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A Postcard from Bangkok

A Postcard from Bangkok

After a week by the beach and in little mountain villages, Bangkok was a bit of a culture shock. The hustle and bustle, the skyscrapers and the high tech public transport was far away from the tuk-tuk filled roads of Sri Lanka. Even the fact we were able to get an uber from Bangkok airport made the city feel ultra modern. Plus the fact that there was free wifi everywhere.

We were welcomed into the city with the most torrential rainstorm I have ever experienced. Unable to check in to our apartment until 2pm, we had gone to the nearby Terminal 21 shopping centre to have a look around and find some coffee. It was on the walk back that the heavens opened on us. (more…)

Monthly Summary: April Updates and Into May

Monthly Summary: April Updates and Into May

Happy 1st May! This is one of my favourite months. Partly of course because May is when my birthday is. Quite conveniently, mine and Toms’ birthdays are only a day apart- his on the 3rd and mine on the 5th. So this year instead of doing presents we booked ourselves a few days in Tuscany as a birthday treat.

It’s a good thing we did, because after April, I definitely feel like I need a bit of a holiday!

You know how they say that if you want something done, give it to a busy person?

That sort of sums up this month.

Quite a few of my clients went on holiday for Easter- and one left to go have her baby! So in a bit of a panic I agreed to take on a few more clients plus a little bit of extra admin.

This meant that actually I was busier than ever, having to schedule my time down to the absolute minute. Still, even though I was rushed off my feet for most of April, I seemed to be able to tick everything off much easier.

Here’s a quick breakdown of how April has been for me:

PT/Work

A couple of clients stopped training in April due to work schedules, long-term travel plans and babies making an appearance. It was my first case of ‘losing’ clients and even though it’s not for bad reasons (thank goodness!), it’s a bizarre thing to get your head around. You build up such a strong relationship when you see someone so regularly then all of a sudden it stops. It’s actually really upsetting!

Still, it’s definitely a case of lose-one-gain three. Not only have I got a couple more signing up, but some of my existing clients are upping their weekly sessions from once to twice, or even three times per week. It’s the most rewarding feeling when clients start making amazing progress and you can see how motivated and happy it’s making them!

I’m facing some tricky decisions at the moment about my PT/Class ratio. Realistically, I think I need to cut down my classes a little further. I mentioned in last month’s update that I’d already cut them down a bit. It’s a shame because I absolutely love teaching my classes, but at the moment some of them are just a little too far away travel wise, which eats into time that could be spent PT-ing. Ideally I’d love to teach one or two classes a week, a little closer to home and then dedicate the rest of my time to Personal Training clients. Teaching classes is such a rewarding feeling so I never want to stop that completely.

FlexFit Dance April Updates

Life/Blog

I spent the last weekend of April at Be:Fit Festival in the Business Design Centre in Islington. A whole weekend dedicated to women’s fitness, with gym-wear, protein and peanut butter galore. Festivals are a strange thing. I went to the London Coffee Festival earlier in the month, which was full to the brim of coffee addicts. Be:Fit was the same but with gym clad girls shotting free samples of protein and getting personalised sports bras! It was an interesting experience. There was a great atmosphere – really high energy and I have a lot of respect for all the small business owners really putting in the effort on their stands to build relationships and get their name out there. There are loads of classes to try out, lots of interesting speakers and, of course, obligatory free samples of the latest health crazes. I’m in two minds about it – but you’ll be able to read more in my Be:Fit posts this week so stay tuned!

We’re on to month 3 of the Fit Bride Bootcamp collaboration with Lattes & Lipsticks. So far it’s going better than I think either of us imagined. We’ve had a great response to our Instagram giveaways- but more importantly Staci’s progress is incredible. She’s come really far both physically and also in her mental approach to fitness. She now knows how satisfying a tough leg-day workout can really be!

Coming up in May:

I mean first up on May’s to do list is the best:

  • Relaxing in the middle of nowhere in the Tuscan countryside. I can’t wait! We fly out tomorrow. It’s also exciting because it means I get to share more travel posts with you – which I absolutely love to write. Don’t forget to check out my Sunshine category in the upcoming weeks for some Italy updates!
  • I still need to do my Yoga class. I mentioned this last month and then all of a sudden was run off my feet. However I want to get at least a couple of classes under my belt by the end of June, so let’s hope I get my act together!
  • May will see the last in my TRX workout series on the blog. Short, simple and effective workouts all with one piece of equipment. If you have’t used a TRX before, now’s the time to try it out!

What are you looking forward to this month?

FlexFit Dance April Updates

To HiiT, or not to HiiT

To HiiT, or not to HiiT

In one of those frustrating, catch-22 coincidences, in the past couple of weeks since I made the shift to become a fully-fledged freelance fitness trainer, I’ve actually been working out far less often than I used to.

It’s driving me up the wall.

Back when I was an office minion, the gym was my respite. Every morning, like clockwork, I’d be up and out the house by 6.30am, fitting in a 45 minute session before the working day had even begun.

Now, I’m getting up even earlier so that I can be there for all the other 9-5 workers. Only this time I’m the one teaching their 7am HiiT or 8am Barre class that they diligently fit in before work.

To HiiT or not to HiiT

I think that somewhere in my head I took for granted that when I didn’t have a steady 9-5 job, I’d have much more spare time on my hands for my own training.

Urm, wrong. Me being me, (I have a compulsive need to be busy) I somehow managed to fill up every spare moment of my time either training clients, teaching classes or travelling from one to the other. Most of my blog stuff and writing gets done on the bus or tube in between studios.

When I do happen to have a spare moment to myself, I’m too shattered for a truly productive workout.

To HiiT or not to HiiT?

My clients often comment at the end of the class that I must not need to go to the gym very often when I spend so much of my time teaching back-to-back classes.

I see where they’re coming from. On the one hand, teaching a fitness class, particularly a fast paced one like HiiT, is both mentally and physically taxing. I always put my max into demonstrations: If a demo is half-arsed then you can hardly blame the class if they don’t go all out to push themselves.

I always do some sets with the class for motivation purposes- which, by the way, is a million times more exhausting when you’re also simultaneously timekeeping, talking, giving teaching points and making sure everyone is pushing themselves just hard enough. It’s a lot for your body and your brain to handle.

So add that all up and then take into consideration the fact that I normally teach at least two to three classes back to back, you would think that covers my own workout, somewhere along the way. I certainly am exhausted at the end of my working day!

The truth is, though, that I spend so long in a class stopping and starting, talking and teaching as well as demonstrating that I never quite get the same level of post-workout satisfaction as when I spend an hour solely focused on me.

To HiiT or not to HiiT

It’s no surprise really. Particularly as my own training is focused on strength training, doing lots of heavy compound exercises such as squats and deadlifts. My classes, on the other hand are primarily HiiT style- so lots of cardio, lots of speed, lots of power. I absolutely love teaching these classes, but in these past couple of weeks I have really missed my own good, old-fashioned weight training.

I guess it’s just one of those things that I’m going to have to figure out along the way – how to find the time to fit in my own training as well as keep up with all my classes and all my clients, without pushing myself to breaking point!
We’ll see how it goes.

To HiiT or not to HiiT