Bodybump was set up to meet the needs of pregnant and post natal women on the Mornington Peninsula. Jo Ford, the founder of Bodybump, wanted to use her own experience in pregnancy as a building block to help support other women who were looking to enhance and maintain their fitness in pregnancy. There are many mixed messages about how much exercise is suitable and the safety of certain activities. Jo provides evidence-based advice that is supported by local and national guidelines. Jo has undergone specialist training in pregnancy exercise to provide you a safe and personalised program to suit your needs.
Many first time mums have work commitments and many others have other children at home. This is why Bodybump and Bodybump Aqua are evening classes.
Exercise needs to be fun, and through Jo's teaching experience we focus on your goals whilst creating a fun and social experience. Another vital part of pregnancy wellbeing is to feel connected with your baby. Each aqua class finishes with some quiet 'floating' time to allow you to relax and focus on connecting with your baby.
Pregnancy-specific qualified instructor
A great way to meet other local mums to be
Aqua and gym-based
A fun and social environment
Pelvic floor exercises
Cool down 'float' time to focus on your baby
Jo Ford is a primary school teacher and personal trainer, specialising in pregnancy and post natal health and fitness. She has trained as an aqua instructor with WETS (Water and Exercise Training Services) and qualified as a pregnancy meditation practitioner in 2003 at the Perth Meditation Centre. Jo ran pregnancy meditation classes for two years before relocating to the Mornington Peninsula. Jo has an interest in pregnancy mental health and feels strongly that exercise and meditation play a key role in keeping both mind and body healthy during the pregnancy journey.
Jo had two rather difficult pregnancies - both physically and emotionally. She suffered with hyperemesis, gestational diabetes and antenatal depression. Although debilitating, she was able to control these to a certain extent with the help of regular exercise. She gained a substantial amount of weight during both pregnancies - 22 and 24 kg! With the help of a personal trainer, a regular exercise routine and sensible nutrition, not only was she able to lose that extra weight, but look better than before she got pregnant.
Jo participates in a range of exercise classes, including Pilates and yoga. She particularly enjoys bootcamps, running, TRX, boxing and all high-intensity, short interval workouts. Jo is currently doing F45 more than a few times per week!