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.

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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.

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


£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 on Monday 9th April 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 on the 20th March 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


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 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


Diastasis Recti – what it means, how to help it heal & what to do if it’s you’re not feeling right

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The official medical term for this is “diastasis recti abdominus” and although often referred to as a “Mum Tum” it is actually a medical condition which in some cases can have serious consequences.   It is a condition where the right and left sides of the rectus abdominis, the so called ‘six-pack’ muscles, spread apart at the stomach midline (the linea alba).  Separation of your abdominal muscles during your 3rd trimester of pregnancy is entirely normal and ALL women will experience this to a degree.  This is due to the growth of the baby in the uterus pushing against the abdominal wall, and pregnancy hormones that soften connective tissue.  Separation can occur any time in the last trimester but is most problematic after pregnancy when the abdominal wall is weak.

What are the consequences?  When the stomach muscles are drawn apart during pregnancy they are unable to work properly and can’t respond to the stresses and strains of the day to support your body as they should, and it can prevent optimal function of the core.  Your abdominals are important in supporting your back if a diastasis is left untreated, it can cause a number of issues including pain in your back or pelvis, poor core stability and pelvic floor dysfunction – yes, you read that right – pelvic floor muscles.  66% of women with diastasis recti have some level of pelvic floor dysfunction (Spitznagle et al 2007).

Your stomach muscles and pelvic floor muscles are intrinsically linked and to strengthen one will hugely help the other.  This is another reason why doing your pelvic floor exercises is so important.  In many cases physio is needed to help restore stability to the abdominals so they can function optimally.  It is easy to check if you have a diastasis; lie on your back with your knees bent and press your fingers down towards your spine a few centimetres above and below your belly button, perform a sit up movement and see can you feel the rectus abdominus muscles come together around your fingers. If the gap is more than two fingers width, you should seek out physiotherapy to help abdominal recovery.

Traditional “ab” work like crunches and planks won’t restore normal muscle activity if you have a diastasis and if performed inefficiently, can actually cause more harm than good.  This is why I never have “crunches” or anything like that in my classes and why I demonstrate ½ planks along side full planks or give you the option to do a totally different exercise so that you don’t do anything unsuitable until your body is “ready” and back to normal – whatever normal might be!!

Some helpful tips for general function and healing after having a baby are:

  1. Reduce the load on your abdominal wall by avoiding excessive lifting and twisting – when getting out of bed, always roll onto your side, drop your legs off together and push up into a sitting position with your arms. Do the reverse to get back into bed.
  2. Allow your body to rest as much as possible for the first 4-6 weeks. As hard as it is for some (not so much for others!!) your body WILL thank you for it.  From 6 weeks post labour (10 after c-section) you are fine to start exercising but take things easy – don’t do full HIIT training off the internet – try and exercise with someone like me, a post natal specialist.  I’m qualified to know suitable exercises and also quickly adapt exercises if you can’t fully complete the full one or if it hurts you section scar, etc
  3. Avoid all activities that place stress on your stomach, and that stretch or overly expand the abdominal wall. Movements to avoid:
    • All strenuous exercises that cause your abdominal wall to bulge out
    • Sit ups/abdominal crunches
    • Holding baby on one hip continuously
    • Lifting and carrying heavy objects – this includes the car seat so be very careful when lifting that in and out of the car and avoid carrying it for prolonged periods of time
    • Intense coughing while your muscles are unsupported (obviously sometimes unavoidable but if possible!)
  4. When lifting your baby, draw in and hold your tummy muscles, bend your knees and bring baby into your chest when you lift.
  5. Keep yourself well hydrated and eat as healthily as possible to promote tissue healing. As hard as it is, the more fruit and veg you have early on, the healthy option will help your recovery – sorry!!! Ha ha

So by way of finishing this blog – if you don’t feel “right” please don’t ignore it – get some help.  Your doctor can refer you for appointment with a specialist women’s health physiotherapist.  Professional advice is essential in your recovery and the sooner you do it, the better it is.  Please speak to your GP before or at your 6 week check and they will be able to refer you for an NHS appointment.

If you didn’t want to wait for an NHS referral, you can go to a Mummy MOT practitioner privately. I work closely with pelvic physiotherapist, Felicity Nicholson who provides a specialist post natal physiotherapist assessment called a ‘Mummy MOT’. She believes all women postnatally should be able to access pelvic physiotherapy to help them recover optimal pelvic health. She works in the NHS and privately and uses pilates to help mums restore optimum abdominal and pelvic floor recovery.  These do cost money (approx. £65-75) but (personally) they’re worth the investment entirely as you get a personal  1:1 session to discuss any issues or problems you may have discovered and you get a tailored plan designed specifically for your post natal rehab.

Race Prep – hints and tips

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To follow on my diet blog from a few weeks ago and due to the fact my first 10k of 2018 is coming up on the 10th March, this week I’m blogging about “race prep diet” and what I recommend.  Now I only run (relatively) short distances – primarily 5k and 10k’s, so these tips are only for those distances.  I’ve never run a marathon so would highly recommend thorough research on diet and race prep if you’re thinking of doing that.  Right with that caveat out the way…


The day before a race…this is when I actually start my “race” prep as before this point, I’m just eating my normal healthy(ish) diet! First off, I totally 100% ensure that I’m hydrated – today of all days I ensure I’ve had my 8 glasses of water – it’s so important for your body to be firing on all cylinders.  Most people have heard about “carb loading” before a run, well I kind of agree but don’t take this too far!  It’s important to get a few extra carbs in the night before a race.  This could be pasta, rice, potato or cereal based carbs  but don’t eat too much.  A normal sized portion is more than enough as carb loading too much or overeating can make you feel bloated and sluggish and that’s the last thing you’d want before a run.  Lean protein alongside the carbs is great – chicken is always my go to as it’s so versatile.  Try and avoid anything too high in fat like cheese sauces, pastry, cream as these can sit heavy on your stomach and can be slower to transit through your system.


The day of the race…breakfast is NON-NEGOTIABLE.  You have to eat.  You need energy in your system to burn in order to run at your best.  Eat at least 1 hour before the run is due to start.  Some winning pre-race breakfasts include:

  • Bagel and peanut butter
  • Toast with jam or honey
  • Granola, yoghurt and fruit
  • Porridge

All the above top up the “glycogen levels” which is the stored energy in your muscles which will release slowly during your run.

I team my breakfast with a smoothie – I’ve tried the protein shake route a few times but personally I prefer a scoop or two of the powder in a smoothie rather than in milk.  My fave smoothie is a Joe Wickes (shock horror) one called Fats Me Up Smoothie – it’s got almond milk, yoghurt, blackberries, blueberries, avocado and a little honey in it – it’s amazing!


Personally I like to drink a sports drink on the way to the race rather than water for that extra sugar hit.  My favourite is Lucozade Orange (it’s also a fab hangover cure…ha ha) and I will sip probably half a bottle on my way to the run.  I hate needing a wee as it annoys me to stop on the way round (if there’s even the facilities to do so!!) and running needing a wee is just the pits so I tend to limit my drinking until the race is done and then I rehydrate with water (and maybe a few sneeky prosecco’s!!)


Anyone got any fab tips to share?  I love hearing everyone’s pre-race hints and rituals…

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?????!!!!!!!!