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Fitness can be fun

When I set up Zest Bootcamp in Bath back in 2009 I really had no idea of whether it would work but I’m happy to say that it did!

Over the last 9 years we have gone through several changes but one thing that hasn’t changed is my passion to help more people to feel healthier, fitter and happier.

Fitness Classes at Zest Bootcamp in Bath

The outdoor group exercise classes are a great way for people, especially those who don’t like the gym environment, to get their bodies moving in a friendly, supportive group. Often people think that the British weather is going to be a problem, but to the contrary, you’d be surprised at how infrequent we have any rain at the classes. Being outdoors is actually what attracts many of the Zest Bootcamp members, aka “zesties”, to the classes as so many of us spend our lives indoors so it’s nice to get out in nature. It’s a chance to see mother nature, listen to the birds, feel the wind in your hair, the sun on your skin and watch as the trees change through the seasons. Being out in nature is actually very calming and can help to destress us far more than going to the gym.

Here is our brand new video showing you a bit more about what we do and hopefully that we are nothing like the military style bootcamps such as British Military Fitness than some people might imagine we are similar to.

Other benefits of the classes include the fact that your space is pre-booked so you can’t make excuses not to exercise and let’s face it you don’t get results if you don’t actually attend the classes and do the exercise. We do all the preparation and thinking for you so you just turn up with a “can do” attitude and we will ensure you get a great workout and results that you will be proud of. Zest Bootcamp is more akin to group personal training than a large scale bootcamp and along with the classes there are numerous other benefits including nutritional support and much more. You may also spot that we do fitness boxing in the classes – generally something most women joining us have not done before and something most Zesties love!

Unlike some group classes, we cap our numbers so that everyone can get the attention they deserve and technique is something we really focus on to get the best results possible. This being said we do balance out the classes with some fun so that the experience is still enjoyable.

Most of our long term members joined us for a trial week and then stayed because they enjoyed it so much – one lady is in her 7th year and she’s now in her 60’s so age is no barrier. We have a variety of people coming to the classes including several runners who love the fact we do strength training, core work and flexibility that helps with their running.

So if you have been thinking about trying something different or just starting some kind of regular exercise programme then hopefully you can see that there is life outside the gym.

I’d love to welcome you to a taster week soon and show you how you can feel great. Just go to www.zestbootcamp.co.uk to register for a trial week and we will be in touch. The next one is November 20th otherwise it will be January 2018 – perhaps to burn off all that Christmas pudding!

You can also see photos and videos of Bath’s original bootcamp on our Facebook Page by clicking here

Zest Bootcamp in Bath

For those of you on Instagram you can follow me HERE

Fitness is finished

For most people today is not about fitness but tomorrow will be all about “New year, New You” etc.

Don’t be caught up in any of the faddy, fast fixes that the mainstream media will bombard you with.

Instead find what will work for you longer term as fitness and health should be a lifelong passion not just for after Christmas. Our 7 day detox is a great kickstart to get you back into those healthy habits. Loads of people have downloaded it and use the plan when they need a little “clean up”  – Click HERE 7 day detox 

I’m really looking forward to getting back into a more normal fitness routine after tonight and also back on the nutrition plan (especially no more alcohol).

January bootcamp starts back in Bath on Monday and I think everyone will be ready to start working up a sweat.

If you’ve never been then grab a place at Trial week – Click >>http://bathbootcamp.co.uk<<

have a great evening everyone

Zita x


ps if you do have too many bubbles you know what to do – get that greens drink down you to help detoxify that liver! I will be 🙂

My before and after photos

Enough was enough

It was the final straw – I had to do something….

Everyone kept telling me I had to sort it out and I kept saying yes, I will soon – blah blah blah.

Then I realised I had to stop procrastinating and actually do it……

What was it?

Sorting out my office!!!

I’m a bit of a hoarder, ok a BIG bit, and like to be prepared (just in case)… Well I was a girl guide and “be prepared” was the motto. ….I’d love to share a photo but I’m too embarrased of what a state I’d let it get into:(

But having collected almost 15 years of paperwork – yes that’s when I changed careers from super stressed out office executive to become a personal trainer – it was all getting a bit too much

I decided to block out some time in my diary and JUST DO IT!

Easy – no it wasn’t but I kept thinking of how good I’d feel after I finished.

On the plus side I found loads of long lost things including a double page spread I had in Health & Fitness Magazine 10 years ago – times flies!

health&fitnessmagazine 2003

So if like me you keep procrastinating about doing something whatever it is – try and take the first step. For me I blocked out a day in my diary.

If you want to improve your energy levels, fitness, drop some pounds so your jeans feel better but keep putting it off then make a decision to just do something towards starting.

For those of you in Bath we are making it even easier for you by running a trial week at bootcamp so you don’t have to commit to the whole month. This way you can try out 3 sessions which will include bodyweight exercises and some fitness boxing and see if you like the group and want to stay for the remaining 3 weeks of the month’s bootcamp.

You can find out more by emailing me with “ TRIAL WEEK” in the subject header and I’ll send you more info.

Maybe you feel too embarrased to exercise in public? A bit like me too embarrassed to show pictures of my office for fear of judgement.

I have some news, you’ve got to get over it. Human beings ALL fear being judged, strange really, bet lions and tigers don’t give a damn what a Zebra thinks of them!

Many of our bootcampers were apprehensive about joining up for fear of not being fit enough, making a fool of themselves or just being out in public doing something unfamiliar. That’s one reason we have the testimonials on the website to help allay some of your apprehensions – see what  Zest bootcampers say here 

For any of you further afield who want to stop making excuses the 21 day shape up plan is coming back so watch this space.

So instead of trying to work in a messy office where I couldn’t find anything and just felt frustrated every time I walked in I decided to MAKE A CHANGE and now I LOVE being in there!

Same opportunity exists for you to make a date in your diary to start a healthier lifestyle – email me with the words “TRIAL WEEK” in the subject header to fitnesszita@gmail.com and I’ll be in touch.

Have a great weekend
Zita x

ps I just remembered it’s national Curry week so best reason I know to check out my new “clean and lean “ curry cookbook (especially in this colder weather if you want to hot things up!) Packed full of tasty meals and snacks that are all “fat loss friendly” – Order your copy here http://zestbootcamp.co.uk/cookbooks/

pps Remember too we have our “Saturday Supercamp” class which involves boxing and equipment and is available as a drop in class for anyone not able to do the weekday classes. 9-10am in AlexandraPark for just £7

Wake up call

What another eventful week it’s been!

The window of courtesy van I had whilst mine was being fixed (due to the badger incident) got stuck open. That was at 6am on way to teach bootcamp so called the AA out who fixed it several hours later – was VERY pleased I had just renewed my membership!

The same day I left my bankcard in a shop and then when got home walked straight into a sharp door latch that we have been meaning to sort out for ages – needless to say it has now been sorted 🙂

Sometimes it takes the final straw to make us do something, eg for me an injury and pain made my husband realise the latch needed sorting properly (the blue tack we had stuck on the end really wasn’t doing the job!).

Maybe you have just had a look at your holiday snaps and thought – “ Boy I am REALLY out of shape and I HAVE to do something NOW.”

Or maybe you are really not bothered and that’s fine.

Whilst it’s always good to have these wake up calls to spur us into action, you can make small changes before things get desperate…

– Drink more water
– cut out weekday drinking
– cut out biscuits every day
– go for a walk at lunchtime
– start having a greens drink every day etc

So if you are feeling bloated, lethargic and out of shape – stop moaning and start doing.

Here is a video I filmed last year of 5 of my top tips that cost nothing to do

If you want a little kickstart to get your post summer nutrition back on track then try our simple 7 day detox that involves no exercise but really works!
Just £7 for a week of tasty, filling meals http://zestbootcamp.co.uk/7-day-detox/

Have a great weekend – I’m off for a long coutryside walk (and hopefully avoiding the rain as had my hair done yesterday).

Zita “AA loving” Alves

ps The good news is that my van is fixed and back with me so I am very pleased. You don’t realise how much you value something until it’s gone so take charge of your health before it’s too late.

pps Our October bootcamp start on Mon 30th September so you have plenty of time to sign up and start getting your health and fitness back on track. http://zestbootcamp.co.uk

Can you really lose weight quickly?

Did you know that you can lose weight really easily by cutting off your leg or maybe an arm? – yes bit extreme right!

Anyway I just wanted to share this quick video tip with you for a less extreme approach

Have a great bank holiday weekend

ps Not sure if you saw The Men that made us Thin last night – it was very interesting to see how some of the truths that many of us in the fitness industry have known about for years, finally being uncovered. You can watch it on Iplayer here

pps Our next bootcamp starts on Monday 2nd September so if you want to improve your health and fitness, and the way your body looks then we woud love to see you. Last month 2 of our campers lost a stone and dropped a dress size in just 4 weeks. Find out more here