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I dare say that – as a general rule – Milanese women are quite fit. Even when they’re no longer teenagers, they apparently mind their own health and physical aspect enough to avoid binge eating and dedicate some of their time to training. Because – the only exception being a laughable minority of offensively lucky people – when you’re no longer in your 20s there’s little or no chance that, just by eating, drinking and watching TV, you can actually remain fit.

mums training with their children at the Parco Sempione in Milan

More so with reference to women who have just given birth, particularly when you consider that – at least in the north of Italy – nowadays women often give birth for the first time in their (sometimes late) 30s, so it’s nothing uncommon to see a 40/40-something strolling around with a baby in a pushchair. 

Therefore exercising is of the essence for these no longer teenage mums, but where can you possibly leave your so called “bundle of joy” while you’re squatting?

So a couple of smart PT seized the moment and created Mamma Fit (http://www.mammaf.it/) that is a training method that conceives things such as strollers and baby pouches to be integrated in the ladies’ workout routine as real gym tools. What’s more it allows women to dedicate some time to theirselves, to get back in shape, to meet one another in a period of their lives in which they can easily feel lonely and having somebody to relate to is so very important. They organise workout classes for pushchair or baby pouch users, dance classes for mums and toddlers, mum and baby yoga and even specific tummy workout classes expected to reinforce that mythological area I’ve always heard  of but don’t think I’ve ever met in person that goes under the name of pelvic floor (but they also organise skiing holidays and many other things depending on the different regions and seasons). Classes take place both inside and in the open so it’s not uncommon, strolling around at parco sempione, to bump into exercising classes of mums. 

i bagni misteriosi by De Chirico in the garden of Palazzo dell’Arte within the Parco Sempione, 1973

 Now, it cannot be denied that there’s something kind of fun in a bunch of new mums holding the handles of their strollers to squat down altogether in their not always enviable post-partum shape. You may expect them to feel not completely comfortable or at ease. And here comes into play the typical Milanese pragmatism and resiliency: they couldn’t care less, the aim is to get back in shape, there’s no reason to be ashamed. This is the way they go, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.