Trying to get pregnant? Already pregnant? Already a mum? I don’t know about you, but one of the things I am finding most difficult about being pregnant (apart from tying shoelaces, rolling over in bed, awkward crying when watching Domestic Blitz and eating WAY too many Seaweed Sakatas with skinny hommus) is coming to terms with my new shape* and reduced fitness capacity. Did anyone else find this a bit overwhelming? I mean, I actually cannot imagine being able to run again, let alone jump. This sometimes gets me down for two reasons:

1) I LOVE running. Running makes me feel so happy and healthy.

2) I LOVE sneakers. Sneakers make me feel happy and healthy. (Also my husband keeps reminding me that I still have 2 pairs of sneakers I’ve not  yet worn and no, I don’t need new ones…. booo).

So instead of running, I’ve been walking. I guess I have actually been enjoying walking a bit, but my iTunes library is getting a bit boring and the crazy hot summer days of Adelaide have meant I’ve been walking at 5 or 6am then again at 7 or 8pm to avoid too much sun. This means getting up early on weekends when I don’t need to, and missing some bits of The Block, which is obviously not ideal. Anyway, in my walking travels and during discussions with friends who are mums, I’ve decided to put together a bit of information about the different types of fitness training options available for mums around Adelaide. These are also perfect for those of you who are trying to get healthier in order to conceive, or for those of you who have just given birth and need something close to home where you can exercise with bubs nearby. I hope this information is helpful. If you know of any other fitness businesses that you think are worth mentioning then I’d love to hear about them! I’m looking forward to** getting back into shape once I’ve recovered from the birth and any tips are most welcome!

*GINORMOUS bottom and significant love handles!

**dreading

Bay City Strollers

Located at Burnside, Unley and Glenelg, the Bay City Stollers are a fitness group aimed at ‘mums and bubs’ exercise. Their timetable is limited, but probably suit a busy mum’s lifestyle, where exercise at a set time is only achievable once or twice a week. Check out their website for prices, times and locations that best suit you. The website also boasts quite a few links to helpful tips and the training sessions are suitable for those who have not previously exercised, through to keen exercise enthusiasts. The fact that the training sessions are tailored around helping women’s health, specifically pre and post natal, means that the exercise is going to be suitable for you and your body. The only pre-requisite is that your child is in a stroller. It is also highly advised you hang around for a coffee and chat following the sessions as these conversations with mums in the same situation as you can sometimes be more helpful than anything else.

Sporty Mums

Located along the coast, Sporty Mums offer fitness sessions at Brighton, Glenelg and Henley Beach. Their website answers all your questions; from what the wear, through to the pro’s of exercising pre and post natal. There are 3 types of classes; Mums & Bub, Mums & Bumps and the Only Mums classes. All the classes has been made with cooperation of a Physiotherapists. The classes are safe and adjusted to your own level, depending on what type of delivery, pregnancy and prior exercise history you have. Sporty Mums provide a Valcro pram for your baby during the Mums and Bumps sessions, which is ideal for those mums who don’t want to go out and buy a running pram. There’s some great testimonials on the website, making comment on the benefits of not just the physical, but the emotional components too. The timetable generally offers morning sessions, but check out the website for more info.

Soul Train Fitness

Located at Woodville Park, Soul Train Fitness is a boutique fitness facility offering specific mums and bubs classes, in amongst its other classes. It’s worth checking out all they have to offer as there’s a variety of things from yoga, to boxing to circuit training. The prices vary and the classes are fairly small. The prices vary depending on what you are aiming to do and there’s a lot of options in terms of times, classes and cost. I’d advise contacting them to get more information if you’re interested, but definitely check out the website too.

The Boxing Room

Located on Brighton Road, Brighton, The Boxing Room or TBR, is a small, boutique gym with a growing timetable. My husband and I have been members here for a couple of years now and really enjoy the small classes, considerate staff and friendly atmosphere. Apart from the obvious boxing classes (which are all against bags not against people!), there are also weights and pilates sessions offered. The Mums n Bubs classes currently run at 9:30am on Monday and Friday, with kids welcome in their strollers. The staff are very involved in your wellbeing and make every effort to consider your needs, whether it’s helping to push you that extra mile, or showing you variations on exercises. I can highly recommend TBR for its high intensity sessions to help get you into shape. However, it’s also where friends of mine have gone to attend the Mums n Bubs classes as their bodies recover and grow stronger post-pregnancy. The pilates sessions are also a great idea post-pregnancy to help strengthen the core in a low-impact environment. Check out the website or flick Elle an email to find out more. She’s very friendly, helpful and will remember you! It’s one of the things I really like about TBR. 🙂

Yummy Mummy Group Training

This group have been recommended to many of my friends who are trying to get back into shape after having kids. YMGT understands that having kids can make exercise tricky, which is why they cater for mums in all aspects. They have a safe, fun crèche located 20 metres from where they train and YMGT caters for women of all fitness levels, whether you’re a mum or not. The group not only provide a fun, safe place for your kids but also a fun, welcoming environment for you. They are located in Beulah Park, Brighton, West Lakes and Wynn Vale, have great options on the timetable and costs are very reasonable. I hope it suits you- take a look at their website for more information.