“As a bit of a gym bunny I found it hard to adapt my work outs for my pregnancy until I began the prenatal classes with Amy. Â Amy knew my fitness levels and when to push me harder. Â I learnt that just because I was pregnant it didn’t mean I should stop working out; I just needed to make it safe for me and my baby. Â Amy is so knowledgeable and I felt I really did feel safe and could trust her judgement. Â After my son was born I was back to Amy’s classes at around 8 weeks following a postnatal programme and now back to higher intensity classes once more. Â I really did have a great pre and post natal exercise experience and believe its all thanks to Amy.”
September 2015 – Dubai, UAEKirsty Howes
I am a Dubai based Physiotherapist specialising in the area of Womenâ€™s Health and Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions. I see many women in their child bearing years who I recommend attend supervised exercise sessions. I am always happy to refer these ladies to Amy as I have been working with her for three years and appreciate she has a high level of expertise in exercise during the pre and post natal periods. Amy is able to guide these ladies through appropriate and safe exercises and can accommodate any relevant musculoskeletal problems or pelvic floor dysfunctions. Amy maintains an open line of communication and always has the patientsâ€™ best interest as her foremost concern.
Amy has a comprehensive understanding of musculoskeletal issues that are prevalent during the child bearing years and if she has any concerns or questions she will always ask before progressing and is able to work under any suggested guidelines.
Patients report back that they enjoy Amyâ€™s sessions and always feel they get the appropriate level of support and guidance to be able to relax and enjoy their exercise and appreciate all the benefits of exercising regularly.
I can happily recommend Amyâ€™s services as a Personal Trainer and know she will be missed in Dubai.
September 2015 – Dubai, UAESarah Kenagy – Primavera Medical Centre Dubai
I startedÂ going to Amy’s prenatal class when I was 12 weeks pregnant and wasn’t sure what to expect as I have always liked to stay active.Â I was pleasantly surprised at the level of fitnessÂ I achieved throughout my pregnancy.Â IÂ kept going to the classes right to the very end and I have no doubt that itÂ not only kept me fit and healthyÂ throughout the pregnancy butÂ really helped me through my labor.
I enjoyed each and every class and really looked forward to going to them.Â The workout was fantastic but also the fun environment Amy creates is unique.Â Amy’s professionalism and knowledge on the best workout for pregnant mums is second to none and give you a sense of security while in her class.Â I happily went back to the postnatal classes and dropped the pregnancy weight in no time.Â I went on to join the fit mums classes which are fantastic.Â I would recommend Amy’s classes to everyone!
September 2015 – Dubai, UAEGillian Craig
I joined Fit Mums as an unfit mom that hated any form of exercise. The reason I was attracted to this class was the fact I could take my daughter along, she could socialise with other children whilst I exercised and we were both getting something out of the class. I suffer with social anxiety and this class whilst helping me get into better shape it has also helped me overcome my biggest fears. I am now totally addicted to the classes, iâ€™m starting to see my long lost hip bones again, and at the same time Iâ€™ve overcome many of my social fears and regained my self confidence!! Amy makes you feel part of a team and I hope she has the same effect on women in the UK. She will be missed here in Dubai! Good Luck
September 2015 – Dubai,UAELeanne Stratford
I would consider myself to have a good level of fitness so when i fell pregnant i wanted to continue exercising but under the correct supervision and i also wanted to still feel like i was getting a good workout.
I tried a few different companies and i found that Urban Energy ‘Amy Classes’ could offer this !
I found that Amy pushed me to the level she knew i was capable off so i always left the class feeling good ! i returned to exercise 5/6 weeks post C section and yet again attending Amy’s classes i felt motivated to lose my baby weight. Â The class is also a great way to meet other mummies and build a new network of friends.
I managed to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight in just under a year and maintain this before i fell pregnant again.
Not only is Amy great during the classes but she also provides you with additional info to help outside the class if required. e.g previous pregnancy i had severe back pain so she emailed me info on exercises that i could do at home and she kept in check how i was doing.
I would highly recommend her to any of my friends who is looking for a P/T or join a fitness class.
September 2015 – Dubai, UAEShauna Ramskill
I had always worked out quite intensely so wanted to make sure I retained my fitness throughout my pregnancy. I did a quick search online and Amyâ€™s name came up quite frequently, so I gave her a call and she invited me to attend on of her sessions.
Amy doesnâ€™t handle you with kid gloves; you definitely get a very good workout! From squats and lunges, to kettlebells and TRX, classes were very varied and while you are pushed to your limit, itâ€™s done in a very motivating way. Amy adjusted workouts as my pregnancy progressed but I was able to train with weights right up until the week before birth.
The classes were also a great way to meet other mothers, as Amy creates a little community where people enjoy being around each other. This in itself makes classes fun, so on days where I wasnâ€™t feeling particularly motivated, knowing I was going to work out with friends pushed me to go to class.
Amy is approachable and has a professional attitude, but she laughs and smiles and jokes, all while providing the perfect amount of encouragement. She also really knows her stuff and supplements her sessions with lots of other support. I especially appreciated being able to text her with questions at any time â€“ whether these be pregnancy or sports related.
I recovered from my C-Section with ease, which Iâ€™m sure was due to being physically fit and I was back working out 5 weeks later, under Amyâ€™s expert guidance.
I highly recommend training with Amy as you are investing in yourself and your health and youâ€™ll have fun along the way!
October 2015 – Dubai, UAELara Sweida
I was introduced to Amy Saunders two years ago from a good friend of mine when I was five months pregnant that had been attending prenatal classes that Amy was teaching. That morning, after attending Amyâ€™s first class, I knew I was in the â€˜right placeâ€™, with someone who was very professional, experienced, knowledgeable and passionate about fitness.Amy is someone who will always go that extra mile to ensure youâ€™re conducting exercises correctly throughout your pregnancy term, or post-delivery. Her classes are always so much fun, full of energy and will push you to what youâ€™re capable of doing, if thatâ€™s what you desire.It is a sense of achievement that I love, because you always feel like you have worked 110% in her classes!!Over the years, Amy and I have developed a solid friendship and together with this I have been given the desire to complete my own pre & post-natal qualifications, driven by her ambitious outlook and dedication to the industry. Thus, I was fortunate enough to be able to join Amyâ€™s fitness team and mirror her energy and learn from such a reputable leader.I wish Amy all the success in her ongoing career and would highly recommend her to employers seeking an independent, professional and dedicated trainer that will build a reputation for professionalism.
September 2015 – Dubai, UAEMarketa Gersch
“My sessions with Urban Energy not only kept me physically but mentally fit during pregnancy. Amy is highly professional and knowledgeable on what exercises are possible and whilst she pushes you and encourages you to be your best she also makes the classes fun”.
September 2015 – Dubai, UAENicola Holmes
Health and fitness is an important part of my life and I have always attended some kind of gym class a few times per week. When I discovered I was pregnant, I wasn’t sure what kind of exercises were safe until I met Amy at Urban Fitness!Claire Hamdan
I started attending Amy’s prenatal gym classes when I was 12 weeks pregnant. She knew exactly what exercises I should do and which ones to avoid. This gave me great confidence knowing I was in safe hands to continue working out while pregnant. I attended 3 classes per week.
The classes were a combination of low impact cardio in the form of a light jog/walk followed by strength building using light weights or body weight. Each class was different from the next which always made it interesting.
Amy would make corrections to my technique to ensure I wouldn’t do any damage. She would also push me when she knew I could do more! Alternative exercises were always recommended for different stages of pregnancy with special care taken for abdominals and pelvic muscles. The work outs energized me and made me feel good about myself.
I worked out right up until the week before I gave birth, as did most people in the class. My doctor gave me the go ahead to return 5 weeks after my c section. I didn’t put on much additional weight and I’m sure this was due to the regular exercise and balanced diet.
Amy ensured I was very careful during the first few weeks of returning to class. She checked my abs for separation and gave me some abdominal exercises I could do at home.
One of the best things about the class was the group of girls I met along the way. Amy certainly created a community feeling and a network of like minded mums to be. The Whatsapp group enabled people to share questions and advice. Now our group meet every week outside the classes for coffee and play dates.
October 2015 – Dubai
I started training with Amy when I fell in love with boxing. I was looking for someone who could help take my fitness to the next level and incorporate a practice that I really enjoyed doing.
Amy quickly became more than a trainer because of her positive attitude and supportive nature. She helped to push me beyond what I could have done in the gym on my own and I was happy to see the efforts pay off! I would recommend Amy as a trainer to anyone who is wanting to push themselves physically to become a fitter version of themselves, as well as to those who simply want to get back in shape!
September 2015 – Dubai, UAELisa S. Perry Senior Advisor