Why do I have to commit to a block of training?
Our sessions has been designed to:
- Enable access to all Mums at any stage of their journey
- Enable every client to feel they are making progress with their fitness and goals
- Routine is everything with small children, and knowing you have to be in a certain place at a certain time will help you commit to sessions and form a regular weekly exercise routine
For new mums with very young babies (less than 16 weeks), sometimes 1 session per week is a good place to start to gradually return to exercise. From my recent experience, both with myself as a new mum and watching my clients, 1 session per week is manageable along with all the other demands that come with having a newborn.
Of course, I do encourage all clients to commit to 2 MumaBubs sessions per week, especially if your little one(s) is a bit older, so that you get maximum benefit from the program and the time you are committing to you.
And, let’s be honest, between “mummy brain” and distractions by our little people (no matter how perfectly behaved they are!) there is only so much you will take in at each session. From my experience, the clients that attend 2 sessions per week get a lot more from the program and their weekly ‘mum time’, and experience greater health and fitness benefits.
How many mums are in each session?
I currently have a maximum of 12 mums per session in the MoveMuma sessions, as this way each woman gets personalised attention, which is very important when returning to exercise after having a baby.
Also, it gives both the mums and the little people time to adapt to the session without the session becoming too crazy.
Where are sessions held?
MoveMuma sessions are held at Carine Open Space (Okely Road – Block 1 & Block 4) or Carine Club Rooms (during Block 2 & Block 3).
If I book into 1 session per week, but then decide I want to commit to 2 sessions per week, is this possible?
Absolutely! It will of course be dependent on places available in other MumaBubs sessions, however, I am happy to discuss this with you if you would like to add an additional session at any time.
Do I need to book in advance?
Yes, given that there is a limited number of places per session you need to make a booking.
Also, as mentioned above, routine is everything with small children, and knowing you have to be in a certain place at a certain time will help you commit to sessions and form a regular weekly exercise routine.
Can I pay on a session-by-session basis?
Given the small numbers in each program, therefore effectively making the sessions very personalised, we ask for each block of training to be paid in advance or we offer fortnightly direct debits.
However, we understand that like any new relationship, we need to get to know each other! So, we offer $15 trial sessions during our trial period each block for our MoveMuma sessions.
Can I do a trial session?
Yes, we offer trial sessions for $15 during our trial weeks at the start of each block of training.
Our trial weeks are as follows:
Block 1: 21 January – 15 February 2019
Block 2: 29 April 2018 – 10 May 2019
Block 3: 22 July 2018 – 2 August 2018
Block 4: 14 October 2018 – 25 October 2018
Why do you recommend that women gradually return to exercise and train to their ‘weakest link’?
Following my experience as a pregnant woman and new mum, and having worked with and spoken to a number of mums over the years, I firmly believe the initial focus of a return to exercise program should be slow & steady to ensure:
- she has learnt to correctly recruit pelvic floor and core muscles, especially while exercising
- she is assessed and deals with any continence concerns, pelvic instability, muscle weaknesses or imbalances or prolapse concerns
- she has gradually developed a solid fitness strength and endurance base.
Too many women have returned to exercise, and unknowingly, done more harm than good, leading to bladder or bowel control problems, prolapses or injury to skeletal muscles, joints and ligaments.
I don’t want this for any of my clients, and my commitment to you is that we discuss openly and honestly any issues or concerns with your health and fitness, and that any issues or concerns are dealt with as soon as possible, either by me or referred onto a allied health or medical professional.
Should there be any uncertainty about whether you are ready my sessions, I will recommend we undertake the one-on-one 30-minute appointment to enable a pre- exercise assessment to ascertain if you are able activate your pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles prior to movement, that you have no pelvic floor dysfunction and no pelvic instability AND/OR refer you to a Women’s Health Physiotherapist for an assessment.
What happens if I miss a session?
I do understand that now and then things crop up and little people (and mums) get sick. If you miss a session, and advise MumaBubs 12 hours or more prior to the missed class, a make-up class can be booked during that block of training , depending on availability in other class times.
I can’t wait to get started – what do I need to do now?
You will need to complete a medical questionnaire, called a PAR-Q Form, prior to your first session & book in for a “Info & Intro” chat. I will send you the PAR-Q Form via email and then ask you to return it via email prior to your first session. This gives me the opportunity to look through it and give you a call to discuss anything in more detail. My aim is to give you as much individual attention as possible within the group environment, therefore, I need to get to know you.
What will I need to bring?
For you: please ensure you bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes to exercise in, including a supportive bra. We also ask that you wear or bring a pair of non-slip socks, as for a large percentage of the class we will be working with our shoes off.
For your baby/child: please bring any favourite toys that will make them comfortable, small blanket (for babies/young children),dummy or comforter (if they use one), pram/stroller if it’s sleep time and any snacks or drinks you’d like them to have.
Due to the prevalence of food intolerances and allergies, I ask that you be mindful of the snacks you bring for your children. If I am aware of any babies or children with a particular allergy, I will advise the affected group(s) to ensure the safety of all of our children.
If you still need more information please do not hesitate to contact MumaBubs and we will be more than happy to assist you.