New Year Bootcamp…week 3- diary of a Bootcamper!

Well here we are …. deep in to week four of the New Year- New You Bootcamp!
I’m amazed at everyone’s dedication and commitment to the programme, not a single person out of the 35 have dropped out!

To add to my astonishment, around 12 people have opted (like me) to continue with the detox diet beyond the 4- weeks of the bootcamp, for continued wellbeing and high energy. Lets face it, with the weather the way it is right now we need any source of energy we can get our hands on!

Next week would be the “re-introduction” phase of the programme, where people will add toxins back in to their diet to see the effects it will have on them. Now they have a clean canvas, they can truly monitor wether or not they are intolerant to:
– Wheat

– Sugar

– Dairy

– Alchohol


– Caffeine.

Laura Burgess from Latest 7 magazine shares her experiences in the final week…..

Posted in Health & Beauty, Latest 7, Regulars, Wave on February 7, 2012

 By the end of week three it’s the final push in the lead up to Friday’s weigh-in, so it’s all systems go. I instinctively know what I am doing when it comes to preparing food and what to expect at the training classes.

In the Monday beginners’ class, where we meet to discuss our food intake, Christian suggested that as we’re halfway through boot camp, we should consider giving up starchy carbohydrates. The timing for this was slightly off considering I’d just bought a loaf of Rye bread and a bag of buck wheat! I decided not to do this in the third week but save it until the final few days before that dreaded weigh-in. I also went to a cheese and wine party at the weekend and was very disciplined for not touching a drop or having a bite!

My favourite class is definitely the advanced class on Wednesdays, and this week was no exception as to how hard Christian pushed us. In fact, at the intermediate class on Thursday with Mark, it felt like he had noticeably upped the intensity also, and said he wanted us to really go for it in the last few weeks.

During the Wednesday class with Christian, the warm-up is definitely a mini workout itself although I must admit I am managing it a lot better than what I could do just three weeks ago. This time with the Kettlebells we worked in pairs and had to do a set of snatch reps on each arm. We started at ten on the left arm, then our partner would do their set, and we would switch to our right arm. We had to keep alternating in sets from 10 down to 5, maintaining a constant workout. We all did sets of a clean, squat and press and of course it didn’t stop once we finally put the bell down, as we did the plank and sit ups. If there’s one exercise that I really struggle with it’s bicycle sit-ups.

On Thursdays class with Mark, we were split into smaller groups, lined up and each person had to travel to one end of the room and back doing alternate exercises, such as the bear crawl, mountain climbers and lunges, before pacing it back and taking it in turns. It really was a great way to keep the heart rate pumping. We then spent a good 15 minutes doing our kettlebell lifts, double and single arm swings, snatches, and a new one for me, the figure of eight. This means passing the kettlebell between and around the legs!

By the end of the third week I definitely feel more toned and my body shape seems slightly more defined. My energy levels during the class are high and I generally feel fit. I have had the chance to have three lie-ins this week but my body naturally wakes up early. Every time I see my classmates it’s amazing to see their skin glowing and everyone keeps telling one another that they look like they’ve lost weight around their middles! The important message Christian drums into our heads, is that it’s not about losing pounds but turning body fat into muscle. There’s also no greater feeling of satisfaction every time I have finished a session, so as I am heading into my final week I am seriously considering extending my bootcamp by another month. Wish me luck for the weigh in and measurement results on Friday!

The Kettlebell’s classes are open to everyone, whether you’re doing the bootcamp or not:

If you missed the bootcamp this time round, don’t fear…we’ll be doing the next on in June 2012! Message me for details!

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Week 3- New Year Bootcamp! Energy is high!

Last night’s class was a testament to the bootcampers fitness, which is at an all-time high!

We attempted some four-minute long drills involving kettlebells and bodyweight exercises, and everyone did great! Bear in mind, most attendees where dying after just thirty seconds of work at the induction session two weeks ago!


Happy swingers at the bodyblast- Advanced class at ZT Fitness, Hove.

Laura Burgess from Latest 7 magazine is blogging her experiences of the bootcamp……..

Posted in Health & Beauty, Latest 7, Regulars, Wave on January 30, 2012

I’ve reached the halfway point of bootcamp and I’m noticing positive effects from the food detox and strict exercise regime. At the end of week two, I’ve resisted fish and chips and the best part of a roast, alongside enduring four great workout sessions.

The feedback from my food diary from the first week showed that I was snacking too often and eating too much fruit – I know you’re probably wondering how is that possible? The important point that trainer Christian drills to the class is that with most meals you eat you need an equal proportion of three major food groups: fat, protein and carbohydrates.

In the first week I eliminated the correct toxins from my diet but this week I have found a pattern and made wiser choices to ensure I get all three food groups into every meal I eat. Out with porridge for breakfast, and in with avocado for fat, a boiled egg for protein and a slice of Rye bread, or a piece of fruit, for carbs. In week one I was eating nuts like sweets, and to be honest I am still struggling to control my quantity but I am separating a smaller amount into a container to keep on my desk at work. When I have a snack, such as a yoghurt, I have a couple of almonds or Brazilian nuts to ensure I am having enough good fat. I am slightly concerned about the amount of calories in the nuts, so I hope they don’t jeopardise my overall weight loss.

Other things I have to bear in mind are: drink plenty of water – aiming for three litres a day, avoid starchy carbs in the evening with dinner and have two pieces of fruit a day rather than an unlimited amount. I am carrying a 1.5 litre bottle with me, everywhere I go! Despite waking up every night at 4am for a trip to the toilet, drinking water has made a huge difference to how I feel.

Every Monday I attend the beginners’ class for bootcampers only, where we discuss food ideas before practising lifts with the kettlebells. I went to a Zumba® class on Tuesday and the advanced and intermediate kettlebells classes on Wednesday and Thursday.

I like the advanced class because it’s slightly smaller and the intensity is mad, I really have to push as hard as I can to keep myself going. In this week’s advanced class, after a warm-up, Christian gave us a set of dumbbells each and we weren’t allowed to put them down for a good 10-15 minutes. My arms were aching and shaking by the end of the lifts – we even had to keep them in our hands while doing the plank. That was before I had even touched my usual 8kg kettlebell that session. I can honestly say there’s no greater feeling than knowing you’re working every single muscle in your body at once.

By the end of week two I find I have no trouble falling asleep at night, I am no longer dehydrated, I feel a lot happier and a few of my friends have already complimented me on my skin. I am not sure if I notice any difference to my physique yet, which is what I will be most interested in.

The Kettlebell’s classes are open to everyone, whether you’re doing the bootcamp or not:

If you’ve missed the bootcamp this time round, do not fear…we have the Beach Body programme starting in June! Message me for details:


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Latest 7 magazine journo gives New Year Bootcamp thumbs up!

Now in its second week, the 35 New Year bootcampers have been inducted, measured and exercised hard using Kettebells and other fun exercises.

For many people this is their first bout of exercise in a long time! We recommend they attend at least three exercise sessions a week, but some are attending 4-5 sessions per week in their quest for maximum acheievement of their health and fitness goals!

Induction day at Varndean School.

Everyone is now loving the programme, reporting feelings of energy and great mood, which was a contrast to the first few days where most complained of headaches and lethargy as the toxins left their bodies.

Laura from Latest 7 magazine is blogging her experiences……

Only one week into my Kettlebells bootcamp and I have had hallucinations of cake and dreams of eating cheese. I ache all over and to top it all off I walk like John Wayne.

After an introductory session, where trainer Christian Vila provided us with a welcome pack that focuses on both exercise and food, I have been to three sessions of Kettlebells and one Zumba® class this week.

The beginner’s session on Monday helped us find out what weight we were best suited to, and at a steady pace we mixed cardio with different lifts. The following day I was aching but it was nothing as to how I would feel after joining the advanced class on Wednesday…

I have never had a workout like this before, I do like to stay active by running and taking Zumba® classes two to three times a week, but this definitely got every muscle in my body working.

After the warm-up, where you run laps, do star jumps and squats, I honestly thought I was going to be sick as it’s so fast-paced, letting you rest for no more than five seconds. As you work with a partner suited to the same size weight as you, one completes a routine with the kettlebell for 30 seconds while the other is on the floor, most likely doing press ups, holding the plank position and completing squats. You alternate throughout the whole session and work on lifts such as a double arm swing, kettlebell squats, kettlebell shoulder press and cleans.

Despite it sounding difficult, there is a really great atmosphere, and you actually find yourself having a laugh as you grit your teeth when holding a position. I also attended the intermediate class on Thursday night and after three stints of training and a Zumba® class, my stomach muscles are definitely feeling it!

On the food and drink front it’s been tough giving up my vices: coffee, diet Coke and chocolate. I have been eating plenty of fruit, nuts, porridge, chicken, fish, eggs, brown rice and most importantly aiming to drink three litres of water a day. I still want the naughty stuff, anything carb-related, but my cravings are not as strong as they have been since the start. I will hand my food diary to Christian tonight and he will provide feedback on what I’ve been eating.

The Kettlebells classes are open to everyone as they are drop-in, and I seriously recommend this to anyone who wants a proper workout where they will feel it afterwards. I have three weeks left of bootcamp and I really cannot wait to see my final results in week four.

Laura Burgess

For the Kettlebells training timetable see

You can join our regular classes now..or wait for the next bootcamp- The Beach Body Programme in May 2012!

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XCAP 4Ever Greens: Support your training!

Brighton Kettlebells are proud to announce they are now stocking 4 EverGreens (Supergreens)!

Greens products have gained popularity as a means to incorporate high amounts of antioxidants, and add a considerable increase to the number of daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

This will:
1) Speed up the detox process of your diet.
2) Balance the acidity levels in your stomach
3) Increase energy.
4) Improve sleep patterns
5) Improve performance at work and in classes.
6) Ensure you meet your daily intake of fruit and veg.

The ONLY supplement recommended on the New Year- New You bootcamp!

Buy yours at the next class at £45 for a 1 month supply!

Cash on collection or pay here:

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Wheat- your daily poison?

All of this could well be down to your daily consumption of wheat.
How many of you reading this know of someone with a wheat intolerance? Do you think you’re any different?
You see, as a species, we humans are not supposed to eat wheat. It behaves like a poison in the body, leading to many ailments and maladies.
As you read this, you know deep down that if you eat bread it makes you feel bloated and tired. This is your body telling its not good!
I now train people who regularly talk about Irritable bowel syndrome, candidiasis and Crohn’s disease in their lives. Coeliac disease now affects one in a 100 people, other wheat intolerances probably more.

How is this so?

We have bred wheat to produce high quantities in intensive growing conditions, (much like milk and meat) with no guarantee of its nutritional quality; modern varieties have 30-50 per cent fewer minerals than traditional ones. White flour has up to 88 per cent less of a range of minerals and vitamins than whole wheat.
Thats nuts!

Worse still, enzymes, often genetically modified, are added to flour and dough to make the fluffy, big loaves you see on your supermarket shelves. Furthermore, recent research suggests that one enzyme, transglutaminase, used in food manufacturing and baking, may actually turn some of the gliadin protein in wheat flour into a form that can be toxic to some people.
This also applies to your “Organic stoneground omega-infused” luxury bread you always buy from Tescos or Waitrose, thinking its good for you by the way!
The real problem lies in the fact that we tend to over-rely on this nutrient. Its convenient and cheap.
Having read so much about the evils of wheat I decided to try giving it up for 25 days alongside the Guaranteed Results Bootcamp back in 2009.
I have never looked back….the results where outstanding!
My energy went through the roof, my skin condition improved, and I lost the bloat which I thought was part of my normal day.
Don’t get me wrong, if I go out for a meal I’ll splash out and have some bread once a week. But wheat does NOT exist in my daily diet.
If you look in my cupboards you won’t see:

  • Pasta
  • Bread- all forms.
  • Biscuits or crackers.
  • Pre-made sauces
  • Baked goods.
  • Beer
  • Tinned soup

…the list goes on!

So my number one tip to kick- start your 2012….drop WHEAT from your diet!

You’ll feel amazing, lose weight and avoid the conditions that plague everyone around you!


Are you ready to give up your daily poison?

Wheat is one of the five toxins we eliminate in our New Year- New You Bootcamp, made easier with the help of a group setting and easy to follow eating plan!

Read on to find out more!

Sue lost fat and her energy went through the roof on our New Year- New You Programme!

Are you ready to make the best decision of your life and give up your addiction to poisons?

Here is your chance!

Using a tried & tested combination of high metabolic exercises & a healthy, easy to follow diet, you can finally achieve the body shape you want and feel great.

Guaranteed Results is Brighton & Hove’s only guaranteed weight loss programme,
if you’re not happy with your results after 28 days, you can have your money back!
All we ask is that you:

1. Attend the “Induction Session”:  Saturday 14th January-  10.30am at Varndean School.

2. Then attend at least 3 classes per week out of the following:

  • Monday:          7.30pm – (Mandatory class)- Varndean School, Ditchling Road, Brighton
  • Tuesday:          7.30pm – Varndean School
  • Wednesday:    7.00pm – ZT Fitness, Fonthill Road, Hove.
  • Wednesday:    8.00pm- Varndean School
  • Thursday:        7.30pm – Varndean School.
  • Saturday:         9.30am – Varndean School
  • Saturday:         10.30am – Varndean School

3. Eat freely from the easy to follow diet we prescribe you for 25 days.

Follow these three steps and you WILL lose fast, feel great and look the best you have in years…OR YOUR MONEY BACK!

Got any questions?
Get in touch here now!
Call Christian: 07876-558850


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