Why you need to do squats pregnancyIf you come along to my pregnancy exercise or mum + baby workout classes, chances are, you’ll come across me demonstrating, and you doing a squat.

 

Why do I have you perform this exercise so frequently with you?

 

Well, it’s for the health of your pelvic floor.

 

You probably weren’t expecting that to be my answer, were you?!

 

Apologies if you’re eating right now…  Maybe pop that food down, ok?

 

I don’t actually prescribe Kegels very often to my pre/postnatal clients, and haven’t done for 3+ years.

 

Rarely, if ever get you doing one in a classroom environment, mainly because it’s difficult for me to tell from the outside, if you’re doing them from the inside.

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Prenatal-165Swimming provides a welcome relief to those aches and pains you often experience during pregnancy.

 

It relieves the pressure of your bump by supporting it and takes the strain off your back.

 

It’s also great for improving your circulation which is sometimes affected during pregnancy, because of all of the hormones running around your system.

 

What the pressure of the water does to your veins and arteries actually stimulates blood flow and reduces any swelling you may be experiencing, say in the feet or ankles.

 

Swimming gives your muscles a great workout.

 

Water offers 12 times the resistance of air!

 

Your deep abdominal muscles also get a workout, because they help stabilise the pelvis in water and so this is an excellent way to maintain your abdominal muscular strength.

 

Swimming can be particularly relaxing and the rhythmic action of the stroke, gives you the feeling of weightlessness.

 

For baby, the soft muffled sounds created by the water induce a feeling of calm and tranquility for him/her too.

 

If you are experiencing any pelvic pain during pregnancy, I’d suggest that you avoid breast stroke leg action.

 

Several of my clients have given themselves pelvic girdle pain due to the excessive leg kicking action, which is not great for your unstable pelvis. pelvis

 

What I suggest is doggy paddle legs, with breast stroke arms, as this way, your legs stay narrow, whilst your arms are still getting a great workout.

 

Buy a pair of goggles so you can swim with your head down, because this puts less pressure on your back.

 

Swimming with your head out of the water causes the pelvis to drop and accentuates the increased curve in the lumbar spine.

 

If you’re on maternity leave, check out your local pool, to see if they offer an aqua-natal or aqua-aerobics class.

 

Phone them first to see if the aerobics class is suitable for pregnancy, and ask about the depth of water.

 

Whilst waist-high water provides support for your pelvis and lower back, your breasts are still vulnerable so you may need to wear a bra if your swimsuit doesn’t provide sufficient support.

 

Chest-high water is preferable but you can reduce the risks in shallower water by adopting a wide leg base and bending the knees with the feet facing forwards.

 

Not only does this keep the breasts immersed but it also provides greater stability and a more effective workout for the arms.

 

Check out Claire’s pregnancy fitness classes which are held in West Bridgford, Nottingham.

 

They’re at the perfect time of day and they’re a great way of meeting other mums-to-be too!

I have a cracking set of NEW classes coming to get you in January 2015!personaltraining

 

If you’ve decided now is the time to get yourself into shape after baby, you’re expecting a baby and want to stay active, or you’re a mum needing to tone up your tummy, then keep reading!

 

Below, you’ll find a list of the classes on my timetable with ALL the info you need.

 

 

PREGNANCY PILATES – Tuesday 13th January 2015 – 6:15pm (West Bridgford)

Pilates during pregnancy helps: tone your abdominals, decrease back and pelvic onhealthy.net pain, release tension in tight spots and prepare your body for birth, baby and beyond.

 

Just 3 spots left!

 

Click here to book your space

 

 

EVENING BEGINNERS PILATES – Tuesday 13th January 2015 – 8:30pm (West Bridgford)beginners

A baby-free zone where you can come out for the evening, tone up your tummy, address postural imbalances, learn about how posture effects your at work, rest and play, and get yourself back on track, exercise-wise. Postnatal options are provided, where appropriate.

 

Click here to book your space

 

 

 

PREGNANCY FITNESS – Monday 12th January 6pm / Wednesday 14th January 2015 – 6:30pm (Lady Bay)

Pilates during pregnancy helps: tone your abdominals, decrease back and pelvic pain, release tension in tight spots and prepare your body for birth, baby and beyond.

 

Only 6 spaces available!

 

Click here to book your space

 

 

MUM & BABY PILATES – Monday 12th January 2015 – 1:30pm (Lady Bay)

Postnatal Pilates classes are specifically for new mums to help fix abdominal separation, pelvic floor problems, release tension in your neck/shoulders from constant feeding, eradicate back pain, and educate you about safe exercise post-birth. Baby comes too!

 

Just 3 spaces left!!

 

Click here to book your space

 

 

LITTLE BLACK DRESS WORKOUT – Monday 12th January 2015 – 8:30pm (West Bridgford)lbd

A fun, fat-burning, full-body workout which WILL burn off those excess calories! Postnatal options are provided, and it’s a great class if you’ve done Mummies and Buggies already and fancy a step up from there.

 

Click here to book your space

 

 

MUMMIES AND BUGGIES – Wednesday 14th January 2015 – 11am (Lady Bay)

Get fit, have fun, make friends – no babysitter! An indoor workout with your buggy which works your heart and lungs, energises you, tones up your wobbly bits and the best bit is – baby comes too!

 

Click here to book your space

 

 

Any queries, email me.

 

 

Or check me out on Facebook

Well, I’ve done it again – I’ve gone and won another Award on Twitter.look we can

 

That’s 3 Twitter Awards now and counting!

 

So far, I’ve won the

 

This time’s the Business Award has come from @LookWeCan – a business support and networking group with 15,000+ followers!

 

@LookWeCan run a competition each week, encouraging local businesses to tweet them (see that pic on the right – that’s my winning tweet right there!) and use the hashtag #LookWeCan.

 

They then chooslook_we_can_2e their favourite 6 tweeters for the week and announce them online (see pic on the left).

 

To say I’m excited about being selected as this week’s winner is a slight understatement!

 

I run a small business myself as you know, and love to support and network with other sole traders, locally and nationally too to help spread the word about their business, services and products.

 

looke_we_can_3It’s not always smooth sailing being your own boss.

 

I do have support staff to help me with bits and pieces here and there behind the scenes (thank you team!), but running a predominantly service-based business like fitness and Pilates classes, I am the face of my company and people buy from me and my awesome personality obviously.  I’m kidding!

 

The #LookWeCan Business Award is especially significant here because it’s a LOCAL Award, for businesses based specifically in the East Midlands.

 

look_we_can_tweetHere’s a copy of the Tweet from @LookWeCan where it announces me as one of the chosen 6 winners for the week.  How cool?!

 

If you run a small business yourself, I would encourage you to be more active on Twitter.  It’s one of the most under-used networking tools in my professional opinion.

 

If you have no idea what you’re doing, don’t get on with it, or don’t understand it, follow me and I’ll show you how it’s done.

 

Claire-44I tweet a lot and have over 3,000 followers.  It’s fun, frequent and factual.

 

Tweet me on Twitter to ask me a question, interact with me and say hi!

 

Bye for now.

 

Regards

 

Claire ‘Award Winning’ Mockridge

I have a cracking set of NEW classes coming up in September 2014!personaltraining

 

If you’ve decided now is the time to get yourself into shape after baby, you’re expecting a baby and want to stay active, or you’re a mum needing to tone up your tummy, then keep reading!
Below, you’ll find a list of the classes on my timetable with ALL the info you need.

 

 

PREGNANCY PILATES – Tuesday 22 September – 6:15pm (West Bridgford)

Pilates during pregnancy helps: tone your abdominals, decrease back and pelvic pain, release tension in tight spots and prepare your body for birth, baby and beyond.

 

Just 2 spots left!

 

Click here to book your space

 

 

EVENING BEGINNERS PILATES – Tuesday 23 September – 8:30pm (West Bridgford)beginners

A baby-free zone where you can come out for the evening, tone up your tummy, address postural imbalances, learn about how posture effects your at work, rest and play, and get yourself back on track, exercise-wise. Postnatal options are provided, where appropriate.

 

Click here to book your space

 

 

MUM & BABY PILATES – Monday 22 September – 1:30pm (Lady Bay)

Postnatal Pilates classes are specifically for new mums to help fix abdominal separation, pelvic floor problems, release tension in your neck/shoulders from constant feeding, eradicate back pain, and educate you about safe exercise post-birth. Baby comes too!

 

Just 4 spaces left!!

 

Click here to book your space

 

 

LITTLE BLACK DRESS WORKOUT – Monday 15 September – 8:30pm (West Bridgford)lbd

A fun, fat-burning, full-body workout which WILL burn off those excess calories! Postnatal options are provided, and it’s a great class if you’ve done Mummies and Buggies already and fancy a step up from there.

 

Click here to book your space

 

 

MUMMIES AND BUGGIES – Wednesday 17 September – 11am (Lady Bay)

Get fit, have fun, make friends – no babysitter! An indoor workout with your buggy which works your heart and lungs, energises you, tones up your wobbly bits and the best bit is – baby comes too!

 

Click here to book your space

 

 

Any queries, email me.

 

 

Or check me out on Facebook

I can’t believe it!WOWButton (2)

 

I’m a #WOW Award Winner (#WOW = Women On Wednesday)!

 

This is really prestigious Award given to women, from a very prominent female entrepreneur, @Jacqueline_Gold.

 

Twitter’s great and I use it for business, networking, general chit-chat and musings.

 

Are you on Twitter?

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Hello there,

birthday

It’s my BIRTHDAY on Friday 2 May 2014.

 

I’m happy to announce I’ll be having a FLASH SALE on ALL of my products on my new www.clairemockridge.com website as a celebration.

 

Every DVD and product download is HALF PRICE on Friday 2 May 2014!

 

Grab yourself a bargain!

Surprise a friend!

Pick yourself up something nice!

FITNESS DVDS

  • Pregnancy Fitness DVD – “Don’t let your BUMP get in the way”
  • Postnatal Fitness DVD – “Now it’s YOUR time”

 

PILATES ON A PAGE – WORKSHEETS

 

REMEMBER!

All products are HALF PRICE, for ONE DAY ONLY – Friday 2 May 2014!

 

Buy a friend a gift, or pick something up for yourself.

 

Help me celebrate MY BIRTHDAY!

 

Cheers!

 

Claire Mockridge

 

 

 

 

Claire Mockridge

Ante/Postnatal Fitness Expert and Pilates Teacher

 

Hi there,

 

Want to know when ClaireMockridge.com classes ARE and AREN’T running over the Easter period?

 

Here’s a little list to help you keep track:

 

PREGNANCY FITNESS

Monday 6pm / Wednesday 6:30pm

No classes – 14th, 16th, 21st or 23rd April 2014

Classes resume – week commencing Monday 28 April 2014

 

PREGNANCY PILATES

Tuesday 6:15pm

No classes – 15th or 22nd April 2014

Classes resume – Tuesday 29 April 2014

 

POSTNATAL FITNESS – MUMMIES AND BUGGIES

Wednesday 10am / 11am

No classes – 16th or 23rd April 2014

Classes resume  – Wednesday 30th April 2014

 

POSTNATAL PILATES

Monday 1:30pm

Next 6-week course runs Monday 28th April – 2 June 2014

NB – No classes Bank Holidays Monday 5th or 26th May 2014

 

IMPROVERS PILATES

Tuesday 7:30pm / Wednesday 8:15pm

Katie Watson is covering my Tuesday classes on 15th and 22nd April 2014

NB – Wednesday 8:15pm sessions are DOWNSTAIRS at the Methodist Church Hall for 15th and 22nd April 2014

 

BEGINNERS PILATES

Tuesday 8:30pm

Katie Watson is covering week 2 and 3 of the current 6-week course on Tuesday 15th and 22nd April 2014

I’ll be back on Tuesday 29th April 2014

 

LITTLE BLACK DRESS WORKOUT

Monday 8:30pm

No class – Monday 28 April 2014 or 5th May 2014 (due to Bank Holiday)

 

And, I think that’s it!

 

I’m a busy bee, huh?

 

Click here if you want to check out the address of a venue, then select the class you’re interested in for more details.

 

See you in class again soon.Ante/Postnatal Fitness Expert

 

Happy Easter!

 

Oh, and don’t forget my HALF PRICE BIRTHDAY SALE – ONE DAY ONLY – 2nd May 2014!

 

Details to follow via email shortly.

 

Regards

 

Claire

santaHello there,

 

Just a quick message to you today to wish you, your family and friends a very Merry Christmas from all here at ClaireMockridge HQ.

 

It’s been a pleasure working with you in 2013 and I trust I will see you at some point again in 2014!

 

If you have any questions relating to exercise, remember, I am only at the other end of an email, so do please get in touch.

 

Travel safe if you’re off visiting family and have a stupendous time!

 

See you in the New Year!

 

Regards

 

Claire Mockridge

Fitness Professional, Pilates Teacher and Ante/Postnatal Specialist

Well, I’d say Thursday 28 November 2013 was the highlight of my year!

Claire Mockridge and Theo Paphitis

Claire Mockridge meets Theo Paphitis

Just to give you some background, Theo Paphitis from Dragons’ Den fame holds a competition every Sunday on Twitter called ‘Small Business Sunday’, or #SBS for short.

I’m here to tell you that I won this said Award, and Theo (we’re on first name terms now, obviously) invited me and many of the other winners, from across the UK and Ireland to his #SBSEvent2013 at the ICC in Birmingham.

Claire Mockridge, Ante/Postnatal Fitness Expert meets Theo Paphitis

Here I am getting ‘papped’ by Theo’s professional photographer

On arrival, I kind of got ‘papped’ by Theo’s professional photographer, as you can see here on the right! 🙂

It was a fabulous day out for networking with other small businesses, we got our photo taken with Theo (great for PR!), had access to his ‘Panel of Experts’ on topics such as e-commerce, finance, logistics and marketing and of course were treated some amazing inspiration from the big man himself.

Since winning Theo Paphitis’ #SBS Award , I’ve:

  • gained a huge Twitter following,
  • been in the local newspaper,
  • featured on BBC Radio Nottingham, and
  • increased exposure for my Pregnancy Fitness DVD “Don’t let your BUMP get in the way!” and Postnatal Fitness DVDs “Now it’s YOUR time!”

It’s been great exposure for my little business www.clairemockridge.com which aside from selling pre/postnatal fitness DVDs also operates pregnancy exercise and postnatal fitness classes for expectant women and new mums in West Bridgford, Nottingham, UK.

If you’re a small business owner yourself, or know someone who is, my suggestion would be to get on Twitter NOW, (you can follow me here and I’ll show you how it’s done if you like) and make sure to send @TheoPaphitis a tweet using the #SBS hastag on Sunday between 5:30-7:00pm.  You never know your luck – he may select you/your friend’s business too.

I could win a £50,000 investment from Theo’s #SBSAngels!

All winners of the #SBS Award have the opportunity of ‘pitching’ their business to a panel of businesses called #SBSAngels, that Theo personally invested in whilst he was on Dragons’ Den.

There’s £50,000 up for grabs if we’re chosen as a successful investment.

Wish me luck!


   SBS Winner
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