General Fitness

Some general pregnancy workouts from experienced instructor Vicky Warr

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A bodyweight workout focusing on toning the body

Time: 30 minutes

Suitable for: antenatal, active and inactive

Intensity: moderate

Delivered by: Bump & Beyond by Vicky Warr

A postnatal fitness workout focused on strengthening legs and buttocks

Time: 30 minutes

Suitable for: postnatal, active and inactive

Intensity: low-moderate

Delivered by: Bump & Beyond by Vicky Warr

At home with your kids? Visit Sport England’s Stay In, Work Out hub 

for ideas on how to be active together

If you are a qualified ante and/or postnatal instructor and have content to share, please let us know by emailing thismummoves@ukactive.org.uk

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