Nic is the deputy head of a primary school and juggles the challenges of governors meetings, parents evenings, staff meetings and two teenage boys and their hobbies to attend Fit Camp three times a week.
At all other times you’ll find her in the garden growing and cutting flowers.
Find out why someone who didn’t much like school PE, decided to join Fit Camp (and stay!).
Why did you join FastTrack Fit Camp?
I’ve always been heavier than I’d like to be, unless I’ve just finished a diet!
I love food and don’t have a full button. I hated PE at school but did some rowing, walking and cycling and keep fit videos in my spare time. In my 20s and 30s I enjoyed aerobics classes and went swimming and to the gym but found that boring. I’d read a book whilst on the exercise bike; it didn’t do much for me! I’m no good at pushing myself.
I got in touch with Heidi and joined Fit Camp in 2010 hoping that it would be the solution. I knew I needed to exercise more to fit into the clothes I wanted to wear. Since then we’re thinking more about our long term health too, having had family members become ill due partly to being overweight.
2. How many sessions a week do you manage?
I started off doing 3 sessions a week. Then Dave, my husband, decided he wanted to join in so we took it in turns to do month on month off when the boys were small. We now do it together 3 times a week.
3. What are the biggest challenges you face to fitting exercise in each week?
It’s much easier now the boys are older but occasionally I have to miss sessions due to evening meetings. I’m not very good at making them up because I feel I need the other evenings to get jobs done at home or just to relax.
Sometimes we don’t fancy going but we never come back regretting it! The camaraderie of Fit Camp perks you up and keeps you going.
4. How does attending Fit Camp help you to deal with these challenges?
The timings work well for us, the location is handy too. I like the option of being able to do other sessions and have been known to do more during school holidays! All camps are friendly and welcoming. The different instructors all have slightly different styles which makes it fun and interesting.
It feels a bit like we’ve got a Fit Camp family, people ask where people are if they’re not there for any reason. Everyone is interested in and supportive of each other. I feel I’ve missed out if I don’t go.
5. What benefits have you got from attending Fit Camp that you weren’t expecting?
The camaraderie, friendship and support from other campers. It’s way better than a gym or exercise classes for me because you’re not anonymous. You go because you’ve paid but also because you don’t want to miss it. You get pushed (gently) to work harder. A good variety of exercises. It’s never boring.
I’m much stronger and fitter than I used to be. Not sure I’ll ever be happy with my size but that’s another thing!
6. What’s you favourite exercise?
Hmmmmmm…. absolutes hates are bunny hops, happy bears and bear walks. Don’t mind burpees. Favourite though is a…. bum lift!!!
FastTrack Fit Camp is an outdoor fitness business with the focus on improving people on the inside so they feel good on the outside. In 2019 FastTrack Fit Camp became a Social Enterprise and committed to distribute a minimum of 50% of profits back to community environmental projects each year with the goal of helping our local citizens feel good whilst being outside too.