Liz Cholhan, CrossFit Minerstown, USA
Hatch Athletic is the best postpartum program! The programming is so easy to follow and Kat gives great instruction so you really know what to focus on. This was my first child, so being postpartum for the first time I really didn’t know what to focus on. There was a lot of confusion and uncertainty as to what movements I should jump back into, how ‘hard’ I should go in a workout. When I learned about Hatch I knew it would be such a great program because it takes the guess work out and truly focuses on postpartum recovery to be STRONGER than ever!
Lorna Taylor, Blitz CrossFit, UK
I would definitely recommend Hatch Athletic. The program is really well structured, building from a body check-in and builds to get a sweat on and get the endorphins flowing. Each exercise is well explained and the focus on the pelvic floor throughout really highlights Kat's unique experience and expertise as an athlete, physio and mum. Importantly, I have found it easy to fit the sessions into my week and it's building my confidence returning to exercise. Whilst it's a gradual program, the benefits for both my physical and mental health have been notable since Week 1.
Lynsie Miller, CrossFit 1298, UK
I started Hatch when I was 4 months postpartum. I had initially started exercising again after my c-section, (6 weeks postpartum) diving straight back into CrossFit. I naively thought that as I trained throughout my pregnancy I would be able to get right back into it. Boy was I wrong! I could no longer do simple things like air squats, my core just wouldn't support me. I muddled through for a month or two but never actually improving or able to exercise without pain. I was so frustrated and at an all time low.
That's when I found Hatch. Kat's program made me to take a step back and really concentrate on building a foundation again. Using the online portal was simple to follow with instructional videos, and there was even a rewards section at the end of each session to get a sweat on! As hard as it was to strip everything back and get back to basics when all I wanted to do was grab that barbell, it has ultimately made me a stronger athlete in the process.
Laya Dunn, CrossFit Canberra, Australia
Coming from a background of training Crossfit and Olympic lifting between 5-6 times per week I felt lost, along with my body no longer being what I once knew. With Hatch Athletic, Kat has made it simple and easy for me to follow a postpartum program that will help me reach my goals of returning to my former fitness and level of activity. Really loving it so far!
Liv Phillips, CrossFit Tonbridge, UK
After pregnancy I was desperate to get back to training but also knew the importance of being sensible and building back up - especially after an emergency c-section. I had heard horror stories of women wetting themselves every time they ran or jumped and obviously didn’t want to be in this boat - I love a double under! The problem was, I had no idea how to build back up. That’s when I found Hatch! I started the program at 7 weeks postpartum and would absolutely recommended it.
The app is easy to use (a big plus for a technophobe like me!) and the program is really simple to follow. I really enjoyed the workouts and am very happy to say there has been no leaking!! I completely trust Kat and the Hatch program. I will definitely be doing it again if and when we have any more children.
Corinna Lincoln, Peak District, UK
3 days a week is realistic and the 3-part structure also works really well with having a new bub. Following the program has helped me to gain control of my body again after pregnancy and c-section and means I can safely look to the future. Kat encouraged me to trust in the process, be consistent and steady and to allow my body the time it needs to knit back together. It has been pretty nice - and completely unexpected - to be picking up PBs and QOMs on hills, whilst also carrying an 8kg baby!I have the Hatch Athletic program to thank for that. It's given me focus and made me feel empowered at a time when you have very little opportunity to think of anything else other than your baby.
Hatch has been rigorously tested and approved by healthcare professionals around the world
Sophie Lax BSc (Hons)
Women's & Pelvic Health Physiotherapist & Co-owner of Unity Studios, New Zealand
Hatch is a comprehensive programme for new mums to safely return to exercise after having a baby. As a physio specialising in pre and postnatal rehab, I see women for postnatal checks to give them the all clear before returning to exercise. The CrossFit mammas are always eager to get back in the gym but returning to strength training too quickly can result in lifelong problems like prolapse. Kat's programme is invaluable! I send all my CrossFit mums to her. With a background in physio and CrossFit, and first hand experience of the postpartum process, she is the best person to safely guide athletic women back into exercise.
Tracey Matthews BSc MCSP HCPC MPOGP
MSK and Women's Health Physiotherapist, Kane Physiotherapy, UK
Hatch Athletic is a breath of fresh air compared to other postpartum training programs. It’s developed for those who have trained in high level sport not just CrossFit. It’s a very clear and concise graduated guide to return to high level fitness. They have worked closely with women’s health physiotherapists to develop an outstanding program for athletic mums. I wish it had been out when I had my son.
Katharina Schaps BSc MCSP MPhysio (Manip)
Senior MSK and Sports Physiotherapist, BUPA, UK
Hatch Athletic is a great guide for any new CrossFit mum! The programme incorporates graded exercises for retraining of pelvic floor and core muscles that are safe and easy to follow throughout the 12 week plan. All it takes is patience and regular practice. I would recommend it without a doubt!
Dr Brandi Cole
Sport and Exercise Physician & Owner of Shire Sports Medicine, NSW, Australia
This program is a wonderful resource for any female wishing to start or return to weightlifting, CrossFit or functional fitness after having a baby. The app is easy to follow, the program is well written and the demonstrations and advice are spot on. I’ll definitely be recommending this program to all my pregnant patients to help with their return to activity after their baby.
Marni Cochrane BSC MHCPC
MSK & Womens Health Physiotherapist, Marni Cochrane Physiotherapy, UK
This is a great program for post-partum mums who want to return to both a basic level of fitness as well as a return to high level sport. No matter how fit you were pre-natal the basics are important to reinforce and Kat does this brilliantly using her experience as a physiotherapist as well as a new mum. She addresses breathing techniques and relaxation of the pelvic floor and how to use these during muscles during the exercises. The movements she reinforces are functional and, importantly, easily replicable in the home environment. Even mums who have been diagnosed with a prolapse or a diastasic rectus would be able to complete this program PROVIDING you have sought consent from your women's health physiotherapist / medical consultant.
Lucy Hughes BA Hons MCSP MHCPC
Clinical Director, Abbey View Physiotherapy, UK
Wendy Casterton BSc
Manager and Senior Physiotherapist, In Touch Physiotherapy, Singapore
Acknowledgement also goes to Antony Lo (The Physio Detective) in NSW Australia for kindly proofing and providing constructive feedback on the program