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Life Coaching at Weight Loss Camp | FitFarms Camp Report

Life Coaching at Weight Loss Camp | FitFarms Camp Report

This special blog post report is what happened in one of our recent FitFarms fat camp weeks as reported by one of our instructors.

Today as always, we have the life coaching workshop. Now regardless of what you may or may not think about things like affirmations or the power of positive thinking these classes are always a great way to open your mind to new ideas or concepts that may help you with your motivation and lifestyle change.

We often have to deal with a lot of preconceptions about aspects of our courses, firstly there is the idea it will be a boot camp and we; the instructors will be bossy and demanding.

Another is that weights are bad for you and that by doing them you’ll end up looking like the sun glasses and biker leathers wearing cyborg from the future whose come to destroy humanity.

Another common preconception that we encounter is that life coaching is in some way it is obligatory to open up and talk about all the terrible things that have brought you to this point in your journey, to reveal your deepest darkest secrets and to seek acceptance from those around you and this puts people off going to the session sometimes. The reason I say preconception instead of misconception is because it’s not totally wrong, depending very much on what changes you need to make as an individual really dictates what life coaching means for you but in general it is a brain storming session, let’s be honest if you knew exactly what changes you needed to make and how to make them. You wouldn’t really need to come away for a week to figure it all out, would you?

I think the life coaching sessions are the single most important session on our retreats. They help with confidence, with plotting your direction, with focusing on what’s important and prioritising it, as well as understanding, accepting and working with your limitations or restrictions, this week’s group were all open minded and enthusiastic and that was evident from the start, the way they approached every class and walk and the listened so intently to our opinions and advice. SO it was no surprise that the life coaching workshops went so well and the group seemed to gain a lot from them and once again it seemed to give the group that little bit of a mental boost to fight on and see this week through. As I’m sure those of you that have joined us on one or more of our weeks will remember, it is a real challenge and takes an awful lot of spirit and desire to see it through but it is well worth it in the end and the feeling of hope and positivity and clarity and focus that you have, the ideas and plans that you make for when you go home, it’s a fantastic experience and one that I hope stays with you all during the tough times when you don’t feel your getting to where you want to be because that little bit of hope will be the difference between giving up and following the latest fad diet or staying strong and true and knowing that you will get there in the end.

Finally for any of you that would like some support or new ideas to add another spark to your training remember that we are just an email or Facebook message away, or even go to the website and use the blog page, it’s always great to hear from you guys and to know we can still be helpful to you even once you have completed the course.

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Great Hill Climb Walk Down at the Weight Loss Camp | FitFarms Camp Report

Great Hill Climb Walk Down at the Weight Loss Camp | FitFarms Camp Report

This special blog post report is what happened in one of our recent FitFarms fat camp weeks as reported by one of our instructors.

Today we’re going for a bus ride down to the port once there Zu has sourced a nice hill climb to the drop off, the cliff by the port. All the way up we saw the most beautiful blue skies with a warm gentle breeze to keep us cool going up the constant climb. Which everyone was both able to complete and comfortably challenged by as they got to the top, but that wasn’t the best part! The views all the way up were amazing! The mixture of traditional and new style houses built into the hill side, the clear site for miles around in every direction, the view of the hills and mountains in the distance contrasting perfectly with the clear blue and turquoise sea directly below and the tranquility of looking down on the port with the boats and yachts floating effortlessly in there docks I really did not want to head down but that cool breeze that served a purpose whilst we were exerting ourselves on the way up was not so welcome after a few moments of catching your breath and taking a few pictures at the top of this beautiful place, so down we came.

If you are considering a visit or re-visit to fit farms and are trying to decide which venue, they all have pros and cons, if you love the outdoors, spectacular views and nice weather Spain is the venue for you. Sure it isn’t as close to the beach as we’d like it or as secluded but the venue is beautiful and traditional and the air is fresh and don’t even get me started on the fresh produce and how wonderful Lynny’s spanish style recipes are.

Today we are officially half way through, the mood is great the group are working hard and everyone seems to be having a dam good time!

Finally, remember if you have any questions and would like our opinion or advice feel free to contact us via our Facebook page, if you want any exercise ideas take a look at our YouTube channel and if you’re interested in booking a course take a look at our forum page and posts on Facebook to see if you think you like how we work.

Thanks for reading guys and girls.

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Damp at the Weight loss camp with Ian, Zu and Andy | FitFarms Camp Report

Damp at the Weight loss camp with Ian, Zu and Andy | FitFarms Camp Report

This special blog post report is what happened in one of our recent FitFarms fat camp weeks as reported by one of our instructors.

This morning began with some high intensity bodyweight training, a great little cardio workout using basic exercises, the more accustomed to exercise and the fitter you become the more complicated exercises you can use, but for the purposes of the course and the fact that the most of the group are now on their 4th day we keep it simple, all that Sid the guys and girls give it a good go and they all worked up a sweat before real fast which is really all we ask for.

After breakfast, half of the group have they’re 2nd nutrition workshop and the other half have myself and Ian for our kick fit class and then as always we swap the groups after snack, it’s always a popular class, you get to beat the instructors up for a couple of hours, what could be the downside?? I always think after this class. “Why do I feel so tired?” It’s a tough class and it takes alot out of you even if we were only instructing.

After lunch it’s time for the local walk and we have picked a lovely day for it perfect conditions, a little damp but sun shining and a calm breeze. Although due to previous weather conditions Zu had to make a few last minute redirections so it ended up being a little more muddy than first planned. But still a great bit of fresh air before dinner.

It’s drawing to the end of the 4th day for the full weekers or 2nd day for the mid weekers and the group have worked and continue to work considerably hard pushing forwards to the end of the week and the results they came for.

This evenings final class is a resistance class that is fast paced and really quite challenging but the reason we like to include it is it has a very functional application especially for those short on time, we use 3 different pieces of equipment but this isn’t necessary, we just like to include more options, the class itself is based on the tabata principal of Hiit (high intensity interval training) and uses short bursts of exercise with shorter rest times.

It’s another tough class but people tend to enjoy it and feel the benefit. After the final class and snacks everyone retires for the evening and prepares themselves for the penultimate day. Tomorrow is going to be a good day the group have remained positive throughout the week but tomorrow they will be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and the mood will improve even more, so far this week the group have pushed and pulled and worked themselves into the ground for every class and walk and it’s great to see how much it means to them all, if they keep this going tomorrow and Thursday then we will have some amazing results on Friday.

As always guys and girls, if your reading this please I encourage you to go to the Facebook site and post your comments of support and motivation they are always well received.

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Weight Loss Retreat Report – Kettlebells at the Fitness Retreat

Weight Loss Retreat Report – Kettlebells at the Fitness Retreat

This special blog post report is what happened in one of our recent FitFarms fat camp weeks as reported by one of our instructors.

Every day that passes the weather just keeps getting better, still a cold morning but with Ian’s cardio kick class to warm them up it isn’t long before the girls are down to t-shirts and shorts and sweating out while they practice kicking out.

After breakfast we took the bus down the beach and enjoyed a morning of sun sea and exercise, the girls worked really hard in the first session on team work and intervals , running in the sand and bodyweight exercises on the step as well as a bucket race and some fun and games with a kettlebell… (Those who know me will understand my disgust at the improper use of my kettlebells) but at least the group enjoyed themselves, and as I said they worked really hard!

And after snack they were rewarded by some games on the beach, so the group got split into two and one half played volleyball and the other half played netball. It is inexplicable! The reaction we get from the groups when we include sports and team games as exercise is fantastic they go from shattered to energiser bunnies because they are enjoying themselves and it really emphasises the importance of fun in a routine.

By the end of today the girls are still buzzing, enjoying the regular exercise and variety, enjoying the fresh and beautifully tasty food and really taking on board what fit farms is all about cant wait to see how the rest of the week goes, if the weather continues on like this it should be amazing!

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FitFarms Journal 29 October 2014

FitFarms Journal 29 October 2014

This special blog post report is what happened in one of our recent fat camp weeks as reported by one of our instructors.

2nd day in and the newbies feet are well and truly wet, whilst the busy bees feet are so wet they have started to wrinkle! I think knowing what to expect is worse for those still lacking a little confidence than marching on into the dark. Our 2 week champions are tired and they know what to expect for the next two days was tough enough the first time around. I think this is having an affect on the newbies as they haven’t all relaxed quite as quickly as other groups but that might yet turn out to be a good thing! You see less relaxed means more tentative more aware but it also means more stressed, so we usually like to relax a group as quickly as possible because of end of week results, this way around though more maybe remembered and a deeper understanding achieved, I guess only time will tell on that one.

Anyway into the 2nd day, it’s another great start with Zu’s wake up workout guaranteed to loosen off and wake up those aching muscles ready for the rest of the day, breakfast is a buzz of as the clients are returning from their workout feeling awake and refreshed and ready for the rest of the day, from this point on they may lose a little of this enthusiasm as tiredness sets in but it’s guaranteed that for the majority when it comes to going swimming at 3:30pm that feeling will return.

After dinner this evening it is resistance again, this time with that handsome young stud! (Me!) :-D but by this time the girls are too exhausted to even get enthusiastic about that! But then you can’t blame them, by this point on the second day they will have completed nearly 8 hours of exercise per day, 16 hours in total of everything from boxing, walking, resistance, aerobics, yoga, tai chi, stretching, kettlebells, hula hoops, swimming and fitball work and this is just the end of day 2. Our aim as always is to prove to people they can do it and it can be fun, so if your considering something like this but are put off by the amount of exercise? Don’t be it’s all part of the experience and the sense of achievement you’ll get from doing it will be so worth it! If you still aren’t sure take a look at our website, or YouTube channel and the testimonies we have on there from other fitfarmers. They all.. Or mostly started the week off uncertain as to whether it was the right decision.. If we do have anyone out there looking to take the leap as it were, if you would like a little reassurance feel free to get in touch on our Facebook site and one of the very people who will be looking after you on the course can get in touch and answer any questions you may have. :-)

FitFarms Journal 26 October 2014

FitFarms Journal 26 October 2014

This special blog post report is what happened in one of our recent fat camp weeks as reported by one of our instructors.

So into the 2nd week we go, with such a large group of 2 weekers it has created a strange dynamic for the group as we have fewer new comers than we do those on their 2nd week so it is like having 2 separate groups running at the same time, the girls all get on fine, the newbies as Zu has affectionately named them are eager to get started and find out what FitFarms is all about and the “busy bees” Zu’s name for our group of 2 weekers whilst a little apprehensive about doing it all over again are at least more comfortable in their surroundings and relying on the support from the group and ourselves to get them through these first 2 really tough days.

As we now run so many different length courses alongside each other we have to be extra careful to give everyone the experience they deserve as well as the attention necessary to help them take this first step, for some; and one of many for others towards a healthier lifestyle. To do this we have mentor groups, so each one of us has a core group of people to pay more attention to and to spend a little extra time with, just as a way of completing the experience.

Over these 2 weeks I have been working with our busy bees as their mentor whilst Zu has handled the 7 day clients from each course and Ian has worked with the weekenders and the mid weekers. One to one sessions work! They allow the clients to open up and discuss whatever they feel is pertinent to making the necessary changes and making the kind of connection with them that allows them to trust us and talk to us. In some cases the clients quite simply need a kickstart, a bit of motivation, they have no hang ups, no underlying health issues, they just want to get into this fitness bug they have either been hearing about from others or have experienced for themselves in the past, most of all they want to feel good! So the one to one sessions with them are more about getting to know what they like/dislike what we can do during the week to help them and if we can recommend or suggest anything that would suit them and their needs.

By the end of today we have seen some shy and uncertain faces become more relaxed and confident ( and that’s just us instructors!) and we have seen some weary and apprehensive faces become more determined, and then there are a few characters whose faces haven’t changed at all since they joined us over a week ago and I still can’t decide if it’s happiness or pain that we see :-) but I’m almost sure it must be happiness! I mean who wouldn’t be happy here :-D

How Further Can You Go? (Fitness Journal)

How Further Can You Go? (Fitness Journal)

Joining a Fitness Retreat Week? How Further Can You Go? This special blog post report is what happened in one of our recent fat camp weeks as reported by one of our instructors.

Today we see our weekend ladies leave us and our mid weekers arrive, our 7 day ladies are starting to feel the fatigue of this past weekend and some for the first time missing home, probably made worse by the fact the ladies on the weekend course are leaving, always seems to bring on the homesick blues for some people.

None of this is particularly unusual infact it happens most weeks, to differing amounts but this is the first time we have had such a large group of 2 week clients and they are actually feeling pretty good for the most part! They all know that after today the days just seem to fly by and and with the help of the workshops to break the routine they can now see themselves on the home straight.

Whenever we set ourselves a physical challenge I.e a distance to run or walk, a mountain to climb or an event to compete in, the fact is it cannot be a physical challenge without it also being a mental one and if there is one thing that 2 weeks of exercise and a reduced calorific intake will do its challenge your will and determination, once you have exercised for anything more than you have done in the past or tried something new, essentially you have beaten the physical limit you had previously set yourself so the rest of it is mental, how much further do you want to go? How much further can you go?

Questions not of the body, but of the mind. That’s why Monday can be such a tough day, you have already completed 2 days of more exercise than you thought you possibly could, so your determination and drive is not so much. That’s why if you enjoy yourself you are typically capable of so much more because you want to carry on. If you don’t enjoy it….. Well you can not justify carrying on, you start to ask questions of why you need to etc and start looking for reasons not to.

For those of you lovely people out there who are considering something like FitFarms, my one piece of advice would be to tell yourself that whatever it takes you will complete the week because if you tell yourself you can’t but you’ll see or that you’ll just come and do what you can or even that you should be able to do it all without too much issue then the chances are.. Monday will not be a pleasant day, on a lighter note I do hope to meet some of you on one of our courses and I hope it is as useful to you as it has been to others and maybe if we do meet you can tell me if I was right or wrong in my portrayal of the course.

Cardio Kick, Martial Arts, Dancing Exercise and more (FitFarms Journal)

Cardio Kick, Martial Arts, Dancing Exercise and more (FitFarms Journal)

Cardio Kick, Martial Arts, Dancing Exercise and more at FitFarms retreat course. This special blog post report is what happened in one of our recent fat camp weeks as reported by one of our instructors.

Today we begin with Ian’s cardio kick class, a mixture of martial arts movements kicks, punches, blocks etc choreographed to the beat of some good old style dance music, Ian does love to throw some classic tunes in there and mix it up a little. It’s a great way to start the day because it has everything from some bouncing tracks to a bouncing instructor with a really good vibe thrown in the middle and a rush of energy before breakfast from all that blood pumping around the body.

After breakfast it’s time for today’s walk and whilst the weather isn’t at its best it’s certainly not enough to stop the troops so off they pop for what I think is one of the most scenic walks of the week… Even thou I never get to go on it :-(… I instead am staying here to welcome the mid week arrivals.

Once the arrivals are all settled in it will be time for dinner and then chance for the newbies to get acquainted with the rest of the group, after this it is triple trouble time for half the group and the first of 2 very informative nutrition workshops for the other half. The nutrition workshops are 8 hours spread over 2 days of useful and useable information, relating not to the ideal way to eat healthy and lose weight but a realistic way, giving out information a plenty about why you should avoid certain foods or what foods are a better alternative but also reassuring you with science and sense that some foods whilst not the best choice are better than nothing or ok in small amounts and reminding you that balance is the key. The workshops are built around the idea that we are dealing with a group of individuals so the there is plenty of room for questions etc. today will be topped off with a yoga session from a brilliant local instructor and it’s a great way to end the day, it still counts as resistance, it helps the body relax and de-stress and it is different to any of our other classes so far, tomorrow will be the mid weekers first full day so with them luck and if you can spare a moment leave a message of encouragement on our Facebook site.

Weight Loss Camp Report (Matlock) – 11 Sept 2014

Weight Loss Camp Report (Matlock) – 11 Sept 2014

Today we are following the usual schedule wake up workout being my high intensity workout then double trouble after breakfast and the second of the nutrition workshops then after lunch it’s an 8 mile walk around Carsington reservoir, or run if your up for it?

Followed by dinner and your second instalment of resistance training with Ian for the week. Considering this is the 4th day in a row of exercise for some and the 11th for others the amount of effort being witnessed in each of the activities is awesome, people are not sitting down and refusing because they have done enough and they are not giving just enough, they are going for it! Giving every last piece of themselves not because of the results they want to achieve, but because they are like addicts on a high, only their drug is the oxygen coursing through the blood to their muscles and brain, giving them a feeling of slight euphoria and child like energy, they feel anew!

This is how exercise should affect us all! It shouldn’t be something we do in order to look better in clothes or the mirror it shouldn’t be another chore we have to complete it has to be something we want to do! Something we need in our lives and that we miss when it’s not there.

This is the focus of FitFarms, changing lives! Helping our clients enjoy their exercise and see that there is someway of both seeing results and enjoying achieving them, our exercise routine is set up to allow the fittest and unfit to stand next to each other in a class or walk side by side outdoors and still both get what they need from it, both feel a sense of achievement and achieve that happy state of mind from the endorphins released by good healthy exercise, it serves to prove that we can all enjoy exercise and get out what we put in. It also highlights the fact that it is our head! Our mind, our perception of self and our own insecurities that stop us from enjoying ourselves.

These girls started the week not knowing each other and judging each other not because they wanted to be nasty or judgmental but because it’s a natural I stick to asses possible threats. Only, once they had gotten to know each other a little more and were able to relax around each other and bond the exercise felt more friendly and even the tough classes and breakdown points were easier to handle because of the bonds made with each other and the support given.

The reason I being this up is that we have a lot of people missing out on their opportunity to experience this because they are afraid they won’t be accepted or that they will be too unfit and hold the rest of the group back. The truth is that exercise isn’t just competitive it is team building as well, you don’t have to be great to fit in you just need to give your all and get involved, the friends you will make through exercise could be some of the closest friends you have, or they may just be the kind of friends that understand that particularly tough time in your life when you were trying to get fit and will always be there should you need them again.

I am not a people person by nature, In fact quite the opposite, some weeks exhaust me just from the constant interaction, but I have benefited so much from meeting all these wonderful people that I could never be the person I am without this job and the people I have had the pleasure of meeting.

Now! I’ve ranted enough for today, but if your one of the people who has always avoided exercise for some of the reasons I’ve discussed then I hope my rant may help to convince you to try it and see what happens, I know for a fact the girls this week will not be regretting their decision.

Weight Loss Camp Report – 7 Sept 2014

Weight Loss Camp Report – 7 Sept 2014

In this Photo: The weight loss camp group resting during their walk workout activity. 

This blog post is a review from one of our weight loss camp day happenings as reported by our fitness course trainers and managers.

As this is the second week for a rather large portion of the group, (9 girls to be exact. We have kept the schedule roughly the same but changed the content so as it is a different experience but with some level of familiarity.

The local walks for instance are different but roughly the same distance, difficulty or time etc.

The classes have the same structure but different content and the workshops cover the same content with a little extra, or the chance to take a bit of time off, orrrrrrrrrr preferably do twice the amount of exercise! ;-)

Anyway we are at the start of this day only 2 days away from the completion of another FitFarms week which in itself is a great achievement but atop of this it is the completion of the 2 weekers stay. So as you can imagine there is a real sense of excitement and a noticeable build up of relief as they prepare for their final day.

With a local walk and Zu’s dance workshop and a life coaching workshop with the lovely Cara, we are looking forward to a feel good kind of day capped off with the hardest and most enjoyable resistance class I can muster the energy to instruct.. I know! I know! I work too hard and I should take it easy … But I owe it to my girls to work them as hard as I can ;-)

Tomorrow is the last day of the 7 night, 4 night and 14 night courses. That’s a lot of people realising affirming and committing to the changes they need to make before they make their journey home on the Friday so with all joking aside today is a good day to get serious and prepare because come Friday they will need to do it all on their own.