Amongst the abundant baby groups and activity classes in our area, Ealing offers a lesser known range of buggy friendly exercise classes to help new mums regain their figure and fitness after the arrival of their little bundle (or bundles) of joy.
Once given the all clear from the 6 week post natal check, these classes not only offer a fitness opportunity, they are important ways to give mums some “me time” and a good old gossip with other new mums in the area. Information about many of these activities are passed around through word of mouth by new parents, so we’ve put together a list for the ones we've come across. Let us know if you hear of any others!
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Located within the YMCA building on St Mary's Road South Ealing, Y Active mum (or dad) and baby sessions are run by qualified, experienced and very friendly coaches. Chat to your instructor before the class about any fitness worries to make sure you get the most from each session. Choose from Body Bootcamp in the fitness studio; an aerobic circuit workout. Putting you through your paces while your pre-crawlers watch from the sidelines with a look of bewilderment (under the watchful eye of a fully qualified childcare assistant). Or if you'd prefer to stay in the open air, Pram Slam fitness class takes place in a local park and is open to parents with children in buggies. Pram Slam runs from April to September.
Run by Johanna from her Northfield studio, Let's Yoga offers a range of group and private classes suitable for mums with babies (there are also toddler sessions). The mum and baby class focuses on specific postnatal yoga exercises, with time split equally between mum and baby. Importantly, the class ends with a chance to socialise over a cup of tea, completing the circle of mum and baby well-being.
Pilates Man's classes recognise the first year postpartum is a crucial time in drawing your body back and preparing for the increased demands of your baby or babies as they develop and grow. These postnatal sessions focus on all joints in the body in all planes of movement, in addition to working on pelvic-floor muscles and abdominal exercises. Classes cater for the most tired of mums, creating a place to come with your baby or babies and focus on your own body, release any tension you may be holding and gently start the process needed to regain full physical control.
Getting mum and baby out into the fresh air, these sessions provide a friendly way to get back to fitness and meet other new mums in the area. It's a great start to getting active again, whether you're a seasoned gym-goer or totally new to exercise classes. Based in Walpole Park, the sessions are designed to give achievable goals, starting easy and building up each week while an audience of babies look on. The only challenge is to avoid gossiping while you should be exercising!
Quit the Gym
For those parents who want to crank it up a notch, Quit the Gym offers a range of open air exercise classes based in Ealing Common, Lammas Park and Walpole Park. Alongside their normal timetable which is open to all, there is a buggy friendly Legs Mums & Tums session which is another great way to get back into shape after your new arrival. Once you've regained some stamina (and pelvic floor strength) there's a busy timetable of classes which get faster and more extreme!
Will to Win
Lammas Park Will to Win Tennis club offers buggy friendly group sessions. Just park your prams up in the fenced communal area and play for as long as your little one will let you! You'll feel safe in a crowd of fellow parents with children of different ages in this friendly tennis club. This session's availability depends on the popularity of the class, but a group of tennis-hungry parents is all that's needed to get the session up and running. Will to Win have courts all over our borough so if Lammas Park is a bit of a walk, give your local club a bell to ask if they offer something similar.