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Join the Fitbitch Challenge Community 2016

March 10, 2016 at 6:35
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Why not join our Fitbitch Challenge community, where we will help inspire and motivate you to take on exercise challenges every month and you could win reward points? From beginners’ challenges to those for regular exercisers our challenges will help you bin the bulge and motivate you to move – magnificently – every month

Exercising and participating is always better with others

Exercising and participating is always better with others

 

All you have to do is become a member of our FREE Fitbitch online community and complete our ONE of our selected challenges EACH MONTH from the list below throughout 2016. You can join ANYTIME in the year but from the month you join, you must continue thereafter to do one challenge per month. Besides, the more months that you complete, the more points you are rewarded and these can be redeemed for up to £150 of our products and services. (T&C apply).

You can stick to level 1 challenges, or mix it up and progress through the levels up to level five (each level corresponds to points and the more you get, the more fitness rewards you will unlock). And if you DO achieve a challenge every month you’ll get a bonus ten points.

Committing to a goal every month will provide focus, motivation and consistency. And the benefits?  Improved fitness, body shape and and an incredible sense of achievement.

We are not leaving you to motivate and exercise alone though.

When you sign up to our Challenge year, you will become part of our 200 strong Fitbitch online community on Facebook and Strava, where you will be able meet up with others to train and participate in the challenges – just like our pictures from previous years highlight. Because at the end of the day, the key to getting fit and staying fit isn’t the promise of weight loss or a perter bum, it’s the fact that you enjoy yourself which all comes down to making sure you exercise with a group of great women. #bettertogether

I’m in, what do I do next?

SIGN UP HERE

The Fitbitch Community Challenges 2016

(if you have a challenge that you would like included, please email rachael@fitbitchbootcamp.com for consideration)

January

(1) Complete a Parkrun, a Fitbitch Run Club Members run or any 5km at any speed

(1) Complete a four week Fitbitch course

(1)  Road cycle over 25 miles

(1)  Complete the Run-uary Challenge

(5) Run 365 days of the year

February

(1) Parkrun or a Fitbitch boot camp course, a Fitbitch Run Club Members run or any 5km at any speed

(2) Complete the Fitbitch Flexibility Improvement Challenge (a video of the ‘Runner’s Sun Salutation’ will be released. Add one sun salutation a day to improve your mobility).

(2) Get a ParkRun PB

(2) Feb 7th Run a 9 mile trail race

(3) Run the Vitality Brighton, Worthing or Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

March

(1) Parkrun or a Fitbitch boot camp course, a Fitbitch Run Club Members run or any 5km at any speed

(2) Parkrun PB, or two Parkruns 

(3)  March 19,  Run the Birling Gap 10km Trail Race

(3/4/5) Ride a sportive in Burgess Hill – 36 miles, 54 or 72miles http://www.srs-events.cc/event1/event-details.htm

(4) March 6th, Run the off-road Steyning Stinger Half Marathon Or Birling Gap Half Marathon March 19th

April

(1) Parkrun or a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) April 17th, Run the BMK 10 km

(3/4) April 24th, Run the RawEnergy Pursuits Bluebell 10 km or 10 mile 

(5) April, Run the Paris, Brighton or London marathon 

May

(1)Parkrun, a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Get a Parkrun PB or run 2 parkruns

(2/3/4) Girls Run the World Berlin 10km, Half Marathon or 25km (early bird prices to be released February)

(4) Ride every day in May – whether it’s down your road, on Preston Park cycle track or up the Beacon, just ride. You can join our online cycle community here to meet others to ride with.

June

(1)Parkrun, a Fitbitch boot camp course

(1/2/3/4) 5th June, Ardingley Triathlon  (Supersprint, Sprint, Open Water Sprint or Olympic Distance Open Water – we will also organise relay teams if you don’t want to do the full event)

(2) 22nd June, The Weakest Link Relay Race (we will organise teams)

(3) 12th June, Run the Pollesden Lacey Off Road 10km 

(3/4) 12th June, Ride 52 or 74 miles in France with the Wiggle French Resistance Sportive 

(4/5) 18th June, Run the South Downs Half Marathon or Full Marathon (5). Or join a Fitbitch relay team (4) or 24 Hour Relay Enduro 11-12th June 

July

(1)Run parkrun, or complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 x Parkruns

(2) 13th July, Run the Brighton Phoenix 10km  or Wednesday 20th July Beat the Tide 10km Worthing

(4) 9th July, Team up and navigate, run, bike and kayak in the Chilterns Adventure Team Race

(5) Swim everyday in July  – whether it’s up and down your holiday pool, in the sea or in a training pool just swim

(5) Race to the Stones, 100km UltraMarathon 16-17th July

August

(1) Parkrun

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 x Parkruns 

(2)  3rd August Tri It Aqualathon Pells Pool Lewes  (350m swim,3km run)

(3/4/5) 7th August, Ride 47, 72 or 103 miles in the cycle sportive Haywards Heath Howler 

September

(1)Run parkrun, or complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 x Parkruns 

(3) 3rd September, Team up and navigate as you run, ride and kayak Questars Adventure Race 

(2/3/4) 10th September Run trails through the beautiful Kent countryside, 7km (2), 15km (3) or 21km (4)

(2/3/4) 11th September, Brighton and Hove Triathlon SuperSprint, Sprint, Relay or Olympic

(2/3/4) 25th September, Brighton to Brighton Sportive,

(5) Man Vs Mountain, Lake District 3 September 

October

(1) Run parkrun, or complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 x Parkruns

(3) 16th October, Brighton 10 miles 

(4) Girls Run the World trip – TBC

November

(1)Run parkrun, OR complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Run a Parkrun PB

(2) 13th November, Brooks Brighton 10km 

(3/5) 29th November, Three Molehills Team Relay or run it solo

December

(1)Run parkrun, or complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(1) Santa Dash

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 Parkruns

(3) December 3rd, Mince Pie 10 miles 

 

Fitness Rewards

12 points and over – £25

20 points and over – £50

30 points and over – £75

40 points and over – £150

Terms & Conditions

  • You must subscribe to the community challenge obligations as outlined on the sign up form
  • Fitness rewards can not be redeemed along with any other offer
  • They can not be redeemed against personal training or Girls Run the World trips
  • All rewards must be redeemed for services that start before the end of April 2017
  • Rewards can not be transferred to another person
  • Only three spaces will be eligible per camp/time where £150 rewards are redeemed.


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Join the Fitbitch Challenge Community 2016

January 21, 2016 at 6:10
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Want to bin the bulge and say goodbye to the guilt of not sticking to your exercise vows?  Then join our FREE Challenge community where we will inspire and motivate you to move – magnificently – every month

Exercising and participating is always better with others

Exercising and participating is always better with others

 

All you have to do is become a member of our FREE Fitbitch online community and complete our ONE of our selected challenges EACH MONTH from the list below throughout 2016. You can join ANYTIME in the year but from the month you join, you must continue thereafter to do one challenge per month. Besides, the more months that you complete, the more points you are rewarded and these can be redeemed for up to £150 of our products and services. (T&C apply).

You can stick to level 1 challenges, or mix it up and progress through the levels up to level five (each level corresponds to points and the more you get, the more fitness rewards you will unlock). And if you DO achieve a challenge every month you’ll get a bonus ten points.

Committing to a goal every month will provide focus, motivation and consistency. And the benefits?  Improved fitness, body shape and and an incredible sense of achievement.

We are not leaving you to motivate and exercise alone though.

When you sign up to our Challenge year, you will become part of our 200 strong Fitbitch online community on Facebook and Strava, where you will be able meet up with others to train and participate in the challenges – just like our pictures from previous years highlight. Because at the end of the day, the key to getting fit and staying fit isn’t the promise of weight loss or a perter bum, it’s the fact that you enjoy yourself which all comes down to making sure you exercise with a group of great women. #bettertogether

I’m in, what do I do next?

SIGN UP HERE

The Fitbitch Community Challenges 2016

(if you have a challenge that you would like included, please email rachael@fitbitchbootcamp.com for consideration)

January

(1) Complete a Parkrun, a Fitbitch Run Club Members run or any 5km at any speed

(1) Complete a four week Fitbitch course

(1)  Road cycle over 25 miles

(1)  Complete the Run-uary Challenge

(5) Run 365 days of the year

February

(1) Parkrun or a Fitbitch boot camp course, a Fitbitch Run Club Members run or any 5km at any speed

(2) Complete the Fitbitch Flexibility Improvement Challenge (a video of the ‘Runner’s Sun Salutation’ will be released. Add one sun salutation a day to improve your mobility).

(2) Get a ParkRun PB

(2) Feb 7th Run a 9 mile trail race

(3) Run the Vitality Brighton, Worthing or Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

March

(1) Parkrun or a Fitbitch boot camp course, a Fitbitch Run Club Members run or any 5km at any speed

(2) Parkrun PB, or two Parkruns 

(3)  March 19,  Run the Birling Gap 10km Trail Race

(3/4/5) Ride a sportive in Burgess Hill – 36 miles, 54 or 72miles http://www.srs-events.cc/event1/event-details.htm

(4) March 6th, Run the off-road Steyning Stinger Half Marathon Or Birling Gap Half Marathon March 19th

April

(1) Parkrun or a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) April 17th, Run the BMK 10 km

(3/4) April 24th, Run the RawEnergy Pursuits Bluebell 10 km or 10 mile 

(5) April, Run the Paris, Brighton or London marathon 

May

(1)Parkrun, a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Get a Parkrun PB or run 2 parkruns

(2/3/4) Girls Run the World Berlin 10km, Half Marathon or 25km (early bird prices to be released February)

(4) Ride every day in May – whether it’s down your road, on Preston Park cycle track or up the Beacon, just ride. You can join our online cycle community here to meet others to ride with.

June

(1)Parkrun, a Fitbitch boot camp course

(1/2/3/4) 5th June, Ardingley Triathlon  (Supersprint, Sprint, Open Water Sprint or Olympic Distance Open Water – we will also organise relay teams if you don’t want to do the full event)

(2) 22nd June, The Weakest Link Relay Race (we will organise teams)

(3) 12th June, Run the Pollesden Lacey Off Road 10km 

(3/4) 12th June, Ride 52 or 74 miles in France with the Wiggle French Resistance Sportive 

(4/5) 18th June, Run the South Downs Half Marathon or Full Marathon (5). Or join a Fitbitch relay team (4) or 24 Hour Relay Enduro 11-12th June 

July

(1)Run parkrun, or complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 x Parkruns

(2) 13th July, Run the Brighton Phoenix 10km  or Wednesday 20th July Beat the Tide 10km Worthing

(4) 9th July, Team up and navigate, run, bike and kayak in the Chilterns Adventure Team Race

(5) Swim everyday in July  – whether it’s up and down your holiday pool, in the sea or in a training pool just swim

August

(1) Parkrun

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 x Parkruns 

(2)  3rd August Tri It Aqualathon Pells Pool Lewes  (350m swim,3km run)

(3/4/5) 7th August, Ride 47, 72 or 103 miles in the cycle sportive Haywards Heath Howler 

September

(1)Run parkrun, or complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 x Parkruns 

(3) 3rd September, Team up and navigate as you run, ride and kayak Questars Adventure Race 

(2/3/4) 10th September Run trails through the beautiful Kent countryside, 7km (2), 15km (3) or 21km (4)

(2/3/4) 11th September, Brighton and Hove Triathlon SuperSprint, Sprint, Relay or Olympic

(2/3/4) 25th September, Brighton to Brighton Sportive,

(5) Man Vs Mountain, Lake District 3 September 

October

(1) Run parkrun, or complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 x Parkruns

(3) 16th October, Brighton 10 miles 

(4) Girls Run the World trip – TBC

November

(1)Run parkrun, OR complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(2) Run a Parkrun PB

(2) 13th November, Brooks Brighton 10km 

(3/5) 29th November, Three Molehills Team Relay or run it solo

December

(1)Run parkrun, or complete a Fitbitch boot camp course

(1) Santa Dash

(2) Run a Parkrun PB or 2 Parkruns

(3) December 3rd, Mince Pie 10 miles 

 

Fitness Rewards

12 points and over – £25

20 points and over – £50

30 points and over – £75

40 points and over – £150

Terms & Conditions

  • You must subscribe to the community challenge obligations as outlined on the sign up form
  • Fitness rewards can not be redeemed along with any other offer
  • They can not be redeemed against personal training or Girls Run the World trips
  • All rewards must be redeemed for services that start before the end of April 2017
  • Rewards can not be transferred to another person
  • Only three spaces will be eligible per camp/time where £150 rewards are redeemed.


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Fitbitch Run Club & Girls Run the World #club261

November 10, 2014 at 10:04
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Over the last five years, we’ve helped hundreds of women learn to run from being total beginners. And helped many others reach half marathons and marathons.

Not to mention setting up our Girls Run the the World trips, which have taken women to run in Paris, Palma, Lisbon, Berlin, Lake Garda, and next week, Istanbul.

We don’t do it just to help women get fit. It really is about helping to empower women. And it’s a lot of fun too.

See what our run community is like by clicking the link. Empowering women one run at a time -Fitbitch Running Club-Display

#club261 Fearless



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Beginner’s Guide to Triathlon

July 7, 2014 at 4:16
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Starting with Fitbitch as a fitness novice just over three months ago, Bec Taylor weighed over 15 stone and had not exercised for years. Three camps on and she reveals what it was like to train and race in her first triathlon

Triathlon? That’s just for super sporty athletes, not for the likes of me. Or that’s how I viewed triathlons back in May. I admired triathletes in the same way I admired a heptathlete like Jessica-Ennis-Hill. Amazing, but super human.

Then, Rachael at Fitbitch suggested I train for the Ardingly Sprint Triathlon, (500metre pool swim, 24km bike ride and 5km run) as part of my Dream Challenge year with the Fitbitch free triathlon training group.

I’d swum as a kid but had never run 5km and had not been on a bike for years. In fact, I didn’t even own one. But, I was ready for my next challenge.

My first hiccup was trying to ride my friend’s road bike. The tyres were so thin, I thought they’d pop under my weight and it was so light, I was convinced I’d fall off. I swapped to a friend’s hybrid with a comfy seat, wide tyres and my feet touching the floor in time for our first training session.

It was pouring with rain, and there were winds of over 20mph. But there were still 15 other Fitibitches, all waiting at the swimming pool reception.

After swimming, we all dried off (pointlessly, as it happened) and it was on to a 23km bike ride, with two laps from Hove seafront up to Devil’s Dyke and back.

The faster group were off like a shot, leaving us slower ones to form a second group. Within 500 metres, I was panicking. My knees hurt and I wasn’t going anywhere.

One of the other women told me my seat was too low and so after a quick adjustment, we were off again.

I was so glad to be with a group as there is no way I’d have coped on my own. But on the top of every hill, we shared a few jelly sweets, congratulated ourselves and carried on.

I felt completely out of my comfort zone and there were times that I was unsure whether it was rain on my face or tears. But we survived, cycling back into the park to the cheers of other Fitbitches to face the run.

My legs were like jelly after cycling but somehow, I managed my first 2.5km training run.

I was so proud of myself for having got through it. As I told my friends later, it was the toughest thing I’d ever done. And I had to do it all over again, three more times including the actual event, the Ardingly Hedgehog Tri on June 1st, just three weeks away..

Fortunately, the following weekend’s training session was in beautiful sunshine, and knowing that I’d done it once already made me feel stronger.

That and the support of others helped me throughout my training, especially posting things on Facebook where my friends and even complete strangers would tell me what an inspiration I was. And hard though the training was, the buzz I felt after every session made it worthwhile.

On my final training session, I decided, on the advice of Rachael to try the road bike again. This time, I had it serviced first and adjusted for my height. It was a revelation.

Despite torrential rain on our last training session, I felt strong on the bike, able to push up hills easily and power down.

Finally, the night before the race arrived. I was so nervous, I checked my kit bag three times and started feeling stupid for having purchased an all-in-one Triathlon suit. I’m of the tracksuit and t-shirt ‘hide my body’ kind of workout wardrobe.

A Tri-suit makes it easier because you can swim, bike and run all in the same outfit without having to change. But I was just worried that everyone would expect me to be better than I was because I was wearing it!

I needn’t have worried there were men and women of all different shapes and sizes on the day. Some professional with expensive looking bikes, others like me.

There were 15 Fitbitches racing but we had all entered different swim times, with the slower ones going in first. I was nervous waiting in the pool but it helped to see that so many were as nervous. And while I was worrying about the run, I was better than some there at swimming.

Finally, it was my turn in the pool for 20 lengths,  counted by a marshall who had a noticeboard that he put under the water to signal when I had two lengths left.

From there, I exited the pool, grateful for my tri-suit and headed to collect my bike.

Having spent so many days feeling anxious about cycling, it was fantastic, whizzing through country lanes in the sunshine, with spectacular views of the Sussex countryside and the North Downs.

And this time when I got off the bike, I was prepared for my jelly legs. While they didn’t feel as bad as in training, the 5km run, involving 4 slightly hilly and off road laps of the school playing field, was hard.

To keep count of laps, we were handed elastic bands to put around our wrist every time we passed a checkpoint.

Finally I sprinted over the finish line to the cheers of some of the Fitbitches who’d already finished. It was  an amazing feeling.

As I hung the medal around my neck, I felt an incredible sense of achievement. And I caught myself thinking,  ‘Next time, I’m going to make sure my nose clip is fastened properly on for the swim.’

Yes, I was already thinking that there was going to be a next time!

This has been my biggest Fitbitch challenge so far and having achieved it, it’s given me an inner confidence and belief that my body really is capable of achieving things I thought only possible for athletes.

I was an overweight, unfit woman who didn’t own a bike, hadn’t ever run 5km and last swam when I was at school. But with support and encouragement, and the focus of having a goal to train for, I’ve achieved something that I would have thought impossible just four months ago.

My philosophy now is to just go for it. You will never know if your dreams are possible, in all aspects of life,  unless you at least try.

 

Taylor’s Tips for Beginner’s Triathlon Success

Test your bike: make sure it’s set up correctly for your height and if you’re unsure, ask. It makes a huge difference.

Be brave: don’t go for the comfy bike option but use a road bike. It will feel unbalanced to start but the difference in the ease and speed on a road bike is huge.

Pack all your kit the night before. And then double check that you have everything.

Invest in a tri suit. You may feel like you look silly but it makes the event so much easier.

Train with  group. They will help keep you motivated right up until the start whistle.

 

Since starting with us as winner of our Dream Challenger, Bec Taylor has lost over 2 stone and 6% body fat.

If you would like to be part of our next FREE training group for a Cyclo Sportive or MTB ride, join our online Facebook Group, Fitibitch Rides Series.

 

 



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