FitFarms Dorset Fitness Course Review – November 2017

thank yourselfOur fitness and weight loss retreat is underway! Last night we met the clients had our first meal together, introduced them to the plan for the week and this morning took their measurements before breakfast.

We have a full day of exercise ahead; it’s the first day so we like to make it the fullest!! And the rest of the week will be filled with some Zumba classes, aerobics, and resistance training of many types! Movement based classes, relaxation and yoga based sessions as well as many workshops as we can possibly squeeze in to that short time!

As the week goes by we will spend one to one time with each of the clients helping to make sense of the reasons they have for being here and how best to make good use of what they learn for when they go home. FitFarms is all about a balance in life and above all of the things we want and need are the core principles of what is good for us and what right for us each as an individual.

It’s not a case of one size fits all but choose your own path and make your own terms. It’s an approach that works very well for our clients and can be adapted to whatever brings the clients to us. We want our clients to succeed by themselves for themselves in whatever their aims.

Let’s see if we can help our new group make sense of an easier healthier lifestyle.

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FitFarms Matlock Fitness Course Review – November 2017

river_2It’s a bitterly cold and wet Friday night and all the new FitFarms fitness course clients are all arriving to spend either two, three, five or seven days with us to take part in our fitness course and the weather is awful.

All throughout the afternoon and evening we have people arriving so it’s manic on the Friday but, all goes smoothly which is always a bonus.

There is a wide range of clients on the course and all different ages from 14 to 70+ so, it makes the course interesting for us fitness trainers.

By the time everyone has arrived it’s dark. We started the FitFarms welcome talk to explain to everyone what to expect on the course and if anyone has any questions or worries.

After that, I always do a basic stretch class for everyone. What we have to remember is that a lot of these people have either never exercised or have not done for years. They are very nervous, stressed and worried, or simply just exhausted from their hours and hours travelling to take part on out fitness course, a simple stretch class is a good idea as it calms people down and hopefully will de stress them before the course starts property on the Saturday morning.

Lucky, we don’t have many people with medical issues on the course apart from a few bad knees and a few post operation recovery injuries.

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FitFarms Dorset Fitness Course Review – Part 2 – November 2017

Nov 14After a full week of all types of classes we have put all the fitness course clients through I thought I’d give them a bit of fun to complete the course.

The class that was going to take place was a pure abdominal class. I had set all my Music up on my iPad and was telling people to grab a mat and get on their backs to start the programme.

With doing this job for years, you can read peoples body language perfectly and I could tell, that no one wanted to do abs so I thought I’d ask if they were interested in doing a basic Salsa Class and they all jumped up and said YES YES YES!! So, that was made easy as all the FitFarms clients faces light up and energy came back into their bodies. I on the other hand had to re-do all my music that I had already planed!

I asked if anyone had done Salsa before and one person had so I said “right girls, it’s going to be a crash!” Everyone was fine with this as all they wanted to do was have fun and dance.

I taught the basic moves without any music and without a partner before I put the music on.
I’ve never seen so many smiles and laughter in such a short amount of time and it made me smile from ear to ear.

I partnered the weight loss camp guests up and we all did a great dance and the atmosphere was electric. The Fitness boot camp clients where smiling all the way through the class which in return made me smile.

And this comes back to what I always say, exercise is meant to be fun!

Find something you enjoy and look forward to it. There were certainties a few girls in there that found their new fun class……. SALSA!

FitFarms Fitness Retreat Wake Up Workouts

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Movement is so important to our health and well-being and should be always in the back of your mind where exercise activity and quality of life are concerned. So start your day off right with some flowing movements allowing for improved range of pain free movement less restriction in movement and an improved level of energy. I find mobilisers more effective than stretches for me but the purpose is to loosen the muscles and joints off… so what ever works for you.. I like to combine movements into flows so that it helps with the overall effect, take a look at some of our mobility videos if you need some ideas. 20-30 minutes should be optimal for this kind of routine but if you don’t have that sort of time don’t worry; even a ten minute routine would be sufficient to “start your day the right way!

Next is aerobic!

Aerobic exercise gets the heart pumping and the oxygen flowing around the body, increasing energy and metabolic rate, it has a very positive effect on your self confidence your focus and your ability to manage stress throughout the day. Think about it this way; what ever your long term goal and/or short term goal it takes small steps to get there and if you can start each day the right way you are much more likely to achieve your goals. Again purely for the purpose of giving yourself the right start to a day 20-30 minutes will have the desired mental benefits and be enough to wake your body up and boost your energy levels but to get some real health and fitness benefits this would be an absolute minimal amount.

Another very beneficial technique to use in your wake up routine is a breathing routine.. again it will help with oxygen flow, mood and energy levels, concentration and focus and managing your stress throughout the day. As little as 10 minutes could be enough to have benefit in your day to day life. Try breathing in for 4 seconds holding for 7 seconds and breathing out for 8 seconds, its best done in a relaxed position like lying down and try to make full use of your diaphragm and core muscles.

Try to make use of 1, 2 or all of the above ideas on a daily basis to improve your start to the day

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FitFarms Fitness Camp at Knockerdown Cottages

stop wishing stop doingSo this week due to unforeseen circumstances and something that has never happened before we had to use a different site in Derbyshire for our course, it was short notice and Knockerdown cottages did an excellent job of accommodating us along with their other bookings.

Their venue is beautiful! And well positioned just across the road from Carsington reservoir one of our usual weekly walks. It has a pool on site as well as plenty of well kept area outside for our activity sessions and a suitable hall area for exercise indoors to. So it was really the perfect solution to our situation. So aside from some teething issues in the first few days that the course itself was unaffected by we had a fantastic week! The group themselves were so focused and hard positive they were a pleasure to work with and by the end of the course we had all bonded very well. There were some big moments during the week, people were noticing increased flexibility and ease of movement (even with the muscle soreness!) as well as feeling revitalised and energised from the workshops and food. Getting the balance right on our courses is something that changes with every week.

Our focus is always to build the confidence of our clients by boosting their understanding helping them to decide what is right or best for them. This week got the balance right! And the clients all went away feeling better for the experience, no one needed another week to recover no one went away too stiff or tired to think about exercising for the rest of the weekend. Everyone went eager to put into action the ideas they had during the week!

FitFarms fitness and weight loss retreat at Knockerdown cottages was a success for us and we were very happy with the outcome! Now we are looking forward to 2 weeks of camping near the Malvern hills!

Maybe we will see you there.

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FitFarms Matlock Review May 2017 Course – Part 2

MatlockIt’s my second FitFarms Fitness Course at our Matlock site and I’m really excited again. I love the layout of the site as they are all done to be old fashioned looking and in keeping in with the area, it feels like I’m going on holiday instead of working and training the clients who are coming on the boot camp course.

Anyway, a few days before the course is meant to start, one of our team members messages us all to see if we fancied meeting up early in Matlock Bath for a chat and coffee at Costa Coffee in the high street. We all said yes!

The drive up to Matlock was a nice drive as its only about 1 hour away from me but guess what? I hit Bank Holiday traffic is NOT GOOD! Did not have to wait long as it moved on quiet quickly which I won’t lie, I was pleased about as I hate being late for anything.

I said I would find it myself but, didn’t realise there were three Costas in the area so, I thought just go to the centre one and guess what, that was the one.

As I pulled on to the car park I saw all the fitness team there buying their car park tickets and the fun started!

We had a good laugh and a catch up before we headed up to FitFarms where we would be getting the site ready for the boot camp clients to arrive later on that afternoon.

When we got there the first thing we needed was food! Andy had bought us all steak so, Matt started to cook us our lunch.

Lunch finished, we all started to get the fitness course set up and all the equipment, rooms etc ready for the guests to arrive and get stuck in.

While Jodie and Andy carried on with setting the Matlock site up, me and Matt (Health Chef) had a drive down to the cash and carry to stock up on all the food for the weeks boot camp. I felt like Santa’s little helper!

When we got there and parked up, Matt realised he had left his wallet at site so….. we had to drive all the way back again then all the way back to the wholesaler. ‎ Car loaded as we go on our way back to the camp.

Andy picked up some clients from the train station to bring back to the camp and people had already started to arrive by car. We are underway again and everyone is so excited. All in all, a great start to the fitness boot camp.

Benefits of Massages at FitFarms Boot Camp Courses

IMG_20170416_162652509All the FitFarms boot camp guests have a opportunity to have a treatment and I always recommend to all that they should advantage of this part of the course as it will really help them in so many ways.

As a lot of our clients haven’t done any form of exercise for sometime or they are new to exercise, it will be a shock to their bodies and emotions I wont lie. They push their bodies to the limits (some do) and their body will be thinking “What the hell are you doing to me?” This is where I come in to play!

The  guest will be sore, aching and sometimes finding it hard to walk etc because their muscles are sore and inflamed through the new exercises so they need that soreness to go away or reduce so they can bring their body back down to normal state. It could be either: Sore Neck, Sore Arms, legs, Chest, Backside or just EVERYWHERE!

This is were having a massage will greatly help all FitFarms guests so much. Yes, sometimes its maybe sore and a little uncomfortable but, I can promise you, after having one of my massages, you will feel brand new!

Having a massage will reduce the muscle soreness and stiffness by, untightening the muscles, ligaments and nerves so you can push yourself harder and longer knowing your body is safe.

Most of the clients have a massage and most if not all have more treatments throughout the week as they see how important a Specialist Massage treatment is such an important part of any fitness injury free life.

Most of the time, clients have been living with aches and pains for years which makes exercising difficult because of the discomfort and I will spot that straight away because, as soon as the client arrives, I’m assessing peoples movements, posture etc so I have some idea what’s going on with that particular person. Most of the time I can sort the problem out there and then but other times, I will recommend another massage in the week.

So all in all, I recommend a massage to all FitFarms guests and to everyone that either does exercise or to anyone that doesn’t as its a very important part of looking after your body.

FitFarms Derbyshire Review April 2017 Course

excuses quoteSo this week we have been enjoying the beautiful countryside of Matlock, Derbyshire, during their stay at the FitFarms weight loss and fitness retreat, the clients can expect a mix of aerobic sessions dance sessions and stretch sessions.

We also do boxing, walking and swimming, plus badminton games on the grass and a program workshop to help prepare your own plan for your return to normality. Whilst the weather hasn’t.

Even the best for us this week it certainly hasn’t dampened the spirits of our clients who have stuck with our full on exercise routine and given it their all. Jason has been on hand to heal their aches and pains and Matt to fill their empty stomached. As always our nutritionist Lesley Harper is a big hit and helps the clients realise that a healthy way of life is a mix of balance variety and knowledge and doesn’t have to come at the cost of their social lives or the comforts.

All in all the week has been super successful and the clients all seem to have gotten a lot from it. So until the next one stay healthy people!

Andy Baker


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The FitFarms Fitness Holiday Experience in Matlock Derbyshire

Fitfarms holistic weight loss retreat is focused on the belief that…FitFarms holistic weight loss retreat is focused on the belief that your success begins with managing stress, not removing it but dealing with it respecting it if you like. So all our locations have been picked with this in mind, peaceful, restful and tranquil countryside with comfortable and well equipped accommodation, Matlock Derbyshire is no exception.

Set in Darley Dales just above Matlock Darwin lakes is only 10 minutes drive away from the tourist and shops area of Matlock and Matlock bath but when your there it feels like you are as far in the wilderness as could be, the cottages are fully furnished and recently refurbished, set around a beautiful man made lake that runs off directly into the Derwent river, we have our own area sometimes used for weddings and conferences throughout the year but for our use exclusively during the course.

It makes the perfect area for workshops and exercise classes with the average sized group and allows for the majority of the course to be held on site which really helps to remove people from the thoughts and worries of day to day life. The local walks can range from a mile up the road to 10 miles across the Dales to Chatsworth house and ground. Fantastic!

Believe it or not in some particular cases the need to de-stress and re-balance is such that we recommend more down time and less exercise which makes our locations perfect for either situation.

On a whole the scenic walks, the accommodation and the local area all add to the success of the course!

The Benefits of Training at Home

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Editorial by Jodie – FitFarms Personal Trainer

Here at FitFarms weight loss camp and holiday retreat we strive to get you the best possible results. Many of our clients face different barriers, both mentally and physically but a common barrier we see time and time again is idea of using a gym.

So you’ve taken the first step and made the decision to embark on an exciting journey to a healthier and happier you, however when it comes to making lifestyle changes trying to do too much too soon can be daunting. On top of that, the idea of stepping out of your comfort zone and into the gym can be enough of an excuse to never even get started.

Training in a gym is great and under most circumstances would probably be the better choice for most people, after all it houses a far wider variety of equipment than any of us could dream of having in our homes. But, what if getting to the gym is simply impossible? This could be down to a variety of reasons such as confidence, location or family and work commitments simply not allowing you the time to squeeze a gym visit into your already busy schedule. This can be very demotivating, however the alternate is to train at home and this should never be overlooked or underestimated! You don’t have to feel restricted when training at home and there are many ways of training with body weight alone, however resistance bands, Swiss balls and a kettlebell can be great tools to use and are relatively inexpensive. So what are the benefits?

It’s cheap….. Gym memberships are becoming increasingly expensive with many luring you into year long contracts at the appeal of a marginally cheaper rate. Training at home is completely free so is a great option is you face financial pressures. However, if you do have a small amount of money spare, initially investing in some proper guidance can really help to give you the direction you may need and allow you to make the most out of your home workouts.

It saves time….. You instantly eliminate your travel time, changing room time, and chatting time. By the time these are factored around your workout your total gym time can easily end up eating up a substantial chunk of your day. By training at home you are being far more time efficient, reducing your overall workout time and reducing guilt for prioritising in some selfish time to work on yourself.

You are alone….. Confidence is one of the single biggest barriers many people experience when using the gym. Although it is very important to remember every person is using the facility for self improvement. You are all there for the same reason and the majority of gym goers you will find helpful friendly and even supportive. However, training at home allows you to find your feet, focus without interruptions, practice your movements and build your confidence in an environment where you will not feel judged and are free to make mistakes without feeling embarrassed or uncomfortable. Plus it completely eradicates the time wasted on waiting for equipment.

Home workouts are incredibly effective….. Even simple body weight exercises allow you to train every muscle in your body in a way that can be gradually progressed over time as you get stronger. It can be more interesting, and arguably more effective. For example completing a varied bodyweight cardiovascular circuit at home can be both more physically and mentally stimulating than hopping on a cross trainer for half an hour. Home workouts can be customised to challenge you at a level that is achievable, from really intense with a huge calorie burn to moderate and manageable if you are a beginner. You can be as creative as you like with the stuff you have around you. If you don’t have resistance bands or weights you can use water bottles, tin cans, chairs for step ups, the list goes on. Experiment and use your imagination and research different moves for different body parts, remember, there’s nobody there to judge you!

Here at Fitfarms the team are dedicated to making sure you have all the knowledge and experience you need to structure your own home workouts before you leave, in order to continue on your exciting journey into a healthier and fitter lifestyle. We are always on hand, both during and after the course to help guide you through them!

FitFarms Personal Trainer