Grab a cuppa, settle in, and let me tell you the whole story.
By Jen Dugard, Founder of the Safe Return to Exercise Accreditation & Body Beyond Baby
In 2008, Body Beyond Baby was born, just three months after the birth of my first child. Blessed with a baby that slept and with a couple of years experience in personal training, I found myself surrounded by new mums who didn’t know how to exercise and who struggled to carve out time for themselves once they became mothers.
Body Beyond Baby was born three months after the birth of my first child
What began as myself and a few mums running around in Sydney’s Centennial Park, soon became one of the biggest and most well-known Mum-Focused Fitness Businesses in the East and beyond. Early partnerships with Women’s Health Physiotherapists guaranteed the best possible support for mums and the Body Beyond Baby brand became a leader in the mission to ensure every woman is well informed and exercising safely and effectively after having a baby.
It began as myself and a few mums running around in Sydney’s Centennial Park
After the birth of my daughter (a non-sleeper) in 2010, I experienced Post-Natal Depression. This experience inspired me to not only support women physically but emotionally too: building support networks through exercise and bringing women together when many feel they are going it alone. Furthering this ambition, I have recently become an ambassador for COPE (Centre of Perinatal Excellence) and I urge any struggling Mum to reach out for help sooner rather than later. Visit cope.org.au
After the birth of my daughter in 2010, I experienced Post-Natal Depression.
I know that a happy mum makes for a happy bub, so in 2013, I published my first book, How to Love your Body as much as your Baby. It offers pregnant and postnatal mums insight and instruction to ensure they are as well looked after as their little ones.
I published my first book which offers pregnant and postnatal insights
Saw the launch of my accredited training course, Safe Return to Exercise which teaches other Fitness Professionals how to look after mums in the same safe and effective way. “It’s not about restricting what movement a mother can do; it’s about ensuring that we know exactly what is happening inside and out with each woman that we work with, and tailoring our exercise programs to re-build her from the inside out – often to the point where she is stronger and fitter than she has ever been.”
Safe Return to Exercise was launched which teaches other Fitness Professionals
Safe Return to Exercise has now been delivered across Australia, is available online and was launched internationally, in Taiwan, in 2017. Learn more about Safe Return to Exercise.
Safe Return to Exercise has now been delivered across Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan.
With Body Beyond Baby fast approaching its tenth birthday in 2017 we were looking after around 100 mums a week across two areas in Sydney, I had also spent the last two years supporting other fitness professionals through mentoring, and building what is now known as the Body Beyond Baby Affiliate team. This team comprises a group of Mum-Focused Fitness Businesses that work together, lead the way in ensuring safe and effective exercise for mums in their area and collectively raise the standard of the way mums are looked after across Australia and New Zealand.
After two years supporting and mentoring other fitness professionals.
2018 saw Body Beyond Baby celebrate its 10th birthday and launch the first evolution of the website you now find yourself on. I wholeheartedly believe in following my heart and exploring the unknown. I have always chosen to be very open about my journey both personally and professionally: from my struggles as a mum, challenges in business, the breakdown of my marriage and re-connection three years later, to depression, anxiety and finally feeling like I am now settled both in myself and as a mum to my two beautiful children. There is no topic that is out of bounds and I endeavour to share as much as possible to help others to know they are not alone and that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
You're not alone and there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
Saw the sale of my face-to-face, mums and bubs group exercise business and the true evolution of the Body Beyond Baby brand to become “The go-to place online for mums to find quality, trusted and accredited fitness services” and a quality place for mum-focused information. Our affiliate team doubled to 23 locations across Australia and New Zealand. Safe Return to Exercise was launched in Singapore and I spoke at a number of international fitness conferences in Australia, Singapore and NZ.
Body Beyond Baby brand becomes "The go-to place" for mums.
2020 and I am excited!
Our key mission is: To change the way women are cared for across the health and fitness industry after they become mothers and to ensure every fitness professional has a sound general knowledge of working with mums. And by joining us here, you have become part of that mission. Whether you are a mum looking for guidance from a qualified and experienced professional, or a fitness professional seeking further information, together we can create real and positive change.
Changing the way women are cared for across the health and fitness industry
I am a writer and presenter and am always open to new connections, means of sharing and starting conversations with the many mums out there. Please reach out here if you have a collaboration or discuss an opportunity you would like to talk about, or if you’d just like to get in touch with me. Over the years, both Body Beyond Baby and myself have published numerous articles, appeared on television and won numerous awards. I’ve chosen to include them here as a symbol of my ongoing drive to stand at the top of my field, to lead the way and to create space for others to do the same.
I am a writer and presenter and am always open to new connections
Awards won by Jen Dugard
Jen has a passion for pregnant and post natal health. She has sound knowledge to guide her clients safely and enough knowledge to know when to refer her clients on for further assessment.
Few trainers can boast the knowledge and understanding that Jen has acquired. In fact, few obstetricians adequately assess post partum damage and guide return to exercise appropriately.
Jen’s diligent and thorough pre-participation screening of the pelvic floor for potential clients is impressive. Her program and pre-screening demonstrates her knowledge, expertise and passion for Pre & Post-Natal health.
Jen is determined to ensure women are equipped with the knowledge they need about their bodies to train them, to care for them and to seek medical advice when appropriate.