Want to get fit while taking part in new challenges you’ve never done before? Join our Dream Team and get in shape while also helping raise money too should you wish
From 5km races to adventure races and endurance races from one coast of Scotland to the other, our Dream Challenges 2015-2016 offer something for everyone, from the total beginner to the regular exerciser to get excited about.
Having a focus gives your training impetus and being part of a team ensures that you stick to your goals and your training. Want to become one of our Dream Teams? Click here for details.
But our Dream Challenges 2015-2016 are about more than just seeing how fit you can become or how far you can push yourself physically and mentally.
It is our way of helping to raise money for charity and this year, our fundraising is going towards The Martlets Hospice and one, as yet undecided, worldwide charity.
You can read about why and visit our fundraising page here. You DON’T have to raise money to take part (we know that fundraising is difficult and if you’ve done it once, it can be hard to ask friends and family for money again) BUT if you can share our page, or get more people involved in joining one of our Dream Teams that would be a great help.
Alternatively, why not purchase one of our specially designed Dream Team t-shirts, £20 (plus £2 P&P) all the profit which will be donated to The Martlets (Purchase below) or our other chosen charity.
Want to join our FREE Dream Challenge triathlon training? Don’t worry, we’ll be a little more professional than this although actually we do quite like the idea of doing this on the side of the pool before our triathlon. It will certainly give everyone a giggle…
Throughout 2015, here at Fitbitch and Hiit Squad UK, we will be getting training groups together to enter events, ranging from triathlons to cycle sportives, trail races to mountain ascents and coast to coast challenges.
We will be helping to raise money for Martlett’s Hospice along the way, with the profits from the sale of special Dream Team t-shirts, although if you have your own charity fundraising aim, that’s fine too.
First up, is the Ardingly Triathlon on Sunday May 31st, where you can train for a super sprint, sprint or the Olympic distance.
Our team training is free, and will consist of four Saturday’s leading up to the event beginning on May 2nd. You can join us for all of the Saturday’s or drop in when you can.
The training is community-led, with some of the team that took part last year, helping to guide and lead some of the training along with Fitbitch coach, Rachael.
If you would like to train with us, simply register your interest HERE and you will receive our information pack in the next week.
If you would like to read our review of the event from last year, click here.
March 15, 2015 at 10:08
Posted by Rachael Woolston
Have you ever wondered what you might accomplish if you had a year of fitness and nutrition coaching to pursue your dream goals?
That’s what Bec Taylor, 38, has experienced for the last 12 months after becoming our Dream Challenger winner in March 2014. This entitled her to ONE YEAR of Fitbitch camps, HiiT sessions and running coaching.
In that time, Bec has changed her body shape (click here for the latest and pictures) weight and fitness from an obese, stay-at-home worker who never exercised, to the kind of woman others now look up to as an inspirational fitness figure.
She still has one more Dream Challenge to go, the Brighton Marathon. But before that final chapter, read Bec’s penultimate despatch about her incredible journey. And how YOU could become our next Dream Challenger 2015-2016…
‘When I won the Dream Challenger competition, I was elated but terrified. It was an amazing opportunity but it was scary to think of a year of fitness training. What if I failed and couldn’t stick to it?
I was 37, 15 stone and my BMI put me in the clinical obese category. I had not exercised for years, suffered from insomnia and daily back ache.
I knew things had to change, but taking that first step was scary.
The negative thoughts, could my body cope, what would it be like training with a bunch of women I’d never met, how would I cope with getting up every morning? All of those thoughts are the kind of things that could have stopped me making that first move, and missing out on what has proved to be life changing.
The first camp was tough. I couldn’t run one kilometre as part of the fitness test and had to walk/run it, and I couldn’t do a single sit up or a push up. But everyone was so friendly, encouraging and supportive, it made it an enjoyable, if challenging experience.
Still, it was all I could do to imagine getting through the year of camps. If you had told me then where I would be now, I would never have believed it.
Week by week, camp by camp, I became fitter and stronger. By the end of that first course, I’d gone from not being able to run 1km to running 5km. Each obstacle I overcame made me more determined and the support from the other Fitbitches and coaches inspired and motivated me to keep working.
Soon, the weight started dropping off and I could see visible changes in my body shape. This wasn’t just due to the exercise but the Fitbitch eating plans.
I work from home, and had been eating microwave ready meals, Pot Noodles, tinned soups and takeaways because it was easy and I couldn’t cook. Add to that the fact that I had access to the kitchen and temptations.
Having a simple eating plan with a clear list of what I could and couldn’t eat took away any indecision over what to put in my shopping basket. Most significantly of all, I learned to cook by following the Fitbitch recipes.
I now realise that the key to healthy eating is to plan ahead. I eat eggs for breakfast with asparagus or spinach which keeps me full until lunch. And I’ve learned to no longer eat diet or low fat products, which contain hidden sugars and leave me feeling unsatisfied.
Not only did my body shape begin to change in those first few months but the healthy eating and exercise cured me of insomnia, my backache improved, my skin glowed and I was full of energy.
I’d felt so self conscious of my body when I started, I wore baggy tracksuit bottoms. Soon, I swapped these for running tights and I became less concerned about my body image as becoming the fittest and strongest I could become.
Then in April, Rachael the founder of Fitbitch, asked me to take on my first Dream Challenge, to be the swimmer in a relay triathlon team. I decided to challenge myself further and take on the entire thing on my own.
And so for four Saturdays, Fitbitch ran free triathlon training and a group of between 10-20 women met to swim, bike and run the distance. Looking back now, I realise it was a monumental thing to take on so early in my fitness journey. But crossing the finish line of the triathlon on June 1st 2014 was one of my proudest moments.
I’d got the bug and couldn’t wait to sign up to more Dream Challenges. Now, they felt exciting not daunting. I knew that if I just committed to them and trained, I could do anything.
I became part of a Fitbitch Dream Challenge team taking on the Kamikaze obstacle race in May 2014, and Nuts in August, 2014. Being part of a team, and the encouragement and feedback I got from friends and colleagues gave me such a confidence boost. And it was amazing to realise that I was beginning to inspire those around me.
My parents signed up to their local gym, and now regularly test their 5k running times, and my brother has entered his first marathon, the Brighton Marathon.
It’s also created an entirely new circle of amazing friends and helped me connect with family.
When I ran the Great North Run, a half marathon in September last year, I stayed with my aunt who I hadn’t seen since I was a kid. I would never have met her again had it not been for this and our relationship has stayed strong.
It’s amazing to be able to think of myself as a runner, something I would never have dreamed was possible. Two weeks ago, I ran the Brighton Half Marathon and took 25 minutes off my time from September. And this weekend, I ran 18 miles for my marathon training. A year ago, I couldn’t even run 1km.
My lowest point this year? NOT being able to exercise when I got a hamstring tear.
And my real standout moment of the year was taking part in the Advanced Body Athletic Camp (coming in May 2015) alongside the fastest and strongest women at Fitbitch. After 16 weeks of consistent training, I was able to keep up and hold my own.
This year has changed the trajectory of my life. I’ve transformed my health, body shape and fitness, made amazing friends and raised over £1000 for charity. Most of all, it’s changed my idea of myself and what I can achieve.
I will never revert to how I once was because I have the tools and confidence to keep on challenging and training myself.
My fitness journey is an ongoing adventure with lots more Dream Challenges in line for the year ahead, including London to Paris bike ride and the Great North Run.
I know other women reading this probably think, ‘I could never do that.’ But you can. You really can.
It does feel hard and it does hurt at first, but from that challenge comes an incredible sense of achievement.
I started from a very unfit, unhealthy place and look what I’ve managed to achieve in one year? I’m no different than anyone else.
My motto? Be brave. And get support. Training with the Fitbitch coaches and the other women within the camps and running club, has been the key to keeping me motivated and has been vital in my success.
Bec’s Dream Challenge Achievements 2014 – 2015
Hove Parkrun 5km, April 2014
Kamikaze Obstacle Race, May 2014
Sprint Triathlon, June 2014
Phoenix Seafront 10km, July 2014
Nuts Obstacle Race, August 2014
Great North Run, Half Marathon, September 2014
Brooks 10km, November 2014
Brighton Half Marathon, February 2015
Brighton Marathon, April 2015
If YOU would like to be our Dream Challenger 2015 – 2016, enter our competition HERE. Closing date 29th March, 2015.
Alternatively, if you would like to join us in training for one of our Dream Challenger events this year, please indicate which events HERE
Terms & Conditions: Our Dream Challenger competition is only open to new members. Please read our list of terms BEFORE entering.
If you REALLY want to change your fitness and body shape for LIFE, the simplest way to do it is to open yourself up to adventures…
Last year, we launched the first of our Dream Challenger Competitions, where one lucky woman won a one year of free fitness camps with us and the chance to join Fitbitch teams in a series of challenges from triathlons to half marathons and obstacle races.
In 2014, that lucky winner was Bec Taylor, 38, who entered our competition because her weight and body statistics put her in the obese category. She wanted to lose weight and get fit.
But here at Fitbitch, we know that to really help someone on a journey to lifelong fitness and healthy living, it’s about inspiring someone to take up a challenge, something that excites while being a little bit scary but which means they will carry on exercising long after they’ve reached the correct number on the weighing scales.
Because once you have lost weight, it is all too easy to think ‘goal achieved.’
We are about to publish our final dispatch from Bec detailing the incredible journey of her last year with us. Yes, she’s lost an incredible amount of weight, her body is completely different, and she’s super fit now. But it is the challenges that she has taken on – and continued to sign up to for 2015 which makes her year such a defining success story.
So, if YOU want to become your own success too, why not join us this year in our Dream Challenges 2015?
Whether you already have your own challenges lined up (we know some Fitbitches are doing the Polar Ice Marathon, others are doing the Three Peaks Challenge, and some others still doing an 108 mile race by foot, bike and kayak across Scotland) or you want to join and train with us in a group effort, you can become part of the Fitbitch Dream Team.
In the next month we will reveal our new look Dream Team t-shirts, where we will be donating a part of the price of the t-shirts to a local charity. And our training groups for events as diverse as the Ardingly Sprint or Relay Triathlon to the Rapha 100km Women’s Cycle event, and a Parkrun to a 10km race.
It doesn’t matter WHAT fitness level you are now, nor your age or background. The Fitbitch Dream Challenges are about committing to an adventure, being part of a community of women who will help inspire you – as well as holding your to account to make sure you train.
And while you’re busy doing that, having fun, trying new things that will make life in general seem more interesting, you’ll discover figure changing transformation going on without you having to even think about the weighing scales.
If you want to be part of our Dream Team 2015 and are NOT yet subscribed to our newsletter, please subscribe via the button on our website so you receive news of our Dream Challenges and how you can join our training groups.
Always fancied trying a tri but struggled with motivation and fear of riding the roads alone? NOW is your chance to train for FREE with a group of like minded women
Fitbitch Michelle took on her first tri last year
Whether you’ve got a swish road bike or just a shopper with a basket, or you can only breast stroke not free style, this training group is open to all and it’s FREE.
We are NOT providing coaching, but we are providing a group of like minded women to train with who will help motivate you to get outside and get your training done with smiles and a sense of achievement.
And who will be there to cheer you on should you decide to enter the Adringley Triathlon as part of the Fitbitch Dream Challenge team here (swimming pool no open water).
How will it work?
Meet at King Alfred on Saturday at 8.15am to swim 20 lengths. Those who are faster swimmers, arrive later but ALL aim to be out of the pool by 9am.
9am leave for a 24km road cycle. You will all be provided with the route map online once you’ve reserved your space. Acquaint yourself with it as it will not be led bike ride. Those who are faster will naturally form a different group but there will be groups of different speeds so no one will cycle alone..
Finish the cycle at Hove Park and run 5k.
Meet for a coffee at Hove Park Cafe afterwards.
Three Saturdays in May, starting May 10th. Join us for all three or drop in when you can. You’re in? Then please fill out our registration form by clicking HERE