How’s your week been?
I’ve met an extraordinary number of people who’ve had a crappy week.
It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster for me too, so maybe like attracts like, but I have been surprised with quite how many people have rolled their eyes when I’ve asked them how they are.
Have you noticed it too?
Anyway, that aside (because these things are all transitory) I thought I’d share with you some of the learnings from our guests at our 4* Fitness Weekender last weekend.
We spent the weekend at the spacious Norton Park Hotel in Sutton Scotney near Winchester. It was our first venture into a hotel accommodation and Karen and I weren’t sure how we were going to find the experience.
We were also a little on edge that the weather was going to be terrible.
Now don’t get me wrong. I talk a LOT about exercising in the rain, but that’s one 45 minute session. It’s a bit different to spend all day outside in wet clothes.
The forecast was looking decidedly flaky and we were able to muster a room to convene in should the heavens open.
Well, what do you know?!
We had a rather rain-free experience!
Despite the forecast, we had a few drizzly minutes here and there, but other than that all rain was when we were inside. It makes such a difference! I am sure there wouldn’t have been such lovely comments if it had been soaking wet for two days.
“THANK YOU SO MUCH for organising such a fantastic weekend. I loved every moment of it and wouldn’t have changed a thing. Please keep doing what you do so well.” JC
We use these weekends as an opportunity to share new workouts, techniques, exercises and equipment.
“Great weekend; an enjoyable way to learn and try out new fitness things not to mention the calories burnt giggling!” SB
They did Nordic Walking hill-intervals, FitBall workouts, circuits, partner work, PiYO, stretching sessions, running technique, abs on the ball, sand bags, kettlebells, battle ropes and skipping.
Throughout the weekend there were also ongoing tasks for them to do in their teams. One of these challenges was a Scavenger Hunt.
We presented them with a list of 15 items that we knew were available in the hotel and allocated points for each of them.
There were things like:
- A table number from the restaurant
- A coat hanger
- A joss stick
- A metal candle
- A toy
- Karen’s medals
- A flower
- A Christmas napkin
- A Paultons Park leaflet
We learned a lot from this exercise!
We learned that they were ruthless!
They had no qualms about taking all the Paultons Park leaflets and bartering with them for something someone in the other group had.
They had no issue with removing hotel items! There was a sudden lack of table numbers for about 12 hours …
They were prepared to bribe, coax and steal to get what they needed off this list. Karen’s medals. Her real medals, were the top dollar marks and boy did they get creative to get them!
There were however two things that stumped them somewhat.
A Frisbee and a metal straw.
The hotel staff told them that they didn’t supply metal straws.
One team very creatively made a ‘metal straw’ by covering a paper one in tin foil and then painting it in clear nail varnish! Bloody clever if you ask me.
And that’s what they should have done…ask me.
Because I had plenty of metal straws in my bag for all of them and Frisbees too.
All of the items were available, we knew that. But none of them thought to ask us if we had any of these things until quite late into the challenge.
Once all the teams had declared their stash I did ask them how this transferred into life.
If there’s something in life you want or need, just ask for it.
The person you ask may not know, but there’s a good chance that you’ll find someone fairly quickly who can help.
Social media is brilliant for this.
Back in July I posted on Facebook about wanting to talk to someone about planting trees in Wokingham. Someone was tagged, we met, I spoke at an event for them last week, contact has been made for tree stuff.
At my networking meetings it’s not unusual for someone to ask for someone by name to be introduced to for a business opportunity. It’s also not unusual for someone in the room to say ‘oh I drink with him‘ or ‘she’s my neighbour‘… ask for what you want.
This weekend during a chat Roberta was talking about how the charity she volunteers for (SAFE) needs some mains water so they don’t have to wheelbarrow it in across fields. In that conversation were people who knew what she needed to do, who to ask, what tactics to employ…ask for what you want.
So on that note, what do you want?
How can you get some help in that area?
And whilst we’re at it here’s what I want.
I want to help more people improve their health through outdoor fitness and good, honest nutrition. We offer a free week’s trial to anyone trying us for the first time.
Who do you know who wants to get fitter? Improve their shape or boost their mood?
Please pass them our way. It’s our 10th Birthday next month and we’ll have a great opportunity for them if they chose to join us, and we’ll thank you nicely too!
“A brilliant weekend thanks to Heidi and Karen for stretching us, supporting us and looking after us.” NK
Our Happiest Year Yet Event is open for early bird booking! I hope we’ll see you on Saturday 4 January –> you can book HERE.
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.