Member of the month

Sarah Pearce BSc FCMI – Pre and Postnatal Fitness

Mom of two energetic young boys (William, 4 and James, 1), Sarah has a background in fitness, sport (both in competition and management) having endured the physical rigours of a 16-year Royal Navy career. Fifteen years ago, Sarah served at the Royal Naval School of Physical Training before becoming the Physical Training and Recreation Officer at one of Europe’s largest military air bases.

It was in this role that Sarah first began working with Service women and military families (including pre- and postnatal women). Among her priorities during this assignment were: the development of female-friendly sports programmes; improvement of facilities to make them more family-friendly; and supporting military women on their return to busy-operational careers. A military spouse, Sarah transitioned from full-time military service and  moved with her Army Officer husband, Charlie, on his posting to Canada in 2016. They currently live in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Sarah holds a BSc from the Open University and trained with the PT Academy in London as well as Future Fit Training in Hampshire, UK. She was awarded Level 2 Active IQ Gym Instructor and Level 3 NCFE Personal Trainer qualifications, and further qualified in Pre-and Postnatal Exercise Design (VTCT) and Nutrition (Future Fit Training-AfN).

On moving to Canada, Sarah began working at the local military base gymnasium part-time, designing and teaching a buggy-based postnatal exercise program for the local community and military personnel. During this time it became apparent that there were a significant amount of her clients living with abdominal separation and/or pelvic health issues – and with limited knowledge on returning to exercise safely. To better support her Canadian clients, and to help design more holistic programs, Sarah decided to undertake additional CDP with Claire Mockridge, qualifying as a ‘Diastasis Detective’ and ‘Your Pelvic Matters’ instructor.  For Summer 2019, Sarah has temporarily rented her own studio space in central Fredericton.

Sarah currently instructs a range of baby-friendly, low-impact classes, collaborative pregnancy and postnatal workshops and courses, and also works with a variety of pre and postnatal personal training clients on a 1:1 basis – primarily focussed on the Your Pelvic Matters program. Married to a barefoot running enthusiast of 10 years, and now courtesy of Claire Mockridge’s contagious enthusiasm for barefoot living – Sarah now owns an ever-expanding collection of barefoot shoes (for walking!) and is improving her range of whole body classes and courses to better support pregnant and postnatal women in the local community.

 A proud member of the Guild of Pregnancy and Postnatal Exercise Instructor, Sarah is concurrently both a UK REPS and CanFitPro member and can never remember who she has uploaded CPD for!