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Getting fit after having a baby

Getting Fit After Having A Baby

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As a mother of six, I don’t have the chance to go to the gym. In fact, the last time I went to the gym was after my first child was born. Finding a babysitter for one baby was easy as we lived near both my parents and parents-in-law, and fitting an hour at the gym into my day when baby was asleep was a lot simpler than it would be now.

My baby is eight weeks old and it really is time for me to get back into shape, but going to the gym really is a logistical nightmare and out of the question. Doing post-natal exercises really requires motivation. When my sister suggested I trial Mummy Workouts, I jumped at the chance. I was able to attend a workout class in the comfort of my own home, eliminating the dramas of getting kids sorted out and myself out of the house and to the gym.

Mummy Workouts offer a number of live classes via webcam. As I am based in New Zealand, I initially miscalculated the time difference, but luckily when I got to my computer, the class had just started so I got right into it. I started by taking the ‘Legs, Bums and Tums’ class and had a rude awakening as to just how unfit and untoned my body had become over the past 10 years. The class instructor Tina, was a great motivator. She also gave clear instructions as to how to do each exercise and also offered modified versions if needed (which often I did).

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I also took the Full body workout with Melissa. I can feel muscles in my shoulders I forgot existed. Melissa explains the exercises clearly and this workout pushed me more than I ever would push myself if I was just doing these exercises at home alone. When I have someone counting down the seconds left I feel I just have to hold on for 5 more seconds, rather than just give up.

One thing I loved about these classes is the flexibility. I had my baby snuggled on the floor beside me just watching what was going on. When she was a little unsettled, I was able to give her a cuddle, and actually did some of the workout with her on my lap. I also had my little two year old wake up and come into the dining where I was working out. She just sat and happily watched, whereas if I had to leave her with a babysitter, she would just have a meltdown.

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How it works – I sign up via a subscription which can be monthly, quarterly or annually. The prices range from £8-12 per month. You watch the class via webcam. The instructor can see me and I can see her, but I can’t see the other participants. That’s great for me as I hadn’t got dressed and did the workout in my pyjamas.

Downsides – at the moment there are only 3 days with classes, but soon they are going to add pre-recorded classes so you can take a mix of recorded and live classes. I think this combination with be perfect for the busy mum!

 

 

 

Deborah Brunt

23 Comments

  1. I also tried this out, and wow you can really feel the burn. Tina is very motivating, but I agree, I would prefer to have more days with workouts or the prerecorded ones. #anythinggoes

    1. I guess having a review and seeing the pros and cons will help Mummy Workouts to improve the service. a greta option when your stuck in the home!
      Angela

  2. Looks like a great new program to try! I do home exercise videos, and they can become so boring after awhile. It’s nice to see there’s another option out there. #AnythingGoes

    1. I know what you mean. The nice thing about the live class was there was also variation in the order of exercises and difficulty so it was not a static regime.

  3. It is a good program it’s hard getting fit after having a baby I try but I am too tired by the end of the day #anythinggoes

    1. It is hard to get back into shape after a baby! For me it took quite some years and then I never quite got there. I like to think of my curves and stretch marks etc as trophies of motherhood! ANGELA XX

    2. I agree it can be hard. I always give myself 9 months- 9 months to put th weight on and 9 months to get it off. Once summer hits I can get out of the house for some long walks.

  4. Oh wow, that’s such a brilliant concept! I hate exercising but after 4 babies, I feel I need to make a bit of an effort to tone up. This would be the ideal solution for me. I get self-conscious going to a class, but the fact the instructor sees you but nobody else does sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing. #BrilliantBlogPosts

  5. What a great idea! I’ve not heard of this website so I’ll check it out. I’ve just had my third baby, and am trying to get back into to shape as well, but as you say it’s so hard to find the time. I love that the instructor can see you as well. Good luck with your fitness journey! x

    1. This is a fab concept! However I think the main area for them to develop will be the pre-recorded options! hopefully blogger feedback will support Mummy Workouts to do this next!

  6. What a fab idea this is! I was signed up to something similar. A website with a huge amount of videos on to exercise with. I started to struggle to find time (blogged to much) so let it lapse! Tonight I exercised for the first time in absolutely ages! Not ready to sign up for anything again yet but it’s a start! I actually bothered to do it! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    1. it is a good idea! i’m not one to follow routines myself. I much prefer doing my own exercise. When I was well- walking and swimming were my favourites….but this is great for mums who want to go to the gym or do a class! My sister loved it! Angela x

  7. Well done you for jumping back to exercise after only two months and older kids too! I have two older girls and a baby boy and am struggling to find any time to work out – especially during the school holidays.

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