EP7: Maggie Rintala on Training, “Fitness,” and DNS for Prenatal and Postpartum Recovery

This podcast we talk about how Maggie giving birth to her two children radically changed her life and her career for the better. We talk about the personal changes within that drew her to find the support she was looking for and her approach to healthy exercise during pregnancy and postpartum recovery.

Maggie Rintala is a personal trainer,nutrition coach and movement specialist dancer, mother of 2, lover of the outdoors, a wise wild woman a truly one-of-a kind person who lives life on her own terms. She has a unique point of view about the things that we throw in to the category of fitness and exercise.

She started her love of movement with ballet in a little town in Northwest Arkansas. Maggie attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and received a degree with honors specializing in education and dance performance. After moving to San Diego, Maggie danced professionally and taught all over San Diego County and the US. After settling down with marriage and children Maggie had the experience of chronic pain, weight gain and an autoimmune disease. These gifts brought her back to her roots of integrated authentic movement and whole nourishing foods as a daily way of life. Maggie believes that we are all meant to move and we can be our own best guides into how to move forward. Her personal training is rooted in developmental movement philosophy, moving from the core and listening to our own wisdom. Her extensive training with Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Precision Nutrition, and Primal Movement, as well as her love of daily learning make her uniquely qualified to help anyone move forward.


Maggie talks about:

  • Her own challenging postpartum recovery with chronic pain and an autoimmune disease
  • Being fit meant being able to be my children
  • A dynamic approach to what “fit” means


What You’ll Hear:

  • Maggie talks about her life changing experiences giving birth and in life (1:30)
  • How did the change you found in yourself develop into personal training? (4:00)
  • Finding a different way to access what you need (6:00)
  • What are you fit for? (7:20)
  • How did you recover? (8:00)
  • Listening to YOURSELF and what is a good enough recovery for you (8:40)
  • Transformational journey of motherhood- who I am and who I am becoming (13:30)
  • How do you feel about healthy exercise and pregnancy? (15:00)
  • When your husband asked, “is it really that bad?” (21:30)
  • The ideal postpartum recovery (23:10)
  • What is your approach to movement postpartum? (25:00)
  • What is abdominal synergy? Is it the Core? (27:00)
  • What is DNS and how does it work? (30:00)
  • Rolfing, Feldenkrais and DNS- approaches to developmental movement (33:00)
  • Was DNS a part of your recovery process? (36:00)
  • If you could give a new mom a piece of advice what would it be? (40:00)
  • From where you have been to where you are now how does that look? (43:00)


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