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Weight Loss Camp Day Activities Report by Andy – 4 Sept 2014

Weight Loss Camp Day Activities Report by Andy – 4 Sept 2014

Thursday really feel like a wind down day here, for us anyway! The clients still have a full day ahead of them, with Zumba, yoga, cookery workshop, 6 mile walk around Chatsworth,badminton spinning and rebounding a last blast workout and bokwa all before 5pm but not in that order. But it’s a wind down for us because there are a couple of classes taken by external instructors which gives us chance to get ready to move down to Dorset first thing tomorrow morning.

I think on Thursdays we could easily cram a weeks worth of exercise into one day and the clients would take it with a smile (of sorts) on their faces, it’s the last day and nothing can break their spirits today, not to mention the fact that when you’ve done so much exercise through the week so far however much we cram into one day would seem achievable in their new mindset. All that is left to do in the evening is congratulate them on a job well done, especially those that have finished 2 weeks of constant exercise!

I’m not sure how we are supposed put into words the sheer achievement and respect these girls have earned for their efforts and so at a loss for words we can only hope that from the looks in our eyes and the beaming smiles on our faces they will know how proud we are of their efforts. As for the rest of the group from both the seven and four night courses I don’t want it to feel like we are undermining their own efforts because at FitFarms everyone is an individual and each individual has earned the upmost praise and admiration however long their stay but as their mentor I feel it is necessary to reiterate how proud I am.

On a final note for this week I would just like to say it’s been a real pleasure working with such a group of interesting people yet again here at Matlock and it has put me in a fine mood for our third and final week down in Dorset.

Half Through Another Week At The FitFarms Fat Camp (Report)

Half Through Another Week At The FitFarms Fat Camp (Report)

Never Give Up. Photo credit Victor Stuff.

We’re over half way through the week now and the group are still doing well, there is a notable difference in their energy levels and some are starting to struggle with fatigue both mental and physical but none the less, the effort is still there and that’s all that we ask for.

As instructors we feed of the determination, the effort and enthusiasm and we appreciate how it feels and how hard it is, so when we have a group of people like this weeks, we never get tired..

They may not be able to do as much as they did at the start of the week but they are trying! They are working with every last ounce of energy and giving their all to see each class through to completion and that’s all we need to see, for them we will give every hour of the day to listen, explain, demonstrate and discuss anything they want our input with.

By Friday we will all be emotionally drained mentally exhausted and physically DONE IN!! But it will always be worth it when we have a group of clients willing to give their all and try no matter how hard it is or how tired they get.

Once again and possibly now more than ever, let’s have some support on Facebook. Send in your messages or post your thoughts so that the girls can see that we are walking the path with them and that they are not alone, feeling very humbled at this point in the week to see so many trying hard and pushing their way to complete every class and stay positive.

A big well done from all of us at FitFarms, trainers, cooks, experts and coaches, we are all amazed at your efforts so far.

Almost Completed Another Great Weight Loss Camp (Report)

Almost Completed Another Great Weight Loss Camp (Report)

Exercise Activities at Weight Loss Boot Camp.

Two days of exercise left, lovely weather and a great group of people loving the exercise and the experience, today is a good day. We have a beautiful local walk to look forward to, as well as the life coaching session with Cara, but we end the day on a sad note as it is our final resistance class this evening. “I know right??” But we won’t dwell on that too much.. The excitement begins to build today, whispers of “only another day to go!.. Come on girls we can do this!” Build and travel around camp.

The girls have done so well to this point and if they were to be beaten when so close to the end it would be a tremendous shame. So it’s really good to see them rally together and pull each other along, over the last couple of days alone, the girls have done a mixture of circuits, weights, boxing, kick boxing, high intensity intervals, dancing, aerobics, yoga, Pilates, tai chi, aquafit, walks, hula hooping, kettlebells, abs, belly dancing, chairobics, bokwa, kick cardio and after all of this they’ve still found the energy to tease and taunt me!! 😉

Just looking at that list I ask the girls “what would you say if we showed you this at the start of the week?” They look at me and for the first time this week! Utter piece and quiet!! relief! however short term it turned out to be.. Only kidding; none of them can believe it, none of them have really let it sink in before now.

This week is always an amazing experience and well worth the leap of faith it takes to book.

Wonderful Day With The Fitness Camp Girls

Wonderful Day With The Fitness Camp Girls

Weight Loss Camp Week. Photo credit Parade.

And we’re back! The team are eager to get started with a new group of girlies, once the initial settling in and unpacking is done the girls meet up for the first time In the dining room ready for their official welcome to FitFarms, then it’s dinner and finally the 1st workshop of the week with Zu.

The group seem quite comfortable already.. It helps that we have quite a few returners and that there are a few strong and happy characters moulding the dynamic in this early stage. For some this will be 2 straight weeks, yes that’s right there is a group with in the group of 9 clients staying for a whole 2 weeks! That’s 2 courses straight through back to back, they seem nervous but capable, and I’m sure the fact that there is nine people doing the same will help them to settle.

We are at the start of a 3 week stint, 2 up in Matlock and one down in Dorset so it’s going to be a busy month for us but if all the weeks go as well as they should there will be a great sense of achievement to follow, not just for the clients but for us as well as 3 weeks in a row is tough going but also so rewarding so we’re looking forward to the challenge!

Anyway that said it is now time to retire ready for our first full day tomorrow, so as always I ask for your support on Facebook and through the website for our new group of clients this week and spare a thought for the emotions and feelings they will be experiencing over these first few days.

Thank you

Very Special Day At FitFarms Weight Loss Camp (Report)

Very Special Day At FitFarms Weight Loss Camp (Report)

Exercise at Weight Loss Boot Camp.

As always, today is jam packed with things to do, beginning with measurements and mentor sessions, but that’s as nice as it’s going to get, after breakfast the hard work begins with Zu’s introduction to exercise followed by our circuits class with a little extra and then yoga, all before lunch!

After lunch the workload continues with boxing, interval training, abs and balls and a little stretch all before dinner.

The last class of the day is an introduction to resistance training with Ian. It’s the basics! Basic techniques, important teaching points and in a simple routine that will act as both a workout and an opportunity to gain a better understanding. This way those that need the technique get the help that they need and those that want a workout get the sweat they need!

We are very proud of the fact that here at FitFarms, we are as much about understanding your own body and making informed decisions on your future healthier lifestyle as we are about enjoying the exercise and getting you nearer the end result your looking for.

This week is not going to be an easy one for us, the clients are all very happy and pleasant and seem very keen and jolly, but some are lacking in motivation, severely! But that’s why they’re here, and so we will do our very best to motivate and enthuse them during their stay but by the end of their course they will need to be feeling the benefits and feeling positive in order for them to maintain what they will of achieved through all their hard work.

This way they will have proven to themselves how much they are capable of and they will be able to see how it feels to be fitter, fingers crossed for the rest of the week, today has been a good start, let’s just hope the energy and enthusiasm carries them through the week.

Enjoying Exercise and Workout at the Retreat | Weight Loss Boot Camp Report

Enjoying Exercise and Workout at the Retreat | Weight Loss Boot Camp Report

Today we have the pleasure of my high intensity interval training for the wake up workout, it’s a good session, very tough but ideal for this point in the week, more intensive means shorter bursts and rest periods more often so it is tough on the body but it doesn’t defeat the mind.

A lot of what stands in the way of our clients when it comes to exercise is the psychology, how they approach this new routine or lifestyle change will have humongous significance to whether they are able to maintain it or whether it gets pushed to one side the next time something gets in the way.

Exercise is not a chore! It is an enjoyable hobby or activity that primarily serves to improve mood, positively balance mental state of mind and increase confidence and inner strength. The reason people think of exercise as a chore is that they are doing it for the wrong reasons or they are doing the wrong type of exercise!

If you don’t believe that it’s possible, ask anyone of our thousands of previous clients who have left one of our intensive week realising that not only can they do extreme amounts of exercise but that with the right focus and approach they can enjoy themselves while doing it!

Today is proof of that, you take a group of people who up until this week haven’t done much if any exercise, especially not regularly and by the 5th day full of exercise they are not beaten and miserable, they are not incapable of moving (although stairs do prove to be a challenge!) in fact they are laughing, joking, still getting up at 6 in the morning to exercise and they have just absolutely owned a high intensity workout before breakfast and are still game for more!

To Anyone who doesn’t enjoy exercise.. Don’t give up! Just find the right group of people, the right instructor or the right reason and remember to focus more on what you achieve than what you fall short of.

Report from the Matlock Holistic Boot Camp – 24 July 2014

Report from the Matlock Holistic Boot Camp – 24 July 2014

Workout and Exercise. Photo Credit MouthsofMums.com.au

Today we have the pleasure of my high intensity interval training for the wake up workout, it’s a good session, very tough but ideal for this point in the week, more intensive means shorter bursts and rest periods more often so it is tough on the body but it doesn’t defeat the mind.

A lot of what stands in the way of our clients when it comes to exercise is the psychology, how they approach this new routine or lifestyle change will have humongous significance to whether they are able to maintain it or whether it gets pushed to one side the next time something gets in the way.

Exercise is not a chore! It is an enjoyable hobby or activity that primarily serves to improve mood, positively balance mental state of mind and increase confidence and inner strength. The reason people think of exercise as a chore is that they are doing it for the wrong reasons or they are doing the wrong type of exercise! If you don’t believe that it’s possible, ask anyone of our thousands of previous clients who have left one of our intensive week realising that not only can they do extreme amounts of exercise but that with the right focus and approach they can enjoy themselves while doing it!

Today is proof of that, you take a group of people who up until this week haven’t done much if any exercise, especially not regularly and by the 5th day full of exercise they are not beaten and miserable, they are not incapable of moving (although stairs do prove to be a challenge!) in fact they are laughing, joking, still getting up at 6 in the morning to exercise and they have just absolutely owned a high intensity workout before breakfast and are still game for more!

To Anyone who doesn’t enjoy exercise.. Don’t give up! Just find the right group of people, the right instructor or the right reason and remember to focus more on what you achieve than what you fall short of.

Weight Loss Retreat Exercise Routine Breakdown

Weight Loss Retreat Exercise Routine Breakdown

Here’s a Breakdown of the Weight Loss Retreat Exercise Routine developed by the FitFarms Team, as reported by Andy Baker.

Saturday…..

9:15 am: Introduction to Fitness Workout with Zu
All the basics in a continuous routine designed to build up a sweat and teach important techniques that will be regularly used and revisited throughout the week..(45 minutes)

10:00 am: Carry your Excess Circuits with Ian and Andy
3 rounds of the same circuit first time to practice technique and control second time with additional weight to emphasise the bodies struggle with excess bodyfat and the third time to understand how much easier things are when the weight comes off! Each station is a minute long and each circuit is continuous rest is taken at the end of each circuit ( 90 minutes)

11:30 am: Snack

11:30 am: Introduction to Yoga with Ian
An hour of your basic yet extremely beneficial yoga movements and techniques, improving flexibility and core and full body strength and improving cognitive functions like balance, co-ordination and concentration, ideal for those who have always wanted to try or for those who are stressed either physically, mentally or emotionally. (60 minutes)

12:30-1:30: Lunch with…….. Food! 😉

1:30 pm: Introduction to Boxing with Andy
Covering the basics from stance, guard punching technique and pad work, this class takes the discipline of boxing and utilises it as a highly enjoyable fitness routine working the whole body and improving upper body strength and endurance. (60 minutes)

14:30 pm: Interval Training with Zu

30 seconds of slow pace either walking or jogging and 30 seconds of fast pace, jogging or running. Interval training is a fantastic way of improving your fitness and getting aerobically and anaerobically stronger. We used the road outside of our campsite which stretches on for roughly about a mile between bends, turnings or junction so it’s easier to gauge how far you’ve done but any stretch of road or type of terrain will be fine, even car parks are common place for such training. (45 minutes approximately)

15:15 pm: Snack

15:30 pm: Abs and Core with Andy

For this class we worked through the basic bracing and breathing techniques trying to engage our core muscles whilst breathing in a deep and controlled manner, then using this we added varying resistance and difficulty through a combination of arm and leg movements placing strain through the core muscles in many different ways. (45 – 60 minutes)

16:30 pm: Stretch with Zu

Bringing the intensity down before dinner, and allowing the muscles to relax and release after the impact of the say so far, a full body stretch focused on improving the mobility around the pelvis and core area. (45 minutes)

17:30 pm: Dinner …

18:30 pm: Introduction to Resistance Training with Ian

The basics are as good a place to start as they are to finish, so our introduction to resistance is a class built around basic techniques such as squats, deadlifts the prone position, shoulder press, bent over or upright rows etc used in a circuit to provide both opportunity to exercise and chance to understand the importance of correct position and movement. (60 minutes)

19:45 pm: Snack….

 

Sunday…….

6:45 am: Wake Up Workout with Zu
It’s time to get the blood pumping and loosen off those muscles stiff from the day before, Zu’s fitball class is a great way to start the day, with easy movements and fun social atmosphere and some good wake up music the exercises will allow your muscles and joints to feel free of pain and able to move normally again. (60 minutes)

7:45 am: Breakfast

8:15 am: Fitness Workshop with Andy

A brief chat, about balancing your workouts, the benefits of each aspect and how to identify and improve on your own weaknesses and strengths. (60 minutes)

9:15 am: Local Walk with the Whole Team

The walks are a great way to recover whilst active or to push a little further, a great chance to think and clear your mind, or in the case of clients on this course a good chance to ask questions get to know the team and the other people on the course and to get away from the campsite into the beautiful countryside.
(1:30 hrs – 2:30 hrs approximately)

11:30 am: An Introduction to Tai Chi with Ian

The perfect chance to clear your mind and concentrate on one thing, fluid movement! And introduction to tai chi allows you to refocus and realign whilst considering a spiritual perspective, relaxing and releasing stress and recovering from previous exercise. (60 minutes )

12:30 pm: Lunch…

13:30 pm: Zumba with Sue

A fast paced simple dance routine designed to get you hot and sweaty to the upbeat music, a mix between several forms of dance as well as some aerobic moves all to the beat of the music (60 minutes)

14:30 pm: Bells and hoops with Andy and Zu

The class is split into 2 halves, one half of the group will learn about kettlebells and the other will learn how to hula hoop, half way through they change over, both types of exercise are very core orientated and a great way to tone the tummy as well as other areas of the body, whilst kettlebells are very technical hula hoops are very rhythmical so both take a little practice to get right. (60 minutes)

15:30 pm: Snack and Bus to Pool

16:00 pm: Swim and Aquafit with Zu

A chance to ease the aching muscles and still get a little more exercise out of you, for the first 30 minutes it’s swimming time at an active but comfortable pace, after which Zu will take you for an Aqua session which is great for active recovery or as a joint supportive exercise relieving the pressure and reducing damage across the joints (60 minutes)

17:30 pm: Dinner…

18:30 pm: Resistance training with Andy

In this session we covered three different structures of weight training, a great way of targeting the muscles to increase the breaking down and rebuilding of muscles in order to develop tone not size or bulk and by placing the session at the end of the day it allows for maximised muscle recovery through the night, the structures we used in this evenings session were.. Super sets, Tri-sets and drop sets as detailed below.

Superset: 2 exercises working on either the same or opposite muscles, I.e 2 exercises for chest or 1 exercise for chest and 1 for back, he idea being to double the intensity of the set without reaching complete fatigue.
Tri-set: similar to the above except with triple the intensity of one set and more scope available with regards to exercise.

Drop-sets: again there are lots of ways to complete this structure but with limited equipment the best is as we demonstrated, pick 4 or so exercises and complete them in a circuit one after the other with each exercise reducing the rep range.. I.e. Shoulder press (25),upright row (20), lateral raises (15), reverse flyes (15) are the four exercises and the numbers in brackets are the reps for each exercise. (60 minutes)

Report from the Holistic Weight Loss Boot Camp – 07 July 2014

Report from the Holistic Weight Loss Boot Camp – 07 July 2014

So today is a pretty emotional one for the group.

They wake up get their results, have a final breakfast together and then say their goodbyes.

All before 9am and I think especially because this group has gotten on so well it is a little like the last day of school in the final year.

Everyone remembers how that felt, right? There is lots of picture taking, lots of hugs and promises to keep in touch, it’s amazing how much of a bond has been formed over this past 4-7 days, later on we will be welcoming another group, still fresh with the sense of achievement shared by those we sit having breakfast with this morning.

So for us today is a surreal experience a difficult one to explain, this evening we will be looking at a whole new set of faces sitting in the same spots as the guys and girls we have just spent an intense and full on residential weight loss retreat week with.

 
group weight loss retreat

Tonight we will start all over again with a new group of people looking for either, the right answer, a kickstart, a boost, a life changing experience or just a plain old weight loss holiday, we will get to know them share their stories try to understand what has lead them to this point in their lives, do they want our help and support or just our motivation?

Tonight we will begin all over again but again tonight will be the start of a complete lifestyle overhaul for some people, a life changing experience for others or just a really good holiday with lots of fun exercise and lots of great tasting food and lots of new friends to be made!

Once the new weight loss camp group have arrived we begin the introduction and ice breaker, this week we have a typically diverse group of people but untypical is that it is our second mixed week in a row, so it will be less of a transition for us from the 1st week to the 2nd.

This second weeks group have all arrived and seem very friendly, as always there is a certain nervousness within the group but the fact that we have a few lovely gentlemen and some girls on their second week in a row will help to ease the tension much quicker.

As the welcome and icebreaker session proceeds it is clear that we have some real characters in this group and it has the making of a fun filled experience, it’s amazing how easily people settle and relax into their surroundings once you encourage them to open up a little.

Tomorrow will be the real start to the week, for tonight it’s all about getting comfortable! So enjoy guys and girls you have a big fitness and weight loss retreat day ahead of you!