Posts Tagged ‘weightloss’

How much exercise should you do to see change?

August 27, 2022 at 2:32
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Many of us were sold the idea that just a bit of walking a few times a week would help us get in shape. It is better than nothing but if you really want to lose weight, change body shape and improve your health, it’s not just about consistency but HOW you exercise that makes the difference…



Strength Training

What does strength training even mean? It could be body weight, you could use a kettlebell, dumbbells, anything that is heavy enough to create a challenge to your muscles so that they are forced to adapt and change.

If you’re NOT lifting weight and only running or doing yoga, then you’re missing out a major part of your fitness training that helps to balance your hormones (did you know that lifting weights increases your levels of testosterone which can be beneficial if you are going through a particular hormonal stage of life?), and lowers your risk of type two diabetes, stroke and heart failure.

And for all those women who worry that it will make them look bulky, it is very hard as a woman to bulk up. Strength training helps to generate muscle mass, which is more active than fat tissues, meaning that the more muscles you have, the more calories you burn.

If you are not lifting weight regularly, particularly if you’re in your forties or over, re-think your workout routine. Strength training will radically change how your body looks.


Cardiovasular workouts

Trying to lose weight by running?  Cardiovascular exercise (when combined with healthy eating) CAN help you lose weight BUT the crucial factor is that it needs to be of moderate intensity – about 85% of maximum heart rate.

For a very few people, walking briskly will represent 85% of max heart rate but for the majority of us, this or running at a conversational pace will not.

So, if you want your running to help you lower your health risks, and your weight, you need to increase the intensity of your runs a few times per week.


Social fitness

Studies show that loneliness, or social isolation can increase your health risks by up to 32 percent. So, not only is exercising with others or being part of an online group easier because you’re motivated and inspired by others, just being with others could help increase your ability to avoid health risks.


If you would like to work with me online or in person to lose weight and feel great, email to find out how I’ve helped hundreds of women transform their body shape, fitness and confidence since 2009.


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Summer Athletic

June 1, 2020 at 6:15
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Channel your inner athlete with this four week intensive course where we will challenge you to become your fittest ever with strength and conditioning hit workouts designed for athletes and recovery and mobility sessions for recovery.

A fun, adventure-filled four week course that will get you strong for whatever summer has in store for you.

Celebrate the stunning adventure of outdoors in the summer with Fitbitch.

Available at 6.15 and 7am. Early bird code BA applied at checkout. Expires 16 May 6pm.


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Get the Glow

November 4, 2019 at 6:15
Posted by Rachael Woolston


EARLY BIRD CODE GTG4 expires 11th October for 5% saving.

Experience the beauty of autumn mornings and fill up with feel-good endorphins with this fitness boosting, strong and lean six week challenge.

  • Including a pre and post assessment to help define your goals
  • An eating plan
  • Personalised goal setting
  • Feedback every session to help you stay accountable

Whether it’s getting in shape, or starting your base training for a Spring marathon, this is the perfect course for you, led by founder Rachael Woolston, with over a decade of experience in transforming women’s fitness, and performance.

Donn’t just expect results, but spectacular sunrises and crispy mornings that will leave you flooded with good vibes and an amazing community of women to work out with.


Available at 6.15am and 7am.

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Reboot Six Week Challenge

September 9, 2019 at 6:15
Posted by Rachael Woolston

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT CODE: Reboot6 expires 16 August.

After a summer of loving life (ahem, plus food and wine), reset your health and fitness and banish the bulge with our six week transformation challenge.

We have only 14 spaces, and once they’re gone, they are gone.

You will get:

  • a one to one assessment to discuss your goals, assess posture and biomechanics and your body statistic
  • a proven results Fitbitch eating plan
  • personalised feedback
  • a final Results one to one assessment

From boxing to running, kettlebells to Pilates and TRX, this challenge will introduce you to new ways of exercising and will completely overhaul your health and fitness, leaving you stronger, fitter and leaner. 

Available at 6.15am and 7am.

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Fit Bodies in a Fortnight

July 29, 2019 at 6:15
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Get skimpy summer clothes ready, with this two week intensive fitness challenge. Available at 6.15am or 7am. Classes last 45 minutes.

It’s shorter than our usual four or six week courses, so expect more challenge for greater results over a shorter period.

The full course will be taken by founder of Fitbitch, Rachael.

5% discount if booked on or before July 1st with code FBF at checkout. 

One week trial available for members completely new to Fitbitch. Book via the website.

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Summer Loving Body Beautiful

June 10, 2019 at 6:15
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Join us for our biggest fitness and health eating challenge of 2019.

If you really want to transform your health, shape, fitness and wellness, this six week challenge will get you results.

We will track your start and end goals – body statistics, fitness and lifestyle, and keep you accountable so that when you come to the end of the course, you will be able to see and feel the results.

But spaces are scarce – we have just 14 spaces on the six week challenge and bookings close on June 4th to allow us time to do your assessments.

Each session costs just £7.70 on the early bird offer, with the assessment being worth £30.


USE CODE SUMMER! at checkout* 

Codes must be used at checkout. Discounts will not be applied retrospectively.

Choose from 6.15am or 7am.


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Posted by Rachael Woolston

Want to transform your fitness and shape but don’t want to commit until you know it’s for you? We are welcoming you to come and try us ABSOLUTELY FREE, no pressure for two weeks choosing either 6.15am or 7am time slots. After that, if you prefer not to carry on that’s fine.

You must be completely new to Fitbitch in order to take advantage of this offer and sign up via this link and we’ll then be in touch about what you need to do next.




Group Personal Training

June 3, 2019 at 6:15
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Group personal training with either Rachael or Amy is available during this week at the following times:

6.15am – 7am

7am – 7.45am

9.30am – 10.15am

You can choose whatever mixture of sessions you would prefer, strength and conditioning, yoga and mobility, aerobic, or anaerobic.

For pricing and booking email

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10 goals in 10 months – #fitbitch10in10

March 1, 2019 at 2:28
Posted by Rachael Woolston

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!

Set goals and be part of something!

Saturday 30th March, 8.15am, Box Beach Box Sauna, £23.75 plus admin fee

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.

The swim is in a 25m indoor pool, you can do the bike on any bike that you have and the run will be a loop around the historic market town and into the grounds of Wilton House. Enter here  (although we have a discount code if you have a membership card).

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

We will have some discounted group training for this in conjunction with Brighton Sealanes. 

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!

Enter here (entries not open yet)


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.



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How to stay motivated to create the biggest mind & body shift

Posted by Rachael Woolston

What to know the simplest way to stay motivated to exercising and healthy living? Statistics from Strava reveal that it’s something far easier than you might think…

At the beginning of every year, Strava, the biggest tracking platform for runners and cyclists in the world, crunch all their data to reveal big insights into everything from the most popular running distance for women (half marathon) to the female age group that runs the furthest and fastest (women aged 42-49, so who says getting older means slowing down?).

But what we were most interested to see, was the extent to which setting a goal encourages adherence to exercise with 89% of those who set a running goal for instance, still sticking to running up to six months later.

So, if you always find sticking to exercise a bit of a drag, then the answer could be as simple as finding a goal that inspires you – and perhaps scares you a little – to keep you motivated.

It’s why we always work with each and every customer who comes to us to help them set a goal that challenges but inspires them, whether it’s to be able to do ten full push ups by the end of a four weeks course (and yes, many come not being able to do one on their knees so it’s possible), run their first 5k Parkrun, complete an obstacle race or on their first adventure race.

You don’t need to be an athlete or aspire to be one to have a goal, you just have to recognise that you want to change something and be inspired to try.

That’s why for the Fitbitch tenth anniversary, we are launching  #fitbitch10in10, providing 10 goals that you can take on over the next ten months to inspire you to get fit and build your confidence while training with a group of like minded women.

You can train with us virtually or join us in some group sessions. There is no limit on age and all fitness backgrounds are welcome.

We have a track record in helping women who are total fitness newbies take on some big ‘firsts’ from park runs to triathlons, cycle rides to Tough Mudder Obstacles.


Our four week courses are the absolute foundations upon which you can build the stamina, fitness and belief to take on any of these challenges,  along with a committed group of other Fitbitches.

It may seem impossible to you if you’re reading this now, but nothing is impossible when you set a goal and work, one step at a time, to reach that goal. Click here for details of #fitbitch10in10.

Our Awaken starts on Monday, aimed at awakening all your senses to the joy of exercising outdoors, and a holistic approach to fitness, incorporating everything from meditation to myofascial mobility work, kickboxing to kettlebells, Barre work to boxing.


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ReBoot Challenge

September 10, 2018 at 6:15
Posted by Rachael Woolston

So, you’ve been off on holiday and all healthy eating and exercise has been OFF the agenda? Hey, welcome to the club.

If you’re feeling really unfit and as if you’ve spent most of your summer sipping Aperol Spritz and nibbling food that you certainly wouldn’t share on Instagram, this six week fitness and healthy eating challenge is for  YOU!

We’ll give you a healthy eating plan to follow (a simple one that’s about enjoying food, not enduring it) and you’ll get three sessions of exercise per week over six weeks with us. Each session will be geared towards progressing your fitness, wherever you are at right now. So, you’ll be challenged to help you improve but with exercises that we know you are capable of. That way, you get the enjoyment of working out in small, supportive group with other women while also knowing the fitness solutions we provide are geared towards you.

So, whether you’ve just had a baby and are returning to exercise, you’ve just got back from your summer holidays or you’re heading towards or over 50 and just want to get fit for your own health and well being, Reboot will help you fire up your metabolism, improve your fitness and mobility and help you lose weight and get in shape.

This course will also have our renowned Jessica Ennis Ab section, a core training element within each session aimed at helping you gain the enviable core strength that this mum of two and former GB athlete has. This is one of most popular core training cycles that we’ve done in the last ten year. It really does make a difference!

Beautiful September weather conditions, fantastic fitness company and sessions that are unique and different each time so that your brain and body never get bored – come and join the unique experience that is a Fitbitch course.

The six week course available at 6.15-7am or 7-7.45am costs £175 for 18 sessions, an eating  plan and a one to one assessment before and after the course. (12 spaces)

12 sessions are also available (2 per week or to be used within the course) for £156 (eating plan and assessment not included)


FIRST WAVE EARLY BIRD Book before August 17th using the code  JessicaEnnis at the checkout for 10% discount – but there are only 10 available NOW SOLD OUT (please note discounts will not be applied retrospectively and are only applicable to the 18 session course) 


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Fit Summer Bodies

July 23, 2018 at 6:15
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Feel good and look even better with our four fitness course designed to build your core and your confidence. Courses available 6.15-7am or 7-7.45am. Visit our booking page 


This course is all about helping you to build your strength, mobility and fitness from the ground up – or if you’re foundation is already there, to help you reach the next level with your fitness.

Every session is different, working on different muscle groups and different fitness systems, – plus it comes with a complimentary eating plan for those who want to overhaul more than just their fitness.

You’ll also get a one to one appointment before and after the camp to check posture, biomechanics and body statistics as well as discuss your goals. Small groups, focused attention, maximum transformation.

Expect the unexpected – and a lot of fun!

PLUS, with this course you can also choose to accompany it with a 10 day (no weekends) vegan food delivery service with the amazing, Gem’s Wholesome Kitchen running from 23 July – 16 August, so all your nutritional needs are met, helping you to stick to a full two week health kick. (For more details and booking on the Summer Fit Bodies Plan click here).


10 discount is not included on Gem’s Wholesome Kitchen Plan*



TWO WEEK FULL PIRCE, £72 NO EARLY BIRD OPTION – either from 23 july – 2 August, or 6 August-16 August





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Fit Summer Bodies with Gem’s Wholesome Kitchen

June 21, 2018 at 12:18
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Do you struggle to stick to healthy, nutritious ways of eating because you’re busy, have no time to prepare or just don’t quite know what you should be eating for your goals? Worry no more, our next course is in conjunction with Gem’s Wholesome Kitchen, who deliver all your meals direct to your door for up to 10 days. Whether it’s getting in shape, hormonal support, or you simply want to infuse your body with the wholesome, nutritious food, support don’t miss our exclusive Fit Summer Bodies

Our current course is midway through and already, some of our clients have recorded up to five centrimetre losses off their waist circumference, 1% fat loss and an increase in muscle mass. This is all to do with our exercise prescription, which we gear, each and every course, to the individuals that we see and what their goals are. We create as personalised an experience as possible, while making it much more fun than personal training because you do it in a group.

Now, imagine all of those benefits and combining it with an exclusive retreat-like feel that you’d get with a meal delivery service. Plant based nutrition expert, Gem’s Wholesome Kitchen creates the most delicious, healthy meals and works around the world for exclusive health retreats, as well as creating incredible meal delivery products for personal clients.

We spend money on clothes, facials, magazines, chocolate and holidays to make ourselves feel good yet often baulk about spending money on looking after the most important thing we have – our health and bodies.

To really eat well, you need to engage with food and having a meal delivery service can be a great way of setting your foundations, weaning yourself off bad habits and learning new ways of creating healthy, wholesome meals. And by the end of it, you WILL feel fantastic.

Spaces on our Fit Summer Bodies, are restricted to just 14 in each time slot, 6.15am to 7am or 7am – 7.45am and runs from 23 July – August 16. Or you can do a Fit Body Blitz, July 23-August 2nd or August 6th-16th. The five or 10 day plan with Gem’s Wholesome Kitchen must start on 23 July.

We have a 10% early bird discount on the four week course ONLY, which expires 1st July. Input the code FSB at checkout.

For details of the Fit Summer Bodies with Gem’s Wholesome Kitchen, which costs £25 per day, click here.

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