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Wimbledon Buggyfit - Postnatal Fitness Classes

At our Wimbledon Buggyfit classes, we have been coaching SW19 postnatal mums back into shape for the last 11 years. And we’ve got pretty good at it!

Join us with your little one and you’ll get great results through dynamic and effective workouts specifically designed for the postnatal woman. We’ll help you to burn off any unwanted excesses as well as strengthen and tone your whole body.

All of our classes can be adapted to individual needs or fitness levels. You’ll be encouraged to workout at your own level (whether you’re a complete beginner or experienced athlete).

The best thing is, you can bring your baby along with you to enjoy the fresh air and natural surroundings. It’s also a great way to make new friends too!

We’re running FREE TRIAL sessions throughout March. Once you’ve tried us out, you can then either join us on a drop-in basis or purchase one of our class passes (from £6.50 a class), offering you complete flexibility with no joining fee or commitment.

We run classes on Wimbledon Common, South Park Gardens & in Wimbledon Park. Which one will you do?

- Mon: 9.30am, South Park Gardens
- Mon: 11.00am, Wimbledon Park
- Thurs: 9.30am South Park Gardens
- Thurs: 11.00am, Wimbledon Park
- Fri: 11.00am, Wimbledon Common

Drop me a line if you’d like to book a free trial or if you'd need anymore info.

Best wishes


Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Buggyfit In Wimbledon

Buggyfit Wimbledon

Did you know that pushing a buggy burns around 20% more calories than walking without one?

So why not join us reaping the benefits of outdoor exercise at our Buggyfit classes in Wimbledon? Meet other mums, burn calories, tone-up & strengthen your core muscles.

It's a sociable & safe way to get back into exercise after having your baby. Workout at a level that suits you & then progress when you feel ready.

No childcare required, simply enjoy the fresh air together!

- Mon: 9.30am, South Park Gardens
- Mon: 11.00am, Wimbledon Park
- Thurs: 9.30am South Park Gardens
- Thurs: 11.00am, Wimbledon Park
- Fri: 11.00am, Wimbledon Common

We have a really flexible class pass system. Buy a block of 10 sessions for £75 (you can use your pass at any of our classes) or drop-in for £10.

Find out more on our Buggyfit page or get in touch for more info.

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Wimbledon Common Buggyfit Classes

Wimbledon Common

It's so lovely to see the sails back on Wimbledon's Windmill. Just in time for our new Buggyfit class on the Common!

Check out our new Buggyfit timetable below, which starts this week.

If Buggyfit isn't your thing, don't forget we've got some great BootCamps coming up!

New Buggyfit Timetable - Starts on Monday 14th November!

9.30am South Park Gardens
11.00am Wimbledon Park (New class)

Our last 9.30am Wimbledon Park class is on 16th November

9.30am South Park Gardens
11.00am Wimbledon Park

11.00am Wimbledon Common (New class)

Click on the above links for details of meeting points & parking for each location.

As you hopefully know already, we've got a very flexible class pass system. You can either pay-as-you-go or save a bit of money & buy one of our class passes. Don't forget that you can also use your pass at our Fit In The Park sessions including Monday evenings, Friday mornings & Saturdays. Check out our full timetable for all the details.

How many classes can you do in one week? Drop us a line, we'd love to know!

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Postnatal exercise & the pelvic floor

For all of our postnatal mums...

Megan Vickers at APPI is a specialist post natal physiotherapist, and comes highly recommended by HA fitness & Buggyfit for any of our ladies suffering with abdominal separation or pelvic floor issues.

Megan will be hosting her latest NCT pelvic floor seminar, where she will be discussing the importance of post natal exercise and pelvic floor rehab!

If you are interested please see the attached leaflet and booking form!


Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Thursday Morning Buggyfit is Evolving

We've heard that some of our Wimbledon Park Buggyfit mums find the Thursday 12 noon finish time a bit tricky. We've also had feedback that a few non-postnatal ladies are interested in joining the class too.

So, from Thursday 27th November, this class will be a Blast Class, suitable for postnatal mums & anyone else who'd like to come along. Babies & children more than welcome to come & play, gurgle, eat & sleep (we don't mind a bit of noise either).

The class will start at 11.00am, meeting in front of the cafe in Wimbledon Park.  You'll have the option to leave either at 11.45am or 12noon, depending on you & your little ones schedule.

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Revelstoke Road Car Park - Important Notice


If you're coming to our Wimbledon Park Buggyfit class this week, you won't be able to park in the Revelstoke Road car park due to the preparations for the firework display. Try the top car park on Church Road (near Wimbledon Tennis) or park on the nearby streets. Some roads are free during Buggyfit classes. Others are £1.10 per hour between 11.00am - 3.00pm. A full list can be found on the council website. All back to normal next week.

Don't forget you can also come to our Tuesday class on Wimbledon Common at 10.30am where there is a huge free car park!

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Body After Baby Bootcamp (Holy Trinity School Hall 2)

Re-discover your abdominals, improve your posture & have a tiny bit of YOU time.

Our 6-week progressive postnatal course focuses on those post-pregnancy problem areas including the tummy, glutes & pelvic floor. You'll also be doing some whole body conditioning to burn calories & start sculpting your body in time for the summer.

These indoor sessions are designed to compliment our Buggyfit classes. Without your little ones there to distract you, we can really concentrate on technique, body alignment & form. You'll also get the chance to workout hard, with no interruptions.

Throughout the course we'll help you to train at the correct intensity for your level, so that you can see improvements in your strength & stamina each week. We also hope to boost your motivation, energy levels & confidence too!

Here are the details:

- 8pm to 9pm every Thursday (6 week course)
- 27th Feb to 3 April 2014 inclusive
- Holy Trinity School Hall (2), Effra Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8PW
- £45 for 6 sessions

Go to our courses page for more info & to book.


Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Let's Dance!

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning how to dance in the rain!

So come dance in the rain/snow with us!

We know it's cold, we know it's hard. But we also know it's worth it. Join us in the park & we'll keep you warm, we'll put a smile on your face & we'll get you fit (did you know you burn more calories when it's cold?).

It will get warmer, but why wait? We have just as much fitness fun all year around. So get your trainers, hat & gloves & stick 2 fingers up to this deep freeze!

Bring A Friend For Free In April!

When times are tough, a friend is the best person to turn to (and also cuddle when it's cold!). So for the month of April, you can bring a friend to any of our Fit In The Park classes for free! They can come to as many classes as they like, as long as they are with you, & you have a current HA fitness Class Pass.

We're hoping this will encourage you not to miss a class & will also motivate your friend to get fit & enjoy all of the training you do.

Here are the terms of this offer:

  • Valid for the month of April 2013 only.
  • It's only for our Fit In The Park classes (sorry we can't extend it to Buggyfit).
  • Free classes are not valid for anyone who has already attended an HA fitness class (prior to this promotion).
  • Friends who come for free, must be with a person who holds a current HA fitness Class Pass.
  • It is only valid for one friend per Class Pass holder.

If your spirits are flagging with this unending Winter, our trainer Kate, shares a few useful facts & tips to help inspire & motivate: Exercise The Mind As Well As The Body.

Easter Timetable:

Easter has us skipping, hopping & jumping into British Summer Time when the clocks going forward on Sunday. This officially marks the time to get your body ready for summer!

Here's a reminder of what's happening with our timetable. Don't forget, your HA fitness class pass can be used at any of these sessions:

Fit In The Park - Family friendly:

Mon: 7.15pm, Holy Trinity School Hall (No class on Easter Monday)
Tue: 9.15am, South Park Gardens
Thu: 6.15am, South Park Gardens
Fri: 9.30am, South Park Gardens (No class on Easter Friday)
Sat: 9.00am, South Park Gardens (There is a class on Easter Saturday!)

Fit In The Park - Women only:

6.15am: Mon (No class on Easter Monday)
6.15am Wed
7.00pm Thurs
6.15am Fri (No class on Easter Friday)
9.00am Sat (There is a class on Easter Saturday!)

Buggyfit - Postnatal:

Mon: 9.30am, South Park Gardens (No class on Easter Monday)
Tues: 10.45am, Wimbledon Common
Wed: 9.30am, Wimbledon Park
Thurs: 9.30am, South Park Gardens
Thurs: 11.00am, Wimbledon Park
Fri: 10.30am, Wimbledon Common (No class on Easter Friday)

Happy Easter!


Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Knowing Me Knowing You - Spotlight on Claire Grima


As personal trainers, a crucial part of our job is getting to know all of our clients as quickly as possible – your individual goals, likes and dislikes, how to motivate each and every one of you, know when you're really pushing yourselves (and when you're not...) and of course to work safely, taking into account each individual’s injuries or health considerations.

We think we know you all pretty well these days, but as the HA fitness team has grown in recent months, we thought we'd turn the spotlight back on ourselves and help you get to know us a bit better. Starting with the newest member of our team, Claire Grima, we sent Kate Dorward out to find out more about Claire and what makes her tick.

Kate: Let's start with the big on earth did you manage to run a marathon in 2 hours 49 mins, just 10 months after giving birth?

Claire: I did a lot of running before I fell pregnant so carried on running (not so intensively) until halfway through my pregnancy. At that point it felt like the right time to stop, although I must admit I really missed it! 

At my 6 week postnatal check I was delighted when the doctor said I could run again. I took it very steadily and had to stop for a couple of weeks with a sore back; a common postnatal problem related to a lack of core strength, but after a month or so I started to see big improvements which really motivated me. I did a half marathon when my baby was 4 months and was surprised how my speed had come back.  It was then I decided to go for the marathon again.

After 6 / 7 months I stopped breastfeeding so was able to train as intensively as I had for previous marathons. I'm still not quite sure how I managed a personal best! I think it was a combination of having a good run on the day, my husband doing the marathon with me (a bit of healthy competition is always motivational) and possibly just being a lot more active now with a baby, rather than sitting at an office desk. I never thought I would break the 2hr 50min mark, but as I got closer to the finish and I realised it might be possible it really spurred me on.

Kate: How do you find the time to exercise now you have a baby?

Claire: I am really lucky to have an understanding husband and an amazing mother-in-law who is always happy to help out and provide me with the time to run or get jobs done! I am also incredibly lucky to have a good baby, who has generally slept through since he was 6 months old.

Finding the time to exercise with a baby involves a lot of planning tag team with my husband. On a Sunday night we plan the week as to who runs on which night. He runs at lunch time or to work some days so I can run in the evenings, and when I was training for the marathon I tried to run a couple of times during the week with the buggy.

At the weekend we generally go after each other for a run, but sometimes a friend or family will babysit so we can run together.

It’s not always that easy to get going. Some nights I just don’t really feel like going out running, but my husband always encourages me and I know he is right - I always feel so much better if I go out  than if I planned to go and then didn't.

Kate: Running a marathon is clearly very ambitious and not the norm for most of us so soon after giving birth (I didn’t do any exercise until my daughter was 5 months and I didn’t run until she was about 9 months), but as a new mum, what advice can you give to other new mum's who want to get back in shape, but who struggle to fit gentle exercise into their schedule?

Claire: Exercising with friends and planning a time helps you to stick to it. Exercising with your baby is definitely a great thing to do. Brisk walking is such good exercise, especially pushing a buggy. I know going for coffees with other mums is an essential part of new mums’ lives, but to catch up over a good long walk as alternative will really help get your fitness back and actually help you feel revitalised.

I think if you are able to change your mind-set and make exercise a fixed part of your routine rather than something you do occasionally as and when you feel like it, then it will become habitual.

Kate: What kinds of exercise do you recommend for getting back into shape after pregnancy?

Claire: Buggyfit classes!! Other than that, brisk/power walking is definitely a good option as you can take your baby with you and pushing a buggy uphill can be pretty intensive, getting your heart rate going and burning fat. Gentle jogging is not for everyone, but once you are comfortable walking at a good pace it can help you take your fitness to the next level.

The one thing that is a must is core stability work. Carrying a baby for 9 months really takes its toll on your tummy and back muscles, and with all the carrying, contorting and lifting that is an integral part of a mummy’s life, the more you can do to strengthen your core the less likely you will get back and hip pain/injuries.

When starting any exercise programme it’s important to listen to your body. If you get too exhausted then both you and your baby will suffer. If you are breast feeding then it is crucial that you eat and drink enough to cope with the additional demands of exercise on an already busy life.

Kate: How did you get into fitness?

Claire: I have always enjoyed exercise and sport. At University I started rowing. This introduced me to fairly intensive training programmes, circuit and weight training. With rowing you really had to be committed because you were relied on by the rest of the crew.  It is also an endurance sport which has distinct parallels with long distance running.

I have always run to keep fit and entered my first half marathon in 2003, which I did ok in. I then did my first marathon in 2004 and have loved the challenge of beating my own times since then.

Kate: What or who inspires you?

Claire: My husband told me to put him!!

As a female runner, Paula Radcliffe is an obvious choice but Haile Gabrselassie (another long distance runner) is also amazing. I have a newspaper article on the back of our toilet door about him, which I have read many times and find very inspirational.

Kate: How do you keep motivated?

Claire: Coming back from having my baby I have found that my running times have improved in nearly all the distances I run (especially in the last 4 or 5 months) so that definitely encourages me. I find having a fixed goal works for me, so I make sure I have races lined up to keep me motivated.

For me the fear of losing fitness will always keep me on my toes.

Kate: How do you like to relax?

Claire: Like most of us I enjoy a glass of wine, watching a film or going for a walk in the countryside with some good company. I also love music and going to gigs. We were able to take our son to Glastonbury this year where he celebrated his first birthday.

My other favourite sport is snowboarding and we did manage to go this year with my then 8 month old, which was great.

I don’t only run for fitness. I find it’s good time out for myself and I always feel de-stressed after a good run. 

Kate: This is the question we all really want to know the answer too, with all that running and healthy lifestyle surely you must have a weakness or two?

Claire: I love chocolate and have a sweet tooth. If there is one thing I can’t resist it’s a lovely, gooey chocolate brownie!

Kate: Finally, what's your next big challenge?

Claire: It’s quite a challenge enough juggling my new job with being a mum!!  Because of that I don't have any really big challenges lined up at the moment, but watch this space...!

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Look out for interviews with the rest of the HA Fitness team: Kate, Heather and Sheldon in our Knowing Me Knowing You series!

Posted by Heather Waghorn.