Pregnancy, Postnatal & Busy Mum Exercise Classes in  Loughborough


Welcome to my Leicestershire & Loughborough exercise classes for pregnancy, early motherhood & beyond. These multi-award winning classes were established over a decade ago and tailored for you by me - Dr Jo Helcke - one of the UK's leading specialists in pregnancy and postnatal fitness.  

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Leicestershire's premier pregnancy and postnatal fitness service

Zest4lifeUK is Leicestershire's longest established service offering bespoke exercise for mums-to-be, mother-and-baby fitness classes and exercise for busy mums with older children. As a mother of three boys, I truly understand the pressures of fitting exercise round a full life, and the huge value of connecting likeminded women so that you have a strong support network through pregnancy and into motherhood. With 12 years experience in this field, my passion is looking after you as an individual, whether it be helping with lower backache, wrist pain or pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy, or abdominal separation (diastasis recti), back pain or pelvic floor weakness postnatally. My approach is all about the individual but in a fun, friendly group format.  

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A very warm welcome to Zest4lifeUK, home of my Leicestershire pregnancy and postnatal fitness classes. I set up Zest4lifeUK in January 2009 with just one postnatal class running per week  – BuggyBabies – my outdoor buggy fitness class which takes place in one of Leicestershire’s most beautiful country parks: Beacon Hill. You’ll be please to know (or perhaps not!) that this is the highest point in the county and that – yes, you guessed it – I frequently get all the lovely mums who do my classes, to charge up the hill to the very top! But don’t complain – it’s a fantastic class to help lose the baby weight.

Buggy fitness in Leicestershire

Hot on the heels of my buggy fitness class, I developed a specialist postnatal Pilates class – called BounceBack because I love silly names! – designed to really focus on getting that post pregnancy tummy flat and keep back pain at bay. Again, my postnatal Pilates class has been a runaway success with people traveling from right across Leicestershire, and further afield, to attend. I couldn’t believe it when one mum travelled every week from Rugby to Loughborough for her weekly dose of postnatal exercise.

Since then, I have created a lovely antenatal class called Fit4Birth (yep, that’s another one of my funny names!) a mixture of pregnancy Pilates, postural resistance work to help with pregnancy back pain, and tension relieving exercises. Follow-on postnatal exercise classes have inevitably sprung up too so that I can take your fitness levels to new heights, as has an evening Pilates class for working mums, designed to keep your fitness on track once your maternity leave is over.

Pregnancy exercise in Leicestershire

What I love about my Leicestershire classes is that alongside keeping fit and healthy, it’s all about making friends, socialising, having fun together and supporting each other. These are some of the many things that make my pregnancy and postnatal exercise classes so different from anything else that’s out there: we have a cuppa after the postnatal classes, we go for evening drinks out after my antenatal classes, we all get dressed up for an evening meal out every term (very grown up!),  we link up on Facebook and chat. A lot.

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