Posts Tagged ‘Worthing’

Boost your body confidence in a week

August 4, 2016 at 4:02
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Moving your body, setting achievable fitness and healthy eating goals AND reaching those goals are all positive steps that contribute to making you feel body confident. And that’s what our focus is in our one week fitness and healthy eating blasts every week during August in Brighton & Hove, Worthing and Lewes


What is the single biggest obstacle in getting fit and healthy? Often your own mind telling you, ‘No, you don’t have time to get fit so what’s the point of only running once per week, you may as well not bother.’

Or, ‘I’ve just eaten a doughnut. Oh, what’s the bl**dy point now? I might as well forget about eating healthily I’ve got no will power.’

Yep, that big, massive obstacle that gets in your way of getting fit and eating healthily is all too often, you. But it doesn’t have to be. Creating the right environment where you no longer need to rely on will power or motivation is how we help you to transform yourself.

Throughout August, we have one week courses for all levels (whether you’re a new mum, a get fit quick for holiday type, a fifty-plus woman who doesn’t feel catered for by usual fitness companies, or a super fittie who needs some inspiration). All you have to do is turn up, we provide the personalised support, the coaching expertise, the eating plan, the online support via Instagram and Twitter and – most importantly – the fun, camaraderie and support.

Here’s what one of our clients, Nicole had to say about her first experience of a Fitbitch camp on our newest launch in Worthing…

My course with Fitbitch in Worthing was encouraging, motivating & inspiring. I’m loving new experiences, I feel more confident and I’m hugely inspired by the instructors & other members of Fitbitch who are also achieving their own amazing goals. I loved all of it, the variation, the challenge and the fact that I’ve met some fabulous ladies!

Worthing in August runs Mon, Weds & Fri – w/c 8th and 15th August, £40 with 10% discount if booked together

Lewes – NEW LAUNCH w/c 22nd August

Queen’s Park & Hove run Mon – Friday, w/c every Monday in August, £60, with discounts when booked together

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Fitbitch Challenge, Beat the Tide, 10km

July 20, 2016 at 7:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Part of the Fitbitch Challenge Series, why not join us at the Worthing Beat the Tide 10km?


Join the Fitbitch Challenge Community 2016

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Fitbitch Summer Pop Up Supper (plus trail run & yoga)

July 16, 2016 at 7:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

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.

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Fitbitch Challenge Phoenix 10km

July 13, 2016 at 7:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

This 10km on Brighton seafront forms part of the Fitbitch Challenge list for 2016. Why not join us and enter?

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WORTHING Summer Bodies

July 4, 2016 at 6:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

We are coming to Worthing!

Choose between two different camp times:  6.30am-7.15am OR 7.15am – 8am

Join us for this fantastic two week all over body blast that will get you fit, in shape and feeling fantastic. Set right on Worthing Beach, you’ll enjoy spectacular scenery and fitness sessions that will your endorphins sky high


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New Shoes & kit from Brooks Running

June 25, 2016 at 12:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

A few weeks ago, I was invited to view the upcoming new shoe launches from Brooks Running – and there are some interesting new running shoes in the range. Pick of my favourites was the Hyperion, £90, their lightest and fastest road shoe. It has a stretch woven upper for a seamless sock-like fit and so I’m intrigued about trying it for triathlon as it should mean I can move straight from bike to running keeping transition to a minimum. It also looks fantastic. It is not a shoe for a beginner though as it relies on you being biomechanically strong. Or at least over a short distance. I’d use these for 5km and 10kms but no  more. Not that they can’t be used for longer distances but you’d need to be a stronger runner than I.





Their big new launch is the Neuro, £115, which looks like very chunky and yet when you pick it up, it feels as light as anything. Aimed at those who want to run fast, the ‘pods’ on the sole are aimed at promoting neurological feedback so that the body adapts and creates improved biomechanics while also creating rapid energy return. It also has a hammock system that helps to wrap the underfoot to help better foot alignment. It looks kind of funky and sounds good in theory but the jury is out until I review them.


Neuro, second down

Neuro, second down

On the clothes side of things, I am a HUGE fan of their LSD Running Jackets, £49. These are absolute genius pieces of kit and I think EVERY female runner should have one. They are super light-weight, windproof and water resistant. Best of all, they pack away into the pocket and you can wear it round your arm. They are invaluable for taking on runs where you don’t know what the weather is going to do and even better for race start lines. I’ve worn it to loads of races and then tied round my arm and been completely unbothered by it, it’s so lightweight. It is one of the best pieces of kit that I own and they’ve no launched it in more funky colours.

And my other firm (excuse the pun) favourite is the Moving Comfort Rebound Racer, from £34, a fantastic running bra that keeps you feeling secure and goes up to a DD cup. it has front adjustable straps as well a a hook and eye back and looks good too.

Moving Comfort, Rebound Racer

Moving Comfort, Rebound Racer

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Worthing Women’s Fitness – launches July 4th

June 24, 2016 at 12:22
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Fitbitch launched over seven years ago in Brighton & Hove and has helped hundreds of women to lose weight, get fit and transform their confidence. So many of our clients have gone on to take fitness challenges that they would never have once thought they’d be even interested in doing let alone achieving. Now, we’re expanding to Worthing. Are you in?

On Monday 4th July we launch our first Worthing women’s only fitness camp, a two week course for all levels. Since we began in 2009 as one of the first fitness camps and certainly the first women’s only one, hundreds of other fitness camps, PTs and gyms have followed. We all offer something of value, helping people to move and get active. But we remain one of the few women only boot camps. And we offer far more than just helping you to move and break a sweat.

Our courses only accept small numbers of women and are deliberately designed as a two or four week courses, no dropping in and out. It helps to create focus, effective results and also ensures YOU get personalised attention. You get to be inspired and motivated by those you train with while getting the benefit of working with a female coach who gets to understand your body – and importantly – how to motivate you to help you achieve your best.

If just want to break a sweat and be able to hide at the back of a class because no one knows you, choose any gym or fitness class. If you truly want to change your fitness, your approach to exercise, eating and your confidence, chose Fitbitch.

We launch 4th July with a two week fitness course on Worthing seafront, either at 6.3a0-7.15am or 7.15am – 8am. Until Thursday June 30th, you can get a half price course for a friend if you book the same time slot and dates. (T&Cs apply). See more details about the course HERE

Interested in our running courses? We launch our Learn to Run and Smash Your PB courses in September, so you can run your first Worthing Parkrun – or get a PB at Worthing. Email us for details.



  • Can only be used where when person who books is completely new to all Fitbitch brands. Closing date Thursday 30th June.

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The Diary of a Running Mum

June 9, 2016 at 12:11
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Juggling four kids and a workaholic husband, Tanya Taylor, 43, also decided to take on the challenge of running every day of 2016. Here’s the first of her despatches about life on the run…


Tanya at the London Marathon

Tanya at the London Marathon

I’ve just completed my 156th run in 156 days. Sometimes they are long and ploddingly slow and other times they are fast and challenging, leaving me bright red and dripping with sweat. I’ve run in the sun, rain, wind and even in snow when forecasters were warning people not to go outdoors. From New York to Paris, Berlin to London and all over East Sussex, my feet have taken me a long way this year. And I have got another 210 days to go in my bid to run every day of 2016.

Runnual, is part of the Fitbitch challenge community, a list of challenges throughout the year which anyone can follow to help you have goals and keep you motivated.  Some are easy, a park run, others are about adventure, such as a the 24 hour Endure Relay Race and then there are those about consistency, such as swimming every day in July. But other than the Fitbitch founder, Rachael, I am the only one who committed to  RUNNUAL, running every day throughout 2016.

So, why am I doing it, everyone asks? I liked the idea of having a focus and commitment to my training that was simple to follow. Not that I didn’t have my doubts about doing it; what if I got injured, could I fit it in every day? But most of all, I was worried about failing. What if I started and couldn’t actually do it?

I knew the only way I was going to be able to commit and make this work was to make some rules.

Tanya’s Five Run Commandments

  1. No matter what the weather, I have to run outside. I wanted to get the benefit of fresh air and observe the changing seasons not a gym changing room.
  2. I have to wear proper running kit and trainers. No dash to the car with my handbag allowed to be classed as a run.
  3. I have to be kind to myself. If I had a crappy run, I was determined not to beat myself up about it but to just let it go.
  4. I had to run at least one mile, no less, for it count.
  5. I had to record it on Strava. For me, this was a way to keep track of my runs like a virtual diary.

Run number 1 of 366 on New Year’s Day didn’t feel so unusual. For the last 4 years I have run on New Years with my friend E. We run along Brighton & Hove seafront, past the all-night revellers, and discuss our hopes for the forthcoming year. There is something cleansing and empowering about our ritual and it’s always one of my favourite runs of the year.

Fast forward to now and I’m almost six months through my runnual year. It has been both amazing and at times very hard. There have been runs where I’ve seen the sun rise above the sea or set over the Sussex hills. Some have been in pouring rain, into 70mph winds or under baking hot sun. I’ve enjoyed runs where I’ve laughed listening to stories from some of my fellow runners, and others where I have run alone, tears pouring down my face as I’ve worked things through in my head. Running is cathartic, eventually everything comes to the surface as surely as putting one foot in front of the other.

But have there been times when I’ve felt like giving up? Yes, on those runs were my legs felt like lead and my mind is telling me I’m useless. But just as frequently, I’ve been rewarded with runs where I have felt invincible.

Stand out runs have to be running at sunrise alone through Paris, or in Central Park, New York in a -22 degree windchill, clapping my hands above my head in an attempt to keep warm, then returning to the hotel with cheers (and relief that I survived, I suspect) from the hotel doormen. I have run on the track in Berlin’s Olympic stadium having a panic attack following a particularly gruelling 15 mile race, and had my lovely running buddy J grab my hand and tell me I was going to be okay.

Recent runs have included running at night in the woods with some of the Fitbitch running club, with just head torches and giggling for guidance through the dark while training for a 24 hour team endurance race. But the best run of the year (and maybe my life so far) was the London Marathon in April 2016.  It was my first marathon and I’d trained hard, but had spent months feeling anxious, self doubt gnawing away at me. But it was amazing, a total high from beginning to end; the crowds, the atmosphere, the views, it was brilliant. I made new friends en-route (shout out to N and L from Sheffield) who I chatted to for almost 20 miles. Both my mind and body felt strong that day, and I managed to keep a consistent pace throughout. At mile 21, there was a moment when a young woman locked eyes with me and shouted in a thick East End cockney accent; “Go on Tanya, you’ve got this, you’ve got this girl”, and that was when I knew, I had.

If you had told me eight months ago that I’d run every day, I would have said no way. I would have said, ‘I don’t have the time, I’m not fit or strong enough.’ It’s not like running comes naturally to me; my body is not a classic ‘runners body’…I’m more Fatima Whitbread than Paula Radcliffe. But if there is one thing this challenge has taught me, it is that you an achieve anything with the right focus.

Tanya’s top tips on how to incorporate regular running into you life

  • Use your run as part of your social life. It is more fun to run with company, and you can always have a cup of tea at the end.
  • Fit it into your daily tasks/routine: I run from the supermarket carpark after I’ve done my shopping or I leave half an hour earlier to pick the kids up from their friends house/clubs and do a quick run before they finish.
  • Utilise your local running group. At Fitbitch, we have a community run on Tuesday’s, a pace session on a weekday evening and usually a long run on a Sunday. That means I only have 4 runs left to plan myself.
  • Think outside of the box. I recently had a boxing lesson, then washed in the sea, applied my moisturiser and make-up on the beach and headed straight to Charleston literary festival (You can roll your eyes here…) When the talk had finished, I changed in the carpark (there was a boob flash, but hey!) and did a quick run through the countryside stumbling across an amazing teahouse in the middle of the country as I did.
  • Download the free App Strava onto your phone. It’s ridiculously addictive. Strava allows you to monitor your speed and distance, and keeps you posted on any improvements. You can also follow your friends’ training and allow them to follow yours. I recently got approached by a (friendly) guy in a carpark who follows me on Strava and congratulated me on my achievements to date. I’d never met him before.
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H and have massages. It may seem indulgent, but it literally is the oil to your wheels.
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously. There is nothing worse than someone having a meltdown because they’ve missed getting a PB at a local Parkrun when there are people fighting much bigger personal battles.
  • If I’m having a bad run, I shift my focus. I think about my form, keeping my torso upright, my feet light, making sure my arms are not crossing in front of my body…and if things are really bad, I imagine I’m Rocky running through Philadelphia.

With any luck, I hope this post and my monthly updates will encourage a few of you to try running regularly. The beauty of running everyday is that it removes the pressure about running to mileage and shorter, consistent runs have been as equally beneficial to my fitness levels and endurance. But the main thing I’ve learnt is no matter how tired/ill/sad I feel, I always feel better after running. Always.

I look forward to keeping you posted over the year with my progress, and will also introduce music for your running playlist, let you know of any new kit I’ve sampled and new races I’ve loved. In the meantime, happy running!

Training for Endure 24 Relay

Training for Endure 24 Relay

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Smash Your PB

April 27, 2016 at 7:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston


If you want to become a faster runner, either to finally get that elusive PB at your local or to get faster over  10km or longer, don’t miss our six week run faster course.

With proven techniques, we help you tackle the kind of sessions that are just no fun on your own at all, in a supportive, friendly environment with qualified coaches.

One of our most popular courses, you will get that personal best with this course!

Suitable for all runners who can run 5km and over.

Price: £48 run members or £60

Membership details

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Feel good fitness – for life

March 19, 2016 at 1:51
Posted by Rachael Woolston

At the end of our four week fitness courses, we graduate with a Parkrun, which for many of our women is the first time they have ever run 5km (oh, and we always organise a lovely breakfast somewhere after too!)

So, congratulations to Zoe, who today run the Hove Promenade 5km in 35 minutes. She was joined by several of our other boot campers who once were in a similar position and who can now run 5km without thinking about it – in fact, I think Justine even surprised herself with a PB today.

Our courses also include a completely optional healthy eating diet. Justine admitted today that after many months of only doing the exercise, she started following the tenets of our eating plan (hurrah, finally!). And guess what? She’s lost 10lbs.

We always meet everyone who signs up to a full four week course before the camp to help talk through and set goals. After all, how can you achieve a target when you haven’t outlined what it is? Vicky is aiming to lose 14lbs by her 50th. Her aim is to make small, easy changes to her diet and her target last camp was to stop eating muffins. She managed to only have two this month and the outcome of that is that she’s four pounds lighter which makes her bang on target for her goal.

Fitbitch is  not an exercise class or an army style boot camp, it is small group, supportive environment where you receive exactly the  kind of coaching you need. Whether you are a total beginner or someone who likes to be pushed to your max, we cater for EVERYONE.

If you would like an introduction to our courses, we are now launching one week beginners’ courses. Our first is a four session course starting Tuesday 29th March. You can read about it more here.

So if you really want to enjoy exercising, have fun and become part of an incredibly supportive women’s fitness movement that will motivate and inspire you even when you’re not doing one of our courses, come and try us.

Live in Worthing or Shoreham and want to join Fitbitch there? Sign up for our May launch

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5 ways to successfully reset your fitness mojo

February 17, 2016 at 1:14
Posted by Rachael Woolston

It can sometimes feel like winter hangs on forever, dragging you into a habit of  no exercise and overeating. Want to kickstart your fitness mojo? Here’s how…


If you like who you work out with, you won’t need willpower to get you out there getting fit

Get support

Willpower? Pah! If you get the right support in terms of a training partner, real or virtual, you don’t need to rely on willpower. Even the coaches here at Fitbitch, whose job it is to be fit, would struggle without the help of others. So, don’t feel useless if your decision to get out and exercise the night before crumbles into a pile of dust come morning. It’s NATURAL.

The trick is to arrange to meet someone, sign up to a running community or do a fitness class where you know and like the people you are going to be training with. And this last bit is crucial…you can go to a fitness class because you know it’s good for you, but you won’t keep going unless it’s fun and you like the people you’re working out with. It is as simple as that. So if you’ve tried exercises classes before and not managed to stick to it, it’s not because you don’t have any motivation, it’s just that you haven’t found the right one for you yet. Keep trying.

Sun Rise Energy

Ok, we know this might sound a bit hippy but the mornings are getting lighter with sunrise inching forward by up to two minutes per day. Nothing is more guaranteed to help you feel motivated than seeing the glowing sun pop into the sky.

Set yourself a goal

Whether it is something as simple as accomplish your first push up, lose four pounds, run a marathon or take on your first triathlon, having a goal to work towards which enables you to track your progress makes all the difference in staying motivated.  All the clients who book our courses are invited for a one to one session where we help them assess a target that means something to them. Although even those who don’t do our courses can be part of our free Challenge community.

Get yourself a habit

It sounds counterintuitive but the easiest way to get your mojo is to do some form of exercise every day. It will take an effort to begin but if you just schedule in sometime in your day, every day where you have to commit to doing something, you will soon find that you don’t feel right if you don’t.

Last month, we challenged our community to run every day in January and in February we set them a flexibility challenge to do every month. All of them have either children, a job, their own business or all of the above but they have accomplished it simply because they have committed to it and have scheduled it into their day, either straight out of bed, in between making the dinner and serving it or after the kids have gone to bed. Even if it’s just 10 squats per day for one month, you will feel the difference in motivation and your sense of achievement.

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OK, so the whole fitness selfie thing has gone a bit overboard of late. But if you’re new to exercise or restarting, taking a photograph of your fitness workout every day or the meal that you
have made works as a fantastic visual journey of your progress. When you’re suffering from the doldrums (or a hangover) and are feeling like you don’t want to workout, look back over the month for a picture that inspires you and reminds you how you felt after your workout and it could be that one thing that helps you to lace on your trainers. (For inspiration you can follow us @fitbitchbootcamp)



Good luck! If you do need help with motivation, don’t miss our next four week course Fit Body Blitz starts February 22nd at Hove Lawns at both 6am or 7am.

Interested about courses in Queen’s Park, Worthing or Shoreham? Email us to get on our database and be the first to hear of our Summer launches. Our courses are only open to a maximum of 12 women per camp.

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Members Run @ Hove Seafront

February 9, 2016 at 7:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Brighton Phoneix 10km

Brighton Phoneix 10km

Join our annual membership for £50 and enjoy our weekly Tuesday evening runs (except school holidays) plus lots of discounts off our running courses, workshops and benefits with local shops. Read more here

It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you run 5km, as long as you can do so without stopping you can join us on our membership runs. We have pace angels, who are all beginners who started running with us, there to help on every run.

Tonight’s run is meeting at Hove Seafront. Be there ready to run at 7pm.

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Join our FREE February Flexibility Challenge

February 1, 2016 at 8:57
Posted by Rachael Woolston

We all know that we should stretch but it often gets neglected in favour of sitting on the sofa, drinking a coffee or simply five minutes extra in bed. But our month long challenge can fit into even the busiest woman’s day and will help to improve your mobility and your mind-body connection.

Want to take part? Click here for more information and video tutorials.


Plus, this challenge forms part of our year long Fitbitch Challenge Community – commit to one challenge per month, from the simple – run 5km to the more advanced, take part in a triathlon. You will be rewarded points to be redeemed for money off our services. Read more about our Fitbitch Challenge Community and  how YOU can be part of it here.



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