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Whats in your PIE?

20 Jun

I am currently offering five Pt sessions for the price of four to all new clients and shall be doing so until the end of June. Due to this i have been having a fair few conversations with prospective clients some of whom have taken on this deal and are now new clients, some of yet still to do so….tick tock tick tock less than two weeks to go.

Whilst chatting with a new client of mine earlier today i remembered an example i was given when i first qualified as an instructor oh so many moons ago i’d like to share with anyone who is interested…will take 5mins..

1. Draw a circle, (fairly big) as we are about to divide it up into sections.
2. Each section will represent the amount of money you spend on certain aspects or items within your life.
3. Lets just focus on the last 12mnths.
4. So how much money do you spend on morgages or rental payments within a year….draw a section and label it.
5.How much do you spend on your car (including actual cost and also fuel insurance mot etc) or means of transport (again within 12mnths) section it and label it.
6. Food bills (this doesn’t include going out socialising) just basic daily food and drink…section and label it.
7. Holidays how much of your annual income goes on holidays…section and label.
8.Clothing, shoes, accessories. Yeah you guessed it, section n label!
9.Socialising with family and friends, cinema, eating out, football matches, bars, etc etc. (be honest then section and label)
10.Now how much do you spend on your health?? Gyms, Personal training, fitness classes, medical check ups?
……I’m guessing for the majority this last section isn’t so big in comparison to all the others, yet without good health or feeling good about yourself all the other things are pretty worthless…so why do we ignore it and put everything else first??

Now i’m not saying good health costs money, you could argue with the right knowledge and equipment its free and to these people out there doing yoga in the morning or running the streets, or taking their children out on long walks and bike rides, i say good for you…but these people are few and far between. Most people are planning on starting some exercise, or possibly even paying a gym membership (and not even using it), meaning to go to the drs to get that check up when they have TIME..the time is now folks take a long hard look at your PIE and make the health section grow, put some effort in and you shall feel the benefit in all the other areas of your life.

Yours in good Pie

Angela xxx

Red rosy redness!!!

25 May

Whilst out on a run recently a friend of mine asked me if it was true that, where you go red whilst exercising is where you will lose most weight?! Well going red is just the way the body cools itself down, when you exercise instead of overheating you will sweat also the body increases the blood circulation to the skins surface to radiate the heat away from the body thus equaling for some (myself included) a very rosy red face!. I have always suffered with this and it can be fairly embarrassing especially as most people equate it to being unfit….doubly awkward if you are the one instructing the class take it from me!!! Rest assured as long as you are rosy red or even beetroot red and sweaty there is no cause for concern, be proud that you have had a great workout and that your body mechanisms are all in working order!!
However if you go red and get also get a feeling of nausea, dizziness or faint this is a warning sign that the body is overheating. Its imperative that you stay hydrated as redness without sweating can also be a sign of dehydration. Redness in someone that is new to exercise could also be a sign of high blood pressure, this is why its so important to get checked over by a GP before commencing a new exercise program.

Going back to the original question i see this to be untrue, I’m guessing where this rumour has stemmed from is that of weight loss due to dehydration. Boxers, wrestlers and body builders use this method to get their weight down before a fight or competition you may see them training hard in the gym in foil suits or extra thick tracksuits. By sweating excessively and drinking very little the scale weight will drop, due to lack of water. This is a very risky process and one i would definitely not recommend.


4 May

Breakfast, one meal that is so important yet one meal that so many people skip for one reason or another the most popular reasons being ” i don’t have time” or ” i just cant stomach anything so early”.
So why is it so important, well think about it like this if you go to sleep for 8hrs you probably last ate something 1-2hrs prior to that. By the time you wake up its been 9-10hrs since you last gave your body any fuel, so its important to re-fuel in order to your body to function. However some people wont eat until ‘lunch time’ so add another 4-5 hrs depending on the time you begin your day and eventually decide to eat something, this is no joke 14+hrs since you last ate something definitely puts your body in a catabolic state (muscle wasting) and will have definitely triggered the starvation mode and slowed down the metabolism, so even if you don’t go out and eat complete rubbish the body will be craving rubbish making it more likely that instead of eating healthily you will reach for more sugary snack type foods throughout your day and by the time ‘dinner time’ arrives you will almost definitely over eat and consume way too many calories within that one meal. Your body will do its job and supply cells with the required nutrients and energy as it does each time you eat, it will then store excess energy as glycogen within the muscles and liver but it can only hold so much and the rest shall be stored as body fat.
So if you are wondering why you aren’t losing the weight you want to lose or why you aren’t as lean as you’d like to be then next time you wake up BREAK the FAST!!! I guarantee you will not only have more energy and concentration, eat sensibly with good nutritionally balanced meals with healthy snacks (instead of naff ones that have no use in your body other than adding fat and rotting your teeth), and you may also start to notice that because you aren’t so super duper hungry the portions you eat during the evening meal are smaller, thus resulting in weight-loss!! Add some exercise and really accelerate those results. Breakfast should be healthy nutritious as should all the fuel aka food you provide you body with to ensure optimal health.

Keep on running…..but not as fast as a ten year old!!!

18 Apr

Not checked in for a few wks, but fear not i am still running. I had a slight technical fault with my phone (aka i dropped it whilst road running?! ooops forgot my arm strap that day, so stupidly put it in my pocket) which meant the week before last i was unable to record the data from the runs i did, so you will just have to take my word for it and possibly if you know her the older lady who’s dog was chasing me through Pype Hayes park!? Also Garry from Osmosis Health Studio can vouch for my long haul efforts on the treadmill every Saturday morning following my clients session’s. Anyway since then i reset my phone and updated it and all is back to normal….so whilst away visiting my sister last week i went out for a run which you can check out here

Now word of warning a lesson was learnt by myself don’t go running with a competitive ten year old!!! My sister very kindly offered the company of my nephew Scott to ensure i didn’t get lost, whilst running which is what happened last time i went out running on my own there. My sister lives in Hampshire near lots of fields and woodland with cute little lanes that all look very similar. So keenly Scott agreed, we chose a plan that wasn’t too long as he didn’t fancy joining me on one of my 60 minute efforts. I did explain that i would be going fairly slow with short sprints as this was the plan we’d chosen….i thought he was listening….i soon realised he wasn’t and was infact wanting a race?! So off he shot….i could bearly see him “remember..(i shouted) you need to show me the way, don’t sprint all the way as you may find you will be too tired to finish”. A little further into the run I came to a t-junction in the lanes Scott was no where in sight, i looked left and saw two other people running towards me, so i ran down to them to ask if they’d seen a boy in a blue t-shirt which they hadn’t. So i thought Scott must have ran to the right, so i went right for about a quarter of a mile to which i was met by a dead end with gates to some private land. So i turned back and went the opposite direction, i kept seeing little lanes to my left and thinking could he have gone down there, i kept running until i came to a main road, still no sign of Scott. I was worried but then realised he actually knew his way, unlike myself so i thought i really should turn back and just run back the way i came. Which i did hence why my 35min run actually became a 45min run. On my return to my sisters house, there he was my little red faced tour guide!!!

Still running…..

26 Mar

Completed another run yesterday, felt fine afterwards and great this morning…after analysing my results i can see i didn’t push myself enough for my sprints. I am very tempted to try this one again to improve my score?! I had a problem with loss of GPS on several occasions too which is fairly annoying as results in loss of data, so if you check out my stats the parts where it drops right off, i wasn’t stopping for power naps, but when the GPS signal was lost. All in all though felt great and enjoyed it.
If you are interested to know more check out this link

Have another run scheduled for tomorrow so will update again then, have to be off as i have a client to train and may even try to squeeze in a sneaky session on the Rowing machine for myself.

Get you and improved and start today x

So it begins….

22 Mar

Went out for a run in the sunshine today and felt pretty good, as previously mentioned i’ve entered a fun run thats 8.5miles so need to get stuck in.
I love all aspects of fitness however myself and running have never been the closest of friends, until recently. In the past I’ve taught spinning classes back to back for hours at a time, swam length after length, took part in grueling kickboxing sessions, i regularly and immensely enjoy intense gym sessions…..running was never up there with my must do activities.

However that said i’ve taken to it quite well, as promised i shall update you all on my progress so if you would like to see my stats from this mornings session you can do so

I enjoy using adidas mycoach as it helps me pace myself and informs me of my progress throughout the run. I listen to my tunes and off i go. I’ve set up the schedule for 10k, however will need to tweak this towards the end as the fun run is in fact 13.6k.

Of course i’m doing this all for a good cause if you wish to learn which one you can visit my justgiving page

So there you have it all the links you need to have an insight into my training at the mo. I’m also considering completing the run for life in May, and will obviously still be completing regular resistance and core stability training in conjunction with this.

Wish me luck 😉

Busy busy busy!!!

19 Mar

Lots to share and tell you about.

I have been really busy putting together a ‘bridal bootcamp’ package that i will be sharing the details of soon. One of my clients has joined me in entering the great midlands fun run in June, its 8.5miles so no easy challenge. I will be planning a running schedule for us both to follow and linking up my stats and progress throughout to both this and my facebook page so you can see my progress.

Another client who’s body fat i am monitoring each week for 12wks has also agreed to let me share the results with you upon completion, i’m sure it will make interesting reading as it shows how just measuring bodyweight alone can be both misleading and disheartening. However when using it in combination with the bodyfat percentage and amount of lean body weight a person has it really does show a different overall picture.

Have to make this a short post as have spent most of the morning baking and decorating cupcakes with my two children, which we intend to sell door to door for the comic relief charity! 74 cupcakes in total, with only a few left over to test!!


11 Jun

Welcome to Angela’s Fitness thanks for stopping by!

As this is my first blog i thought it would be rude not to introduce myself and tell you a bit about my background. From a young age i have had a keen interest in fitness, from the age of fourteen i have practised the martial art of Chinese kickboxing. Although i didn’t train to compete, i did throughly enjoy the grueling training sessions it involved; semi/full contact sparring, knife defense and knife attack, and of course learning new techniques to pass each grading, to which i obtained 8th grade purple belt. I continued with this sport until i became pregnant with my first child, five years ago. Since then I just practice the techniques as part of my own exercise regime along with bringing certain elements into my clients training sessions.

I have worked within the fitness industry for the past ten years at gyms in and around the city of Birmingham West Midlands, first as a gym instructor writing program cards and teaching aerobic classes. As the years went by i built on my qualifications, i gained experience and knowledge, i passed courses to enable me to teach a variety of classes; circuit training, spinning, step-aerobics, Swiss ball training and aqua aerobics. Whilst pregnant with my first child i did the Advanced Personal Trainer Award Level 3 with the YMCAfit, since then i have worked for myself as a personal trainer.I continue to study and read alot to ensure i stay up to date with the latest training techniques and trends within the health and fitness industry. Later on this year i hope to complete a few more additional courses to broaden my knowledge further in specialist fields to ensure maximum benefits for both myself and my clients.

I visit my clients in their homes and also have clients that i train at Osmosis Health Studio near St Pauls Square in Birmingham. Taking all my experience and knowledge into consideration I am able to deliver varied and effective programs tailored to my clients individual needs. I offer excellent competitive rates feel free to contact me on if you would like more information.

Feel free to comment or drop me a hello below, and look out for my next update.

So as a grey rabbit once said ‘that’s all folks”