About Us

FitBack & Bumps was started with a single goal – to help new mums and mums to be to exercise safely, have fun and keep fit whilst educating participants so mums would have the knowledge and experience to continue to exercise once the program had finished.

We’ve been going for almost 5 years now and we’re loving every minute (and so are our FitBack & Bumpers read our testimonials!)

The reason the program was developed was that we found a big gap in knowledge and expertise about exercise during pregnancy (and a lot of the information we could find was contradictory or confusing!). We wanted to design a program that was easy to follow but could educate mums and mums to be in what they should and shouldn’t be doing and how to exercise the right areas safely.

We’ve also developed the fantastic FitBack & Bumps Knowledge Centre which helps answer all your questions about your postnatal and antenatal health.

The results have been fantastic and a lot of our FitBack & Bumpers feel confident enough to carry on with the program after their classes have finished.

Jonathan Daniel (Director) BA(Hons), BSc(Hons), MCSP HPC

Jonathan is a Chartered Physiotherapist and Director of FitBack & Bumps Ltd. After completing a degree in Human Movement Studies in Cardiff in 1995 he went on to study Physiotherapy and graduated in 1999.

Having gained invaluable experience in the NHS he moved into private practice and has been privileged to have worked with some of the UK’s most experienced Physiotherapists. Jonathan has also worked within professional sport with a particular interest in rugby union.

He established FitBack in 2007 setting up a Specialised Occupational Physiotherapy Service for businesses across the UK. FitBack is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the leading providers of Health & Wellbeing initiatives and specialised physiotherapy services to businesses.

Throughout his career, Jonathan has treated many women for musculoskeletal problems associated with pregnancy. He saw the need for an educational exercises programme to reduce the incidence of back pain and other problems associated with pregnancy and FitBack & Bumps was born!

FitBack & Bumps Classes are now being successfully run by Physiotherapists across the UK.

Samantha Gillard (Womens Health Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist) MSc HPC MCSP

Samantha is a Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physiotherapy with over 17 years of experience. Her career has taken her around the UK gaining valuable experience in the NHS with her most recent post as Lead Physiotherapist in Women’s and Men’s Health at Harrogate District Hospital. She has recently completed her Masters degree in Healthcare Practice gaining a distinction.

She is the mother of 3 strapping lads and knows first hand what its like to go through pregnancy, delivery and manage the challenges of 3 boys!

Samantha has been responsible for writing and developing the FitBack & Bumps exercise programme and is the lead tutor on the Physiotherapists training course. She is an invaluable member of the team, offering support to the network of FitBack & Bumps Physiotherapists around the UK.