I’ve come to the realisation that the only time I ever find time to do any exercise whatsoever is when I am asked to take part in a class to write a review for STAG. Thank you Tadcaster Leisure Centre for inviting me along to take part in some well-overdue exercise! And also, as always, ouch!!
Last Thursday I took the miniest Mumbler (Heidi) to a parent and toddler pilates class at STAG favourite, Tadcaster Leisure Centre. The management team at the centre are extremely passionate in providing family-friendly exercise classes for our community which is amazing. I had high expectations for this class as I had reviewed a wonderful mother and baby yoga class there a few months back – I am pleased to report that I was far from disappointed.
I did enter the class with a certain amount of trepidation however (Heidi is definitely at an age where anything could happen and she did not accompany me to the last class I reviewed) and yes she did act like a two-year-old and do you know what- that was absolutely fine and completely welcomed. Not only by Tracey the instructor but also by the other mums, who very much understood that kids will be kids!
The class was extremely relaxed and relaxing. Tracey creates a calm environment with the lighting, room set up and music choice and she is completely friendly and welcoming. It is so obvious that she has a great relationship with all of the parents who attend the class and is passionate about helping mums (and dads) to build strength and flexibility and relax! She is also incredibly knowledgeable – she explained all of the exercises clearly and gave individual feedback and reassurance / encouragement to everyone who was taking part. Just what you want in a fitness instructor and what you’d expect yes? But what makes Tracey’s class special is the extra effort she puts in to ensure children are happy so that parents can enjoy what they are there to do and relax safe in the knowledge that there is absolutely no judgement between parents. During the class some children took part with their parent, some slept, some played with each other and others (yes mine) climbed on top of their parent and demanded some attention! All completely accepted and rightly so. Tracey provides mats and toys for babies to roll about on and engages with them all too. I thought it was a lovely touch at the end of the class when she put the kettle on for the parents who had attended and we all sat together for a cuppa, biccie and a chat.
Tracey runs her class twice a week at the Leisure Centre, Tuesdays at 9.30am and Thursdays at 11.45am. The cost is £5 per session which you need to book via their website or free if you are a member of the centre. Children up to age three are welcome with an adult. I highly recommend – my whole body was worked hard during the session and I completely enjoyed it – lovely instructor, lovely company and above all, a great opportunity to bond with Heidi, who keeps telling people we’ve been “sexercising” . We will definitely be back – thank you for having us!
Watch this space as I will soon be reviewing Family Bootcamp at TLC with my oldest mini mumbler. Now I’m sure that’ll go well if they’re used to emotional five-year-olds who get completely anxious when trying something new??