Lauren Hannaford was an elite gymnast, athlete and coach for over 20 years and is the creator and founder of the online fitness program FHIT. Over the years she’s helped to transform thousands of people’s lives and, as a new mum, Lauren is embracing new challenges and helping other mummas-to-be in their own journey with fitness throughout their pregnancy.
As a qualified personal trainer, Lauren loves seeing the positive impact that exercise and healthier life choices can have on a whole family. Having recently given birth to her first child – a beautiful baby boy – FHIT-natal is the start of a new chapter for Lauren. Taking her knowledge and experience of fitness and channelling her endless passion and enthusiasm for helping others into FHIT-natal to provide her first-hand experience of trying to conceive, pregnancy and recovery after birth.
“I HAVE BEEN IN TOTAL AWE OF HOW MY BODY HAS CHANGED THROUGHOUT MY PREGNANCY AND HAVE REALLY TRIED TO CHERISH EVERY MOMENT AND APPRECIATE HOW EXTRAORDINARY OUR BODIES ARE .”
FROM LAUREN, TO YOU
As an elite gymnast, I‘ve always had to be physically and mentally strong. From a young age I was lucky enough to learn how the body responds to physical exercise and how it functions at its best and I always felt that physically, there was nothing I couldn’t achieve if I set my mind to it.
When my husband Simon and I decided we wanted to start a family, I didn’t expect it to be a challenge, but it turns out, for us, falling pregnant was a whole other ball game. I started experimenting with my training and changed the way I exercised. From that the Foundations program of both FHIT by Lauren Hannaford and FHIT-natal was born. It’s a much slower form of exercise and really nurtures your body and, in my case, helped me prepare my body to fall pregnant.
I’ve been completely in awe of how my body has changed throughout my pregnancy and have really tried to cherish every moment and appreciate how extraordinary our bodies are.
I understand that every pregnancy is different so I created a range of workouts with exercises tailored for each trimester, that you can do anytime you like, depending on how you’re feeling. You can also follow a weekly program if that works best for you.
You’ll also spot my sister in law, Kyra, in some of the workout videos. Our due dates were only one week apart, and you’ll see her demonstrating modified versions of the exercises throughout the workouts. Kyra was pregnant with her second child while I was doing it all for the first time and it was amazing to go through that journey together. With FHIT-natal, I want to be that support for you too.
I created FHIT-natal as a way to help you exercise regularly throughout your pregnancy, from the comfort of your own home and at a time that works for you and your changing body. Having just gone through my own pregnancy journey, I know that each day is different, that you need to be gentle with yourself, listen to your body and only do what you can manage on any given day. It’s such a beautiful time and when you keep active and make healthy choices you really feel like you are making the right decisions for you and your growing baby.
FHIT-natal is here for you on your pregnancy journey.
The perfect workouts for pre, during and post pregnancy.
- PRE-PREGNANCY – 15 min low impact workouts focussing on your general health and wellbeing with an added focus on core strength for pregnancy.
- 1ST TRIMESTER – 20 min low-mid intensity workouts focussing on all over body strength and cardio fitness.
- 2ND TRIMESTER – 20 min low intensity workouts specific to physical needs and changes during the 2nd Trimester with a focus on pelvic floor exercises.
- 3RD TRIMESTER – 15 min low intensity/low impact workouts with a focus on pelvic floor exercises and exercises for abdominal separation (Diastasis recti).
- POSTNATAL – COMING SOON!
- Bump check in – for your photo and diary entries.
- Blogs – tips, inspiration and questions answered.
- Facebook FHIT-natal Community Group.
*Always check with a medical practitioner before starting FHIT-natal.