Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood Bodies Camp’

DreamChallenge Diary: from sofa to Hollywood workouts

May 16, 2014 at 5:18
Posted by Rachael Woolston

When it comes to getting super fit fast, Hollywood celebrity trainers know all the tricks for their famous clients. So how did our Dream Challenger, Bec Taylor fare on the Fitbitch Hollywood Bodies Camp?

The story so far

Bec Taylor won our Dream Challenger competition in February this year. Mission? To become fit, strong and confident. In just TWELVE WEEKS, Bec has gone from 15st 10lbs, with a body mass index of 32.6 to 14st 4lbs and a BMI of 29. Not to mention entering her first Sprint triathlon and Ostacle race.

I had no idea what to expect at Hollywood Bodies camp, with workouts based on those of  Hollywood A-Listers from J-Lo’s butt busting moves devised by her trainer Gunnar Peterson to some of Tracey Anderson’s workouts. I was more nervous this time round about the Hollywood Raw 5 eating plan, based on eating raw, organic food five days out of seven.

On the one hand, I was thrilled about NOT  having to cook (I’m no Jamie Oliver) although there was more preparation involved that I expected. Within the first week, my body started to detox as it got used to no sugars and toxins with a headaches. It was tough at first but once I got into the swing of it, I became a dab hand at mixing fruit and vegetables together and blitzing soaked nuts into nutritious, yummy meals. I even made home-made muesli, (raw) carrot cake and (raw) ice-cream!

As for camp, it was completely new again from things I’d done in the previous camps, with a  mix of celeb workouts, including the Jennifer Garner, Hunger Games sessions, and the Million Dollar Baby boxing sets, courtesy of Hillary Swank. Brilliant fun, challenging and effective.

By the end of four weeks, I’d lost another 7lbs and a further 23cms off my body. That’s 1stone and 6lbs in 12 weeks. But it is nothing compared with the difference all of this has made to my life in general and self esteem.

I used to find it a struggle ot feel awake for my 7am log in time for work. Now, by the time I’ve logged in, I’ve done an hour’s  workout, I’ve walked the dog, made myself a poached egg with spinach and fresh juice and I’m raring to go.

I feel so confident with how much I’ve achieved that I have signed up for 2 races. This weekend I am doing the Votwo Kamikaze race, a four mile obstacle race involving trail running, water slides, and cargo nets, with two of my other Fitbitch campers.  And I’ve also signed up for the Ardingly Sprint Triathlon on the 1st June, which Fitbitch are doing free tri girls beginner training.

It IS scary but they are out weighed by the thought of how happy I’ll feel once I’ve acconmplished these challenges. Once upon a time, not long ago, I would never have thought capable of doing anything like this. But every day at camp, I think ‘Oh, I can’t do that,’ and then I do.

My only regret? Not starting on this path years ago.  I used to use every excuse in the book to avoid regular exercise; ‘I’m too tired.’ ‘I feel ill, I’ll wait until I feel better.’ ‘I’m too busy.’ ‘I’ll embarrass myself.’ ‘I’ll be the biggest there and boot camps aren’t for me.’

On every count, I’ve been proved wrong. Despite getting up for a 6am class, I feel more energised, I work more, sleep better and, I might be the biggest at camp but I’ve had nothing but support.

As for the Hollywood Raw 5 diet, I’m glad to get back to a protein rich diet but I’ve learned a lot. I’m now a lot more aware of the need for healthy fats and that I love juicing. Before Fitbitch, I ate sandwiches, crisps and snack bars. I couldn’t cook.

Now, I can cook things that actually get likes on Facebook.

The feedback I’ve had from friends, family and the other women I train with has been overwhelming.  Everyone keeps saying that I’m inspiring. But I think anyone can do this. You just have to start.

To read about Bec’s triathlon journey from total beginner to a sprint tri, return in June. Her first session involved 20mph winds and riding a bike too small for her with the brake pads rubbing.







No Comments »

DreamChallenger Runner Up: Lesley Woolf

April 11, 2014 at 10:27
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Over 15 stone and having undergone spinal surgery, not an ideal candidate for a fitness camp? Think again, as our Dream Challenge runner up, Lesely Woolf , 50, proves to herself and others that a Fitbitch lifetyle is possible irrespective of size, age or fitness background


After our Reboot Camp, Lesley has lost 9lbs in total and has gone from feeling anxious about exercising to signing up for our DreamChallenge Tri Relay*** team on June 1st.

Here’s her camp diary:

‘ Before camp started, I had a personalised biomechanics assessment with photos. It was a shock. My BMI and weight at 15stone 13lbs was off the scale.

A week later, I started camp and as I walked towards the seafront on my first morning, I felt both excited and sick with nerves.

I knew that I would be bigger, and less fit than most others in the group. But everyone was friendly and the group is small so I didn’t feel self conscious. Besides, my first session using the kettlebell meant that I didn’t have time to worry.

As I walked home after that first session, I felt fantastic and alive with a sense of achievement. And it continued.

Each day I enjoyed the satisfying ache of muscles worked and the proper feeling of tiredness, as opposed to the usual stressed tiredness of a busy, fraught working week.

It reminded me of how I used to feel going to bed as a kid after running around outside all day.

All my friends and my partner were talking about my new workouts, and it made me feel really proud of myself. Admittedly, the second week was harder once the novelty of waking up early had worn off and the reality that I’d be doing this for four weeks hit home.

But with each new achievement, I experienced a mental shift in confidence and the realisation of what I could achieve. I’ve never thought of myself as a runner but by the end of the second week, I did although I’d ‘run’ without even being aware of the fact that it was a running session.

Instead, it was disguised as a a treasure hunt session, where we worked in a team, figuring out clues then having to run to find the clues in that location. I may have been slower than the others but it didn’t matter.

Being on the seafront every morning was spectacular too. And the camp changes locations during the week so you never know what to expect. It’s an adventure every single morning.

As for my diet, it has changed completely with the Reboot eating plan.  I have cut out all my favourite foods, basically blokes food,  crisps, bread, pastry, potatoes and beer.
Indeed, I pushed the wrong trolley around the Co-op supermarket for 10 mins the other day, until a man caught up with me to tell me that it was his. He pointed out mine,  full of healthy food which I’d just not recognised.

I have also discovered that champagne and gin and tonic are the low calorie alcohol options, so have embraced these in my weekend schedule.

I’ve really enjoyed the food and people have commented that I look trimmer.  AT the end of camp, I had lost 5lbs but two weeks later, I’ve lost a further 4lbs simply from the effects of exercising again rebooting my metabolism which I’m delighted about.

It’s been an amazing four weeks and I can’t wait to start Hollywood Bodies n April 14th. I’ve already got a juicer and been shopping for all the food on the Hollywood Raw Five (available to puchase independently online, which entitles you to join our online Facebook group). My friends are so interested that they’ve agreed we’re going to have a raw dinner party every week and share recipes.

But I’m also looking forward to exercising again. My goals at the end of this are to run HoveParkrun 5km. And I’m going to join the Dream Team Tri team. I’m terrified. What if I’m too slow, the unfittest… all those things go through my head. But I’m going to do it anyway.

One four week camp has proved to me that I can do things that I thought weren’t possible. I trust the Fitbitch coaches when they say that I can do this too.

**If you would like to enter the Ardingly Triathlon as a solo tri girl or in a relay team you can do so here. We will be holding group training on Saturday in May free to all. Sign up for our newsletter to find out more via our front page or keep checking back here.

Want to join our Hollywood Bodies CAmp? Sign up via our Prices & Booking page.


No Comments »

The Hollywood Raw Five Eating Plan

March 20, 2014 at 7:02
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Fancy trying an eating plan that will help wean you off coffee, pack a powerful nutritional punch and help you to lose weight without you going hungry? It may sound too good to be true but founder of Fitbitch, Rachael Woolston has been trialling a raw food plan with remarkable results…

Raw food. Sounds like something that only celebrities in Hollywood would do right?

I decided to test it as an idea for an eating plan to accompany our upcoming Hollywood Bodies Camp (all the exercises are based on workouts given by trainers to the Hollywood elite, many of whom I’ve interviewed for magazines including Marie Claire). It has been a reveleation.

The first meal I tried, a Thai style chilli was incredible, an explosion of flavour and taste that made me seriously wonder why I’d ever cooked anything before.

In brief, the theory behind raw food is that by cooking food, you destroy valuable nutrients and vitamins which are broken down by the heat process. Having now tried it, I can honestly say that cooking really does appear to destroy half the taste and flavour of food too.

The real beauty of this plan for those who struggle with their weight because they can’t cook, is that you need ZERO cooking ability (although for foodies out there, you’ll be amazed at the depth of flavour and enjoy the experimentation). The majority of the meals take about five minutes to make, with the help of a food processor.

The exception are foods that require sprouting, such as chick peas, beans and grains like quinoa. And other meals that require ‘dehydration’ like nut burgers and ‘nut pastry bases. Those who live a raw food life tend to use special dehydrator equipment but these are expensive so I’ve gone the air dried route. Not perfect but workable.

I’ve interviewed hundreds of women about their eating habits during 15 years of journalism and continue to assess clients diet diaries now. One of the overwhelming commonalaties between many people’s ‘before’ diets are the fact that they contain foods packed with salt and sugar. People often use sauces, ketchups, mustards, mayonnaise, sugar and honey because they have lost the ability to ‘taste’ natural foods. The common complaint is that other foods just taste bland.

A raw food eating plan will help re-educate the palate so that you WANT to eat healthily.

Of course, what you all want to know is what has it actually done for me.

I LOVE coffee. My first two days, I craved coffee all the time. Now as I write this on my second week, I can walk past Small Batch without wanting to go in. Trying out mad juice combinations has become my addiction!

And I’ve lost 5lbs without without once feeling hungry. Except when I forgot to bring my lunch to the office (fortuantely, if you live in Brighton, Foodiliac can rescue you).

This eating plan is called the Hollywood Raw Five, because I knew I didn’t want to do it over the weekend too. Even then, I still have NOT kept to this strictly five days out of seven. Some days, I’ve been out for dinner and even had a glass of wine (which curiously, I couldn’t finish) and at the weekend I had cake too.

But even if you do a few days raw out of seven instead of the five, it will help you to think about what you’re are eating, and challenge poor dietary habits.

Weightloss should never be sought without exercise, which is why we are encouraging people to sign up for our Hollywood Bodies Camp, by offering this eating plan free IF you book the camp by April 1st.

Lose weight without exercise and you could be losing all important muscle mass, which helps you to look toned and burns more calories even at rest.

Do you have to be organised on this diet? Yes, you DO need to go food shopping but eating healthily always requires planning.

Is it expensive? You WILL need to buy a food processor (I got the Kenwood FPI08001, £39.50 from Tesco ). A juicer is optional but IS recommended.

Groceries wise, the most expensive items are nuts and coconut oil. But calculate how much you’d be saving on your coffee, meat and booze bill and you’ll still be quids in and what price can you put on your health?

Over the next week we’ll be posting our review of the best juicers to buy. The eating plan willl be available to buy from our site for £10.50 on April 1st but will be free to those booking Hollywood Bodies.

There are many blogs and raw food cook books that you may want to explore instead. What I’ve done with this plan is taken the hard work out of having to look for recipes, bringing together many from different sources, including some original ones and chosen the simplest, quickest ones to do, and which will support your body while you exercising.

Right, I’m off now to eat my raw food curry lunch.


No Comments »