March 9, 2014 at 7:38
Posted by Rachael Woolston
Bored of your current gym routine or workout? Want to be inspired and part of a fitness camp that will provide you with not just a workout but an exhilarating, life affirming adventure every morning before work? Then DON’T miss our Obstacle Performance Training Camp starting 31st March.
This is the third year that we have run our hugely popular obstacle camps. In these camps you can expect to build the strength, stamina and fearlessness to climb, throw, carry, crawl and even swim.
It is ideally suited to those who are training for an obstacle race such as Tough Mudder, Spartan, Warrior, Nuts or any other of the current crop of races with obstacles.
Our obstacle camps are NOT for beginners to exercise. But for anyone else who is looking for something a little bit different from the norm, DO not miss your chance of signing up to our Obstacle Camp.
Adventure. Inspiration. Strength. Live bravely.
Early bird deal of £20 off if you book before midnight March 14th.
We have a crew of 15 women taking part in Tough Mudder this year as part of our Dream Challenge 2014 series. You can sponsor their efforts, all money to Martletts Hospice here.
All sessions last one hour and you can choose from a 6am or 7am camp. As part of our Performance Brand, this is open to men and women. No time to train with us? Take some tips from our How to Train for an obstacle Camp
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December 31, 2013 at 1:33
Posted by Rachael Woolston
Whatever your size, shape, experience of exercise or current fitness level, YOU can be part of our Dream Team in 2014.
What is our Dream Challenge all about?
In the last five years of of Fitbitch, we’ve seen time and again the amazing results that our clients achieve in body shape transformation, weight loss and fitness when they set themselves a fitness challenge. And all without having to stress/worry or get tied up in knots about the weighing scales; your focus becomes the fitness goal and the weight melts away as you train.
But our Dream Challenge year is also about creating a community of women (and men – most of these challenges and training camps are also open to our new HIIT men campers too), helping to motivate and inspire each other, in training for the same goal.
Worried about motivating yourselft to get out of the door and train? Not a problem when you’re part of a group of women, of ALL abilities and levels training together.
We witnessed this first hand when we had teams of 20 women training for some very challenging obstacle races in 2013, and during each and every one of our 2013 fitness camps when our new members graduated by running their first 5k Parkrun together.
Challenges work because they inspire you to be your best. And when you achieve your goal, it gives you the confidence to realise that you are capable of ANYTHING that you want to achieve, whether it’s a career goal, new relationship, weight loss or getting fit.
And finally, in being part of our Dream Challenge Year, you will be helping to raise money for one of three charities (help us to choose by voting here). Don’t worry, we will not ask you to canvas your friends and family, nor set limits on what you have to raise. All you have to do is wear one of our race vests when you do your challenge with a text number so people can donate as little as £1. Simple.
So, if you’re sitting there feeling bloated, unfit and determined to make changes that stick this 2014, why not be part of our Dream Team? You will train with like minded women, have the support of expert friendly female coaches, lose weight, get fit, have fun and raise money for a good cause too.
Interested? Read on for Dream Challenge List. You will need to enter the race yourself via the organisers website and then email us email@example.com and we will help you connect with the others training for the event.
For most of these events, we will also be providing event specifc training camps (not obgliatory) to help you get ready physically and mentally for the crazy, fun and totally life changing events we’ve got coming up.
Don’t live in Brighton or Hove? Register for our London camps on our home page or we can offer online training.
The Dream Challenge List
Hagloff Adventure Race North Downs, February 2nd 2014 – Level: Intermediate
Trail running, mountain biking and navigation. You will have to have a strong team dynamic for this pairs adventure race where you will navigate to as many points as possible in a five hour time limit.
You will need your own mountain bike and a working idea of navigation.
Race entry is £35
(Anyone wishing to train for this can bring their mountain bikes on our Sunday run club although these will vary in location so you will need a car to get to some of the locations – women only)
Fitbitch Get Your Glow On 5k, February 15th – Level: Beginners
Want to finally achieve that elusive 5k? Come and train with us in our unique 4 weeks to 5k course for total beginners starting Jan 22nd at Hove seafront and finish off by running in our exclusive Get Your Glow On (glow sticks, neon make up, etc) 5k on Hove seafront.
All proceeds to charity. Enter here
Our beginners 5k course starts Jan 22nd, details at www.fitbitchrunningclub.com
Brighton Half Marathon, 16th February Level Intermediate
You may already have joined us in training for this event. If not and you’re at 9 miles by January 5th, come and join us for drop in session Weds fitness or Sunday long run training sessions. Details on www.fitbitchrunningclub.com
Warrior Run, 30th March (this is also open to our new H.I.I.T Men campers) Level Beginners and beyond
This local Sussex based race is a mixture of obstacles and trail running and is suitable for all levels as you can opt to do 6k, 12 or 18k routes. This is NOT about coming first but a team event. Join any one of our upcoming fitness camps – Body Shape Transform in January or Reboot or HIIT to ensure you’re ready to take on the challenge.
Entries: £40 although contact us first if you want to be put in a team as there are different timed starts
Brighton 10k, April 6th 2014, Level Beginner
Be part of the Brighton marathon without having to run 26miles! This year, they are launching their new 10k which starts and finishes in the same place so you get all the atmosphere without all that pain! Entires open Jan 15th for the race itself. Get ahead of the game by joining our 5k course and then joining our 5-10 course, or sign up for our 10k course now. details www.fitbitchrunningclub.com
BlueBell 10k Trail Run, April 27th Level Beginners and beyond
Always wanted to run trails and escape running in the city? Join us in training for this spectacular race in Angmering, Sussex renowned for it’s beautiful carpet of bluebells at this time of year.
It is hilly but we will train you well and it will help you explore the Downs on your doorstep. Plus you get the reward of a pub lunch at the Fox And Hounds right on the finish line.
Entries: £15 https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=5481353
Our BlueBell run package will be released in January (women only)
Tough Mudder, 26th April Level Intermediates
Billed as the toughest obstacle race on the planet, we trained 15 women from total beginners to our regular advanced clients for this event last year. EVERY ONE of them finished the race with a huge grin on their face.
This year, we have 15 signed up and are looking for more women (or HIIT campers) to join us. It does involve running 12miles so you need to build up endurance but it is NOT like a running race as you stop and start and can even walk. We will be running our renowned and totally unique women’s only four week training camp to get you in shape and confident with all manner of obstacles that this race throws at you. A challenge and a half, but enormous fun!
Let us know if you want to join our team as you can get a discount. Our Obstacle camp (women only but we will do a men’s one if there is enough interest) starts 31st March – sign up via our Performance Camps on Prices & Booking.
Heroes vs Villain 5k or 10k, Hove seafront May 18th (open to our HIIT Men too) Level Beginners and beyond
Whether you see yourself as heroine like Wonder Woman, or an evil Snow Queen, join the Fitbitch crew in racing a 5 or 10k along the seafront in this fun, heroes vs villains race.
Entries: £15 http://www.heroesrun.org.uk/
Our next 5 and 10k courses start in January. For details visit www.fitbitchrunningclub.com
Kamikaze Obstacle Race, May 18th, Pippingford, West Sussex (open to our HIIT Men) Level Beginners and beyond
Fancy something completely different? Then don’t miss this friendly, local natural obstacle and mud run in Sussex.
Our team of 12 women last year LOVED this run, including our total beginners who had never entered a running race much less one with mud slides and river runs. The best fun with the emphasis on sticking with your teammates. You can choose from one lap or two starting from £25 http://www.votwoshop.co.uk/kamikaze-adventure-runs-kamikaze-pippingford-2014-c-58_87_210.html
Email us if you want to enter a team. Our Reboot, HIIT or Obstacle camps in April will be the perfect training.
Ardingley Triathlon, June 1st Level: beginners and intermediate
If you’ve always fancied trying a tri, this is the perfect entry level, local one to try. In beautiful surroundings and with a pool swim, along with distances to suit ALL levels, this is a brilliant event.
If you don’t want to do the swim, you can even enter a duathlon,(bike and run). Choose from a super sprint (200m swim, 23k bike, 2.5k run), a sprint or ordinary distance depending on the level of challenge. Last time we did this, there were women doing the event on bikes with shopping baskets amongst the serious tri guys with go faster helmets and more lycra than the average woman owns in her entire wardrobe.
Entry starts at £33 http://www.hedgehogtri.co.uk/web/hedgehogtri/ardingly.html
South Downs Half Marathon, Saturday 21st June Level: intermediate to advanced
Not to be entered unless you are willing to put in the training! This hilly half marathon is challenging but rewards with spectacular scenery and a friendly atmosphere – plus you can relax at the end with a post race picnic in the spectacular Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Sussex.
Entries from £22, http://www.209events.com/uk-running-events/south-downs-trail-half-marathon-qe-park-nr-petersfield
We will be providing a women’s only half marathon training package starting in April
Stilletoes on Wheels Girls Only MTB Race, Stanmer Park, September 6th Level: Beginners and beyond
Some of our Fitbitch crew tried this for the first time last year and loved it! Come and join for a Cinderella lap or join us in a solo or pairs race.
The ups are challenging, the downs are exhilirating and the technical aspects? Thankfully not too difficult.
This very, very welcoming, girls only MTB is the perfect entry level MTB race and it’s right on our doorstep so you can practise the trails. Choose from a one lap trial, or a two or four hour race on your own or in a relay pair.
Entries from £25 http://stilettosonwheels.com/?page_id=379
Women only drop in ride training to be annouced in the summer
Brighton Sprint Triathlon, Falmer Sports Centre, 14th September Level: Beginners
Always fancied trying a tri but been too scared? Or enter the June one and want to perfect your technique in this local event? Join the Fitbitch crew for this Sprint Triathlon.
No need to worry about having to swim in the open water as it takes place in a swimming pool and you can even breaststroke if you like!
You will need a bike but there is no need to buy a specific tri or road bike – obviously, it will make you faster but if you just want to experience a triathlon this is for you. 400m swim, 28k bike, 5.5k run
Entries tbc http://www.britishtriathlon.org/take-part/events/detail/Falmer-Brighton-Triathlon_3766
Istanbul 10miles or 10k Race, November 16th Level: beginners and intermediate
Join our Girls Run the World trips to the Turkish city of Istanbul, a race unique in the world as you run from the Asian continent to Europe.
Likewise the city offers everything from the modern, art galleries and funky cocktail lounges to the old, traditional Turkish working men’s restaurant, Lokantas and history and architecture that goes back to the Romans. Ooh, and did we mention the islands you can visit too?
Enter the race here...our GRW packages will be released by the end of January
Santa Dash, 6th December Level: Beginners
An event NOT to be missed whatever your level as a runner. This is a 5k race that marks the beginning of the festive period with your entry including a full Santa outfit. Walk it, run it, push your baby in a buggy and do it. Fantastic fun
Mince Pie 10 miles, Sunday 7th December, Level: Intermediate
A Fitbitch race tradition, this friendly, local but hilly trail run is a must for intermediate runners who have already built their distance. But enter early as it sells out every year.
Phew! A lot of challenges but just think how much even just one of these could change how you feel about yourself? Add a few to the pot and THAT is a 2014 to be remembered!
Feeling scared? It is natural but remember, you won’t be alone. We will be there every step of the way, focus on the little steps and before you know it, you will have leapt over a huge chasm and reached the other side jubliant.
And lastly don’t forget, if you are completely new to Fitbitch and ready for the year of your life, you could enter our DreamChallenger2014 and win free camps for the year and personal training to help you achieve some of these challenges and any others that you have of your own.
You will be trained by founder Rachael Woolston, along with head coach, Kate Boys and Emma Harwood – don’t enter if you are not ready to commit fully to the challenge. But if you really have wanted to change your life for many years and always been too scared or intimidated then this is the chance of a life time with moral, emotional and physical support for an entire year. Want to enter? Sign up for a chance to win our Dream Challenger here
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September 11, 2013 at 12:56
Posted by Rachael Woolston
Fitbitch, Pip Henderson, 45, has never considered herself a runner. But after her first obstacle race she’s found her rasion d’etre…
‘What have I signed up for?’ is all that kept running through my mind the night before The Nuts Challenge.
Billed as one of the most challenging military assault courses in the world, it consists of an obstacle race of between 7 and 28K depending on how many laps you choose to do.
I’d signed up to do the entry level 7k with my fellow Fitbitch camp mate, Jen. But that night, as I tried to sleep, all I kept thinking was, ‘Can I actually do this?’
Five years ago, I’d never have even considered running for a bus let alone entered an obstacle race. The very thought would have had me choking on a cigarette (I’ve since given up) and knocking back a bottle of wine (now, it’s just a few glasses).
So, why did I enter? I’ve been doing Fitbitch camps for four years, ever since I hit 40 and decided my life needed to change. And change it has.
From an unfit, ‘those fitness types are freaks‘ kind of girl, I’d become someone who enjoys exercise, not only for the body shaping transformation but for the endorphins, the friends and sense of well being. None of that was making me feel relaxed that night though.
But the next morning as Jen and I arrived at the course near Dorking on a beautiful sunny August morning, I began to relax and my nerves were soon forgotten in the excitement.
We were given our race numbers, which were also marked on our foreheads in ink better to be seen in case our numbers were covered in mud. That left us plenty of time to watch some of the other competitors running before our 12.20pm start time (you are set off in waves so you don’t all end up on the obstacles in one go).
I’d imagined everyone was going to be young and look super fit but it was both reassuring and inspiring to see women – and men – of all shapes, sizes, ages and fitness types.
By the time the siren went for Jenny and I to race, we were champing at the bit. The first mile involved zig zagging back and forth and climbing fences. So far, no problem. But as the event progressed, the obstacles started getting more challenging.
Some of the walls were so high, we had to be helped up. Great, until we reached the top and realised how far the drop was, often into muddy water so you had no clue how far you were going to fall. Yet each time I faced a scary challenge and overcame it, my confidence grew.
The race bills itself on being very muddy but there is so much and it’s so deep too. One obstacle involved sliding down a hill on your bottom straight into a muddy pit.
I set off like Eddie the Eagle on a ski slope and caught so much air I disappeared into the murky depths. I emerged looking like the mud monster, barely able to see, much to the Jen’s hilarity.
And even when there were obstacles that just seemed too challenging there were ‘chicken runs’ which allowed you to bypass any that you felt you couldn’t do. I’m proud to say, even though I hated one obstacle that involved climbing up inside steel barrels, we did them all. And the harder the challenges, the more it brought out the camaraderie of our fellow ‘Nutters.’.
At one point, a man dressed as a Smurf knelt in a ditch full of sticky mud, so I could clamber on his back to climb a wall. And crawling under an army camouflage net while ‘make believe soldier’s fired plastic pellets on to a steel fence, adding to the feeling of being under attack, you couldn’t help but get to know your fellow competitors.
Jen and I were particularly proud of ourselves when we got talking to two very athletic (and fairly fit) black men who said they were so tired they were only doing one 7k lap too.
There were a lot of amazing moments throughout the 2hrs that it took Jenny and I to complete the course, the camaraderie; looking back at the 6ft scramble net that I had just climbed over, wading through thigh-high mud…but nothing quite beat standing at the top of the final obstacle, a steep, staircase of hay bales, with the finish line in sight knowing I’d done it.
Nuts, was so much fun although don’t get me wrong, it was tough. There were times when I wondered how much longer there was to go. But most of the time, I was thinking ‘Why haven’t I done this BEFORE??!’.
Like many women, I never thought of myself as the type of person who would, or could do an obstacle race. But I can honestly say, it’s one of the best things I have ever done.
There was no race bag, but we were awarded a Nuts medal which I will cherish as a sign of my achievement. Along with the race photos, which you could download for free.
If you’re reading this and thinking, ‘I could never do that,’ think again. It’s what I used to think but with the right training, and a great team, you can do anything. I enjoyed myself so much, I’ve already signed up for my next one.
(Subhead) Dos & Don’ts for Beginner Obstacle Racers
… wear trainers with good grip, which you don’t mind getting trashed.
…opt for short running tights or at least leggings that fit. Mine kept falling down because they are drenched in water/mud.
…wear protection on your knees of elbows. All that crawling can be painful.
… wear sweat bands. Once you’ve waded through the first bit of mud they become totally pointless.
…bother with gloves. I bought a pair specially and although I was grateful for them at times, they got covered in mud and became more of a hindrance.
… go it alone! It’s more fun to race as a team and some obstacles are impossible to get over without help.
If you like the sound of this, Pip and her fellow Fitbitches are currently training for the The Warrior Race, October 6th.
We also run Obstacle Training Camps throughout the year – there is still time and limited availabilty to join our current one (6am or 7am, Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs) which runs until October 4th. Enquire about booking firstname.lastname@example.org
Pip when she first started at camp…
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