Bridal Bootcamp – here we go

No I’m not getting married! But my brother is and I’m lucky enough to be a bridesmaid and support my best friend and sister-in-law to be on her big day.
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I heard about a bridal bootcamp on the radio and didn’t think anything more of it until they mentioned the competition was open to the whole bridal party – bridesmaids, best men, mother of the bride, everyone!!

So…what’s Bridal Bootcamp Me all about? Just as an athlete peaks for a race, Bridal Bootcamp will help Leah and I to physically and mentally peak for Leah and Jason’s special day (and the millions of photos that go with that). The bootcamp combines the Legion Training Program developed by International Stuntman and Celebrity trainer Tyrone Bell with the personal development program of A Mother’s Love to help me create the ultimate ME!
At the end of the 13-week program the top 10 competitors will go head to head to win ZM listener votes and the ultimate Bridal Bootcamp prize.
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I thought this is exactly what I need to keep on track while I’m on holiday and get focused on my next goal immediately after the marathon. I started following Bridal Bootcamp Me on Facebook and investigating legion training and loved everything I saw! That night there was a competition for the bride and her bridesmaid to win entry to the bootcamp, a prize worth $500!! I thought what the heck, why not try my lucky and threw my hat in the ring with a small explanation of why I wanted Leah and her bridesmaids to win. And we WON!! I couldn’t believe it and am sooo excited to be involved! The timing couldn’t be better and is just the motivation and support I need to get in my dream bridesmaid dress!

I’ve done my measurements, filled in a very detailed questioner about my current fitness and body image and my goals and am waiting in anticipation for the online portal to be unlocked so I can see what I’m eating tomorrow!

Ill be posting updates, pics and snippets along the way but sing out if you have any questions or better yet, if you are part of the bootcamp too!!

Check out the website for all the details and follow them on Facebook for competitions and prizes throughout the next 13 weeks!
http://www.bridalbootcamp.me

Laura xx

Motivating Monday – Katie Robertson, co-owner of Functional Results Fitness

Next in our series of “Motivation Monday” we have Katie Robertson. Katie is co- owner of Functional Results Fitness in Lyall Bay, Wellington – aka, Crossfit FRF. (check them out here http://www.crossfitfrf.com). Kettlebells and Cookies wanted to find out what it is like to run your own gym and what she loves most about her job. Take it away Katie..

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Tell us a bit about yourself….
Hmmm well where to start? Well I am 23 years old and was born and have lived in Wellington my whole life. I also have a little doggy called Willow. I am the co-owner of Crossfit FRF in Lyall Bay Wellington. Being the owner of a box (gym) means I have to live my life a little different to other 23 year olds. Up at 5am everyday and home at 8pm. Earning little to no income and living with my very supportive mum 🙂 If you know me I am very silly and maybe even a little crazy at times! Since opening my gym my whole life has revolved around CrossFit. To be honest I love it that way! I love the lifestyle and community.

What did you do prior to opening Crossfit FRF?
I studied a diploma of Exercise Prescription at The New Zealand institute of Sport in Wellington. I loved every minute of my study there! From there I got my first job in a small health club inside a Hotel. One if the best parts about this job was the numerous amounts of rugby teams that stayed there!  From there I wanted more of a challenge and to be pushed outside of my comfort zone and I looked for bigger things and this is where I found City Fitness. I applied for a job and started working a s a full time personal trainer 1 week later. While being a personal trainer at City Fitness the company opened up a CrossFit gym and this was when I started doing CrossFit (Feb 2013).

When/what made you decide to open your own gym?
One day on my way to gymnastics training (yes it’s a thing) my friend Gerard who is now my business partner suggested to me that we should open a box together. At the time I thought yeah that would be cool but it will never happen!

5 Months later….We opened our doors! One of the things that motivated me to open my own gym was having the freedom to really change peoples lives and being able to control that. Not having to answer to anyone and use my own style of training.

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Have you always been interested in sports and keeping fit?
Throughout my school years I was always interested in sport. I was a competitive swimmer in school and also did other sports including surf lifesaving and water polo. When I was studying sport and exercise took a small step back as I focused on study and of course living the student lifestyle! Once I finished my diploma I got right back into fitness and getting myself living a healthy lifestyle.

What are the most interesting and fun parts of running your own gym?
One of the best parts I would have to say is to see people getting results and being able to assist them in changing their lives! Everyday I see my members working so hard and to be able to see them “getting gains” is amazing! The CrossFit community we have here is awesome, everyone here is so supportive in and out of the gym. The members at my gym aren’t just people in the door who come for a workout! They are my friends and family. I’m so lucky to be able to have a job like this!

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And, are there any things you don’t like so much?
If I had to say something…..sometimes the early mornings and late nights aren’t the best. Also cleaning the gym. It’s awesome we have such a big and open space, but it takes a while to get around with the mop.

How did you discover Crossfit?
I was first introduced to crossfit a few years back when I participated in a charity Fight gone bad event. Then while I was working at city fitness as a personal trainer they opened a CrossFit. My friend Gerard and now business partner was the head coach who ran the CrossFit. After participating in the classes for a while I went away to do my level one certification and became a CrossFit coach. After that there was no looking back, I fell in love with CrossFit. Being able to do things I would never imagine and looking and feeling the best I ever have!

How do you explain what Crossfit is to people who have no idea what it is (and may see videos on you tube etc of crazy looking exercises!)?
Think about it like you do a wide range of exercises ranging from body weight movements like pull ups and squats to olympic lifting and cardio! Then think of it like a sport…..you want to be able to do all the exercises well and be able to do them fast! CrossFit is designed to be done at high intensity and intensity is where you get results!

What would you say to people who are interested in trying out Crossfit, but are scared/think it’s not for them/too hard etc?
Everyone had to start somewhere. Even the fittest woman on earth had to try her first CrossFit class before she knew she wanted to do it. Every CrossFit gym knows what its like for someone new to start and how it can be a little scary. The coaches will ensure you feel comfortable and are exercising safely. How do you know you can’t unless you try?

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I could never live without….

I hear a lot of people who are on some sort of health and fitness journey say things like “Oh, I would never be able to do that because I could NEVER live without <insert food/amount of sleep/morning or evening ritual etc here>”.

A typical scenario I have experienced is often food based.  For example, I while back I went a month (or two or three, I can’t actually remember) without sugar. Any sugar, refined, natural – ANY (ie: including fruit).  Why? Just to see if I could. And, see if it made any difference to my energy levels, training, weight etc.  As I have said before, I love to do wee experiments to find out what works for me with my nutrition. We all know that there are hidden sugars in a lot of foods nowadays and even though I was eating a pretty clean diet, it definitely made me be SUPER DUPER prepared with my nutrition in advance.

Anyway, my point I am getting at is –  What I found while I found while I was doing this was that I got SO many comments along the lines of “Wow, I could NEVER do that becuase of xyz (insert lame excuse here)” and, “What on earth do you eat? I could never survive on that” etc (I was also eating Paleo at the time).

I find it interesting because these people have made a snap judgement on themselves before thinking through whether it is even possible. They have let themselves down before considering if this is something they could, or even want to do.  Doing something different is hard.  Change is difficult. It is much easier to stick with what you know and stay within your comfort zone. If it were easy, people would start new scary things everyday. But more often than not, the fear of failure, what others may think, or second guessing themselves stops them.

There are all sorts of pictures and quotes that tell you this…

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Hey, I even had a personalised diary with one of these cool quotes on it (yup, I’m a total stationary geek)..

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One of the reasons I personally like to do things I that are a little crazy (not drinking for three months, adventure races, even Crossfit – hey it’s not natural to throw 50-70kgs above your head on a regular basis), is that as well as these things pushing my physical limits, it’s the mental challenge that I believe is the greatest thing to conquer. So many things we do in life, our mind will let us down much before our body will.

– Working late at night and would rather be at home on the couch – you set yourself little goals, ok, get to the end of this section of the document and then you can have a sleep-in in the morning.

– Going for a new Personal Best in an olympic lift – often you know you are going to get it well before you step on the platform to make the lift.

– Going for a new longest distance you have ever run – your mind convinces you that you can do it well before your legs decide to give up.

– Not eating the chocolate/lollies in the cupboard after dinner – whether you do or not is overcoming your mind, not because your stomach is so hungry you need it.

All of these things, if your head isn’t in the game, there is no way you will achieve it.

Mental toughness isn’t something that people are born with. Like anything, it is a skill that is worked on and practiced. The more you continue to push the limits of what you think is possible, the more you believe you can achieve the next goal you set your mind towards. And the cool thing is, the more you do it, the easier it becomes and the more belief you have in yourself (also known as confidence!).

Keep this in mind before you make the next assumption on yourself on whether you can achieve something or not.  Surround yourself with motivational quotes and inspiring people.  You might be surprised how much of an impact it can have.

October Challenge – pick your goals

**Bit late on getting this one up on the blog – but good to see many of you are already well underway with working towards your October goals**

Here is the kettlebells and cookies October challenge!

Pick one from each quadrant (or more if you are brave!) and stick to it for the month of October.

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Make sure to keep us up to date on how you are going – we love to hear your stories! And of course we will keep you updated on our progress 🙂 If you are on social media remember to hashtag #kettlebellsandcookies so we can easily see how you are going.

Also if you aren’t already, come and join our ‘team kettlebells and cookies’ closed group on Facebook and find some new friends working towards similar goals.

Jane and Laura xx