Sunday, 31 July 2016

Hot Tubs & Quad bikes

Hi Guys,
Hope you have all had a good weekend?
This weekend I was away in Darwin Forest, we stayed in a lovely lodge with a hot tub, its amazing how quick time passes when you are sat in a hot tub! On Saturday we went Quad biking, what a laugh. When we got there we had to sign a disclaimer and had to go through a briefing with a video. By the time we had read the disclaimer and watched the video I was scared to death that I was going to flip the quad and hurt myself.
The first ten minutes of riding them I was nervous that I would fall off, then after I relaxed I loved the end I felt like I was an extra in a James Bond film. Its amazing how one minute you can feel scared at the thought of doing something and then once you get into the swing of things you love it.
Its the same with fitness, it can be very scary going to a new fitness class and sometimes it might seem the best option is not to go. However, once you have made the first step, what first seemed scary often turns into something fun which you get a lot out of.
Want something new and fun, which will get you results then click one of the links below. 
Andrea (Quad Speed Queen) Springthorpe
07949 959 547

Thursday, 28 July 2016

We are 90% visual beings

Hi Guys,
Hope you have all had a good week? I have an action packed weekend away this weekend, and one of the things I will be doing is quad biking...........cant wait for that one!
Earlier this week I shared some of my progress pictures in one of my I always track my statistics and nearly three times more people read the blog than usual!!! Now I don't think me in Sports underwear is much to oggle at, however the fact that we are 90% visual beings might have something to do with it. I did some research and found that us humans process images 60'000 times faster than text!
Also around 100 thousand billion circulate on facebook!!
Images are the most easily things to remember by our brains and are essential for our learning. Because of the human nature, what we see has a deep effect in what we do, what we feel and what we are. So I am guessing that is why most people want to look their best. The beuty industry alone is worth billions of pounds as people spend, spend, spend to not only look good but feel good too.
Ladies how much better do you feel just by having your nails done? I know it makes me feel better.
So if you want to improve 90% of visual self then click one of the links below........not only will it help you look better you will feel better too.
Andrea (looking forward to burning some rubber this weekend) Springthorpe
07949 959 547

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

If there's something strange in your neighbourhood........who you gonna call?

Hi Guys,
Hope you are having a good week so far? I am on holiday count down now. My body and mind need a break! Bring on the sun, sea and whatever else Spain has to offer ;)
The other day at bootcamp I was having a conversation with my Mum and a couple of others about living alone and the one worry I have is someone breaking in.........great conversations to be having late on an evening......not!
It started because my Mum was telling me how some scrotes (my words not her's lol) had tried to break into their neighbours van, luckily they got disturbed.
I was saying I wouldn't know what to do if someone tried to break in (other than s**t myself) only thing I have in self defence in my bedroom is my old majorette baton, I suppose I could twirl them down my flat stairs lol.
Anyway joking aside, 1 I hope I never have to be in that situation and 2, if I was I would obviously scream like hell and let the professionals deal with the situation and phone ghostbusters errr sorry the Police ;)
I suppose it is the same with health and fitness, we sometimes think that we know what to do for the best results or believe we have the tools to do so. However just like my baton is not fit for purpose to fight off gangsters, sometimes peoples ideas on 'healthy eating' and the best type of training methods are not always right for the job.
So if you find you are struggling or just want some support when it comes to getting fit and shredding fat, then click one of the links below and let the professionals help. No one should fight alone! 
Andrea (now going to be scared in bed talking about burglars) Springthorpe
07949 959 547

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Even Trainers let things slide

Hi Guys,
Its been a while! The reason.........well I could make some excuse, however I have been slack the last couple of weeks! I did have a problem with my internet and sending emails however that was resolved in a day!
When I look back over the last couple of weeks I have let stress & time take over and got behind with all my admin work. As I am sat writing this I am cringing as 'time' is one of the main reasons why people say they can't train, I always say that if you want something bad enough you will make time...........and here I am using time as an excuse! Anyway I am now making time to connect with you all again :)
Since I started my training for my bikini fitness competition I have been doing progress pictures. I was getting a bit disheartened the other week as I didn't think there was much visable progress. However I put my before picture and my recent picture side by side and I could see a big difference. I was actually shocked that I had let myself 'slide' so much in my before pictures! 
comparison pre start and week 8 - front

comparison pre start and week 8 -side
I have spoke in a previous blog how I had turned into an 'emotional' eater. Anytime I was stressed or upset about something I would turn to food as comfort........the wrong type of food. I hit the scales at the heaviest I had been and in all honesty if it wasn't for my goal of the competition I think I would still be in that negative cycle. Now when I look at the pictures I know I wasn't overweight, however, it is all relative as I was bigger than I normally was and felt crap and unhappy for it. I had still been training when I was making the wrong food choices so it just proves my point that you can't train your way out of a bad diet!
For me if I hadn't had found a new goal then I wouldn't have had the motivation to stick to something good and get the body back that I used to have........and progress it to something better. 
So if you want to get back to where you used to be or progress to something better then click on of the links below!

Andrea (seven weeks to go) Springthorpe
07949 959 547

Sunday, 10 July 2016

# Pink Army

Hi Guys,
Hope you have all had a good weekend? Sunday I did the race for life with my Mum. It is the first time she has run in over 9 months since she was diagnosed with cancer. I was so proud of her that she ran all the way and managed it in 36 minutes and 30 seconds!!
race for life
Watching everyone doing the race for either themselves or someone close to them showed that if someone has a reason to do something then they will complete it. It didn't matter what time everyone did, whether they ran or walked, the fact that they got out of bed and did something which was close to their heart mattered.
It is the same when someone embarks on a new fitness regime, there is normally a reason behind it.........weight loss, set themselves a challenge, improve their health or want to improve their physique. Whatever the reason you have to push yourself out your comfort zone, join a group of like minded people and make your goals happen :)
So click one of the links below and do something that will benefit your health, well being and future! 
Andrea (so proud of my mum) Springthorpe
07949 959 547

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Even Trainers need trainers

Hi Guys,
Well its 43 days since I started my journey of training for a bikini fitness competition. Today has been a tough day, a killer leg session in the afternoon and then a run after work (when all I wanted to do was get my p.j's on!).
I have completed gruelling training regimes before when I have trained for marathons, however, this is harder as I am following a strict diet alongside my training. When I trained for marathons I wasn't getting judged, as long as I did my mileage and fuelled up it didn't matter what I looked like naked (not that I am getting naked on stage.........well almost am lol!)
Even though I am a PT and instructor the whole body building competition training is new to me, so I have been working with a coach who has a background in body building. He has helped me with my diet, training and has given me advice and support about everything I need to know. Without his help I would struggle.
It is the same in other aspects of my life, I have a business coach for my business, I have supportive friends who give me a kick up the arse when I feel like jacking things in and most importantly I have the most amazing big shout out to Ma & Pa and big bro!
No matter how well you do things or how much you know I think it is always great to get help and advice from others. It is amazing what you learn and how you push yourself more...........get out your comfort zone and achieve more.
So if you want help, support or kick up the backside in training then why not click on one of the links trained by someone who constantly invests in themselves.......I might not have all the answers, however I will work towards getting them! 
Andrea (half way through training) Springthorpe
07949 959 547

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Greatest Adventure of all

Hi Guys,
Hope you have had a good weekend? After the last couple of adventure fuelled weekends I didn't think mine could get any busier. However this weekend I celebrated my biggest adventure of all.......5 years in business!
When we did Ben Nevis we experienced so many extremes from sun & sweat to snow and fog. We had midge bites, went through various emotions of wanting it to end to elation when we had completed it. I even bared my backside on several occasions (to have a wee of course).
The same can be said over the last five years, I have experienced so many things, had good & bad times, had success and failure and learnt how resilient I am and how much I love doing what I do. The past 18 months has been an uphill struggle emotionally, physically and all honesty there has been times recently when I have wanted to quit. Plus I 'bare my backside' to you guys on a weekly basis when I open up in my blogs!
Every time a new client signs up I get excitement about how I can help them achieve their goal. However on the flip side every time I lose a client I get that awful feeling in my stomach. Now if I was in this for the money I would have quit a couple of years ago, however I do it for the enjoyment.
On Monday I had a shit day and was thinking is it all worth it, however I got to work and within 10 minutes of teaching my session that thought had gone. I do what I do to help people and because I love what I certainly isn't for the money as I don't get enough lol!
Now my mood on Monday was shocking and I just thought what would I say to one of my clients if they came to me ready to quit at something before they got to their goal? I would tell them to get a grip and stick at it..........anything that is worth having doesn't come easy!
So if you want help to achieve a goal, keep on track with an existing one or just want to train with a great bunch of people and a 'real' instructor who cares then click one of the links below.
We offer bootcamp, personal training, nutrition guides and online support so the choice is yours, 'come on down' and click a link.
Andrea (not in it for the money) Springthorpe
07949 959 547