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How does a virtual mums and bubs exercise class work?

How does a virtual mums and bubs exercise class work?

Virtual exercise classes were born out of a necessity for trainers to keep supporting their clients during the various lockdowns of 2020. As it turns out, they have more positives than we imagined and it seems they are here to stay! Meli Comaschi-Cordoba explains how virtual mums and bubs classes actually work.

Why joining a mums’ fitness group may be good for your mental health

Sometimes mum-life can feel a little isolating and very unlike your previous life. Rachel Leman explores why joining a mums' fitness group can have many benefits, not only for your physical health but also for your mental health.

8 realistic self-care goals for new mums

If you think, 'I don’t have time for self-care, I’m a new mum!' this list is for you. Carly Steggles shares some achievable goals and proves that every little counts when it comes to looking after yourself in those first few months of motherhood. How many can you tick off for yourself this week?

Top 5 Pram Walks in Perth

Most mums will agree that even on minimal sleep and with unsettled little ones, hitting the pavement in the gorgeous outdoors will always make things feel so much better for everyone! Jody Secker shares her top 5 pram walks in Perth.

3 of the best exercises for new mums

During pregnancy, our posture changes and that continues after giving birth – before you know it, you are assuming "the Mum Posture". Meli Comaschi-Cordoba takes us through 3 of the best exercises for new mums to help improve posture and function.

Mum Movements in the 4th Trimester

Being a mum is a physically demanding job. So much so that you'd be surprised by just how much you move on a day to day basis. Christie Houghton explains how some daily 'mum movements' are actually functional exercises, and how you can make sure you are moving safely and effectively in your everyday life as a mum.

Did anyone talk to you about the inside while everyone was worried about the outside?

Growing up in a conservative country, Sahar Daryan knows how challenging it can be for women to talk about their bodies, especially during pregnancy and after giving birth. As a fitness professional focussed on training mums, she is trying to open up the conversation and let women know that help is always there.

Why it’s important to train to the weakest link post-birth

Exercising to the weakest link is vital in pregnancy and post-birth to help keep your pelvic floor and abdominals safe. Anita Guerra, trainer and midwife, explains.

Living with Prolapse

Leaking post-birth might be common but it is not necessarily normal, and could be a sign that there's something wrong with your pelvic floor. Magdalena Hawley shares her story about being diagnosed with prolapse postpartum and how she decided to fix it and turn it into something positive to help others.

How this postpartum PT returned to fitness

As a Personal Trainer, Melissa Neilsen was determined to stay fit throughout her third pregnancy and snap back into "doing it all" straight after giving birth. But what she didn't expect was to prolapse 3 weeks postpartum. Here she shares her story of her recovery.

How can I help my child develop a healthy body image?

In today's society, it's difficult to achieve or maintain a healthy body image with external diet culture messaging seeping in from every angle. So what can we do as parents to foster a healthy body image in our children? Sheridan Wakefield shares some practical tips.

Top 5 Tips for Exercising at Home

In a less than normal year, working out at home has become the norm. While it comes with many positives, it's not always easy. Jody Secker gives her top tips on how to get the most out of your home workouts.

Why it’s so important for pregnant women to keep active – now more than ever

As hard as it may be in a world full of lockdowns and restrictions, it's important for pregnant women to continue to exercise, especially when they're in isolation at home. Jacqui Ambrus-Bonazzi explores the reasons why.

Post-baby body: what if I never look the same again?

Becoming a new mum is an incredible experience but it can be overwhelming, disheartening and scary to find yourself living in a body you no longer recognise. So, how can you deal with the fear that it will never look the same again? Alicia Johnson shares some practical tips.

Why should I join a mums and bubs exercise group?

Motherhood can be overwhelming, lonely and full of uncertainty, so what's better than finding yourself among other mums being led by a specialised trainer? Meli Comaschi-Cordoba explains why you should seek out a local mums and bubs exercise group.

Busy mum? How to motivate yourself during isolation

Life as a mum is hectic and isolation can be challenging. These two mixed together can put an unusual spin on daily life, so how can a busy mum motivate herself in isolation? Emma Bunting shares her top tips.

Childbirth is a contact sport!

For many women, childbirth will result in physical trauma, the effects of which can be life-altering. Body-based trauma counsellor Thea Baker wonders why, after working so hard to conceive, carry and birth our children, do we feel the need to compress our recovery into the shortest amount of time imaginable?

5 simple tips to help you stay active at home

Staying at home day after day can be tough – but keeping active doesn't have to be a chore. With a little creativity and planning, it can actually be a lot of fun! Rachel Leman shares her top 5 tips to help keep the whole family active at home.

I don’t feel an attachment to my newborn – what does this mean and what can I do?

Every mum and every baby are different, so it’s no surprise that we all form attachments at different times and in different ways with our babies. Some mums might bond with their baby the first time they see them, like love at first sight. Some mums might not feel an instant connection. Louise Hurley explains why this is perfectly OK as well as when and how to reach out for help if it’s needed.

Why Your 6-week Check-up is Not Enough

At a 6-week postpartum check-up, women expect a long, thorough chat about their birth, pregnancy and what should and shouldn't be happening now – and in the future. But, the reality is your 6-week check-up is NOT enough. Anita Guerra, trainer and midwife, explains why.

Why being told “where you’re at right now is exactly where you need to be” sucks

If the saying "where you’re at right now is exactly where you’re supposed to be" is annoying for you it’s probably because where you're at is not where you want to be. Feeling like you're behind with your fitness is hard - so what do you do? Olivia Park explains.

Do I have the baby blues or is it postnatal depression?

Being mum to a newborn was hard. My body didn’t feel like my own anymore and breastfeeding was agony. I was tired, sore and emotionally drained. I just felt so sorry for myself. When I look back on this period of time I feel extremely fortunate that these feelings of low mood only lasted a few days. It’s what many people would call the baby blues. But how can you tell when the baby blues are no longer the blues, but postnatal depression? Louise Hurley explains.

The top 5 things your PT should do when you return to training as a new mum

Returning to exercise as a new mum can be a minefield. Many women will turn to the ‘experts’ for help not knowing that many Fitness Professionals also ‘don’t know what they don’t know’. Jen Dugard shares her top five tips on the questions your trainer should ask you and the things they should do before you return to training.

How exercise can assist with labour and birth preparation

As a midwife, Anita Guerra has supported countless mums during their labour and birth and has witnessed firsthand how exercise throughout pregnancy can assist with labour and birth preparation. Here she takes us through the benefits and why she highly recommends it.

Are mums and bubs exercise classes really any different to regular fitness classes?

Now that you've had your baby, you might be tempted to join a local mums and bubs exercise class. But are they really any different to regular fitness classes? Carly Steggles explains why they are - or why they should be!

Is sweating an indication of a good workout?

Do you judge the success of your workout based on how much you sweat? And do you wonder if you worked hard enough because you’re not sweating as much as others? Olivia Park explores whether sweating really is an indication of a good workout.

5 reasons why a mum-focused personal training session may be right for you

Whilst group fitness classes are an awesome way to connect with other like-minded mums through exercise, there are many reasons why training one on one with a specialised trainer could be more suitable. Sheridan Wakefield outlines the top 5 reasons a mum-focused personal training session may be right for you.

Returning to exercise after a C-section

Whether you had an elective or emergency C-section, you should know a couple of things before starting to exercise again. It is major abdominal surgery, and proper recovery is necessary. Meli Comaschi-Cordoba explains what you need to know.

Motherhood is an emotional rollercoaster – but how do I know what’s normal?

Motherhood is a rollercoaster of extreme emotions and it can be hard sometimes to know what is normal and when a little helping hand is needed. Louise Hurley shares her personal experience of becoming a mum and explains when and where you can ask for help.

The Top 5 Reasons Why Diets Don’t Work

Many women find themselves trapped in the cycle of on-again off-again dieting without understating why these same diets keep failing to provide them with long-lasting results. Diet recovery coach Lu-Lu Thompson explains the top 5 reasons why diets don't work.

Trauma and the body: how it can show up in funny ways and how we can help shift it

Trauma is such a vast and complex thing, and it shows up in different ways for different people. Thea Baker, a body-based trauma counsellor, looks into the impact that trauma can have on our minds as well as our bodies.

Actionable steps to strengthen your pelvic floor post-birth

While you are pregnant, you will receive so much advice on the dos and don'ts, but the one topic people don’t generally talk about is your pelvic floor. Anita Guerra, Midwife and Fitness Trainer, takes us through the importance of pelvic floor exercises whether you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or post-partum.

How to modify your training and still progress even when mum-life gets hectic

When life gets lifey, it’s often your training that’s the first to go. If you’re active and enjoy movement, you can still train in a way that honours how you feel – it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Olivia Park explains how to modify your training to still progress even when mum life gets hectic.

Why it’s important to understand your birth story (no matter how long ago you gave birth)

As mums we have so many experiences in common but our pregnancy and birth stories differ greatly. But now that you’ve done the hard work, baby is home and you're recovering well, what’s the point in re-visiting your birth story? It's important, and Louise Hurley explains why.

How does my body change after having a baby?

We all expect our body to change during pregnancy. Many women find comfort in their growing tummy and boobs but after the baby is born, we think we should just "bounce back" into our pre-pregnancy bodies. But does this really happen? Rachel Leman looks into the most common body changes that happen after having a baby.

Pelvic floor exercises – are you doing them right and are you doing enough?

If you think about your pelvic floor like any other muscle in your body, doing an exercise for a few seconds, a few times, once a week, is not going to strengthen these muscles. Physiotherapist Jaclyn Thurley explains what your pelvic floor training program should include.

What are the benefits of joining a virtual mums’ fitness group?

In the time of COVID-19, most things have gone virtual - including mums' fitness groups! Meli Comaschi-Cordoba highlights the benefits of joining a virtual group (and why they might stick around even after things go back to "normal").

The best fitness tool you didn’t know you had

As women, we not only have to deal with life stress but also daily and weekly hormonal fluctuations. Once you start to understand your body's natural cycle, you can start to use it to enhance your fitness pursuits. Olivia Park looks into the best fitness tool you didn't know you had.

How to get your libido back after having a baby

You're feeling mostly like yourself again after having a baby. You're working out, throwing a few social engagements in the mix and feeling like life has more flow to it. There's something missing though. Your libido. It's MIA. If you're asking: Where is my libido after having a baby? This is for you.

Should I choose a midwife or obstetrician when having my baby?

There are many factors to consider when it comes to choosing if you want a midwife or an obstetrician caring for you throughout your pregnancy and the birth of your baby. As midwife Anita Guerra explains, the most important thing is to be well informed before making your decision.

I think I’ve broken my metabolism dieting – what do I do now?

Historically, the most commonly marketed way to rapidly lose body fat was to eat as little as possible and to train hard. We are just now starting to understand the serious health implications of this old school methodology. Diet recovery coach Lu-Lu Thompson explains what to do if you think you've messed up your metabolism dieting.

Why you need your mums and bubs class during COVID-19 more than ever before

A few weeks ago before COVID-19, life with a baby and/or a toddler was hard enough! Now, you can't even leave the house and you're missing YOUR time. That's why now, more than ever, you need your mums and bubs fitness class - even if it happens to be virtual.

How to help your pelvic floor recover immediately post-birth

The first stage in helping your pelvic floor muscles recover after giving birth is simply rest – and not jumping straight into dreaded kegels! Carly Steggles outlines the best way to help your pelvic floor to heal after giving birth.

How to look after body and mind through a global pandemic

Living through a global pandemic is challenging and stressful. Just getting by functionally and emotionally is absolutely fine – we don't have to make any radical changes to our lifestyle to protect ourselves and our family. But, there are small things we can do to help look after our body and mind. Louise Hurley gives us FIVE simple tips.

The top 5 reasons you should try a group exercise mums and bubs class

Having a new baby is the most amazing thing that will happen to you, but it can also be very isolating and tiring. Leaving the house with a new baby can be challenging, but trying to fit in some daily exercise is so important for your physical and mental health. Here are our top 5 reasons you should try a group exercise mums and bubs class.

Mum Moments – Building Resilience in Children

Sheridan Wakefield talks to clinical psychologist Lisa Ford about building resilience in children including simple and practical strategies for parents - something that's more valuable now than ever before!

Managing Stress and Avoiding Burnout in Motherhood

Mums are the world's best multitaskers but all of this responsibility can leave us feeling stressed, anxious, exhausted and burnt out. Louise Hurley gives us some tips on how to manage these feelings and some practical things we can do to manage stress.

What to do if you’re experiencing thoracic pain during pregnancy

Have you started experiencing upper back pain since being pregnant? Or has breastfeeding left you hunched over and achey? Physio Madison gives us her top tips on how to help back pain during pregnancy, as well as postnatally.

How to motivate yourself to exercise and eat healthily when you’re exhausted

Let's face it, mum life is exhausting! How are you supposed to get motivated to exercise and eat healthily when it all just seem way too hard! Rachel Leman gives us some great tips on how to get started.

Why safe return to exercise is critical for long-term health

We all know that regular exercise has numerous health benefits but why is safe return to exercise so critical for new mums and their long-term health? Anita Guerra explains.

Are carbs really bad for me?

Despite all the amazing benefits of carbohydrates, they usually get given a bad rap. Nutritionist Inna Merkin looks into whether carbs really are bad for us.

What is birth trauma?

Trauma is a word that we hear a lot today in various contexts but what is birth trauma? Thea Baker breaks it down for us.

Am I Still Me Under All This Motherhood?

It’s so easy to lose sight of who you are when you become a mum. It’s not that you don’t care about yourself, it’s just that your priorities have been turned upside down. Louise Hurley shares some tips on how to rediscover a sense of self after you become a mum.

How to return to running postnatally without getting injured

So you’ve carried a baby for nine months, gone through labour and now you want to get back into exercise and start running. Madison Cutmore explains how to return to running after having a baby without getting injured.

The worst diet trends of 2019

Keto? The 800-calorie diet? Boombod? Diet recovery coach Louise Thompson unpacks the worst diet trends of the last year – and why most of them are simply money down the toilet.

The 5 Best Pram Walks in Sydney

If you're a new mum and keen to get outdoors, grab a group of mum friends and get strolling round one of our picks for the 5 Best Pram Walks in Sydney!

When can I have sex after giving birth?

It's a question on the minds of new mums everywhere but one so many are afraid to ask. Sexologist Lauren White looks into when is the right time to start having sex after birth – and how you will know.

Is postpartum weight gain common?

You have given birth to your beautiful baby and now it’s apparently time to lose the baby weight – right? Rachel Leman explains why postpartum weight gain is not that uncommon.

Where can I get help if I think I’ve got postnatal depression?

Postnatal depression affects 1 in 5 new mums. Louise Hurley explains the most common signs and symptoms and where you can find help if you think you've got it...

Returning to exercise after having a baby

The simple idea of returning to exercise postpartum can be both exciting and scary at the same time! Meli Comaschi-Cordoba explains what you need to know.

How to reduce isolation post-birth

Being a new mum can make you feel lonely and isolated. Anita Guerra, Midwife and Fitness Trainer, explains how we can reduce isolation post-birth and help prevent postnatal depression.

The top FIVE exercises to keep you run-ready in your pregnancy

Staying strong during your pregnancy will help you return to running quickly and injury free postnatally. Madison Cutmore highlights her top five exercises to keep you run-ready during pregnancy.

50 Aussies doing their bit to support Bushfire Recovery and how you can join them

Wondering how you can help towards the Australian bushfire crisis? Here is a list of 50 everyday Aussies doing their bit to support others – and how you can join them.

How you can (and why you should!) prepare your body for birth

How can you prepare your body for birth? And why is it so important? Women's Health Physio Tamara Woods shares her advice.

What is the best type of exercise to “get back into it” after having a baby?

What is the best type of post-natal exercise? Rachel Leman explains.

5 easy ways to practise self-care as a mum

With the silly season in full swing, it can be such a quest to manage to find time for yourself. Meli Comaschi-Cordoba gives us 5 easy tips to practise self-care as a mum.

Why pregnancy is your perfect running off-season

Runners like to run. So what if you're told you can't for the next 9 months? Madison Cutmore explains why you should treat your pregnancy as an off-season for running.

Can exercise have an effect on breastmilk and milk supply? 

Many mums wonder if exercise can affect their breastmilk and milk supply. Anita Guerra, Midwife and Fitness Trainer, answers the most common questions around breastfeeding and safe return to exercise.

Christie Houghton wins at the New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards!

Christie Houghton recently won the Small Group Trainer of the Year Award. Here she tells us a little bit more about this awesome achievement!

Accepting Your Post-Baby Body

How can you learn to accept (and love!) your post-baby body? Meli Comaschi-Cordoba discovers a few ways to start.

Postpartum weight-lifting – is it safe?

Are you a weight-lifting mum? Jen gives her top tips on how to safely lift weights postpartum.

Travel Review: Club Med Bintan Island

Wendy Smiljan and her family (including 3 kids) recently visited Club Med Bintan. Here she reviews their stay.

Six Exercises to Build the Foundation to Your Strongest Post-baby Body

Jen Dugard details the top six safe and effective exercises for a strong post-baby body

Mum Moments – What is Pelvic Girdle Pain and how do I manage it?

Rachel Leman of Miss Motivator Women's Workouts talks to Carly Groves, a physiotherapist, on the topic of Pelvic Girdle Pain.

Mum Moments – How do I un-f*%k years of dieting now that I’m a mum?

Jen Dugard talks to Lulu Thompson, diet recovery coach and personal trainer on how to leave behind years of dieting and move forward as a mum.

My Top Relationship Tips – From someone who screwed it all up and was lucky enough that it got put back together

Let’s just start this article by saying I am 100% not a relationship expert. I am however a 30-something year old woman who has had a few relationships in her time.

Collaboration over Competition – The Birth and Evolution of Body Beyond Baby

When I began this Body Beyond Baby journey in 2008, as a new mum myself,  I was full of excitement and ambition.

Wearing a pad every day and accepting that as normal is not serving you

Are you one of those chicks that just accepts your weak bladder as the norm? Just chuck a panty liner…

Living with Pelvic Organ Prolapse – The ups and the downs (literally)

“Your prolapse is not as bad today”, observed the Women’s Health Physio as she was fitting me with a pessary,…

Mum Profile & 56 Days of YOU winner – Jacqui

Jacqui was one of the inspiring mums that took part in our very first 56 Days of YOU challenge. With…

Travel Report: Mums Only Fitness Retreat

Experts are now suggesting that mums need ‘mums-only’ time out (like we didn’t know that already!) However, from my experience,…

My Perineal Ultrasound

Working with women, particularly pregnant and postnatal women, the phrase ‘pelvic floor’ is mentioned every day. It’s an important topic…

Mumma, Please Know You Are Not  Alone

I was talking to my hairdresser the other day and she was telling me how hard and emotionally draining her…

6 Great Reasons To Do Pelvic Floor Exercises

Ok, we all know we need to “do our pelvic floor exercises,” but why? When we are pregnant, our doctors,…

Could your pelvic floor be too tight to push a baby out?

I left the delivery suite giving myself a pat on the back. “They said your pelvic floor was really strong,” my husband told me. Awesome, I thought to myself. Stronger is always better, right?

Travel Report – Club Med Bintan Island with kids

We recently took a family trip to Club Med Bintan Island . First up, where and what is Bintan Island? Yep, I thought the same. Bintan is an island in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago

My Podcast on Motherhood, Freedom, Obstacle racing, Business, Food and much more

I was recently invited to chat with Ronsley Vaz on his Bond Appitit Podcast, chatting all things Motherhood, Freedom, Obstacle…

Marley’s Mum

Almost nine years ago I gave birth to my first child. I became a mum. I became known as ‘Marley’s…

What’s your Motherhood Truth?

I’ve been sitting on this for a little while but have decided to dig deep and share what i’m labelling…


Last week I didn’t pick my kids up from school on time. In fact, I had no intention of picking…

Getting to the ‘core’ of the Problem: Why the Language of Personal Training Needs to Change

A number of years ago, the fitness industry became obsessed with training the ‘core’, and to do this, apparently, you…

I Have a Friend

I have a friend and at the moment, I know she’s doing it tough. She’s a mum, just like you…

You are fucking amazing

It struck me the other day that many of us seriously do not recognise how amazing we are. I work…

Broken before 9am

As she walks toward me I see her brave face, hat pulled down, hiding her tears. I see it and…

The Postnatal New ‘Normal Debate’ – Part 2 – Cath

I want to thank Cath for sharing her story – it is when women like Cath step up and share,…

Education is Power

I believe that education is gold. I believe that no one should ever make your mind up for you, or…

When we Collaborate and Celebrate!

Often we focus so much attention on the stuff we need to do better, that we forget to celebrate the…

I thought I was Okay

When a woman first comes to see me, we talk through her medical questionnaire to find out a little about…

Hey Mum

Hey mum,  When you look in the mirror what do you see?  When they ask you to be in a…