Pregnant Pilates Classes West Palm Beach FL

Local resource for pregnant pilates classes in West Palm Beach, FL. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to pregnant pilates classes, prenatal fitness classes, and prenatal yoga classes, as well as advice and content on pregnancy and exercise, pregnancy exercises, and healthy pregnancies.

West Palm Olympiad Bally Total Fitness
501 Village Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Pool, Raquetball, Reaction Cycling, Silver Sneakers, Squash, Whirl Pool, Yoga

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Level5 Fitness & Conditioning
(571) 308-4589
3155 S Federal Hwy, Delray Beach, FL
Delray Beach, FL
Programs & Services
Aerobics, Body Sculpting, Boot Camp, Cardio Kickboxing, Child Center, Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Group Exercise Studio, Gym Classes, Gym Equipment, Personal Training, Pilates, Silver Sneakers, Special Services, Spinning, Stationary Bikes, Treadmill, Weight Machines, Yoga

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Core Dynamics Pilates
222 Lakeview Ave
West Palm Beach, FL
Sonja Wood
(561) 702-4846
Delray Beach, FL
Strength Building, Body Building, Weight Loss, Rehabilitation, Yoga, Pilates, Aerobics, Body Sculpting, TRX Suspension Training
Schedule Type
American Council on Exercise, Certified 1997
American Council on Exercise, Certified 1997First Aid, AED, and CPR, Continuous from 1997Active Isolated Stretching, Certified 2003E.C.A. Sports Training & Fitness, Credited 2004 Including various sessions of management, core training, running, female and/or athletic training advantages, posture, nutrition and body image.Dynamics/ Modern Golf, Credited 2006Nutrition/Health, Credited 2006Exercise/Injury Rehab, Credited 2006Metabolism, Credited 2006Exercising Through Your Pregnancy, Credited 2008T
General Information
47 years old (trains both men and women)

Dale Mabry Bally Total Fitness
14350 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Yoga

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Delray Fitness
(561) 495-2324
5030 West Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach, FL
Programs & Services
Aerobics, Basketball, Body Sculpting, Cardio Kickboxing, Child Center, Elliptical Trainers, Family Gym, Free Weights, Group Exercise Studio, Gym Classes, Personal Training, Pilates, Sauna, Special Services, Spinning, Stair Climber, Steam Room, Treadmill, Weight Machines, Yoga

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Pilates Studio 1
(561) 493-4966
5508 South Dixie Hwy.
West Palm Beach, FL
Core Concepts Pilates Studio
(561) 401-3660
1200 Indiantown Road
Jupiter, FL
Kendall Mall Bally Total Fitness
8851 SW 107th Ave
Miami, FL
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Martial Arts, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Ping Pong, Reaction Cycling, Yoga

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New Tampa Snap Fitness
(813) 994-4434
19402 N. Bruce B. Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Pilates and Pregnancy: Safe Ab Exercises

Pilates Ab exercise for pregnant women

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By Debbi Goodman, MSPT

Pilates is a wonderful form of exercise for pregnant women. Through Pilates, women can stay strong and fit throughout their pregnancies. Pilates can help women stay connected to their changing body, improve posture and reduce pregnancy aches and pains. However, Pilates instructors working with this population need to be knowledgeable about the anatomical and physiological changes that occur during pregnancy, as well as about the birth process. In addition, it is extremely important that Pilates instructors have a clear understanding of how pregnancy affects the abdominal muscles.

Pregnancy: A Real Ab Stretch
During the course of pregnancy, the abdominal muscles will stretch by over 50 percent of their original length. Strengthening the abdominal muscles is critical during pregnancy to help support the growing uterus, decrease lumbar compression and reduce pelvic pressure. Women who practice safe abdominal strengthening during pregnancy have less low back pain, less pelvic pain, better mobility, easier deliveries and faster recoveries.

During pregnancy, a hormone is present, called relaxin, which helps to increase laxity of all the muscles, joints, ligaments and joint capsules. The purpose of this hormone is to increase mobility of the tissues so that the body is able to accommodate the rapid fetal growth and prepare the body for delivery. The abdominal muscles are most directly affected by the growing fetus and have the ability to stretch significantly as the fetus grows.

The Diastasis Recti
At about 20 weeks and often sooner for a second pregnancy, the rectus abdominus will begin to separate along the linea alba with the two rectus halves moving laterally. This is called a diastasis recti.

Diagram courtesy of Healthy Moms Fitness

This is a normal occurrence during pregnancy, and this will occur in almost all women. However, when the diastasis recti occurs, there is less support for the lower back, which often results in an increase in low back pain or other discomforts. In addition, women who do not control the size of the diastasis may have difficulty closing it postpartum and may be at risk for an umbilical hernia, especially if there is a subsequent pregnancy without proper closure of the separation.


Exercises to Avoid During Pregnancy
Pilates instructors working with pregnant women need to pay careful attention to making sure the chosen exercises are appropriate for this group. Exercises that make the diastasis worse are any movements that require the rectus abdominus to contract strongly against gravity. When the rectus is asked to contract strongly, if the integrity of the muscle is lost, the two halves of the muscle will shorten and contract as two separate units with each half moving laterally. This, in turn, opens the separation further.

Precautions need to be taken during any supine exercises that involve lifting the head and shoulders off the gro...

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