Here we list local exercise and health providers as used and recommended by local parents. We never take payment for listings on this page. If you’re a local parent, please let us know your reviews via firstname.lastname@example.org
Postnatal mum-and-baby exercise on Tooting Common:
Once you’ve been given the all-clear from your GP to exercise (usually a minimum 6-8 weeks after birth, whenever you feel ready after that), these outdoor classes are a great way to regain your fitness, get some fresh air, and meet local mums without having to think about childcare and while being able to stop and feed your baby if necessary. Classes allow you to work at your own pace. Both offer pay-as-you-go rates and packages – drop by or get in touch using the details below for prices.
Train Happy Mums (formerly known as Powerpramming)
Mondays and Thursdays at 10am – no need to book. Meet Tess at the cafe on the Common. Drop-ins welcome.
Tuesdays at 9.45am and Fridays at 10am. Meet Eliza at the cafe on the Common. Drop-ins welcome.
Contact details: Eliza Nearn – email@example.com – 07779271655 – www.elizadoalot.co.uk
Eliza also runs the Foo Foo Fun Club for strengthening your pelvic floor and core, contact her for more info: www.elizadoalot.com/pages/foo-foo-fun-box
Postnatal fitness classes (babies welcome!):
Recently opened (early 2015) in Tooting Bec, CrossFit doesn’t use any equipment or machines, just free weights and body weight exercises. Every weekday at 11am, drop-in or packages available. More info online. From a local mum using the classes already:
‘No matter how old your little one is, I highly recommend the postnatal classes at Tooting Crossfit with Dani. She is incredibly experienced in the physical changes associated with pregnancy and how to help regain core strength and help restore the body to its pre-pregnancy state. I have been a regular attendee to the class since the gym opened and I can already see a difference in my core strength and stability. Dani is approachable, friendly and knowledgeable and is an excellent trainer. And the fact that there is on site childcare is a bonus! And also as a mum, being able to choose from the daily sessions gives a flexibility other classes don’t have.’
Wellbeing@ProPhysiotherapy in Earlsfield
Fantastic postnatal fitness course which is great value, very friendly and non-intimidating. One reviewer recalls it was”a good gentle intro back into fitness, maximum of 6 mums, the babies were just at the back of the room and one of the physios would look after them”.
Wandsworth Boost – New Mum New You!
Free weekly exercise class for postnatal mums, take your baby (under 1s) along too. Usually around one hour of exercise followed by one hour of nutrition advice. Faylands Children’s Centre (check timetable), also classes in Balham and Earlsfield. Fun, friendly and welcoming, great way to meet other new mums.
More info: Boost.firstname.lastname@example.org and 02083251725 – booking usually required.
The Train Station
Exercise classes for postnatal mums at the ‘Train Station’ gym near Wandsworth Common railway station, including Yummy Mummies and Posture, Pelvis and Prams. You must register/book in advance: thetrainstationgym.co.uk. First class free, drop-in £15 per class, other membership options available.
Jane Wake’s post-natal Pilates
Having just finished a course of Jane’s Pilates “Flow” on the recommendation of other local mums, our reviewer can vouch for the friendly and effective approach Jane and her team take. Whilst not cheap, this course does a great job of reintroducing you to your pelvic floor and (gasp) tummy muscles, in a very supportive and focused environment. There are various types of course (both with and without baby in tow), a number of weekly classes to choose from, online booking, and very friendly teachers (including the lovely Jane herself, even though she is a very busy lady when not on the telly!) Highly recommended.
Katie runs Pilates classes in Tooting and Balham. Tooting classes are held in Rechere’s Health Education & Well Being Centre (accessed through new juice bar Route to Juice, 163-5 Tooting High Street). Classes on Wednesdays: 10.05am and 10.55am, mum & baby classes. Drop-in £10, but please contact Katie in advance so she can be sure there’s space. She also runs pregnancy pilates on Wednesday evenings – see website for more info.
Pilates Matwork for Mums
Earlfield Library hall, Friday 1.50pm-2.50pm (term-time), babies, toys and pushchairs welcome! £12 per class or block payment discount available.
Post-natal and pregnancy pilates in Balham. Our reviewer simply says “she’s wonderful!”
Local parent and qualified physio Madia runs pregnancy Pilates at 8.45am Saturdays and Pilates for Mums at 8.45am Sundays. At ReCentre SW17 (Balham High Road). £15 PAYG or term discounts available.
Some children’s centres (Fayland’s Children’s Centre) run mum and baby yoga – booking required, check the Tooting Baby calendar or individual timetables for details.
Antenatal yoga – Iyengar Yoga Studio
Yoga class for expectant mothers in a pleasant local studio, taught by Indira Lopez-Bassols, who is also a qualified doula and lactation consultant.
6-7.15pm, Wednesdays, Trident Business Centre, Bickersteth Road, Tooting.
6 sessions for £90. email@example.com
Rebecca Enderby Yoga
Dynamic vinyasa yoga class at Rechere’s Well-Being Centre 163-165 Tooting High Street. Saturday morning 9.30-10.30 and Monday evenings 7.30-8.30pm. The classes are at the space at the back of Route to Juice but they are officially run through the Well-Being Centre.
Our reviewer said “a great yoga class… Mixed ability but she is very understanding and gives alternative poses depending on level of experience.”
Contact for information on pregnancy yoga classes as well.
Facebook: Rebecca Enderby Yoga
Antenatal yoga – Jiva Health, Earlsfield
Our reviewer highly recommends the Sunday class with Lon Gibbons, saying “it was not strenuous but excellent stretching and mental prep for labour.”
Personal Trainers (alphabetical by surname):
Emily Altneu (Swift Fit)
Emily has a licence to train on all the commons around SW London (Tooting, Wandsworth, Battersea, Wimbledon etc.) Our reviewer says:
“I’ve been seeing Emily since I was 11 weeks post delivery and can highly recommend her for personal training. She is enthusiastic and motivating, and keeps workouts varied so that the time flies by! We have trained on tooting common and even in my kitchen when the weather was bad! Emily is also very up to date with research regarding health and fitness and after managing to convince me to write a food diary for a few days, she made some really constructive suggestions which have helped me and my husband lose weight! Emily has been fantastic and I can’t recommend her highly enough!”
Our reviewer recommends local personal trainer who she trained with on the common, “she’s a mummy too so as well as being a great personal trainer, she knows first hand how tricky it can be getting back in shape after baby”!
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | 07870 265 985
From reviewer: “I have been training with Dave for 2 years and throughout my current pregnancy. Thanks to his routines and nutrition advice I felt encouraged to stay fit. Dave focused on what was right for me. We did a lot of exercises to strengthen my back and my core, we also focused on my posture and he always made sure I got a good and comprehensive workout appropriate for pregnancy. I always felt in safe hands! My friends are quite impressed about how fit and energised I still am. He’s very professional, always positive. Dave really gets involved and makes you feel like there’s nothing more important to him than seeing you get fit and feeling healthy.”
Beauty salons / Mobile beauty providers:
Independent MBS Balham
This is a stylish and very friendly Aveda salon with a real focus on looking after mothers and babies. Our reviewer had to deal with an explosive nappy during a lash-tint appointment and staff were unfailingly patient and pretended not to notice the less-than-pleasant smells! Facilities include baby changing facilities, food and bottle warming, cushions to breast-feed comfortably, a travel cot to use if needed, and a play area for older babies. The salon is part of the Breastfeeding Alliance. NCT discount (-15%) during weekdays (9am-5pm).
Reflexology and Massage:
From Head to Toes
Treatments and therapies available for mums and babies including reflexology, maternity reflexology, craniosacral therapy and Indian head massage. Fiona will happily come to you at home in Tooting, or else you can have a treatment in the serene space of the Remedie Rooms on Streatham High Road.
07930 350 129
Our reviewer says: “Fiona came to my home to perform reflexology on me at 41 weeks pregnant. As well as being one of the most relaxing treatments I’ve ever had, I went into labour shortly after the treatment finished! Highly recommended!”
Suzie – local mum and massage and reflexology therapist – based in Fallsbrook Road, Furzedown or at the Feel Good Balham salon. Info online: www.touch-therapies.net or email email@example.com