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FitFarms Review: Dorset Weight Loss Retreat Feb 2017

this-is-the-beginning-of-anything-you-want-quoteThis year we have already put our first group though a challenging week full of exercise, healthy eating and forward thinking.

Our Dorset UK weight loss retreat is set in the perfect location allowing you to focus and embrace the countryside. The week is for our guests to push themselves, find themselves and to really get what they want out of the course. We provide the workshops the exercise and the support that you seek, to help you walk away with the mind set and healthy lifestyle you want.

The FitFarms team hold courses ranging from 2 nights to 7 nights, typically you would arrive on the Friday and leave on the following Friday giving you the time to submurse in aerobics, boxing, interval training, kettle-bells, Zumba, yoga, morning mobility classes as well as Salsa and swimming.

Our courses also feature 2-3 hour scenic countryside walks, off-road interval runs and use of the on-site spa. Our Dorset weight loss retreat includes use of a spa pool so in your free time you can make use of the pool and stay active!

We also offer aqua aerobics which is aimed at all ages and abilities as the instructor gives different levels of intensity to ensure everyone is working hard and challenging themselves.

Monday and Tuesday of the course you will be greeted by the nutritionist who will deliver a 2 hour workshop on the Monday as well as a part 2 workshop on the Tuesday based on everything you want and need to know about food and the truth about sugar!

Other beneficial workshops included in the 7 day course is the habit change and cookery workshop. An example day at FitFarms would consist of 5-6 hours of exercise as well as 2 hours of educational workshops.

Departure day involves measurements and a final group breakfast, our last course finished on a high with clients losing anything from 2-8 lbs in just a few days! Hard work and consistent eating patterns seemed to work for the whole group.

If you are looking for a healthier 2017 contact Stephen today and book onto a Fitfarms course ASAP limited places available.


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Home Workout Routine Ideas at FitFarms Camp

discipline and workoutDepending on the majority of clients we have on any week at one of our fitness or weight loss retreats we may change our routines or majority of exercise sessions to suit the group. Most of the groups benefit from one class in particular thou, home workouts! They can be as intense, developmental, structured, simple, complicated, thought out or spur of the moment as we like.. You cannot go wrong! It’s your home! It’s your workout!

So at our holistic retreats in Matlock Derbyshire, Malvern Worcestershire, Woolland Dorset or Javea Spain we do a lot of classes using minimal or no equipment and focus on shorter routines and simple concepts to make them completely adaptable for anyone who needs some useful ideas for their own home routines. They are a great way to ensure consistency, you can always have time, space, the usual equipment all you need is the motivation and interest.

You could do anything from mobility work, stretching and flexibility you could do strength or fitness exercises, you could even have some fun with co-ordination and it would in some way benefit your overall goals. You don’t need a gym or a class or even one 2 one instruction (and that’s coming from a personal trainer!) all you need is a little knowledge.

At our next course in Matlock Derbyshire, our holistic fitness and weight loss retreat will once again encourage a group of people to take matters into their own hands and discover what works best for them.


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Lower Back Pain Exercise at FitFarms Camp

Lower back pain…

One of the leading causes of illness related time off work.. a massive cost to the nation in it’s billions in fact.. it can be extremely debilitating over long or short periods, it can stay with you forever never knowing when it can flare up or maybe even never being fully recovered from it.

It is something we come across on our holistic weight loss retreats regularly so here at Fitfarms we like to think our non-boot camp approach (not suggesting a boot camp is a bad thing by the way) is able to help people manage this condition and in some cases even aid with recovery.

In the case of non pathological back pain i.e. not from known illness disease or injury, it is recommended that a swift return to normal activity after the initial or acute recovery phase be adopted. This means as soon as possible basic and non strenuous mobility/activity should begin in order to aid recovery and limit the chance of further limitations or weaknesses occurring.

lower back painAs you can imagine if you remain inactive for long periods, certain physiological changes and postural imbalances will develop. In order to make the transition from injured and in active; back to normal routines and movement patterns successfully, you need to be self-aware and confident. You need to be able to use the back as much as possible without aggravating the injury and setting the recovery process backward. Your physical awareness and confidence grows with you the more you challenge and test yourself, this is one of the reasons athletes can recover quicker from small injuries than the average person.

So at any of our sites up and down the country, our main focus is setting individual challenges and targets, working to improve a persons awareness of what is right and safe for them as individuals so that they not only choose the best direction for achieving their goals but the one that suits them as an individual best.

Our next course will be at our Derbyshire fitness retreat, we are fully booked and looking forward to a great second group of 2017, they have a high standard to live up to after our first course of the year went so well down in Dorset so let’s see what happens.


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Kick Off Your New Year’s Resolutions

New Year Weight LossNew year is upon us and its time to kick off your resolutions!

Our FitFarms weight loss camp in Derbyshire is the perfect retreat to get you started. We cater for all goals and current lifestyles and our course truly is suitable for all. The team here at Matlock, are always on hand to guide, support, educate and motivate you to get the most out of your week with us and provide you with the tools you need to continue implementing these lifestyle changes once you leave us.

With extensive presentations on nutrition and habit change, along side an extremely wide variety of exercise classes and activities your confidence and knowledge will improve dramatically and leave you feeling empowered to make the positive steps you’re striving for! We understand that achieving your optimum state of health and fitness can be a daunting challenge which is why the pathway we take you down is both educational and realistic.

We gradually introduce new knowledge throughout the week, often reinforcing these with paper copies and handouts so you’re not left bewildered and saturated with too much info and the team are always eager to discuss your learnings with you, both during and after your course has finished.

All of the exercise we encourage you to participate in can easily be scheduled into your weekly routines and the classes we take from yoga to salsa can always be found in your local area. We encourage you to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and will lead you on a number of walks throughout the week. We will coach you through ways to incorporate intervals to make the intensity correct for you, and team sports such as badminton are always great fun and a fantastic way to stay active and socialise.

So why wait? Take that first step and stop putting your health goals on the back burner, join the FitFarms family and let us help you on your journey to the new you!


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Fitness Holiday in Derbyshire on Festive Season

run harderThis the last week of the year! And our fitness holiday in Derbyshire is cold and wet!

But we won’t let it dampen our spirits! All of our staff here at Matlock, myself, Georgia, Jodie and Jake are looking forward to bringing you the truly holistic approach and the sensible approach to making long term lifestyle health and wellbeing changes that FitFarms has become so well known for. This week we are going to work WITH you, side by side, to help you work out what is right for you and what small changes you need to make to start you off in the direction you will follow for the rest of your lives… Or as long as you feel it is the right direction for you.

Or maybe your already on that path and you just want a bit of a boost or a little nudge, or maybe you need to take it to the next level and step your efforts up? For that you will love our nutrition and habit change workshops, focusing more on the specifics and deeper understanding of these subjects and how they affect or apply to you these workshops are amazing and so good for looking at how to break down hurdles or make sense of the changes you face and full of information for you to arm yourself with.

So let our final week of the year commence, face our challenges head on and smash through our targets! Welcome to FitFarms weight loss retreat Derbyshire lets go and have some fun!


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FitFarms Dorset Weight Loss Retreat Holiday Review – November 2016

3 months from nowFitFarms UK retreat recently held a women’s only course in the heart of Dorset. This weight loss retreat holiday included not only beautiful walks allowing you to see the fantastic views which Dorset has to offer but also the course featured a day trip to Bournemouth allowing clients to venture around Bournemouth, enjoy the Bournemouth sea front and get off resort for some sea side fresh air! During the course our schedules start from 7AM with our morning wake up workout consisting of heart raising aerobic exercise followed by stretching to prepare your body for the day ahead. Your day would then begin starting with breakfast. During the week you’ll indulge in 3 main meals as well as 3 snacks! You’ll learn more than ever before when it comes to nutrition, you’ll be dying to go home and experiment with healthy cooking by the end of the week. After breakfast you’ll typically be getting involved in group exercise until lunch then you’ll be venturing off to explore Dorset…. getting back just in time for aqua aerobics! Once dinner is served you’ll then be taking part in yoga or Pilates allowing you to stretch the body before you head to your bed….with a tasty snack of course! Our fitness retreats give people the chance to get away from the busy lives we lead and allows you to focus on you! Many people come on these courses for many reasons more than just weight loss alone. These retreats are designed in a way to cater for everyone and to allow all abilities to complete the week. 6 hours of exercise a day does seem a little intense however our team is here to help you and to prove to you that you can do it and that you can complete the week! A key feature which our Dorest fitness retreat offers is the fitness spa. This means in your spare time or if you feel a class isn’t to your fancy then you have the option to walk/swim for an hour instead meaning you can keep active and feel motivated knowing you haven’t stopped or given up but just chosen a different type of exercise for an hour. Our FitFarms team always encourages is to keep going and to keep moving even if it does mean swimming instead or taking lower intensities/levels during the week. This week our clients were put through a wide range of classes including mindful movement classes as well as stretching, HIIT training, boxing and kettlebells and aerobic/dance based classes. Our clients also had the chance to participate in yoga, Pilates and salsa during the evening. Every course is different however all clients soon realise that they can do everything they are faced with during the course with a little help which sometimes means adaptions and alternatives are given to them. This is what makes FitFarms the perfect retreat for you! We don’t just teach you how to exercise and to eat in a more nutritional way but we also give you the knowledge and skills to enable you to take away everything you’ve learnt meaning you are able to maintain your weight loss and continue with a more active lifestyle! Once you leave your week with us Maintaining healthy living is the most important thing. We aim to chance lives for the long term not just for the week you’re with us. We Believe in you and by the end of the week you will to!


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Amazing Fitness Retreat and Holiday in FitFarms Dorset

stop wishing, start doingThe Dorset FitFarms UK weight loss retreat is located in the heart of Blandford forum giving you beautiful views over Dorset from Bulbarrow Hills.

The fitness retreat offers great accommodation as well as use of spa facilities featuring a heated pool, sauna and jetted hot tubs.

Our courses offer varied exercise classes suitable for all abilities, nutritional workshops and deep massage therapy advice as well as the chance to have a free massage during your week with us to help with any aches, pains or just to help you feel fresh and revived again!

FitFarms fitness holidays range from 3-7 days allowing you to chose whichever course suits your diary! Even if it’s just for a weekend away full of good nutritious food, advice and fitness!

Fitness holidays in Dorset include beautiful hill walks, countryside walks and town walks. These are all challenging walks in different ways and allows you to see and discover the location of Dorset and it’s landscape over the week.

FitFarms offers much more than just exercise and healthy food alone. In fact we aim to focus on helping people to discover what’s holding them back currently and continuously achieve in changing people’s outlook and mindset on exercise and eating healthily. So much so that our guests leave us with the knowledge and skills to maintain weight loss and healthy living due to this chance in mindset, meaning once they leave us they chose to make the different choices in life.

Dorset is a scenic fitness camp and provides something for everyone no matter what fitness level you are. If you fancy a kick start back in to healthy living or are in need of a fitness holiday …

Then join FitFarms and let the team help you to achieve your goals and get you back on track!


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Experience FitFarms Derbyshire Fitness Retreat

DerbyshireOur UK fitness and weight loss retreat is located in the beautiful surroundings of Darwin larks in the heart of Derbyshire. FitFarms specialises in maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle enjoying the food and exercise along the way. We offer various fitness holiday packages ranging from 3-7 days allowing you to get back on track whether its the nutritional side of things or the exercise which you need to add back into your current lifestyle.

This Derbyshire weight loss retreat offers you scenic countryside walks, a mixture of fitness classes and a chance to relax and reflect. Our fitness retreats also offer high standard nutritional advise and help to make your lifestyle the one you want!

Looking for weight loss, a fitness holiday? And break away? Why not experience our Derbyshire fitness retreat and feel revived and ready to by the end of it!

Kickstart your Healthy Living with FitFarms Fitness Holiday

FitFarms Fitness Retreat Kickstart Healthy LivingDo you need a boost but everything feels like too much of an effort? Do you find yourself avoiding exercise or skipping exercise classes because you worry you aren’t fit enough or worry you won’t fit in? Well if you are, FitFarms is the place for you!

My names Georgia Taylor and I’m one of the group exercise instructors who deals with people like yourself on a weekly basis. My aim is to make sure all of my classes are adaptable so everyone can take part! Here at this UK fitness retreat my job is to give alternatives to all of you who need it! Sadly this means no excuses because we can always adapt classes so you can complete them all!

FitFarms is all about getting you back into exercise and hopefully getting you to understand the importance of exercise as well as enjoying yourself and having fun alone the way. Our weight loss retreat allows you to make friends during the week and you’ll soon realise a lot of people are in the same boat as you when it comes to doubting themselves when it comes to exercise. But we are all in this together and as a team we will complete the course and achieve so much more than weight loss alone.

This fitness holiday may be exactly what you need to get you back to where you want to be …

Real advice, real personal trainers, a real kickstart into healthy living!

Come and join us and make the change!

Squash versus Racket Ball

Squash and RacketballIn the summer we introduced squash/ racketball to the camping holistic weight loss boot camp in Worcestershire.

Squash and racketball are very similar and over the years I have played both of them to a reasonably high standard. What I found is that the better you are at squash the longer the duration of the rally and the better you are at racket ball the shorter the rally. Both sports are viewed to be physically demanding but the length of the rally doesn’t really have much to do with your fitness level but it’s mainly to do with the level of skill you posses.

Let’s have a look at squash first. It originated at Harrow school from the older game rackets in 1830. There’s two people on a court, a ball and two rackets. The idea of the game is to score points by tactically out manouvereing your opponent. You can either do this by creating an opening to hit an outright winner or putting him/ her under enough pressure for them to make a mistake handing you the point. Jonah Barrington a famous English squash palyer from the 1970′s explaied squash to be “physical chess”.

Racketball was created in 1940 by a ‎Joseph Sobek and is a mixture of squash and tennis. It became very popular in the 1970s in North America which is still where the major tournaments are played. The game is played on a longer but slimmer court. The rackets are shorter and the ball bounces more making it harder to hit outright winners.

You will find courts in local leisure centres and private ‎clubs making the sport accessible to everyone. It’s best to have some reasonable level of fitness before you start playing to avoid injury. Make sure you warm your whole body up before you enter the court!


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