Just a quick note to say sorry I’m not currently blogging. I’m currently taking some time out from Fit Bunny, while I’m off having my own little bunny.
Sadly I won’t be returning to teach one-to-one sessions, but I will be back to my group classes in October (dates to be confirmed). I can’t yet say when/if I will come back to this blog. I find it really hard to write about something I’m not submerged in, so the earliest will be October, but I may find the words don’t flow without my one-to-ones.
I’ll update you all when I know more.
In the grand scheme of fitness professionals, I am not the leanest, but I’m not by any means fat. I know exactly what I need to do to lean down, but it’s just not my priority right now, because it means less food and as any of my clients will tell you, I love food! But I also don’t want the unfit masses to think that all slim people and just naturally slim. Yes, some people find it easier to maintain a lower level of body fat. But more often than not, the simply have naturally healthier eating habits. Their portions are naturally smaller, they never jumped on the comfort eating band wagon and snacking just isn’t a part of their lives.
Then there is the other lean folks out there. These guys like me grew up with unhealthy eating habits. Loving parents who didn’t know better, some who still don’t. They picked up all the bad eating habits they could and suddenly woke up fat and miserable. These poor people, like me, have had to face the hard truth that we did this to ourselves and we are the only ones who can undo it. We have to work hard to undo each bad eating habit. To retrain our brains and then stick to it though thick and thin.
It’s not easy being lean, so stop telling yourself that it will never be you, because everyone else is naturally slim. Stop thinking that everyone else has found it easier than you. It’s simply not true, so suck it up and stop being a lazy ass. It might seem tough, but trust me its completely worth it.
I find it constant source of both amusement and sorrow, when people say they are not in good enough shape to workout, or they are not fit enough for the gym. It’s like saying you’re to hungry to eat or too hot to put on the air conditioning. The simple situation of being “not in good shape” or “not fit enough”, are easily fixed, by getting off your butt, getting out of our own way and doing something about it. You dedicated a lot of time getting yourself into your current shape, you need to put some effort into getting yourself out of it.
For me a large part of the problem, is unrealistic expectations. This image that you are either as you are or perfect, and if you don’t reach perfect you have failed. Health and fitness is NOT and I repeat NOT about being perfect. We need to stop comparing ourselves to tightly toned, gym geeks, on Instagram. These people have dedicated their lives to looking a certain way, you have a job, kids, hobbies, a dog, a social life and you don’t want to give up everything you enjoy. They have chosen how they look over these things and that is there choice. But just because you don’t look the same doesn’t mean you have failed.
Just like its crazy to think that you are failure if you are not perfect. It is also crazy to wait for the perfect moment to start getting fitter. The perfect moment doesn’t exist. Getting started is tough, but once you take the leap its done. I get so many people contact me, asking all the right questions, saying they are ready to get started and then, oh, wait, work got a little busy, the husband bought a dog, the daughter started dance classes. You will be no use to anyone without your health and certainly no use to anyone in the ground. So start looking after yourself now. Stop waiting for perfect.
So I have been a little slack on the blogging and social media front, but can you blame me? It’s summer. Clothes off, run free, enjoy the heat, SUMMER.
There is no better excuse than beautiful weather to embrace clothes free life. My favourite bonus being no tan lines, but it’s so much cooler without layers of fabric wrapping me up. I feel the cold really badly, so it really only this time of year in the UK that I can actually get outside and let my skin really breath.
While I love going clothes free in this weather, its very important to remember to not go factor free. There is nothing cool about sun burn and nothing cool or funny about skin cancer. At Fit Bunny we love our bodies, so make sure you give that lovely body lost of protection with factor 20 or above.
We still have a couple of sessions left in August and two remaining spaces at Lunch Club on 31st August at 1.30pm. So don’t be shy, just get in touch.
Obviously after the fact that naked fitness is amazing, the other thing that really surprises people is how far I can push them. While sessions are still fun and based around an individual’s ability, new clients are always shocked at how much more they achieve with me than in a gym environment.
I understand it’s a lot harder to argue with a naked trainer, but this surely can’t be the only reason?
Here’s some points to ponder, on why you will get a better workout with me:
- Fear of failure. No one else is watching, but me, in a one to one session. You don’t have to worry about the fear of failure in front other people. My private studio creates a lovely safe please. You can push yourself, but it doesn’t matter if you fail and you know what 9 times out of 10 people don’t fail at all.
- You cannot hide your motivation. Yes, my studio has mirrors, a lot of mirrors, and no I won’t cover them on request. Mirrors are important to check that your form is correct, but it is also very important to see and know yourself. Anyone who has read the amazing Run, Fat B!tch Run, by Ruth Fields, will know this as channeling your inner B!tch. Face your motivation head on. This doesn’t mean fat shaming yourself! You might use it as motivation to increase range of movement or improve stamina and be less sweaty.
- I’m very creative. I use a range of equipment, most of which you could easily have at home, but I’m creative with it. I hit the body (metaphorically speaking) from all sides and angles. Most people wouldn’t train themselves in a gym, how I train them in my studio, so it pushes the body in a new way.
I’d like to think of myself as a nice person, but I’m certainly not a nice trainer. I’ll push you, within your abilities, to reach your goals. So don’t be confused by the naked. It doesn’t mean it going to be softly, softly. Naked doesn’t simply mean nice.
It’s kind of a little crazy how much time we spend dressing ourselves up. Women in particular, waste a huge amount of time. I guess we just have too many options. Just shapes and styles of tops alone can leave the mind boggling, before you have to deal with earrings and a matching clutch. But I often wonder isn’t all this so call finery detracting from what we should be focusing on? Loving our naked body?
In so many areas of life, we are taught, if there is a problem take it back to the core issue. So if you find yourself never happy with how you look, why are you not stripping bare and learning to love your naked self. I’m telling you now some clothes actually make you look worse. I am a lot happier with my shape out of clothes then in them. The idea of a bikini is still a little worrying. But on the days when I sadly must blend with society and where clothing, I don’t have to worry too much because I know I am happy with my naked self. Physically and mentally. Don’t get me wrong, of course there are things that in an ideal world I would have slightly differently. But we need to get over ourselves and stop thinking that happiness, comes hand in hand with perfection. For one perfect humans done exist. So if happiness only came with perfection, we would all be miserable.
Learning to love your naked self, doesn’t have to mean you happy with how you look. It’s a love and appreciation for all your body does for you. All the times it holds you up, when you knock it down. For keeping going, when all you do is heap stress on it and don’t feed it the right foods. Once you learn t love your naked self you will find it much easy to take better care of it, because in the end we look after those we truly love.
So spend some time with your naked self and start learning to love your naked body.
There are so many barriers in front of you when you start including health and fitness in your life. Lack of time is one of the key ones and I am sure I will be blogging on that very soon, but once you have found the time, be its before or after work, or maybe on your lunch break, the age old problem we had at school raises it’s ugly head…
“I forgot my gym kit!”
Life is busy and if you’re not particularly excited about your trip to see your trainer, (clearly you’re not seeing me, if this is the case), then its understandable you would forget it more often then you would like. It is like your subconscious is trying to get you out of it. This might even be one of the barriers to you starting it in the first place. The idea of lugging in gym kit to work, can be enough to put anyone off. Especially when it is hard enough to fit yourself into the tube or bus.
Well no such issue with naked fitness. Just rock up as you are, strip bare and you are ready to go. No kit needed, no gym bag to lug about, no sweaty clothes to carry home. You don’t even need a towel or water bottle.
I often have clients who travel to London for work. There commutes can involve planes and thousands of miles. My furthest to date has been the USA. On a busy trip the last thing you want is to be adding gym kit to the packing list.
So save yourself some bother and start doing your fitness naked!