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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?