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Mum and baby fitness class is a hit

By Harriet Evans | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

A mother has set up a mum and baby fitness class to bring other parents who may feel isolated together.

Amy Whitter, from Claregate, set up Fit Mommas last year after experiencing first hand how difficult it can be for new mums to find time for themselves.

Amy used her skills as a qualified personal trainer and post natal coach to create the basis of the classes which involve her own little boy, Curtis, aged 2 safely as a weight.

She said: "The idea came about when I was struggling to find childcare myself so I thought why not get the children involved in a safe and fun way.

"Some of the mums worry about their babies crying, but we're all mums and no one bats an eyelid when that happens, which is very rare anyway, they really enjoy it.

"It also teaches children from a young age the importance of keeping fit and healthy in a fun way."

Amy's classes have also helped form lasting friendships.

She added: "Being a new mum can be really difficult, especially finding time to get out of the house and socialise. It can be lonely.

"The classes themselves are very laid back and fun, yet effective and exercise is great for mums suffering with post natal depression or anxiety.

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"I put all the girls in Whatsapp groups together so we can chat, we're even organising a Christmas night out at the moment."

The 28 year-old has managed to create a successful business out of the regular classes which fun four times a week in various locations across Wolverhampton.

Many of her classes are now full and Amy has received high praise from the other ladies who take part.

Vicky Cunningham, a regular to the classes, said: "I've never been someone who enjoyed exercise, but I decided to try Amy's classes after I had my little one to shed a few pounds and I didn't expect to enjoy the classes half as much as I do.

"Amy is encouraging and supportive and I have never once felt insecure or out of place.

"The other mums become more than just your workout companions and support you in every aspect of being a mum, Amy has created an environment where friendships between both children and adults can flourish and it's a real pleasure to be a part of it."

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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