I joined Shape Up Mums in October 2015, following the birth of my first child. I was four months postpartum and searching for a group exercise program so I could return gradually to regular fitness.  I came across the Shape Up Mums website and was pleased to see they operated close to where I lived in Box Hill and best of all kids could come along too.

I can vividly remember my first class at the Canterbury site – a complementary trial that allowed me to ‘get a taste’ of the class.  I was a little nervous and still very much in the ‘newborn bubble’, my post birth recovery had taken time and I was dealing with pelvic floor issues along with the emotional adjustment that comes with babies arrival.

I was greeted warmly at that first session and the trainer took note of my physical limits and abilities. The group was small and friendly and there was no pressure to extend myself beyond what I felt capable.  I chatted away with the others while attempting pelvic floor exercises and following a simple circuit – before I knew it the session was over!

In the two and a half years I have been a ‘SUM’ it has become an important and consistent part of my weekly routine. Classes run Monday to Friday which allows for flexible attendance. Having a variety of female trainers means things never get monotonous and there are early classes for working Mums as well.  A weekly evening Pilates class has also been a welcome addition to the timetable.

I now have a second Son, Mac (1) and my first-born, Jarvis is almost 3.  My Stepson Finlay often joins us during school holidays and enjoys catching up with his friends.  I’ve really noticed the benefits of having the kids outside – it reduces conflict, they get to explore different parks and playgrounds and even sleep better.  Trainers are also super handy if the younger ones need a rock in the pram or if a dummy needs to be popped back in!

It doesn’t matter in what state you turn up to training, if you’re having ‘one of those days’, where the kids are ratty and haven’t slept, there’s always someone to chat too. We’ve all shared similar challenges and celebrate our achievements together. Equally if you just want to put your head down and train then that’s okay too – the trainers are empathetic and understand that parenting is unpredictable.

I would like to thank Vicky and the team for their passion, knowledge and kindness. I thoroughly enjoy attending the various training sites and I’ve made some great friends and improved my fitness along the way.  I would encourage any Mums out there with newborn, toddlers or school age children to come along to a session and discover for themselves the benefits of being a Shape Up Mum.

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