Buggy bootcamp gets mammas moving
A BABY buggy bootcamp is helping city mothers shift their unwanted mummy tummies.
Movin' Mammas, which was set up by Ria Cohen in 2007, helps women to get back into shape after having a baby.
The group is different to other exercise classes because the baby is an integral part of the programme so there are no child care worries for the women who take part.
Ria said: "I set the group up because there didn't seem to be anything around for mums in terms of exercise. The class is not a walk in the park, it provides a full body workout with things like squats and lunges and the women also use their baby as a weight to provide resistance for certain exercises.
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"We have great fun doing the buggy slalom where we position the buggies and the women have to run in and out of them – the babies love that one!"
Ria said the class has gone from strength to strength since it was first set up and she now sees between five and 13 mums every Monday.
The babies vary in age from six weeks to two-years-old, she said.
"This is not a military style bootcamp, everyone works at their own pace," said Ria.
"Weight gain during pregnancy can effect women emotionally more than physically sometimes. We are bombarded with images of skinny celebrities and we are under increased pressure to be the perfect mum, the perfect wife, the perfect everything.
"I've had women coming to me crying because of their baby weight. It's important there are groups like Movin' Mammas where the women can bring their babies with them and meet other women in the same situation."
The group meets every Monday at 9.30am under the Clock Tower in Central Park.