As a group fitness instructor, I am required to have so many continuing education credits for my certificate to remain valid. I need to have 15 credits every two years. Given that one year has already passed and I had 0, I thought I better get on it.
The AFAA APEX event happens twice a year. This is when a lot of classes are reduced in price, with the majority being $99. Though there are many classes that are done in person, there are also many that are online.
One of the newest programs with AFAA is their Live Question and Answer segment. In this case, you listen to the class and there are professionals available to answer any questions you have immediately. I thought this was a nice concept as Pittsburgh didn’t have any classes in person this time, but there’s always that thought that you might just not understand something.
Classes offered through the Live Question and Answer Workshop
Ultimately, the week before the class, I decided I wanted to take advantage of this APEX offer with $99 classes as Aaron was out of town and I had a free day. After looking over the class list, I decided to go with the perinatal fitness certification. There were many I was interested in, but I have been worried about pregnant ladies taking my classes and not being completely familiar with what they can and cannot do. I wanted to make sure they were receiving a great workout, but not compromising the safety of themselves or the baby. Of course, my original Group Fitness Certification did briefly talk about pregnancy, but I wanted more in depth. This class went through prenatal, birth, and postnatal fitness.
Here’s what to expect with the AFAA Perinatal Class:
First- here are some logistics.
I took the entire class online, so remember that. They may offer this class in person but I do not have experience with that.
Also, make sure you note that these classes are in pacific time. They didn’t do a great job at telling you that, and I was all ready for the 9 am start time, but then saw at 9 am it was actually only going to begin at 12. That was a bummer, but I was glad I didn’t have plans the rest of the day.
The class itself is about 6 hours. You will be given 2-15 minute breaks, a 30 minute break in the middle, and a 5 min break towards the end. I wish the breaks would have been shorter as it just dragged out the day.
About the program:
– There are 7 sections discussed: prenatal, birth, how to apply and make a workout class designed just for them, practical applications, nutritional requirements, and then postpartum fitness. I liked that it talked about postpartum since
AFAA Perinatal Fitness Class Review Pros:
- I liked being in the comfort of my own home. I was able to eat when I wanted, walk around, stand, etc.
- I thought the ladies were very good and really explained everything. They provided lots of examples and had many demonstrations to show.
- It went by fairly fast, until the last hour or so, but that’s just the usual restlessness in me.
- I was very interested in learning about this topic, which definitely helped keep my attention.
- The manual is well thought out and laid out. It really goes through everything you need to know. I feel like I can definitely help a pregnant lady get a great workout in in my classes. I loved seeing the options to modify for them as well.
- The fact that this goes through not only Prenatal, but the birth process, and also postpartum fitness for ladies was crucial. Some moms come to class after having a child and still have some trouble doing things, specifically if their abs have torn. This helps me to know exactly where they are at and make sure they aren’t going at a too advanced pace, and remind them they just had a baby!
- There is no test. Just being honest Tests always scare me!
AFAA Perinatal Fitness Class Review Cons:
- It was very drawn out. They read word for word from the study manual a lot of the time, which was frustrating when I could read it myself.
- A lot of the demonstrations for exercises were interspersed between the learning, but that made it harder to keep track of. I had to keep flipping pages to find the body part they were demonstrating moves for.
- It would have been nice to have pictures of the exercises and modifications actually laid out in the book.
- There was no specific order as to how they were teaching. Many times, I was flipping through the book just trying to find out where we were.
- They spoke a lot of their experiences- which I thought was great- except neither have been pregnant in many years and I just felt like many things have changed since then. Also, they kept repeating the same things about their pregnancy.
- No one used the Live Question and Answer. I probably wouldn’t be focused on taking a class with that in the future as it didn’t seem to be too helpful. However, other classes might have points when asking questions would be welcomed.
- The pictures on the screen were very tiny, and some weren’t in the manual, or were also tiny in the manual. I know I would have liked to see some diagrams larger, but you can’t even click on them to make them larger.
I will be back to share key take-aways about working out while pregnant in the next week or so! Stay tuned! This post is already getting too long!