Firstly I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone for all your support in the last year whilst I was away having baby number 2. My lovely husband, family and friends have been amazing at supporting me in getting back to work quickly. As every parent knows, it’s difficult to juggle the work/life balance, but it’s been lovely to come back and see everyone as enthusiastic as ever. We’ve certainly made up for lost time with new routines, pushing you to new limits and I’ve loved watching you all grow even more in this last year. We’ve worked on endurance with our Continuous Cardio and HiiT classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, balanced with our strengthening on Fridays, and it’s certainly paying off!
I’d also like to welcome all the new be.fitters who have joined classes and signed up to PT sessions. Again it’s been lovely to see the word is spreading and your lovely recommendations and hopefully the ‘fun’ we have, have meant classes are full each week.
We will be finishing on Friday 21 July, sadly with this being the last class for the summer. Don’t panic, we will then be back on 11 September (much needed holiday booked for first week of September with the hubby and girls hence the slightly later start back time) and I’ll ensure we make up for lost time :-).
If you still need to settle class payments via BACS then you gain a 10% saving, making it £31.50 for one class per week, £63.00 for 2 classes per week and £94.50 per week. Send me an individual email if you’re still unsure.
Please enjoy the summer and I look forward to seeing you all for the last few weeks of this term as we finish the summer term off in style!
Classes will be starting again next week, 27 February, and I’m extremely excited to be getting stuck back in and seeing how you’ve all been.
For the moment the timetable will be the same with 4 classes running per week as follows:
Mondays – Fusion.fit
A high intensity class designed to push your body to the limits with both cardio and resistance work. If you’re not feeling particularly fit or haven’t been doing as much exercise as normal, then please don’t worry. Alternatives are always provided so you really can work at your own level. The key to this style of workout is that YOU’RE working as hard as YOU can. It is not measured by how any other individual in the class is doing. As long as you stick to this principle then no matter what stage of fitness you are at…you too can benefit!
Wednesdays – Circuit.fit
This class alternates between a few styles; traditional circuit style set-up, continuous cardio or tabata. Each week a different selection of moves are used to help build up overall fitness levels as well as strength and flexibility, as we push through the session as a group.
Fridays – Body.fit
Head-to-toe body conditioning with mostly bodyweight moves (resistance bands, chairs and weights are also used) to help strengthen and tone. Low impact but certainly not low intensity, ensuring the core, legs and arms are all incorporated in moves designed to work to music. It’s extremely easy to follow, so don’t worry if you’re not particularly coordinated, making it fun as we move through each stage of the session together as a group.
If you want to turn up the heat, then feel free to bring along heavier weights to use within the squat and lunge sequences.
Fridays – GP Referral
Designed for those who have difficulty doing a full range of movement, going through rehab or needing to take exercise at a more controlled pace, with lower impact. It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and really adapt your body so everyday moves become easier and your body feels stronger.
If you’re paying each time you come along then 1 class is £5.
If you’d like to pay for the entire half term in one go then you get the advantage of 10% off, making each class £4.50.
This will be the same whether you do 1, 2 or 3 classes per week and must be paid before the start of each half term.
Fees for paying upfront:
1 x class per week = £31.50
2 x classes per week = £63
3 x classes per week = £94.50
You do not have to commit to which class you’d like to do each week, so if you sign up for one, then feel free to join any 1 of the 4 classes each week.
If you need the BACS details to make payment, then drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org , otherwise same as always!
Really looking forward to seeing you all on Monday!
Well it’s been one hell of a journey and thinking that it has only been 18 weeks since giving birth seems quite incredible. Some days it feels like yesterday and others as if I knew no different!
Without question I totally understand what you all meant by 2 babies being a game changer! Wow! You weren’t kidding. With such a close age gap, both in nappies, both need help feeding, both extremely demanding, it has been totally and utterly exhausting, but of course completely worth it too.
If you throw into the mix family crisis’, health issues, an ongoing degree, a weight loss mission, house extension, landlady and a husband that is away for a few weeks at a time (which he hates and feels terribly guilty for), then you can appreciate that I have found that wine IS the only the answer (in moderation of course!).
I tell you this about my life not for sympathy (again those that know me well, know me for my obsessive nature for routine and order but this somehow makes it all work!) but so you understand that when I talk about my journey and when I help and guide you through yours, I do understand the pressures of life and I do understand how they can affect us both emotionally and physically.
Trust me when it comes to that 45 minute slot in the day when both children’s routines align and they are asleep simultaneously, there’s nothing more I want to do than stick my head in the biggest chocolate cake on the planet, and do this without guilt, but instead on my gym gear goes. For 30 minutes I complete a HiiT workout and then I take a shower that’s so fast Usain Bolt would be impressed. Underwear on back to front and back down to the next scheduled feed!
Whilst cooking dinner I often walk around with my resistance band around my ankles and ignore my husband’s odd looks! If that’s the only time I can fit it in then so be it! Not quite sure what the Fed-Ex man thought however when delivering a parcel last week. Not sure my overly fast waffling helped the situation either, as he very quickly made his exit up the drive!
I can take those little embarrassments however when I see that I am currently over 30lbs down and just 3 away from my goal weight. I’m back into ‘normal’ clothes and feeling stronger than I have done in years! It’s been tough, please be under no illusion of this, but I’ve been determined and for me it has worked.
For you as my clients I need you to remember that we are all different. We lose weight in different ways and different methods work. That’s why you have me there to guide you J. What’s important to remember is that you find time, however small, to make it fit into your life. This journey for me started as gentle walks and a build up to the more challenging stuff. It cerrainly was an overnight success.
If you are a new mum and tiredness is absolutely killing you, then of course taking on this kind of challenge is not the right time. Don’t feel guilty. Just remember that fuelling yourself with the right food to get you through the long sleepless nights and gentle walk in the fresh air each day is going to be your greatest tool.
If you’re under pressure at work and it’s taking up most of your time then remember that again your diet is key and it will be difficult, but fitting in some form of cardio exercise in the day is going to help with stress levels and preventing high blood pressure and heart disease to name a few!
So it’s up to you to find a way that works, however short or long it makes the challenge. If you sit and wonder what it would be like to be able to run 5 miles, or walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath then wondering is all it will be. It’s time to make a change and see the benefits. Come on you can do it and it’s such a great feeling when you finally get there too.
I’m really looking forward to seeing you all and getting back to work and I would just like to say thank you all for your continued support with Moddy and Alice, who have been doing an excellent job of taking classes in my absence, stepping in at the last minute. Thank you for continuing to support the business as you do and I’m really looking forward to returning at the end of February.
I don’t’ do this completely on my own and relying on an amazing husband, supportive family and awesome friends has certainly got me through the last 18 weeks and I love you all!
Safe arrival of baby number 2!
Just to let you all know that our family welcomed another baby girl on 29th August 2016, weighing 8lbs 4oz. We have named her Amalia Rose Copping.
Another long labour but as they say, they’re worth the wait.
We’re all doing well and adapting to the challenges of a growing family and all that comes with a newborn again.
Hopefully you’ve all settled into the new term and classes and I will definitely be along to a few classes to introduce Amalia to you all very soon.
Also hoping once I have the all clear from the doctors, I’ll be able to start joining in on a few :-).
No doubt you’ll see me out and about walking so remember to beep or wave hello, and although I’m on maternity leave, please remember I’m only an email away if you have any questions or concerns.
I know you’ll be well looked after by Moddy and Alice in my absence…I’m already jealous of the sore bums and legs from this weeks classes!
This month its all about digging deep for 2 great charities!
Hopefully you’re all enjoying this glorious bought of sunshine…long may it last as summer finally feels like it may be making a long awaited appearance!
This months blog is all about the charities! It makes us all very proud to see our very own be.fitters raising money for charity and in the coming months there are 2 great causes we are getting behind.
The first is the Moonwalk on 14 May 2016. We have not 1 but 3 be.fitters taking on the challenge of walking 26.2 miles through the night in customized bras (designed by one of the daughters) to raise money for The Haven and breast cancer charities. Not only this, they have set themselves the challenge of completing it within 7 hours!
No one more than the be.fit team understands the harsh reality of cancer and just how many of us have been affected by this disease. The be.fit brand has always been about enabling people to see a healthy lifestyle as an important step to helping prevent such diseases as these. I know everyone will join me in wishing the ladies the best of luck and for being true be.fitters by taking it up that extra notch to complete it an unbelievable time! Good luck and I know you’ll do us all proud!
If you haven’t already and would like to sponsor Lorna, Helier or Jess then they’re links are below:
The second charity event is on behalf of The Murray Parish Trust. Set up in 2014 by actors Sarah Parish and James Murray in memory of their late daughter Ella-Jayne who died in 2009 of a congenital heart defect.
Its latest challenge is to raise £4million for a brand new Paediatric Emergency Department (A&E).
After a huge #SayYesGeorge campaign backed by local MP’s, newspapers, celebrities and communities alike, they were able to get George Osborne to agree to match fund the charity if it raised £2million. So the hard work has only just started and once again be.fit is very proud that one of it’s own, Sarah Blockley, is helping to raise money for this fantastic charity.
So how can you help?
Rockwood is a music festival taking place in Medstead on 4 June 2016 at Rookwood Lane, GU34 5QE – easy to remember if calling a taxi in a drunken state!
Gates open at 4pm for all ages and there will be a DJ set from Fast & Frank (Fun Lovin’ Criminals) amongst others on 2 live music stages, cocktails, wine, beer etc., lots of food such as Thai, cajun and pizzas, as well as a chillout garden if it all gets a bit much!
If you need more information on where to buy tickets and prices then visit:
The be.fit team wishes both events the best of luck and hopes you all join us to support them as much as we can!
As qualified instructors on suspension training it allows be.fit to offer personal training clients a wider variety of creative moves in one-to-one sessions.
So what is suspension training?
Using a piece of equipment called a TRX, we offer clients the ability to explore functional training, allowing your body to be trained in a way more conventional equipment is unable to offer.
This is not to say other exercise equipment doesn’t have its place in the fitness world, it’s more about finding new and different ways to challenge the body and keep our clients on their toes.
What if I need to do cardio work as well as resistance work in one session?
So you might be thinking that suspension training is only for resistance and strength based work…well you’d be wrong. Suspension training equipment offers us as trainers the ability to push your cardiovascular system with jumps and moves that get your heart racing. If anything you’ll no doubt find these moves more challenging than their counterparts performed on the floor alone!
What if I need a one-to-one session at my house?
One of the biggest selling points of owning or using suspension equipment is that it can be pretty much anchored anywhere. The anchor point needs to be secure and strong enough but even a door (using a door anchor) allows you to be trained indoors. Trees, lampposts, play equipment are all great anchor points outdoors, to name but a few, making it extremely transportable.
Why do we love suspension training?
We believe one of its great ‘powers’ is the continuous workout your core gets. Targeting stabilizing and mobilizing muscles as well as the abdominal area in pretty much every move, you’ll feel huge improvements in your core strength, balance and co-ordination. Great if these are some of your key goals.
As the moves are not carried out in isolation it’s also possible to shorten your workout time without compromising on the moves achieved.
Can anyone do suspension training?
Whilst it can be used for any fitness level, it is preferable to have a fair level of fitness ability. With the right instruction from qualified instructors to avoid injury and provide the right type of exercises for your level, you’ll be falling in love with suspension training after 1 session!It also allows people with say a knee injury, to use the handles as an anchor point to release some of the pressure from those particular joints.
Got a question related to suspension training or Personal Training? Then drop us an email at email@example.com to find out more or to book a one-to-one session.
It’s been a while since I’ve updated you on the goings on…but there’s been good reason! It’s been super busy ensuring classes remain current and keep pushing you all to your ultimate goals of feeling healthy and energized. It never seems to amaze me the effort you all put in and month-by-month I see you all changing for the better. You should be super proud of yourselves and the individual journeys you have all been on.
As most of you are now aware, I am currently expecting my second child, which is due at the end of August.
It’s exciting times but has also been a challenge with demonstrating some of the exercises, so I thank you all for bearing with me. I was told last time I was pregnant I seemed to get more demanding with the class structures…it seems I’m going down that route again by making sure you are always being pushed to your individual limits. You know I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think you were all capable so take it as a compliment ;-).
Hopefully by staying active myself I am inspiring you all to see that even with limitations to your usual exercise capabilities, you can always find a way to make it work until you get back to your full fitness. I wonder how many times I’ll be shouting “if I can do it pregnant then you guys should be pushing even harder!’ Hey, there’s only so long you can play that card so why not milk it for all it’s worth!
In other news, I have also started a 6 year adventure to complete a BA (hons) in Nutritional Therapy at the West London University. This will allow me to practice as a Nutritional Therapist and I complete my first year this August. I’m not going to say it hasn’t been a challenge, and I know there are going to be many more bumps in the road, but it’s exciting and keeps me on my toes mentally.
Once completed my goal is to open my own nutritional practice locally. Along with my Personal Training qualifications I’m hoping to provide you, your children, and your loved ones with the tools to better understand the effects of your/their diets on your short and long term health.
So watch this space and I’ll keep you updated on the exciting stuff I’m already learning.
Finally be.fit is looking for another team member who is GP Referral qualified to help with maternity cover. We have an amazing group that have come so far in their separate journeys so the candidate needs to be compassionate as well as creative with class exercises. We provide a practical, fresh and exciting approach to the moves that still ensure clients find them functional for everyday life. We really have been making a difference and it’s important this continues. If you know anyone or are interested yourself them drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org with a short description on current experience and qualification level.
That’s all for now! Spring term has started so looking forward to seeing you all in class or at one-to-one PT sessions this week.
You chance to stay active before the Easter break!
Apologies for the late email this half term, but at last please find below the dates and fees associated with this part of the Easter term. It’s a short one but that doesn’t mean we’ll be compromising on our goals and fitness gains. As you’ve probably noticed, classes are still as challenging, and rewarding, as always and will continue to be so. The be.fit team are always looking at ways to make classes different and push you to your limits.
Just to remind you that our high intensity workouts take place on a Monday and Wednesday morning 9:15-10:00 and our toning and low impact class is on Friday mornings again at 9:15-10:00.
If you’re all about the speed and impact of the HiiT classes, please don’t be put off by the low impact option on a Friday. For everyone that takes part already, they can certainly tell you all about the muscle aches they feel in the days after :-). We can sometimes reach up to 200 squats in one class!
The class is at a slower pace so great for those new to the be.fit style of working out, but low impact doesn’t mean it doesn pack a mean punch! It’s a great way to perfect your form, increase muscle tone, strengthen your joints and protect those bones from conditions such as osteoporosis in later life. It’s a fanatstic way to end the week. And don’t forget, if you’re suffering from an injury this is the perfect class to come and lower the intensity whilst you get back to your full fitness.
Equally if you only do Fridays, then the HiiT classes are great for working on your fitness levels, dynamic moves, balance and coordination. Every move has an option to start at a lower intensity so can be adpated to suit your fitness levels.
Keep up the good work be.fitters!
22/02 – 21/03 inclusive
24/02 – 23/03 inclusive
25/02 – 24/03 inclusive
We start back again on 11th April.
1 class per week – £22.50
2 classes per week – £40.00
3 classes per week – £60.00
Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year!
It’s hard to believe another year has gone by and what a year it’s been.
It’s definitely been a challenge keeping be.fit going with a small baby, but hopefully service has pretty much resumed as normal. Thank you so much for all your support and long may it continue.
For 2016, there won’t be any changes to the current timetable other than Tuesday evenings. We will no longer be able to offer an INSANITY class on this day, as the hall is unable to offer a regular slot. Real shame but there’s still Thursday nights to get your weekly INSANITY fix!
Wednesdays “anything goes’ class seems to be working well, so we’ll keep this going and plan to mix it up with the “High Energy” continuous class as well as a mixture of various styles of circuit classes. I like to keep you on your toes and challenge your body in different ways.
Fridays will continue to be a pure resistance ‘hit’ to finish the week off in style, ensuring head to toe toning and a concentration on the core.
Don’t forgot to check out the timetable for full details and times – www.befitbeyou.co.uk/classes
Personal Training sessions are very busy so best to book as early as you can if you know you want a one-on-one session. These are available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Again more details on the website – www.befitbeyou.co.uk/personaltraining
It’s been a real pleasure getting back into working with you all and hearing all the success stories and positive changes that are happening to your body’s and the way ‘functional’ training is inspiring you to do more.
Be.fit started with the strap line be.fit be.you. The brand was based on the ideology that I wanted to start a fitness company that encouraged EVERYONE to take positive steps to change their lives – whether you’re male or female, old or young, wanting to lose weight or in rehabilitation.
Sometimes we see fitness as a tool just to lose weight, when actually we should be more focused on the positive changes it can make to our day-to-day life. Weight loss is a great bonus to any exercise regime, but building a stronger body, heart, lungs, joints etc. and enabling you to move better, faster, and physically FEEL better, is really where the benefit lies.
Aside from a healthy, happy family, I’ve already had the best Christmas present this year. One client told me that due to the work we have been doing to improve her mobility and strength, this would be the first year she’ll be able to sit on the floor and play with her grandchildren on Christmas day. That’s proof enough that being active really does change not only your life but the people around you too.
So, I’m sure there’s room for one more present under that tree…why not make a pledge to yourself and those around you that this will be the year you do something active once a week. A family walk through the woods before Sunday roast, a bike ride with friends or taking the stairs at work rather than the lift. It doesn’t have to cost anything and you don’t have to join a gym.
Make it fun rather than a chore and see it as part of your life rather than something you have no time for.
Wishing you all a happy Christmas and a healthy, fun filled 2016! Looking forward to working with you all again next year.
Anna & the be.fit Team
This smoothie is one of my favourites. It works great as an energy booster throughout the day when you’re feeling sluggish or before a workout.
Add a scoop of protein and it also provides a great post workout drink to aid recovery.
Serves: 1 Prep time: 2 mins to get everything out of the cupboard!
300ml coconut water
1 small banana (or avocado)
Handful of cashews nuts
1 large date, pitted
1 scoop of good quality whey protein (optional)
Sprinkle of Turmeric – add according to taste
- Pop all the ingredients into a blender until smooth and serve over ice. Drink immediately!
What you may not know…
As well as tasting delicious this smoothie provides lots of other health benefits. The dates and coconut milk are rich in fiber promoting healthy digestion as well as a natural sweetener, which provides a great energy boost when you need it most. If you find this and the banana is too sweet then why not substitute the banana for avocado. This is rich in vitamin E and lower in sugar, which is great if you’re following a low sugar diet.
This smoothie is also full of potassium, which is great for supporting a healthy nervous system, waking up the brain as well as restoring lost electrolytes through sweat.
Cashews are lower in fat than most other nuts and add a creamy texture as well as added protein to help restore muscles that have been put through their paces.
Turmeric may seem like an odd addition, but trust me it really gives this smoothie an added twist. A natural ant-inflammatory, it’s great for aiding aching muscles after a hard workout, or simply when your body is feeling under the weather.