Repair, Restore & Retrain
Having a baby is like going into battle. We have to be focused, it takes a toll on our mental and physical strength and without doubt, there will be blood. Our body goes through a lot and is totally different when we come out the other side. Our body has served us well but it can take a lot of getting used to; we may not be able to do the things we once so easily could, it’ll look different and it’ll feel different. And that’s amazing. These classes are all about getting to know our new body, feeling for our limits, challenging it and regrouping our mind and body.
WARRIORRR focuses on 3 main areas that every post-natal mum needs:
Repair – pelvic floor & core muscles
Restore – re-building fitness to support your growing baby
Retrain – getting you fitter than ever
At each session, especially your first, we’ll check for diastasis recti to see if and by how much, your rectus abdominus has separated. Pregnancy stretches the muscles down the front of our stomach and in some cases, they may not return to their original position. Whilst not immediately harmful, if left untreated, diastasis recti can lead to hernias. Many of the exercises in WarrioRRR help return these muscles to their original position.
Not a mum but still want to come? Totally fine!
What you need to know:
Who’s it for: WARRIORRR is for mums (must be at least 6 weeks post-natal) with babies (cannot walk) who want to repair and restore their body after birth.
When: Mondays 3.30-4.30pm
Where: Christchurch Highbury (opposite the little clock tower), 155 Highbury Grove, London, N5 1SA
What to bring: Your own mat.
How much: £10 a drop-in session
How to book: No need to book, just drop-in. Please come a few minutes early for your first session as I’ll need you to fill in a health questionnaire. You can also email me and I’ll send you the form and answer any questions you may have!
Are babies welcome? Yes, absolutely. They can either hang about in their buggy which you can bring into the room or you can place them on a communal mat.
I don’t have a mat. Where can I get one from and do I really need one? The church floor isn’t suitable or comfy for some of the exercises we’ll be doing so a mat is needed. You can buy one for approximately £10 from Zakti in Angel or online. Sweaty Betty also do them but expect to pay much more. They’re really useful and can be used for many things eg as something to sit on during outdoor picnics and if you’re thinking about taking part in other Warrior classes you may find them useful.
I’m not fit. Does that matter? It doesn’t matter what your starting point is, this class is open to all levels of fitness. These are designed to leave you unable to walk but will work your essential muscles gently and you can work at your own pace.
I’m already fit. Would these classes still benefit me? You may be running marathons but these classes can still help. They work on strengthening and repairing areas of the body which are often neglected or overlooked but which are absolutely necessary for future health.
How soon after giving birth can I attend these sessions? You’re welcome to join once you’ve had your 6-week post-natal check providing the doctor is happy with your health.
What should I wear? Wear comfy clothes which you find easy to move about in. There’s no jumping so there’s no need for a sports bra and the classes are done barefoot.
*Need resistance bands? You can buy a set from me for £7, just let me know in advance that you’d like one.