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!

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FitFarms Spain Fitness Camp March 2017 Review – 7

Stop wishing start doingWell, the Fitness Course at Dorset has just finished and guess what?????? I’m only flying straight to Spain to start my second week at the FitFarms Spain Course!!! Exciting or what, mainly because its one place I’ve never been……

I can honestly say, the journey to Bristol Airports was a funny one. Andy was leading, I was in the middle followed by Stephen in a Jeep that had a mind of its own when it wants to move or not!! Lost Stephen a few times but I thought he’s was just driving slow. That’s not saying we was driving fast but…… we did need to make our flight lol.

We got parked up on the airport car park as we checked in and handed our keys over before I made our was to departures. Exciting times ahead, I could feel it in my bones, or that may have been the cold as it was FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFREEZIN!!!!

Anyway, we made our way around as Stephen got the coffees in as a was gagging for one to be honest with how rushed we were to get from Dorset to Bristol Airport.

We were waiting for Georgia to meet us there as she was coming as part of the Fitness Team which by the way was Me, Andy, Georgia and Stephen to make sure the Spain Fitness Course ran smoothly.

All checked in ok and made our way to the Air Craft. Talk about a cattle market! Its was sooooooo busy but hey hoo I didn’t care as I was going to…… SPAIN!

Flight went well, was taking loads of pics out off the window and took quite a few pics of the Alps which but the way looked gorgeous as Stephen was messing about on his BlackBerry on my right and Andy making beautiful music NOT to my left. Yes, I was squashed in the middle he he.

One the other side of the plane there was lovely Georgia sat with some very strange men. But, she was only listening to her music with her eyes closed so she says, yeah, whatever she’s was a kip but, I’ve never seen someone hold on to their Laptop as tight as she did. True talent. Well done cocka

I was warned my Andy that the landing is sometimes hard and he’s wasn’t joking! My backside came through my mouth, talk about a hard landing….

Anyhow, we got to Spain in one peace and started to head out to collect our rental cars. But first, we needed food!!!! Stephen pottered always to sort the cars out and we had a little mooch around.

Cars sorted so that mean one thing, lets get to the FitFarms Spain Villa YEAHHHHHHH…..

I’m not going in to this but……. Stephens driving in a different country is truly a eye opener that’s all I will say but, it did get A BIT better… Not much, But a bit he he he.

We needed dinner so we stopped off at the harbour and walked to a lovely Cafe where we had out food outside. I had a beautiful bit of Lamb in a way I’ve never had before and a coffee that hit the spot just where I needed it…..

We had been given the news that we couldn’t get in to the villa until Saturday morning so Stephen booked us in to a really nice hotel. The view from my window was fantastic as I was right on the sea front. The sound of the sea coming on the beach was beautiful and as made even better at night, stunning.

That night, we all had a walk around and had a few Fitness Team Drinks (me coffee and fruit juice as I don’t drink) and lots of laughs and that’s when I really started to see myself as a part of the FitFarms Fitness Team and it was a great feeling. Loved it.

Me and Georgia went back to the hotel as we were soooooo tired as the to lads had a few more drinks before they headed back to the hotel.

Next morning I looked out of the window and saw Georgia sat reading her book in the sun and the sea front. The Lads where meant to meat outside at a certain time I,e 9am but guess what……. no sign of them so, I said I’m just gonna pop up and see how they are. There were both dead on their beds, Andy still fully clothed and Stephen well, all I could see was his bald head sticking out from the covers. A lovely sight I must say he he…..

It was time to get the show on the road and get to the Spain Course venue for the Fitness Camp Week.

I was feeling so excited about the week and seeing what guests we have arriving later that day.

Lets see what the day holds…..


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FitFarms Dorset Weight Loss Retreat March 2017 Review – 1

jason photoWell, its my first week working for the FitFarms weight loss retreat in Dorset and I can honestly say, I’m a little nervous and I’m really not sure what to expect. Yes, I’ve done this type of work for years, but, its something new and all……

Its the first time I’ve come to Dorset, I’ve travelled throughout the country but, never here and it BEAUTIFUL!

Well, I got there and I hadn’t got a clue where to go so I wont lie, the butterflies in the tummy were a little busy hehehe.

I saw the fitness camp team park up next to me and straight away, my nerves had gone, work mode kicked. The fitness team were great and I instantly felt right at home, or shall I say on a holiday camp or even a holiday…..

I soon got stuck in moving chairs from the fitness studio which was on the other side of the holiday complex to where we were setting up. After all that, I got my stuff together and moved to all the my room which I was surprised as the room was lovely, plus I had a double bed all to myself.

After sorting my stuff out, I helped one of the fitness team out putting all the fitness folders together for when the guests arrived later on in the afternoon.

Guests all started to arrive which meant one thing, work time and begun and I was really excited because I knew I was going to bring something new to the fitness course.

All the guests were really nice and I thought to myself why was i worrying as all this second natural to me.

The week went really well, I brought a breath of fresh air to the fitness camp through my personality and all my classes. Shown them all how fun aerobics can be fun and to be enjoyed which all the Weight Loss camp did so I was sooooo pleased and proud of everyone as its something different and a lot of people there hadn’t done anything like this before, I mean a mad head instructor like me he he.

I also did all the massage treatments on the fitness course for the guests which went down a storm. Most if not everyone wanted my hands more than once and I spotted and sorted most of the problems the guests had either from before the fitness course or during as the exercise was new for some so, a lot of sore muscles to soothe. As well as sorting their bodies out, I also educated them on what was happening to their bodies and giving them the knowledge of how to keep them injury from stretching etc.

It was a hard week but it was all worth it as I loved every minute of the fitness course from teaching, the guests, the fitness team and also doing my massage work. I had such a great time and as soon as this course is finished here in beautiful Dorset, I’m flying straight the next fitness boot camp course in Spain.

Hopefully, FitFarms will want me to do more, more and more work for them as I can see that I have lots to off the fitness course.