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FitFarms Spain – June 2018 Fitness Camp Review 2

FitFarms Spain

It’s Saturday and it’s arrival day for the FitFarms Fitness Boot Camp Spain guests. We offer two pick ups at 12.30pm and 5.15pm. There is one more collection from the airport this time at 8.15pm which we are doing for a lady coming from Norway. We are under an hour from the airport which is a real advantage for making the course run smoothly.

In the morning we had chance to go into the weight loss retreat villa and set up the rooms and store foods and do the standard health and hygiene checks in the Kitchen and exercise hall. The exercise are here at the Spain weight loss camp is rather impressive. It’s a huge ball room with wooden sprung floors which is great for aerobics and other high impact classes which we run throughout the holistic weight loss boot camp.

Malaga airport was extremely busy with holiday makers coming from all different areas. We managed to meet our first group of guests without any problems though at the Hertz rental car office. Then the short trip up the mountain to settle everyone in to the accommodation. We provide s quick healthy snack for everyone as most people have been travelling since the early hours and are feeling a little hungry.

One more airport trip to go later today and then the weight loss and fitness retreat course will be underway.


Fitness camp review by the FitFarms team. FitFarms specialises in Fitness and Weight Loss Holidays for people of all different fitness levels, shapes and sizes. Check out our next courses here.

The Scenic Walk Experience at FitFarms Spain – June 2018 Fitness Camp Review

Fitness Camp Spain Scenic WalkThe walks which we have planned on the Spain holistic weight loss and fitness boot camp are very scenic. The lake is a vast open area with many people taking part in water sports like kayaking and paddle boarding. The lake is also a great area to relax and swim as the water and beach area is very clean.

The Spain weight loss retreat is excellently situated as we are just 1 hour from Granada and also under an hour from Seville. The Granada walk really is breathtaking and having the ancient city as a backdrop is fantastic.

The villa we have chosen to run the retreats is very impressive. It has 3 apartments and 7 rooms all being en suite. The accommodation sits around the swimming pool and the backdrop is the wonderful Andalucia hillside.

We are virtually all set up now and ready to go. Water bootles, journals etc are all prepared for the guests and food preparation has already begun.

The science behind the FitFarms Weight Loss retreat menu is balancing blood sugar levels and portion control. We know the amount of calories that go into each and every dish but we tend not to put too much emphasis on it as calorie counting can become a little obsessive to some guests.


Fitness camp review by the FitFarms team. FitFarms specialises in Fitness and Weight Loss Holidays for people of all different fitness levels, shapes and sizes. Check out our next courses here.

FitFarms Spain – June 2018 Fitness Camp Review

people running exerciseIt’s Thursday early morning and we’re on our way to the Spain fitness camp and weight loss retreat.

This year we have changed the way we are running the weight loss and fitness retreat as we have lowered the number of guests to 12. The main reason for this is to improve the one to one attention we give the guests at the retreat. However we will be running more retreats so the intake of guests over the year will actually be more just a better standard of course.

One of the best things about the Spain weight loss retreat is the standard of food that can be bought in the supermarkets and local wholesalers. There is a fresh fish and meat market in the local town which is just 10 minutes away from the Villa. I’m cheffing this week and am already looking forward to seeing the variety of food types with all the different Mediterranean colours. There will be some videos coming up in the next couple of days of the food and the markets.

When we arrive in Malaga we will jump in a car and drive to a huge natural lake in Andalucia to do the first walk risk assessment. It’s going to be very hot so I’m not really looking forward to the run. Then we are driving down to the ancient city of Granada for the second risk assessment walk. Finally we will go back to Malaga to meet some food wholesalers and buy some more sports equipment for the FitFarms fitness camp and weight loss week ahead.


Fitness camp review by the FitFarms team. FitFarms specialises in Fitness and Weight Loss Holidays for people of all different fitness levels, shapes and sizes. Check out our next courses here.

 

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Why Do We Exercise?

Exercise daily and be healthyIn general it all boils down to three goals – lose weight, tone up and get fit. These aren’t our goals these are how we respond “typically” when asked. Even if people say it’s for health reasons they generally attach that to visual changes they see. For instance if they lose weight it must be working and they must be getting healthier.

So when the doctor says you have a high risk of CHD or diabetes you need to exercise and start a healthy diet. You think in order for this to be working I should see some change in my body shape I should see some weight loss on the scales (it doesn’t help that the doctor also associates these issues with being obese according to the BMI scale or your hip to waist ratio). Even if you have never had that conversation with the doctor but you just know you’ve gained weight or you feel less healthy or your not as active as you used to be … or your getting out of breath when walking a little or you feel stiff sore or weak all of the typical pre cursors to prompting a change in lifestyle or starting a diet and exercise program. These all lead to one thing a focused and planned out routine of structured and usually restricted eating and exercise to achieve visual result that will suggest you are achieving your goals. But think of it like this, exercise is not a natural or functional concept we do not need it to live or maintain quality of life, a structured or routine diet is not necessary for a healthy body.

I remember when I first started working in the industry the 6-8 meals a day idea was new and it was the definitive answer shortly after it got followed up with the theory of eating live a caveman (person!) and it all made sense. The problem is the cave people weren’t eating a diet or a structured routine, they also weren’t working a 9-5 job they didn’t have such a organised and developing society stress was much simpler back then and they lived more instinctively than habitually.. not to mention our bodies have evolved massively since then and so won’t they can and can’t tolerate is very different. If you consider all of this and then consider they weren’t trying to be fit or live up to a certain expectation they were just living then you can see how an understanding of their way of life can help us to find answers and solutions but it is neither the answer nor the solution in its entirety. What our body actually needs vs what our mind craves vs what is scientifically correct based on a perfect working model vs what is right for that person.

I read an article a while ago about a tribe in Tanzania and whilst there were many interesting points the main one was that the males of this tribe as hunter gathers would graze whilst out hunting and gathering on the food they would collect the females of the tribe were the farmers who would also graze throughout the day on the food they would harvest. In the main feeding times they would all sit together and eat a mix of the same food but the study found that their gut microbes were different due to the different grazing habits. The reason I think this is a good example as it goes some way to demonstrate how adaptive to change our bodies can be and how by the time we decide to make a change to our lifestyle we as individuals are unique and should approach it as such.


 

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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

exercise-to-be-fitnot-skinny-eat-to-nourish-your-body-and-always-ignore-health-quoteBegin with Mobility

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.