Frequently Asked Questions

MOVING MUMS & BUGGIES

Who is the class suitable for?

The class is suitable for everyone irrespective of your fitness level. Modifications are given for the exercises and you work to your own intensity. Pregnant ladies are welcome but please keep in mind that not all exercises will be suitable but modifications will be given if possible.

When can I start if postnatal?

We advise that you wait 6 weeks for a vaginal birth and 8-10 weeks for a caesarean. *We also advise that you consult your doctor before you resume exercise and you MUST have had your postnatal GP/midwife check and been given the “all clear” to exercise before starting.

For exercises incorporating high-impact activity we would recommend waiting 6 months to allow a full recovery. We will offer modifications for exercises where necessary. Recovery postnatally can be very individual for each person, please always listen to your body and do NOT attempt high-impact activity if you experience any weakness in your pelvic floor. Please also be aware that the hormone "relaxin" may still be present in your body for up to 6 months, this hormone softens your ligaments in preparation for birth and care must be taken when taking joints through their range of motion when exercising postnatally.

What will my baby do?

The youngsters really enjoy the interaction with the other mums and babies and seeing the world go by from their buggy. Toddlers can get out and about while we are performing the exercises, while others enjoy their snacks, books and toys from the comfort of their buggy.

 

What happens if my baby cries?

The babies' needs come first, and because of the pace of the class, there is ample opportunity for breastfeeding, nappy changing and soothing cuddles. Remember, you are all going through the same thing!

What if my toddler won't sit in the buggy for an hour?

You will be amazed at how entertained your lively toddler will be, just being around so much action and so many other mums and children. There is also time for them to get out and have a quick run around when we stop for our resistance exercises. Also, bring their favourite toys, books and snacks help entertain them while in the buggy.

 

What do I wear?

A good pair of trainers, a good sports bra and layered, waterproof and warm clothes a must in the Winter! ie. sports wear.

 

What kind of buggy do I need?

You don’t need a buggy to enjoy the class (lots of mums come along on their own whilst their children are at school). However, any style of buggy, pram or pushchair will be suitable as long as it is in good working order. The buggies are incorporated into some exercises but not all.

 

Can I use a double buggy?

Absolutely! It will make the workout more intense as you will have more weight to push!

 

Do I have to run?

Not if you don't want too! It is important to start exercising slowly and we suggest you begin by power walking if you want to. It is important that you workout at a pace that you are comfortable with. Postnatal mums are advised to wait until at least 6 months after birth before participating in high-impact activity. We also ask that you do not run at speed or sprint with a buggy.

 

What happens if there is bad weather?

The class takes place in most weather - rain or shine! Sessions run all year round and sometimes have the most fun in the rain! We have the use of an indoor space at the Tennis Club and if the weather is VERY bad we have the option of an indoor session. 

 

What do I need to bring?

A drink and snack for Mum and baby, some toys and books, sun cream, sunshade or raincover! Also, you MUST bring a blanket, towel or exercise mat for the abdominal exercises at the end of class.

 

How old does my baby need to be?

Babies can join us from 6 weeks (providing you have had the necessary checks – *see above). Should you be a mum of two, toddlers are just as welcome!

 

How much are the classes?

Bookable by term - paid in advance, in full (6 weeks £36 or 7 weeks £42).

How do I book?

Book and pay online at: https://bookwhen.com/mumsfitmovingmums and also complete your "Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire".

 

AB REHAB CORE STRENGTH (Class & Small Group)

 

Who is the class suitable for?

Suitable for ALL ladies - whether you have not exercised in a while and looking to improve your core strength, a postnatal mum or a runner/cyclist wanting to strengthen and reconnect your tummy muscles.

​What is the class?

The sessions have been designed to help to improve your overall core/upper body strength, improve pelvic floor function, abdominal separation, posture, reduce back pain and build a strong core unit  through a series of safe and effective structured exercises.

​​The sessions are suitable for ALL ladies with modifications given to exercises where necessary. You can choose to modify or increase the intensity of the exercises depending on your experience and strength. The exercises will incorporate a variety of resistance bands, pilates balls and some isometric exercises such as planks. Please be aware that the plank exercises are NOT suitable for ladies with abdominal separation or those suffering with wrist weakness.

If postnatal when can I start?

We advise that you wait 6 weeks for a vaginal birth and 8-10 weeks for a caesarean. *We also advise that you consult your doctor before you resume exercise and you MUST have had your postnatal GP/midwife check and been given the “all clear” to exercise before starting.

Please note: this course is based on low-impact exercises, therefore 8-10 weeks is recommended, however, for exercises incorporating high-impact activity we would recommend waiting 6 months to allow a full recovery. Recovery postnatally can be very individual for each person, please always listen to your body and do NOT attempt high-impact activity if you experience any weakness in your pelvic floor.

 

Do I need to be a postnatal mum?

NO, absolutely not, this class is suitable for ALL ladies whether you have had a baby 6 months, 12 months or 15 years ago or have never had children. ​

 

Can I bring my baby/child?

Yes, to the daytime classes only but please ensure they are kept safe and not running around at risk of accidents. Due to limited space at our venues, please only bring babies in car seats. Buggies will need to be left outside or in the Main Foyer (Memorial Hall). We would recommend that you bring a playmat and some toys for the babies.

 

What do I wear?

Trainers, comfortable tops and trousers ie. sportswear.

 

What do I need to bring?

Just a drink, mats are provided but please feel free to bring your own if you prefer. I would also recommend a neck support (rolled up towel) if you suffer with neck problems whilst performing mat based tummy exercises.

 

How much are the classes?

£45.00 for a 6 week block, £37.50 for a 5 week block.

The small group session in my private studio is £50 for a 5 week block.

                       

How do I book?

Book and pay online at: https://bookwhen.com/mumsfitmovingmums (link on the home page) and complete your "Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire".

Will everyone be new to the class?

No, the classes will be attended by beginners and also some ladies that are already familiar with the exercises. Throughout  the  weeks we will be giving you variations for the exercises to allow you to progress at your own pace.

 

How long are the sessions?

Classes are 45 minutes.

Where are the sessions held?

Monday 9.30am @ The Memorial Hall, Sawbridgeworth (term-time)

Monday 7.00pm @ 11 The Four Acres, Sawbridgeworth (dates to be advised)

 

PERSONAL TRAINING - RUN COACHING - LADIES RUN GROUP - PRE & POSTNATAL - CORE STRENGTH - MOVING MUMS & BUGGIES - PILATES - KETTLEBELLS