The FitFarms Fitness Experts

The FitFarms Fitness Experts

Great photo of the 2012 FitFarms weight loss boot camp team posing outside the Somerset fitness retreat.

From left to right we have Trisha the exercise and fitness coach, Charlotte the FitFarms fitness camp mentor, Zuzana the assistant health manager who studied at the European fitness school and the weight loss camp manager Gillie who is also a life coach.

Boxing Drills at the Boot Camp

Boxing Drills at the Boot Camp

Here is a photo of one of our ladies down at the fitness and weight loss retreat in Somerset.

This lady has put a huge amount of effort into the week and lost 14lbs and 3oz.

The photo shows her doing a side lunge whilst using the focus pad to balance whilst moving to the side.

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.

The Fitness Camp has Arrived in Javea Spain

The Fitness Camp has Arrived in Javea Spain

There is always a little more organising and setting up when the FitFarms fitness camp runs in Spain.

Firstly the fitness retreat team of Zuzana, Ian, Suzanne and Lynnie fly in to Alicante airport from East Midlands and Birmingham airport.

They are met at the airport by Stephen and then into a car and up the pretty Costa Blanca coastline to Javea.

The Spain Fitness Camp is absolutely stunning with villas overlooking a pool which is ideal for workouts and relaxing in the pool between fitness sessions.

The majority of the guest arrive by plane and

The group are as always completely mixed with different sizes, shapes, weights and fitness levels.

There’s a real nervous start because guest are worried that they might not be able to keep with the exercise and weight loss camp programme. The FitFarms way is such that the programme is completely designed to fit around all levels of fitness.

As soon as the Welcome Talk has been completed and guest have tasted Lynnie’s Spanish food then everyone relaxes and we are truly away on the fitness camp.

At the end of the day there are some guest swimming in the pool and taking in the Spanish Villa feeling. I must add the Spanish Villa has a Scandanavian twist inside because the owners are Swedish so it’s decorated in a very tasteful manner.

Well good night everyone and roll on the first whole day of the Spanish fitness camp.

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.

Arthritis and Exercise

Arthritis and Exercise

We tend to associate arthritis with old age, but is that correct. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints, it can be just one joint or any number of joints. In the UK arthritis is the main cause of disability from painful swelling in the joint that can cause stiffness. There are, of course, different types of arthritis, but the two main types we will consider are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is usually known as the wear and tear one. As the name suggests it develops in joints where excessive use has been the case. Rheumatoid arthritis can develop at any age, and it is the result of the body’s immune system attacking the tissues. Fatigue is also a symptom of rheumatoid arthritis.

When you suffer from arthritis it is still important to keep active. However, it’s also important to discover the correct form of exercise and level of activity. Good fitness programmes should consist of range of movement, strengthening, and aerobic exercises. Examples of movement exercise is swimming, Tai chi, and Pilates. As you can see these are considered low impact activities. Strengthening exercises help to build up muscles around the joint to support the area. Aerobics strengthens the heart muscles. Suitable examples of aerobic exercise is walking briskly, tennis, and cycling.

Regular exercise will help to maintain a suitable weight for your height, thus reducing the symptoms of arthritis. For both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis moderate exercise is much more beneficial than a more demanding one, as excess exercise can put even more stress on the joints.

There are exercises to avoid if you suffer from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. These activities tend to be classed as high impact exercise, and they are running or jogging, using a skipping rope, and high impact aerobics. In short, any activity where both feet leave the ground at the same time. Of course, that leaves a wide range of activity available to try.

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Fitness Course for the Individual

Fitness Course for the Individual

All of us at FitFarms understand there are a number of reasons for weight gain and appreciate that it’s not easy to find the correct solutions, especially when we struggle to acknowledge there may be other factors affecting our health. There are many links to weight gain: stress, illness, busy lifestyle, medical conditions, medication, diet foods, poor sleep, our psychological relationships to food, bad eating habits, or a general lack of exercise / inactive lifestyle.

Tailored fitness -you as an Individual
That is why we have created a fitness course that is designed specifically to target not just your exercise needs, but focuses on your mental wellbeing as well as physical health. Our three core objectives are fitness, nutrition and mentoring, so whatever your circumstances, we provide you with the help and support you need to begin a healthy lifestyle.

Providing the Right Guidance and Support
Getting fit is not easy, and it’s understandable that we may feel anxious about taking on such a challenge as an intense weight loss course. One thing we do try to communicate however, is that this programme is not a boot camp. The course is challenging, but it’s also very rewarding, interesting and most of all fun. The health team work with you, they provide support, guidance, advice, and assistance to ensure you get the most you can out of the retreat. Rather than shouting or criticizing, they work alongside you, pushing and motivating you with energy, positivity, and team work.

Different Courses
One way FitFarms aims to help your introduction to fitness is by giving you the option of the various courses there is on offer. There are mixed courses for men and women, women only courses, and parent and youth courses available. This is to ensure you will find the course most suited to you, and to allow you to feel comfortable in your fitness environment.

Different Fitness Levels and Abilities
The course is built around the belief that anyone can get fit and healthy and we believe this. I suffer with Fibromyalgia and had expected to be told I couldn’t do most exercises as I thought myself physically unable. I soon found that I was capable of a lot more than I gave myself credit for, and that with the correct guidance and instruction I can still maintain an active lifestyle. The team take your physical abilities into account when advising you on your fitness plans, and keep this in mind when helping you decide on your aims for the course as well as your long term goals once back at home.

Health Assessments
It is because we are aware that everyone has their own abilities and requirements that we provide health assessments to ensure the course structure takes into account any health issues, ailments, strengths and weaknesses, allergies and general fitness levels. Above all the team are concerned with your health and wellbeing and take this into consideration when training and monitoring your progress.

One to One Mentoring
You will be provided with a one to one session with your personal mentor to discuss any concerns you have, any issues in your life that may have an impact on your health, and to clarify your personal aims while at the fitness retreat. I had one myself during my recent stay at the weight loss camp, and I was amazed at how effective this process is. The health team are all incredibly knowledgeable and experienced, but what surprised me was the compassion and understanding they demonstrate. Many of us unintentionally neglect our health or the wrong choices about food and exercise based on the information we are fed from external sources. My one to one helped me realise how to make sustainable changes in my life, and how to feel more positive about food, fitness, and myself.

FitFarms Retreat Breathtaking Scenery Locations

FitFarms Retreat Breathtaking Scenery Locations

All FitFarms locations are situated in outstanding areas of beauty in the glorious countryside. You’ll surely enjoy the outdoor exercise activities with the stunning surroundings of national parks and open moorland. Check out our locations in the UK and in Spain here, http://www.fitfarms.co.uk/accommodation.html

Exercise and Fun at FitFarms Weight Loss Boot Camp

Exercise and Fun at FitFarms Weight Loss Boot Camp

Here at FitFarms Fitness Camp, we make exercise fun and enjoyable with new like minded friends. Get pumped up with our trilling boxing exercise activities with stunning outdoor views of the fitness camp location.

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.