Many women have a lot of concerns around returning to running after having a baby, regardless of when their baby was born. What if I leak? Am I ready to run? Should I leave it a certain time before I run? Will I injure myself? Why do things not feel quite right?
Niamh, a women’s health physio, Eliza, a pre and post-natal fitness coach and Andy, a running coach, will answer all these questions and more, during this unique two-part workshop. In fact, we go the extra mile to ensure that you know exactly what you personally need to improve to run safely and efficiently.
The workshop is split into the following sections:
- Education and Assessment: Understand how pregnancy affects your body and core system control. Learn more about the pelvic floor and its role in running. Be more aware of pelvic floor dysfunction like leaking and prolapse and how to improve/prevent this during your running time.
- Fit to Run: A workout covering exercises designed specifically to help you be run-ready, covering load, impact and strength challenges.
- Technique: A practical outdoors session to check technique and a personal assessment of your running style with individual video analysis.
By the end of this, you’ll be able to:
- Understand how your body has been affected by pregnancy and birth and how this impacts your running ability
- Identify where your weak areas are
- Learn which exercises will help you run better
- Know how to improve your running technique
- Understand best technique for running with a buggy
- Drinks and light refreshments
- Babysitting so you can get the most from the workshop
- A PDF of what you’ve learnt during the workshop, including exercises to do at home
- A personal running assessment
- A safe space for babies to play
The workshop will take place in a beautiful, spacious studio a short walk from Highbury and Islington station. Babies are most welcome. If you have a running buggy, please do bring it along.
This workshop is best suited for those who are at least 4 months post-natal.
Please email us if you have any questions.
About the Experts
Niamh is a Pre and Postnatal Physiotherapist. Women’s health is her passion and she is skilled in helping women with obstetric and postnatal related conditions such as pelvic girdle pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, abdominal diastasis and urogynaecological issues like painful sex, urinary leaks and prolapse.
Her musculoskeletal and pelvic health background gives her a holistic approach and she has a keen interest in guiding women back to exercise or whatever makes them feel good post pregnancy.
Niamh is a member of the Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapists, a Mummy MOT practitioner and a recommended practitioner on the pelvic partnership website.
She is based at Maternity Physio, Crouch End and at Fix London, Hackney and Stratford.
Motherhood isn’t just about getting to grips with a new identity but also the adjustment to a ‘new’ body. Having experienced the uncertainty and reservation that can be found around exercising before and after pregnancy, Eliza decided to leave behind a career in digital marketing and further her Personal Training expertise in pre and post-natal fitness. She has undertaken courses from those at the forefront of women’s health and is always looking to improve her expertise, most recently qualifying as a barre instructor. She devised The Warrior Method; techniques and exercises to help build a stronger body and mind through resilience, body confidence and functional physical strength.
Eliza has worked with over 200 women directly, helping them reconnect and rediscover a respect for their bodies. She takes group sessions and also works with women on an one-to-one basis in Islington. She prides herself on the fact that no one class is the same, and all are helping women work towards being ‘mum fit’ – babies and the lifestyle that goes with them are physically demanding!
Andy Smith is a qualified Alexander Technique teacher and running coach based in north London. His RUN S.M.A.R.T classes combine traditional coaching advice with a focus on reducing unnecessary effort and increasing freedom of movement. The result is a more efficient technique, greater enjoyment and a lower risk of injury.