Pre/Postnatal Performance Training Specialist

PROnatal Fitness: Pre/Postnatal Performance Training Specialist Course

Course Overview

Each year, millions of women enter the “ultimate athletic event” of pregnancy – often unaware of the physical challenges that lay ahead. Conventional guidance tells them to “take it easy” to mitigate injury risk, but often this advice has the opposite effect, as it leaves women unprepared to manage the stresses placed on their bodies. You have the power to change this paradigm, and it begins with this course. Progress through the 15 self-paced learning modules at your own pace (approximately 20-25 hours). You have access to the course for life. Through a combination of webinars, PDFs, videos, self-checks, and plenty of downloadable materials, you’ll come away with all the tools need to confidently coach women to be the very best pre and postnatal coach.

About the Course

See details below on topics covered in the course, resources included, and what you receive upon completion. It’s important to note that many of the principles taught in this course are applicable to ALL populations — such as neutral alignment, better movement quality, functional strength training, programming variables, and especially the keys to building a strong and functional core. We hope it influences your programming and coaching for all your clients from here on out.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants should have a solid understanding of how to:

  1. Design an effective Performance Training program for any pregnant or postpartum client -- tailored to her specific stage and needs -- that will enable her to successfully meet the demands ahead of her and come out stronger than ever.
  2. Assess each client with goal-driven tasks to garner greater insight into her daily movement patterns and understand how to tailor your training accordingly to achieve a greater impact.
  3. Recognize red flags that signal potential injuries and understand how to address – either within your scope or via referral to the necessary professional.
  4. Coach women to achieve their personal best during the event of their lives.

Course Outline

  • Course Introduction:
  • Module 1: Evolution of Childbirth
  • Module 2: Rationale for a “Performance Training” Approach
  • Module 3: The Demands of Pregnancy (How the Body Changes)
  • Module 4: The Demands of Childbirth and Motherhood
  • Module 5: Prenatal Programming Framework: Overview and Stage 1
  • Module 6: Prenatal Programming Framework: Stages 1 and 2
  • Module 7: Assessing the Pregnant Client
  • Module 8: Managing Pregnancy-Induced Pains and Injuries
  • Module 9: Prenatal Programming Session Breakdown
  • Module 10: Pregnancy Weight Gain and Nutrition
  • Module 11: Pregnancy Psychological Changes and Effective Coaching
  • Module 12: Initial Postpartum Recovery
  • Module 13: Postpartum Programming Framework
  • Module 14: Assessing the Postpartum Client
  • Module 15: Postpartum Programming Session Breakdown

What’s Included

  • Webinar, PDF, and self-check for each module
  • Full Course PDF
  • Video Exercise Library
  • 12 Sample Workouts
  • Programming Template
  • New Client In-Take Forms
  • Movement Assessment Checklist
  • Physician Consent Form
  • Client Handouts
  • ACOG Guidelines and Key Opinion Papers

Completion Requirements

After progressing through the entire course, you must complete a final exam to earn your certificate as a Pre/Postnatal Performance Training Specialist and CEUs. The final exam is 2-hr timed exam, comprised of 80 multiple choice and true/false questions. You must score an 85% (68 questions correct) to pass. Exam re-tests can be purchased for $35.

PROnatal Fitness - Meet Our Team

Carolyn Appel, PROnatal Fitness Director of Education

Carolyn Appel, PROnatal Fitness Director of Education
With a background in competitive, collegiate-level tennis, Carolyn Appel has built a career on her passion for fitness, athletics, and skill development. She received her master’s degree in Motor Learning and Control from Columbia University and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA. She spent several years on the faculty of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute and is a frequent presenter at the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Personal Trainers Conference, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) NY Chapter meeting, and the annual Fitness Education Institute’s Eclipse Summit. Of all her accomplishments, Carolyn is most proud of her role as mom to her son, Julian.

Brittany Citron, PROnatal Fitness Founder

Brittany Citron, PROnatal Fitness Founder
After nearly 12 years in the corporate world, Brittany Citron took her career in an entirely different direction after an eye-opening experience during her first pregnancy alerted her to the critical need for better education and resources to support women during the pregnancy and postpartum period. Brittany launched PROnatal Fitness in 2015 – recruiting a team of experts to bring her vision of offering the Gold Standard in pre and post natal resources and education to life. Brittany holds a BBA from the University of Michigan, a Personal Training Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), a Group Fitness Certification from the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and several pre and post natal specializations, including Program Design, Corrective Exercise, and Diastasis and Pelvic Floor rehabilitation. When she’s not working or working out, she enjoys spending time with the three people who originally inspired the idea for PROnatal Fitness – her supportive husband and two children, Liam and Isla.

Brittany Citron, PROnatal Fitness Founder

DR. Nadya Swedan, MD, Physiatrist
Dr. Nadya Swedan is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist (PM&R/physiatrist) focusing on women’s health, and a mother of three. She is the author of The Active Woman’s Health and Fitness Handbook and Women’s Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has served as a medical advisor to Fitness and Shape magazines, the “Q” Equinox health club blog, and the Women’s Sports Foundation, and is frequently quoted for fitness articles in publications such as The New York Times, Runner’s World, Self, and Real Simple.

Brittany Citron, PROnatal Fitness Founder

Dr. Erica Azzaretto, PT, DPT, WCS, Women's Health Physical Therapist
Dr. Erica Azzaretto is a board-certified women’s health clinical specialist in pelvic floor conditions, and works at practice specializing in holistic pelvic floor treatment. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and a published author of the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy. She is also an adjunct Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Professor at Rutgers University, and a teaching assistant at the Herman and Wallace Institute, a continuing education center for pelvic rehabilitation.

Steve Feinberg, CPT, GFI, Functional Movement Specialist
Steve Feinberg is a widely recognized expert in movement science and functional training. He is the creator of Speedball™ Fitness– an evidence-based program that uses a specialized medicine ball to improve core stabilization and multidirectional movement. He is an international presenter and frequent contributor to Men’s Health, Women’s Health, and Shape. His philosophy is to make science-based fitness fun and engaging to help fitness professionals better understand and retain information, and therefore better coach their clients.

Ashely Britcher, CCCE, CLC, Certified Cooperative Childbirth Educator
Ashley Brichter is a Certified Cooperative Childbirth Educator though CEA/MNY and mother of two. She is a DONA trained Birth and Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor and has additional trainings in Prenatal Yoga, Rebozo Techniques for Labor, Spinning Babies, DreamBirth Imagery, Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Hand Expression, and Pelvic Heath. In addition to teaching live childbirth education, breastfeeding, and newborn care classes throughout New York City, Ashley is immersed in the world of pelvic health and restorative fitness for perinatal women. Ashley is proud of her deep connections to physical therapists, mental health practitioners, body workers, and fitness professionals. She sees childbirth as one piece of the puzzle for families who are expecting a baby.

Terrance Johnson, PhD, Elizabeth Johnson, MA, MSW, Clinical Psychologists
Dr. Terrence Johnson and Elizabeth Johnson are clinical psychologists who have been practicing for nearly 40 years. They are a husband and wife team, and parents of two daughters. They each spent the first decade of their career working in a community mental health center, and today work in a private practice providing services to children, adolescents, and adults via individual, couples, or family therapy. They have worked with many women dealing with postpartum psychological changes, including postpartum depression.

Nicole Silber, RD, CSP, CLC, Registered Dietician and Lactation Consultant
Nicole Silber is a registered dietitian, board certified specialist in pediatric nutrition, and certified lactation counselor. Formerly a clinical nutritionist at New York Presbyterian, today she runs a private practice in New York City, specializing in pre/postnatal and pediatric nutrition. She understands how maternal diet and nutrition choices during and after pregnancy can have an impact on the child, and is therefore passionate about helping women establish healthy eating habits before, during, and after pregnancy.

Performance Training

Learn how our Performance Training approach can help you coach women
to achieve their personal best during what is truly the “event of a lifetime.”

Discover exactly what she's training for

You know that training a client for a marathon looks very different from how you’d train a client for a golf tournament – because the demands of each activity are different. We help you understand the exact demands your pre and postnatal clients are training for – breaking down the physiological and biomechanical changes of pregnancy, the position and energy requirements of labor, and the ADLs of motherhood – so you have clear training goals, and understand what success looks like for each.

Receive a proven programming framework

Learning new information is great, but often applying that information to develop actual client programs can be quite challenging. We give you a clear, progressive programming framework for during and after pregnancy, and teach you how to apply it with any client – regardless of her stage, fitness level, or when she begins training with you – to maximize her performance (and minimize injury) at every stage of her motherhood journey.

Learn to better assess individual needs

No two women experience pregnancy the same, and each woman must be progressed in a manner that’s safest and most effective for her own body. We teach you a unique and powerful assessment strategy that will give you deeper insight into how your clients move and function outside the gym. Combining this insight with our programming framework, you’ll be able to easily create individualized programs to help any client – regardless of her stage, fitness level, or when she begins training – achieve her personal best.

Maximize her performance

We know that pregnancy, childbirth, and early motherhood will likely be the greatest physical, mental, and emotional challenge most women will ever face. You’ll learn exactly how to push your clients so they can meet each challenge with strength and resilience, but in a very safe and methodical way that helps them gradually build the functional strength needed to not just endure their journey, but truly thrive.


Are there prerequisites for taking this course?

There are no prerequisites for this course. Anyone interested in a highly comprehensive, and updated approach to pre and postnatal education will benefit form the information. You do not need a fitness certification.

However, you DO need a nationally accredited fitness certification, and at least 2 years working experience, if you wish to be listed on our website as a PROnatal Certified Trainer. You should also have a Personal Training Certification to work 1-on-1 with clients.

What is required to complete this course? Is there an exam? 

To receive your certificate and CEUs, you must pass a final exam at the end of the course.

This a 2-hour timed exam that you take at home on your computer (no testing center). There are 80 multiple choice and True/False questions. You must receive 85% (68 questions correct) to pass and receive your certificate.

If you pass, you will immediately be able to download your certificate. If you do not pass, you can purchase an exam re-test for $35

How long do I have to complete the course after registering for it? 
After registering for the course, you will have access to the course for life. All materials are available for you to download as well. For the text, you can download each module separately, or you can download the entire course in one master PDF.
How does the payment plan work?
When you go through the purchase process, you will see an option to do a payment plan (provided by Affirm). When you click on the payment plan option, it will take you to Affirm’s website where you will be asked to create an account and provide some very basic info. Once you provide this, Affirm will provide you three different payment plan options (3, 6, or 12 months) based on your credit. Choose one, purchase, and you’re done! The entire process takes less than 5 minutes. Affirm will show you your monthly payments, as well as your total payment with interest broken out, so you will have complete transparency.
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We are happy to answer any questions you have! Email us at or give us a call at 516-778-9468.





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