Pip Black and Joan Murphy are the awesome women who set up Move Your Frame in 2009, a health and fitness hot spot that broke the mould. Five stand-alone studios later they’re launching a mum-focused programme of fitness classes – Mumhood – mindful of what’s safe and helpful during the three trimesters and in the months after giving birth. Within Mumhood there are four programmes for each stage, encompassing workout guides, nutrition guides, a monthly Q&A webinar and access to an online group.
- Pregnancy – videos are split into trimesters.
- Postnatal Phase 1 – aimed at new mums of those who haven’t done any rehab since they had their baby and may have had a C-section or issues such as abdominal separation, pelvic floor issues, prolapse etc.
- Postnatal Phase 2 – aimed at new mums with little or no abdominal separation, or who have exercised during pregnancy. Alternatively, great for those whose babies are a little older, but they haven’t done any rehab work yet.
- Fit Mums – for mums whose babies are 6 months and over. It’s a low impact but HIGH INTENSITY workout, which is quite tough and created to help mums get the most out of the short amounts of time she has to squeeze exercise in.Aside from this there are also specific Mumhood classes at each of the 5 studios in London. A variety of Mumhood events and workshops are also set to take place with guest speakers from the worlds of nutrition, hypno-birthing and baby sleep.I got to ask Pip a few questions before their official launch last week.
How does it differ from other programmes at FRAME?
The Mumhood programmes and classes are designed specifically for the pregnant or postnatal client, so the exercises are selected especially to ensure that a) they are safe, but b) they are working/stretching the areas of the body which need it most during these times. We also give modifications for SPD and other common pregnancy conditions. The postnatal classes are designed so that you can bring your baby with you, so no excuses about childcare. The environment means that mums are happy to breastfeed and hold their babies if they need it, without feeling like they need to leave the room.
What kind of mum-related concerns does it help tackle?
How to assess your abdominal separation, pelvic floor issues. What proper pregnancy nutrition looks like, how to fuel your body for life as a new mum, what exercise is safe during pregnancy, how to keep calm and prevent anxiety as a new mum, Top ‘Mumhacks’ to make getting through pregnancy and life as a new mum as easy as possible!
What support are the mums offered?
We run monthly free webinars where you can ask us whatever questions you may have regarding exercise, nutrition, generally getting through life… We also have closed facebook groups attached to the programmes, so you can join a likeminded community of other mums and mums-to-be going through the exactly the same process.
Why was it important to you to add a programme for mums?
When Joan and I fell pregnant for the first time, it was quite a shock to find how limited the options for pregnant women to continue to exercise were. Advice was contradictory and definitely fell on the side of caution, but at the same time having done our own research into it, and being extremely active pre-pregnancy, we knew that staying active would keep us sane, and ultimately would be best for our bodies and create the best possible start to life for our babies.
As a new mum, exercise, especially group exercise, will help get you out of the house and help to prevent postnatal depression. It will also help you to get on with your daily life without injuring yourself, and help to boost your energy levels.
When Joan fell pregnant the second time, the timing felt right for us to seriously think about launching Mumhood which we had been quietly working on for the past year or so. Through Frame we had started to see the number of pregnant ladies coming into the studios confused and wondering what they can/can’t do, but keen to keep exercising and we wanted to do something positive that would be of benefit both to our current customers, but also to those pregnant ladies and new mums around the country, who may not have access to somewhere like Frame.
How do we join?
Sign up here – www.mum-hood.com