From one fitness regime to another.. I’ve started 2012 with a brand new way to keep fit and, hopefully, lose a bit more weight and start toning up. This is the complete opposite to what I had previously been doing with Dean Callis, when one-on-one work outs consisted of an hour in a field. This time, I’ve joined the Sexy in the City bootcamp at Fitness First for half an hour, twice-weekly classes.
This women-only bootcamp has recently launched at a number of London-based Fitness First gyms. Developed by trainers Phil Hawksworth and Tim Drummond, the classes use ‘warrior work outs’ and Phil and Tim’s keen eyes to deliver results; after four weeks they assess where and why the body is storing fat – e.g. if you store fat around your knees you don’t get enough sleep, while fat around the tummy suggests high cortisol levels, meaning you should avoid foods with caffeine. I can’t wait to get my assessment to discover what long-term changes I should be making to my diet and lifestyle! I feel like armed with more knowledge about my body’s habits and weaknesses it should be straightforward to make changes that benefit it.
So far I’ve attended three classes (it was supposed to be four, but I’ve been struck down by the lurgy that’s going around) over two weeks. You wouldn’t think that a mere 30 minutes would make much of a difference but these exercises are intense. After a quick warm-up, the members of the class pair up and do a circuit of exercises that work the abdominals, thighs, arms and bum. We go round three times, typically, then warm down, sometimes after doing my fave, the plank.
Because the work out is so quick it really does slot easily into the day. My main beef is that the class I’m attending is 8-8.30am which means I have to get up at 6.30am. By the time I’m out of the gym I feel like I’ve already done a day’s work! (- no doubt a side effect of being more of a night owl..) But I’m now adjusting and thoroughly enjoy the smug feeling I get from going to the gym when I would normally only just be waking up. But what I really like is the fact that our measurements are taken so that we can really track progress, plus nutritional advice and optional work out ideas come pinging into my inbox every week, if only for the reminder to be good!
In terms of diet Tim and Phil’s philosophy is to eat unprocessed foods – so good fats (nothing ‘fat-free’), butter rather than margarine, and so on. In addition, the diet is supposed to be, essentially, carb-free, which has been quite tricky for me. But I figure even if I have halved the amount of carbs I normally eat, I’m doing well. As a long-term diet plan, I don’t see that this could be easy to stick to, but for the four weeks that I’m taking part in the bootcamp I guess I should stand an ok chance!
Wish me luck.. and tune in in a couple of weeks for an update on how I’ve done!
Working out outside has never been my idea of a good time. That said, being a gym bunny just wasn’t working – I wasn’t going often enough or working hard enough once I got there. As a busy, career-focused woman with a hearty appetite it’s important that I get a good work out, otherwise I balloon.
This maxim has never been clearer in my mind than now. Having worked with Dean Callis for 12 weeks (prior to Christmas) I have seen how big a difference training can make, and I swear this is only the tip of the iceberg. We trained together in Highbury Fields weekly for an hour at a time. Dean made me promise I wouldn’t mess up the benefits of training by eating crap and although I don’t ever generally binge on biscuits etc. I didn’t really change that much about my diet. And yet during those 12 weeks I managed to lose 14 lbs.
Even after Christmas (I relaxed and had a few treats, though it wasn’t the gluttonous overload of earlier years) I’m delighted to see that my weight loss is still noticeable and I’m stronger than ever before. On top of that, I’m much more enthusiastic about continuing – not only toning up, but gaining strength, confidence and a natural boost that gorging on chocs or splurging at the shops just can’t equal.
I’m delighted that I’ve not only seen such a difference in myself but I’ve had fun too.
If you want to read more, chart my progress working out with Dean here and here
This time last year I was flu-y and bored, which led to much pondering on my life. I was resolute that five months after graduation it was time to really start getting known in the industry. [Although that may seem impatient to many, I should elucidate that my first internship was seven years prior to graduation.]
Well, 2011 was all I could have hoped for – and more.
Oh, and I got engaged! [See my Wedding inspirations here]
I have really worked and worked and worked – so much so that my only New Year’s Resolution this year is to stress less and have more fun! But you know what? It was all worth it, not least because I’m beginning 2012 with a very exciting new job which will no doubt bring more adventures and many a late night: I’ll be working at Fashion East with the fabulous Lulu Kennedy, who has just been awarded an MBE no less! I am so excited about 2012 and so grateful to everyone who made 2011 so fantastic! Happy New Year everyone.