There is a huge gap that exists in the fitness industry between when a woman has her baby and when she returns to the exercise. The focus is too often on weight loss, at the expense of well, everything. If she isn’t educated, nurtured and supported to exercise safely by a professional to rebuild her postnatal body from the inside out and goes straight back to running, bootcamp or HIIT the results can be pretty disastrous.
This is why more people need to know about Mish and her amazing team of pre and postnatal PT’s. Seriously. Tell your friends!
I had a healthy active pregnancy/birth with not so much as a hiccup and could not wait to get back to my former exercise regime. However what I had envisioned I would be capable of postnatally was drastically different to the reality; abdominal separation, back pain, an over active pelvic floor and weak EVERYTHING! After a couple of months I was miserable and needed help.
Mish made an effort to ask heaps of questions to really get to the root of my issues. She was really educational, made me feel at ease, emotionally supportive and followed up with me on many occasions. Because of Mish and Mel’s help, my pelvic floor knows how to chill out in between reps, my transverse abdominus activates like a sliding door when I tell it to, my back feels so much freer (no more feeling like tin-man) and my scapula retract functionally and feel so much stronger.
Mish has linked me in with an equally awesome women’s health physio and through both I have learnt so much about my body and how to work with other women pre and postnatally. I’m a bit of a sceptic when it comes to people I trust to look after my health/fitness, but can honestly say I trust Mish and Mel 100%
Finding mishfit changed my life… sounds far fetched I know, but it’s true. I’m in better shape than I’ve been in years and I have total confidence in the expert advice and training I recieve, not to mention a lot of fun. Finding a training regime that really suits a working mother is not easy, but mishfit ticks all the boxes. I cannot recommend this business highly enough – thanks mishfit.
I have pleasure in reviewing Michelle at mishfit as the results in just eight weeks have change my life for the better by natural gentle methods rather than intrusive surgery. A week after retiring from work I developed symptoms of a prolapse. Then having researched my options, which appeared very limited and looked like going down the surgery track, I happened to talk to my cousin and discovered the results she obtained from using the Power Plate method in New Zealand. I spoke to her physiotherapist in New Zealand and he explained the benefits of Power Plate for people suffering my condition. He also recommended that I consult mishfit. From my first meeting with her I was impressed with her professionalism and how thoroughly she assessed me regarding my condition. From the very first visit I had results, which improved as each week went by, I was soon able to walk comfortably, move more and be pain free. On top of that a rash I could not shift disappeared, it was wonderful and all by using a machine called Power Plate which did not appear to make me do any exercise at all but the results showed that it was having an amazing impact on my health and wellbeing.
Not only did Mish have me exercising on the Power Plate but she was also teaching me strategies to help me cope going forward. Although my condition is still there it has improved considerably and I am, with Mish’s, help continuing to manage and cope much better.
I am so pleased that I met up with Mish as she changed my life to one of much more freedom.
Thank you mishfit and Power plate
After my second baby my body and my world fell apart. I was diagnosed with prolapse which I never though would happen to me. But it did and I felt helpless. After gaining almost 20kg during my second pregnancy all I wanted to do was hit the gym and go hard to be back in my skinny jeans before anyone realised I had the baby. Of course my reality was very different as my exercise options were very limited. I was not allowed to do much other than walk and lifting anything heavier than a few kilos was out of the question!
Not that I wanted to do much, I just wanted to sit on the couch and not move as every time I stood up I could feel a dragging sensation due to the prolapse. It was a very very dark time in my life. But everything changed when I met Mish:) From the very first moment I walked into her gym I felt extremely comfortable and safe. I knew that she understood exactly how I was feeling physically and emotionally. I spent 5 weeks rehabilitating with Mish on the wonderful machine called Power Plate. Of course I had no idea what this strange looking thing had to do with strengthening my pelvic floor muscle when I first saw it but as I soon found out it had everything to do with it! And it wasn’t just when I was at Mish’s gym that I felt safe and comfortable from then on as Mish taught me exercise and lifting skills that are safe on my pelvic floor and which I will use for the rest of my life.
After the initial 5 week rehabilitation period I was not only ready to get off the couch and move about but I was ready to keep going to get to get to the body I wanted to reclaim So Mish put me onto Mel, a wonderful Personal Trainer who also understands exactly what my body can and cannot do and together using the Power Plate we are making progress I really didn’t think possible. And the most amazing thing is that because of the nature of the Power Plate exercise sessions I don’t feel like I have done a full gym session afterwards but the results speak for themselves!
A couple of weeks ago I even went to the snow and skied for a whole week, something 6 months ago I could not even imagine!
My prolapse is still there but it is getting better, my body is getting stronger and most importantly there is no more sitting on the couch as I have two beautiful boys and I do not want to miss a moment, not a moment during this precious time in our lives!
Thank you Mish, Mel and the Power Plate for giving me my life back :)
“You may have given up on yourself, but I believe in you”
That’s what I needed to hear to turn things around.
Diagnosed with prolapse weeks after my second, formerly a fitness instructor, I now couldn’t take my kids in the pram for a walk without worrying I’d damage myself further! I was constantly breaking down at the very thought of not being able to be the active mother I always envisioned myself being.
I was told I would never return to exercising the way I used to (which still will need modifying) very bluntly, and ought to even consider a desk job.
I was scared to be caught standing when I laughed, coughing and sneezing were out of question. ‘Just in case wee’ was a way of life before I stepped out of home and let’s not even talk about my already ‘endangered’ sex life.
(Kids are exceptionally good contraception, being damaged down there seals the rest completely)
I put on weight, put my life on hold & agonised over it for nearly a year before I found Mishfit.
By this time, I was seeing a team of PF specialists, Physiotherapists, UroGyneas and a pessary clinic on a regular basis, in addition to seeing a counsellor for my ‘Anxiety disorder’ Only to get more depressed, put on more weight… You get the picture!
Seeing Mish, for the first time, someone addressed how it felt to lose my identity… I acknowledged I felt invisible. My lack of exercise, my lack of control over this issue, a feeling my body betrayed me, were all causing everything including my esteem to drop.
We discussed stuff I knew given my background, gently reminded me of habits I developed over time, things I’d forgotten. She spoke of basics, which had been covered to some extent earlier and was forgotten along the way of seeing several specialists.
She made no magical ‘fix it’ claims or played doctor, if anything she was happy to refer me to a women’s physiotherapist for a medical examination.
I felt myself change from the first session. The hope made me a changed woman in the 5 sessions I’ve had at her studio.
I still need to address my condition, but it’s no more a pressing issue! What’s more, I have the belief that I, and support to, reclaim my life.
You have only to gain by signing up for a session, you deserve that chance! I would advocate for this being a part of post partum care akin to the 6th week check if I could!
When I was diagnosed with a prolapse in March 2013, I was told that physio and losing weight was the only way I could recover. In physio was told not to expect too much. I did my physio and had some improvement but not life changing and my options to exercise were given as very limited. I was also warned about boot camps and personal trainers without knowledge on prolapse.
Using Google I found Mishfit! I can honestly say I never knew my prolapse was having the profound effect it was on my life. My sexuality, my sense of well being, my general outlook was taken up by this damage and that was without the constraints on movement and lifting that I was living by!
Mish was the most amazing person to come into my life. With seemingly gentle exercise (and only 6 weeks!) I feel so much different. My prolapse is much improved. It no longer rules my life. It isn’t something I think about every time I do anything.
The program was done with love and a sense of caring that rarely is afforded women in my situation. Most often overweight mothers are dismissed as lazy or told they have to work harder than ever. Mish never once ran me down. It was only ever to build me up.
I’m so grateful I decided that what I was doing wasn’t good enough and that I had the courage to try something new. Honestly the best thing I ever did for my health.
I’m not a sporty person. I have only ever done one aerobics class, and it was just like in the movies, where my classmates went one way, and I went the other! Everyone else wore lycra and seemed to know what they were doing!
After having my third baby, a friend mentioned mishfit to me and I decided to try it as it was just around the corner from my house. To my surprise, I found myself enjoying the class!
The class has been created with the perfect balance of variety (lots of different activities both from week to week and within the classes themselves “ I’m never watching the clock, longing for the end of class!); flexibility (you can take your children to class with you); hard work (you really feel you’ve had a work out without it being exhausting); personalisation (although it’s a group class, you can work at your own level and get plenty of one-to-one help if you need it) and friendliness (I never feel self conscious about my clothes (no lycra required!) or my lack of co-ordination!)
After only 4 classes my posture and energy levels had noticeably improved even other people commented on it! These are things which I’ve tried for years to improve and I was amazed that it was so simple.
As for my pelvic floor well, let’s just say that 2 classes a week where I’m constantly reminded to exercise it has made a huge difference!
I’ve also tried the power plate which was a great work out in only half an hour I really felt I’d worked my body and is something I plan to continue with after I’ve finished this term of classes.
I thoroughly recommend mishfit to anyone who would like to take some time to increase their fitness, lose some weight and/or work on their core strength and pelvic floor in a friendly, motivating environment. It’s great to meet other mums from the area, and be able to exercise without any worry about who will look after the baby. Michelle is enthusiastic, energetic and caring and I thank her for making exercise approachable and achievable to one who had all but given up on getting fit!!
I am a woman with terrible pelvic floor looking at major surgery to fix the issue. Going to mishfit and working on my pelvic floor will hopefully stop me from needing the surgery as I have already had wonderful results. After other consultations about my pelvic floor and how to exercise it I thought I was doing it right but after one session with mishfit I found that I was doing it wrong and now my pelvic floor is strengthening better than I could have hoped. Easy to talk to and completely understanding. Thanks mishfit!