The best yoga, ballet, barre and HIIT classes in London for pre and post natal women, where the babies are welcome to come along too
The benefits of keeping active throughout pregnancy and afterwards are endless, from strengthening up, to pain relief, and having fun. However pregnant ladies and mums are often given mixed messages about what exercises are safe for them.
For this reason attending specialised pre and post natal fitness classes can be really helpful for peace of mind. Plus there is the benefit of getting a chance to meet loads of like-minded mamas!
We’ve tried out some of the best pre and post natal fitness classes in London and you can be sure this lot are run by really knowledgeable and experienced trainers in working mums and soon to be mums.
Move Your Frame
Locations: Shoreditch, Kings Cross, Hammersmith, Victoria, Angel
What: Specialised pre and post natal fitness classes and workshops. Pre-natal classes include yoga and pilates, post natal classes also offer the addition of HIIT and ‘tums’.
Pre natal classes focus on strengthening and stretching the areas that work hard to carry your baby while pregnant. Post natal classes focus on slowly getting things back to normal – exercising the pelvic floor and deep core.
Barre & Baby
Locations: Brockley, Islington
What: Super fun ballet classes for mums and mums to be, where babies are fully welcome in attendance. This is very much real ballet – barre warm up, pliés, tendus, glissés, and relevés.
But beginners are welcome and babies are given time for a warmup and stretch too. Classes will quickly build muscle tone, balance and flexibility, and you will meet a bundle of like minded mamas and babies too.
Locations: various London locations
What: Barrecore offers private maternity modification sessions. One of the team’s expert teachers will guide you through how to adapt the studio’s classic Barrecore movements to ensure they are safe and comfortable during your pregnancy. You can still expect a challenging workout that exhausts your muscles but is safe for you and your baby.
Bumps and Burpees
Location: at home on-demand
What: Bumps and Burpees is an on-demand guided programme for every stage of motherhood – from pregnancy to postpartum. There’s a wide selection of classes to choose from – including lower and upper body workouts, yoga, pilates and stretch, for all levels of fitness and ability. There’s also bonus content on subjects such as pelvic floor, nutrition and mental health along with an online community where you can connect with other mamas and mamas-to-be.
Locations: Camden, Chelsea, Ealing, Kensal Rise and Shoreditch
What: Pre and post natal yoga classes. Pre natal yoga classes combine traditional yoga postures, with safe and gentle modifications, to help mothers connect their breath with their body.
Yoga increases mother’s strength and flexibility, exploring what movements feel good, and teaching tools of relaxation and breath awareness they can take home, and into labour and birth. In post natal classes babies are welcome and they are great for increasing fitness and meeting a community of like minded parents.
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