Saanich Peninsula moms in mind for new exercise classes

Young mothers can work out at Panorama with or without their children

Panorama fitness instructor Deb Twemlow teaches TRX suspension training exercises at Panorama Recreation Centre.

Two new programs at Panorama this fall focus not only on fitness, but on new moms and their little ones.

Strollerfit and Mommy TRX offer moms simple ways to get back into fitness while incorporating social and play time with their babies during the classes.

“I’m a mom of two young kids who are three and five, so I know how hard it can be to find time to work out when you have little ones,” said instructor Deb Twemlow.

“I also work in child minding at Panorama and I see a lot of moms struggle to get there on time and a lot of moms who aren’t ready to drop off baby with someone they don’t know. So I thought it would be a great idea to have workouts that incorporate both mom and baby.”

Twemlow developed Strollerfit for new moms – they must be at least six weeks post-partum to participate – and their babies using a stroller. Each session incorporates a walk, strength training, flexibility and relaxation, and opportunities for new moms to connect with each other and give their babies social time together.

Mommy TRX is an innovative way for moms to rebuild strength after pregnancy, Twemlow said.

“TRX is great for rebuilding back muscles that you don’t use for close to a year while you’re pregnant.”

TRX is good for people at any fitness level, she added, because it allows participants to work at their own pace.

Moms can also bring baby (1.5 to 18 months) with them to socialize while they sneak in the TRX workout in Panorama’s pool mezzanine, Twemlow said.

The TRX program runs Oct. 9 to Nov. 13 on Tuesdays from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. No drop-in’s are permitted due to the progressive nature of the course.

Strollerfit runs from Sept. 20 to Oct. 25 on Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Central Saanich Cultural Centre Room B. Cost for either of the six-session programs is $42. Visit or call 250-656-7271 to register.

Coming up at Panorama:

• Oct. 10: Rise & Shine Yoga: Start your morning right with an energizing yoga flow series followed by Pilates mat exercises to help wake up your body, mind and spirit. Suitable for participants of all levels, this class will help you prepare for your day by calming your mind while increasing your flexibility, balance and core strength.

Held in the North Saanich middle school multipurpose room and instructed by Kirsten Dibblee, the next session starts Wednesday. Oct. 10 and runs weekly from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Four sessions cost $39. Call 250-656-7271 for more information or to register.

• Oct. 10: Advanced Bootcamp: Do you need some extra motivation to push you past your fitness plateau? This course mixes high intensity cardiovascular work with body weight training to burn fat and build muscle.

Led by personal trainer Tara Brunet, this program runs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:15 to 7:30 a.m. Bootcamp starts Oct. 1 and costs $230 for 23 sessions. Call 250-656-7271 for more information or to register.

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