June 3, 2016 at 1:23
Posted by Rachael Woolston
Running is one of the simplest and easiest ways of getting fit but learning new techniques and ways of running will help you to improve and keep boredom at bay. Here’s how…
When you first start running on one of our Learn to Run 5km courses or perhaps the Couch to 5km that you follow on your phone, it can seem like reaching that 5km is the only goal that you will ever achieve with running and you’ll be happy with it. Yet, little by little, that voice inside your head starts to say, ‘Ooh, it would be nice to run a little bit faster or further.’ Or, alternatively, ‘Why does this STILL feel difficult?’ or ‘If I run this route one more time, I’m going to go insane.’
Small wonder as while we like habits and routines to make us feel comfortable, as humans, we also need stimulus to keep us interested and most importantly to ensure we progress which is vital. Because whether you are competitive or you just run for fun, seeing yourself get faster or run further or simply run the same distance but for it to feel easier is the thing that inspires us to keep running.
So, if you are looking for something that will help you to improve your running, meet others not to mention get your pins looking tip-top for summer, why not try one of our NEW courses launching NEXT WEEK Monday June 6th.
Always wanted to see what it was like to run on an athletics track but been too intimidated to try? Well, now you can with our brand new, fun track sessions at Withdean Stadium.
The sessions are suitable for EVERY level from beginner to the advanced, the sessions will be a mixture of pace and interval work but in the usual Fitbitch style so they’ll have a little twist in the tale to make these sessions fun, innovative and super effective.
When: Mondays, 10am. Pay for the full course or single session drop in. On week one, please meet Tara in reception. Book here choosing courses or drop in as appropriate
Run for the Hills
Nothing gets you fitter or develops your running more than hill repeats. It builds strength in the legs and gluteal muscles and also mental fortitude, one of the most important elements for any runner. This course focuses on helping you to develop the correct technique for running up and down hills. And doing it in a group means it gets done!
This current summer course will also include yoga for runners after every session, weather dependent. This course in particular will get you ready for TrailBlazer 8km (July 30th) the Phoenix 10km, as well as laying the groundwork for any trail half marathons in September.
When: Weds, 7pm, Alternate weeks Hove Park and Preston Park, full course no drop ins
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October 22, 2015 at 7:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston
OK, we won’t be running up Tough Mudder style obstacles. But, on this course we WILL be tackling short hills, long hills and stairs.
This course is only suitable for intermediate runners and above who run regularly ever week. It is designed to build speed, power and strength and is particularly relevant for any of our Dream Challenge runners undertaking the Three Molehills relay race. But, everyone is welcome!
Location of sessions will vary every week around Brighton and Hove so please be prepared for multiple locations as outlined below. Open to men and women.
October 22nd: Hills – Roundabout, corner of Woodland Drive and Goldstone Crescent
October 29th: Stairs & Hills – Asda Car Park, Brighton Marina
November 5th: Hills, Hove Park, corner of the Droveway and Goldstone Crescent
November 12th: Stairs & Hills – Asda Car Park, Brighton Marina
November 19th: Hills, Roundabout, corner of Woodland Drive and Goldstone Crescent
November 26th: Hills, Preston Park Velodrome – followed by celebration drink in the pub!
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August 5, 2015 at 11:32
Posted by Rachael Woolston
I’ve gained fitness, self confidence and friends who are like a second family
I’m Anna, and I’m a runner. That’s not a phrase you would have heard cross my lips until a couple of years ago.
I’ve always loved sport, and tried my hand at loads of different ones, but being “a runner”? Nah.
That was until I started running with Fitbitch. I’ve learned techniques that have changed my running posture (you try holding Pringles whilst sprinting and not crushing them…), developed core strength and stability (squats and burpees are your friend, honest!), cultivated mental fortitude and confidence to keep pushing (when really I wanted to cry), smashed my ParkRun personal best, and made a group of friends that feel like my second family.
Running gives me headspace, fitness, confidence and friendship. But sometimes it’s just about the running.
Anna Stavrianakis (second from left ), 37, university lecturer
I could run 5km in 40 minutes, now I’m sub 25
I joined Fitbitch because I wanted to get fitter and reach my first 10km, as well as gain coaching advice on my running technique and to meet new people.
I’d never done anything remotely sporty before, and the only running I’d done was via the Couch to 5km IPhone app.
The first run we did was a five mile trail run through Stanmer Park which was gorgeous. It was challenging but everyone was so encouraging and supportive, it kept me going. I was absolutely hooked from that moment.
Running with Fitbitch is awesome, you learn loads and you push yourself much more than you’d ever do alone. When I joined Fitbitch, I could just about run 5km in around 40 minutes. Now, I’ve got that down to a below 25 minutes and have not only run 10km races, but half marathons too – plus I’ve lost so much weight.
I’d never have achieved this without the support of the Fitbitch coaches and community.
I’ve met and made friends and met some of the kindest, funniest, most inspirational women I’ve ever met.
Alice Reeves, 29, digital content strategist
It’s fantastic being able to train with my daughter
Running with my daughter, Romy has given a new dimension to our relationship. It allows me an insight into her character I’m not sure I would have witnessed if we hadn’t done the course together.
I see how determined she is, how much she can push herself, how much she likes to be challenged and how strong she is, physically & mentally.
I want her to know that anything is achievable in life, and running is a great metaphor for her to understand this!
She’s become much more interested in fitness since taking up running, even using her Christmas money to buy new kit. Best of all, she is now confident enough to volunteer to run 800m at school sports day.
It’s made her more confident and I love the fact that I get to share the experience of running with her. It allows her to see me in a new light too; I’m not just a mum!
I’ve really enjoyed the course which has made me realise how much I love running. Rachael challenges me to do my best and it makes me feel really proud of myself.
She never doubts that I will be able to do anything and doesn’t treat me differently just because I’m a child.
It’s also nice to be involved with such a different mixture of women who are all really nice. And I love doing it with my mum, even though I’ve discovered we’re quite competitive on the sprint finish!
Tanya Taylor, 41 and Romy, 12, mother of four
I’ve achieved so much in one running course
Every session of the course, Run for the Hills, was different and while each was challenging, it left me with such a great sense of achievement each time.
Before this course, I didn’t feel strong or capable enough to do hill repeats but now, I feel confident and a better runner.
The group support was amazing and it never felt like we were competing, but helping each other to be the best we could be.
Rachael is great at inspiring and motivating the group, and believing in each of us and what we can achieve. I also loved the yoga at the end of the session, the perfect complement to a challenging session.
Sarah Crosier, 39, IT project manager
I went from 500metres to 10km in ten weeks
Alicia, far right
When I joined I couldn’t run 500m and on my last session, ten weeks later, I ran 10km off road! Rachael is an amazing coach who believed in me, which gave me the confidence to keep on running.
Whilst, I thought I was built to eat cake, she proved to me that I was also built to run and eat cake!
Alicia Ryan-Gywnn, far right
Fitbitch trail running courses are incredible
For introducing you to the sheer feelgood bliss of running in beautiful countryside, the weekend and Learn to Run 10km trails course can’t be beaten.
I’ve always been nervous of running on trails, preferring to stick to parks and roads, but Fitbitch running has introduced me to local trails that I didn’t even know existed, giving me the confidence to explore on my own.
Our coach, Rachael gave every one of us personalised advice, to help us improve our technique which helped me to run better and further.
We were all different speeds but Rachael adapted each session so that no one got left behind and we all achieved our goals.
I’ve done Fitbitch boot camps, as well as HiiT and the running club, and the camaraderie and support from everyone involved in incredible.
All of us on our running course enjoyed it so much that we’re planning to meet every week to continue our trail running.
Andrea Childs (far right), journalist, 46
I’ve conquered my fear of running up hills
I really loved the Run for the Hills course with Rachael. I’ve never enjoyed running up hills, but this course really helped me overcome my fear and actually enjoy them.
I felt a real sense of accomplishment after each session and feel fitter and no longer will fear the hill. I particularly loved ending the class with a yoga for runners session on the beach at sunset.
Rosie Beale, 35, massage therapist
I’ve improved so much and gained my run mojo
Run for the Hills was the first running course I’ve ever taken, and it’s transformed my running. It was great to join such a positive group and rather than fearing the training, I looked forward to each one.
I’ve learned so much alongside a brilliant group of runners, who have all been so supportive. And most importantly, it’s helped motivate me to get off the sofa and train.
I loved the challenge of doing things I’d not normally think of doing myself, and surprised myself with how much difference it’s made to my technique, endurance and enjoyment of running overall.
Each session finished with yoga and Rachael’s knowledge on the correct form for running and yoga has been a huge benefit in helping to prevent soreness and improve recovery times.
Now, I feel I can go out for a run and push myself to achieve more.
I loved the course so much, I’ve signed up for another one. Being part of such a friendly, supportive group with the added benefit of great coaching is an unbeatable combination.
Cassie McManus (top row, third right), 37, engineering consultant
Fitbitch running courses are the best
I had lost my motivation for running after endless runs along Hove seafront, and so I signed up for a 10 mile trail running course to try something new.
There is nothing comparative to the Fitbitch running group to help motivate you, and this course did not disappoint. It was fun, friendly and informative with great tips from the coaches on how to approach hill running and even when you felt the top of the hill wasn’t in sight, the Fitbitch community got you to the top.
Sally Crundwell, 31, human resources manager
I couldn’t have run a marathon without Fitbitch
I’d progressed from my first 5k to a half marathon training with Fitbitch, so there was no question of training with anyone else after signing up for my first marathon in 2012.
I knew that lots of people don’t make it to the actual race due to injury and poor training, and I wanted the support and expertise from the Fitbitch running coaches, as well as the encouragement and friendship of training with a group of women working towards the same goal.
The combination of strength/pace training and long runs on Sunday helped me increase my distance and confidence. And the support of Kate, and the other coaches really helped me get back to training when I came down with an illness in February. Their expertise helped me to adapt my training plan and still accomplish the race.
Fitbitch puts the personal into their group training, which makes all the difference.
Jenny Holmes, 43, human resources executive
From 10km to the ice challenges, Fitbitch has given me the confidence to pursue my dreams
I ran my first half marathon five months after I signed up for my first training run with Fitbitch as a complete beginner.
Amazing to consider that I had avoided exercise for over 20 years, I didn’t even run for a bus and I only stopped smoking three years ago.
I started running around the park on my own, and just about managed to get to 5km, some of it walking. And so after signing up for the Brooks 10k, I decided I needed help from the Fitbitch.
My first Sunday training run along the seafront was hard but the support I got was incredible. The coaches understand how you’re feeling, provide useful tips and generally just keep you going.
Not only have I changed as a runner but my body is so different, I’m slimmer, my clothes fit and it doesn’t matter even if I have the occasional food splurge.
I’ve now run half marathons, hilly trail runs, and am undergoing personal running training to complete the Polar Ice Marathon and Half Marathon in October 2015.
Training with Fitbitch has given me the confidence and the skills to take on any kind of running and challenge.
Clare Lusted, 38, pensions executive
Run for the Hills taught me so much and has made me a better runner
After years of just running on my own, I’ve learned so much about technique and finally I understand the importance of cadence. On my course, Run for the Hills, we were all very different levels. I was one of the slower ones but I was never made to feel like that because the course was cleverly designed so that all the runners were staggered.
This helped motivate me a lot because it meant that at times, I’d be chasing someone down in front of me, or I’d be pushing harder when I could hear someone behind me.
This course challenged me and ensured I pushed myself far more than I ever would on my own. Which has made all the difference to my running.
After 42 years, I finally can think of myself as a fast runner
Rachael was an extremely motivating coach! I only managed to make four of the six run for the Hills sessions but even within that space of my time, my speed has increased significantly due to Rachael’s instructions on technique, and her refusal to let me walk or give up any point. My perception of myself as being somebody with stamina but no speed has changed after 42 years!
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October 29, 2012 at 3:05
Posted by Rachael Woolston
Learn to Run 5km and Learn to Run 10km
You’ve never run before or have not run for a very long time? This course is for you helping you to build your distance and confidence.
This class uses resistance band and body weight exercises to help you get stronger for running and is combined with short two – four minute running intervals to help you either build your distance or speed, depending on what you want to work on. Fun, inclusive, supportive. (Combine with Learn to Run 5km to get two sessions per week absolutely free).
If you regularly suffer from injuries, are recovering from one or always suffer from niggles, then this course is for you. Six or eight week courses that focus on building strength and stability in the core, gluteal muscles and legs. We use resistance bands, TRX, weights and incorporate yoga for runners stretches and myofascial release. Six or eight week blocks, we do not accept drop ins on these courses.
Yoga for Runners
Suitable for all levels, including total beginners, our yoga classes are specifically aimed at those who run/cycle or are active. Mat based most of the class involves using props to help you maximise the release of your muscles.
Improve to 10km
Can already run 5km and want to build your distance? Join our five week improvers course. All speeds welcome.
If you are training for half marathon distance races or above, doing strength and conditioning work and building a strong core will help to make you stronger, faster and more efficient. And crucially help you to avoid injury. Eight week courses we do not accept drop ins on this course.
Smash Your PB™
This course is designed to help you improve your speed with interval based pace and tempo sessions. It means that you may run something like 200m, 400m, 600m, and then 400m, 200m with a rest in between. We challenge you to work outside your comfort zone in order to improve your overall speed. Each session is different and we also work on on the mental techniques to help you become comfortable with feeling uncomfortable. Perfect if you are aiming for a personal best on a parkrun, 10km, half marathon or marathon.
Run for the Hills™
Build your strength and speed with this course which involves doing interval sessions on inclines, hills and stairs. We work on techniques for hill running up and down, as well as mental strength and techniques to keep you going when your mind is telling you to stop!
Channel your inner Jessica Ennis with these fun track-based sessions which will help you to develop speed, tempo and great running technique.
Half Marathon Training: Building Distance
Our weekend running courses all start at 5km and build up week by week. We specialise in helping all levels of runners from first time entrants to races to experienced runners achieve their endurance goal with beautiful guided and supported trail runs with our qualified and very experienced running coaches. In Autumn-Winter, we train groups for the Bright10, Brighton Half Marathon, Worthing Half Marathon and the Eastbourne Half Marathon.
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