Go Active Spotlight: Jen Wilson Fitness

Fitness instructor and mum Jen Wilson
Fitness instructor and mum Jen Wilson
9 March 2017 2:00PM

Buggyfit classes have been taking west Cumbria by storm, thanks to instructor Jen Wilson.

We spoke with her to find out what inspired her to take up the activity and encourage others to get involved.

Have you always been an active person?

Yes, I've always enjoyed keeping active. I particularly love walking and being outdoors.

How did you first get into Buggyfit?

I had the idea to run an outdoor exercise class for mums and babies, and following some research I came across Buggyfit.

Already qualified as a pre and post-natal exercise instructor, I decided that I would like to join the franchise - and it's one of the best things I have ever done! I started the classes in January this year.

What inspired you to start up your own group?

Following the birth of my son in 2015 I walked miles every day with the buggy and the dogs. The fresh air and exercise definitely worked wonders for my physical and mental wellbeing.

I didn’t see many other mums out, and I thought it was such a shame that they weren't reaping the benefits I was from being outdoors. It was during this time, while I was on maternity leave, that I decided I wanted to do something to help and motivate other mums, who were struggling to find any time for themselves.

What's been your favourite thing about running the sessions?

Everything – I've loved meeting all the lovely mums and babies, getting to know everyone, motivating everyone to exercise in a fun way, seeing people make new friends - having that time to themselves even though baby is with them.

Most importantly seeing them leave the class with a smile on their face and saying how much they have enjoyed it and how much better they feel!

Where does your group meet?

There are currently 5 classes running as follows:

Monday - Workington

  • 10am-11am - Meet at Curwen Hall Park, Ramsey Brow, Workington

    Tuesday - Moor Row

  • 10am-11am & 11:15am-12.15am - Meet at Moor Row Primary School Playing Field, Moor Row

    Wednesdays - Cockermouth

  • 10am-11am & 11:15am-12.15am - Meet at Belbrigg Lonning Playpark, Cockermouth

    No need to worry about childcare!

    What advice would you give to mums thinking about joining, but worried they're too unfit?

    My advice would be to join!

    Buggyfit is all about being available to any mum who has a baby or toddler in a buggy.

    There is no pressure or expectation apart from having fun. All the classes are tailored to suit every individual and everyone is encouraged to work at their own pace.

    Where can I find out more?

    Click here to visit the Buggyfit Facebook page

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