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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!

Zest Bootcamp van

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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Never too late to start a fitness programme

So we did our Special charity bootcamp class yesterday in Bath and raised over £100 for Cancer Research which is great. It was a beautiful crisp morning with a lovely sunrise that seemed to turn into fog later in the day so we were very lucky.

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I put together a challenging (but not super tough) bodyweight workout as I knew that after a few weeks off people would find it harder than normal, plus we had a new person join the class.  Most people found it a 9/10 in terms of how hard it was so I guess they may be aching a bit today. The great thing is that they got a little kickstart before we start back at bootcamp properly next week.

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It seems most people have had enough of the eating and drinking and not knowing what day of the week it is, and are ready to get back into the routine again.

Zest Bootcamp will be 8 years old in January and I’m proud to say that we have helped hundreds of people over those years to feel healthier and fitter and I’m excited to help even more people in 2017. All ages and abilities are welcome and at one of our classes the average age is 54 so if you are over 50 please don’t be put off thinking that bootcamp is only for the under 40’s, infact my passion is to help more women over 40, and especially 50, feel better by getting into regular exercise and eating well.

Only yesterday I had a call from an ex 1-1 personal training client ( in her 50s) who had tried to carry on her own fitness at the gym for the last 5 years but has noticed she isn’t doing as much as she should and age is catching up with her so I’m going to start working with her again to help her feel great.

So if you have never been to one of our classes and would like to come for a trial then why not book a place at one of our 45 minute classes that run at either 6.30am, 9.30am or 6.15pm in Bath. We are starting on Tuesday 3rd as Monday is a bank holiday then back to our regular Wed and Friday slots. Click here to book your trial week

We have a new person join us yesterday and she was very nervous but afterwards said how much she enjoyed it and thanked us for making her feel so welcome so don’t put it off if you are worried – just do it like Nike tell us to!

Here is a photo of a few of our lovely members of the month in 2016 who achieved different things and all of who are still regular members and continue to achieve results. Even just yesterday one of the girls who had trouble reaching her foot to do a thigh stretch managed it and she was delighted – these small things are actually big things in terms of progress and results.

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So as we say goodbye to 2016 I’d just like to thank everyone for their support of Zest Bootcamp whether as members or just helping share the health and fitness message.

I wish you all a very happy, healthy 2017

Zita x

ps To help people get their healthy eating back on track again I am giving away a free copy of my 7 day kickstart plan so if you’d like to get your copy click here 

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Health is wealth

Health is wealth….or as I prefer to say – healthy is happy 🙂

I recently asked a few of our Zest Bootcamp members why they joined our classes and here is the video where they also share what they have achieved so far…

It’s often not until people lose their health that they think about what they do to their bodies whether it is the food and drink they put it, lack of sleep, stress, toxins put onto their skin, lack of any regular exercise or movement or anything else.

That’s why I love to see people coming to bootcamp, having 1-1 training, joining the shape up programme or even just enjoying my regular health & fitness column in the Bath Weekend Magazine. If I can inspire people to eat better, move more or anything else that can improve their health & happiness then that makes me happy.

No matter how wealthy you are, your health & fitness is one job you can’t really delegate – you have to take control and do it yourself – yes I know Madonna has chefs, personal trainers etc but no-one does the workouts for her right?

The ladies in the video decided one day to get out of their comfort zones as they wanted results – they came for a trial week at bootcamp and have never looked back.

So if you know about Zest Bootcamp and want to feel better then we’d love to have you join our next trial week on Mon 24th October. You can sign up anytime before then and as a bonus you will get my weekly hints, tips and stories. Click here to book your place now … no more excuses as it’s less than 100 days until the end of the year so don’t wait until January, you can make a real difference now.

For anyone who doesn’t like the idea of training in a group then 1-1 training might be better for you – just like Veronica whose story you can read below

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Role models

As it’s almost Father’s Day I thought I’d talk about role models this time.

I was touched by one of my 1-1 personal training clients recently telling me that his son was dreading the running athletics races at school as he thought he wouldn’t be any good. What I loved was to then hear how by spending some time with his son and “coaching” him the end result was that he won all of the running! My client is an extremely busy person with a huge amount of responsibility but that quality time he spent with his son really counted. Never underestimate the power you have as coaches, educators and role models to your children.

When children see you drinking water, eating all the vegetables on your plate and moving your body every day you are inspiring them to a healthier future.

My client is naturally being a great role model to his 2 children by having the healthy habits as part of his life and he is going to be 40 in a few years, yet he is the fittest and strongest he has ever been.

I was also touched to hear my husband thank me for being his inspiration. He was infact one of my first personal training clients many years ago and although I no longer “train” him he does appreciate the benefits of healthy living and will even make himself a green smoothie now  – result!

See how we can all help each other be the best versions of ourselves.

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A good coach is able to actually get someone to do what they know they need to do but they just aren’t doing it.

Decision without taking action = zero results.

Keeping it simple and just taking action is the ONLY way to get results and if you don’t know how to do something and need help, then find the right person to help you learn, e.g. a personal trainer. For some people it’s the people they surround themselves with that makes a difference so if you are a women who doesn’t want to be surrounded by men with huge muscles and lots of testosterone then a commercial gym may not be the best place for you to exercise.

That’s exactly why I set up Zest Bootcamp 7 years ago – to create a supportive environment for women just like you to enjoy exercise. Our next trial week starts on Monday 20th June so if you are fed up of not feeling your best and struggling to take action then I encourage you to press just complete your name and email on the website and the rest will magically happen (kind of).

If not now when?

Here are 2 exercises that fit in perfectly with my clients sons athletics and they are high knee sprints and seated sprints. Many people don’t realise the importance of the arms in sprinting so seated sprints is a great drill to improve them and also a great way to “sprint” if you have lower body injuries. Infact, many people who didn’t crawl much before they learnt to walk as toddlers have trouble with the movement pattern of the arms – opposite arm and leg moves together.

 

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HIGH KNEE SPRINTS

Any kind of sprinting is fantastic for fat burning and the key with these is to not only use your glutes (squeeze you bum) but also to use your arms for power. Visualise Usain Bolt or any sprinter and think of the muscles in their arms – us your upper body but don’t just do some bicep curls use your whole shoulder joint and bring the opposite arm forward to the knee that is coming up. Sprint as hard as you can using your whole body and you will torch calories.

(If you have an injury and can’t do the sprints you can do a seated version by sitting as shown on the floor, chest up, tummy in and just use the arm and shoulder part of the movement, as fast as you can – it’s much harder than it looks)

 

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Seated Sprints

Start with 20 secs work then rest for 20 secs rest and repeat or alternate with another exercise and do 8 or more sets if you can 🙂

Enjoy!

Zita x

ps If you are still not convinced about whether our classes would be good for you have a look at some of the photos and videos on our Facebook page here 

 

Looking for Love

Many of the women I work with have lost confidence when it comes to their bodies and if they are single it can be pretty hard to feel positive about going out dating again.  Luckily there is someone who can help and so I was delighted when dating coach, Ane Auret, asked me to do an interview about how women can improve their body confidence.

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You can listen to my top tips and also some of my background story (eating chocolate for breakfast was never going to make me feel good was it!) via the link below.

Proven Strategies for Body Confidence

We only have one life and so why not feel the best you can possibly feel by giving your body the right foods and getting it moving so that you feel full of energy and more positive about the challenges life throws at you. I am passionate about helping women, especially those over 40, to look and feel the best they can be.

Just like me, Ane is passionate about helping women with relationships so when you put us both together you have a wealth of resources.

Click here to listen to the podcast now and feel free to share it with any women you think might benefit.

Thank you

Zita x

ps Our next trial week at Zest Bootcamp starts Monday 23rd May and some classes are almost fully booked so if you are a women in Bath who would like to feel better don’t wait – just do it. This was part of an email I received this morning …..

“Thank you so much, my friends and family can’t believe I’m exercising as I only ever do long walks but I’m genuinely really enjoying it and after only 3 weeks can feel the benefits.”