Fitness and fun for mums and little ones
Finding it hard to combine motherhood and exercise? BusyLizzy is the answer - a boutique fitness club especially for mums and their little ones.
BusyLizzy is a boutique fitness club set up especially for mums and their little ones. There are branches dotted around Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Berkshire, Hertfordshire and London – with each run independently with its own separate timetable.
There are a range of fitness classes on offer: antenatal fitness classes for women who are pregnant, the mummy and me classes for new mums with babies, and mini classes for mums with older more active kids. There are also baby classes which are designed to be nurturing, calming and supportive and includes things like music and baby signing.
We sent Muddy’s commercial manager Becky along to one of the classes with her youngest bubba Miles who’s two-and-a-half. She went to the Mummy and Me aerobics class at BusyLizzy Coulsdon and Caterham, which was held at the Sacred Heart Church hall in Essendene Road, Caterham. Parking is a doddle – there’s plenty of space for getting babies out of the car.
There are plenty of classes to choose from – as well as the aerobics classes the Mummy and Me range includes Pilates and yoga, buggy fitness, and bootcamp – all designed to get you back to your pre-pregnancy shape.
This is a class where you bring the babies – so no childcare required. And because everyone has their little one in tow, it’s pretty relaxed. Cushions, mats and rugs are laid out at one end of the hall for the babies, and the mums take their positions facing them up the other end. It’s a classic aerobics class – think grape vine and dancey high impact cardio moves. Expect to work up a sweat – and challenge your coordination. And if your baby needs attention, you just pop over and sort them out.
The class would be perfect for mums of newborns, up to crawlers – but as a mum you’ll get more out of it if your baby isn’t on the move. And not only will you get a good workout, but you’ll also get to meet local mums. Win Win.
BusyLizzy is more than just an exercise club though. This is a hive of like-minded mums who come together to support each other. There are classes for babies and toddlers such as minidancers, miniexplorers and minimusicians, and regular talks by health care experts.
WHAT TO WEAR
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in – for the aerobics class you’ll need gym gear – with an extra supportive bra!
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: BusyLizzy is perfect for expectant or new mums. It’s a relaxed environment, so if your baby cries you won’t feel like a pariah as you might at an adults-only boutique gym, but you’ll also get a proper workout. And you there’s plenty of opportunity to meet and socialise with like-minded women.
Not for: It’s for mums of babies and pre-schoolers really – so you might feel like the odd one out if you turn up sans baby.