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Are You Fit for Life?

Are You Fit for Life?

One of my favourite parts of the week is the agility, coordination and balance based session we do. Most of us stop being active as soon as we leave school, even myself somewhat. I remember when I was at college I’d be teaching martial arts 2 nights a week and training another 2, I’d have dance rehearsals on a Saturday and play football on a Sunday and Wednesday afternoon. I pretty much did something active every day. Then I went to Uni and even though I was doing a degree in sports and exercise science it was a zero practical based course. The most practical thing I remember doing was getting weighed in an underwater chamber where I just sat in my swim stuff. Like with most people my life took over and the sports I loved took a back seat.

As soon as we stop moving we lose all our functional skills. How many of you lift you foot up to tie your shoes laces rather than bend down to tie them? Most of us lie in a bed, wake up have breakfast in a chair, Sit in a chair to go to work, Sit in a chair at work, have lunch in a chair, sit back in a chair to commute home, have dinner in a chair, sit in a chair to watch tv or do work then lie back down to go to bed. This is making us less mobile and flexible. Many of the injuries to backs that I see are not from lifting too much at work or home, many are from picking up a pencil whilst still in their chair or trying to reach something from behind them in the car.

People love the agility sessions. We play games and go through training drills just like you might have done at school. It’s an eye opener for some people to see just how much their mobility and flexibility have been effected through an inactive lifestyle. But if we can get you better balance, better coordination, better flexibility and mobility then exercise will be so much easier and you will feel like you are getting more out of it. Plus playing games is fun. We even had a session last week where we played kids party games like duck duck goose and musical chairs and by the end of it, everyone was out of breathe, sweating and had a big smile of their face, much better than running on a treadmill for 30 minutes staring a gym wall.


Special blog post editorial from one of our FitFarms Health and Fitness instructors.

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FitFarms Weight Loss Camp’s Healthy King Prawn and Seaweed Recipe

FitFarms Weight Loss Camp’s Healthy King Prawn and Seaweed Recipe

So, first week of the year is over. It had its up and downs but for me the joy of seeing the clients every day is multiplied by the increased joy they give off everyday, the food is an important part of their day and is recognised as 70% of the training results one achieves the other 30% being the training. With six meal times a day needless to say, it’s a challenge to keep up, but a rewarding one at that.

Sometimes it was hard to see people struggle with no sugar, but together the team managed to aid all those to get through it and shortly after they became a new person. Adapting to a no sugar diet and actually a totally different diet can be a strain on the Adrenal gland in the production of hormones due to deficiencies in food from previous neglect.

By day 4, everybody was firing on all cylinders, and my job is to make sure that they get their fats, fibres, proteins and carbs, so they can exercise without burning off their muscles, just their fat. After a roast on Sunday keeping things in tradition it was time for a yummy lunch, one of my favourite foods is fish. Notably king prawns, so I thought I’d treat them with this, combined with some cornish seaweed, pomegranates and cooked in coconut oil it certainly was a superfood meal, with the couscous (so nice they named it twice) and pepper salad lunch time certainly was a happy place. This is a great meal, hot or cold, and can easily be made in bulk to take with you on the go.

– Ingredients

  • 130g king prawns
  • teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil
  • 20g of seaweed
  • 10g of pomegranates

– Pinch of salt and pepper

– All in a pan and your away.

– Simply then cook your couscous, (not in the microwave and pad about 50g of it with a mixture of peppers, some chopped parsley and, cold pressed rapeseed oil right at the end, and you have one tasty treat of a meal.


Special blog post editorial from one of our FitFarms Health and Fitness instructors.

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Starting as We Mean to Go On!

Starting as We Mean to Go On!

So after the first week back at our FitFarms weight loss retreat, I’m happy to say things went pretty well. The group all had a fantastic mindset and although we had several clients with considerable issues that could easily be aggravated by exercise, the group pulled together very well they supported each other and they all worked impressively both individually and as a group, I cannot praise their efforts enough! We have a busy year ahead of us and if all of our clients can be as open minded and work as hard we are in for another great year!

One of the issues we have whilst on course is sugar. Sugar is more addictive than a lot of people realise and when our clients join us for a week of clean living it can cause problems they never before anticipated. Sugar was one of the issues we had during this week, one lady struggled so much with going “cold turkey” at times it seemed like the week was wasted as she was unable to take part in so much, the first few days were a real struggle with upset sleeping patterns, no appetite, no energy, a constant headache and a generally run down feeling. It really was severe. So the best way we could deal with this was to treat the first part of the week as a detox and that even if it took the whole week the benefit would be in how they would feel upon returning home.

Given the time and space it was just a couple of days before we started to see improvements in small ways like sleeping better and being able to try different foods and even taking part in the exercises. It’s great to see such a clear transformation in people and sometimes it’s not because of the exercise or the workshops, (although they obviously help) but because of the opportunity to de-stress and take time to ourselves, something we massively underestimate the value of in our day to day lives.

In this new year, if you want to see some real results and keep hold of them find a way to enjoy your balance, of good and bad, of healthy and happy. Don’t be all or nothing, be some of everything!


Special blog post editorial from one of our FitFarms Health and Fitness instructors.

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3rd Day Blues for High Sugar Diet

3rd Day Blues for High Sugar Diet

Here at FitFarms, we have the 3rd day blues. It happens on every course we do but it is a great day which is needed by all to get maximum results. It’s experienced by many who have a high sugar diet back at home. Our nutritional program limits the amount of sugar clients consume on a daily basis. We do this to help stabilise blood sugars which increases your ability to lose fat.

Your body stores fat when you have excess levels of sugar in the blood, most of this is transported into the muscle for energy and any excess is stored in the liver and eventually into adipose (fat) tissue at fat receptor sites.

If I have a high sugar diet, my body becomes very efficient at using available sugar and less efficient at using my stored fat as energy and makes me into a fat storing machine.

About 3 days into the course because our nutritional program reduces your ability to top up the sugar you have used during exercise your body needs energy from somewhere else, our stored fat. Due to high sugar diets some people’s bodies are very inefficient at using stored fat (find it hard to lose weight) this inability to release energy can make people feel tired and fatigued. However the next day they feel great. Theire body has switched over from needing high levels of sugar to starting to use stored fat more as an energy source.

This has turned them from a fat storing machine to a fat burning machine. This will reduce sugar cravings and give them much more energy throughout the day whilst also maximising weight loss from fat.


Special blog post editorial from one of our FitFarms Health and Fitness instructors.

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How do I Stick to a Resolution

How do I Stick to a Resolution

Every week I always have the same conversation with clients. “How do I stick to a resolution”. The main reason especially around new year why we fail even after only 2 weeks to stick with a resolution is simple, we don’t actually know what a resolution is. So how can we stick to something that we don’t understand? Many people’s new year resolutions are “to lose weight”, “to get fitter” or “to be more active”. Unfortunately, these aren’t resolutions. These are results.

A resolution is a solution to a problem that you have, or to resolve an issue you currently have. Therefore, when we look at making a resolution we need to first look at the problem. This does not mean be overly critical or negative towards yourself, it means be realistic and see things how they are. For example “Over the past 6 months I have been very busy at work, which has caused me to snack on the wrong things and indulge in a little bit too much alcohol over the weekends to help me unwind. This behaviour has caused me to put on a stone and as a consequence I don’t feel comfortable in my clothes any more and I have lost some of the confidence that I had when I was slimmer. I have also noticed that I find it harder to keep up and play with my kids due to me being a little out of shape”.

You then have to look at what you want. If it’s to lose weight as a goal, then if you lose half a pound would you be happy? No. So let’s be specific “I want to lose that extra stone that I have put on over the Past few months”. But this isn’t good enough. This is still a should and is going to make you push yourself to try and hit the gym and try and eat healthier, which will never work. Unless you want to wear a badge with your weight on, the weight is irrelevant. So let’s rephrase the reason. Ï want to lose a stone, because when I was that weight I had more confidence, my clothes looked better, I had more enjoy, I felt great about myself”. These are reasons that will pull you towards doing the challenging things to get your result and when you have something that is pulling you towards it with real emotional goals you cant fail. Friedrich Nietzche famously said “If you know the why for living, you can endure and how”.

Now we know the “why” the Real Why now we can look at the How. How are we going to get these results and this is where we have to be realistic in our limitations. People often follow programs or plans from magazines that tell them everything to do and how to do everything perfect. “News Flash” we all don’t live perfect lives, we don’t have the amount of time, or like the food in the diet plan or are fit enough to do 30 burpees in one go. So why not do what you can do and this something we focus on massively here at FitFarms.

Yes, there is an ideal to get best results but the ideal isn’t for everyone. We give people the tools to make their own plans and their programs and to understand why they are doing what they are doing so that they can understand how to change it if it’s not working or life changes. Remember the key to success is engaging in consistent action not matter how small.


This special blog post report is what happened in one of our recent Fitfarms fat camp weeks as reported by one of our instructors.

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Better Understanding about Diet and Weight Loss

Better Understanding about Diet and Weight Loss

Hey, we usually do blogs and reports on the days experiences here on site but for a change I thought I’d do one that covered some of the things we talk about during the course.

In the time I have been working as a trainer either for FitFarms or previously as a personal trainer I have noticed a trend with people trying to get fit, lose weight or become more healthy and that is that there is always added pressure to achieve results and to do so in as short a time as possible, certainly the majority of people that join us on our weight loss and fitness retreats are expecting to be measured at the start and at the end and are expecting to be pushed and worked hard in order to achieve the best results possible.

Imagine if it just didn’t work that way! Imagine that there is more to it than that and that the exercise really just helps to accelerate the results but only when the body is in some sort of harmony. How many times do you hear, “I exercise a lot but. It doesn’t make any difference” or “I don’t eat much but I just can’t lose weight!” Or even “I’ve tried every diet known to man but they don’t work!” ..

The truth is diets work! They do exactly what it states in the small print, what they don’t do is fix the issues causing the cravings or the poor energy levels or the lack of motivation or the lack of results, diets are a great for those in a good place that need to just spur themselves on or give themselves a boost or shock the system or make a short term change of some sort. But they can not help someone who eats the wrong food or has no interest in exercise or that has stress issues or too much going on in their work or family life, most of us don’t need diets, we need to have a better understanding to empower us and enable us to make the right decisions, that is what we want from a week at FitFarms.

That is what we aim for.

Andy Baker


This special blog post report is what happened in one of our recent Fitfarms fat camp weeks as reported by one of our instructors.

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Clubercise and Strict Fitness at Weight Loss Camp Day

Clubercise and Strict Fitness at Weight Loss Camp Day

Our final full day started off with a bang with Kim coming back on site to do clubercise. A new type of class which is not as technically demanding as dance or zumba but has a club atmosphere with glow sticks to get us motivated for the rest of the day. We then went into our program workshop. Our last part of strict exercise with our resident trainers however this session has a bit of a twist. We split the group into smaller teams and they each have to plan a 15 minute session for the whole group. It can include anything from boxing, mteafit, tabatta, relays, agility, cardio, HIIT, aerobics literally any type of exercise we have covered over the week. This is a fundamental part of the week and allows people to see just what they have learnt and understood from the week. Like the saying goes give a man a fish and he will eat for a day but teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. This is what we here at Fitfarms want to do. Not only is it just about the results in the week but we want clients to leave with better understanding of exercise and its benefits.

We finish the day off with yoga. This is one class that everyone wants to start adding to their exercise portfolio when they get home as this is a great way to take some time for themselves and destress. Stress is one of the biggest health risks in the western world. A study in America showed that the majority of all first time heart attacks happen on a Monday morning between 8am and 10am from people on their way to work. We live in an ever quickening society where we have to literally run to stand still and all that stress plays havoc on our mental and physical health. A phenomenal pain and rehabilitation specialist, John E. Sarno did some amazing research with clients who had back and neck pain but could not find any physical ailment to cause it. After working with them to relieve stress their pain subsided and in many cases stopped.
Things like yoga, meditation, pilates, relaxing stretch sessions are vital to keep the mind relaxed and help you keep your body in an optimum state for health and well being.


This special blog post report is what happened in one of our recent Fitfarms fat camp weeks as reported by one of our instructors.

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Mentor Sessions and Nutritional Cooking at Boot Camp Day

Mentor Sessions and Nutritional Cooking at Boot Camp Day

With only 2 days left everyone is starting to feel how much more energy they have and how much stress they don’t have. With the group having 2 mentor sessions, about 30 hours of exercise, nutritional and cooking workshops plus time to speak to our health team they have lots of ideas of what they want to change, what they want to start doing, what they shouldn’t be doing so this is a great time for one of our behavioural experts to come in to help put all the pieces together.

Many people fail on completing a health based goal for a number of reasons. One main reason is that we try and do too much. Most people believe or are under the impression that a habit is formed within 4-6 weeks. Many people don’t realise that the time it takes to form a habit is based on the complexity of the habit and how much of an impact it has on your life. During the life coaching session we look into the habits that people want to change or create and see if they are going to be achievable and realistic. Everyone has there shoulds, I should work out more, I should eat better, I should take time for my self so I’m not as stressed. These are all great but we never get our shoulds we only get our musts and this is the great thing about the session as it allows us to turn our shoulds into musts. So that we are not forcing ourselves to do exercise or feel like we are being pushed to eat healthy, we focus deep on the end goal we want to achieve so that it pulls us want to do those new habits.


This special blog post report is what happened in one of our recent Fitfarms fat camp weeks as reported by one of our instructors.

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Zumba and Nutrition Session at Weight Loss Camp Day

Zumba and Nutrition Session at Weight Loss Camp Day

In the morning we were visited by one of our fantastic of site instructors, Kim, for a zumba class. As a trained dancer, fitness instructor and coach Kim can make any routine to fit all abilities and give alternatives for those who need them. Everyone loves the class and always get a good sweat on.

Morning we round up with nutrition. After the first day of getting our mind blown by just how much bad information we are told in the media and agency guidelines it is time for some honest questions which our nutritionist Lesley is more than willing to answer in simple yet detailed way.

Following on from our nutrition session in the morning we have our second group mentor sessions. As a small group this is great way to bounce ideas of each and allow us to digest all the information received. Being in a group works well as sessions are lead by one of our resident health mentors have a general focus but can go in any direction needed to help with group demands.

Many topics covered are, what should i have for breakfast, If I’m out at lunch for work what should i try and include in my meals or even whats the best thing to do if i go out at the weekend. None of this what you shouldn’t eat and whats bad for you, we get hands on with what people really want to know and show that there are plenty of foods you can eat to help with weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.


This special blog post report is what happened in one of our recent Fitfarms fat camp weeks as reported by one of our instructors.

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Weight Loss Camp Day Journal 6 Dec 2015

Weight Loss Camp Day Journal 6 Dec 2015

Monday is always a great day at Fitfarms, we are all over the initial honeymoon period and every one has settled in well and friendships are starting to be formed. It is also one of our main trips of site as we visit a local cycle track and cycling is a fantastic way of getting back into exercise. With it being none weight bearing it suits people of all abilities even though with injuries who don’t enjoy walking as much. With over 1700 cycling clubs affiliated with BritishCycling.org it is an accessible and easy way to burn 300-500 calories in a hour with friends in the outdoors.

After a good morning of cycling it was back to base for an afternoon of nutrition. There are so many conflicting messages out there regarding nutrition, even UK government requirements are based on research over 30 years old which has been proven not to be as beneficial as first thought. With our top BANT registered nutritional therapist we delve into what we should be doing which is not always what we think or have been told we should do.

After a long few days of exercise muscles are stating to get a bit sore and stiff. The evening is finished off by PNF. This is an advanced way to stretch taught by one of our GP referral specialist. It is suitable for all abilities and ages and works on nerve and muscle release to develop muscle flexibility and relieve muscle soreness.


This special blog post report is what happened in one of our recent Fitfarms fat camp weeks as reported by one of our instructors.

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