Most women have some element of weakness in their abdominal muscles or pelvic floor after having a baby and the additional challenges that come from sleep deprivation, postural issues, C-section recovery and lingering pregnancy hormones can make getting back to exercise a daunting experience. Take the stress away by:
- joining one of my post natal exercise classes (which includes an adapted Boxercise for Moms class)
- by allowing me to design a bespoke programme for you or
- by booking in for a massage to relieve your stress and tension
Either way, you’ll benefit from expert functional training that will help your body to recover from birth, cope with the demands of motherhood and day-to-day life and ultimately getting back to the sports and activities that you love.
My specialist postnatal exercise programmes combine appropriate cardio, strength and conditioning work with stretches and releases to support your recovery, to help you regain & progress your fitness post birth and to help your restrengthen your core and pelvic floor muscles.
And my Boxercise® For Moms class combines boxing training (without getting hit!) and exercise in a fun, stress busting session, which is underpinned by the key principles of postnatal recovery.
Suitable from 6 weeks post birth (if you had an uncomplicated vaginal birth) or 10-12 weeks post caesarean, my inclusive programmes will help you to get back into exercising safely and effectively (even if you weren’t particularly active during pregnancy).
You also have the added benefit in my daytime classes of a supervised children’s corner (with mats and toys) in the same room as you to give you the best chance of getting your workout in.
I also run a more intense and challenging workout for women further down their recovery (typically 6 months + postnatal) on a Wednesday evening that is strictly a moms only session.
When & where:
Revive & Thrive classes (with supervised chidren's corner)
- Mondays, 2.30-3.30pm at Moor Pool Hall, The Circle, Harborne. B17 9DY
- Wednesdays, 10.30-11.30am at Moor Pool Hall, The Circle, Harborne. B17 9DY
Boxercise® for moms (with supervised children's corner)
- Thursdays, 10.30-11.30am at Moor Pool Hall, The Circle, Harborne. B17 9DY
Tough Mutha (moms only, at least 6m+ postnatal)
- Wednesdays, 8-9pm at Harborne Village Social Club, 3 Serpentine Road, Harborne. B17 9RD
Cost: £8 per class for Revive & Thrive and Boxercise, sold in a minimum of 6-week blocks, and £7 for Tough Mutha. However, you're welcome to trial a single class first to ensure it's right for you.
Gift vouchers and longer, discounted blocks are also available at https://femalefitnessmatters.co.uk/packages-gift-vouchers/
1-2-1 personal training
I also offer 1-2-1 personal training for those of you that would prefer to have a bespoke programme designed around your fitness and recovery needs. Or, for those of you that can't make classes because of existing commitments / lack of childcare.
Our first session will be a detailed consultation so that I can design the right programme for you and you'll benefit from guidance on nutrition & self care and email and phone support outside of the sessions. Plus there is the opportunity to substitute a personal training session for a massage (with sufficient warning) to help relieve aches and pains or to just help you relax.
Where: your home / mine / in a mutually agreed outside space.
When: subject to my availability, which tends to be weekday daytimes (excluding Fridays)
Cost: £40 per hour (see here for packages https://femalefitnessmatters.co.uk/packages-gift-vouchers/), with a minimum commitment of three sessions (so one consultation and two workouts).
Please get in touch to discuss your needs.
If you're looking for a restorative & soothing, yet results focused massage that eases the aches of pains of mom life and postnatal recovery, look no further.
Having specialised in postnatal massage I have tried & tested techniques to help with things like c-section scar discomfort, diastasis, back & pelvic pain, carpel tunnel, knee pain, jaw pain, etc.
And the more general benefits of massage will also help you to reduce anxiety and stress and to sleep better (where little one allows).
(And in terms of timing, you can book a massage with me from 10 days post birth if you had a straightforward vaginal delivery and 12 weeks post c-section, subject to any health concerns or massage contraindications.)
Brilliant class run by someone who understands post natal body challenges - particulaly that pesky pelvic floor and abdominal separation. Definitely break a sweat and great to meet other mums. The babysitting service while you work out is also fab. Great value for money.You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
I love that I’m challenged at all times and that I can trust my return to fitness (pelvic floor/abs) is in safe hands and not being pushed in ways that it shouldn’t.
Kerry’s classes are brilliant. Great that little ones are welcome and occupied! There is a really friendly atmosphere in class and Kerry is super knowledgeable. The exercise options provided ensure you get a fab workout tailored to how your body is feeling post partum.
Whatever your level, Kerry is really welcoming and makes sure you go at the right pace for you - with lots of options if you need to slow it down or make it tougher! She’s especially knowledgeable about post-natal recovery, with a good focus on pelvic floor and core health.
I was struggling to build up my strength enough to get back into exercising, but I’ve seen a huge difference in how strong I am each week and it’s really given me the confidence to throw myself back into it and really push myself again. Thank you Kerry!
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