YUMMY mummies are taking to a Sunderland park to stay in shape with the help of their little ones.
A buggy bootcamp is giving new mothers the chance to work out without leaving their baby at home.
Mothers looking to shed any post-pregnancy pounds meet three times a week, in Barnes Park, with their children.
Personal trainer Mel Brewis came up with the idea of Yummy Mummy Buggy Bootcamps after clients with young kids told her they were looking for ways to tone up.
Fitness-mad Mel said: “A lot of people were saying they were stuck in the house with their babies and wanted to do some exercise and was there nothing I could do?
“It’s a chance for new mums to meet other new mums, have a workout and go for a coffee afterwards in the cafe.”
Mel leads the group around the park tackling gentle exercises, while babies look on or enjoy a snooze.
New recruits can come along after being given the all-clear by their GP and the sessions can be adapted for mums-to-be.
Staff nurse Emma Wake, 33, from Seaburn, brings nine-month-old Thomas to buggy bootcamp.
She said: “It gets you out of the house and it’s great being able to do exercise, as I have no childcare to go to the gym.”
Bank worker Verity Silver, from Grangetown, and baby Nova also signed up.
The new mum said: “I don’t enjoy exercise, but I do love coming here.”
Little Thomas, aged 14 months, and mum Emma Maughan, 31, from Thornhill, were also braving the winds for a bout of keep fit.
She said: “It gets me and Thomas out and he loves it. He loves having a look about. It gets us out and meeting other people.
“If I didn’t come here I’d be sitting in the house.”
Mel’s company Wear-Fit also holds regular bootcamps in Barnes Park five mornings a week and three evening workouts at Roker beach.
For more information, see www.wear-fit.co.uk.
Wear-Fit has teamed up with community interest company North East Sports to offer families a deal on keeping fit.
Family membership to Wear-Fit and NE Sport activities for kids gets bootcamps for two adults and holiday, weekend and after-school clubs for two children, excluding football club, for £60 a month, or £40 for one parent and one child.
Mums can also grab a fortnight of bootcamp and access to holiday activities for one child for £25.
Yummy Mummy Buggy Bootcamps are usually £20 a month or £5 a session and take place from 10am-11am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Meet in the car park of Barnes Park.
To book a place, call Mel on 07956 575167 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.