Pre & Post Natal Bootcamps at Station 22 – enquiry / reservation

I’ll be starting back my studio based, face-to-face pregnancy and mum & baby bootcamps at Station 22 in Waterfoot, in mid-September. In-line with guidelines and time with other mum & baby groups getting back to the face to face sessions too…

I’ll be sharing these dates and opening bookings soon… if you’d like to be added to my reservation list for these classes and be notified with all the info about days/times/when bookings go live, get in touch and I’ll add you to my reservation/contact list.

Read more about my Mum-to-Be Bootcamp here

Read more about my Mum & Baby Bootcamp here

Complete the contact form below with your name and email address, and add a message in the comments box as to what class it is you’d like to be added to reservation/contact list for.

If you have any questions about these sessions, don’t hesitate to ask…

Kate x

Check out pre-lockdown class clips and pics over on my Instagram page @bump_and_beyond_bootcamps

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Full heart for the face-to-face

Web sizeI’ve been back teaching face-to-face for a fortnight and my heart is full! It has been the best first two weeks, and I have loved seeing old faces and meeting so many new. Buggy Bootcamp has been a blast, bringing mamas together and making mat leave fun and sociable, as it should be. And classes at Station 22 are off to a strong (and sweaty) start, 100% effort from all that have taken part.

Lockdown was the longest time, and it took its toll on everyone! Everyone rode the ‘Coronacoaster’ (worst rollercoaster EVER!), having highs and lows at different points… and the after effects are far from over yet… what it made all of us realise, is that people need people. That face to face interaction and socialising is everything (and something that we won’t take for granted again).

In terms of the after effects, fear and anxieties have hit an all-time high; so many unknowns, lack of leadership and direction… and the media… I won’t even go there (I’ll save my war on them for another day!).  The only way to tackle fear and anxiety is to face it head on, to do the things your anxious to do, bite the bullet and give it a go; don’t run from it or let it get the better of you, build up and let it become a bigger beast. Everyone has worries, anxieties, nerves (however you want to label it), including me. Going back to the face-to-face I had the initial fears of, ‘how do I act, what do I say, how do I be’, after so many months of hiding/teaching behind a screen… everything is like the first time in these times… we’re all in the same boat.

I have had messages from people saying that they want to take part in classes but are nervous, new to it, and not exercised in a long time (especially women that have recently had babies)… and have heard the same from people that are coming to classes, that their friends are saying the same to them too… fears and anxieties are getting the better of them.

So, here’s some of the comments and feedback from people that have come along in the first few weeks… hopefully these comments encourage those on the fence to give them a go, and help put minds at ease…

“From the moment I stepped foot into the studio to do the HardCore HiiTBlast class I felt at ease. I’d never done the class before and didn’t know what to expect. Kate explained every exercise before we did it. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and I felt great after I’d finished it. Kate is a fantastic trainer and I’m looking forward to the next classes 😊”

Rochelle Coleman-Taylor

“I’ve absolutely loved going to Buggy Bootcamp, it’s so lovely being able to talk to other mums, everyone is friendly and chatty. Everyone is working at a different pace, so you never feel like you’re not fit enough; we’re all at different stages. Noah has also enjoyed himself, getting to meet other babies and crawl around the park.”

Rachael Underhill       

“I’ve really enjoyed attending the classes at Station 22 for the first few weeks. Lots of modifications given for all abilities and no judgement/pressure if I’ve had to stop for a breather. Very friendly and supportive atmosphere.”

Charlotte Walmsley

“Absolutely loved being back with Kate and doing my first Buggy Bootcamp! It’s sooo nice to be back with other mums, out of the house at baby classes and more importantly, putting the gym kit on and getting the booty working hard through the exercises. Does the soul the world of good 🥰 Love Kate’s chilled style, varied exercises and the fact I get to do them with my little dude is the best thing ever.”

Megan Eastwood

“I’ve been doing classes with Kate at Station 22 on a Sunday, ‘Sweat the Sins’.  I was very anxious at first but she was welcoming and adapts all exercises to suit all levels of fitness during the class. I love going and don’t feel anxious at all. Thank you for the great classes 😊 anyone thinking of joining one of her classes, do it, you will feel great afterwards (and sweaty!).”

April Louise Talbot

“I’ve been going to Buggy Bootcamp with my 10 month old and the classes are so much more than I could have imagined! My little girl is entertained watching everyone else and the other babies. The ladies are all super lovely and Kate is so thorough through the class, constantly running through how we should be breathing and holding ourselves through each exercise. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone who is thinking about it to just take the plunge! Thanks Kate x.”

Kim McIntyre

“I have really enjoyed attending Kate’s classes at Station 22.  Kate is really welcoming, supportive and encouraging. Her classes are fun, varied and challenging with alternatives for all fitness levels.”

Karen Abraham

“I have really loved every single one of Kate’s classes. I trained with her throughout my pregnancy with her Mum-to-be bootcamp at Station 22 and then via Zoom during lockdown. As a new Mum I am not overly confident being out and about at the minute, but I thoroughly look forward to Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s. The group of ladies I train with are fab and it has been so nice to share stories and experiences with them. It’s the most socialising I’m doing at the minute but love every minute of it. Kate puts so much thought into the planning of the sessions and she is so understanding to my current situation. Baby cries during session but that’s ok, no skiving, all exercises can be adapted to incorporate baby as a weight or resistance. Kate is very open and easy to talk to, she fully appreciates that these sessions may even just be a way to get out and about so you can take all exercises at your own pace or just bring a brew and sit and enjoy the fresh air and lovely surroundings of Stubblylee. I used to be a bit of a flake when it came to exercise, but now it’s something I really look forward to and feel like I get so much more out of it. Thanks for everything Kate, you are doing a superb job!”

Jaimie Weir

“I absolutely love Buggy Bootcamp. I attended Kate’s Mum-to-Be Bootcamp when I was pregnant and became a Kate-fanatic! Her sessions are always brilliant in so many ways. Not only has it been such a great opportunity for me to meet other mums and get out (something lockdown hasn’t really allowed me to do), you also always get a great workout. Kate has an amazing ability to motivate you and support in just the right way. She is so knowledgeable, and all exercises are modified to cater for whatever level people are at. I would definitely recommend them to anyone thinking of giving them a go! 😊”

Arwa Berry  

“My little boy and I are really enjoying Kate’s sessions. They are planned specifically with new mums in mind, the group are really welcoming and the babies enjoy the social as much as the mums! It’s nice to do a baby class that focuses on us mums and our well-being too.”

Danielle Cowap

The biggest thank you for the fab and lovely feedback… and the biggest thank you to all who have joined me for all my face-to-face classes these first few weeks (and have to give a shout-out to all who joined me online for a looong-ass time in lockdown; you kept me sane). For me, the face-to-face will always come first; I am a massive people person and get energy and all the good vibes from you lovely lot. Every class I teach, seeing you smash those sessions, sweaty smiles and endorphin highs at the finish, bringing people together, friendships formed, good times and giggles… it’s just the best! 🥰 here’s to so much more of that…

For anyone that is unsure, nervous, anxious… I hope these comments encourage you. Show you that whatever your level and ability YOU CAN DO IT. No pressure, no expectations, you work at your level… getting started in anything is always the hardest bit, but once you take the leap and give it a go, you soon realise there was nothing to be nervous about at all. If you have ‘any’ questions, concerns, doubts about taking part… please do reach out, speak up and ask…

Hopefully see/meet lots more of you in class 😊

Kate x

If you’d like to know more about my Buggy Bootcamp and/or classes at Station 22 follow the links below:

Click to read more about Buggy Bootcamp at Stubbylee Park

Click to read more about classes at Station 22

All bookings for classes are now online, via the GymCatch app. Click here to view and book classes on the app.

If you have any questions at all… please do get in touch:

Call Kate on: 07875584383

Email Kate: hello@brooks-fitness.co.uk  

Alternatively fill out the contact form below and Kate will be in touch.

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Check out our Instagram pages for class clips and pics too:

Brooks Fitness on Instagram

Bump and Beyond Bootcamps on Instagram (Kate’s pre & post natal page)


Rossendale Wellbeing Weekend

Next weekend, Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 July the first Wellbeing Weekend is taking place in Rossendale, ‘virtually’. A weekend to promote and support well-being on every level… mind, body and soul! Showcasing some of the great services and classes delivered across the valley.

This was going to be a festival style event where people could attend lots of different classes, talks and taster sessions in person, face-to-face; but in these times it’s going with the times and all happening online… a weekend that offers something for everyone and being online now opens it up to people from further afield…

Kate’s going to be teaching a number of classes over the weekend… open to anyone/everyone to get involved and give them a go. No matter what your ability and experience level you can take part, as she always offers lots of modifications for exercises in classes, you work at your own pace and people have been getting all kinds of creative with their homemade equipment and weights…

Click this link to go to Rossendale Wellbeing Weekend’s Facebook page to find out more about other sessions taking place.

Classes Kate is running for FREE…   

Kettlebell & Core – Saturday 11 July @ 10am (45 mins)

Open to all

This is a class Kate has been delivering online for the last (lots) of weeks… a session that combines lots of kettlebell (or whatever weight you’ve got) moves, to give your full body an awesome workout! It gets HOT and sweaty as you swing those weights around… a great piece of kit to train with (Kate’s favourite!!) for total body conditioning, combining strength training with high intensity cardio.

Gentle Exercise – Saturday 11 July @ 1pm (45 mins)

Open to all

This is a class that Kate had just started delivering at Haslingden Community Link before lockdown kicked in and has been delivering online in these times, to keep up motivation and momentum. As the name suggests, it is a gentle exercise session, low impact and slow tempo, that combines a mix of standing and seated exercises to improve strength and balance. A class that is ideal for older adults and anyone that would benefit from a gentler exercise session. For this class we use light hand weights and an exercise band. If you don’t have these, a great homemade alternative, tins/bottles and a pair of tights (that you don’t mind potentially laddering… as they will be stretched!).

Pre & Post Natal Bootcamp – Sunday 12 July @ 10am (45 mins)

Women only session

Kate specialises in pre and postnatal exercise and usually delivers classes in the community; supporting women to stay strong through pregnancy and beyond… running them as separate sessions for pregnancy and postnatal recovery. However, in these current times she’s combined classes and has been delivering them online. This class is suitable for anyone that’s pregnant (and not suffering from any contraindications that would mean exercise is not advised) and anyone that’s had their baby and been signed off and given the OK to start back exercising (which is usually between 6-12 weeks post). For this class you’ll need a couple of weights, dumbbells or homemade equivalent; tins, bottles… and an exercise mat or towel for floor/core exercises. Lots of modifications will be given throughout, for pregnancy and postnatal stages. You work at your own pace… zero pressure! A class that will include strength, core/pelvic floor and cardio.

No matter when you had your baby you are classed as postnatal… so please do feel free to get involved… you’ll get a good workout, that’s for sure! If you’re not pregnant or had a baby, feel free to join the fun too… this is a workout anyone can do.

All of the above classes will be held on Zoom, so that there’s a level of face to face interaction and Kate can see / demonstrate / support with technique. She’ll be recording all sessions too, so they will be available for you to do in your own time for a few days post event too. You’ll need to get in touch with Kate for the links and passwords to take part.

Get involved…  

For more info and links for classes get in touch:

Email: hello@brooks-fitness.co.uk

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NOTE: prior to taking part in any of the exercise sessions please have a read of our health questionnaire (PAR-Q) – Brooks Fitness Online PAR-Q

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Kate’s 2.6 for Tommy’s

Tommy's pic 300 pixThousands of people up and down the country have been taking on the #TwoPointSixChallenge, organised by the London Marathon to help charities through these tough times. A challenge that anyone and everyone can get involved with, and come up with a challenge to do on your own or as a family / collective (following government guidelines that is…), based around the numbers 26 or 2.6, and complete it on or from 26 April. There have already been thousands of challenges completed, some of epic scales and some small… all equally awesome in their own right.

Now I’m no marathon runner… you’ll never see me on the start line (although I did enter the ballot one year whilst under the influence of copious amounts of gin… luckily, I didn’t get in 😉). I’m more of a 10km girl (that’s a marathon to me). I’ve been racking my brains as to what I could do… and for who!? And my idea is… to host a live workout on my main business Facebook page @BrooksFitnessPT, this coming Friday 1 May for the charity Tommy’s. A workout consisting of 26 exercises/moves in 26 minutes, that’s suitable for pre and post-natal women (that being an area I specialise in), and anyone else that wants to get involved; women, men, kids and pets… everyone has been getting-in on online classes I’ve been instructing over the last few weeks 😊 and ask that people taking part donate £2.60 or whatever they feel they can… as every penny counts and makes such a difference, even more so now.

Now the toughest part of this challenge for me, will be keeping it to 26 minutes! Everyone who knows me and comes to my classes, knows how much I talk… and with the exercises there will be lots of multiple moves included to get the 26 in. All exercises suitable for all levels, as I’ll give modifications and options to progress/regress throughout (without talking too much).

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Why I chose Tommy’s? Tommy’s is a charity that funds research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth; with 1 in 4 women losing a baby during pregnancy or birth. I am one of those women who have had a miscarriage, my mum had still born twins when I was 12, my twin sisters, Faith and Sian, and many many of my close friends, women that come to my classes and that I PT have experienced losses too; miscarriage, multiple miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies and still birth. Sadly, it is so common, and this is something that Tommy’s are working to change; their target being to halve the number of babies that die during pregnancy or birth by 2030.

I wrote and shared a #blog about my miscarriage a while ago – please do feel free to have a read.

Losing a baby at any stage after a positive pregnancy test is utterly shattering, there isn’t a word big enough in the English language to cover it. The work Tommy’s do and the various support channels, networks and groups they have are vital; a lifeline, give hope. They have been a big support to me as part of my healing journey. They are now in desperate need of our support to continue their great work. Do get involved in this challenge if you can; feel good with a workout and an endorphin hit and do good! 😊

The details…  

26 exercises in 26 minutes.

Day / Date: Friday 1 May

Time: 3pm – clock-off early or set up some scheduled emails (we’ve all done that 😉), so you can get involved. The live ‘should’ be available on our page after the session too, so you can do it in your own time… I say should… there have been a few technical issues with these lives, so fingers crossed it all goes to plan.

Kit you need: dumbbells, kettlebells, tins, bottles… things you can use from around the house. In classes I’ve had people using bottles of booze, fabric conditioner, weed killer… we’ve had the lot! Get creative… as well as a mat or towel to use for floor work.

Donation: £2.60 or whatever you feel you can, every penny counts. I’ve set-up a JustGiving page for the challenge, here’s the link: bit.ly/KatesJustGivingForTommys

Where: your home, your garden… wherever you’ve got a bit of space and internet. This session will be a Facebook live from our main Facebook page: Brooks Fitness.

Who: anyone and everyone can get involved in this workout – pregnant women (as long as you’re not suffering from any contraindications that would mean exercise is not advised), postnatal women (as long as you have been signed-off and given the OK to exercise, which usually happens between 6-12 weeks), all other women, men, kids, pets… I’ll give lots of modifications, you work within your abilities. All about common sense in these times… don’t overdo do it and risk injury if you’re not experienced. Equally, if you are experienced and want to increase intensity use heavier weights, work at a faster pace… Have a read of our PAR-Q (health questionnaire) before taking part and if you’ve any questions, queries or concerns get in touch with me to discuss:

Email: hello@brooks-fitness.co.uk or send me a message on social media.

I hope you can join me on Friday.

Stay active, stay safe, stay strong…

Kate x


Pregnant & Powerful – benefits of exercising through pregnancy

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Damien Hirst – The Virgin Mother at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Creating a life and growing a human is a mind-blowing miracle! In a study at Duke University the ultimate limit of human endurance has been calculated by scientists, who found that pregnant women are close to the maximum – now that’s powerful!

Three full-on trimesters of major anatomical and physiological changes, over 40 weeks… organs shift and get squished, the uterus can expand up to 20 times it’s normal size, body posture changes, ligaments and joints move… and then throw all the hormonal changes into the mix! Women and wondrous.

Watch this animation showing how a woman’s body changes and organs shift during pregnancy

With all of the above going on and your body being pushed close to it’s maximum, it’s a lot, to put it lightly. Finding the energy and motivation to move more than you have to can be tough… but the benefits of staying active and strong through pregnancy are so vast, that if you can, you most certainly should.

Would you enter a marathon and do no training in preparation? There may be a crazy few that might… but most of us would have to put the time, energy and effort in to go the distance. Labour is that marathon… you need to be fit and strong, physically and mentally to go the duration!

Exercising whilst pregnant is A-OK, so long as you’re given the go-ahead from your GP and/or midwife, you’re not suffering from any *contraindications that would mean it wasn’t advised (listed below), and you feel up to it. It doesn’t have to be intense and over the top, but equally it doesn’t mean you have to go so easy. Every pregnancy and person are different, and all exercises can be adapted to accommodate and work with any pregnancy related aches, pains and associated physiological changes.

The benefits of exercise… some of the many:

  • Reduce swelling of limbs, nausea, fatigue (as tired as you feel endorphins will give you a major energy boost).
  • Reduce the risk of pregnancy-induced hypertension and gestational diabetes.
  • Prevent excessive weight gain – you’re going to gain weight, in areas that you carry/hold weight, as well as bump and boobs… weight-loss isn’t the focus, staying strong and active is.
  • Reduce risk of diastasis recti (abdominal separation) – I’m going to write a separate blog on this, but stats say that around 60% of women have this during or after pregnancy, my experience is that most have it, and it’s totally normal and to be expected. But exercising and maintaining muscle / core strength throughout pregnancy massively helps to minimise this.
  • Reduces back, pelvic and pregnancy related pains.
  • Facilitates and supports labour – that marathon! Also supports with speedier recovery.
  • Improves posture, maternal and mental well-being, self-esteem and sleep.
  • Supports placental and foetal growth.

This list could go on…

Considerations and adaptions to be made…

Here’s a handful of considerations to be made and things to be avoided when pregnant and exercising. There are lost of considerations and adaptions and again this list could go on… lots of factors that would influence this, such as the individual, how experienced they are, how regularly they exercised before being pregnant and so on… The best thing to do is to seek advice from someone qualified, join classes that are pregnancy specific. Some points to note…

  • Consider the risk element of exercise – high impact / contact and extreme sports pose a higher risk element of things that could go wrong, and so are advised to be avoided.
  • Exercising in a supine position (lying flat on your back) after the first trimester is a no-no. There’s lots of core exercises you can do on your sides and all-fours, engaging your core with all exercises is key, not just through pregnancy.
  • Avoid jumping and any heavy rotation / twisting exercises as you move on to the latter stages of trimesters 2 and 3.
  • Avoid overexertion – it’s not a time to be beasting yourself to oblivion, heart rate increases by 10-15% just being pregnant, when exercising you should be able to talk and go no higher than 6/7 out of 10 RPE.
  • Running is OK if that’s your thing, but it will get to a point where running puts too much pressure on your pelvic floor – this will be a different point in pregnancy for everyone.
  • Lifting heavy weights is OK too – but the heavier you go the more intra-abdominal force you exert and in turn more pressure you place on your pelvic floor. Consider any risk elements too with certain exercises.
  • Stay hydrated and make sure you fuel right – drink plenty throughout, eat before, after and even during if you need to.
  • Have adequate rest in-between sets and as you need to throughout an exercise session.

Benefits far outweigh any risks and exercising through a healthy pregnancy is advised by all health professionals. In a time when you have little control on your body physiologically, be empowered and take back some control through exercise and those incredible endorphins; for body, bump and mind.

If you have any questions about exercising through pregnancy get in touch and ask… and if you’d like to join my Mum-to-Be Bootcamp or find out more about prenatal PT check out the links below for more info.

Kate x

Call Kate on: 07875584383

Email: hello@brooks-fitness.co.uk

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*Contraindications meaning exercise would not be advised, include:

  • Haemodynamically significant heart disease
  • Restrictive lung disease
  • Incompetent cervix
  • Multiple gestation
  • Persistent bleeding
  • Placenta previa (after 26 weeks)
  • Premature labour
  • Ruptured membranes
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension
  • Pre-eclampsia