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8 year anniversary

Time flies when you are having fun!

This is very true when it comes to Zest Bootcamp – this month is our 8th year anniversary  – whoop whoop… did someone say cake!

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In my previous career I was actually nicknamed the cake monster  – no wonder I was several clothes sizes bigger!

When I set up Bath Bootcamp (as it was originally called) back in 2009 I had no idea if it would be a success as I had only ever done 1-1 training and I wasn’t that familiar with outdoor exercise but what  has fuelled me over the last 8 years is my PASSION to help more people to feel great.

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It hasn’t always been an easy ride and we have gone through a variety of changes which included expanding to other areas including Marshfield and Peasedown St John, but I decided that I wanted to focus just on Bath so that’s what we’ve been doing for the last few years. Ironically I rebranded to Zest before I decided to just focus on Bath but I think the word suits us – full of energy and vitality!

Even the bootcamp van has gone through a few changes, from Bath Bootcamp, then Zest Bootcamp and then the logos came off as I was going to sell it but I didn’t in the end so all the logos are back on!

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Getting up in the early hours, especially in the dark, cold winter can be a challenge but it is because I absolutely LOVE what I do that it is never a problem (think it’s worse for my “night owl” husband).

What really makes me happy are the fantastic members we have at Zest Bootcamp, many of who have been coming for several years, one lady has been with us for 6 years and she previously did no exercise at all.

Friendships, fresh-air, fitness and fun is exactly how I’d sum up what we offer.

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I often get asked why I don’t change the name to something less “scary” sounding as the word bootcamp generally conjures up an image of a drill sergeant shouting at you do do more press ups in the mud.

What we offer is more like group personal training but the reason I have kept the word bootcamp is to demonstrate that we mean business – you come 3 times a week for a month and work hard for 45 minutes.

Everyone is so busy these days that I want people to get the most of their sessions so I have ways of making sure the fitter members are working to their maximum alongside newer members who often need more help and also a less intense workout to start with.

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What is evident as much now as in the past is the friendly, supportive atmosphere created by all the members and it is often as much about the atmosphere they create as much as the energy and vitality I ensure I bring to classes. We have social events together and I know that many people have made good friends through coming to bootcamp and also several business connections which is a great by product. We have done charity workouts, pumpkin workouts and loads more fun whilst always focusing on the fitness. You can see photos of some of what we get up to on my Instagram page here.

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It’s great to witness the support that the “old timers” give the new people as they all remember being there themselves – the achey legs that mean you have to think twice about whether you really need to go upstairs to get something (as you ache a lot!) we’ve all been there. I also love to see how after just a few weeks the new members already notice an improvement in their ability and once they pick up the boxing technique they are on fire!

For anyone who has only just heard about us here are some of the awards I’ve received since starting Zest Bootcamp …

In 2011 Zest Bootcamp was highly commended at the prestigious Bath Life Awards.

In 2015 Zita won the Independent Business Award for best fitness business in Bath and also the Women’s Business Club “Healthy Business of the year” at the Maximise awards.

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2016 saw Zita as a finalist in the Muddy Stiletto awards for best Fitness Instructor in Somerset and in the same year she won “Product of the year” at Maximise event for the Total Body Shape Up Plan.

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So as we head into our 9th year I’m excited to help more people, I’m expanding my fitness repertoire by taking a fitness yoga qualification to add a different dimension to some of the classes and certainly with my 1-1 classes.

In summary I’d like to share my gratitude for the opportunity I have had to create a family of healthy, fit, happy men and women and spread my passion.

THANK YOU to those of you who have contributed in any way at all, and here’s to many more years of the same.

Zita x

ps Although since we started many other bootcamps have come (and many have gone) I am proud to say that we will always be Bath’s original outdoor bootcamp and hopefully the best 🙂 If you have never been and are curious to find out whether you’d like to be part of the fitness fun then come for a trial week – it’s only £10 for 3 sessions. Our next trial week starts January 30th and then after that it will be February 27th – all you need to do is complete your name and email on the home page HERE to start the ball rolling to the best version of you… if not now, when?

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Healthy Business of 2015

What a great few months it has been for Zest Bootcamp … last week we won another award – the “Healthy Business of the year” at the Maximise event run by the Women’s Business Club.

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We had been nominated last month and some of our lovely members left reviews on the website here which all helped towards our win, such as this one below

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You can read what other members of Zest Bootcamp think about the classes here

The event was held in Cheltenham and I met some amazing women from a real array of businesses from all over the country (even some great ladies from Portugal and Brazil).

Had a giggle as a lady from Miami noticed that I’d brought a bag of almonds and protein bar to have at lunchtime as didn’t want the sandwiches or cake that was on offer – she had the same!
A tupperware of salad wouldn’t fit into my handbag 🙂

It was the first time I wore my very bright pink dress (and I did hesitate and wonder if it was too much) but I’m really glad I did, not only because it matched the flowers and winning envelope but also because it was infact the way I started a lot of interesting conversations. When women said what a lovely dress it was, I told them that it was the total opposite of what I spend most of my day in, e.g. muddy trainers and a hoody.

Many of you will know that my background was working in an office, and being known as the “cake monster” – there wasn’t any health or fitness going on with me back then at all. So although when people meet me at networking events they probably expect me to turn up in fitness gear, I’m a regular women who wants to wear nice clothes and feel good in them. Being healthy and fit allows that to happen, so when I walked on stage wearing my bright pink dress I felt good and poles apart from the person who was 3 clothes sizes bigger, lethargic and unwell before I discovered my real passion. Over the last 17 years I have helped share this passion with more people and winning this award allows more people to realise you can get healthier, fitter and happier no matter what your age.

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ps I was delighted that one of the prizes was a goody bag from Wholefoods – full of super healthy goodies – it was like Christmas come early!
So ladies – if you want to feel better and start wearing clothes that you feel fabulous in then what is stopping you? Join our group exercise classes, have some 1-1 personal training or join my online programme starting in January.
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