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Neely Quinn interviews pro rock climbers, climbing trainers, and other insightful members of the climbing community about how we can get a little better at rock climbing. Subjects include how to train for certain aspects of the sport, how to rehab injuries, the best diet for climbing, and personal stories about climbing.

Jul 14, 2021


In the episode, Joy explains how to stay empowered as a pregnant athlete, a brief breakdown of what changes occur during each trimester, and most importantly, she provides direction on what you should learn more about as a pregnant athlete.

Joy also discusses the importance of strength training during pregnancy with key consideration of the pelvic floor, diaphragm, and deep core muscles.  She also addresses how important of a factor mindset is during pregnancy and normalizes a lot of the common hurdles that women face during the “season” of pregnancy.

Joy Black, B.A., NASM CPT is a Certified Personal Trainer and Pregnancy and Postnatal Exercise Specialist/Athleticism Coach.  She is also an avid climber as well as runner and importantly to this conversation, a mother of two!


Joy Black Interview Details

  • Important things to know as pregnant athlete
  • Strengthening the deep core, diaphragm, and pelvic floor to support your body during pregnancy
  • General overview on what to expect during each of the trimesters
  • Importance of staying empowered and focusing on what you can be doing – which is a lot
  • Considerations while climbing to help minimize additional pressure on an already strained system
  • What is diastasis and how new research is helping women get back to strengthening the core sooner
  • Mindset considerations and potential hurdles plus insight on how to stay focused on your own journey
  • Pelvic Floor PT’s and why you should have one as part of your team
  • How our bodies are incredibly resilient and how pregnancy does not mean your athletic career and goals will be limited

Joy Black Links


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