Advanced Exercise During Pregnancy

by Annette Lang |   Date Released : 14 Nov 2008
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Annette Lang

About the author: Annette Lang

Annette Lang has been in the health and fitness industry since 1983, working in sales, education, management and personal training. She is one of the most sought-after presenters at health and fitness conferences in the US and abroad. She speaks on a variety of topics related to the education of fitness professionals, contributing to the integrity of the personal training business within health clubs. The conference groups include: Perform Better, The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), International Health and Racquet Sports Association (IHRSA), Club Industry, Towne Sports International (TSI) Summit, Reebok International, Sara’s City Workouts and more. In 2005, Annette presented at international conferences in Moscow and Portugal.

Annette is a Reebok University Master Trainer and helped develop Reebok Reactive Neuromuscular Training (RNT), Reebok Core Training, Reebok One to One Flexibility Training and Reebok Deck Training. She presents for Free Motion Fitness exercise equipment and is one of the original authors for Annette was on the original team of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute, developing and teaching the nationally recognized education program for Equinox personal trainers.

Annette teaches at numerous health clubs on a regular basis, some of her programs being a standard component of the facilities’ education process. The clubs include Equinox, Crunch/Bally, Wellbridge, NY Health & Racquet and many private facilities. Trainers enjoy Annette’s practical way of teaching, making concepts easy to understand and relating topics to real life training on the gym floor. Annette works as a private trainer in New York City.

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Ackerman, David | 23 Feb 2010, 03:25 AM

I am not totally in agreement with everything you said or did in this article. I agree with the ability of pregnant women. We must remember that back in the Paleolithic Era when cave men and cave women were around, pregnant women would have to sprint from predators, sleep on logs and hurdle boulders! So pregnant women are pretty amazing and resilient mammals. However, you must take into extreme consideration the curvature of the lumbar spine in which it is inclined to developing a hyper lordosis in the event of pregnancy. You have said that it is "ok" to do over head presses in which the thoracic and lumbar spine is put further into extension. Also in one of your pictures your client is waking on a treadmill on an incline which also increases the curvature of the lumbar spine. So in regards to those two things I disagree, but everything else I think is good information.

David Ackerman, B.S, D.C.

Reece, Laura | 30 Jun 2009, 05:15 AM

While I agree with this article wholeheartedly, I think it is also important to point out that if you are going to train pregnant women you should study it in greater depth. A lot of the trainers at the course that I did, who had children, were shocked at some of the implications of training too soon, or at too high an intensity and said they would have altered their own training had they this knowledge at their finger tips. Pregnant women are not invalids, however, in no way can they be all grouped together and it is important as trainers to be totally on top of their individual well being, physical and emotional all the time, allowing their bodies to remain strong, but to soften as well as she and the baby develop through the trimesters.

Ali, Ashik | 03 Jun 2009, 23:39 PM

great article

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