Military mums get fit quick

AMY MAAS
Last updated 15:08 08/05/2012

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New Navy mums are being whipped into shape with a free bootcamp at the Devonport Naval Base.

The "Mums N Bubs Bootiecamp" was inspired by new mother Lt Ansilea Nagy who suggested the initiative after finding bootcamps for the general public too expensive.

"I did a series in a civilian bootcamp and one set can come at quite a cost, with each session costing around $14, so we proposed the bootcamp as it's a good way for new mums to get back into fitness," she said.

"The feedback has been fantastic, they're all loving it. It's for free and it's a positive and it's also a great way to catch up with everyone on maternity leave."

The initiative has also been given good backing from the Navy, which has an "obligation to keep personnel fit", according to one of the organisers Lt Angela Barker.

Designed to run over eight weeks at the Navy gym in Narrow Neck, the bootcamp has been specially formulated to help ease their bodies back into shape.

Each session involves circuits to rebuild the core muscles as well as plenty of walking. The new mums also bring their babies along and can do squats holding the child or push prams uphill for extra resistance.

The group meets once a week on a Friday morning, but they're given programmes to exercise outside of class.

Cindy Haliburton, the Navy's family liaison officer, also heads along to the bootcamp sessions to offer respite care for the new mums.

"The majority of our people are not from Auckland, so they have no family here to support them," said Barker.

"We also offer new mothers tips and help, in addition to what they already have with Plunket."

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