Member of the month

June 2020 – Charlotte Wright

Charlotte Wright is the proud founder of WomenFIT. Charlotte set up her own business in 2016 with the aim to help support and guide women on how to exercise safely and effectively throughout their pregnancy and following birth. Charlotte prides herself on offering safe and effective personal training and group exercise for Pre and Postnatal women across Manchester and Cheshire.    

Charlotte is a level 4 personal trainer specialising in pre and postnatal exercising programming and has just recently completed the Burrell Education Advanced Pregnancy Wellness Practitioner Certification. Charlotte is also an advanced Les Mills instructor and group exercise instructor.

Charlotte has her own personal training studio in Didsbury Village where she welcomes both pre and postnatal women to train. Charlotte also offers home and online personal training and runs weekly Aqua natal classes in her local area of Didsbury & Stockport, ‘Aqua natal is one of my favourite classes to teach, I just love seeing the benefits and enjoyment it can bring during a woman’s pregnancy’.

Charlotte is passionate and committed to helping mums and mums to be on their fitness and health journey at such a special time in their lives. As a new mum herself Charlotte has first-hand experience on how keeping active during and after pregnancy can have a positive impact on your emotional and physical wellbeing. Charlotte is also a proud mum to Alba.

Way to go Charlotte!! It’s wonderful to have you on board and as part of the team!!

APRIL 2020 – Gina Craig

Our member of the month is the lovely Gina Craig who works in the Chichester area of West Sussex. Gina runs Precision Poise, teaching Pilates where she specialises in working with Mums through pregnancy, the early postnatal months and beyond. She has a strong focus on connecting women with their bodies throughout every stage of motherhood, so that they feel informed, in control and confident in their own body’s ability to birth, heal, and restore. 

In addition to the VTCT Level 3 award in pre and postnatal exercise, she is trained as a Pre and Postnatal Pilates SpecialistTM with Carolyne Anthony’s The Center for Women’s Fitness and in The Center Method for Diastasis Recti RecoveryTM. She has also completed the Burrell Education Advanced Pregnancy Wellness Practitioner certification. 

She works with Mums and Mums to be in small group classes as well as on a 1:1 basis.  She has a strong belief that working with Mums is an absolute privilege, as we get to support women through some of the most important phases of their lives. Its so wonderful to see our members striving for the best in the industry for both themselves and women.

MARCH 2020 – Claire Gregory

This month we have surprised Claire with member of the month. Many of you will know Claire for all the hard work she does for us in her role as Guild Hon. Secretary. She works hard behind the scenes to maintain our website, update our membership and serves on the committee. 

For those of you who don’t know her she is the co-founder of The Female Fitness Academy. FFA does not only deliver specialised antenatal and postnatal exercise classes but has been specialising in women’s wellness for the past ten years.

Claire has worked in the fitness industry for over 18 years and has specialised in Pre and Postnatal Health. Not only is she a mum to two beautiful girls but she is currently completing a Masters in Exercise Rehabilitation with a strong focus on Diastasis Recti. Great to have you on board Claire and thank you for everything you do for us 

FEBRUARY 2020 – Meg Walker

We are delighted to make the very lovely Meg Walker
member of the month and 21 st year this month. Meg has taught exercise and fitness
in the Stroud Valleys for over twenty years and has specialised in Pilates, having
trained for her Stott certification in 2002. She is the author of the Easy series book;Pregnancy and Postnatal Pilates; now published in English, French and Italian and available on Amazon.

We would like to especially thank Meg Walker who has been a constant member and leader in the field from the very beginning of the Guild. I remember meeting Meg for 
the first time about 18 years ago and her love and her passion for this work still shines through. Along with her husband Eliot they have supported the Guild through
thick and thin. As a recognition of her work the Guild Board is awarding Meg a Lifetime Membership in recognition of her vision and commitment to us for many
years.

Thank you so much for all your hard work.

AUGUST 2019 – Sarah Pearce

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!

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