Tots, Squats and Coffee Pots is a fun, social fitness class where Mums (and Dads, Grandparents, Nannies or Child Minders) can bring their little ones along for the ride. “Meet other Mums, make chums and tone your tums all at the same time!”
Class instructor Kelly Pace (and her instructors) have specialist training in exercise for pregnancy and the post natal period and will provide safe and suitable exercises for both the novice and the experienced exerciser.
‘It’s not all hard work though as us Mums like to have a coffee and a chin wag afterwards!’
How long are the classes, and what can I expect?
They are one hour in duration. Classes consist of cardio-vascular fitness and strength training to tone and firm the muscles. Classes will vary from week to week but they can include band work, body weight exercises for upper body and lower body, whole body circuits, core strengthening and tummy flattening exercises. Depending on any exercise you have done previously and the current stage of your fitness will determine the level of exercise for you in the class, and there will be alternatives and level options given. Listen to your body as one woman at 10 weeks post natal could feel very different to another woman at 10 weeks post natal. If it is your first class, please try and come 10 minutes prior to the start. If your baby cries or needs feeding during the class, don’t worry. You can dip in and out as required. This is to be expected at a class with babies so it is not a problem at all.
Before your first free class, we ask that you follow this link to register, fill out a short form and purchase your free taster class on the day you wish to attend. After this, you can buy a block of 5 or 10 sessions (you can do individual ones but it is more expensive this way) and then you can use this system on team up to register for any classes that you wish to come to. https://goteamup.com/p/810265-tots-squats-coffee-pots/
What should I bring to the class and what should I wear?
You should wear comfortable clothes that enable you to move easily and appropriate footwear is essential. On cold and rainy days, don’t forget waterproof clothes. (Yes, we will still be doing the classes so don’t use that as an excuse!) Bring a water bottle and a sweat towel if it is a very hot day and something to lie down on to do the core and abdominal work. Indoor classes have mats available for use in certain venues but it is advisable to bring your own. Play mats and some toys are provided to entertain the babies!
How much does it cost?
Individual classes are £15 each. Block bookings of 5 are £8 each and block bookings of 10 are £7 each. The first class is free for everyone. Block bookings are valid for 3 months after the initial purchase. (Life with little ones means you can’t always stick to your plan!)
When should I start the classes?
Once you have had your GP 6-8 week check and have been given the all clear, then you are ok to start. Exercises will be individually tailored and not necessarily the same for everybody. You should see how your body feels after child birth especially if you had a caesarean delivery. Equally, if it has been months since you gave birth and have never done any exercise, then it is not too late to start now. If you are pregnant, you may begin at any time provided you do not have any complications that preclude you from attending the class.
Where and when are the classes held?
From March through until November we are outside at Kneller Gardens but in winter, we have 3 indoor venues.
WE ARE OUTSIDE FROM APRIL TO OCTOBER EVERY YEAR.
Kneller Gardens, Meadway, Twickenham. Middlesex TW2 6PH (click here to view on Google Maps). The meeting point is next to the café in the park by the bench opposite the playground (see image below.)
There is free parking available on Meadway and surrounding roads and the gardens are served by the following bus routes: 490, H22, 110.
There are toilets and baby change facilities and a cafe nearby.
WE GO INSIDE FROM NOVEMBER TO THE END OF MARCH EVERY YEAR.
MONDAY classes are 10:30-11:30 at Twickenham Library, Garfield Road, Twickenham, Middlesex. TW1 3JT
Upstairs ‘Arthur Burrell’ room. (Where possible, buggies ideally need to be left downstairs but of course, if you need to bring them into the room then that is fine. There is lift and stair access.)
WEDNESDAY classes are 10:45-11:45 at Twickenham Scout Hut, Seymour Gardens, Twickenham, Middlesex. TW1 3AR
FRIDAY classes are 11-12 at The Cabbage Patch Pub, 67 London Road, Twickenham, Middlesex. TW1 3SZ
(The room is through the ‘Patchworks’ side and you walk past the bar and down a couple of steps to enter the room at the back. There is baby changing facilities in this side.)
Do I need to provide any information?
Yes, please go to this link and fill out a health form prior to your first class: https://goteamup.com/p/810265-tots-squats-coffee-pots/
Why is it called Tots, squats and coffee pots?
Because it is SO MUCH MORE than a fitness class! We encourage you to socialise with other members of the class and to perhaps have a well-deserved coffee (or lunch) afterwards. (We organise social nights out, play dates and events for all the family that have proven to be so very successful!) Babies and children of all ages are welcome to come, so there is no need for child care and squats will become your very best friend. Honest.
We provide pelvic floor workshops and talks on various subjects including healthy recipes and realistic ways of eating well without having to give up the things you enjoy.
What if I would like more help with my goals?
One to One training or training in pairs or groups is also on offer, so speak to Kelly for details. (Discounts for those that come to class.)
INDIVIDUAL POST-NATAL ASSESSMENTS, IN-DEPTH POSTURAL ASSESSMENTS AND ‘REC CHECKS’ TO SEE HOW YOUR ABDOMINAL’S ARE RECOVERING ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AS WE CAN GIVE YOU A BESPOKE PROGRAMME ON EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED TO BE DOING IN ORDER TO RECOVER, GET STRONGER, LOSE BELLY FAT AND REACH YOUR GOALS. (Rec checks will be done in class for everyone and will be assessed at regular intervals to see progress. We can also give you realistic exercises and stretches that can easily be done at home.)
FREE PERSONAL TRAINING SESSION FOR ANYONE WHO REFERS A FRIEND!
The Cabbage Patch, 67 London Rd, Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3SZ location: Winter only – see current info for details of our indoor venues and timetable.
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