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Bella Bellies® and Anne Martens, the creator and founder, have worked with countless women and maternal professionals (and some celebrities!) focusing on a healthy and fit lifestyle as part of their pregnancy and postpartum. They have received high remarks and testimonials from certified Bella Bellies® instructors and have been featured at conferences and in several broadcast and print media.

Bella Bellies® and Anne Martens, the creator and founder, have worked with countless women and maternal professionals (and some celebrities!) focusing on a healthy and fit lifestyle as part of their pregnancy and postpartum. They have received high remarks and testimonials from certified Bella Bellies® instructors and have been featured at conferences and in several broadcast and print media.

Bella Bellies® Prenatal and Postpartum fitness teacher trainings are the best you will get in the industry. I work almost exclusively with the prenatal and postnatal population and have completed numerous certification courses and continuing education courses covering various exercise modalities for moms-to-be and new moms. The Bella Bellies® programs are the only ones I have taken that are extensively research-based (of utmost importance in my opinion), comprehensive, and up-to-date. The training shows that Annie has spent a lot of time and effort in applying knowledge from her exercise physiology background and her understanding of medical research to pilates, yoga, gyrotonic, and the more traditional strength training exercises. Annie's wealth of training experience and practical application are more than you can get from reading books and manuals. I highly recommend this certification."

As an Obstetrician and Gynecologist I have referred many patients to Annie Martens/Bella Bellies® and have been pleased with their results. I believe her classes are helping to pioneer woman's fitness and well-being. She is one of the first Pilates instructors to acknowledge Diastasis Recti. Also, she is one of the first Personal Trainers to acknowledge pelvic floor stress and strain during prenatal and postpartum and accommodate for those conditions."

  • Dr. Wong, M.D. (OB/GYN)

Anne, Thank you - from the bottom of my heart - for what you've taught me and what you offered at the workshop in Hoboken. I had an amazing natural birth at a birthing center here in Warsaw, it lasted about 7 hours, with 3 of those at the center. It was powerful, elemental, dynamic, and by far the most empowering experience of my life. And my son did beautifully throughout - and then nursed within the first two hours. In a fundamental sense I owe much of this experience to you - when I came to your workshop, I still had the idea that because I'm 37 I would just get a scheduled c-section to 'minimize risk.' The week with you and all the women you invited to speak to us made me realize that natural birth was the safest option. And then I was lucky enough to find a fantastic midwife and a great doula here, and have the kind of pregnancy that allowed me to exercise until the day before labor (I considered it the morning of as well but had to go for a check-up :). I am so very grateful to you and I hope our paths cross again when I'm in the States."

  • A.M., Pilates Instructor and Participant in Bella Bellies 2012 Workshop

I took Annie's Momilates® class with my son a few years back. It was so much fun that when she offered a postnatal certification course I decided to take that too! The Bella Bellies® certification was very informative. Although I had taken a prenatal and postpartum certification prior to this, I learned so much about diastasis, the pelvic floor, and women's health! Annie is an excellent teacher and her passion for pregnancy and motherhood really shines in her course."