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Fitness sessions in Carlisle park for new mums

It's a tough job for a new mum to regain both her figure and fitness but help is at hand thanks to new exercise classes in Carlisle.

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Helen Scott and Rachel Irving

Fitness4Mum sessions have started and passers-by may be surprised to see women racing with their pushchairs around Bitts Park. The classes also include a range of exercises and are led by instructor Dave Thomas.

He said that Fitness4Mum also specialises in prenatal fitness but he was concentrating on the postnatal classes in Carlisle.

“Right now there isn’t anything in Carlisle for new mums to do – there’s nothing specific that’s going to help them regain their figure and feel fantastic and confident again and I wanted to change that,” he said.

“There’s no reason why new mums should feel isolated after having a baby. The classes are a great way to meet other mums while also getting back into exercise safely and effectively.”

Dave said that the first session was free so people could try it out to see if it was for them.

He added: “Mums who come to classes often tell us how much of an impact it has had on the confidence, how much fitter and stronger they feel and they often go back to work weighing less than when they got pregnant.”

Hayley Brown, 30, from Warwick Road, said the classes were ideal for both her and nine-month-old daughter Sofia.

She added: “I thought it’d be a good idea. When they said they were doing it here I thought I’d give it a go. It’s nice to be able to involve Sofia.”

Helen Scott, 29, of Nook Street, off Greystone Road, who brought along eight-month-old son Finlay, said: “He enjoys the fresh air. He just sits and laughs. It’s been better than I expected because you can go at your own pace if you are struggling with something.”

Rachel Irving, a 33-year-old from Broadwath, was with her eight-month-old son Dylan. She said: “I think he really enjoys it. It’s really good – it’s built up my stamina.”

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