Local Exercise Classes With Your Baby: How Bluecoat Sports Supports Mums Back To Fitness

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As a new mum, you’re likely interested in regaining your fitness but may need help figuring out where to start. Bluecoat Sports offers a thoughtful approach with our tailored parent and baby classes catering to your post-pregnancy needs. With expert instructors specialising in postnatal recovery, you’ll receive coaching that respects your body’s postpartum changes and encourages gradual progression. 

Learn more about our facilities for new mums looking to exercise after pregnancy and book one of our dedicated classes.

Tailored postnatal programmes

Bluecoat Sports offer postnatal classes designed to support your recovery where you can bring your baby along, too. After childbirth, you’re likely keen to regain your strength and fitness, but it’s essential to approach this process cautiously. That’s where Bluecoat’s tailored postnatal exercise classes come in. These sessions are crafted with parents post-birth needs in mind, making sure you engage in safe exercises that are gentle yet effective.

Whether you’re looking to strengthen your core, tone your abdominal muscles, improve your overall stamina, or get back into the swing of regular exercise, these classes are structured to guarantee a gradual progression. This methodical approach helps prevent injury and ensures that your body adapts to the increased activity at a healthy pace.

Please note you must have been signed off by your doctor (around 6-12 weeks, depending on type of delivery) before starting any postnatal fitness programme at Bluecoat Sports.

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Our parent and baby class timetable

As new parents, we encourage you to bring your babies and children to our postnatal exercise classes and celebrate this new time in your lives! Discover our range of postpartum fitness classes below:

Buggy Fit

Bring your baby along in their buggy for this postnatal fitness class. This class provides a supportive environment for new mums to exercise with a whole-body approach. This includes low-impact cardio, major muscle groups, core work, pelvic floor exercises, and resistance training. 

Parent & Baby Balance

This 45-minute class combines yoga, health tai chi, and pilates and helps postnatal women build flexibility and strength while promoting calmness. Babies aged 0-12 months can accompany their mothers to this class. 

Parent & Baby Pilates

Designed for postpartum recovery, these Pilates classes strengthen the core abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles while their babies lay by their side. 

Waterbabes: Parent and Baby Drop in 3 months – 18 months

These 30-minute drop-in swimming lessons allow parents and babies aged 3-18 months to gain water confidence together, with a 1:1 ratio and instructor guidance. Pre-booking by calling reception is required.

Experienced instructors

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At Bluecoat Sports, certified trainers specialising in postnatal recovery guide you through every step of your fitness journey. They are trained in general fitness and have specific qualifications for postnatal exercise, ensuring you get the best support and guidance. Whether you want to regain your strength safely or feel confident in your body again, our experienced team is here to empower you. 

Facilities and support

At Bluecoat Sports, we offer a variety of parent, baby, and postnatal classes, and you’re encouraged to bring your babies along. This setup facilitates participation and fosters a supportive community atmosphere where you can meet other mums facing similar fitness journeys. Our postnatal classes are set up so that your children can be part of the experience, too.

Additionally, we’ve equipped our facility with ample changing rooms designed to accommodate families. These spaces are clean, spacious, and convenient, making it easier for you to manage pre and post-class routines without hassle.

Our goal at Bluecoat Sports is to fully support you as you return to fitness, providing the classes you need and the facilities and community support that make your goals achievable. 

Mother and baby at a postnatal class

When to start postnatal exercise

Before you jump back into a fitness routine, it’s essential to get the green light from your doctor, typically between 6 and 12 weeks after delivery, depending on your specific circumstances. Do not rush this phase, as your body needs time to recover from childbirth.

Once you’ve been medically cleared, Bluecoat Sports offers a gentle path to fitness tailored for new mums. Here are some key considerations when planning your postnatal exercise:

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  • Start slowly: Focus on low-impact activities like walking or gentle stretching. This will help ease your body back into physical activity without overwhelming it.
  • Listen to your body: Pay attention to how your body feels. If you experience any pain or discomfort, it might be a sign to slow down or modify the exercises.
  • Hydrate and rest: To facilitate recovery, drink plenty of water and get as much rest as possible.
  • Seek professional guidance: Bluecoat Sports’s postnatal fitness trainers are experts in providing personalised workouts and simple postpartum exercises that align with your recovery progress and fitness goals.

Why postnatal exercise is important

Physical health benefits

Postnatal exercise is essential as it restores muscle tone, boosts cardiovascular fitness, and supports weight management. After giving birth, you’ll find these workouts aren’t just about getting back into shape; they’re about rebuilding your strength where it matters most.

Here’s why you should consider postnatal fitness:

  • Restores muscle tone: Regains muscle strength and tones the abdominal muscles stretched during pregnancy.
  • Improves cardiovascular fitness: Cardio exercises enhance heart health and elevate your energy levels.
  • Supports weight management: Helps in gradual and healthy weight loss, improving overall health.
  • Energy boost: Postnatal exercises increase your stamina, helping you keep up with the demands of motherhood.

Mental health and wellbeing

While physical health benefits are important, focusing on mental health and wellbeing through postnatal exercise is equally essential.

Engaging in regular physical activity after childbirth can significantly reduce symptoms of postpartum depression. This is because exercise releases endorphins, those feel-good hormones that naturally lift your mood. It’s also common to experience disrupted sleep patterns post-delivery, and exercise can help regulate sleep and ensure you get the rest you need.

As you reclaim your fitness, you’ll likely notice an improvement in your self-esteem. Getting back into shape can make you feel more confident and enhance your self-image, contributing positively to your overall mental health during this transformative period of motherhood.

Social connection

Joining exercise classes for new mums boosts your fitness and builds essential social connections. At Bluecoat Sports, you’ll find yourself part of a welcoming community where you can share and grow together. Here’s how you benefit from the social aspects:

  • Support networks: You’ll meet other mums who are also manoeuvring the challenges of motherhood.
  • Shared experiences: Discussing your experiences can help reduce feelings of isolation.
  • Friendship building: Regular interactions can lead to lasting friendships.
  • Community feel: Being part of a group provides a sense of belonging and community.

These connections are invaluable, offering emotional support and a fun, social environment to enjoy your fitness journey.

Long-term health

By incorporating regular exercise after childbirth, you can meaningfully reduce your risk of chronic illnesses like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. This proactive approach helps manage your weight, stabilises your blood sugar levels, and improves cardiovascular health.

Additionally, establishing a fitness routine early on makes you more likely to stick with healthy habits for the long haul. Bluecoat Sports understands the unique needs of new mums and offers classes tailored to ease you back into fitness, ensuring you build a strong foundation for lifelong health.

Join a parent and baby exercise class at Bluecoat Sports

At Bluecoat Sports, you’ll find the support you need to ease back into fitness after childbirth. With specialised classes and expert instructors, you can safely rebuild your strength at your own pace.

Join one of our postnatal exercise classes today and start your fitness journey.