Category Archives: Personal Training

MY TOP 3 BODYWEIGHT EXERCISES THAT BURN FAT FAST

As you know I’m a big fan of bodyweight (BW) training. It’s been around longer than anything else! Training without equipment, or with limited availability of it, has been used as a way of building the bodies of soldiers for decades. And for ladies like us who lead busy lives running homes, working and managing kids it’s a perfect solution.

I like bodyweight training for a multitude of reasons:

  • Inexpensive
  • No equipment needed
  • Done anywhere at anytime
  • You can set yourself clear, simple and self-motivating challenges
  • Builds muscle, burns fat, and improves overall fitness

With that in mind, here’s my top 3 favourite bodyweight exercises:

Bulgarian Split Squats

Please don’t ask me why it’s called this. I really don’t know. All I know is everytime I get my clients to do a bulgarian split squat they say something along the lines of ‘oh no not that one-legged squat’. It’s a great exercise and after doing this enough times you’ll have ‘glutes that salute’ that resemble a peach!

So why else does the good old bulgarian split squat make my list? Well, it requires more balance which means it engages more muscles. If you engage more muscles you burn more calories. And because you’ve worked 2 legs you’ve increased your overall workload. Which means again more calories burned not to mention the knock-on effects on improved endurance.

Push-Up

Push-ups are a classic exercise that has been around a long time. They’re easy to learn, easy to do, and easy to incorporate. They don’t necessarily need to be just standard push-ups but with a little creation and forward planning, there’s a ton of variations. As well as primarily working your chest, they also fire up and tax your core and triceps. So goodbye bingo wings!

Jump Lunge

Lunges are one of my favourite lower body exercises. Although the legs are the prime movers this exercise is a dynamic movement and so involves your entire body and particularly your core.

When you then introduce the ‘jump’ element to the lunge the core is even more engaged due to the explosive nature. Also, you expend more energy, raise your heart rate and so your metabolism — a great recipe for fat loss. It’s a good bang for your buck as the saying goes. There’s also a plyometric nature to a jump lunge. Although this feels horrendous at the time (been there!) it improves the speed and efficiency of muscular contractions.

So what’s your top 3 bodyweight exercises? Do let me know.

Gaynor x

THE BENEFITS OF GROUP EXERCISE

Small group PT courses are more than loud banging music, fast movements, and shouts of encouragement. These one hour blocks of time offer fun social opportunities, a ton of health benefits, motivation and accountability.

I’ve been running my SMALL GROUP PT COURSE for years and it’s super popular and here’s some of the reasons why:

Social Atmosphere

Attending a small group PT course gets you up off the couch and out to meet local people and make new friends. You’re likely to have more fun exercising in a group than training on your own. Small fitness groups are a wonderful place to meet people who have similar lifestyle goals and needs.

Motivation Boost

Participating in a small fitness group challenges you to work out beyond your perceived limitations. It’s psychological because you tend to want to push hard for the trainer and to keep up with your fellow classmates. Also, the trainer observes your body for signs of fatigue and will motivate and push you to your limits.

Health Benefits

Group exercise comes in a variety of workout styles and formats.

In my SMALL GROUP PT COURSE there’s only 6-8 people and we focus on 6 progressive fat burning sessions (1 per week for 6 weeks) to help you lose weight, tone up, improve your health and fitness and feel fabulous.

But …

It’s so much more than just a course because it includes my proven B-Fit 7 step plan, weight loss and lifestyle advice, nutrition tips on how to eat healthily for life without counting calories, and your own programme designed to do at home.

The other benefit of a group environment especially if you’re a newbie and not sure on good exercise form is that the trainer will spot-check you, correcting your positioning if necessary.

Accountability

A group exercise setting helps keep you accountable and disciplined. When the trainer and other participants ask why you were absent, they generally are concerned for your well-being, and you’ll not want to have an answer like “I sat on the couch” LOL

If you’re required to prepay, your accountability and commitment to attend also increases. That’s exactly why my SMALL GROUP PT COURSE is paid in one go to ensure you’ve got skin in the game and remain committed. It’s tough love but I need you to have both feet in and go for it.

Variety

Doing the same old routine over and over can feel dull and mundane after a while. But small fitness groups tend to emphasize variety to keep it fun and fresh whilst getting you fit and in great shape.

Workout Buddies

One thing I love about small group exercise is the community environment. When working out in a group you’ve other people doing the same workout as you. If you continue going to the same group you’ll probably start to become friends with many of these people. They then become your support system, and the people you can lean on when you’re in a fitness rut.

Price

Lastly, there’s no doubt that if you want very specific results and guidance through your fitness journey 1-2-1 PERSONAL TRAINING is the way to go. But for some folks, personal training isn’t an option due to price. That’s exactly why I developed my SMALL GROUP PT COURSE as an affordable alternative yet no compromise on quality and results.

Overall group fitness has many advantages. It can be a great option for someone who needs a support system, someone on a budget, or someone new to fitness.

Gaynor x

10 TIPS FOR WEIGHT LOSS

It’s no surprise at all that one of the top new year resolutions is weight loss. Many people make a commitment to themselves to eat healthier, and move more.

Sadly though many fall off the wagon and revert to their old habits. One of the main reasons for this is many folks go to the extreme and have an all or nothing approach.

Why not swap this approach for these 10 simple, healthy tips that are balanced and moderated? That way your more likely to stay on track for the long haul.

  1. PORTION CONTROL

At mealtimes, try putting your food on a smaller plate. Studies show that we’ll finish off the plate in front of us whatever it’s size, and often then overeat.

  1. EAT SLOWLY

Slow down eating. Masticate your food properly, and try putting your knife and fork down between mouthfuls. This allows your stomach time to signal to your brain that you’re full so you don’t over eat.

  1. KEEP IT LEAN 

Cut back on your overall meat intake and opt for fish instead. When you do choose meat have leaner cuts. Ditch the heavy sauces and replace with lots of hearty vegetables.

  1. AVOID CRASH DIETS

Weight loss isn’t just about squeezing into your jeans or looking good in your bikini it’s also about being healthy for life. There are zero shortcuts to losing weight. As boring as it sounds a balanced diet and regular exercise will achieve far more than doing the latest craze.

If you’ve a tendancy to be drawn into faddy diets make sure you check out my blog here on CALORIE RESTRICTED DIETS – HEAVAN OR HAVOC.

  1. BUDDY UP 

Get a mate to lose weight with you. Having a buddy to motivate you will work wonders for you both. Also, remember my GROUP PERSONAL TRAINING.   If your interested, I cannot stress enough getting in touch with me on 07748 298728 as soon as possible. It’s very popular and always gets booked up.

  1. THE POWER OF MUSIC

Load up your playlist with upbeat music. Listening to your favourite tracks will help you push harder, and because you want to hear your entire playlist, you’ll feel more inclined to workout for longer!

  1. CUPBOARD CLEAROUT

Clear out your cupboards. Once you replace the junk food you’re used to indulging in, you’ll begin to make healthier choices going forwards.

  1. GET YOUR SNOOZIES

Sleep is utter bliss and great for your mind, body, and health.

People who get adequate sleep have been shown to lose more body fat than people who get less – so don’t neglect your Zzzzzz time. It’s key to weight loss as it regulates cortisol levels, which is responsible for fat storage, particularly around our tummies.

To learn a bit more about the importance of sleep for weight loss make sure you check out this great little article I wrote on HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT GETTING OUT OF BED.

  1. TAKE BABY STEPS 

Losing weight doesn’t mean cutting out life’s pleasures altogether. Simple swaps can make a huge difference.

Swap sugary drinks for healthy zero-calorie options and you’ll scarcely notice the difference. Instead of ice cream, have frozen dairy-free yoghurt for dessert instead.

When food tastes good you won’t even feel like you’re dieting. This will make a huge difference as we all want to enjoy our food and not feel deprived.

  1. STAY HYDRATED 

Drink water instead of your usual drink. Not only will this hydrate you adequately, but will make you feel fuller so you’re less likely to overeat.

I hope this blog has given you some useful tips and ideas.

Lastly …   If you need help lift up that phone. Call/text me on 07748298728 for a FREE confidential, no obligation chat.

Love Gaynor x

LEARN HOW AMELIA REDUCED HER TUMMY FAT

Another amazing success story has just landed into B-Fit HQ.

Amelia is nothing short of inspirational, and I have to say I shed a tear or two reading her story. It reminded me why I do what I do.

So read for yourself below and take strength and encouragement that you can achieve this too.

If you’re in a similar space to where Amelia was at the beginning get in touch with me on 07748298728 or email me here …

GAYNOR@B-FIT.UK.COM

Love Gaynor x

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Evening Gaynor

I know it’s late but I’ve just sat down and read this week’s blog.

They are always really inspirational and I’m not saying this note will be but what I do know is that if I didn’t start the SMALL GROUP PT and do the 21 DAY FAT LOSS PLAN I wouldn’t be feeling as positive as I am today.

14 months ago I looked at some photos of me that family members had taken and I felt totally deflated. I didn’t recognise myself. I looked bloated and unhealthy and I knew that I needed to make a change.

After taking the plunge I started the SMALL GROUP PT and loved it. All the ladies were friendly and I enjoyed the sessions even though they were tough. The nutritional advice was great and after the initial shock to the system, I found it fairly easy to follow. Although I made the most changes to my diet my family also reaped the benefits. I feel fitter and lost pounds and inches and even entered into a 5k. I loved it.

I then went on to do the 21 FAT LOSS PLAN which gave me the extra boost I needed. The reduction in my tummy fat was the biggest difference after doing this. Family and friends all commented and some even signed up. I felt great in a dress I bought for my brother’s wedding which was a nice change.

I have continued with the principles and next Saturday I am doing Total Warrior in Leeds, a 12k 30 obstacles race. I am doing it for charity which is a great feeling. I have to say I feel fitter and stronger than I have in years and whilst I still can’t say I love the way I look I feel much happier than I did when I started and I will be wearing bikinis rather than costumes on this year’s holiday!

I know I see you fairly regularly but wanted to say had it not been for you I doubt I would have felt capable of any of this. I hope that this gives anyone of a “certain age” the push they need to make that change and start your sessions.

Amelia

AMELIA DROPPED 2 DRESS SIZES & LOST INCHES IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES

We have a new testimonial from the lovely Amelia Brooks. Here’s what this stunning and inspirational lady has to say …

“Starting to train with Gaynor in her SMALL GROUP PT SESSIONS and following her B-Fit 7 step plan was the kick start I needed to help me get back on track. Like a lot of 40 somethings juggling a home, work and children I realised a couple of extra stone had gradually crept on and I began to feel really self-conscious. The sessions were challenging but also fun. I found the meal plans easy to follow and after a while, I felt it became the norm to follow.

My fitness gradually increased and I had a lot more energy. I even competed in a 5k run for charity and did it in a great time. This spurred me on and I then did Gaynor’s B-FIT 21 DAY WEIGHT LOSS PLAN. This was slightly more prescriptive but none the less not complicated to follow.

Over the last 8 months, I have really changed my shape, loosing inches in all the right places from my thighs, hips, and tummy. 11 cm from my waist and 9 cm from my bust. I have dropped 2 dress sizes but more importantly feel a million times better than I have in years. I couldn’t recommend Gaynor enough and if I can do it, anyone can!”

TRY THIS FREE FAT BLASTING BODYWEIGHT WORKOUT

I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to go to the gym to get fit.

There’s a gazillion ways to trim down and get toned that don’t involve sweaty intimidating gyms. Not to mention the time you waste getting there/back, and the expensive membership fees.

I don’t normally share free workouts in my blogs simply because I don’t know everyone’s specific goals, health, injuries, imbalances, and mechanics … which is why at B-Fit we do an in-depth assessment of each client before we start.

But on this occasion, I’m going to break the rules and share one of my most popular B-Fit fat blaster bodyweight workouts, and just in time for Summer too.

The great thing about this workout is you can do it anywhere – home, hotel room, garage, beach, and at the park.

In a nutshell – anywhere.

So give this thigh shrinking, fat burning workout a go and be sure to let me know how you get on ok?!

It’s suitable for anyone but especially if you’re looking to lose weight, drop inches and get toned whilst also strengthening your heart/lungs and giving yourself a nice dose of happy endorphins 😊

Let’s jump straight in.

WORKOUT GUIDELINES

  • Warm up before you start
  • Complete circuit 4-5 times per week, a minimum 3
  • Complete with or without weights
  • Go straight from one exercise onto the next
  • Rest 30-60 secs after entire circuit
  • Reduce/increase rest according to fitness levels
  • Repeat entire circuit 3-4 times

WORKOUT

Click the links below to see a video demo of each exercise.

As I said be sure to let me know how you get on, and if you’ve any questions ping me an email to GAYNOR@B-FIT.UK.COM

Also …

If you need extra help or something tailored specifically for you then book a FREE B-FIT SESSION. Simply give me a tinkle on 07748298728 for a confidential no obligation chat.

Another option is a FREE trial of my SMALL GROUP PT COURSE this Thursday 22nd June at 7pm in St Stephen’s church hall, Hightown.

If you’re up for some fat burning fun and games with yours truly + some lovely women then come along.

Exercise should be fun, time efficient and get results. Combined with the right food, and a good night’s sleep you’ll be well on your way to feeling fit and fabulous.

Thank you, as always, for reading and allowing me to be a part of your world.

Until next time, have a super week.

Love Gaynor x

LEARN HOW IRENE LOST BELLY FAT

Would you like to lose belly fat? I bet you do.

That’s exactly what my lovely client Irene achieved after working with me.

Just like many of us Irene wanted to feel healthier, fitter, and tighter by losing a few pounds and inches. Her measure of success and attaining those goals was to get into her pencil skirt and golf shorts. Not all at once of course 🙂

Maybe yours isn’t golf shorts or a pencil skirt but how about …

Getting into smaller jeans?

Using one less notch in the belt?

Getting into your wedding dress?

Whatever it is choose something that’s personal and meaningful to YOU.

Coming back onto Irene, I’m so proud of her as she’s smashed all her goals by making positive lifestyle changes, did the right type of exercise and ate well.

I’m a firm believer in getting the basics right and making them habitual. Consistency is key.

Irene took me up on my FREE B-FIT SESSION. Make sure you do too. This allowed her to dip her toe in with zero risks or obligations.

Then she did my 1-2-1 NUTRITION & PT COURSE plus she also comes to my weekly SMALL GROUP PT COURSE on Thursday’s in Hightown.

Here’s what Irene has to say about her B-Fit experience:

“I had several targets when I embarked on B-Fit. It exceeded my expectations. I’ve learnt about healthy eating, natural supplements, and how what I eat and drink impacts on my appearance. I’ve lost belly fat, a few pounds, and am toning up gradually thanks to the personal training with Gaynor, Sue, and Kirk. My skin is clearer and I definitely have more energy. I’ll stick to Gaynor’s training plan, it works.”

I hope Irene’s story inspires you as much as it does me. We only have one body in this lifetime so nurture, love and look after it.

With love

Gaynor x

P.S. Got a friend, family member or work colleague who’s struggling to lose a few pounds and inches? Be a gem, forward this blog, and get them to sign up for my FREE weekly emails by emailing gaynor@b-fit.uk.com 😊

10 TIPS FOR WEIGHT LOSS

It’s no surprise at all that one of the top new year resolutions is weight loss. Many people make a commitment to themselves to eat healthier, and move more.

Sadly though many fall off the wagon and revert to their old habits. One of the main reasons for this is many folks go to the extreme and have an all or nothing approach.

Why not swap this approach for these 10 simple, healthy tips that are balanced and moderated? That way your more likely to stay on track for the long haul.

1. PORTION CONTROL

At mealtimes, try putting your food on a smaller plate. Studies show that we’ll finish off the plate in front of us whatever it’s size, and often then overeat.

2. EAT SLOWLY

Slow down eating. Masticate your food properly, and try putting your knife and fork down between mouthfuls. This allows your stomach time to signal to your brain that you’re full so you don’t over eat.

3. KEEP IT LEAN

Cut back on your overall meat intake and opt for fish instead. When you do choose meat have leaner cuts. Ditch the heavy sauces and replace with lots of hearty vegetables.

4. AVOID CRASH DIETS

Weight loss isn’t just about squeezing into your jeans or looking good in your bikini it’s also about being healthy for life. There are zero shortcuts to losing weight. As boring as it sounds a balanced diet and regular exercise will achieve far more than doing the latest craze.

If you’ve a tendancy to be drawn into faddy diets make sure you check out my blog on CALORIE-RESTRICTED DIETS – HEAVAN OR HAVOC.

5. BUDDY UP

Get a mate to lose weight with you. Having a buddy to motivate you will work wonders for you both. Also remember my GROUP PERSONAL TRAINING. This month’s is SOLD OUT, but I’m already taking bookings for the next one starting in February.   If your interested, I cannot stress enough getting in touch with me on 07748 298728 as soon as possible. It’s very popular and always gets booked up.

6. THE POWER OF MUSIC

Load up your playlist with upbeat music. Listening to your favourite tracks will help you push harder, and because you want to hear your entire playlist, you’ll feel more inclined to workout for longer!

7. CUPBOARD CLEAROUT

Clear out your cupboards. Once you replace the junk food you’re used to indulging in, you’ll begin to make healthier choices going forwards.

8. GET YOUR SNOOZIES

Sleep is utter bliss and great for your mind, body, and health.

People who get adequate sleep have been shown to lose more body fat than people who get less – so don’t neglect your Zzzzzz time. It’s key to weight loss as it regulates cortisol levels, which is responsible for fat storage, particularly around our tummies.

To learn a bit more about the importance of sleep for weight loss make sure you check out this great little article I wrote on HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT GETTING OUT OF BED.

9. TAKE BABY STEPS

Losing weight doesn’t mean cutting out life’s pleasures altogether. Simple swaps can make a huge difference.

Swap sugary drinks for healthy zero-calorie options and you’ll scarcely notice the difference. Instead of ice cream, have frozen dairy-free yoghurt for dessert instead.

When food tastes good you won’t even feel like you’re dieting. This will make a huge difference as we all want to enjoy our food and not feel deprived.

10. STAY HYDRATED

Drink water instead of your usual drink. Not only will this hydrate you adequately, but will make you feel fuller so you’re less likely to overeat.

I hope this blog has given you some useful tips and ideas.

Lastly …

If you need help, lift up that phone. Call/text me on 07748298728 for a FREE confidential, no obligation chat. You’ll also get a bonus FREE B-FIT SESSION too!

Love Gaynor x

P.S. Take a look at the many great B-Fit weight loss success stories HERE of women who took the plunge. What are you waiting for? You could be next!

LADIES TIME TO START DROPPING HINTS

With Christmas, ONLY 11 days away it’s time to start dropping subtle hints about what we’d like Santa to bring us.

Afterall, you’ve been a good girl !

Jokes aside, you’re probably running around like a nutter, from pillar to post. Concerned about everyone else’s needs but your own. You’re doing everything from shopping to food prep, to taxi services for the kids and everything in between.

Then the partying starts with all the usual late nights, food and drinks and by the end of it all your pooped.

Sound familiar?

Well …

Let’s get YOU back on the top of YOUR “to do” list, and back in the driving seat of your life.

It’s time to invest in you. You’re important. There’s also a solid case to make that you can’t help, serve and fully show up for others if you’re not healthy and happy yourself.

So let’s take the bull by the horns and change this. Are you in?

Don’t wait until the New Year and then go on some low calorie faddy controlled diet. Speaking of which make sure you check out last week’s blog on this very topic HERE.

How about hinting for a B-Fit Christmas voucher? Simply give your loved ones my name, telephone number and leave the rest to me. I’ve got you covered, and it’s such an easy gift for them to buy.

Start 2017 feeling fabulous, eating nutritious foods without calorie counting, and doing a bit of the right exercise without spending hours bored in the gym.

Also, CLICK HERE to take a look at some of B-Fit’s success stories.

This could be YOU.

In the meantime, before you ask your loved ones to call me …

Why don’t you book in for a FREE consultation with me? I’m giving away 3 places before Christmas. CLICK HERE to find out what happens in a FREE B-Fit consultation.

I’m really looking forward to hearing from you and working with you in 2017.

Love Gaynor x

LEARN HOW MANDY LOST 3 STONE & 4 DRESS SIZES

I love seeing my clients achieve amazing changes in their physical health and fitness

But …

I also get as much satisfaction seeing how it positively changes other areas of their life.

Take my lovely client Mandy Harris as an example …

This determined, focused lady has achieved off the chart physical results such as losing 3 stone and dropping 4 dress sizes

But …

She also now adores clothes shopping and her family life has improved too!

Mandy has still a little way to go to achieve her ultimate goal but she’s over half way there and is doing a fantastic job.

Here’s what she has to say in her own words …

“One of the best life-changing decisions I’ve ever made, not only for myself but for my family too. When I first met Gaynor, I put all of my trust into her. I knew I really needed help. I wanted sound nutritional advice and someone to support and guide me. The Personal Training B-Fit provides has opened up a whole new world to me. Apart from an odd class, I’d never really trained or knew how to, now I have my own programme and I love it. I feel so healthy. I’ve lost 3 stone. Dropped 4 dress sizes. I’m more confident. I love clothes shopping, and I’m living a totally different life. I’ve always struggled with my weight, and I’ve tried everything, or so I thought. Gaynor has not only changed my life but set me up for life. I have learnt so much about living a healthy lifestyle, and I have so much more energy now. I feel so lucky to be on this amazing journey. I still have a way to go to get to my final goal, but I’m totally confident Gaynor will get me there.”

There are many things Mandy & I used to get these results. Here are 5 of them for you to try:

  1. Eat Breakfast

There’s no skipping breakfast anymore. Mandy made sure she had something super healthy to kick start her metabolism first thing in the morning.

  1. No More Calorie Counting

Mandy stopped counting calories. Instead, she counted nutrients. All fad diets were ditched, and ‘eating a rainbow of nutritious healthy food’ became a way of life.

  1. No More Rubbish Snacks

With no more calorie counting and consuming adequate nutrients the new focus, Mandy’s cravings disappeared. That means no more snacking on rubbish in between meals.

  1. Introduce Key Supplements

Mandy has incorporated a few good quality supplements to help fill in any nutrient gaps in her diet, especially as she’s on the go with a demanding and busy lifestyle. Mandy added Nature’s Sunshine Liquid Chlorophyll to cleanse, Pea Protein Plus to prevent cravings and Super Omega supplements to help her joints and speed up fat loss.

  1. Made Exercise A Part Of Life

Mandy personal trains with me twice a week, and has completed my B-Fit B-Fabulous 21 Day Weight Loss Plan. She also has access to my home workout videos which can be completed at home. With Mandy being a busy person, this has helped exercise be introduced into her weekly routine at a time that suits.

B-Fit’s Personal Training has been a positive game changer for Mandy on many levels.

If your tempted to embark on your very own journey then make sure you get in touch by texting or calling me on 07748298728.

Also, remember you’ve got the FREE B-Fit Session so you can ask questions and dip your toe in before you decide.

To book click here.

Love Gaynor x