I have never trained with weights before. Will LIFT be too hard for me?
I have worked hard to make LIFT inclusive for beginners, because we all have to start somewhere, don't we? For each movement you will find different levels, so you can pick the one that feels right for you. If anything is too hard (or too easy) you can let me know and I'll do my best to suggest an alternative. During the training block, I guide you on choosing the appropriate number of reps to complete for each exercise, when to progress and when to scale back.
Is LIFT suitable for pregnancy?
What equipment do I need to join LIFT?
This is a home-based programme. You won’t need too much space for the workouts. You’ll need a mat if you are uncomfortable lying on the floor. A few of the exercises will need you to have a bench or sofa to lean on or raise your feet on, others will require a strong, sturdy chair.
I am postnatal. Can I join LIFT?
While LIFT isn't a postnatal specific programme, my method of gradual, progressive, full-body strength training is very suitable for the post-birth chapters. I have completed a lot of continuing education in postpartum exercise, and have extensive experience of working with clients 1-2-1 postnatally. This is a real passion of mine, and I am delighted to be able to help even more people postnatally via LIFT.
Are there different access levels?
Yes. I upload five sessions a week - Strength Day 1, Strength Day 2, Core, Core:Preg/Beg, and Conditioning. I usually also stream 2 short mobility sessions each month.
Do I have to do all of the workouts?
No. In fact, I encourage you to think about 1. what you enjoy and 2. what is realistic. These are key to consistency!
Is there a minimum term?
No. Each month we move to a fresh training block. Some movements change, others stay the same. You can stay for just one training block or for as many as you like. Membership is on auto-renew, so once you've purchased a plan you don't need to rejoin each month. You will automatically roll over to the new block each month.
How do I cancel my LIFT membership?
You can do this from the members' hub. You'll need to be signed in in order to cancel.
I have prolapse. Can I still join LIFT?
Yes you absolutely can. I have a lot of experience working with clients with pelvic organ prolapse. In my experience, these people are often told all the things they can't do, to the extent that movement becomes overwhelming and even frightening. With any type of pelvic floor dysfunction, I always say that it's not what you do but how you do it. I will encourage you to explore what movement strategies (e.g. breath, positioning) feel best for you and to learn to try a different way in a particular movement makes you sympomatic. In this way, you can start to build autonomy and confidence. Anecdotally, clients who undertake balanced, progressive, full-body, strength training experience fewer symptoms and notice their prolapse less.
I suffer from incontinence. Can I join LIFT?
Yes, you can, and progressive, full body, strength training may well help to improve your incontinence. On LIFT, I encourage everyone to be aware (but not obsessive) about how they are managing pressure during exercise. Are you breath holding? Are you bearing down? What sort of position are you in when you leak? What can we change that makes a difference to your symptoms? This approach helps you to understand your body and symptoms, and to develop autonomy and confidence.
I have a diastasis / 'ab gap'. Can I join LIFT?
Yes, you can. You'll want to be aware of, but not obsessive about, intraabdominal pressure during movement. If you notice hard doming or bulging along your midline, I will encourage you to explore different strategies (e.g. breath, engagement or positioning) to try to change that, and if you cannot, to modify the movement for something that you can manage, and then to work back up.
Are the sessions live?
No; the weekly sessions are pre-recorded and uploaded to the LIFT platform all in one go at the start of each training week. This means you can structure your training week however suits you best, and allowing flexibility for the curveballs that inevitably arise along the way.
How do I sign up to LIFT?
First, you need to sign up to my website as a site member. Just click on LIFTers at the top, then sign up using an email address and password. After that you can purchase a plan.
Where are you based and what areas do you cover?
I see clients in my private studio, in TN17. I am unable to accommodate home visits.
What qualifications do you have?
You can find an up-to-date list of my qualifications and training here.
Are you insured?
Yes, I am fully insured.
Are you first aid trained?
Yes, I have a certificate in adult first aid which I am required to renew every 3 years.
My doctor has told me that my pregnancy is high-risk. Can you work with me as a Personal Trainer?
It depends. Some contraindications are absolute, meaning that I will be unable to work with you. Others are relative, which means I may be able to work with you with your doctor’s sign off. Please contact me to chat further.
I have just had a baby and am desperate to lose my baby weight. Can you help?
We can definitely work towards weight loss, if that's your goal, but I will always advocate a recovery/rehab mindset in those early postnatal months. My approach, which is tried and tested with multiple clients, is to work on full body strengthening while giving your body time to recover from the demands of pregnancy and birth, and your brain time to adjust to the challenges of caring for a new baby! Ultimately, exercise is a stress, and you're likely to be managing all sorts of other stresses postnatally, so we need to achieve a balance.
What are your sessions like?
My focus as a coach is on strength training. I love to get my clients lifting weights as this reaps enormous benefits for us across our life span. Our sessions will factor in your own individual goals and will be based on training the key movement patterns - knee dominant, hinge, push, pull and carry - in a balanced and progressive way. We throw in bursts of conditioning (ie cardio), too. Sessions are tailored to where you are right now, and any issues you might be navigating e.g. prolapse, incontinence, perimenopause or diastasis.
Do you only work with new mums/mums-to-be?
Nope! While I have extensive experience training clients during pregnancy and post-birth, I work with many people who've never had a baby, and who never plan to. I also work with those who had children years ago, who are perimenopausal or who are post-menopausal. Strength training is the bomb, bringing mutliple benefits, and I would be delighted to work with you whatever your life stage.