January Newsletter

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break. I certainly did. I was ready for some time off having not had any since May. Now I have had some time to rest, recharge my batteries I am ready and raring to go for our sessions that start back this week. I am also super excited to welcome 26 new bootcampers across our 3 locations who took up the January offer. Well done to them for taking the plunge. It's not easy coming to a new class, not knowing what to expect but I am confident that they will walk away from their first session happy that they came.

I have lots of ideas for 2019 that I want to bring to bootcamp especially through our closed Facebook group. This is the easiest way to get more out of your membership so even if you are not on Facebook or don't want to be a regular user of it, it might be worth creating an account just so you can join the group. Ideas include, a 20 minute workout posted each week for you to do as an addition to your bootcamps or for when you can't attend sessions (eg holiday), mini challenges, an easy, healthy, quick to make recipe posted once a week (everyone is welcome to share their ideas for this particular topic) and live Q&A sessions for anything you want to ask me relating to health and fitness.
In addition there are other classes I would like to add to the timetable, particularly come spring/summer.

Remember if you have any suggestions or ideas then I am always open to hearing them.

Bootcamper event participation

There were a few events that bootcampers did in December. A group went down to Southsea and took part in the annual Believe and Achieve Santa runs. Some did just one out of the 3 distances whilst others completed all 3 challenges to earn a very nice set of 4 Christmas themed medals. Despite the challenge of a strong wind it was a great atmosphere and it's always something to behold when there is a sea of runners all dressed in Santa suits! Hoping that more bootcampers will join in next year, even if it's just to do the mile.

A week later we had Sue complete her 50th Parkrun at Fareham. Weather conditions couldn't have been much worse; cold, wet and windy but that never stops Sue, one of our hardiest bootcampers. Well done Sue.

Just before Christmas, two of our seasoned runners Terasa and Annette completed the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon relay, completing half the distance with their running partners. Well done ladies.

Throughout December a few of us did the Run up to Christmas challenge for the charity MIND. This involved running as much as possible with the aim of completing 50K, 100K, 150K, 200K or 250K between 1st and 25th December. Sophie from Gosport did the 50K, I completed 100K and Lou and Kirsten from our Portchester bootcamp managed an impressive 150K. I don't know about the other ladies but I definitely needed a break from running for a few days after that challenge!

Harissa Chicken Traybake

This recipe was posted by one of our members, Sophie, in our closed Facebook group. I tried it out myself and it was easy, quick and delicious.
(Picture taken from BBC Good Food website)

Boneless/skinless Chicken Thighs
2 x tablespoons Harissa paste
1 table spoon red wine vinegar
Red onions
Toss all ingredients in the paste and vinegar mix
Roast in large tray at 180 (fan oven) for about 35 minutes turning half way
Serve with couscous or add more veg and have as it is - I sometimes put sweet potato or butternut squash in the tray bake for a complete meal.
You can use chicken breast but that tends to dry out so I coat the chicken in low fat yogurt mixed with the Harrisa paste when using them


Instructors wanted

Do you know somebody who is a Level 2 Fitness/Gym Instructor or a Level 3 Pilates Instructor? Maybe you know somebody who is recently qualified and looking to get their foot in the fitness industry door? Or perhaps know somebody who hasn't taught in a few years, feels a bit rusty but would love the opportunity to get back into the teaching saddle. Perhaps you yourself have a qualification that you've kept quiet and secretly would love the opportunity to take some classes.
I am looking for fitness instructors to cover bootcamp for holidays and sickness and a Pilates instructor to add another class to our timetable on a weekday evening. For bootcamp the cover instructor must be prepared to work in all weathers at any of our locations in Gosport, Fareham and Portchester. If you feel you have the qualities to motivate, encourage and deliver a great session then please email your CV to karen@bodyblastbootcamp.co.uk by Friday 25th January.



Throughout January, bring a friend to bootcamp for a free taster session and be entered into a prize draw to win a £20 gift voucher. I have lots of flyers for distribution so if you want some to give to friends, family, neighbours or work colleagues then let me know.

Do you own a business? If you refer one of your clients who comes for a free taster session then I will promote your business on the Bodyblast Bootcamp Facebook page (which has almost 2000 likes) and in the Newsletter.

Not a fan of running? Walking at a brisk pace (ie gets you breathless) can burn almost as many calories as jogging the same distance and it will have less impact on your joints.

Bootcamp social

We are planning on attending the Cams Mill, Fareham, pub quiz on Tuesday 29th January at 8pm. Entry is £5 per person but includes a hot buffet so you can fuel your brain before it starts :-) All welcome.

Event list 2018/19

Signing up to an event is a great way to keep motivated and is even more fun when done with others. If you want to join them then sign up using the links below or if you have one to add to the list drop me an email and let me know. You don't have to be the fittest or strongest to take part in an event, it's all about maybe just stepping out of your comfort zone and having a go. Don't forget your bootcampers and myself are always there to support you both before and during the event itself.

January - RED January. Kickstart 2019 by doing something active everyday whether that's walk, run, bike or swim. Free to register https://redtogether.co.uk/

13th January - Stubbington 10K (full but transfers still available) https://www.fullonsport.com/event/stubbington-10k-2019/profile

24th February - Winchester 10K http://www.winchester10km.co.uk/

10th March - Knowle 10K https://ruralrunningevents.com/event/knowle-village-spring-10k
31st March - Wickham 20K https://ruralrunningevents.com/event/wickham-20-10

6th April - 100 Acre 10K https://ruralrunningevents.com/event/hundred-acres-4

19th May - Southwick 10K https://ruralrunningevents.com/event/southwick-village-summer-10k-2

16th June - Gosport Golden mile and 5K https://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/gosport-golden-mile

June/July Pretty Muddy/Race for life 5K https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/

19th/20th October - Great South Run 5K or 10 mile option https://www.greatrun.org/great-south-run

Other events of interest /for consideration:

Parkrun - every Saturday 9:00 at Fareham, Lee on Solent, Whiteley, Lakeside. A timed 5K event that you can run, jog or walk. Free to enter, just sign up on the Parkrun website then remember to bring your barcode every week. A great way to start your weekend. Junior events also available at some locations on a Sunday http://www.parkrun.org.uk/

Tough Mudder

Free social monthly weekend walks

Bootcamp Charity event

Santa run 2019

Winter Timetable

Our current timetable will run until 30th April 2019.

BODYBLAST BOOTCAMP 6:30pm MONDAYS Privett Park, Gosport, TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS Bath Lane Recreation Ground, Fareham, WEDNESDAYS Portchester castle, Portchester and Privett Park, Gosport.
A 45 minute outdoor session designed to challenge you whilst still being enjoyable. Suitable for all levels of fitness, ages, shapes and sizes, exercises will vary from team work, to tyre flipping and bodyweight moves.

MUMCAMP 9:30am WEDNESDAY St Columba Church Hall, Fareham 9:30am. A 45 minute session similar to Bootcamp but where you can bring your baby or toddler with you so no need to worry about childcare.

METAFIT 6:15am FRIDAY Pulse Dance Cheer Academy, GOSPORT. This 30 minute High Intensity Interval Training workout (HIIT) incorporates intense periods of work with short recovery segments. This helps to give you maximum intensity whilst maintaining your exercise form. The bonus of this type of training is that it keeps your body burning fat even after you leave. You will finish feeling great and set for the weekend ahead.

Contact karen@bodyblastbootcamp.co.uk for your free trial session

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