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.

I know it’s scary starting an exercise class if you don’t know anyone, especially after the months of being pregnant and then not feeling quite like yourself because of the total upheaval of life as you knew it with a newborn. So for those of you that need that little extra nudge or are worried about not being able to keep up this is for you – Firstly and most importantly it’s NOT all about the exercise. Buggy Bootcamp Bedford is a fantastically friendly and welcoming group of mums of children of all ages who meet at Buggy Bootcamp to exercise and chat. It’s like a mother and baby group with lots of laughter and post natal specific exercise thrown in for good measure. We often stop for coffee and more chat after class and try to arrange meals and nights out regularly. The best thing about Buggy Bootcamp is that you immediately feel better when you see everyone. You arrive feeling dreadful after being kept up all night with baby and then a smile and brief chat later and you find that half the other mums have been up all night too. Being a mum can be isolating and you often feel that you’re the only one that is going through a particular issue but these wonderful ladies soon put it all into perspective.

After you have completed the registration form and there are no issues highlighted you can start at any time, when your baby is just six weeks or your toddler is 3 years or older. Several of our mums are on their second, third or fourth pregnancies at Buggy Bootcamp and as long as you’ve been exercising regularly it’s fine to come along during this special time. Lots of mums bring all of their children along and in school holidays we have the older ones too. It doesn’t matter if you have to stop to tend to baby, or if your little one is having an unsettled day and won’t stop crying no matter what you do. It can be frustrating having to stop and start when you’ve come along to exercise but sometimes you just have to go with it. All of us realise that noise and crying happens and toddler tantrums are much better shared. We’re all in the same position or at least have been not long ago. Don’t worry that you won’t be able to keep up as you can work as little or much as you like so if you’ve had a sleepless night but still want to get out then you just take it easy. If I know you want to work hard though I will push you but for most of us mums it’s just about the getting together.

Need a little time to think about it? No problem, come and join us when you’re ready.


JO SAMIOTIS (nee Waters)

FOUNDER & OWNER OF BUGGY BOOTCAMP BEDFORD and Core Connection Personal training


This is so much more than an exercise class (although it’s brilliant from that perspective too!). Jo makes everyone feel welcome, from people who’ve done very little exercise before, like me, to mum’s who played sport and were super fit pre baby. She also really cares about everyone, giving support on diet, motivation and of course recovering your body post pregnancy. I get a huge amount from the classes, I’ve lost weight, gained strength, got to share my latest parenting woes and most of all had fun. Running and leaping around with a bunch of babies and toddlers there means this class never gets dull or feels stuffy. You also don’t need to have had kids recently or have them with you, it’s a brilliant workout and it’s outdoors, what more could you want? I would highly recommend giving it a go!


I joined buggy Bootcamp just for one reason which was to get back in shape. But I got a lot in return. Good friends, a great social circle to go out with. Good advice from fellow mummies, didn’t feel lonely with my doubts and concerns about my children. Over and about that yes I felt physically and mentally fit and strong


Buggy bootcamp transformed my maternity leave and state of mind


Boot camp is absolutely fantastic, as a twin mum with a toddler as well boot camp was my life saviour! It enabled me to get out the house and do something for myself while including the children. Jo was amazing and able to support me back into getting fit, healthy and loose weight! I would highly recommend Bootcamp to anybody looking to do some fun exercise at your own pace while still being able to involve the children!


I think I was one of the originals for when Jo started BBC and have loved every class. It has been benificial in both mind and body and has been a fantastic influence on my growing girls who see their Mummy exercise regularly. I still attend classes now even though my girls are at school which I think is testament to how good it is!!


Buggy Bootcamp has been great for me and my daughters. Not only does it help with general fitness it is great fun. You meet lovely people who make you laugh even when you have been up all night . It’s also great for the little ones to get them out and about it fresh air.


Jo is fantastic and tailors the exercises to fit your fitness (and well-being) level. I am now 20 weeks pregnant with my second child and I found the classes really good for keeping my fitness up without over doing it. Jo is very knowledgeable and will give me mini-exercises to do at home as well as ensure that I am getting the right exercise at boot-camp.