Thursday, 30 January 2020

Diverse, energetic and challenging......

Can you believe that January is almost over! January normally drags, however, this year it seems to have flown by! Been busy and getting older might have something to do with it too! It has been great being back after Christmas, seeing new people as well as regulars putting their all into the sessions each week.

I was away with friends at the weekend, which was lovely and included walks (to the pub) great food and even better company. I honestly don't think there is anything better than spending time with and surrounding yourself with the right people. People who make you laugh, people who are there when things are tough and people who motivate you to be the best version of yourself without trying to compete. Surrounding yourself with the right people has such a positive impact on your happiness and energy.

Last week I shared the experience of a couple of clients and today I want to share the experience of a couple more. This week it involves our international client Gillian, who has been over for a couple of weeks and made a visit to our boxing session last night before she flies back this weekend!

Surround yourself with positive people and see how your energy improves!

Click here for diverse, energetic and challenging training

Click here improve health & gain confidence
Andrea (loves to laugh) Springthorpe
07949 959 547


Thursday, 23 January 2020

When apprehension evaporates with sweat!

Mid to late January is normally when people's new year resolutions tend to get broken, dry January lasted, for some, only a few days, the routine of getting up earlier to be productive is broken and I have found it hard to get back into the routine of writing a blog! If I am honest I feel like I have had a bit of a block when it comes to content......until this week! I have been gathering client testimonials and reading them has given me a boost and put a smile on my face, as the people who come to my sessions are what make what I do so enjoyable.

Since being back after the Christmas break I have had new people sign up, even though they struggled to walk after the taster ;) It can feel scary coming to something new, even for the avid fitness fanatic, let alone someone who hasn't exercised in years! For someone starting after the new year can be twice as hard, this is normally when most people feel they are the most unfit they have been. Add to that, the regular exercises are normally kitted out in their new gear (from Christmas presents) so can look even scarier to a newbie!

Everyone has been a newbie at some point, whether that is in their job, a new town or starting a new exercise regime.

Today I wanted to share with you the experience of a couple of my clients, see what they have to say instead of me for a change! This week is the story of Stacey and John, watch out over the next few weeks for what some of my other clients have to say....including an international one!

If you want to embark on your own journey then click one of the links below.....

Click here to get fit, have fun and train with like minded people

Click here to kick start your healthy eating.
Andrea (was also a newbie once) Springthorpe
07949 959 547

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Capture your Happy moments

I have just sat down in my second office (a well known coffee shop) to write my first blog of 2020 and I realised that it has been over 2 months since I wrote my last one! Not great to say that I used to do them on a weekly basis!

I actually felt bad that I hadn't stuck to my weekly routine for the last two months of the year! Plus I missed my weekly coffee shop blogging as I am very much a people watcher and forgot how entertaining this can be! (apart from the guy sat behind me who thinks that the whole of Huddersfield need to listen to his phone conversation!!)

A few years ago I read about doing a yearly 'happiness jar' - at the beginning of the year you have an empty jar and over the year fill it with notes, memories on things that have made you happy, smile, laugh and things you have achieved. Then after New Year you open the jar reflect on all the positive things that happened that year! Instead of getting drawn into the negative New Year mindset of things that didn't happen or things you could have done better.

I could have wrote a blog in the last two months of 2019, however, when I look back at all the blogs I did write this out-ways the two month the fact that I am back 'on it' in early 2020 is an achievement.

The same goes with Health & Fitness, don't beat yourself up because you (like most other people) let diet and exercise slide over the festive year. You might be sat breathing in so those extra pounds can fit into your skinny jeans, however, remember those festive slides are probably occasions which put a smile on your face! Accept the blips, accept that you are human and most of all accept that you will soon get back into your routine.

If you are reading this and you never had a health & fitness routine in 2019, then it doesn't mean you can't start. Create a habit early on so when December is upon us again you can enjoy the festive season with a smile on your face.

Fit 4 Force sessions were back in full swing on Monday and I think there are a few aching muscles amongst the bootcampers this week. I would love to hear about more aching muscles and see people enjoy exercise this year, so as a special offer if you sign up in January you will receive a FREE copy of the 21 day LifeForce transformation plan.

Contact me or click one of the links below to find out more!

Click here for your 2020 exercise regime

Click here for a plan to reduce the Christmas excess
Andrea (glad to have some routine and know what day it is again!) Springthorpe
07949 959 547

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Two things that go together

Today I thought I best pull my finger out and get a blog out before you all worry that I have been missing in action!

I am currently sat on the sofa under a fleece blanket listening to the rain, not only outside, but also dripping down my hall wall as I have come home to a leak!!

On my way home, I noticed a lady who was walking in the torrential rain in what looked like white summer trousers along with a thick winter coat. First I thought how those white trousers won't stay clean for long in this weather and then my second thought was how the two items of clothing didn't seem to match as they were for different seasons.

This got me thinking about fitness and how you see people who exercise consistently yet have a shocking diet. Also those who are really strict and healthy with their food, yet don't move! Then there are those who are bad with both!

Many of us know or have heard that good results come from 30% exercise and 70% diet, I agree that these two combined equals 100% dedication. Unfortunately one hour of exercise does not outdo the other 23 hours of the day if you are making bad choices when it comes to food. I am not saying that you can't enjoy the occasional treat, I enjoy the odd treat otherwise life would be pretty dull! However it is how much and how often we have those treats that are the difference to getting where we want to be or staying the same!

So if you want to be consistent with your results and be work on that 100% dedication then click one of the links below...

Click here for the 30% of dedication

Click here for the 70% of dedication
Andrea (even gives out chocolate at bootcamp on special occasions!) Springthorpe
07949 959 547

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

16 years to beat a World Record!

Back in 2003 Paula Radcliffe set the world record for women's fastest marathon in London, with an impressive time of 2.15.25! This weekend that record was broken by Brigid Kosgei at the Chicago Marathon in a time of 2.14.04!

It is a shame that an English athlete no longer holds the record, however, to hold it for 16 years is very impressive! Especially as nutrition and training experts become more knowledgeable, however, having said this, I believe genetics and natural talent play a massive role. When I used to run Marathons (I started round about the time Paula was breaking records), I know that even if I worked with nutrition and training experts I would never achieve world records.

However, over the years I did change the way I trained, fuelled correctly and broke my own records! When I look back at the days I used to love long distance running (it's a long time long distance running and love have gone in the same sentence lol), I started training by just doing LSD (long slow distance - not the drug!) and yes I did the miles, but never got any faster. I was constantly tired and wanted to eat rubbish! The year I got my PB, I ran less, combined my long distance runs with speed training and incorporated resistance training. I felt stronger (and happier) through-out my training, my physique was better (the runners paunch decreased) and my goal of running faster was achieved!

Now over the years I have come across a lot of runners, who just want to run miles and miles and miles as they worry that they won't get any faster! In fact those that train that way generally don't get any faster as they are normally riddled with injury. The runners I know who are successful, combine speed training with less mileage, do some sort of resistance training and come to my bootcamp haha!

Joking aside, I always promote that you mix your training up, if your body gets used to doing the same thing you never adapt, you never progress and often pick up injuries.

So if you want to mix your training up, then click one of the links below and let me take the stress of planning your work-out out of the equation. Now I am not saying I can help you break I world record, however, I can help you towards your own records!

Click here to break your own records

Click here to eat like an athlete.
Andrea (happy that hit my running goals) Springthorpe
07949 959 547

Thursday, 10 October 2019

World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day, so what a great opportunity to discuss the benefits exercise has on mental health.

We are all aware of the physical benefits exercise has, however, exercise also has many benefits when it comes to mental health. It can help with anxiety, depression, stress. It can help improve memory and help you sleep better (god knows what my memory would be like if I didn't exercise, as it is bad enough already!) All the aforementioned are things which, if left to their own devices can have a negative impact on physical health too.

For me exercise is part of my daily routine, not only to improve physically, but mentally too. It is my time to switch off, to do something for myself and gives me a great start to the day, both physically and mentally.

Yesterday I had a meeting first thing so I didn't have time to go to the gym, my start to the day was being sat in the car (and traffic) for a good couple of hours. I felt sluggish and tired most of the day. Now it might have been co-incidence, however, this morning I was back in the gym and I have felt so much better..... and being more productive.

So many people turn to food, alcohol or other substances to try and make them feel better when they are low. These may have an acute effect on how they feel, however, long term will only make them feel worse!

If I have had a busy day at work, or been cooped up all day I often go for a walk or run after work, there is nothing better than getting in the fresh air and getting active to make you feel better! This is something which you can incorporate with friends, over the summer I have been meeting my friend once a week and heading out for a walk, instead of our usual 'coffee catch up'. Not only does this make us feel better, it is saving money too (as we have to go to 'popular' coffee shops as my hot drink making skills are pants!)

A lot of clients often say how they have times where they can't be bothered to come to their sessions, however, 60 minutes later, they feel better - even if they are sweaty and shattered. It is the same for me teaching a class, because even though I don't join in as I am instructing I feel better as I am still moving, I am walking around, demonstrating exercises and currently some of my sessions are outside. I also have some fantastic clients who put a smile on my face.

So get active, improve your physical and mental health and do it with like minded people!

Click here to improve your mental health as well as physical

Click here to eat yourself happy
Andrea (helping improve your mood) Springthorpe
07949 959 547

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Interact and be energised!

So here I am sat in my second office (aka Costa) to do my blog. As I was driving here I thought I would write about National Fitness Day which was yesterday (25th September), however, when I arrived I was more shocked than usual about what I saw. Now I often look in disbelief at couples, families, friends, who go out and interact with their phones more than they do each other! Unfortunately it seems to be the norm and acceptable........I actually think it is bloody rude, if you are out with someone and they are glued to their phones!!

Now don't get me wrong I think it is great how technology has evolved and how it can make lots of services more accessible to people, including fitness. However, when it takes over good old fashioned conversation and interacting with people, then I think people have a problem. We have an Obesity epidemic which is on the increase, the last thing we need is a nation of people who no longer know how to hold a conversation too!

When I am not at work, I can check emails, go on Social media at any point of the day where I am on my own, why would anyone want to go on their phones when in the company of an actual person? Now don't get me wrong I use technology on a daily basis and it is a key part of my business(es), however, just like I have a healthy balance when it comes to health and fitness I think that the same can be said when it comes to technology. A few weeks ago I disabled facebook on my phone and have to say it is one of the best things I have done. I only put it on once a week and it is amazing how much time I used to waste scrolling on there looking at pointless stuff! I have an app for booking people into bootcamp and I actually feel bad that my phone is out at the beginning of the session to book people in! I have seen in the past instructors or PT's on their phones during in a session.....if you have experienced that then you need to change your instructor!

For me interacting with people creates energy, if you have energy then you are more likely to be active. So if you want some time out from the technological world and train with an instructor who is focused on what is happening in the session and not the outside world then click one of the links below.

Click here to switch off from technology and be active

Click here to fuel your fitness and detox 
Andrea (likes to speak to people) Springthorpe
07949 959 547