We begin with a gentle aerobic warm up exercise while holding baby in our arms, then we move on to floor exercises, where baby is either a part of the exercises or laid on the mat next to mum.
Next we put babies into their carriers (the Kangatrainer will assist to ensure safe and healthy wearing) and we Kanga!
The rest of the session involves choreographed aerobic and Latin dance tracks, arm exercises, bar work, and repeaters.
The session concludes with pelvic floor exercises, a gentle stretch, and an open discussion session where mums get to chat about a topic of interest and share our stories.
You will sweat, and you will likely feel some discomfort, but I promise it is the good kind. I will encourage you to work hard and to stretch your limits, but also to respect your body. After all, it has been through so much and gave us so much!
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does each session last for? Each Kangatraining session lasts for a full one hour. Mums are encouraged to arrive at the class about 15 minutes prior to the class starting, to allow ample time for babies to be fed and changed to ensure their comfort for the rest of the session.
Breastfeeding mums are strongly encouraged to feed right before the session begins for your comfort.
This also allows the Kangatrainer time to discuss any health or physical concerns mums may have prior to the class, so that modifications can be made to exercises.
I don't have a baby carrier, what do I do? If you are new to babywearing and do not own a baby carrier, there will be suitable carriers available for hire or purchase from me at the class. carriers are FREE to hire during class - however booking is essential as I have a limited amount of carriers. I will also be able to fit the carriers to you to ensure optimal comfort for baby and mum.
If you love the carriers I have for hire, you will also be able to purchase them from me.
I have a toddler too. Can I bring them along? Yes! Toddlers are more than welcome at Kangatraining classes - we don't want you to have to worry about childcare! A kids corner will be set up at each class with some toys and activities that will hopefully keep them occupied while we work out. You may find that your toddler would rather hang out with us and join in the "dancing", and that is perfectly fine too.
How old must my baby be to join Kangatraining? Mums who have passed their 6 week check up with their health professional (GP, midwife, or OBGYN) are welcome to join us.Hence you baby must be at least 6 weeks old.
Mums who have had Caesarean sections are encouraged to wait at least 12 weeks after birth before commencing Kangatraining, provided clearance is given by your health professional. Caesareans are considered major abdominal surgery and an early return to rigorous physical activity can impede natural recovery and cause further injuries.
If you are unsure about your suitability to do Kangatraining for any physical reasons, please speak to me directly and I will be able to advise you further.
I have my own baby carrier, can I use it?
At Kangatraining, adherence to safe and healthy babywearing guidelines is crucial and cannot be compromised. As Kangatrainers, we are trained to assess the suitability of various baby carriers for the workout, so if you have your own carrier, please bring it along and we can assess it.
Popular brands of baby carriers that will be suitable for Kangatraining include the Manduca and Ergo carriers. .