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About Pauline Crawford and Pushbabies...

Pauline Crawford is a REPS Advanced Level 3
Ante/Post-natal Fitness Instructor, and Yoga Practitioner
with over 20 years’ experience in the Health & Fitness industry.
Pictured here on holiday with her daughter Darcey

I trained and worked as a professional dancer in stage, TV and film productions before 'grape-vining' sideways into the fitness industry. It was a natural progression for me to stand in front of a class and show off! After many years managing Lillie Road Fitness Centre, and Broadway Squash and Fitness (on Hammersmith Broadway) for the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, being responsible for customer service, staff, buildings and ‘the bottom line’, I wanted to work for myself again and have more time for my family. Having already trained and worked as a gym and group fitness instructor, I went on to study Yoga and ante/post natal exercise. I now teach Pushbabies and Yoga classes.

I moved to Barnes when I was pregnant and took part in the de-rigueur postnatal social groups along with all the other new Mums. We really wanted to exercise, but it was such a hassle to organise and taking turns to look after babies or booking a crèche which incurred more expense. When you first have a baby you don’t really want to give it up to someone else to look after anyway! What if somehow we could exercise with our babies? One evening, helped along by a glass of red wine, I had a brainwave! We didn’t need any special equipment – we could use our buggies and take our babies with us – and so Pushbabies was born!

I started Pushbabies classes at the London Wetland Centre in Barnes. Initially I called it Bush Push and put it on at the Centre along with Green Gym activities and Yoga. The Wetland Centre is a perfect venue for Mums and babies - car free, lots to look at and a fabulous café for afterwards. Mums came from as far a field as Wimbledon, Fulham, Brentford, Battersea, Richmond and Teddington.

When I worked fulltime, there was little time to be outside and it always seemed to be dark. I really enjoy the big outdoors, and my enthusiasm is rarely dented now however grey the sky! I find it hugely rewarding because I know that all the Mums really enjoy themselves and get something beneficial out of Pushbabies.

Pushbabies takes place in all venues by kind permission of the relevant authorities.


Happy New Year!

Classes are back
to normal
8 January

= 9:30 every
Tues & Thurs

Why not get
other mums from
your ante- and
post-natal groups
to come along
with you?

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