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» Preggi Bellies is actively recruiting male/female group ex inst on the East coast : 04 Mar 2010
» Pregnancy and exercise intensive (15 CECs) [seminar] : 17 Sep 2010
» Preggi Bellies are looking for passionate group fitness instructors. : 16 May 2011
» How will you retain clients now that they are pregnant? [15 CECs] : 01 Aug 2011
» Is it a myth that pregnant women shouldn't exercise above 140bpm? : 23 Aug 2011


Preggi Bellies is actively recruiting male/female group ex inst on the East coast : 04 Mar 2010

Preggi Bellies is Australia's leading strength and fitness class designed specifically for pregnant and postnatal women. Operating throughout Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, they have a strong and loyal team of specially qualified group exercise instructors. There are now opportunities for passionate instructors to join their team as a leader of their original fitness and strength classes for pregnant and postnatal women or leading their new and exhilarating 'Back to Body' program.

A generous starting rate is provided per session. Rate increases are provided on a yearly basis. Bonuses are also provided for signing up new participants that are sent by the head office to attend on a trial basis.

Before starting with Preggi Bellies you will need to undertake their initial three day specialised training course. This is the most comprehensive course of it's nature. It's been developed in conjunction with obstetricians and follows the Australian College of Obstetrician guidelines. Once on board, you'll receive ongoing training, including 2-3 free workshops every year (CEC accredited).

Preggi Bellies pride themselves on the liaison and support they provide for their instructors. In support of this, a conversation with Naomi in their head office revealed an unprecedented fitness industry staff retention rate. Preggi Bellies has 40 - 50 instructors working across three states with an average time with the company of more than seven years! (Naomi began as an instructor approximately 6 years ago).

If you're interested in learning more about working with pregnant or postnatal women, follow this link and select the relevant Preggi Bellies profile on HealthyPeople.

An unrelated true story:

I was waiting on my bike at a pedestrian crossing to get over a busy road in Melbourne this morning when a couple riders decided to shoot across the road against the red man. No sooner had they cleared the road when they were flagged down by a couple of policemen in bike gear waiting on the other side. One rider stopped but the second took off! One of the policemen jumped on his bike and took off after him. It was a full on police chase on bikes! Regrettably I can't tell your whether he got away, but as he took off into the distance he was clearly giving it a red hot go.

I don't condone running red lights on bikes, whether an intersection or pedestrian crossing, it gives all riders a bad name. However it does seem a little excessive to be busting riders across a pedestrian crossing against the red man. I am not entirely sure how this benefits anyone.

Do you ride a bike? Do you have an opinion? If so, please share it with the wider community on our blog.

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Pregnancy and exercise intensive (15 CECs) [seminar] : 17 Sep 2010

This October, Preggi Bellies (an internationally recognised expert on exercise for pregnancy) is presenting a four day seminar in Melbourne (other states to follow). It will provide specialist information and training that was previously reserved for their own staff.

Some of the information covered over the four days includes:

  • Detailed information on the physical, emotional and physiological changes that occur during pregnancy and the post natal periods, including information on how these changes impact on exercise programming.
  • Accurate guidelines for exercise during pregnancy, information on the benefits of exercise and the available research from which these guidelines are drawn.
  • Alerting you to the incorrect information perpetuated by the media. For example; Pregnant women shouldn?t raise their heart rate above 140 bpm; Pregnant women need to be concerned about raising their body temperature; The best exercise for pregnant women is walking.
  • Information regarding musculoskeletal complications in pregnancy and the tools to design programs that accommodate these issues.

If you advise, train or otherwise assist pregnant women, if you are you interested in ensuring you do not lose clients due to pregnancy or if you are interested in targeting this particular market, then this course may be of particular interest to you.

Dates: Melbourne - 25th - 28th October 2010 (other states TBA)
Cost: $975.00 incl GST and includes 15 CECs.
For more information, contact Preggi Bellies on 03 9509 9322.

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Preggi Bellies are looking for passionate group fitness instructors. : 16 May 2011

Preggi Bellies is Australia's leading strength and fitness class designed specifically for pregnant and postnatal women.

Operating throughout Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, they have a strong and loyal team of specially qualified group exercise instructors. There are now opportunities for passionate instructors to join their team as a leader of their original fitness and strength classes for pregnant and postnatal women or leading their new and exhilarating, high energy 'Back to Body' non-pregnant class.

A generous starting rate is provided per session. Rate increases are provided on a yearly basis. Bonuses are also provided for signing up new participants that are sent by the head office to attend on a trial basis.

Before starting with Preggi Bellies you will need to undertake their initial three day specialised training course. This is the most comprehensive course of it's nature. The course is 3 days and is accredited with Fitness Australia for 15 CECs. It's been developed in conjunction with obstetricians and follows the Australian College of Obstetrician guidelines. Once on board, you'll receive ongoing training, including 2-3 free workshops every year (CEC accredited).

Preggi Bellies pride themselves on the liaison and support they provide for their instructors. In support of this, a conversation with Naomi in their head office revealed an unprecedented fitness industry staff retention rate. Preggi Bellies has 40 - 50 instructors working across three states with an average time with the company of more than seven years! (Naomi began as an instructor approximately 8 years ago).

If you're interested in learning more about working with pregnant or postnatal women, you can read more here or head to their website at www.preggibellies.com.au.


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How will you retain clients now that they are pregnant? [15 CECs] : 01 Aug 2011

The other day I met with Naomi Pizzo of Preggi Bellies to catch part of a class for pregnant and post-natal women. I have to say, I was surprised at how energetic the class was.

Naomi gave me an insight into the research and development that has gone into the Preggi Bellies classes and, I'm pleased to say, told me they are applying their knowledge to courses for Trainers and Instructors that are interested in becoming experts in this specialist field.

Furthermore, the course carries 15 CEC's. That's 3/4 of your two year requirement for Fitness Australia renewal!

Preggi Bellies - The leaders in exercise for pregnancy - have a three day course coming up in August that will help you take what you know about fitness and apply it to pregnancy.

Preggi Bellies is the international expert on exercise for pregnancy. Over 12,000 pregnant women have exercised safely and effectively under the supervision of our physiotherapists and specialist personal trainers ? this is your opportunity to learn the research behind this specialist area.

Who is this course designed for?

  • Personal Trainers & Fitness Instructors who have an interest in the pregnant and post-natal population
  • Personal Trainers & Fitness Instructors who want a comprehensive knowledge of the application of exercise for pregnancy

Areas covered include:

  • Safe and effective exercise provision for pregnancy
  • Contraindications for exercise during pregnancy
  • Exercise modifications for common biomechanical complaints in pregnancy.

Details:

Date: Aug 22, 23, 24, 2011
Location: Sydney
CEC's: 15
Contact: Natalie on 1300 72717171 / sales@preggibellies.com.au

Further courses are planned for Melbourne later in the year (November).

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Is it a myth that pregnant women shouldn't exercise above 140bpm? : 23 Aug 2011

ABSOLUTELY, YES!

Given the great variability in maternal heart rate responses to exercise, target heart rates cannot be used to effectively monitor exercise intensity in pregnancy.


These caveats were removed from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ACOG) guidelines many years ago! Unfortunately, the number seems to have stuck and puts fear into the hearts of many pregnant women unnecessarily.

The ACOG released new guidelines in Jan 2002-recommending use of the 'Borg scale'of rate of perceived exertion in which pregnant women are encouraged to work at a 'somewhat hard' pace in which they are self monitoring and can adjust the pace as pregnancy progresses. This allows for individual differences in fitness and resting heart rates, a far more accurate reflection of individual levels of fitness and response to exertion.

Physiological changes of pregnancy hold the key when we talk about heart rates. In the first trimester of pregnancy the heart is pumping more often because of blood volume changes, causing an increase in resting heart rate. As pregnancy progresses the heart rate decreases. By the end of pregnancy it is at it's lowest and it is not easy to elevate heart rate during exercise. It's therefore inappropriate to choose one heart rate level as the measure even for one woman let alone for every pregnant woman!

Thank you to Naomi Pizzo for this piece (hopefully the first of many). Naomi is the Public Relations & HR Manager for Preggi Bellies - The Leaders in Exercise for Pregnancy. You can contact her directly at naomi@preggibellies.com.au.
www.preggibellies.com.au

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