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Bootcamp is dead :-(

13321654_1073772549335745_6720899411017857265_nToday’s the day I finally close the doors on Bootcamp.

The decision comes with a heavy heart, but it’s something I’ve been wrestling with for a while.

The truth is, Bootcamp died several years ago, but we powered on with it like a dog with a bone.

You see, “Bootcamp” outside of the military refers to an “Intensive, immersive programme to get results quickly”. So in terms of a fat-loss or transformation camp, that would mean a complete programme of fat-loss specific workouts, eating plans, lifestyle coaching, nutrition coaching, group support… Like I said, a complete programme.

And that’s what we’ve always done with our Bootcamp.

We’ve never shouted at anyone, talked down to people, or told them to “Move your fat arse” because “That’s what they do in the military”.

But for a few years now, people have been putting on workouts that include a few squats, pushups, and planks, or anything they can use to create a military connection, no matter how tenuous, to piggy back on the term “Bootcamp”.

You can just drop-in to free “Bootcamps” in local parks, or nip down to your local leisure centre and join in a “Bootcamp” workout on an ad-hoc basis.

But of course all of those things are the opposite of what a Bootcamp programme is. An “Intensive, immersive programme to get results quickly”.

Without everything else that makes the programme complete, it’s just a workout.

That’s not what we do….



Food Friday: Quick and fancy portabello eggs

In pilates the other day, we were doing a move overhead and Claire, our instructor, likened it to people on TV cooking shows testing out meringue. When I looked utterly bewildered she said to me, “Not a Masterchef fan then?”

I said, “I only watch one cooking show. It’s called ‘I Can Cook’ and it’s on Cbeebies!”

funny-picture-godzilla-cat-picture-gen-kanaiMy son, Max, is 1 year and 3 months old. He’s like a proper little boy now, running, climbing, destroying everything like he’s an enormous dragon-monster been let loose on the streets of Tokyo.

And I wasn’t joking when I said I watch I Can Cook! 🙂

I’m roughly the same level as those kids in the kitchen. If I sang while I washed my hands, I could blend right in.

But one thing I really like about that show is that they cook fancy looking things with just a few ingredients and simple instructions. And it’s real food!

Now, all that said, this recipe isn’t from there, it’s originally from awesome food blog Uproot Kitchen. But it’s so simple I can do it, can be knocked up in 20 minutes (from fridge to table), tastes great, and if you have company looks fancy as hell!

Oh and it’s vegetarian friendly too.

Portabello Eggs
Here’s what you need:



My Shake Diet Detox – A New Beginning

Today is the first day of my Shake Diet Detox. This is a new beginning for me in a lot of ways.

Firstly, up until now, I’ve been vehemently against shake diets. When you have any kind of nutritional qualifications, just looking at the ingredients on these things would be enough to make you want to eat the packaging as a healthier alternative.

However, I do feel like years of putting just as much effort into my cheat days as the other days of the week have left me, shall we say, clogged up and sluggish.

The other thing is, I have a baby now. I have a child who will grow up copying me and learning from my example. I think it’s important that he learns from an early age that replacing solid food meals with formulated shakes is a perfectly normal and healthy thing to do. After all, half of his diet is liquid and in all honesty if I could get half my nutrition from being attached to a boobie, I’d do exactly the same thing!

That seems like a win any way you look at it!

Boobies.

So I had my final meal this morning and I made sure it was a good one: Speedy Pancakes from our 21-day Quickstart Meal Plan with chocolate sauce. Because let’s face it, if you’re going to have a final meal, it should have chocolate sauce. The fact I put chocolate sauce on everything is neither here nor there.

I’m only gutted I didn’t have any bacon.

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Here’s the plan I’ll be following for 7 days:…



3 Fitness Model Secrets to Tighten and Tone at the Last Minute

Unless you’ve been hibernating in a dark room, you’ll have noticed the elusive on-off bursts of British sunshine have already started to creep up on us with a mini heatwave. Get out the factor 50!

Problem is though, because the British summer always seems to hit us with ninja-like stealth, we’re never prepared! So here’s 3 techniques we use in those last 21-28 days to get models ready for photo shoots that you can use to drop a few extra pounds before your mate’s barbecue at the weekend….



How 5 Top Fitness Pros Stay Lean When Eating Out

Young woman biting into hamburger in diner

Are you always invited out after a hard week’s work, but feel like you have to decline, or feel guilty afterwards because it undid all your hard work in the gym that week?

I asked five top fitness experts to give me their best quick tip to having a great night out without having to deal with the aftermath around your belly, hips, and thighs!

#1 – Be Prepared

Sam Bird

Sam Bird

“If eating out beforehand then check the restaurant’s website for meal options and make the best decision before you leave to fit it into your plan for the day. If drinking is involved… have one drink and make it last! Alcohol wise a spirit and diet soda type combination is probably lowest in calories.”

– Sam Bird, owner of Zeus Fitness, Physique Transformation Specialist and Men’s Physique competitor



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