This Mum Can Fitness is a gym-free personal training company based in Sale, South Manchester.  The focus is on getting women & Mums back to fitness through group training sessions at the same time and place every week, 1:1 personal training and group training sessions at a time and place suitable to you.

This Mum Can Fitness Running Club has been developed to help people start on their running journey and then improve/enhance their running ability.  The aim is to create a running community in Sale for women

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Flexible Approach

Life with kids is extremely busy so This Mum Can Fitness has been created to enable Mums to incorporate a fitness plan into their weekly routine– with the ability to train with your babies/toddlers present in the days or when they’re tucked up in bed in the evening.  This Mum Can Fitness is for both the novice exerciser as well as experienced one, with all sessions tailored to individual client’s needs.

Get Active

Each session will focus on improving your fitness levels, working the core muscles and having fun!  I want to not only help Mums on their fitness journey, but also help them to meet new people, make new friends, get some support and get active.

My Aim

Is to make personal training affordable to everyone and help Mums recognise their potential.  The whole ethos is about making Mums realise they can do anything, be anyone and surprise themselves.  I also want to impart my love of running on others as I’m a huge believer in the idea that everyone can run, as long as they have the right tools and training #thismumcan

Facts About Me

In terms of the facts for you – I’m a Level 2 qualified trainer specialising in pre and post-natal fitness who is working towards Level 3 as I type!  I offer a range of services to Mums – group training sessions at the same time and place every week, 1:1 personal training and group training sessions at a time and place suitable to you.

“From personal experience, getting out and doing some exercise can really improve your mood and help you through the craziness which ensues when a newborn baby arrives!”

My Story

My name’s Becca and I live in Sale, Cheshire and I’m a Mum (and wife!) with 2 kids and a very mental dog!! I’ve become a personal trainer to help Mums get back to fitness after having their little ones. After going through my very own battle back to fitness after having both babies, my aim is to now help others Mum’s with their journey.

I put on a LOT of weight with both babies – can’t really tell you why (cake had a little to do with it!) but I have managed to lose all of it – twice! It was no walk in the park (literally!!). A little part of it was down to my personal determination, but primarily it was the way I did it.

12 weeks after having my daughter, I joined a fitness class and this was the start of my journey. I took me 9 months but I finally got to my pre-pregnancy weight and fitted back into my jeans and I was hooked with the exercise bug! I have even learned to love running (it took a while…) but it’s now one of my favourite things – that and drinking wine!! (I’m a huge believer in everything in moderation!!)

I was made redundant whilst on maternity leave with my 2nd baby and I decided to use it as an opportunity to do something that I love and am really passionate about. I now want to help Mums on their own fitness journeys and meet their own goals and at the same time, give them the opportunity that I had – to be able to meet new people, get some support and get active.

Prices
My aim is to make personal training affordable to every budget and I hope my pricing structure reflects this. For each person, I will do a detailed goal setting session prior to starting out as there’s no point in training if you don’t know what you want out of it. After working out your goals, I will then design you a tailor made programme which will get you to hit your targets

I have come up with the idea of offering group training sessions for 2-6 people. This can either be groups of people that already know each other for example some of your antenatal/NCT group or just friends going through the same thing the same time, or I can put similar, like minded people into groups with similar goals to yourself.

If you want any further information on pricing, please just get in contact and I’d be happy to discuss everything in more detail

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1:1 Training

One off session – £35 per hour
5 sessions – £160 (£32 per hour)
10 sessions – £300 (£30 per hour)

Group Training

2 people – from £25 per person
3 people – from £20 per person
4 people – from £18 per person
5 people – from £15 per person
6 people – from £12 per person

Classes

£4.50 per session or 5 sessions for £20

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"I certainly wouldn't be (nearly) back into my pre-baby wardrobe if it weren't for this class and being able to take my little one along"

Ellie, Mum to Rufus

"I cannot believe that in the last 7 days I've run 18.13km. I could not have done this without the motivation and support from Becca and the support from all the lovely running group ladies who make it so much fun"

Debbie, Beginners Running Club

"Last night, in the cold, I ran for 25 minutes straight and then didnt drink wine. This is a huge achievement for me! Thank you so much Becca, you rock"

Kirsten, Running Club
Mum and Baby Exercise Class @ Davyhulme Park, Urmston

Canterbury Road, Urmston, M41 0RA

Monday – 9.30 – 10.30

The park is situated just on the outskirts of Urmston town centre off Crofts Bank Road. There is ample free on street parking around the park. The class meets by the pond inside the park.

Mum and Baby Exercise Class @ Worthington Park, Sale

Broad Road, Sale, M33 2FR

Tuesday – 9.30 – 10.30

The park is situated on Broad Road close to the centre of Sale. There is plenty of free on street parking around the park. The class meets at the bandstand in the middle of the park.

Ladies Only Exercise Class @ Sale Sports Club, Sale

Clarendon Crescent, Sale, M33 2DE

Wednesday 7.15 – 8.15pm

The Sports club is on the corner of Clarendon Crescent & Dane Road and there is ample free parking available.  Dependent on the weather we will be outside on the tennis courts or inside in the function room of the clubhouse.

Mum and Baby Exercise Class @ Stamford Park, Altrincham

Stamford Park Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA15 8HR

Wednesday- 10.00 – 11.00

The park is situated just on the outskirts of Altrincham town centre towards Hale close to Altrincham football ground. There is ample free on street parking around the park as well as a small car park in the park. The class meets by flagpole by the pond in the middle of the park.

Mum and Baby Exercise Class @ Moor Nook Park, Sale

Norris Road, Sale, Cheshire, M33 3JR

Wednesday – 1.30 – 2.30pm

The park is situated in Sale Moor close to Sale High School and Conway Road Medical Centre. There is plenty of free on street parking around the park. The class meets by the play area in the middle of the park.

Beginners Running Club

Just £30 for 10 weeks

NEXT 10 WEEK PROGRAMME BEGINS in April – dates to be confirmed and will be based in Sale, South Manchester.  

For just £30, I am offering a trainer led 10 week Couch to 5K programme.  This is a beginners running class to get you well on your way to running 5K.

On Week 1, you will be given a detailed 10 week programme which will consist of 3 x 30 minute workouts per week – 1 of which you will do with me in a group and the other 2 sessions you can fit into your own schedule.

Every Monday, we will meet at the main gates of Worthington Park, Sale and together we will complete the first run of the week.  This will be round the streets of Sale and the session will last 30 minutes.  Each weeks session will be different and primarily involve the walk/run method which gradually increases your endurance levels.

By the end of week 10 you will be able to comfortably run for 30 minutes plus and be well on your way to being able to easily complete 5K.

5k Smash and RunFit

£5 per week or £20 for 5 sessions

You’ve got to 5k but you want to increase your pace and endurance then this is the class for you.  We will run alternate weeks of 5k Smash and RunFit thoughout the year every Monday evening from 8.15-9.00pm.

5k Smash  Interval training to increase your current pace.  This will be tempo training or Fartlek (speedplay) training to build up your speed and endurance

RunFitMix of running and toning exercises to build muscle strength and endurance.

5-10k Running Club

Just £50 for 8 weeks

NEXT COURSE STARTS in April and will be training for the Manchester 10k in May

For just £50, I am offering a trainer led 8 week 5-10k programme.  This is a running class suitable for those who can already run 5k to get you well on your way to running 10K.

On Week 1, you will be given an 8 week programme which will consist of 3 workouts per week – 1 of which you will do with me in a group and the other 2 sessions you can fit into your own schedule.

We will meet at the main gates of Worthington Park, Sale at 7.30pm every Tuesday and together we will complete the first run of the week.  This will be round the streets of Sale and the session will last between 40 and 60 minutes.  Each weeks session will involve the walk/run method which increases your endurance levels.

By the end of week 8 you will be able to comfortably run for 60 minutes plus and be well on your way to being able to easily complete 10K.

This course is training to be ready for the Great Manchester Run on Sunday 20th May

FAQ’s

When can I start?

If you’ve had a natural delivery, you can start exercise from 6 weeks postnatal and if you’ve had a C-Section, it’s 10-12 weeks post. It really important that you have had your 6 week check with the GP prior to starting any exercise (or with the Health Visitor if the GP isn’t an option for you) but mum’s can join in at any time you feel ready to start

How do I join?

For the exercises classes in the parks, you don’t have to book in but if you are coming for the first time, if you get a chance please just get in contact with me first as you need to fill out a pre-screening questionnaire prior to your first session
For personal training (group or 1:1), please get in touch with me and we can discuss all the different options available to you.

For the running clubs, for beginners and the 5-10k clubs, they run in fixed time programmes so please get in touch for the next start dates and for the Monday evening running club its complete drop in, just again let me know if you’re coming for the first time

How much does it cost?

For the weekly classes, it’s £4.50 per session or £20 for 5 (£4.00 per session)
Prices vary for group and 1:1 personal training – please click here for more information

For the 5k Smash/RunFit running club, it’s £5 per week or £20 for 5

What if it rains? (we are in Manchester after all!)

We do the workouts come rain or shine – unless the weather man tells us to stay inside or if it’s snowing (no-one’s that keen, surely??!!) so please make sure you come prepared for both yourself and the baby – lightweight waterproofs and pram rain covers are essential. There are areas under tree cover which we can move to which give a little extra protection from the elements

What to bring?

All you need to bring a bottle of water – especially if you’re breastfeeding as you’re more susceptible to dehydration and then a snack like a banana (wouldn’t advise cake!!) for the way home in case you need an energy boost.
Also, for babies, it might be advisable to bring them a drink and snack to see them through the hour. Their favourite toy could also be handy too to keep them happy!

What do I need to wear?

  • Trainers – proper footwear is essential. You need trainers which will support and cushion when doing exercise. Good trainers will reduce your injury risk, especially if you’ve not done exercise in a while.
  • Sports Bra – your breasts change so much during and after pregnancy, it is essential that you support them correctly when doing exercise – and this is even more important if you are breastfeeding. It’s advised to feed before doing exercise so you are more “comfortable”!! For more information on good sports bras, I highly recommend the website www.boobydoo.co.uk who offer a fab range including maternity ones.
  • Light layers – we all know how changeable the weather is. It’s best to wear a few light layers so you can easily remove then during the workout

Becca Broadbent

07525790704

becca@thismumcanfitness.co.uk

Running and raising money….This Mum Can Run!

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Fundraising for SANDS – what I’m doing and why

I like to raise money for Charity – it’s my way of giving back and the feeling you get when you have hit your fundraising target it amazing!!  It really does help you run quicker and further!!

For 2018 I decided to get my clients and followers to choose which charity to fundraise for.  It was an extremely tight vote but the charity which won was SANDS – the stillbirth and neonatal death charity – sadly a charity extremely close to too many of us.

If anyone isn’t aware of what they do…“Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby, works in partnership with health professionals to try to ensure that bereaved parents and families receive the best possible care and funds research that could help to reduce the numbers of babies dying and families devastated by this tragedy”

Sadly 15 babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth every day in the UK which is just shocking.  I couldn’t even imagine the horror of this so want to do everything I can to raise money to not only help research to reduce this number but also to help support the families who have to live through the tragedy of losing their little ones.

So what am I doing…

First off – Running – A LOT!!  I’ve currently signed up (or going to sign up to) the following runs:

  1. Arley Hall 10k on the 10th March 2018
  2. Manchester 10k on the 20th May 2018
  3. We Are Manchester 10k on the 8th July 2018
  4. Tough Mudder on the 9th September 2018
  5. Manchester Half Marathon on the 14th October
  6. Tatton 10k – November/December – cant decide which!

 

Secondly – donate a % of my running club profits.  I am going to donate £1 for everyone who signs up to my 5-10k running club for 2018 to the charity

Thirdly – charity events – hopefully 4-5 of them.  My first one is to organise a bleep test for member to take part in! Logistics and everything need to be sorted and I will keep you posted on this, I’ll run some charity runs over the summer with a % of the entry going to Sands and finally I’ll do some other events – any ideas welcome!!

My plan is to get as many people as possible to run for Sands so collectively we can raise a HUGE amount of money for the extremely important work they do and for the research they continue to do into causes and preventions so that hopefully fewer and fewer people have to go through this.  Please let me know if you’d like to be added to the main This Mum Can Page or let me know if you set up your own Just Giving page as I’d love to keep a tally of how much we’ve raised in total.  Obviously I will keep you posted throughout the year on how we’re getting on!

Also, if you have any great fundraising ideas, please get in touch as I’d love to do loads of different things this year…

Blog about my diet…not dieting!

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I get asked a lot about my diet and also on dieting so thought i’d note down my thoughts for everyone in one place.

So first off, I dont diet  – I hate the idea of it and I especially hate the idea of Chloe ever hearing about me “dieting” so I choose to make the healthy diet choice most of the time!  Not all the time as life’s far too short, just more often than not.

Don’t think because I run a lot that I can eat what I want.  Unfortunately life’s not that simple or kind.  By all means if I’ve been working out loads and done a long run then definitely I’m treating myself to a piece of cake/chocolate bar but I cant do this everyday.

My focus is on healthy eating and trying to make stuff from scratch to reduce my reliance on ready meals.  Dont get me wrong, they totally have their place in busy life, just dont have them all the time.  If you ever look at the salt/sugar content in a normal ready meal, you’d be horrified by the amount.  When we did our extensino we were without a kitchen for 8 weeks!!  We had a toaster, a microwave and a kettle and we ate so much bread and so many ready meals in that two months.  Genuinely I have barely touched a ready meal since.  They just make you feel crap – and never full.

I get a lot of my recipes from the Body Coaches recipe books.  It’s really helped give us some simple, quick and healthy meals for not only the husband and I but also for the kids.  I recommend eating whole grains, fruit, vegetable and healthy fats.  I’ve stopped buying “fat free” or “reduced fat” items from the supermarket as I personally dont see how something that has been altered can be healthier than the real thing.  Full fat yoghurt is surely better for you than something which has been modified and then altered to taste like full fat yoghurt?  Surely??  The only caveat to that rule is semi skimmed milk – full fat milk is just too much!!

Drink more water is my next bit of advice.  You’re meant to drink approx 2 litres every days which can be a challenge but once you focus on doing it, it does become easier after a while.  Also, on the flip side of this, dont drink too much water – an “overabundance of water can be futile”.  It’s critical to drink water, especially when training but too much of it can lead to issues such as cramping, bloating or worse so definitely dont overdo it!

Some experts say eat little and often and some say eat 3 normal sized meals a day and have healthy snacks in between.  I prefer the later personally as I enjoy having an evening meal with my husband (when I’m home and not working!!)

Breakfast in my opinion is non-negotiable.  I need food in me to function.  Even if I’m doing Parkrun at 9am on a saturday morning, I’ll always grab a banana or something en route and then have my breakfast when I’m home.  My everyday go to breakfast is cereal – maybe it’s the 6 years working at Kellogg’s which has indoctrinated my psyche but I love it.  Cold milk and Shreddies is my favourite but I do love a bowl of Cheerios (I can say this now I dont work for the big K!!)

Lunch for me is usually a sandwich or a salad.  I have a preferred tendency towards wraps which I know are high for “Syns” on Slimming World but I really like them and I find them more filling that bread or a roll (barm, bap, whatever you want to call them!) and I like the way you can cram them full of lettuce and other bits without it spilling over the edge!!

Dinner as I said earlier is normally a Body Coach recipe.  My current favourites are the Chilli Con Avocado, the Oaty Chicken and in a hurry curry fried rice.  I’m trying new ones all the time so will keep you all posted when I find any other crackers!

Snacks are my weakness.  Finding a quick, healthy snack (which isnt always fruit) is tough going.  As I’m so active, I’m hungry A LOT.  If there’s chocolate in the house then I’m all over it so I try not to have it in!  I try and go for things like maltloaf, yoghurt with granola/fruit, protein bars, but sometimes they just dont cut it so I go with the “moderation” approach.  In that if I’ve run loads, done a workout and eaten primarily healthily that day, then I can have the odd chocolate mousse/bar of dairy milk/packet of the kids animal biscuits!!  You’ve got to reward your hard work somehow right??

So that’s it in a nutshell.  I’m not a fan of keeping food diaries or monitoring things too much but I believe it’s a matter of a happy medium…nice healthy, nutritious meals with a few treats thrown in to keep yourself sane/happy

One final note…wine counts as one of your 5 a day right?????!!!!!!!!

Blue Monday – how to combat it with exercise

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Apparently today is the most depressing day of the year – brilliant! This teamed with the fact that here in Manchester it didn’t even get light today except for a small 5 minute stretch where the rain ceased and the sun actually came to show it’s face means that it’s that little bit more sad but do you know what helps – exercise!!

I had a lovely bunch of 5 mums come to my Urmston class this morning and we worked out as normal, even in the pouring rain.  It wasn’t the best, I’m not going to lie – I’ve definitely prefer running my classes when it’s warm and dry but the resounding agreement from all the ladies was that once you’re out, it doesn’t matter.

So that lead me to thinking – how do I get people to get past the barrier of actually leaving the house to exercise rather than putting the kettle on and making themselves another brew??  So my thought process on this is the following:

  • Get your workout gear out the night before. Surely if the first thing you see in the morning is your clothes in a pile next to your bed, then you’ll get up and put them on.  One of the benefits of my morning classes is that you don’t need to shower or put make up on before coming!!
  • Make it a date with a friend! You’re so much less likely to bomb out on a class if you’ve arranged to go to it with someone – personally it’s the hatred of potentially letting someone else down which would spur me on to get my ass in gear and get there
  • Pay in advance for a class. If you’ve paid already, you might as well go otherwise you’ll lose money and that’s something I hate to do!  You can bulk buy for 5 weeks at all my classes for just £20 and having that financial implication should really help you get out the door
  • Remember how good you feel at the end. Endorphins are amazing things and they make you feel so bloody good.  I was talking to someone on Instagram today and she commented about how she’d love to be able to bottle and sell endorphins – wouldn’t that be a dream.  Instead they come from a damn good workout

So hopefully the above tips might come in useful this dreary January day.  I hope to see you at one of my classes soon.  Remember I’m offering free trials at all my classes for January so take full advantage and try something new – you wont regret a workout, you’ll only regret not doing one.

#januaryblues #bluemonday #newyearsresolution #journeytofit

Sports Bras…their importance and a few recommendations of good ones

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I get so many questions from mums at my classes about the best sports bras to wear whilst exercising and in particular from my Mum and Baby classes, to wear when breastfeeding.  I didn’t breastfeed for that long with either of my kids and am only a B cup so I didn’t have any first hand experience or knowledge/wisdom to impart so after a recommendation from Alex at my Altrincham class, I went on the Boobydoo website and got in touch with them, a specialist sports bra retailer, to get their advice which I could then impart onto you all!!

It is SOOOOOO important to wear a decent sports bra – not only to stop your boobs getting saggy but to protect the breast tissue from any high impact activities such as running.  As the boobydoo website states “During a run, your body uses over 200 muscles, your knees hit the ground with about eight times your body weight and your breasts move on average 14cm. A sports bra can reduce breast movement by 80%, saving you from damaging the tender ligaments that prevent breast sagging”

Boobydoo have an unbelievably huge range of sports bras (and have definitely NOT paid me to do this blog…this is just a personal recommendation to a fab company!)  On the website – www.boobydoo.co.uk you are not only able to shop by specific activity/sport, there is a “right size” section to help you buy the right type, size, etc and they even having a dedicated maternity section – you can get any type of sports bra you want no matter your size, shape or need!

The lovely Emily emailed me a few weeks back after me asking their advice on maternity bras and this is what she recommends:

  • The Cake Maternity Zest Sports Bra is a great bra for mum’s that are wanting to get back into more medium-high impact sports. It has a full structure and provides great support, comfort and a flattering style. It also provides security of a pragmatic nursing sports bra whilst offering sufficient support. It has a flexible wire, wider padded straps to reduce pressure, racer back conversion clip and most importantly a drop down cup for easy feeding. It ranges from a 32-40 band size and B-H cup. https://www.boobydoo.co.uk/cake-maternity-zest-sports-bra-orange-navy
  • Another brand within the Maternity Range is boob, this is a great brand that offer comfortable bras for busy mum’s. One of the bras which I would suggest is the Fast Food Soft Sports Bra, this offers low-medium support so great for everyday wear, yoga, pilates and fitness classes. We don’t suggest this bra for people doing high impact activities such as running as it wouldn’t offer sufficient support. But it offers comfort, good movement as it’s not restricting and also the material is quick drying and ultra-soft.
  • Finally the third brand we have in our Maternity range is Belabumbum, this is another great brand that have really thought about what features are essential for a mum who is breastfeeding. One of their bras which I would recommend is the Sporty Mesh Nursing Sports Bra. This bra is breathable and great for low-medium impact activities. It is wireless and lined with a contrast cotton for comfort. It also has an easy-one handed nursing clips to allow the cup to drop down easily for nursing. https://www.boobydoo.co.uk/belabumbum-sporty-mesh-nursing-bra-grey-aqua

So jump on the website and have a look round and see if there’s anything which takes your fancy.  They’ve also said if anybody from This Mum Can needs any help or advice then tell them to get in touch – they have a live chat, a contact number and obviously an email address too!

The other thing that I have now had 2 of my clients buy is a “booband” https://thebooband.com/ It is in essence a band which goes over the top of your normal sports bra and it stops any excessive movement and the two people who wear these rave about them – their boobs literally don’t move when doing circuits!

I’d love to hear of any other great hints/tips people have or any recommendations of great companies or other places to get sports bras and then I can add these great sites to my website to make sure people are getting the best advice and help out there and protecting their boobs as much as possible.