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I love teaching. It is one of my passions and I am working towards incorporating more of it into my professional repertoire. As a personal trainer I teach 1-on-1 all day every day. When I present to groups, I reach more people at the same time.

Since 2006 I have been giving talks at the Running Room to clinics of all distances. I love educating runners about core, effective cross training, incontinence, and the importance of training smart. Knowing they all want to be uninjured and still running in 10 years, they are a captive audience and I am always very well received. My runners give me great feedback, they love my talks, and the instructors keep inviting me back. I think my genuine enthusiasm comes through, and is a tremendous strength of mine when teaching.

In 2014 I designed a Trainer Trainer Workshop to educate other fitness professionals on Diastasis Recti, pelvic floor wellness, and safely training the pre and postnatal demographic. It's a 4 hour presentation that I pitch to gyms who are invested in the quality control of their staff. I also launched a Mentor program for trainers to shadow me in the field, have 1-on-1 mock sessions, and access to all of my handouts. It's badass :)

In September 2014 I presented 2 talks on behalf of Core Expectations at the Fall BabyTime Show- prenatal and postnatal fitness considerations, delivered to a roomful of the target demographic. I have a bit of a reputation on my team as "resident geek" and I wear that proudly.


As a senior trainer for Core Expectations I have been certified in the Bellies Inc program for core restoration since its inception in 2012- Diastasis Recti, pelvic floor and core dysfunction. In 2014 I was invited to become a Master Trainer for Bellies Inc, able to teach the 2 day course in tandem with another PT and a Physiotherapist. I was so excited! In September I audited the 2 day course to prepare to teach this year. 

On January 24/25 I taught my first course in tandem with 2 other Master Trainers in training, while audited by the Bellies Inc founders. Apparently we knocked it out of the park because we all graduated and are geared up to (hopefully) teach another course in March.


In attendance at the January course was a spectrum of fitness professionals including physiotherapists, chiropractors, midwives, doulas and trainers. It was such an honor to teach to these incredibly knowledgeable people. When I present to groups like this, my scope of reach is even broader, as they will in turn educate all of their clients. This is very exciting to me, as I am passionate about this knowledge and feel very invested in redefining the status quo when it comes to pre and postnatal core training.


I am very excited to pursue teaching in 2015. I always say that I will never leave the field- I love being hands on and I learn a lot through practical application and the feedback/results I get from training clients. Teaching is another passion of mine, and geeking out with 20+ other fitness professionals is just a fabulous gig for the weekend :) I am very excited to have set the tone in January 2015, for a successful year of training and teaching!


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