September 2, 2015 at 3:51
Posted by Rachael Woolston
After a summer of kicking back (or rushing around after the kids!) this month is the perfect time to reset and reboot. It’s what we, at Fitbitch have coined, Mo-Go time – getting your motivation back with some well considered fitness and healthy eating goals.
In fact, if you are a beginner or lapsed exerciser, we think September is BETTER than New Year for setting goals because it helps you to get through the autumn-winter months feeling inspired and keeping the blues (and the bloat) at bay with some endorphin-boosting workouts and purpose.
Alternatively, if you are a regular recreational female athlete, NOW is the best time for plotting your 2015-16 goals, which races to enter, target times etc.
This It means that you can enter events intelligently, taking into consideration how much time you have to train, measured against social life, relationships, work and family. And the upshot of this? Your goals become achievable and not another millstone of stress around your neck, leaving you feeling guilty or rubbish for not being able to fit in the training.
Still feel bamboozled, and not sure what goal to choose or how to go about achieving them? Take some inspiration from our Mo-Gos – and the courses we offer to help you achieve them.
Mo-Go 1: Lose the seven pound summer bloat
Feel bloated, out of shape and generally like you have a summer bloat hang-over-your-waistband?
Then…kickstart a new fitness and healthy eating regime with our Reboot four week course for beginners and beyond. Three or four sessions per week, in a small group aimed at your individual level. Fun, effective, transformative. Various times and locations but hurry, spaces are going fast.
Mo-Go 2: Run your first Parkrun
What better way to get fit and stay motivated than running 5km with the amazing, free community www.parkrun.com. But what if you are not yet capable of running 5km and struggling with a Couch to 5km app?
Then…Join our Learn to Run 5km available different days, evenings and daytimes, which will help build your fitness and confidence to get to 5km.
After that, you can join our NEW run membership which will give you access to one FREE run per week, paced runs in a group which will help you to forever feel the #runlove. Not to mention entitling you to discounts off courses and savings on everything from Juice cleanses to yoga and float sessions with our local business partners.
Mo-Go 3: Smash Your Brooks 10km personal best
So, you can already run 10km but are so bored of trudging along doing it, you no longer get any enjoyment out of it?
Then…Join our friendly Smash Your PB group starting next week and at the end of September to help you get faster, fitter and feel supercharged with endorphins.
Mo-Go 4: Take part in Brighton’s FIRST 10 mile road race
October 16th sees the FIRST ever 10 mile race on Brighton and Hove seafront. Want to be part of the first group of runners and build your distance too?
Then…join us on some beautiful off-road weekend routes on our Learn to Run 10 miles (three of four guided, coached runs over six weeks) starting THIS weekend.
Mo-Go 5: Run your first 10km
Always struggled with running for longer than five minutes?
Then…beat the boredom, and boost your butt shape with our Learn to Run 10km course starting September 8th (or on Monday’s during the day)
Mo-Go 6: Run a Half or Full Marathon
Perhaps you’ve signed up already but are pushing it to the back of your mind. Don’t! Want to get fit and run happy, feeling good from start to finish?
Then…Do our Absolute Beginners Half Marathon course, or sign up for our indoor, small group Marathon Foundations Performance course (available at pre-work and daytime time slots at different locations). Hurry for the latter though as spaces are very limited and include online mentorship throughout your marathon training programme.
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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.
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