Are you a new mum looking to get back into exercise after birth? Or maybe you have older kids who’d like to take part in some fun group fitness classes?
Roar Fitness 247 in Canning Vale and Cockburn have launched some great incentives to get new mums back into exercising while using their bubs as weights, and to encourage older kids to take part in group training sessions.
Mums and bubs fitness classes.
I took my 16-month old ‘baby’ Olivia along to the first Mums and Bubs session at Canning Vale, and with some 18 mums in the room, it’s clear there is a huge demand for this sort of service in the community. Best of all – the sessions are completely free for mums and women of all fitness levels can take part.
We trained under the watchful eye of instructor Clare.
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The Mums and Bubs classes are available to mums with babies aged eight weeks to 18 months. Any older and they are probably a bit too heavy for the moves, which are a mixture of strength and toning exercises with your baby in the starring role – the weight. Plus, once they start moving, it’s hard to keep them still while you work out, as I found out when Olivia decided she would join our bubbly instructor Clare on the stage.
Squats are much harder with a baby.
We underwent a series of exercises that worked every part of the body, including squats, lunges and crunches, all of which are done while holding or lifting bub, while push ups and similar exercises are done over baby. You can find out more information about these sessions at the Roar Fitness 247 website.
Olivia trying her hand at instructing.
I also went to observe a kids group fitness class, which looked like an amazing and fun way to exercise that makes me wish I was a kid again so I could take part.
The kids group fitness classes looked like a heap of fun.
Under the guidance of super-energetic instructor Lynne, the kids played a series of games specifically designed to get them moving by running and performing plyometric exercises during each game. There was ‘Meet me in the Middle’, a running game involving mountain climbers, jumping jacks and push ups, and an awesome game of basketball involving wearable basketball hoops.
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The aim of the game was for two children to run around wearing the hoops, and to avoid getting any of the soft little basketballs into the hoop – for the kids without the hoops, their aim was to get as many of the balls into the hoops. The child with the least amount of balls stored in the basket was the winner. There were rules enforced, including no pushing, shoving or grabbing, with Lynne pretty strict about this. After all, it’s about fun and fitness, not getting hurt.
Basketball with a twist.
There was also a game of Roll the Dice, in which the kids rolled two dice – one which displayed a number and the other an exercise. Whatever number was rolled was the number of reps and whatever exercise displayed was what they had to do, such as push ups, toe touches and sit ups. It looked like a heap of fun and the kids looked worn out by the end. The group sessions will set you back $5 for non-members but are free for club members, meaning you can have a workout while the kids play.
Roar Fitness 247 also run CrossFit Kids sessions at Canning Vale and Cockburn for kids aged six to 14. The exercises are designed with the developmental needs of children in mind and use a variety of games and exercises for kids to get the most out of the sessions. The fees start from $16.50 and you can read more about then sessions here.
Roar Fitness 247 have impressive crèche facilities if you have children who are too old for the mums and bubs classes, or siblings of kids who are participating in the group fitness classes. You can find more information at the Roar Fitness 247 website.
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Essential Information Roar Fitness Canning Vale and Cockburn
Address: 280 Amherst Road Canning Vale and 9/49 Armadale Road, Cockburn
Phone: 9468 7778
These international, award-winning programmes offer a magical world of sensory learning, wonder and exploration for babies 0 -13 months, and are backed by over 35 years of research into child development.