Fitness

Welcoming in 2017

Happy New Year Voyeurs! ¬†Whether you’ve welcomed in 2017 with promises to lose weight, get fit or just generally ‘do better’, I’m here to tell you that it really doesn’t matter.

That’s right Voyeurs, I’m not one for the New Year, New Me movement, I was pretty damn awesome throughout 2016 and each previous year and I intend to remain just as awesome throughout 2017, no matter how much the Debbie Downright Crazies (You know who you are, and thanks for reading ūüėė) desperately want me to fail.

So, if you made a resolution this New Year and you’re struggling to keep it up, then take a deep breath, recalibrate, and shake it off. ¬†There’s no point beating yourself up about it as you’ll only slide further down the slope – and you’re way too fabulous for that.

Remember, the hardest promises to keep, are the ones we make to ourselves. ¬†There will always be an excuse to put yourself on the back burner, whether it’s the school run, work committments or just a plain old lack of motivation, it’s easy to make excuses for ourselves, to ourselves.

Me? ¬†I never make New Year’s resolutions because I’m a personal acevement saboteur and I kinda feel like if I want to do something, I’ll do it no matter what. ¬†But if you do, I’m here to say, don’t be so hard on yourself. ¬†Treat it like that weird 5:2 diet and if you can manage 5 days commitment out of every 7, I’d say you’re doing pretty well. ¬†After all, what does it really matter anyway?

So, Happy New Year Voyeurs, make 2017 your bitch and go be awesome. ¬†My words of wisdom for this new year are similar to those of Cinderella’s mom; Have courage, be kind, and don’t be a dick.

Speak soon….

Pixie xo

Face Facts: Beasting Beauty

I like make-up, and I love working out, but let’s be clear; the two should never, ever meet. ¬†Make-up in the gym, that’s a big no-no right? ¬†And I’m not alone in that opinion…

In preparation for this article, knowing that it would get (some) peoples backs up I surveyed women of various ages and abilities about their opinions on wearing make-up in the gym and a staggering 88% cam back with a resounding “Hell no, that’s just cray” and I consider myself firmly in that camp.

First of all, it’s crazy bad for your skin, clogging pores and interfering with the body’s cooling system and it serves no purpose other than to make us look better than we do without it. ¬†That’s nothing you didn’t already know, yet despite this, and the survey results, everywhere I look in the gym, there are women wearing make-up – and lots of it.

I work out a lot, in fact I’m a Boxer and when I’m in the gym I sweat, a lot. ¬†I don’t look pretty and I get red faced, it’s just what happens when you work out and that’s ok, but to cover all that in make up? ¬†Come on girls, aren’t we better than that? ¬†The recent #ThisGirlCan national campaign certainly seems to think so, with a TV commercial celebrating women of all shapes, sizes and abilities working out and looking proud (and knackered) it’s a revelation – women don’t look great in the gym and why the hell should they? ¬†After all if you’re not sweating and panting after a workout, you’re not doing it right.

What we need are more icons working up a sweat without make-up – the Kardashian’s recently endorsed a brand of make-up specifically for the gym, claiming to be sweat proof and are regularly pictured leaving Barry’s Bootcamp in Calabasas wearing more than a slick of lipgloss. ¬†It’s things like this that make women feel like they need to, or that it’s ok to wear make up in the gym. ¬†It’s like saying, women should look their best at all times, everywhere they are. ¬†Fuck that, if I want to get my sweat on, I’ll get my sweat on properly and keep my face where it is instead of all over my towel.

So, You know it’s bad for your skin, experts say it can lead to *shock horror* acne due to penetrated pores and lets be honest, it looks gross after a workout but if you absolutely can’t give up face whilst you’re in the gym, at least switch to mineral make up, I don’t know if it’s actually any better for your skin in reality under gym conditions but it sounds like it is….

Make up in the gym: it’s a no from me, but hey, who am I? ¬†I’m just a girl who likes to work out. ¬†Without make up.

Pixie x

Published in NELove Magazine May 2016

 

 

Charity Barreathon September 26th 2015

On Saturday September 26th at 2pm, a strong team of Barre Enthusiasts (myself included natch.) will assemble at The Barre HQ on The Quayside to take on their toughest challenge yet. ¬†I’m not talking The Joker, I’m not even talking Ultron. ¬†This, guys and gals, is the Ultimate Barreathon.

Masterminded by Barre Addict Charlotte Currie in her quest to raise funds for The Roy Castle Charity Foundation, the Barreathon is a thing of torture. ¬†It requires serious dedication, focus and sheer willpower to get through the literal marathon of sets and reps. ¬†Want to know what it’s all about? ¬†Of course you do…..

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The Barre method takes the principles of ballet and strips them back to the base mechanics. ¬†There’s no dance, no floating gracefully though the air and no beautiful looking lifts. No. ¬†This is hardcore, short, controlled isometric movements which push your muscles¬†to the point of exhaustion forcing those tiny accessory muscles to kick in. ¬†It’s not pretty and nor should it be, if you take The Barre you leave looking like you’ve worked out. Hard.

So, why a charity Barreathon? ¬†Well quite simply because it’s hard work. ¬†We want you to sponsor us and we want you to sponsor us good so to make it worth your while and your hard earned cash, we’ve put together the most gruelling schedule of exercises we could dream up and we’re going to nail each and everyone of them as a team. ¬†If you’re familiar with The Barre regime¬†then you’ll know that the ones we’re doing are the most intense¬†ones out there, if you’re not familiar then take a look at this and use your imagination. ¬†There are a LOT¬†of reps in there and we’re going to make every single one count for something because we believe in this amazing cause….

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The whole thing will be recorded and stored in a guarded vault somewhere as evidence of our amazing feat (maybe), but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t come along to the studio and get involved. ¬†There will be regular non-torture-tastic classes running throughout the morning and early afternoon as well as a bake sale and I can vouch personally for the quality of our master-bakers.

We’re running an awesome raffle and we’d love for you to help us out by just taking part in this – you may even win a completely aces prize and everyone loves winning right?! ¬†From Barre classes and magnums of Prosecco through to restaurant meals and Neals Yard goodies, local businesses have done us proud and united to offer up some great prizes so please, drop in to see us and please give what you can, if you can.

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If you’d like to sponsor #TeamBarre (and you absolutely should) as we undertake our Barreathon, then we have a Just Giving Page set up and at last count we were still a little short of our ¬£500 target so we’d love for you to take the time to get behind this momentous feat for a super worthy cause.

If you can’t make it on the day but are interested, then keep up with our progress on social media, we’ll be posting to Twitter, Instagram and FaceBook throughout the challenge with live #TeamBarre updates.

So, maybe we’ll see you Saturday, I’ll be the one with the pink hair and the game face…..

Pixie x