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Lucy and Lottie Get Fit – Lets Go Mummy

May 25, 2010

After a holiday in Sydney and relishing the feeling of the sun on my back, I returned to the grey and mist of the UK and all my good intentions of getting out into the fresh spring weather shrivel with the cold.

motherandbabyyogaLuckily, I did not have to wait too long for some very fresh weather and some weak early spring sunshine. It was on such a morning that I amazed myself once again by getting to the children’s centre in Maidenhead by 9:55am where I was to participate in “Lets Go Mummy” class.

This class and several others are held by Sarah, who with her nursing background, is also a mother of three and well aware of all the obstacles that can prevent new mums from getting back into shape and more importantly strengthening their pelvic floors and all the muscle tissue that has been stretched during pregnancy.

The class is intended for mothers with babies that are light enough to hold throughout the class and the baby is used by the mother as the weight. When babies get too heavy, Sarah progresses mums onto another class that she runs where the babies lie in the middle of the room on a playmat and the mothers work out in a circuit around the room.

Sarah is busy setting up in class and takes time out to talk to me about what she is working on – she is a busy lady and has a finger in a lot of pies, I am intrigued to learn she also runs a 5 week class dedicated to strengthening the pelvic floor all for a very nominal fee.

The class begins and half a dozen ladies congregate in a circle with their babies. The structure of the class is similar to a circuit class in that we carry out 6 or so exercises and repeat the sequence twice over. The exercises are basic but effective as Lottie is such a little lump now. Lottie is full of glee as I lift her above my head repeatedly and dangle her between my legs as I perform some squats and lunges. It is easy for mothers to duck out to change or feed as the venue is a childrens’ centre and there is plenty of space for changing and feeding.

After carrying out the exercises and continually walking around the room to keep the heart rate up, we go down onto mats and do press ups and tricep dips over our babies. This pleases Lottie further and she merrily smiles around the room and sticks her tongue out at everyone like a puppy!

The class ends and those that have signed up to the pelvic floor strengthening class continue on their mats. I feel like I have worked out but the class is not hard and I could have done a lot more to feel like I had challenged myself. It is a great get up and go class that leaves me feeling energised and I wish I lived close enough to jog home. Lottie is in high spirits as she thinks she has just had 45 mins of cuddly mummy time which is immensely pleasing !

Highs: A great stepping stone for new mums to get out and about

Lows: Only in Maidenhead! Not taxing enough for a dedicated fit mummy

Cost: £5 per class. £5.50 drop in

Contact: Sarah 07938 588028 visit www.gofigure.org.uk

Lucy Day, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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