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are there any mums who are fitness instructors like myself ?

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AEROBICS Thu 03-Feb-05 11:37:04

would like to chat to mums who like me are fitness instructors or mums who would like advice about keeping fit,?

suzywong Thu 03-Feb-05 11:40:07

hello aerobics

I've got one for you.
Can you recommend a good general toning and fitness video, one that has a workout of under half an hour included? I use the Cindy Crawford post baby work out one but I would like a bit of variety


AEROBICS Thu 03-Feb-05 13:21:54

how about the rosemary conley ultimate fat burner video ,lean legs and bums by karen voight, a jane fonda workout or for something different taebo 2 which is great for getting fit if you enjoy a few kung fu kicks. have found several fitness videos in charity shops for 99p. no point in spending loads on keep fit videos. good luck !

wordsmith Thu 03-Feb-05 13:49:37

I wish! I'm getting tired just reading this.... time for a sit down.

Gwenick Thu 03-Feb-05 13:53:06

I was wondering about fitnesss videos too - don't mind paying full price for one - got loads of vouchers lying around at the moment.

i've got one for a gymball (which I bought as a birthing ball but never used LOL) which I LOVE doing - unfortunatlyte it's just not practical with 2 kids running round underneath you and the space that it takes up - so need something with 'no equipment' required - don't want anything with kung fu kicks in (not quite my style) Quite fancy one of the 'dance' workout videos - but don't know how good they are???

AEROBICS Thu 03-Feb-05 14:13:18

hi gwenick and other mums trying to get fit. to be honest i havemt tried the dance vidoes myself.personally i think the best way to get/keep fit is to go to a class, be it aerobics, dance, toning, swimming(aqua), legs, bums tums etc, at least you havnt got kids underfoot. maybe wehn partner gets home, ir put child in gym crech for the hour of class, its so frustrating to have little ones around when you are trying to give one hour to yourself.

AEROBICS Thu 03-Feb-05 14:17:09

asda supermarket have loads of fitness videos. dont forget though walking fast with baby in buggy or chasing kids round park is a little workout in itself. a funny friend of mine does housework with wrist weights on ankles, up and down stairs with those on must burn a few calories !!

Gwenick Thu 03-Feb-05 15:50:17

lol Aerobics - I'd love to go to classes - but

a) there's none close to where I live - well there are but none of the cheap ones

b) the cheap ones are in the next town - and I don't drive

c) DH is working 'odd' hours at the moment as he's setting up our own business - so wouldn't be able to 'guarantee' when he'd be able to look after the kids

d) I'm able to do exercise with them around - I sometimes get on our very basic rowing machine, or do a few sit-ups/pressups (very few of the latter - 4 is my record LOL) so that wouldn't be a problem.

Also when I'm watching 'keep fit' stuff on the TV DS1 likes to try and pretend to join in - so he's keeping 'fit' too.

Anyone else tried those dance workouts???

Gwenick Thu 03-Feb-05 15:50:57

oh yeah - and don't have an asda close by either (and my vouchers are woolies ones LOL - I don't even mind spending £15 on a DVD one - just want to make sure I get a decent one)

Steppy1 Thu 10-Feb-05 21:25:08

Hi Aerobics

I'm like you and (guess from the "name") teach Step classes !! I've also set up a business in and around the Swindon area that specialises in pregnancy and post natal exercise sessions....we've had a fab response, though to be truthful I'm probably not the best advertisement of the sllim and highly toned bod that people usually expect of a fitness instructor (having two children close together seems to have put paid to that !) Still, love to share messages and inputs with you, where are you based ?

Branster Thu 10-Feb-05 21:30:46

Oh I'd really like to be a fitness instructor! Or personal trainer. Or one of those lifestyle gurus (whatever they're called). All my clients would hate me and I'd make a fortune!

Demented Thu 10-Feb-05 21:43:34

Very would love to be a fitness instructor too, not sure I've got the personality for it though. Must be a fantastic job!

Love exercise classes (BodyPump, Aerobics, Circuits, BodyBalance) and think your friend's suggestion of doing the housework with weights is a great idea. I am thinking of losing my cleaner, dropping one of my classes and doing my housework instead so may take up the suggestion of adding weights, DH will think I've totally flipped!

What classes do you teach?

Steppy1 Thu 10-Feb-05 21:45:09

....I wish the "make a fortune" was the case Branster. I spend more these days on Chiropractic appointments, special inserts for my shoes and you should see me hobbling about first thing in the morning.....yep, lots to be said for being fit and healthy !!!!(smile)

Demented Thu 10-Feb-05 22:03:31

LOL at the Chiro Steppy, costs a fortune, doesn't it?

Something I have wondered is how to get a flat stomach again. I have lost most of my excess weight (another half stone to a stone wouldn't go wrong) and I do abdominals three times a week at classes and still have a pouchy belly. Should I be doing abdominal exercises at home everyday? Trouble is I'm not very disciplined when it comes to exercising at home. Is there a video that only has abdominal exercises on it, say a different 10 min session for every day in the week?

Gwenick Thu 10-Feb-05 22:10:43

Just thought I'd add to this thread again (seen as though ti's been 'revived') won a copy of Coronation Street Fit Funk DVD and 30 minute Stretch and Tone this week - arrived in the post today so now I don't have to fork out ANY money for one........just need DS2 to sleep at his 'normal' sleep times now so I can use it

Steppy1 Thu 10-Feb-05 22:14:23

If your're doing abs work then the muscles will tone up BUT if you've still got excess on top of the muscles then it doesn't matter how many sit ups you do the only way to get rid of excess is good old fat burning workouts (or getting jaws wired and stop eating !!!!!). So swimming, power walking, jogging, aerobic workouts in a studio, cycling..... great one is taking baby/toddler for a brisk 30/45 minute walk in the buggy (though not so easy when the weather has been like today)...if this doesn't work then you can always buy clothes with elasticated waists........keep up the good work it sounds as if you're doing really well anyway

Demented Thu 10-Feb-05 22:26:02

Thanks Steppy, sounds like I'll just have to be patient. The weight seems to come off everywhere else but the pouch.

Demented Thu 10-Feb-05 22:27:02

Oh and keep at it!

maltesers Fri 11-Feb-05 15:13:36

HI STEPPY 1. I have changed my nickname from AEROBICS to maltesers. I live near Romsey/ Southampton. I teach in Totton, Downton Nr Salisbury . Have 3 kids, 4, 14, and 16. I teach Aerobics, with some LBT thrown in, 50 Plus, and occassional Step when i stand in for another colleague. Have offered to do 2 in a row cos colleague off sick. Your pg and natal classes sound a great idea, and something you would know all about. If i dont teach a class i tend to go for a quick 20 run in village. like to do a little s.thing every day.

Steppy1 Fri 11-Feb-05 19:04:39

Hi Maltesers...Would LOVE to have the energy to do something every day, I guess that will come back when little one's get older -they're both back to waking up in the night and one or either ending up in mummy/daddy's bed. Our house is like musical beds and it's always interesting to see who ends up with whom in the morning !!!! Still I know that teaching gives me more energy than I would normally have if I wasn't teaching.

TracyK Fri 11-Feb-05 19:17:34

I heard a good tip for helping to get a flat tummy - is to hold your tummy muscles in as often as you can during the day and esp. if you are out for a walk with the pram/dog. It really is hard so must do some good.

Catwalk Fri 11-Feb-05 19:31:32

the beverly Callard d.v.d has a ten minute abbs section on it.You would l.o.l if you saw me after saying that I have watched it so far

Steppy1 Fri 11-Feb-05 19:31:53

Hi TraceyK, the exercise you describe is great for working your "core" muscles and you'r pulling in your transverse abs when you hold your tummy in as you describe. the art of the exercise is make sure you continue to breathe as normal whilst holding the muscle in, more difficult than it's a bit like patting your head whilst rubbing your stomach !!! It's also a really good exercise to do during pregnancy to keep some strength in your abs (great for post natal recovery) and that 6 week timeframe before your post natal check when you've just had a baby (just as a side line why do they call it a post natal check up when they don't actually seem to do anything other than ask if everything is OK and talk through that post natal depression questionnaire thingy ??!!)Malteser did you see the details under the Sailsbury Soton meet up I've posted about night out for mums ?

Steppy1 Fri 11-Feb-05 19:34:11

...the great thing about Bev Callard is that she's been a qualified fitness instructor for years so actually knows what she's talking about !

TracyK Fri 11-Feb-05 19:58:34

I think I've missed my 6 week post baby window - ds is 11mo!
I'd love to get back into the gym - but really can't be arsed!
My tummy used to be lovely and strong from doing loads of planks etc - but is now a jelly mess. boo hoo. and lets not even go there with regards to pelvic floors!

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