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!

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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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Upping the Weight Game

So this week marks my first full attempt at using the scary room in the gym i.e. the weights room!

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In nearly 12 months of attending the gym, its a room I have generally stayed away from, but after constantly moaning at Oliver – the guy who takes our LBT class – that I really need to be shifting more fat around the waist and toning up he recommended I do weights.

I didn’t have a clue what I should be doing i.e. what weights do I use, do I use machines, how many reps should I do etc. so I got booked in for a session to put a little programme together.

I couldn’t tell you what moves I am doing exactly, I am sure I will learn them in time, but I am pretty impressed with the amounts I can lift at an early stage. I have to say it is also a little addictive too!

After my first full session doing weights on my own followed by a class I was gobsmacked at just how many calories I had burnt – 1097 calories in just over 2 hours! A definite record for me! Plus half of that was burning fat – even better!

Weights

I love going in the weights room now but when I am on my own I can slacken off and chose lighter weights, it’s only if Oliver is passing and see’s that I’m not putting enough effort in that he makes me up my game (which is why I have added PT to my birthday wish list).

On Friday I was impressed to see the weights room full of girls – honestly do not be scared! I admit I was but now I know what I am doing I am more than happy to enter a room full of burly blokes who are lifting 50kg whilst I stick with 10kg (for now). I definitely recommend asking the staff at your gym to give you some advice on what you should be doing, as once you know you can make more of your workouts! The guys are there to help you and if they don’t want to then I would think twice about where you are a member!

Right now, a day after a 45 minute LBT class followed by another hour doing various weights my glutes and thighs are on fire. I may struggle getting up and down steps for a couple of days, but without a doubt I feel great and will be back in the weights room on Monday… after doing my LBT class of course!

I shall keep tracking my progress and report back!

Today has been a good day!

After my pretty poor week last week, I am delighted to say that Monday has actually turned out pretty good!

I kick started the day with a bowl of Shredded Wheat and dried fruit. Sainsbury’s delivered mid-morning so I had a Danio Cherry Pot to get me through until lunch. I seriously love the Danio Yoghurts so I am extremely grateful that Sainsbury’s currently have them on offer!

Lunch was an egg white omelette using Two Chicks Egg White with a smoked bacon and plum tomato filling (I know – not the best but I had some bacon to use up!) followed by a peach! I haven’t had a peach in ages – but again on offer at Sainsbury’s!

Mid afternoon I quickly threw together my Lemon, Kale, Apple & Ginger Smoothie and topped it off with a shot of Matcha to give me some much needed energy before hitting the gym for my LBT session. I did however cave and have ONE chocolate digestive with a cup of Peppermint tea mid-afternoon too, but I resisted the whole packet!

I then hit the gym, did my LBT class and then had some time on the gym floor using the Treadmill, Rowing Machine and the Power Plate and have booked in for a weights session on Friday before LBT. I thought booking in for a session was the best option to take as I really have no idea when it comes to weights.

So after the gym and burning 528 calories in 77 minutes, I had a huge bowl of Turkey Bolognese with a Courgette Spaghetti followed by a tub of Whey Hey Ice cream! Heaven!

My total intake for today = 1439 calories (40% Carbs, 37% Protein, 23% Fat)

I have my calories set at 1700 based on my TDEE that allows me to work out and lose weight, just before I get told I’m not eating enough (I did go over a little yesterday so don’t worry), so still a few calories left over, maybe I can have another biscuit!

On second thoughts maybe not!

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Fitness Fail?

Well last week I have to say I pretty much failed in the fitness department. Due to the husband being away and the youngest playing up at bedtime I have had barely no time to go to the gym or even do a home workout which I tend to do if he is away – but not this week!

Last Monday he left for Kentucky and that is where my week went downhill, usually it’s not an issue and I cope very well on my own whilst working and looking after two kids whilst fitting in a Fitness Blender workout in an evening, but not this week. After the youngest having croup and generally going through the start of the terrible 2 stage she just does not want to go to bed. Monday night resulted in her falling asleep at 10.30pm which left me thinking I’ll have a handful of those peanut M&M’s that are in the cupboard – I ate the full share bag (approx. 912 calories) to myself! Tuesday wasn’t much different, bedtime was earlier but than I had 5, yes FIVE, chocolate digestives (430 calories).

The most frustrating part of these two days? I actually had a really good overall diet with plenty of protein, vegetables and healthy fats but the lack of sleep and wind down time just worked against my willpower.

Wednesday is where change came about and I vowed to go to the gym for an hour before picking the girls up from school and nursery. I’m so glad I did as it made me feel so much better and in control. Before I hit the gym I also made some homemade Banana & Peanut Butter protein ice cream so I had that as my go to sweet if I feel off the wagon. Overall a good day – I only had one chocolate digestive and the toddler went to sleep around 9pm!

Thursday I met a friend for lunch and had the most amazing Afternoon Tea but that included cakes, scones and a whole matter of naught treats.

Friday again met a friend for lunch, the choice of mushroom soup wasn’t too bad but the courgette and lime cake was – even though it was delicious – not quite as delicious as my own though! I did however make it to my LBT class that night and managed to squeeze a little bit of time on the cross trainer beforehand so at least some exercise.

The weekend was a non event, although generally I ate pretty well although I had 3 glasses of wine on Saturday evening. I did however managed to resist when family members where trying to offer biscuits so go me!

I did however wear my Proskins all week to bed, so at least I was getting a hidden workout and they went some way to proving my stats which show I lost 0.6kg (1.3lbs) over the last week and my measurements have reduced. However when I have a week like the above I worry that I am in fact losing muscle and not fat, which is not what I want to do.

So this week I’m back in the game….

  • LBT Class tonight and then I am gonna do some lifting – regardless of whether the Ibiza Bod Boys are in the room (I can probably lift heavier anyway)!
  • Yoga and Power Hoop on Wednesday
  • Walking and LBT Class on Friday, plus some lifting if I can fit it in!
  • In and amongst all that I am going to try and use some of the workout gear I got from my Fab Fitness Haul last week whilst at home!
  • Wear Proskins all week taking Week 3 Measurements on Friday
  • AND to top it all off improve the diet further!! Online food shop is to be delivered today with meals planned out for the week!

Let’s think positive…

Countdown to 30

Friday Night…. Fitness

I love Fridays! It means one thing! Lots of exercise. After a walk to pick my youngest daughter up, the usual fun Friday rush around of getting the eldest daughter to Brownies I finally make it to my Legs, Bums, Tums (LBT) class.

I’ve been doing LBT now pretty religiously twice a week since February and I love it. At first it was hard, I felt like I was gonna die, had no core strength whatsoever. But I can say that if you put the dedication in you get the results. I’m still a long way off managing the moves without pain but I’m sure in time I’ll get there. I’m very lucky I have a local gym with fab trainers that really care about your health and fitness and in my opinion really do go above and beyond that of other gyms to help you achieve your goals.

My essential gym/fitness kit…

A few months back a friend of mine bought me a gift voucher from Amazon, so after taking some time to think I decided to purchase a Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor. Approx £67+. Alongside tracking my diet on MyFitnessPal, this piece of kit has been instrumental in my diet and fitness regime just recently and has been in my opinion, key in helping me achieve a 11lb weight loss.

The FT7 consists of a chest strap, transmitter and a watch (that can be worn just on its own). After inputting your personal information such as height, weight, sex etc you click start and it tracks your calorie burn throughout exercises. Although a lot of gym equipment does this it doesn’t take into account your height or sex and can therefore be inaccurate, and you can’t track your burn in classes. This is where the FT7 comes in!

Another benefit is that it stores your workouts, tells you your average heart rate AND the best part of it, it tells you whether or not your activity focused on fat burning or cardio which allows me to change my workout style to ensure I am maximising my time in the gym. I honestly could not workout with this little baby anymore!

So after a class, a quick workout in the gym and an overall total burn of 692 calories (yep I wore it when I picked the youngest up), it was time to pick up the eldest and head home to make a healthy (357 cal) Tuna Steak meal for dinner!

Happy Friday everyone and have a great bank holiday weekend!

Polar FT7 HRM, Reebok Vibetrain

Trainers available from SportsShoes.com