Hi MUMS, I'm a mum of a little boy, Valentino. Having gone through my own experience of pregnancy and postpartum training I am very passionate about making SAFE and EFFECTIVE training accessible to all mums!
I'm a CERTIFIED Pre and Postnatal Coach, I have over 15 years experience coaching women of all ages and abilities as a Qualified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, and I'm a Registered 'Pelvic Floor Safe Fitness Professional' (Incontinence NZ).
I specialise in CORE STRENGTH and FUNCTION (including pelvic floor, glutes and lower abs) and am dedicated to making CORE RECOVERY a normal and expected part of becoming a mum - something that is often overlooked currently.
I would love to help you on your journey.
Christchurch combined PREGNANCY and POSTPARTUM TRAINING
Group Fitness Classes
A mix of modified pilates and gentle stretching. Modifications for every stage of your pregnancy - not simply based on 'weeks', but individualised so we manage any symptoms to ensure safe and effective training.
We concentrate on pelvic floor connection and FUNCTION.
Diaphragm - learning how to breathe correctly. A better breath connection makes using breath during labour much more accessible.
Transversus abdominus connection - the deep core muscles that hold us all together and are responsible for preventing, or healing, diastasis recti (exaggerated ab separation).
We strengthen the stabilising muscles, including glutes, to protect lower back, hips and pelvis as baby grows.
Every pregnancy journey is unique, and whilst some factors are out of our control such as the size of the baby or the position in utero, strengthening our body (safely, with no added pressure on an already stretched body!) is so important to help prevent or at least minimise common issues and to assist a quicker recovery after birth.
All Levels Postpartum - Mums and Bubs
Safe exercise to promote a quicker recovery after pregnancy and child birth.
We focus on pelvic floor connection and recruitment of the deep core muscles, which are crucial to strengthen before getting back in to your previous training or stepping up your intensity.
Safe exercises for correcting abdominal separation - An untreated diastasis recti (ab separation) does put you at risk of ongoing pelvic floor issues and lower back pain.
Glute activation exercises - teaching you how to use your butt muscles effectively.
Pelvic stability and knee strengthening work.
All exercises are individualised so that we manage any symptoms - ensuring we do not cause or exacerbate any common postpartum issues (such as ab separation, pelvic floor dysfunction, back or hip pain).
When your diastasis has healed and a strong pelvic floor connection is able to be maintained we move into more advanced exercises. Not just for new mums, postpartum issues can remain for years if not addressed.
Child/baby friendly classes and a great way to meet other mums. Take some much needed timeout for YOU.
Combined PRE AND POSTNATAL CLASS TIMES
HALSWELL PRE and POSTNATAL FITNESS CLASS: Tuesday 10.45am-11.30am
Indoors in Halswell at the the Halswell Community Hall, 450 Halswell Rd).
RANGIORA PRE and POSTNATAL FITNESS CLASS: Wednesday 10.45am-11.30am
Indoors in Rangiora at the Church Community Hall, 355 High St
PAPANUI PRE and POSTNATAL FITNESS CLASS: Thursday 10.45am-11.30am
Indoors in Papanui at the Village Community Hall, 460 Papanui Road.
LINCOLN PRE and POSTNATAL FITNESS CLASS: Thursday 9.20am-10.05am
Indoors in Lincoln, 31 Gerald St (Selwyn Parish)
STARTING THURSDAY 8th OCTOBER!
LINCOLN TRIAL CLASSES 8th October and 15th October - $10 class.
Can't make the classes?!
Evening PREGNANCY FITNESS classes
Monday 5.30pm Halswell/Wigram
CAN'T MAKE A CLASS TIME??!
ONLINE - PREGNANCY TRAINING
Safe and suitable training for all trimesters. Full body workouts, with a focus on core connection - including pelvic floor, lower abs and glutes.
Start this training ANYTIME.
ONLINE - POSTPARTUM TRAINING
(Core Recovery 6 Week Program)
A comprehensive 6 week program designed to assist Mums with postpartum recovery - including healing ab separation and improving pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms.
Courses run every 3 weeks. See here for course dates
"...Each class starts with a focus on breathing, engaging the pelvic floor and lower abdominals - it's this repetition at each class that has made me stronger, more in control of my pelvic floor and helped close my diastasis recti! I can now exercise more and push myself harder knowing I'm breathing and engaging correctly - I can even run and jump which for a while there after my second child I never through I'd do again. Lisa is passionate about what she does and shows a genuine interest in each individuals progress" Julia
"...I cannot recommend her enough! ... After 6 weeks of attending Lisa's classes my ab separation was down to 1 finger.... For really low impact, child friendly, supportive and assisted postpartum fitness, this class is really amazing!" Josephine
"...I notice improvement each week and love Lisa's passion for ensuring each person in the class is pushing herself right up to her own personal limit without overdoing it. I love feeling that post work-out burn the next day and the ongoing improvement in my pelvic floor and core!" Rachel
"...Check out one of Lisa's classes they are awesome! I've been going for a few months now and loving it. After 2.5yrs finally starting to feel strong again and my ab separation is finally closing!"
For more information on
Pre and Postnatal Fitness:
What is Diastasis Recti - and what to do if you have it!
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a class cost?
Can I do casual sessions or do I need to sign up for a block?
Yes, you can do a casual class or sign up for 10 sessions.
A causal class is $15.
A block of 10 sessions is $99 - You have 14 weeks to use them in. This does not include any school or public holidays (even if the classes run over the holidays they will not be counted in your block weeks if you cannot make them).
You are welcome to decide at the end of class is you would like to do 10 sessions or pay for that class as a casual.
There are NO set terms, you can start classes ANYTIME.
How do I pay?
You are welcome to pay cash at class, or pay via online banking. These details will be sent to you via email reply when you book in.
Who are these classes suitable for?
Anyone with CORE WEAKNESS or looking to improve pelvic floor strength and function, lower abs connection or butt muscle engagement.
You DO NOT have to have young babies to attend. You are more than welcome to bring older children (for example in the school holidays).
When can I start these classes postpartum?
You are welcome to attend these classes whenever you feel ready postpartum if there have been no complications. Most mums wait at leat 3-6 weeks, however you can join at anytime as there are plenty of options to keep this training SAFE and SUITABLE for you. Please keep in mind fatigue levels and how you are generally feeling.
I recommend waiting at least 6 weeks post c-section to ensure it is healing well.
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Our classes (which are now all over Canterbury and ONLINE) are gentle, SAFE and effective - a really nice way to help heal the body postpartum.
Your choice of value. Mum's choice of PT, Group Fitness (in any of our locations), or Online Training.
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Led by Lisa who is a new mum herself to a little boy. She is very knowledgable in pre and postnatal fitness and specialises in CORE STRENGTH and FUNCTIONALITY (including Pelvic floor, glutes and lower abs)... an expert on exercises and pressure management techniques that help to close ab separation (and create a flat tummy if that's your goal) and very aware of those that can sometimes actually hinder our success.
Certified 'Pre and Postnatal Coach'
Girls Gone Strong, Coaching and Training Women Academy.
This is the most comprehensive, truly interdisciplinary, evidence-based course that stands alone at the top of the industry.
Registered 'Pelvic Floor Safe Fitness Professional'
(Incontinence NZ, 2018).
Qualified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor
Over 15yrs experience, working with all fitness abilities.
COMPLETE our Pre and Postnatal CORE RECOVERY classes
(in person or ONLINE) and then...
Our online training includes a 20-25min stretch/pilates class
and 2x 25-30min body weight workouts,
plus more each week!
Suitable for ALL FITNES LEVELS, including POSTPARTUM
LOW IMPACT options for everything
Modifications for most physical limitations such as ab separation (diastasis recti), back/hip pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, sore wrists/knees
CONVENIENT, FUN and ACHIEVABLE!!
"That really got the heart racing! Loved the abs, push ups were a killer but a necessary evil. All done while my baby was sleeping, Thanks so much!" Online team member