Happy Gym-iversary To Me! And a little competition for the people of Huddersfield

So the 6th July marks one whole year since I made the decision to join a gym… one whole year!

It also marks a major achievement as I have never managed to stay at a gym more than 4-6 months. I lose motivation and interest and more importantly I didn’t see any results!

When I first signed up to the gym, in my case Pure Fitness at Lindley, the aim was to lose a bit of weight and that was happening but then finishing off my CAM Diploma in Marketing Communications, a heap of travelling for work (Cape Town & Bangkok where the food is amazing in both places) , then it was Christmas which was then topped off with two rounds of flu all took its toll and I put the weight back on plus a little more – devastating!

So in January this year I gave myself the personal challenge of not only losing weight, but to completely overhaul my health and fitness and that is how this blog was born.

And to celebrate all this, we (myself and Pure Fitness) are giving away a 7 week membership to one lucky winner (details of which can be found at the end of this post)! Another giveaway will be coming up in August which is open to everyone so keep your eyes peeled!

So what have I been doing?

Since getting back to the gym properly in January I had a workout plan put together by Oliver. This is one of the things I love about this gym, no signing you up, there’s the equipment and this is how you use it! They ask what you want to achieve and put a plan together suggesting what you should do to achieve it and promote you going back to them after 6 weeks to review it!

So I was given time on the cross trainer – high / hill setting, rowing machine, arm pulls, core bag, exercise ball core, medicine ball twists, heel taps and a few other core exercises. Thankfully he didn’t add any treadmill in but where I had time I did use it on a high incline and added in weights to increase the fat burning intensity.

This programme was doing well and I was starting to see results but as I visit the gym on my own (too many failed gym buddies in the past) I decided to start taking part in class activities in order to really push for results.

This is what I have done so far…

LBT

I love this class and take part twice a week. It’s a great fat burning workout that tones the key areas most ladies want to fix up. I have seen some major improvements from regularly taking part in this class, my legs and butt (I would say) are pretty tight and the tum is certainly on the way to being so. I now have more definition around my waist in that I am not as straight anymore and would say I have those hour glass curves. I generally burn between 250 – 350 calories per class depending on what area we start with and what props we use which can vary from medicine balls, exercise balls to even barbells!

Oliver who takes the class and who is also one of the permanent PF Gym staff members really makes sure you make the most of this class. He is friendly, approachable and will push you to work harder suggesting using heavier equipment if he thinks you can do it. There is also a really friendly vibe in the class, everyone speaks to one another and encourages each other and are all welcoming of new members. I actually feel deflated if I miss this class as it really is a good workout and positive mental pick me up!

Power Hoop

This is relatively new on the timetable at PF Gym, but has received a great reception. After only one week it went up to 2 classes per week!

I have reviewed Power Hoop previously in my blog but for those who haven’t read it yet. Power Hoop is a workout using a weighted hoop (in this class it weighs 4lbs) and promises a defined and tightened core. Not only that but you also use the hoop to perform other exercises which provides an all over body workout. I can burn up to 400 calories in this class and it is quite good for fat burning too but unbelievably increases your fitness levels too as you do have to move around whilst hooping!

Jen who takes the class is an external instructor who also works within the NHS. She is lively, enthusiastic and absolutely loves what she does having hooped herself for 6+ years before becoming a Power Hoop Instructor. Believe me, if you want proof of what Power Hoop can do for your core she is it!

Hour of Power

Hour of Power classes are quite an intense workout. It’s really covered in the title! You spend an hour undertaking a quite intense activity with the use of dumbbells. Earlier in the year I had the opportunity to take part in a class with Hour of Power guru Rajko (his father founded HOP). You do not stop in this class whatsoever, constantly jumping up and down performing dumbbell moves. A great all over body workout and calories buster which is great for improving fitness levels. In the HOP Masterclass with Rajko I burnt over 700 calories!

I started to do the Hour Of Power classes earlier in the year but due to my daughter’s swimming class changing times it was a class I had to unfortunately drop. Even getting there for the Sunday class is a bit of an issue when you have two young children to consider. So once Stevie’s has moved up a grade then hopefully I will be back to it.

In April Pure Fitness Gym achieved Hour of Power Class of the Month – take a look here to find out a little more!

Niall who takes the class is a relatively new HOP instructor but has been practicing for over 5 years! Hoping to get back to it soon!

PF-Classes

Other Classes

I have also undertaken Yoga and Spinning on a couple of occasions, but it is all dependent upon the time I have available and what I want to achieve that week. Yoga is great for fat burning and is rather relaxing. Spinning on the other hand just kills me, great for calorie burning but my fitness levels are appalling! To see the full class timetable click here.

So what have I achieved?

Since the end of January and in conjunction with eating better I have lost over 8kg and reduced my body fat by 2% (more if you go off the measurements in the gym) and in the last month have lost quite a few CMs off my lower body (I didn’t really chart measurements in the early stage, relying solely on weight, but have learnt that there are many factors in determining how successful your weight and fitness goals are measured). So once weight loss hit a plateau I changed to measuring and it has really shown some incredible results.

Moving Forward

I plan to continue with the LBT classes (and the others I have mentioned but LBT is my key class) along with weight training which I have just recently started to help achieve the results I want. I hope to lose another 6lbs but I am now more focused on having a more toned, lean body and as muscle weighs more than fat if it means I don’t drop those extra pounds but look better, then I can live with that.

I have a deadline of 18th August (my 30th birthday) to get everything in order, everything is looking much better and I have to remember that it took me 10ish years to more or less destroy my body by not eating right, being lazy and having babies that getting it to almost perfection is not gonna happen in a matter of weeks.

After then it’s a case of maintaining! That is gonna be interesting but I will continue to plot my journey.

About Pure Fitness Gym

Previously known as Heritage Gym and based in the Heritage Mills at Lindley, Pure Fitness Gym (or PF Gym) is owned by Neil Thornton, Jonathan Pollard and Barry Jacobsz.

The gym is currently undergoing a major overhaul that includes brand new changing facilities, steam room and sauna and the very latest equipment which allows users to record training programmes and track progress. Additional work is underway to create a more open plan training area which is due to commence shortly.

Pure Fitness Gym

A brand new website has also recently been launched allowing you to book class sessions online to ensure you get a place.

Overseeing the changes is Gym Manager, Barry Jacobsz who has worked for the gym for many years and who provides every new member with a personal training programme.

Barry has been a qualified Level 3 NASM Personal Trainer for a number of years, training a vast variety of clients from business professionals, sports specific or clients just looking to change their lifestyle.

After completing his Sports Science Degree at the University of the Orange Free State Barry became a professional athlete. He played professional rugby for 8 years representing South Africa at the Commonwealth games in Manchester and the World Games in Japan. In 2001 he was voted as South African sevens player of the year.

Barry has had the privilege to be trained by some of the best fitness trainers in the world over his career. From his vast experience over the years as a professional athlete

Other permanent members of the Pure Fitness Team include John Rathmell and Oliver Huntingdon.

Pure Fitness Huddersfield Staff

All the Pure Fitness team are friendly and approachable and they are there to help you achieve your goals. If you are stuck, want to know what else you should be doing then speak to these guys! After all you only get out what you put in, but with these guys you will get more in return, they really do want to help make a difference to your fitness goals!

Want to try Pure Fitness? How about for free?

In conjunction with KatrinaComingClean, Pure Fitness are offering one lucky person the chance to win a free 7 week gym pass, which allows you access at any time of the day, use of the steam room, sauna and entry to all of the classes available!

To be in with a chance of winning

  • Simply comment below with “I want to try #PFGym”
  • Tweet @Katrinadionne18 with “I want to try #PFGym”
  • Visit KatrinaComingClean on Facebook and write “I want to try #PFGym” on my wall
  • Don’t forget to share the competition too!

And if you do all 3 it increases your chances of winning further!

T&C’s

  • You must enter before July 19th to be in with a chance of winning!
  • The dates to start the membership are completely flexible so you can use in advance of taking a holiday or perhaps when you get back to get rid of the effects of over indulgence!
  • The only stipulation is that the winner must live or work in Huddersfield in order to make the most of the prize that is on offer!

Alternatively if you’re in a rush to sign up and get in shape Membership starts from just £19.95 so if you want to find out more or join, simply pop in, visit the website or call 01484 485395.

Pure Fitness can also be found on Facebook and Twitter

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Father’s Day at The Milestone

Today I took a very special dad out for dinner, that dad is my husband and Father to my two girls.

If there is anyone as deserving to win ‘World’s Best Dad’ then it is most definitely my other half. I have not witnessed a more doting, caring father who would do absolutely anything for his children as much as my husband would so I have to say I really lucked out with him!

Having been in Kentucky with work and overall having a pretty shitty June in general (our son, who we lost during pregnancy should have been 9, the same day the youngest daughter was admitted to hospital with croup, 2 days later it was his birthday and then the day after his grandma was admitted to hospital passing away this Thursday at the grand old age of 92) I thought he deserved a little treat.

So a lay in (although the youngest decided to wake in the middle of the night – she’s almost 2!) and then a breakfast of bacon and egg sandwich in bed was followed by visiting his side of the family who he hadn’t seen since getting back.

So I decided to book us a table at The Milestone in Ripponden, we had visited once before (after they started following me on Twitter and I thought the menu looked rather nice) and seen as though everyone agreeing how amazing the food was – including our pizza fussy eldest daughter, I decided we would go there for dinner as I knew we wouldn’t be disappointed, and of course we weren’t!

The Milestone offers a variety of dishes to cater for everyone’s tastes and in my daughters own words ‘the pizzas are amazing – the best one I have ever had’!

After seeing my husband having the Half a Hen last time I was keen to have one all to myself on this visit – I just about managed but unfortunately left no room for desert, which I guess with my clean eating ambitions this was a good thing! At least I got plenty of protein!

We also tend to buy our youngest who is almost 2 her own dish, but at £6 per child’s meal which is fine for the eldest, it is a little on the expensive side for a toddler when they only eat half the portion. Today we asked if they could halve the pasta dish to which they did (although it looked more like 3/4) and they knocked a few quid off. However she then proceeded to help herself to our chicken and fries!

Once again we had an enjoyable visit, the staff are friendly, the place is nice and clean and the food is not only great but great value too and more importantly very welcoming with children although all the kids there were exceptionally well-behaved! We had such a lovely time, that the eldest daughter even wrote them a thank you note! So we will definitely be back!

The Milestone although around 15 minutes to get to is definitely worth the trip, especially as I don’t feel that there is anywhere really in Huddersfield that offers this level of catering, atmosphere and which is suitable for children too. If anything we would go to Nando’s if we had no other choice and I’m not a major fan of eating in chains, so if you are an eating establishment (that welcomes children) and are keen to put yourself up to the challenge get in touch!

Thanks again to The Milestone and Happy Father’s Day to this very special man! x The-Milestone

A Wonderful Week Off

Last week I had a week of annual leave in order to have some quality time with my eldest daughter whilst she was on half term holidays. With my work, travel, along with finishing my diploma and a younger sister for her to have to contend with I feel that she has been a little neglected. So half term was the opportunity to make up for that.

We had a lovely week together starting off with ice skating. We decided to visit Ice Sheffield (@ice_sheffield) due to it having earlier opening times than Bradford, but also the fact that we have got a little bored with Bradford and wanted to try somewhere new. Ice Sheffield is very modern, the rink is spacious and it was a breeze to pay and get our skates. Not only that but it includes ample free parking, so this is somewhere we will definitely visit again in the future. Stevie started off a little like Bambi but within half an hour she was raring to go along with trying to perform some twists. (I wore my heart rate monitor – 90 minutes burnt 528 calories!).

We also visited my cousins cupcake / tearoom ‘Sugar, Spice ‘n’ All Stuff Iced’ in Sowerby Bridge for a Little Ladies Afternoon Tea Party, the girls were treated to afternoon tea consisting of sandwiches, jam tarts and cupcakes with juice served in china tea cups. They also had the opportunity to dress up in feather boas, hats and jewellery to really make them feel like ladies. We took a friend of Stevie’s too and they both had a wonderfully fantastic time plus I got to bring a box of cupcakes home!

We also went for lunch with my gran (Stevie’s great-gran) and did a spot of shopping. At 7 1/2 she has now got into shopping wanting various items and even trying them on in the changing rooms! This was topped off with a ‘late’ night watching Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, which is a wonderful informative film about looking after the planet and how one person’s actions can have major implications on others. A very lovely message.

All in all, a lovely week but the reason for the blog being quiet!

Wonderful-Week-Off

Guilt free shopping… for a cause

Last night myself and my eldest daughter Stevie took part in a fashion show to raise funds for the local school she attends and for Joseph Salmon Trust, a small charity who offer financial assistance to people living in the Huddersfield, Halifax and Mirfield areas, whose child has died.

The evening offered the opportunity to buy ex-chainstore clothing at reduced prices and there was an array of brands including Next, Dorothy Perkins, Per Una, Whistles, Jane Norman, Boden and many others.

I have to say the school, the parent committee and the charity did an amazing job! Wine on arrival, plus one of the school cooks had made up some delicacies to sample during the evening from mini cupcakes and scones to artisan breadsticks and open sandwiches – I wish lunch was like that when I was at school!  The raffle prizes were also pretty amazing from a box of cupcakes to handbags, it really was a lovely evening.

So after modelling a number of items I was keen to make a few purchases of my own, you had to be quick though as the audience were keen to grab a bargain from Complete Clothing, the company who runs events like these to help raise money for charitable organisations. Complete Clothing is based in the North of England so if you want to hold a fun evening raising money for your organisation, these people are worth looking into.

So my items, well of course I went for black which for anyone who knows me is my signature colour and managed to grab a whole outfit for just £31!

  • Black Skull Scarf – £7
  • Jane Norman Black Jeans with Ankle Zips – £18 (would most likely RRP around £30+)
  • Black Dipped Back Top – £6 (can’t see brand as label is cut out

Can’t wait to wear it all – ironed of course!

Fashion-Show