Fancy being with your baby while getting fit and staying healthy?
Kangatraining combines physical postnatal fitness with babywearing. Unlike traditional workout programs, there’s no need for a babysitter in Kangatraining as the babies get to be worn on their mothers and be part of the action! Mothers get to bond closer to their babies, be part of a relaxed and fun environment, have a full body workout, be taught how to wear their baby safely, and get to walk out of class with a healthier mind and body. What’s not to love?
Kangatraining was founded in Europe by Nicole Pascher after she had her third child in 2008. She wanted a good quality workout, but her baby did not enjoy being in the pram watching her, she wanted to be carried and be close to her mum. That was when Kangatraining was born…
Kangatraining is a complete workout during which both cardiovascular endurance & flexibility and muscular capacity & strength are enhanced. The pelvic floor and abdominal muscles as well as correct posture are also given special attention in every class. Kangatrainers are also trained in babywearing best practices and can help mums ensure the safest and most comfortable carrying positions for their babies.
So what’s involved in a typical Kangatraining class you may ask? Firstly lots of smiles, giggles, and “weeeee”’s as we work with our babies on the floor to focus on strengthening our transverse abdominal muscles. As mums, our bodies are full of extra circulating hormones, so this means not too much pressure on the wrists, no crunches and sit-ups, and special care given to correct postures and techniques.
We then put our babies into their carriers and kiss them goodnight as this is when they drift off and we start to really move around. We dance, we squat, we lunge, and we shake our gorgeous childbearing hips to our Latin-style dance tracks. We then focus on our arms, our legs and buttocks, and then wind down with our pelvic floor exercises.
Our class finishes in a large circle where we continue to tighten and release our pelvic floor. We go around saying our name, our babies name and age, and an answer to a particular question like what we had for dinner last night, or something funny our child did yesterday. As we do our final stretches and cool down, we thank ourselves for our efforts and pat ourselves on the back for finding the strength to get out of our pj’s and out of the house.
Of course we then go back to talking about normal mummy things- think poop, spew, boobs, and sleep (or lack of).
So come along and give Kangatraining a go, you and your baby will love it!
Brooke is passionate about babywearing and loves to share the magic of it with other mums. What she loves most about Kangatraining is the closeness she gets to enjoy with her baby and the positive benefits and effects of exercising she gets for herself
Brooke teaches Kangatraining classes in Central and Northern Brisbane. She also sells Manduca baby carriers, Kangatraining DVD’s, Carrier Suck-Pads, and more. You can find more information and details about her classes at Kangatraining Brisbane.
To find your nearest Kangatraining class head to the Kangatraining website.
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