Buggy fitness in Leicestershire
These Leicestershire based postnatal buggy fitness classes consist of outdoor power walking in idyllic surroundings for mums with babies in pushchairs, incorporating a wealth of effective exercises designed to tone you up from top to toe. We complete lots of different circular routes in the beautiful Beacon Hill country park just south of Loughborough, with babies in their buggies. Along the way we have various stops for resistance exercises using park benches, trees, body weight exercises and resistance bands, thus working both upper and lower body. No two of these postnatal classes are ever the same. They are great fun, sociable, and they set you and your baby on the way to a healthy lifestyle. Combine BuggyBabies and BounceBack, and you have the perfect way to lose baby weight and deal with that post pregnancy tummy!
The classes last approximately 1¼ hours.
Courses start in January, April, July and September and run for the duration of term time (apart from the summer course) on Wednesdays at 9.45am: this enables me to progress the exercises over the period (yes, that means work you harder!) and it also ensures that I am aware of any medical restrictions (back trouble, joints, postnatal complications etc.) that people might have on the course, as everyone fills in a confidential medical screening form beforehand.
BuggyBabies, my lovely postnatal buggy fitness class for mums and babies, starts off at The Curzon Arms in Woodhouse Eaves, just south of Loughborough, Leicestershire.
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The cost of each Buggy fitness course depends on the number of weeks it is running for. A 10 week course costs £65 and for this you get:
- An extra class for free towards the end of the course
- 1¼ hour long classes, giving you that all-important extra ¼ of an hour to allow for feeds, nappy disasters and cuddles with your little one, if need be!
- A wide variety of routes covered over the weeks, thus giving you the opportunity to discover beautiful new country walks in your area.
- The opportunity to meet and socialize with other mothers, making my postnatal classes a morning’s worth of fun!
- The possibility of catching up on missed classes by coming along to classes on other days of the week (space permitting).
"No childcare worries, sociable, coffee, great class – no brainer! A fantastic outdoors exercise class performed with your baby in the buggy… Jo is a very friendly, knowledgeable instructor, and a mum of three"
Netmums member review of BuggyBabies
I do hope you like the sound of BuggyBabies. To sign up simply:
- Click on “registration form” which you will find in the menu down the left hand side of this screen
- Fill in this online medical screening form
- Click “submit registration”
- Sit back and wait for my very lovely and efficient assistant, Jayne, who will get in touch with you to give you all the information you need before coming along to your first class
Q. When does the next BuggyBabies course start?
A. Go to “Timetable and Availability”.
Q. Will my pram be OK for BuggyBabies?
A. There are a number of points that you must bear in mind: - you need a stable buggy that is unlikely to topple over - you must be able to strap your baby into the buggy - BuggyBabies takes place on paths that are not asphalted and so bigger wheels mean a less bumpy ride for your baby. Nevertheless, lots of mums manage with a Maclaren-style buggy. - if your baby is still very little it is advisable to have head support, even if this means rolling up a towel and placing it round your baby’s head.
Prams which are like cots on wheels are good but please make sure that you attach a harness to the D-rings under the mattress, so that you can safely strap your baby in. You should also consider the shape and height of the handle. Make sure that you do not have to stoop to reach the handles. Rounded handles are more comfortable and encourage wrist alignment. Handles which are squared-off tend to force the wrist into the wrong position, thus placing pressure on an already vulnerable part of the body.
Q. When may I start BuggyBabies after giving birth?
A. It all depends on what sort of pregnancy and birth you have had but the key rule for everyone is that you must have already had a satisfactory 6 week post natal check up with your GP. - following a pregnancy free of complications and a normal, vaginal delivery you may safely join BuggyBabies after your 6 week check up - if you have had a caesarean section you should wait a minimum of 8-10 weeks before exercising and I will provide alternative, more gentle exercises during the first few weeks of the course.
Q. What sort of clothing should I wear to BuggyBabies?
A. You are best off wearing loose clothing, such as a tracksuit or gym wear, which allows freedom of movement when doing resistance exercises. Although this is a low-impact class, it is still worth wearing a bra that provides good support, especially if you are breastfeeding. Remember to wrap up warmly in winter. Gloves are a winter essential when pushing a pram. The routes we take can get quite muddy, so walking boots or old trainers are ideal footwear.
Q. Will I be able to do BuggyBabies with a double buggy?
A. Yes, all the routes we do are wide enough to allow access for a double buggy. Expect to work hard!
Q. I have an older child as well as a baby. May I bring him/her along to BuggyBabies?
A. It depends on the age of your older child and how willing s/he is to sit in a buggy for 1¼ hours. For safety reasons and insurance purposes all babies and toddlers must be strapped into buggies whilst we are on the move and exercising. I find that as children reach the age of about 22 months, they no longer want to stay in a buggy.
Q. What happens if my baby cries?
A. This is a very easy-going class and we stop and start as necessary so that mums can feed, comfort, cuddle and hug their babies. I usually find that when we are power walking the babies are happy. When we stop to do resistance work I plan short bouts of exercise so that the little ones don’t get too grumpy before we move on again.
Q. May I bring my dog along?
A. No, I think it is best not to bring dogs along just in case they do something unexpected like jump up onto a buggy, run into a road or chase off after other dogs that are being walked in the area!
Q. I have backache. Is Buggybabies suitable?
A. If you suffer from back pain you should ensure that the handles of your buggy are at the correct height so that you do not have to stoop over. You should also keep your abdominals lightly braced all the time whilst pushing the pram. Finally, if you have noticed that pushing your buggy round town makes matters worse, then I would strongly encourage you not to do this course but to try BounceBack which focuses specifically on back and abdominal care, as well as on posture.
Q. I am pregnant. May I already book onto BuggyBabies to ensure that I have a place?
A. Lots of mums book onto my courses during their pregnancy. It is, however, on the understanding that you must have had your 6 week check up before joining the course, even if this means missing a few of the earlier sessions. If this happens, I ease new mums into the course gently, with appropriate alternative exercises.
Q. You are currently part way through a course. May I join?
A. Of course you may, just as long as there’s space and you’ve had a satisfactory 6 week check-up.
Q. Does BuggyBabies run if the weather is bad?
A. If it is drizzling, BuggyBabies goes ahead. Only if conditions are really horrible (driving rain) or dangerous (icy conditions or high winds) is the class cancelled via text message. But don't worry, an extra class will be added onto the end of the course to make up for the cancelled one.
Q. I am worried that it might be too hard.
A. The course is designed to get progressively harder over the period of the course, so I will break you in relatively gently. The terrain is hilly, your heart rate will increase, and you will certainly feel as if you have worked out… but that's what you want, isn't it?! This is an invigorating course that will leave you feeling energized every week!
Q. What should I bring to class?
A. Make sure you've got your outdoor training gear and outdoor trainers with you. Remember to dress both yourself and your baby according to the time of year. Bring a bottle of water for yourself and don't forget all that baby "stuff".
Q. Is there an upper age limit for babies in BuggyBabies?
A. No, there isn't but you might well wish to push your fitness up a gear by moving on to BuggyBabies+.
Q. I have wrist pain. Do you think BuggyBabies will be OK for me?
A. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common complaint related to pregnancy and beyond. Sometimes the wrist pain is too severe, in which case, you would need to stop the course and you would receive a refund for the remaining sessions.
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