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.  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.

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 ON 15th January 2018 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 £15 per month (4 weeks)

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 9TH JANUARY 2018 

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 Cancer Research Winter Run in Manchester on the 11th March 2018

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.

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

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”!!
  • 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

My review of the BBC #Mumtakeover in Blackpool

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Yesterday I went to Blackpool to BBC 5 Live’s Mum Takeover event.  400 mums got together to have the UK’s biggest conversation about Mums and their mental health.  It was brilliant and so great to be part of the discussion.

It was hosted by Anna Foster from BBC 5 Live and then celebrity Mums Stacey Solomon, Rochelle Hulmes (I have a total girl crush on her!!) and Giovanna Fletcher did a fab job running round the Blackpool Circus room talking to various different mums about their journeys.  There was also a panel of experts including Neev Spencer (broadcaster and DJ), Annie O’Leary (Chief Editor of NetMums), Clare Law (Blackpool Better Start) and Alain Gregoire (Perinatal Psychiatrist and Founder of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance) who were brilliant at relating the individual stories to a wider picture.

I also got my minute of fame live on the Radio which was fab.  It was meant to be a 20 minute discussion but as happens with Live things, they tend to change last minute so it just ended up being a 5 minute chat.  I was with 2 other Mums who were going to the event – Caroline, a stay at home mum/part time administrator who has 3 kids and Danielle, an employment lawyer specialising in maternity and pregnancy discrimination and we were there to talk about the challenges Mums (and Dads) face around work.  I was there to give a bit of a balanced view that it’s not all bad out there and that some companies can make it work for Mums and let them compress hours or work part time.

My main argument, which I know that most of you will agree with is that if you treat a Mum with trust and give her a bit of flexibility in her role, then you will get an amazing worker.  We can multitask like nothing on earth and with a supportive nudge in the right direction, we’ll fly.  Some of us may work part time but we can do more in those 2, 3 or 4 days than you’ll ever understand!!  The knowledge and experience some companies miss out on with not being flexible towards the working week must be utterly staggering…but that’s something I can go on about for an eternity!!

So the main three themes of the day were Lonliness, Work/Life Balance and Post Natal Depression and the three themes whilst almost look exclusive, were so interlinked it was brilliantly done.  The lonliness linking to post natal depression is quite an obvious one but when coupled with the pressure of trying to balance everything in life.  Whether it’s working as a company owner, an employee or as a stay at home mum (yes, definitely still work) it was amazing to hear that we all struggle to balance everything.

One of the main discussions which resonated with me most was the #mumguilt and the idea of trying to “have it all” or “do it all”.  It was so nice to feel that I wasn’t alone in my thinking but the best bit that I will take away from yesterday was the brilliant discussion about what actually defines “having it all” – what is the “all”?.  The all isn’t defined in any way shape or form and what some people have, others might now even want and vice versa.  So maybe we all need to remember something and Annie at NetMums said it brilliantly – we all need to stop beating ourselves up about giving 100% because maybe 70% is the perfect goal – and maybe that is more than good enough!!  We’ll see hey!

So head over to any social media channel and search the #mumtakeover and get involved in the conversation – this is just the start of it and I would love to see and hear your stories of personal battles, life “wins” that you want to shout about and general hints and tips which you’ve learnt along the way!

My Mummy MOT…

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On Friday last week I went and had a Mummy MOT and now I’m going to tell you all about it and basically tell you go and have one done!  It was AMAZING…and I’m 2 years post baby, just wish I’d had one done years ago.

A few months back, I was contacted by a lovely lady called Felicity about joining my Beginner Running Club but dates/times didn’t work but we got chatting and she told me all about what she does.  She is a women’s health physiotherapist who works both for the NHS and privately out of the Pilates Rooms in Urmston and offers post natal physiotherapy assessments of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles – a Mummy MOT!

So we got chatting on facebook and decided to meet up to see how our two businesses could work together.  Over a coffee (in the lovely Café Rose in Sale Moor!!) we talked about how our two businesses could work in unison – recommending each other to our clients but we decided that before I could recommend a Mummy MOT to people, I’d actually have to have one!!  EEEK!!

A few weeks later (bloody crazy diaries!!) we finally managed to get a date in for me to come across to Urmston to have the check up.  I managed to get a friend to have Harry (thanks Alex!!) as it’s the kind of thing you need to concentrate on and having a toddler there would have been a disaster.  Obviously having a little baby there in the pram would be fine, but not a crazy active 2 year old!!

So what did it involve…first off it was just a talk through any issues, pain, problems, etc that I’ve had over the last few years since having both Chloe and Harry.  I talked through my pelvis issues and about the fact I still had a “mum tum” as I didn’t think my stomach muscles were back together – nothing luckily too major from my side.

Then the main examination started – Felicity was so lovely and was amazing at putting you at ease. There were 3 elements to the consultation.  The first one was just to stand there in your knickers (top still on, it’s not that bad!!) and Felicity assessed my “alignment” I say alignment loosely as she doesn’t like to use the term but she looked at how things were when standing – was my pelvis level, did my rib cage look normal, were my legs standing straight, were my feet in the normal position, etc.  In my case, my left rib cage is slightly higher than my right and my bellybutton is slightly off centre.  All of my “issues!!!” seem to be with my left side so there was no real surprise there

After that, it was the pelvic floor examination (yes, finger up there…but after childbirth, who cares right??!) It wasn’t the most pleasant thing I’ve ever spent my Friday morning doing but it didn’t hurt and it wasn’t horrid and because I wanted to know if it was working properly, it was a means to an end.  Again Felicity was fabulous.  So she checks how your pelvic floor is working – both your automatic pelvic response as well as your squeeze capability.   Mine was pretty good (phew!!) but I have been actively doing my pelvic floor exercises for a good 6-9 months now and from all the running I do, I have built it back up quite well – but there is still an element of stress incontinence so there is still work to do!

Felicity has given me a number of exercises to do and sent me off with a few great resources for me to go and do some more research into things to help improve it.  It was great to learn how to actually do your pelvic floor raises properly – whilst breathing…because randomly (and unconsciously) I seem to hold my breath to do them which is very odd!!  Shockingly 1 in 3 of us have issues with stress incontinence and as much as it’s become the norm – it really shouldn’t be.  You can fix it, and you don’t have to live with it (*rant over)

After the pelvic floor exam, you put your knickers back on and then it was onto the abdominal exam.  Lying on the bed first off, Felicity did the discitis recti test to see how separated your stomach muscles are.  Everyone’s muscles separate during pregnancy – it happens naturally as the baby grows but there are a lot of factors which can prevent them returning back to normal and sometimes they need a bit of assistance in the form of exercise to get them as close together as possible.  Not everyone’s will return exactly as they were before pregnancy, but with the right help, you can get them pretty darn close.  So my muscles aren’t back together (boo ☹) which I knew, but it was nice to get confirmation of that.  There’s a 2 finger gap above the belly button, 3 fingers at the belly button and only a 1 finger gap below it.

With this in mind, Felicity gave me 4 different exercises to do initially and then how to enhance those to improve the gap and so now I am on a mission!  She has recommended just doing 10 mins of the exercises per day and so I will keep you posted on how that goes.  I’m on day 3 of doing them so I’ll give it a while and then go back and get her to re-check and I’ll report back!

After the session, Felicity wrote up all the notes and emailed the summary across to me along with giving me pictures of the exercises with helpful notes on how to do them again (as no-one ever remembers every exercise properly when they get home!!) and she has given me a fabulous leaflet all about abdominal separation which I am going to dissect and start sharing with you bit by bit.  If anyone would like the leaflet sending to them – please drop me a note and I’m happy to share it with you.

So all in all what do I recommend?  Go and have one done.  It has put my mind at ease on so many things.  There are pro’s and con’s of going as I suppose it could make you feel a bit down if you thought things were ok and they’re not but I’d personally rather know.  The session cost £75 which might seems like a big expense…but think about things long term – especially if you have pelvic floor issues or you’re worried about your stomach.  In theory every woman should have these checks after having a baby as part of the 6 week check but that doesn’t happen, we all know how bad the 6 week check is – it’s all about the baby and not anything to do with us as mums.  You need to look after yourself physically and mentally and I have learnt so much about myself and so much about how I can help you guys even more.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask – as you can read from above, I’m not shy with sharing!!! Ha ha

Felicity’s contact details are and she’s based in the Pilate Rooms, The Old Police Station on Station Road in Urmston:

07835157104

info@pelvicphysiomanchester.com

www.pelvicphysiomanchester.com

Baby Loss Awareness Week

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This week is Baby and Pregnancy Loss Awareness Week – a subject close to too many of our hearts.  Ridiculously, miscarriage and baby loss is still often seen as a “taboo” subject and it shouldn’t be.  I personally haven’t had to go through the utter tragedy of losing a baby but I so many of my friends have and I know from the sheer number of you that tick “miscarriage” in the box on the prescreening form which I ask you to fill out, I know that this will be a subject close to many of you as well.

Yesterday I had a look at the babyloss-awareness.org website to see what this week is all about from their perspective.  Their definition of the week is to “provide the chance for bereaved parents, families and friends to commemorate the loss of their babies lives alongside raising awareness about the issues surrounding pregnancy and baby loss in the UK” and there are so many ways we can support them.

Firstly, the one that EVERYONE can take part in – the Baby Loss Awareness week finishes on Friday 15th October at 7pm, the charity which is a conglomeration of over 40 charities is holding a “Global Wave of Light”.  All you need to do is simply light a candle at 7pm and leave it burning for at least 1 hour.  This candle is lit to remember all those babies that weren’t with us for long enough and gives you a time to think about your own situation or that of others you know have suffered or are currently going through their own hearbreak.  If you want to, post a picture of your candle on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the #WaveOfLight and their hope is to have a huge impact on raising people’s awareness and help to break the silence on what should not be a silent subject.

One other thing which I thought was such a fabulous idea on the website was the Sands Charity who were asking mums to email in to “Tell us about good care?”.  They want to raise the standards of care and the only way they can improve is to hear from those who have been through it.  About their experiences.  They want to know about the times when someone said or did something which helped you after you lost your baby – a few sensitive words or a small gesture, it could be anything which somehow made the most horrendous situation imaginable slightly more bearable.  They are asking for your personal stories about your experience from anyone who might have helped you – midwives, friends, families, colleagues, strangers.

Your story needs to be limited to 150 words and then emailed over to babyloss@sands.org.uk.  For more guidelines please go to www.babyloss-awareness.org/get-involved/#wave-light

Sharing stories about the good things can only improve the help that mums get when they go through losing a baby and that’s surely got to be a good thing?

I know that some of you feel that there wasn’t/isn’t much support out there so I really hope that remembering and commemorating their lives this week and on Friday at 7 will help in some way.

Finally, please remember – it’s ok to not be ok.  It’s good to talk and someone is ALWAYS listening.  You don’t have to go through things by yourself and it isn’t weak or wrong to need help – we all go through things differently but one thing is for sure – if you’re ever feeling down, please don’t filter your feelings or suffer in silence just ask for help and so many of us will come running.  I know I don’t know all of you that well but I’ve always got time for a chat/a coffee/a wine so please give me a shout if you need anything at all.