Supercharge your wellbeing

Meet the founders of Supercharged Club: Emma Fullwood post-partum fitness expert and life coach Mary Meadows. The dynamic duo bring together a unique blend of physical and mental exercises to help women focus on their wellbeing after childbirth. We all know that coming to terms with changes in our bodies during pregnancy and labour can be very difficult. Then there are the hormonal changes which can trigger all sorts of emotional responses – put simply your mind and body goes through the wringer! Well, with that in mind, Emma and Mary have created a hub of support and practical help to guide you through this tricky time and leave you feeling in control, healthier and happier. You can sign-up to the next 6-week online mission here: superchargedclub.co.uk/join.

How are you embracing digital media in your business?

Technology and social media is the crucial element to our business, we are able to bring our 6-week missions to any women anywhere in the world because of it! We have clients from Los Angeles, Dubai, France, Canada, South Africa and all over the UK. We are able to bring women our expertise and support them on their adventures through our laptops and iPhones which is just incredible.

What are your top motivational tips for mind and body?

  • Eat more broccoli
  • Drink more water
  • Make sure you take a big deep breath at least once a day!

Keep it super simple, don’t try and make things harder for yourself, life is hard without ourselves making it more so.


Mary and Emma are following…

burrelleducation

Burrell Education: Jenny Burrell is a post-natal exercise specialist, there is nothing she doesn’t know about exercise for women of all age groups.

briannabattles

Brianna Battles: an expert fitness coach for athletes, inspires Emma as she loves her straight-talking, take a look at her blogs so inspiring!

missmagpiespy

For Mary, inspiration comes from anyone who breaks the rules, owns their words and actions, and inspires others. A great woman she had the pleasure of meeting a few weeks ago is Niki Groom, AKA @miss-magpie-spy, a talented fashion and beauty illustrator who’s Instagram feed, and blog is beautifully curated and inspirational.

hurrah4gin

The lovely Katie from Hurrah for Gin always manages to post what all of us mums are thinking!


Sign-up to the next 6-week online mission: superchargedclub.co.uk/join

superchargedclub.co.uk
instagram.com/superchargedclub
facebook.com/THESuperchargedClub
youtube.com/channel/UCJWk9v_BVPptV7Dec8w1Oyw

Find your inner goddess

Meet Lizzie Astin, the creator and founder of The Goddess Body Formula, a 12 week transformation programme for busy women.

Tell us about yourself

I started my career in recruitment, working long hours, sitting on my bum, drinking too much and eating badly. Seven years into my career, aged 29 I was dissatisfied and frustrated I decided to chuck it all in and re-qualify as a Personal Trainer. I started my business in 2015 at a mainstream gym and very quickly developed a reputation for getting the best from clients with fun sessions and an inspiring attitude.

lizzie aston

By 2016 I had carved a niche as a Transformation Coach, working only with women who really wanted to overhaul their physical health. I started to develop the foundations that would later become the ‘Goddess Body Formula Programme’. In 2017 I moved to a private studio in Bristol, I launched the online version of the The Goddess Body Formula and rapidly built a new client base of women who were all going through major transitions: divorce, babies, marriage or milestone birthdays.

What motivated you to start your business?

I started my business in 2014 for two reasons: I wanted to do something that mattered and truly made a difference and I wanted to do something that allowed me the opportunity to choose to live life on my terms.

Having lost 15% body fat and three stone I went through a serious transformation. But it wasn’t just my body that changed, everything changed. I actually cared about myself for the first time in a long time and I started to make empowering decisions. I gained weight because I didn’t care enough not to, I ate crap, drank too much and didn’t exercise. At first it was my changing physically appearance that provoked me into changing my habits, but that wasn’t enough, I couldn’t stick to anything and I didn’t know how to undo all the damage. In 2012 my mum was diagnosed with cancer and suddenly I did know what to do. I made it my mission to live as the best version of myself, starting with my body. I became fascinated with mindset and personal development and started to apply these principles to physical training – the results were incredible.

When I was angry, I worked out, when I was sad, I worked out, when I was happy, I worked out. I had an outlet – an empowering habit and I was addicted. My new-found passion allowed me to be a better person for her. Not being comfortable in my own skin had consumed me, made me selfish, snappy, fragile and self-absorbed, now I felt vibrant, energetic, strong, I had faith and belief.

In 2013, I quit my job and qualified as a Level 3 Personal Trainer. I didn’t really have a clue about running a business but I figured if I brought the same enthusiasm to my clients that I had for my own training and I gave them the benefit of my experience then things would change for them too, and they did.

lizzie astin

I spent two years working in a gym, business was flying but I was exhausted, delivering 30 hours of one-to-one training, fitting in my own workouts and all the planning outside of the gym was too much, the level of service was in danger of being compromised. I knew for me to carry on serving at that level the business model had to change. I moved to a private studio and the Goddess Body Formula online was born. The programme gives all the practical advice, mindset, nutrition, workouts and support I give, but it is delivered remotely and can be done from the comfort of your own home. I still work with clients one-to-one, but space is limited.

I built the majority of the online content for my programme whilst down in Cornwall caring for my mum full-time during the final four months of my mum’s life. The cancer got her, she never gave up and I won’t either. I came back to Bristol in April 2017 and moved into the new studio, taking on just a few clients and giving myself time to heal too. I work with up to 10 clients face to face at a time and take on 2-4 new clients each month. In addition to formally launching the Goddess Body Formula online I will also be launching my podcast which will be a combination of tools, tips, insights, stories and interviews to support and guide your journey to a happy and healthy body for life.

How are you embracing social media to grow your business?

Instagram is hugely popular in the fitness industry and it is very possible to develop a huge following using this platform alone. However, I have my misgivings about it! I do not deny that aesthetics are a big motivator for many and can be empowering, however, to focus solely on that misses the point and can create feelings of low self-worth. I am all for a bit of body ‘inspo’, but I want to make it inspiring for the right reasons, there are too many fitness models with low body fat, fake boobs and fake lips. I use Instagram to share the journey, to encourage my followers to fall in love with the process and show case the results I have helped my clients achieve.

Facebook is a great tool and they are always developing the platform for business owners. I have a private Facebook group called the Goddess Body Community which is a safe place for me to share my own journey and the journey my clients are on. In this group I offer practical advice as well as theories and stories that inspire and motivate my members. I use my business page to advertise, my focus has always been on offering value, mainly through blogging. I share practical information demonstrating how to simplify eating for weight loss, and I share my own personal experiences to allow my audience to engage with me on a more personal level, it’s important to understand the journey that helps you to achieve the result.


Lizzie is following…

mollie sapp

Molly Sapp: she has really helped me from to understand the ways I have previously limited myself, how to overcome money mindset issues and in no uncertain terms cut through the BS. They didn’t teach us how to run a business in school, there are load of coaches out there but Molly’s messaging speaks very clearly to me and where I am at right now!

emily skye

Emily Skye: she has an amazing body and she has a great training style that I know works, but more importantly she teaches great mindset principles, she is authentic about the challenges she has faced and honest about the reality of the effect of pregnancy on her body, it’s refreshing to see!


Lizzie’s work

On a mission to get mums moving

Jemma Thomas is a personal trainer and the woman behind Mummas Health Hub and its humorous fitness flash cards ‘Pack of Hacks‘. Like so many women these days Jemma has changed careers since becoming a mother and is now pursuing her passion for keeping fit. With plans to expand her business activities she continues her mission to get mums moving. We asked Jemma if she would share her story and some of her motivational and exercise tips with our readers.Jemma, founder of Mumma's Health Hub

Tell us about yourself

I’m Jemma Thomas, a mum of two boys aged one and five. I am a Personal Trainer who moved from a background in marketing to pursue a career in the fitness field. I retrained after the birth of my first son when I found that exercise not only helped me physically, but mentally as well. I am now in the process of expanding Mummas Health Hub into different areas with the sole purpose of motivating and helping mums with health and wellness. I created a product last year called Pack of Hacks for mums to use to workout at home and fit short bursts of exercise into their day.

How has digital technology and social media changed the way you work?

I set up Mummas Health Hub on Instagram initially to talk to mums and offer tips and advice. It’s grown from there really, I love the community, I have met women that are so important to me now and are doing their own amazing things, it’s lovely to be a part of it.

What are your top exercise tips for busy working mums?

  1. I think it’s about seeing movement as part of your normal day. Don’t think it has to take 30 minutes or an hour. Even 10-15 minutes’ hard work is really beneficial. Short exercises and sequences help mums fit little workout bursts into their day.
  1. Try to get out of bed and immediately do 5 minutes in your bedroom. Set the timer on your phone and do 45 seconds of each of the below and the rest for 15 seconds:
    – Star jumps
    – Squats
    – Kneeling push-ups
    – Side plank on each side
  1. You’ll feel so much more awake. When I do a tiny bit in the bedroom I feel livelier straight away. If you’re having a really busy day, just try to fit in another 5/10 minutes when the kids are down.
  1. I’m always stretching and being mobile. I love doing large arm circles to get the blood pumping to my shoulders, you can nip to the loo at work to do this one! I’m all about fitting in movement when you can. The more oxygen you can get to your joints the better, especially when carrying those heavy bubs about.
  1. Try to change the mindset to ‘little and often’. There are tons of studies to reinforce the idea that working out hard for a few minutes can be more beneficial than longer moderate workout

Jemma is following…

mothers meetingsI love the Mother Meetings network and have met tons of women through Jenny Scott’s meet ups.

 

 

 

I also think The Unmumsymum for obvious reasons, she just keeps it real.

 

 

 

I like Susie Verrill as her stories really crack me up and she’s also not trying to make motherhood look like sunshine and rainbows, which we all know isn’t true.

 

 


Jemma’s work…

mummashealthhub.com
instagram.com/mummas_health_hub

Jemma is kindly offering readers a 10% discount off Pack of Hacks until midnight on 20/03/17 if you enter code: ‘butterflies’.