Buggy Bootcamp provides safe, friendly, relaxed and fun outdoor exercise classes in Bedford and Ampthill locations. The classes are specifically designed for postnatal (and beyond!) mums to attend with their babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. You are of course more than welcome to come along without your children as long as you don’t mind the noise and that you realise it’s a very much gentler form of bootcamp than the traditional army style bootcamps. During school holidays all children are welcome whatever their age, the more the merrier.
The classes focus on posture, pelvic floor health and regaining your core strength and general muscle tone that has been affected by pregnancy and childbirth. You will work at your own level with appropriate exercises and won’t be pushed beyond your limit -we are very pelvic floor safe for those that need it. Each session is different and revolves around lots of chatting and absolutely no burpees or tyre flipping!
We have classes in two locations. The classes in Bedford are held in Russell Park which is along The Embankment. We meet at the semi circle of trees in the grassed area behind The Radhini Indian Restaurant. The classes in Ampthill are held in Ampthill Great Park. We meet at The Hub cafe which is in the central Car Park and then exercise in the childrens play park which is totally fenced off. In both locations there are toilets available nearby and hot and cold drinks and dare I say it …cakes!. We have a new Indoor class at Lakeview Village Hall in Wixams and the more advanced classes for thoses that ar postnatally recovered are held at the childrens play area off Queen Eleanor Drive in Great Denham.
At the start of the class we typically put picnic mats on the grass and park the buggies around them and exercise surrounding the children using bodyweight exercises and resistance bands. You don’t need a specialist running buggy or any special equipment. You can use your buggy throughout the class if little one likes to be constantly on the move, or baby can be in your arms or out on the mat. Toddlers and older can of course run around and they often join in copying the exercises which is lovely. It’s great to be out in the fresh air even when it’s cold and the children really love it. It’s really wonderful to see the children who have been at Buggy Bootcamp for a while grow and develop and seeing you exercising does them a world of good and makes it a normal part of life. The classes are usually about one hour long but if it’s wet or extremely cold I do shorten them to 45 minutes so that you can get your little ones home.