous fitness levels and beyond. I can also assist through my new Mum Bods program that is being held at Coffs Coast Health Club Toormina. These classes are designed for pre and post-natal women. The classes will run for six weeks starting on the 2nd of October. There are two classes a week on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.30am – 10.30am but places are limited. Please contact me directly on 0439 079 664 for further information.