DreamChallenger: Diary of a beginner Fitbitch

March 12, 2014 at 7:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

 Last week, we announced our Dream Challenger 2014 winner, Becky Taylor. Here she reveals what her first week of Fitbitch was really like…

Thumbs up from Becs in her first week

I found out that I’d won the Dream Challenge 2014 competition, a year of camps and PT, a few days before the start of my first camp, Reboot.

The night before the first session, I could barely sleep because I was so nervous. ‘What if everyone else is super athletic? What if I embarrass myself? God, what if I don’t even wake up in time?!’

At 15 stone, having not exercised for years, I suddenly thought, ‘What have I done?’

But all my worries were gone within minutes of arriving at Queen’s Park,  just as the sun began to lighten the sky.

I wasn’t the only beginner, and even if I had been, everyone was so nice and the our coach, Kate made sure we all knew what we were doing.

Session one involved some fitness tests,  including a timed 1km run. I’m not a runner. Or so I thought.

I had to walk/run but I did it, overcoming a fear of running in just one session, which had kept me from trying it for years.

In fact the entire week has been a week of firsts. I’ve boxed, which I loved, swung kettlebells and done running intervals on the beach.

With the camp Reboot eating plan, I’ve completely overhauled by diet and thrown away all the junk.

I not only feel better but with the exercise, my long term issue with insomnia is improving. In fact, I’m ready for bed by 9.30am.

This is only week one, and I know that there will be some challenges and hard times along the way. But I’m excited about what the year ahead holds.

I used to watch other people running down on the seafront and feel so envious of their ability, and how liberating it looked. I never thought I’d ever be one of those women. But now, in just one week I AM one of them.



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Dream Challenge Winners 2014

March 10, 2014 at 7:45
Posted by Rachael Woolston

If you have been following our blog, Facebook page of Twitter feed, you will be aware of our Dream Challenger competition for one lucky woman to win ONE YEAR of Fitbitch camps and personal training.

With our campaign supported by JuiceFM and Latest 7, we had over 100 entries which we whittled down to six who were each interviewed.

In the end, we couldn’t decide on just one, so we have ended up with two runner up winners, Adri and Lesley who won 2 and 3 camps respectively and our Dream Challenger Winner, Becky.

Each will be sharing their journey via our blog, Facebook page and Twitter feeds.

If you feel inspired by their stories, why not join them?

Dream  Challenge Overall Winner, Becky Taylor, 37, project manager who works from home

At 5ft 9inches tall, Becky weighs 15 stone and her BMI is in the obese category. But she’s determined to shed the weight and get healthy again.

‘I’ve been to gyms and even brought a treadmill for my house but it’s never worked,’ she says. ‘I’m so excited about this opportunity.

‘It’s going to be a challenge but having a year means it’s not some short term fad but something that will help change my habits for life.’

A former university and country hockey player, Becky admits that socialising and working from home has led to her weight spiralling.

We are aiming to help her reach a healthy BMI and 10 1/2 stone. As well as see her completing ParkRun, a beginner’s triathlon and a few more surprises along the way!

Becky, soon to be running not sitting

 

Dream Challenge Runner-Up, Lesley Woolf, 50, retired

Having worked in the NHS for over a decade, Lesley has just retired and is now determined to lose weight, feel energised and have a strong, functional body that allows her to do what she loves in life.

‘I want to be able to walk up a hill without panicking,’ she says. ‘ I’d  also love to be able to run, starting with a 5k and drop two dress sizes.’

Currently weighing nearly 16 stone, Lesley has had a disc replaced five years ago and will follow a progressive programme with us in Operation: Reconstruction!

Lesley, far right

 

Dream Challenge Runner-Up, Adriena Vorosova, 29, IT support

Having worked for McDonalds as a student, Adri admits that her weight ballooned to a starggering 17 stone at just 5ft 5inches. Impressively, she’s already managed to lose 5 stone by changing her diet and taking up exericise. But she has another two stone to lose and needs to work on creating muscle tone to assist her weight loss.

An impressive transformation that we are hoping to help her complete.  Her dream? ‘I want to be able to wear hot pants for the first time in my life!’

Before at 17 stone

Now at 12 stone

 

 



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WIN tickets to the 2014 Triathlon Show

February 21, 2014 at 3:08
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Ever fancied trying a triathlon? Well now’s your chance to find out more about one of the fastest growing sports in the UK AND take part in our Tri-It Women’s Camp…

Starting next week, 28th February and running to March 3rd is the renowned Triathlon Show. A fantastic event which gives you the opportunity to check out all the lastest gear ahead of the 2014 season, as well as training tips from special guests including members of the GB triathlon team and Chrissie Wellington’s former coach, Dave Scott.Visit on Sunday and you could also join their organised 10k run.

But best of all we’ve got TWO tickets to give away. All you have to do is answer this simple question below.

Who is the founder of Fitbitch Boot Camp? The clue’s in the website.

Closing date for entries is Tuesday 25th February, 9am. We will then choose a winner out of the correct answers at random.

And even if you DON’T win, or you are inspired by trying a triathlon this year, we will be running our women only ‘Tri-It camp (non-residential) in April-May to get you ready for the Ardingley Triathlon, part of our Dream Challenge series. Email us for details.

Want to enter? Just click this link.

 

 The Triathlon Show takes place at Sandown Racecourse, 28 February – 2 March, 2014

ADDRESS:

Sandown Park, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ

 SHOW OPENING TIMES:

Friday 28th February: 12.30pm – 19.00pm
Saturday 1st March: 9.30am – 17.30pm
Sunday 2nd March: 9.30am – 17.30pm

 

 



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Race Medal Porn – which is your favourite finisher’s medal?

October 10, 2012 at 10:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Designer medal fitting for a London race

Last weekend, we were at the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London, an incredible race both for the beauty of the route and the sheer sense of occasion.

But there is another reason that we liked it too…for the cool finisher’s medal.

Forget plastic or chunky, ugly metal medals.  Wooden and delicately carved in the shape of an autumn leaf, as befitting a race that works to raise money to maintain London’s beautiful Royal Parks.

It got us thinking, there must be some other beautiful medals out there.  And also some pretty dire ones, worthy of a blog post for sheer tackiness?

Send us a pic of your finishers medal. Or, if you are a race organiser and think your medal is worthy of a post, send us a pic.

Email info@fitbitchbootcamp.com.



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Are you inspired? Team GB Women

July 30, 2012 at 10:35
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Lizzie Armistead, took siliver in the women's road race

Olympics 2012 is a first for women, as it is the first time that women will be represented in every country.

And in Team GB, women make up 48% of the team which means that us girls may well bring home more medals than the men.

And we are doing pretty well so far, with Rebecca Adlington scooping Bronze in the  400metres freestyle, while Lizzie Armistead scooped Silver in cycling at the weekend.

‘I’m pretty chuffed,’ she said. ‘I feel increadible, really, really happy. Hopefully, I have got the GB ball rolling now.’

But what is even more valuable than the medals is the inspirational effect that watching these women may have on women all around the world.

Think it’s just winning medals that creates happiness? Any exercise gives you a sense of accomplishment and fills you with feel good endrophins. Which is far more valuable than a Jimmy Choo pair of shoes, or Burberry handbag.

To help spread the empowerment of women through sport and exercise, FitBitch Boot Camp and running club will give one free session to a running club Wednesday night training session, or a Tuesday night Boxing Belles session (both at 7.30pm) to every new member whenever a Team GB woman wins a medal.

All you have to do is email us with the subject matter, Go Girls, and we will give you a date in the next available sessions (spaces are limited).

Together with the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF),  which has launched its Go Girl campaign, to help keep the legagcy of London 2012 going for longer than just the next six weeks, we hope this will help women from all different walks of life realise that they can become an inspiration to others too.

 

Terms and Conditions apply. All applications for free spaces must be made before the Closing Ceremony on August 12 and is open to women only, when a TEam GB female athlete scoops a medal. One session per person only.

 

Follow Liz and Rebecca on Twitter. @L_ArmiTstead @beckadlington



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Hollywood’s FitBitches: Scarlett Johannson

April 23, 2012 at 4:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Shaping up fast takes work

Make no mistake about it, when a Hollywood star needs to get in shape for a movie part, it requires a serious amount of work.

How much are we talking about here? Olympic athlete style-training, but in a short amount of time with the leanest, protein specific eating plan.

And Scarlett Johannson, makes no bones about the fact that it took a lot of hard, dedicated work to get in shape for her role as the Black Widow in Avengers Assemble.

‘It was many, many hours, days, and months of stunt training and strength training, but it’s fun because I had a goal,’ she explained. ‘That goal was the Lycra catsuit.’

So, how did the 31-year old actress do it? With the help of her personal trainer, Bobby Strom, a former New York police officer who has also worked with Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Biel.


We tracked him down to get some exclusive tips on how he helped get Scarlett in shape.

‘No workout was ever exactly the same because I didn’t want her to get bored,’ he explains. ‘I was having her do a lot of balance, coordination, and core work, but she really loved the strength work, like pull ups and the idea of feeling and looking strong.’

Just as important for preventing boredom, varying workouts also shocks the body into adapting to a new stress, working the musucles in different ways to create fast, more visible change.

Although exercising alone is not enough to create figure shaping change alone.  Whilst confessing to a ‘liking for grilled cheese sandwich as much as the next person,’ Scarlett admits that she stuck to a balanced, healthy diet of lean protein and slow energy releasing carbohydrates.

‘There is no magic wand to wave over oneself to look good in a latex catsuit,’ she explains. ‘Eating healthy and getting fit is about commitment, determination, consistency and the dedication to self-preservation.’

Sounds like a FitBitch way of thinking.

If you want to find out some of the exercises that Bobby did with Scarlett to get her into shape, then don’t miss our Hollywood Bikini Bodies Weekend Camp, 28th-29th April, 12-13th May, or 30th May-1st June, £150.
Want to WIN a camp on the April weekend? All you have to do is become a fan of FitBitch Boot Camp on Facebook by following this link and we will enter you into a free prize draw. 



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Show us your lunch

April 18, 2012 at 3:40
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Mmmm...Mackerel

Mmmm...Mackerel

Fancy winning a luxury break for two at The Hamburgh Hotel, the only Michelin starred hotel and restaurant on the Isle of Wight?

All you have to do is take a snap of your fabulous, FitBitchin’ style lunch and upload it to www.stylist.co.uk/showusyourlunch before 5pm Monday 30th.

Even more of an incentive to get cooking and experimenting with our FitBitch recipes!

 



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