AN EXERCISE entrepreneur has started the New Year with a bang after launching her baby-friendly fitness classes for mums across Maghull, Aintree, Waterloo, Litherland, Formby, Halsall and Southport.
Sweaty Mamas franchise owner Lucy Jewell, 35, from Crosby, loves exercise and finds it beneficial to her mental health - but found that there were very few places that she could attend with her baby in tow.
Her husband is a marine engineer so works away at sea for six months of the year so Lucy needed classes that she could attend without paying for childcare – and after realising that there was a gap in the market, she rolled up her sleeves and set up her own branch of Sweaty Mamas Sefton!
The mum of one has now completed a full range of courses on post-natal qualifications and safe ‘baby wearing’ – which means that the children will be taking part in the classes too, who benefit from social interaction with other youngsters as well as some of the exercise benefits of the class.
As a pre and post-natal specialist, she is keen to find out more about the women’s pregnancies and births and get them back to ‘feeling the best that they can.’
She wants to primarily focus on helping women with re-strengthening their pelvic muscles, core muscles and re-aligning their posture after pregnancy.
Lucy revealed: “It is great to see people back integrating with other mums after the last two years – some mums have not had chance to do much socialising with other mums in the last two years.
“Classes are safe from six weeks up to children going to school – so up to four. I am happy for older children to come too and increasing community spirit as well.
“I currently work for the NHS and I am on a 12 month break but since having my little boy three years ago I have struggled with a work-life balance as my husband is a marine engineer so works away at sea for six months of the year.
“When I had my little boy Lucas in 2018, I struggled with post natal depression and found a lot of relief and help from exercise however as soon as my husband returned to sea I could no longer go to the gym as I had no childcare help. My sister lives in Leyland and attended Sweaty Mama classes local to her but when I researched our area there were none available and from there my passion started that I wanted to help other mums.
“I would love to raise awareness of the benefits of exercise for new mums as well as the social aspect of my classes especially following covid and lockdown.”
Lucy’s next step is to expand the ‘Sweaty community’ over the sefton area by introducing women’s-only bootcamp sessions – which will be welcoming all women not only mums – and Mamilates sessions, which are pilates-style class aimed at pregnant ladies and new mums.
She added: “I am passionate to grow the Sweaty community but it is not something I can do alone and I am on the lookout for some new team members to help me build my Sweaty army!”
One mum told the Champion: “The classes are amazing and everyone else is in the same boat! You know that you are completely supported by Lucy and you can make new friends while having fun!”
Another added, “There’s no pressure at all to look the part or be back to fitness already – this is like a mums and baby group but more fun!”
Find out more by visiting lucyjewell.sweatymama.com, calling 07708 917934 or searching for her pages on social media sites Instagram @sweatymamauk and Facebook, Sweaty Mama Sefton South.