The buggy squat is a postnatal exercise designed by Pushy Mothers, the Buggy Workout creators, for our sister publication Practical Parenting & Pregnancy magazine. If you’re keen to get your pre-baby body back, grab your baby, the buggy, and try this one out…
What it does: Defies gravity and makes buns of steel! Strengthens the bum and backs/fronts of thighs.
Get set: Stand behind the buggy, feet hip-width apart, knees aligned in parallel, hands shoulder-width apart, holding the buggy handle. Slide shoulder blades down and draw the tummy lightly in.
Action: Breathe IN to prepare, and as you breathe OUT, pull your tummy in, bend your knees and push your bum back as if you’re sitting down on a chair. Keep your knees over your ankles and don’t arch your back. Breathe IN and smoothly return to the ‘Get set’ position, fully straightening your knees. Do 2-3 sets of 8 repetitions.
- Ensure that you pull your tummy in as you bend your knees.
- Avoid arching your back, and bend no lower than 90°.
- Keep your eye line over the top of the buggy.
- Slide shoulder blades and ribcage down throughout.
- Use controlled movements, and pause in the downward position before returning.
- Slower is harder!