Kara Coffin , Certified Personal Trainer, Diastasis and Core Consultant, Postnatal Fitness Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist
Ever since I can remember I’ve always been an athlete. As a young girl I loved playing manhunt, running through the woods behind our neighborhood, and up and down the soccer field. My favorite memories are of being with my teammates on the field hockey field in high school and college. I can remember feeling a bit lost after my final field hockey season. The sport had been such a huge part of my life for so long, and now I had no trainers or coaches or teammates to rely on for programming or motivation. That spring I got more serious about running and was determined to cross running the Boston Marathon off my bucket list. After college I worked my way up to the marathon by running several half marathons, 5ks, and eventually 3 full marathons. I loved that runners high! After grad school I got a job as a Speech Language Pathologist and loved working with brain injury patients and young children, but it was never a driving passion. Then I had my son. Quinn was born at 31 weeks gestation after my water randomly broke one night while cooking dinner. Having a preemie completely rocked my world. I struggled so much with feeling as though my body had betrayed me. As though I hadn’t been able to do the one thing it was designed to do- cook a baby to full gestation. I struggled with that for a long time. A body that I had loved moving was now a body I felt like I didn’t know, and the things that used to bring me stress relief like running we just too hard to accomplish logistically #momlife #preemiemom. Thanks to a modest home gym I was able to start resistance training and completely fell in love. I slowly began to see all the amazingness my body had done in those 31 weeks Quinn was in my belly and let go of my feelings of betrayal. When I got pregnant with my daughter I made it a mission to do everything I possibly could to learn about remaining healthy in every sense of the word during pregnancy. I got my certification as a personal trainer through NASM and took numerous courses taught by industry leaders in the field of perinatal fitness and wellness. My daughter was born at 39 weeks. Her pregnancy and birth were healing for me in so many ways. With all of the knowledge and experience I’ve gained over the past years working with perinatal women I’ve made it my mission to help perinatal women bridge the gap between motherhood and athleticism. All moms are athletes whether they realize it or not. By incorporating rehabilitative movement, and corrective exercise strategies into your life you can seamlessly continue doing what you love.