TWO young entrepreneurs are taking the concept of a bouncing bundle of joy to another level, bringing a cute new fitness craze to town.
First time mums and local girls Natalie Bradbery and Lisa Handley were struggling to find a form of exercise they could do with their infant sons after they refused to ride in a pram.
Not long after, Natalie came across Kangatraining, a form of exercise where mothers wear their babies in specially designed carriers or “pouches” while working out.
“I was perusing the internet for something I could do with Nate because he hates being in a pram, which makes walking a little difficult,” the dance and English teacher said.
She “liked” their page on Facebook and was sent an email advising her of up-and-coming instructor classes in Melbourne.
“I looked at it and thought that would be amazing, but financially we just couldn’t afford it,” she said.
Her mothers’ group friend and now business partner, Lisa, convinced Natalie they should “bite the bullet and do it”.
Two weeks later they boarded a plane to Melbourne with their young sons in tow.
Developed in Europe and brought to Australia in early 2012, the unique classes offer low-impact exercise to help mothers regain strength lost during pregnancy.
Pelvic floor and abdominal muscles are given special attention and no weights are used as “we go by the principle that you can’t be sore because you have to pick up your baby tomorrow,” Natalie said.
For her, the new-age exercise ticks all the boxes.
“It’s a brilliant opportunity to support so much of what I believe as a mother – that your baby should be with you,” she said.
“It lulls them to sleep, they’re really calmed by the movement and like being close to you.”
She said this connectedness often stimulated oxytocin, which was great for mothers who struggled with milk production.
Dads don’t have to miss out either.
“Every exercise is totally open – you can do them without baby, it’s just basically designed for mums and bubs, but there are no exclusions,” Natalie said.
The Tamworth girls are proud to have filled a gap in the North West New England region as “we are producing quite a lot of babies”.