When I started Go Mum! Group Fitness I had two main motivators. To create a job that was flexible to meet the needs of my family, and to do something meaningful for pregnant and postnatal mothers.
I am so proud that Go Mum has consistently provided pregnancy and postnatal specific exercise services to north Brisbane mums for over 3 years and I have been able to care for my family in a way I felt comfortable with. #missionaccomplished
As my children grow their needs change, and like many mums, it falls to me to ensure my family remains on an even keel. I am conscious of the impact stress has on my health and the happiness of my kids and my marriage is always at the forefront of my mind. My husband has also started studying this year, which has added to the challenge of ensuring everyone is healthy and happy and getting the support they need to feel secure and thrive.
So, when the opportunity recently arose to accept a role that allows me to continue to contribute to women’s health in the perinatal period accompanied with the flexibility of working from home, I knew the time was right to make a change.
I cannot yet reveal who I will be working for as this is an important appointment for them and I don’t want to steal their thunder. Once it is announced, you will be the first to know, and I am sure you will see why I was so excited to apply and how it was too good to refuse.
The addition of this role to my workload means that I need to make room to give it the energy it deserves. I have therefore made the decision to cease Tuesday and Thursday group fitness classes as of 30 June.
Go Mum will not disappear completely however, as my focus will turn to pregnancy and postnatal recovery programs in conjunction with local physiotherapists through one on one personal training sessions. I will also be continuing with the Postnatal Return to Exercise course and our popular Friday Circuit Class will remain.
Our online booking system will remain in place however our six class passes will no longer be available, effective immediately. You will however be able to purchase classes casually for only $15 via the booking system until the end of June (or you can pay via cash or card at class).
The well being of Go Mum clients has always been at the forefront of everything I do and I know that there will be mums who are disappointed that our group fitness classes will not be as accessible, however I hope that they can appreciate my motivations and changing family needs.
If you are an existing active client, the following points may be relevant:
- Current group fitness clients will have enough time to use their existing passes before classes cease
- Samford clients will become clients of our Samford Trainer Annabel and will pay her directly effectively immediately.
- Bespoke postnatal and pregnancy PT sessions will continue to be available at Christine's home or yours
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me and I hope you will continue to be a part of the Go Mum Community through our newsletter, Facebook group and on Instagram..
A friend sent me a meme today that said "athletes eat and train, they don't diet and exercise" and it struck me how words that are so similar can have a very different emphasis and the power to change our perspective.
I also want you to know you ARE an athlete. Don't laugh this off. I am dead set serious. Your sport is mummying. It involves repeated heavy lifting, constant bending and lunging, holding awkward positions for long periods and you rarely get a day off, all while experiencing unpredictable sleep patterns. If that isn't the definition of an athlete, I don't know what is!
With social and mainstream media pressures to 'bounce back' and 'lose the baby weight' (I hate those terms soooo much) it is no wonder mums lose sight of making sure their nutrition and exercise choices are fit for purpose. What food and exercise choices are going to have mums back functioning at the capacity they need in order to heal their postnatal bodies and 'mummy' day-in-day-out? This is where you need to build your support team.
If an athlete was injured they would have a specific plan for rehabilitation to get them back to their peak performance. Mums deserve that too! Depending on your situation, you might need to seek professional advice from a variety of experts such as dieticians, physiotherapists, massage therapists, exercise physiologists and postnatal trainers to truly create a recovery plan that is specific to you. But don't let that long list scare you. Every mum is different and we are here to help you navigate your postnatal recovery journey with referrals to local practitioners and resources.
If you would like help with your postnatal recovery plan (no matter how old your kids are) give Go Mum! a call.
A long term client (2.5 years and two children later) rang me today to tell me that she would no longer be coming to classes. Not because she didn't love the venues, the friendships she had made or me as a trainer, but because she felt she was ready to venture into other forms of exercise. As she was singing my praises and apologising for moving on, my heart was filled with joy and satisfaction. This is exactly why Go Mum exists! We don't want to hold onto our clients forever. Instead, we strive to provide a safe place for mums to learn about their postnatal bodies, move within their physical boundaries and strengthen and rebuild in order to cater for the physical nature of motherhood and get them back doing the sports and activities they love.
It got me thinking about the reasons why mums come to join us at Go Mum Group Fitness. Sometimes it is because they have a postnatal condition such as prolapse or diastasis and need a trainer who can cater for these issues, sometimes it is because they have always enjoyed group fitness but just need to be able to do it with their kids in tow. Either way, every Go Mum client becomes part of the Go Mum tribe, welcome to come and go with each pregnancy and birth, or from time to time join in the social activities or physical challenges that appeal to them. We want each mum to chase what makes them feel good, inspires their mind and nourishes their soul. We want all mums to enjoy exercise for a lifetime, and we are proud to be a part of that journey.
If you would like to experience a Go Mum class first hand, join us for a free trial class. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
I vividly remember my first kickboxing class. I was 21 and had recently broken up with a boyfriend who I thought had sapped every last bit of my confidence. But for some reason I felt it was a good idea to take up kickboxing at my local PCYC. I didn't know anyone, they were mostly male participants and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Maybe my sub-conscience knew that it was time to stand up or be stood on forever!
A magical thing happened at that first class. A guardian angel in the shape of a petite, blonde competitive kickboxer gifted me my first pair of boxing wraps and showed me in one hour how strength and fragility, kindness and fierceness can coexist in the one body at the same time. My confidence was restored and I hit and kicked that bag with all I had. I was hooked.
I kept up with the boxing side of kickboxing over the years and it was something my husband and I enjoyed doing together pre-children. After I had our second child I remember doing my first boxing session thinking, "this doesn't feel right". My core stability was not yet able to cope with the twisting and impact and subsequently my pelvic floor was bearing the brunt of every blow. Boxing had to take a back seat for a while until my core was stronger and functioning well and my pelvic floor had regained some strength.
Another important factor in my return to this much loved sport revolved around changing how I thought about boxing and what I was really trying to achieve. I was no longer trying to punch out the imaginary face of my ex-boyfriend on the focus mitt with everything I had, and I realised I needed to modify my boxing to get the benefits I enjoyed previously but within my body's current abilities. So I applied what I had learnt about pelvic floor health and exercise to boxing and ran it past some physio friends for good measure.
Here are the top tips for pelvic floor friendly boxing we came up with:
Boxing doesn't have to be like Fight Club and you don't need to be an expert before you put on a pair of gloves. At Go Mum we pride ourselves on having a relaxed, fun atmosphere where everyone is welcome and we can support mums to get the most out of pelvic floor aware training.
If you haven't tried boxing before, here are some of the benefits you can expect:
To work on your pelvic floor friendly boxing technique, join us on Thursday's at Enoggera for our Boxing Mums class. Kids of all ages welcome to play while mum works out. If you are not sure if you are ready to start back at boxing due to pelvic floor or abdominal separation please call Christine to check the best course of action 0402 211 927.
Christine is the owner of Go Mum! Group Fitness and is a prolapse and diastasis survivor with a passion for pelvic floor and abdominal safe exercise.
At Go Mum! we are famous for having a friendly and supportive exercise environment. But don't take our word for it. We asked Rachel, a Go Mum mum about her experiences of motherhood and exercise.
1. How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
I have two children. Caitlin is three and a half and Thomas is about to turn one.
2. What do you most like about being a Mum?
Watching them grow and develop their personalities. Caitlin is now at an age where she can come out with pretty funny comments and ideas. Yesterday when I was trying to get her to talk she told me that she had lost her voice and that her mouth was in her leg! I love sharing with them things that I enjoyed as a child with my parents, be that blowing bubbles from soapy water in the bath with Thomas, or craft adventures with Caitlin.
3. Were you nervous about getting back into exercise after having a baby? If so, why?
I don't remember being nervous about getting back into exercise but I was a bit apprehensive about how I would manage to exercise whilst looking after a baby. Thomas was two months old when I did my first class at Go Mum and I remember that when he got a bit unsettled I popped him in the carrier for a while until that no longer worked and then Christine gave him some cuddles and he was fine! I've not had to worry about juggling exercise and childcare since as Christine is wonderful at helping out.
4. How long have you been training with Go Mum! Group Fitness?
Since January 2016.
5.1. Before starting with Go Mum! what level of understanding did you have about the importance of core & pelvic floor strength for pre and post-natal women? (out of 1-10, 1 being no understanding, 10 being a guru!).
I'd say a 2. I had some idea it was important but didn't know why. I remember going for a walk on my first day home after getting out of hospital with Caitlin (she was born by c- section) and I felt like I'd run a marathon before I got to the end of the road! After having Thomas I eased back into it much more gradually and through Christine have learnt lots.
6. What do you enjoy most about training with Go Mum! Group Fitness?
The friendly nature of the classes - everyone is supportive of one another - and the fact that I know my children are happy whilst I am exercising.
7. What are your main fitness goals for 2016?
To fit exercise into my life each day be that a Go Mum class, a walk or a swim. I like to mix it up!
8. Tips or tricks for new mums getting back into exercise
Know your limits - don't push your body if it doesn't feel right. And most of all enjoy! Exercise can be the last thing you feel like doing when you're sleep deprived but rarely do you feel worse for doing some.
9. What are you most grateful for as a mum?
Having two happy and healthy children and being able to watch them grow. I am so very lucky.
Thanks Rachel! We love having you and the kids in class and we will see you soon.
It can be daunting walking into a new class or gym but we have your back. Our trainers love helping out with your kids, and our classes are filled with everyday mums that are there for safe, fun, kid friendly exercise. We hope to see you in class soon.
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