Mums kick it at boot camp
NEW mums wanting to get back in shape are signing up for a fitness class with a difference – stroller boot camp.
The one-hour outdoor exercise sessions for mums with bubs are offered weekly at Springfield, giving participants a chance to catch up while working out.
Grace Stewart joined the group when she wanted to get back into exercise after her first baby.
Her daughter, Milla, is now five months old and Mrs Stewart enjoys spending time with other women who have similar goals.
“The women are all dealing with the same issues in terms of body issues and exercise and what you are trying to achieve,” she said.
“They know what bits are hard to get rid of.”
The group was founded by mother-of-two Kym Newton and is run through the Ipswich Hospital Foundation.
Mrs Newton, now pregnant with her third child, said the class attracted on average 10 mums a week.
She said encouraging mums to exercise in a supportive environment was a cause close to her heart.
“After I had my first baby, who is now five, I had postnatal depression quite badly,” Mrs Newton said.
“I found that exercise was the key.
“It got me out of a rut and helped me to cope better.”
Current trainer Kirsty Lacey said the exercise program changed each week to keep things interesting for participants.
“We do anything from crossfit to basic squats and dips,” she said.
“We also do some boxing.”
She said the last class of the year would be held this Friday.
The boot camp is held from 9.30am at the Springfield Lake Tennis Courts (near IGA).
For more information, visit www.ihfoundation.org.au or call 3817 2318.