Sport, training

Test bunny (me! CLA)

NB. I am no longer doing this class or am a part of Womensfitnessplus in Cork. Big differences in our professional ethics (or lack of same) put an end to our collaboration. I will miss all the wonderful women I’ve met in my classes and PT sessions, but I will not miss being treated with condesenting arrogance for my professional knowledge and/ or as a fellow human being.

Since Womensfitnessplus made it mandatory for their trainers to sell at least 3 Kinetica products on each shift, I had to say I wouldn’t do it. I’d give information about the products, but under no circumstances would I push the products to women, who didn’t need them. I don’t believe in selling useless stuff, or even worse telling lies to make a profit like.
I’m a fitness professional with ethics and beliefs on what’s right and whats wrong – I work for results, not for greed.


As a result our ways departed – and despite I miss the happy women – I would choose to stand by my ethics again.

I am gonna be a test bunny the next month, trying out Kineticas CLA. I’m doing this to try it out, so I can better explain what it is and what it does to people at the gym.

A long time ago, I’ve decided never to ‘push’ anything, I couldn’t put my name and face behind – things I haven’t read up on and studied – or tried myself. After being asked to do more for the Kinetica products at the gym, I had to decline. I couldn’t recommend anything, I didn’t know about or tried on my own body. And so it came to play! Tania – the test bunny!  So if I am to recommend CLA, I needed to try it first – and well – we’ll see in a months time, if I’ll recommend it.

After reading up on it and asking around, I’ve decided it’s not gonna mess with my health and it would be fun to try. Worst case scenario, I’m just gonna stay me, which is not that bad 🙂

It’s been a while since my last blog update – and to be honest, I can’t really remember all what we’ve been up to. But!! I did go running sunday. A little happy 7K in the hills of Clonakilty! (dreadful actually), also Kettlebells & Boxercise at Womens Fitness yesterday, kayaking (and I caught a fish), swimming and thai boxing.

My next blog post will feature my start numbers taken yesterday: Weight, bodyfat percentage (as ‘accurate’ as the Tanita weight can be – which is not that accurate), body meassurements (as accuarate as I could meassure myself).
Every week from the rest of the month, there will be a follow up + details of diets from various days.

I won’t be changing much of my diet, but due to the fact, that we’ll be back in Cork, my training amount is expected to go up, so regardless of the CLA, I do expect to loose a few kg and build a bit more muscles.

Anyway, it’s gonna be fun to try, and you’re welcome to follow my journey over the next month. If you have any questions, comments or own experience with CLA, please feel free to post them.

Sport, Teaching, training

Challenge yourself – a least once a week!

It’s been busy Wednesday again, and even if it’s not as busy as usual, it’s still a ‘back and forth day’. With a lot of PT (Personal training) sessions included.

My day started with a PT session that involved lot’s of KB’s. PT sessions at Womens Fitness is 30 min., and the aim is to give the member the best possible work out – taking her condition, mentally and goals into consideration.
My ‘client’ this morning, have worked out with me for quite some time, and it has been a delight to watch her physically and mental progress, and witness all the benefits, that being active gives her. (Gives us all)

However – as many before her – and many right now. Results seems to be staggering. She’s happy and feel much better, clothes fits better. Has more energy, feel stronger and fitter – but the scale/ measurements stays the same.

So – it’s not life threatening or the most important thing in the world, to shave some of those centimeters. But when you’re in the gym 3 days a week, and feel like you putting in an effort, what is the answer then?

I told her: ‘Get out of your comfort zone’. The body is an amazing tool, that can do almost whatever asked of it. And the best part is, it learns, so you can get better at, whatever it is that you do. (swimming, jumping, kicking, lifting, biking, running or flip flopping. But to keep seeing progress, you would want to always add a little extra. Don’t get comfortable and settle with that. Once every week, take it up a notch.

Whether its working on getting up from the knees and do on toes push ups, doing a faster sprint on C2, lower your knees better in lunges – just do it. Challenge yourself – and if there is one or two things, you want to be better at: Keep working on better them.

I’ve actually been preaching this all week. Mostly because I hate see people wasting their time in the gym. But also because, I love to see people get the benefits from training – to share the same joy, as I feel.

My own day (which was little):
50 min KB (12kg)
60 sit ups
40 squats
40 push ups

My knee is much better, so hopefully I can train normally tomorrow. However, probably not 10 miles in new shoes again. I am still learning from my mistakes
Ps. If you be interested in training, in any of my classes, please click the ‘Classes’ page (Left top corner)

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