Pre and Post Natal Personal Training Programs
All pre and post natal exercise programmes are overseen by a Physical Therapist, Nurse or Doctor in conjunction with your personal trainer. Nothing is left to chance, a complete physiological screening evaluating your body composition is carried out before commencement, through your programme and on completion.
Pre natal one to one sessions with your trainer are meticulously planned and tailor made for your individual physical requirements. Isolating specific muscle groups allows us to maintain muscle tone and flexibility while stabilising posture. Everything is done to promote the maximum level of health and safety for both mother and baby. However pre natal exercise capabilities are determined by the mother’s physical condition and exercise history prior to pregnancy. Controlled exercise and healthy eating have multiple benefits. However if there has been contraindications in previous pregnancies strict liaison with your doctor or gynaecologist will be required prior to and during any programmes carried out in New You.
Controlling body temperature and blood pressure during workouts is critical during pre natal. Controlled resistance exercise combined with low intensity cardio will help to maintain muscle strength and, density essential for carrying the baby and child birth whilst maintaining energy levels.
Post Natal Programmes
Getting back into shape after child birth is an essential physical and mental requirement for many women. Your ability to do so is very much determined by the woman’s physical condition prior to pregnancy. How well she looked after herself during pregnancy. Was she exercising? Contra indications during pregnancy or child birth can also significantly determine when you can start working out again. Many women are very focused on getting back to shape as quickly as possible. However just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Extreme low calorie diets and high cortisol levels associated with over training can have negative physiological and psychological effects on the individual. The first priority is to improve muscle density lost through the stresses of child birth and pregnancy. Improving lower abdominal, back strength and flexibility is the first critical step towards getting the body back in shape.
Workouts need to be progressive and controlled. Stimulation is the key to improvements in the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems. It takes time for the endocrine or hormonal system to get back to normal so things can’t be rushed. Body fat need to be reduced very slowly especially when the mother is still breast feeding.
These days many couples are starting families at a later age. As a result natural conception may be an issue. Whatever your age, promoting a healthy body composition and fitness level in both partners can dramatically increase your chances of natural and assisted conception. Low levels of testosterone in men are associated with lower levels of muscle mass and excessive levels of subcutaneous body fat and visceral fat. This in turn can be linked to poor sperm mobility.
Latest research has overturned the long held view that adipose tissue is merely a passive reservoir of energy. As adipocytes fat cells become over filled with fat their biochemistry changes. They secrete a high range of bioactive molecules called adipokines which can have harmful effects on the woman’s endocrine system, which in turn can have significant effects on a woman’s ability to conceive and carry through a full pregnancy.
The key is to try and get close to your optimum physical condition. At New You we have had some remarkable success stories. Any significant changes in a healthier body composition can have very positive effects in both the male and female endocrine systems. We carry out a full physiological assessment so we can determine what course of action to take. By reducing subcutaneous body fat and visceral fat we can trigger a positive hormonal response in both men and women. It is essential that we do not over stress the body so we can stimulate positive levels in muscle density whilst improving glucose tolerance.
Reducing body fat and increasing muscle density can have many positive physiological reactions in the body. Accurate readings of body composition will allow us to determine how far you need to go. It is also important to emphasize that reducing fat levels below recommended levels can have negative effects on fertility. So balance is the key.