Ante/ Post natal


Variety Fitness offer pregnancy and post natal pilates classes as well as nutrition. Sarah is a pre and post natal specialist who has worked with many ladies both during their pregnancy and post-natally.

Pregnancy pilates strengthens the abdominals and core to reduce abdominal separation during pregnancy, strengthens the pelvic floor to aid an easier labour, teaches breathing techniques for relaxation and for use in labour, reduces pregnancy induced back pain, aids circulation, enhances health and vitality at this special time in your life and gives baby the best start to theirs.

Post natal pilates helps to realign and tone the abdominals, repairs and strengthens the pelvic floor, reduces back pain, reduces stress, helps to recover from giving birth quicker and regain your pre pregnancy body.

Classes are held at Variety Fitness Pilates and Yoga Studio, booking is essential as these classes are well attended. Please contact Sarah now to reserve your place.

Sarah is also a specialist ante and post natal nutritionist and has released a pregnancy nutrition and recipe book “nourishing nutrition for mums to be’ which can be found on the shop page. Nutrition during pregnancy can be a minefield, Sarah can help to ensure you consume the right nutrients for optimal health for you and your baby during pregnancy. Recovery from giving birth can be made easier with the correct nutrition helping your body repair quicker, fight infection and provide good quality milk for your baby. Personalised nutrition plans are available, plans will be specifically designed for your optimal health during pregnancy and to provide your baby with the best start in life. Contact sarah for a FREE consultation.

Sarah has also helped write the training manual for Water fitness ltd aqua natal course for instructors. Sarah delivers the aqua natal courses for water fitness ltd in Manchester, Cheshire and Yorkshire.

We are pleased to be a partner of fitta mamma pregnancy workout range meaning we can offer you a 10% discount on all orders using our partner discount code ADR010 check out their website here.

Read what Sarah’s clients have to say
I started attending pregnancy Pilates class with Sarah after being diagnosed with pelvic girdle pain. I really enjoyed the classes and my physiotherapist was extremely pleased as it really helped me and my pain didn’t get much worse as my pregnancy progressed.
I was lucky enough to have a nice quick labour, and my midwife said the Pilates helped my body prepare, an added bonus was that my tummy started to go back quite quickly too!
I’ll definitely be taking the post-natal class as soon as I have the all clear.
Helen Bradley
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you so much for all you have done to help me with my pelvis, both whilst I was pregnant & postnatally. You have been amazing & I can’t thank you enough. Without your expertise, advice & positive attitude, I wouldn’t be where I am now. 
Thank you.
Suzanne Bemnett


I started Pilates with Sarah after I had torn a disc in my lower back and was recommended Pilates by my physiotherapist. Sarah was fantastic at welcoming me to the group and was very attentive to my specific needs. I found that within a couple of weeks my back felt almost good as new, and by the end of the 6 week course my whole body felt stronger and really toned. I was hooked from then! I would recommend Sarah’s classes to anyone! When I became pregnant, after the first trimester, I started at Sarah’s Pregnancy Pilates and after just the first class I had the best night’s sleep since I’ve been pregnant! It really helps me to keep a good posture (especially with an ever growing belly!) but also is very relaxing and calming. Sarah maintains a brilliant balance of friendliness and professionalism, I look forward to my weekly classes and wouldn’t know what to do without them!

Kate Lewis (pictured above at 30 weeks)

‘I carried on doing Pilates with Sarah up to 37 weeks (out of 39 weeks of pregnancy). Pilates helped to keep me feeling positive and energised. Sarah is very knowledgeable about techniques and can offer safe guidance, which is comforting at a time such as this. I have had 3 children and was considerably older by the time I had my third child. I did not exercise at all throughout my second pregnancy and noted a marked difference with the third pregnancy; I believe Pilates made that difference. It had a  huge, positive effect on me, both mentally and physically.

My youngest child is now 8 months old and after a 2nd caesarean section I needed someone who knew how to rehabilitate me after such a major operation. Sarah slowly, gently, started the rehabilitation process with Pilates and once I had strengthened a little, she stepped up the process. For the past 2 months I have been back training 3 -4 times a week with both Sarah and Dave. Separately, they are working on both my fitness and my figure. I cannot praise them both enough. If I suffer any kinds of aches, pains or illnesses they will both be there to share their expertise and will go to great lengths to help to eradicate any discomfort. Sarah even helps me with diet plans and we often discuss how and what to eat. . .  If only I was disciplined enough to stick to it I would have my perfect figure by now.’

Lisa Samuels

I did pilates classes with Sarah throughout my pregnancy, finishing the week my daughter was born, having not done pilates before. Her class focused on strengthening the core muscles, maintaining a good posture (something that I found really useful especially in later pregnancy), engaging pelvic floor muscles, and controlling breathing. Some of the exercises we did were identical to those shown to me by a physiotherapist when I needed physio for lower back pain, which was fantastic. I found the classes very calming and relaxing, but at the same time I gained a lot of strength, flexibility and fitness from attending. This gave me a huge amount of confidence in seeing what my pregnant body could do. I used the different exercises during labour and had an active, straightforward birth. Sarah is friendly, enthusiastic and very professional. She’s really knowledgeable and adapted the exercises for me throughout my pregnancy. I can’t recommend her pilates classes highly enough.

Louise Ball

After becoming pregnant my midwife advised me to continue pilates as it is one of the best forms of exercise during pregnancy. Sarah’s classes are great as she understands which moves I can and can’t do at different stages of my pregnancy. It’s helped keep back pain away and keep me active in a relaxed environment.

Sarah Shields

Fitness professional, Pilates and Yoga studio owner, sports therapist and nutritionist. Love anything fitness related #Pilates #yoga #Macclesfield