A new client asked me recently how long I’ve been running my Mummies and Buggies Postnatal Fitness Classes this week, and I had to have a think there for a minute before answering with: “Over 8 years now”. And then I immediately thought to myself: “Where on earth has the time gone?!”.
I really couldn’t believe it!
Although I have fewer mother and baby classes on my timetable than when I first started; my class numbers peak and trough throughout the year; and some classes in particular can be really hard work, but I can honestly say, I still really enjoy teaching them.
Yes, babies cry, yes it’s a really challenging client group to teach because of what pregnancy and birth does to some women’s bodies, but I tell you what, the rewards and the buzz I get out of teaching this style of class is still there all those years later.
My mother and baby classes operate with a lot of distractions going on eg babies cry, babies puke, babies trump (often quite loudly), and I swear, about 6 years ago I witnessed probably one of the best (or worst maybe?) poo explosions ever in the history of time, where the contents of a constipated / newly weened baby’s nappy didn’t just seep through the leg-holes of her nappy a bit, this curry-sauce coloured substance went down the insides of her baby’s trousers to her socks, up and over the waistband of her nappy to her chin, and over the collar of her shirt and out her armholes.
One baby-wipe wasn’t cutting it there, let me tell you!
You’d think though wouldn’t you, that after all of this time, never knowing quite what’s going to be thrown at me every session I take, that I would’ve run for the hills by now, but I think for me, it’s the “not knowing” that’s kept my positive attitude and love of teaching alive.
My fitness career dealing with postnatal clients is peppered with moments of joy, fun and emotion, and although there have been mornings when I really haven’t been in the mood to take a particular class, all it takes is 5 minutes into the warm up for the fire to light inside me to reaffirm that fitness is where I should be.
If you’re having an off day, let this quote from Jessica Ennis lift your mood:
“When I have to train and it’s cold and dark outside I think, why do I do this? But then I remember the feeling of winning a medal.”
What are some of YOUR favourite moments working with new mums and babies?
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