Setting a goal is proven to help keep you motivated. And what’s more inspiring than training for something that will leave you with a great sense of achievement, compared to trying to motivate yourself to hit a number on scale? (pssst. that will happen anyway without you thinking about it with #fitbitch10in10)
Join our tenth year anniversary celebrations by participating in #fitbitch10in10, setting 10 goals that you can work towards during 2019 to complete a life inspiring year of fitness and healthy change!
A 30 minute high intensity beachfront boxing session followed by a sauna at Beach Box Brighton , including a salt scrub, followed by an invigorating sea dip!
Thursday April 18th, Bluebell Stanmer Trail Explore, 7pm, £10 plus admin fee
Join us for a bluebell run through Stanmer Woods, Thursday 28th for all levels, or if you’ve got an entry, do the Raw Energy BlueBell Angmering 10 or 10 miles or BM10k. If you join us for the explore, it will be a walk run, dog jog whatever works. The main focus is seeing the amazing carpet of bluebells!
May 5th, Steyning Super Sprint Triathlon, 7.40am, £52, 10% discount with our event partners
**Fitbitch Tri Training Day April 27th, with a King Alfred swim, followed by bike and park run – do them all, or team up with your relay team. £15 plus admin fee, taken by two times Ironwoman, Amy.***
The Sprint distance comprises of a 400m pool swim, 20k bike and a 5k run easily achievable on minimal training simply for the experience of doing it.
To train for this, you will need a bike. The swim is in the pool. OR you can team up with two others to take part in a team relay and choose the discipline that works for you.
Fitbitch Tri training plan involving 3-4 sessions per week (we’ll tell you the key ones if you have limited time) £30 plus admin fee. You will need to start training mid March.
Friday June 14, MTB and Sleep Out, from 7pm, £25 plus admin fee
You will need a MTB and a sleeping bag as a minimum for this urban adventure. We’ll meet at Stanmer Park and cycle out for a max 10 mile ride to our secret sleep out location. You’ll need to bring your own food for dinner but we’ll watch the sunrise with a cup of tea before cycling back to Stanmer for breakfast. Limited to 6 people.
Wednesday June 19th, Swim the Lake, 7pm, £19 + £4 triathlon day licence
If you have never done open water swimming, you’ll think it’s terrifying. Thoughts of Jaws come to mind. But honestly, once you do it you’ll wonder why you’ve never done it before and you’ll never want to go back to a swimming pool again … except in the winter perhaps!
You will need a wetsuit. It’s only 750metres. Enter here
Brighton Sea Lanes also offer 10% discount for single one-to-one lessons to those who have a Fitbitch membership card.
Tuesday July 23rd, Sun Up Yoga and Sea Dip, 7am, £15 plus admin fee
Join us on the seafront just before the school holidays begin for a beautiful restoring, life affirming 45 minute yoga class before a swim in the sea to set you off fantastically for the day ahead.
August, SunRise Yoga Stand Up Paddle Boarding, 6.15am price TBC, Hove Lagoon
Get up, get out and watch the beauty of the sun rise as you flex and stretch on this beach front yoga session before joining us to try out stand up paddle boarding, or just swim!
Sunday September 29th Barns Green 10k, 10.20am, £20
The beauty of the Sussex countryside in late summer is not to be missed. And this event showcases it in all its glory, ending with live music – and it being Fitbitch, we’ll find a pub! You will need to follow an 8-10 week training plan of 2-3 sessions per week (as a beginner). The plan will start July 22. It will cost £20 plus admin fee. Enter here
Saturday October 10th, Beach Box Belles, 8.15am, £23.75 plus admin fee
A 30 minute high intensity beachfront boxing session followed by a sauna at Beach Box Brighton and an invigorating sea dip!
Saturday November 23rd, Hove Park parkrun 9am FREE
Join us for a get together at Hove Park parkrun, the home of many Fitbitches running their first ever 5k in the last ten years. Breakfast at Three Stack pancakes after!
Sunday December 8th, Mince Pie 10 miles (start time TBC)
Walk it, jog it, run walk it, this beautiful 10 mile trail run is hilly but you can do it in fancy dress with friends and your reward? Other than the endorphins and feel good achievement, an ENTIRE SPORTS HALL full of mince pies!
Take part in #fitbitchb10in10 to help inspire and motivate others by posting on IG or Twitter using the #fitbitch10in10.
We are now offering Fitbitch membership cards which cost £20 for the year (plus P&P), which entitles you to 10% off our curated events plus 10 % discount with selected local partners and event partners.
Nowadays more and more women are trying their hand at triathlon, which means getting the right swim suit for all those laps up and down the swimming pool…We tried out the new Cara swimsuit from swim specialist, Aqua Sphere
An Italian brand, Aqua Sphere started out producing swim googles renowned for increased peripheral vision and comfort but have since branded into swim wear for the active and triathlete.
They have a range of female swimsuits divided according to water exerciser, lap swimmer contemporary and lap swimming classic. The Cara swimsuit suits in the lap swimmer contemporary section, which appears to be for women wanting to dip their toe into triathlon training but who prefer the comfort of a more well fitting swimsuit than some of the skimpier ‘race’ swimsuits out there, which can leave many women worrying about how they’re even going to walk to the poolside let alone swim.
So, what did we think?
It is very flattering and super comfortable, without being too revealing at all because it doesn’t cut up high over the hips and it has a inbuilt shelf bust control for those women who need a bit more support. The adjustable straps looked fairly think and as the swim suit has a high back, we were initially worried it would feel restrictive when swimming freestyle but it didn’t impede our stroke too much.
For experienced swimmers or triathletes, the straps at the back and flattering fit might prove a bit of a hinderance and you may benefit more form their lap swimmer classic but if you’re new to triathlon or swimming, want to feel comfortable in the pool and out of it, this is a great swimsuit which would not look out of place on holiday or when training.
Join our Free Fitbitch Facebook community if you live in Brighton and Hove and would like to join our Wednesday morning ‘Adventure’ sessions, which will include 6am open water swimming, trail runs or bike rides. They’re free and you attend at your own risk, no training provided, it’s just a meet up. You can join here
September 19, 2016 at 6:15
Posted by Rachael Woolston
Two courses: 6.15am-7am for the very early birds, or 7am-7.45am for the early birds
Join us at our BRAND new small group healthy eating and fitness course in Lewes. Three sessions per week of fun, effective exercise sessions taught in a small group environment so you get the chance to experience personalised training with expert female coaches. With a complimentary eating plan.
As featured in Viva magazine. Nab our introductory offer of £60. Visit the Schedule and booking page for further details.
September 11, 2016 at 8:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston
As part of our year long list of community challenges, join us in training and entering the first triathlon in Brighton. You can do it solo or join one of our many relay teams. Yes, it’s a challenge if you have never done a triathlon but challenges are the things that help you grow! Read about the Fitbitch Challenge community here
We will also be holding cycle & run brick training and joining for open water swimming
Always fancied the idea of a triathlon but too scared of the bike bit? These great events at Pells Pool are the answer. A friendly outdoor swim and run and a short distance so you get to experience the thrill of a triathlon in a supportive environment without…well, the really hard bit! Part of our Fitbitch Challenges.
Celebrate summer, running or just new found fitness friends with our summer pop up party. There are two options:
1. Meet at Falmer Train Station at 4PM to RUN OR MOUNTAIN BIKE a beautiful 6 mile route to Lewes. It will be at conversational, stop/start/breathe pace. Finish at Pells Pool for a yoga session and/or optional swim if time permits. Then a pop up Fitbitch supper at Plesant Stores in Lewes for a 3 course vegetarian or vegan meal including bread/nibbles.
2. just come for the pop up supper at Plesant Stores at 7.30pm.
Price: trail run/yoga, £12 – book online via our booking page
Price: Pop Up Fitbitch supper, £20 – book via the eventbrite link (you will need to copy and paste into your browser)
Please note, there are only 16 spaces for supper. Alcohol is additional.
Taking on a fitness challenge, whatever this is for YOU personally is guaranteed to make you feel nervous, anxious and just a little bit sick. BUT it is the willingness to take on challenges, in all aspects of life, that helps change you. We’ve created an entire list of events that you can train with us and take part in this year at Fitbitch – find them HERE. But I don’t think it’s fair to challenge the Fitbitch community and not follow this maxim myself…
If someone had told me, even two months ago, that I’d be swimming up a river at 5.30am in the morning, I would have said they were mad. I was useless at swimming as a kid, spending weeks trying to get that stupid Bronze swimming badge at school, unable to pick up the rubber brick off the swimming pool floor. Remember that? Maybe you don’t if you’re not a child of the 1970s but you get the picture.
But at the beginning of the year, I started taking a Pool to Pier swimming course in Brighton, first doing lessons once a week in the pool and then going into the sea. My very first session, I swam 1.8km. Before that, I’d only ever thought myself capable of swimming 400m in any one go. Amazing what you can do if someone just tells you to do it.
Then in June I took on my first open water sprint triathlon in a reservoir, which meant swimming 750m. It was a revelation. Up until that point I’d only done 3 triathlons before (one per year!) in a swimming pool. Having to wait for hours to get into the water, then worrying about getting in the way of people wanting to swim faster always made it an anxious experience. Swimming in a reservoir however on a gorgeous sunny morning in June? What a difference.
Which is how I found myself signing up to an Olympic distance triathlon (1500m swim, 40km bike ride, 10km run) just three weeks later, put on by Raw Energy Pursuits. Did I think I was capable of it? Frankly, no. I just signed up and figured that it would all work out. Worse comes to worse, I’d breast stroke my way to the finish of the swim. But then it’s quite easy to feel laid-back when pressing Pay on a computer screen. It was NOT how I felt as I stood on the riverbank at 5.15am in the morning, looking at a chocolate coloured river, strewn with seaweed and the bobbing yellow hats of the faster swimmers all ready for the off.
Far left of the picture, looking terrified with Fitbitch Cath front
But then the beauty of a triathlon compared to a running race, is that it all starts very quickly so you don’t have time to get too terrified. In this situation it was faster than most race starts for the Arun river is fast flowing and we had to do an out and back, which meant doing it before the river picked up speed. Into the water, which wasn’t too cold and then we were off, no big race guns or countdown. Big thumbs up for the race organisers who managed to pull this off seamlessly.
There was flailing arms, seaweed and a sky just tinged pink with the rising sun as I set off down the river. Growing up watching Jaws as a child, I’d always been terrified of things touching me in the water. I’m not sure what has changed but I felt really relaxed even as I swam through pockets of seaweed, had my feet touched by swimmers behind me and the bubbles of kicking feet in front of me. It was amazing. And I’m sure my relaxed state of mind was partly due to the number of kayakers who were on the river, looking out for all the swimmers.
Out of the water under 35 minutes, I was running to transition not quite able to believe I’d just swam in a river and more to the point, why had I not bloody done it before! The thing about challenges is sometimes, we can let them grow so big in our minds that we drop out and don’t step up to it. And yet nine times out of ten, it ends up being something that can be just that little bit life changing. That sounds like a big claim, I know, but achieve something that you think is totally beyond you and it leaves you thinking, ‘Well, what else can I achieve?’
As usual, I seemed to spend three times as long in transition as everyone else, trying to have a chat with the others shrugging off their wetsuits who were trying to be serious then it was off for a beautiful ride through lovely roads around West Sussex just outside of Arundel Castle. I’m pretty inept at taking on gels when I run, getting it all over my hands. It appears the same is true of doing it on a bike except that when you’re sitting down, it means you also get it all over your legs, and your hands. And of course, my handlebars.
Off the bike, I grabbed my running shoes and took off for a two lap, absolutely beautiful trail run through the countryside around Arundel Castle. My feet were frozen from being on the bike so it was a bit like running on wooden blocks. But by the second lap my feet started warming up and my right foot in particular felt strange. I pushed on, the sun shining as I ran up the trail and out onto the open green, running past a little chapel of the castle before running straight through town past the castle to the finish.
It was only on finishing the race that I was finally able to take my shoe off and discover that the carefully placed gel, put in my shoe so that I could grab it off the bike had actually slipped right into my shoe (I had wondered where it had gone!) and I’d run the entire 10km with a great big gel sachet by my big toe. Ouch!
ouch! Gel induced blood blister
The Arundel Triathlon is put on by Raw Energy Pursuits. Well organised, on time and a great race pack which included a t-shirt (a tech t-shirt may have been preferable but small gripe) and snack bar. No medal but they do organise a free breakfast bap from the riverside cafe. I’ve done events with this company before and they get the big thumbs up from me, particularly for the huge number of marshalls they have on the river, out on the bike course and on the run.
Fancy joining us for training for the Brighton & Hove triathlon in September? They offer distances as small as 25o metres as well as the opportunity to join a relay team if you only want to do one of the disciplines. We currently have around 20 women interested in taking part including lots looking for teams. If you’re interested, email email@example.com
Want to join our FREE Dream Challenge triathlon training? Don’t worry, we’ll be a little more professional than this although actually we do quite like the idea of doing this on the side of the pool before our triathlon. It will certainly give everyone a giggle…
Throughout 2015, here at Fitbitch and Hiit Squad UK, we will be getting training groups together to enter events, ranging from triathlons to cycle sportives, trail races to mountain ascents and coast to coast challenges.
We will be helping to raise money for Martlett’s Hospice along the way, with the profits from the sale of special Dream Team t-shirts, although if you have your own charity fundraising aim, that’s fine too.
First up, is the Ardingly Triathlon on Sunday May 31st, where you can train for a super sprint, sprint or the Olympic distance.
Our team training is free, and will consist of four Saturday’s leading up to the event beginning on May 2nd. You can join us for all of the Saturday’s or drop in when you can.
The training is community-led, with some of the team that took part last year, helping to guide and lead some of the training along with Fitbitch coach, Rachael.
If you would like to train with us, simply register your interest HERE and you will receive our information pack in the next week.
If you would like to read our review of the event from last year, click here.
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.