New Year… focus on consistency

New Year, new me… oh please!! Enough already… this was me for years (decades). I called December, ‘deathcember’, because I binged myself into oblivion, did dry January religiously (out of necessity!!), joined the gym and signed myself up to the latest detox and diet crazes… and after a few weeks threw the towel in, always!! Does this sound familiar to you?! If not the level of binging… the cycles, repeat patterns of behaviour, unsustainable extremes… with me it was week after week(end), every Monday I was ‘back on it’. Check out the collection of Facebook status memories…

This one year/detox… I was popping 15 pills a day for a week; 5 for breakfast, 5 for dinner and 5 for tea… eating no food… WTAF!?

When I look back on old me, there’s so much that I cannot believe that I was sucked in to. BUT… I know how easily it can be done. Most people want the quick fix, magic pills and potions that ‘marketing’ makes all the promises (and… I worked in marketing and fell hook, line and sinker!!).     

There is no quick fix!


Before you go making radical New Year’s resolutions – stop! Take a minute to think… and be realistic. Most resolutions are negative and restrictive.

Cutting out whole foods/groups, stopping this/that – no more chocolate, carbs, sweet treats, alcohol… whatever it is… January is a come-down enough. Switch up your mindset and look to add-in healthy, feel-good habits, that are going to boost your health and well-being.

Here’s 4 foundations to focus on (try to keep it simple)

  1. Nourish your body (and immune system)

Add-in nutrients, multi-coloured, homecooked, real foods… call time on the beige buffets, nightly cheese boards, fridge tapas and constant grazing 😉 revert back to pre-Christmas norms, and then look to make a few tweaks and changes, over time. Swapping sugary treats for healthier options, look at your portion sizes, don’t eat and over face yourself (like we’ve all been doing the last few weeks). Get in tune with your body (and gut) and see/feel how foods sit with you, eat when you are hungry. Keep a food diary to help you with this (this doesn’t necessarily mean counting calories), but it will help you to become more mindful, and build a picture of what you are consuming over the week.

2. Move more

Start where you are and build gradually. Lots of people go all in from the get-go and go from zero to exercising every day. It’s too much, too soon… or too much to maintain. So, you’re setting yourself up to fail, and will fall off the bandwagon. It’s about setting routines that fit with work and family life, that are achievable and sustainable. Think about what you want to do, what you enjoy doing, and start with a few sessions and build up from there. Be mindful of how much time you spend sitting and try to get those steps in… sit less, move more.  

3. Drink less alcohol (up the agua)

The prosecco poppin’ needs to be stopping! I recon there’s a fair few of us that could hold their hands up and admit that they’ve been using any excuse to pop a bottle over the festive season (I have, there’s been a fair few Bucks Fizz brunches). It’s not the norm. But habits can quickly become a norm. Just because you’ve bought or been gifted booze for Christmas, doesn’t mean it all has to be consumed in that timeframe. I’m telling myself this too. With boozing comes snacking and overeating (generally speaking). Reduce the amount you’re consuming and then consider how often you drink in a week normally. Could this be reduced to give your health, physical and mental well-being a boost?

Up the agua… why?

  • Healthier skin, teeth and bones.
  • Healthier joints – water keeps cartilage around our joints hydrated and supple.
  • Improved digestion – water helps to dissolve fats and soluble fibre, flushing waste products.
  • Increased metabolism – water boosts our bodies’ ability to burn fat.
  • Increased energy – water increases ability to concentrate and reduces fatigue.

4. Sleep and rest

Sleep is life… literally. The body is set to a 24-hour clock, the internal biological clock being fundamental to the survival of all living organisms (so pretty important). It influences hormone secretion, urine production, regulates body temperature and blood pressure. Too little sleep causes drowsiness, inability to concentrate, reduced productivity and performance. In the long-term sleep deprivation has been linked to premature ageing (no one is about that), digestive disturbances, psychological problems, behavioural disturbances and a host of chronic diseases including obesity, diabetes and heart diseases (ref NSF). A good sleep routine should be high up on your priorities.

If anyone struggles with sleeping, I highly recommend meditating. I listen to a guided meditation most nights before bed and fall into a coma. Not only that, I wake up in a calm/zen state. When I don’t meditate, I wake up in a state of anxiety more often than not. This YouTube channel is my go-to:   

Love yourself… look after yourself, your health. Protect your energy and enhance your life quality.  

It’s not about creating a new version of you. Break unhealthy cycles and behaviours. Create balance and focus on consistency, long-term. Quick fixes and extremes feed the negative cycles. Trust me!

Change your narrative…

Stop, lose, cut-out,   

Start, gain, add-in!

Kate x

Fighting fit and loving it…

Beauties Beasting Barbells – Stevi (front, right) and Sophie (front, centre)

To celebrate National Fitness Day, we ran a Facebook freebie giveaway… offering up gym and class memberships and passes, to help people to stay strong in body and mind through these tough and testing times…

5 prizes were up for the taking and our lucky winners have said it has been their rebuilding and making… the mega motivation and renewed energy boost needed after a long and tough 6 months…

3 weeks in and they are on fire… fighting fit and loving it!

Here we hear from 2 of our lucky winners… Stevi and Sophie. Stevi won our top prize, 3 months free Gym & Class Membership (lucky lady!) and Sophie won a 1-month Class Membership.  

Here’s what Stevi has to say…

After training at home for months, I was so happy to have won the 3-month free Gym & Class Membership – I never win anything!

The classes are great! Kate is so supportive, motivating and fun, and she’s helped me in the gym too with a programme to get started and focused on. It’s a great gym and studio, so welcoming and friendly, a good and positive vibe that we need in these times. The studio and gym are super clean, everyone has their own designated kit and space to train. I’m loving it and well in the zone!

I highly recommend the gym and classes at Station 22; in these tough times exercise is the best thing for mental and physical health.

Here’s what Sophie has to say…

I am SO glad I won a month of classes with Kate at station 22. After putting on 2 stone over lockdown and losing all motivation, I just thought I would enter and if I won then I would have to use it and make the most of it… and I won!! 😊

Admittedly, I was so nervous about getting back out there and exercising, and I felt really self-conscious. It was daunting for me going somewhere new and meeting new people too, but from the minute I walked into my first class everyone was so lovely and welcoming. Kate is brilliant at motivating you, and really knows her stuff. If anything is too difficult, she will modify the exercise so you can still push yourself at your level.

In a couple of short weeks, through eating well and doing 3-4 classes a week, I can already see and feel a difference in myself; how clothes fit, and weekly pictures I’ve taken. The number on the scales has dropped by 9lbs too!! I feel great for it and it gives me some ‘me time’ away from work and 2 young children. So good for the social side too! I’m starting to feel good again. Even when I’m not in the mood, once I get there, I love it and feel amazing after every class.

Exercise and socialise… stay strong in body and mind through these tough times!

Get involved… come and give classes and the gym a go… there’s a good mix of classes available throughout the week, whatever your experience and ability, you’ll be just fine and have a good time 😊 and a great gym with a good mix of resistance machines, free weights, cardio machines and functional kit… a fair few shiny and new toys too!

Daytime 30 minute blast classes, evening and weekend… there’s a good mix of strength and cardio… something to suite everyone > check out the class timetable and book!

Get started on the gainz train with a FREE gym sesh and try before you buy > get your free gym pass on the Glofox app!


You can pay per class / gym session or purchase a monthly pass… which are a steal of a deal!

£4 x 30 min classes
£6 x 45 min classes
£26 for monthly class pass
£15 for weeks gym pass
£26 for monthly gym pass
£40 for monthly gym and class membership

For class bookings and passes download and book via the GymCatch app >

For gym memberships and bookings head over to Glofox > Station 22 Glofox

Get in touch 

If you’ve got any questions about the gym or classes… don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Pre & Post Natal Bootcamps at Station 22 – enquiry / reservation

I’ll be starting back my studio based, face-to-face pregnancy and mum & baby bootcamps at Station 22 in Waterfoot, in mid-September. In-line with guidelines and time with other mum & baby groups getting back to the face to face sessions too…

I’ll be sharing these dates and opening bookings soon… if you’d like to be added to my reservation list for these classes and be notified with all the info about days/times/when bookings go live, get in touch and I’ll add you to my reservation/contact list.

Read more about my Mum-to-Be Bootcamp here

Read more about my Mum & Baby Bootcamp here

Complete the contact form below with your name and email address, and add a message in the comments box as to what class it is you’d like to be added to reservation/contact list for.

If you have any questions about these sessions, don’t hesitate to ask…

Kate x

Check out pre-lockdown class clips and pics over on my Instagram page @bump_and_beyond_bootcamps

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Full heart for the face-to-face

Web sizeI’ve been back teaching face-to-face for a fortnight and my heart is full! It has been the best first two weeks, and I have loved seeing old faces and meeting so many new. Buggy Bootcamp has been a blast, bringing mamas together and making mat leave fun and sociable, as it should be. And classes at Station 22 are off to a strong (and sweaty) start, 100% effort from all that have taken part.

Lockdown was the longest time, and it took its toll on everyone! Everyone rode the ‘Coronacoaster’ (worst rollercoaster EVER!), having highs and lows at different points… and the after effects are far from over yet… what it made all of us realise, is that people need people. That face to face interaction and socialising is everything (and something that we won’t take for granted again).

In terms of the after effects, fear and anxieties have hit an all-time high; so many unknowns, lack of leadership and direction… and the media… I won’t even go there (I’ll save my war on them for another day!).  The only way to tackle fear and anxiety is to face it head on, to do the things your anxious to do, bite the bullet and give it a go; don’t run from it or let it get the better of you, build up and let it become a bigger beast. Everyone has worries, anxieties, nerves (however you want to label it), including me. Going back to the face-to-face I had the initial fears of, ‘how do I act, what do I say, how do I be’, after so many months of hiding/teaching behind a screen… everything is like the first time in these times… we’re all in the same boat.

I have had messages from people saying that they want to take part in classes but are nervous, new to it, and not exercised in a long time (especially women that have recently had babies)… and have heard the same from people that are coming to classes, that their friends are saying the same to them too… fears and anxieties are getting the better of them.

So, here’s some of the comments and feedback from people that have come along in the first few weeks… hopefully these comments encourage those on the fence to give them a go, and help put minds at ease…

“From the moment I stepped foot into the studio to do the HardCore HiiTBlast class I felt at ease. I’d never done the class before and didn’t know what to expect. Kate explained every exercise before we did it. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and I felt great after I’d finished it. Kate is a fantastic trainer and I’m looking forward to the next classes 😊”

Rochelle Coleman-Taylor

“I’ve absolutely loved going to Buggy Bootcamp, it’s so lovely being able to talk to other mums, everyone is friendly and chatty. Everyone is working at a different pace, so you never feel like you’re not fit enough; we’re all at different stages. Noah has also enjoyed himself, getting to meet other babies and crawl around the park.”

Rachael Underhill       

“I’ve really enjoyed attending the classes at Station 22 for the first few weeks. Lots of modifications given for all abilities and no judgement/pressure if I’ve had to stop for a breather. Very friendly and supportive atmosphere.”

Charlotte Walmsley

“Absolutely loved being back with Kate and doing my first Buggy Bootcamp! It’s sooo nice to be back with other mums, out of the house at baby classes and more importantly, putting the gym kit on and getting the booty working hard through the exercises. Does the soul the world of good 🥰 Love Kate’s chilled style, varied exercises and the fact I get to do them with my little dude is the best thing ever.”

Megan Eastwood

“I’ve been doing classes with Kate at Station 22 on a Sunday, ‘Sweat the Sins’.  I was very anxious at first but she was welcoming and adapts all exercises to suit all levels of fitness during the class. I love going and don’t feel anxious at all. Thank you for the great classes 😊 anyone thinking of joining one of her classes, do it, you will feel great afterwards (and sweaty!).”

April Louise Talbot

“I’ve been going to Buggy Bootcamp with my 10 month old and the classes are so much more than I could have imagined! My little girl is entertained watching everyone else and the other babies. The ladies are all super lovely and Kate is so thorough through the class, constantly running through how we should be breathing and holding ourselves through each exercise. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone who is thinking about it to just take the plunge! Thanks Kate x.”

Kim McIntyre

“I have really enjoyed attending Kate’s classes at Station 22.  Kate is really welcoming, supportive and encouraging. Her classes are fun, varied and challenging with alternatives for all fitness levels.”

Karen Abraham

“I have really loved every single one of Kate’s classes. I trained with her throughout my pregnancy with her Mum-to-be bootcamp at Station 22 and then via Zoom during lockdown. As a new Mum I am not overly confident being out and about at the minute, but I thoroughly look forward to Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s. The group of ladies I train with are fab and it has been so nice to share stories and experiences with them. It’s the most socialising I’m doing at the minute but love every minute of it. Kate puts so much thought into the planning of the sessions and she is so understanding to my current situation. Baby cries during session but that’s ok, no skiving, all exercises can be adapted to incorporate baby as a weight or resistance. Kate is very open and easy to talk to, she fully appreciates that these sessions may even just be a way to get out and about so you can take all exercises at your own pace or just bring a brew and sit and enjoy the fresh air and lovely surroundings of Stubblylee. I used to be a bit of a flake when it came to exercise, but now it’s something I really look forward to and feel like I get so much more out of it. Thanks for everything Kate, you are doing a superb job!”

Jaimie Weir

“I absolutely love Buggy Bootcamp. I attended Kate’s Mum-to-Be Bootcamp when I was pregnant and became a Kate-fanatic! Her sessions are always brilliant in so many ways. Not only has it been such a great opportunity for me to meet other mums and get out (something lockdown hasn’t really allowed me to do), you also always get a great workout. Kate has an amazing ability to motivate you and support in just the right way. She is so knowledgeable, and all exercises are modified to cater for whatever level people are at. I would definitely recommend them to anyone thinking of giving them a go! 😊”

Arwa Berry  

“My little boy and I are really enjoying Kate’s sessions. They are planned specifically with new mums in mind, the group are really welcoming and the babies enjoy the social as much as the mums! It’s nice to do a baby class that focuses on us mums and our well-being too.”

Danielle Cowap

The biggest thank you for the fab and lovely feedback… and the biggest thank you to all who have joined me for all my face-to-face classes these first few weeks (and have to give a shout-out to all who joined me online for a looong-ass time in lockdown; you kept me sane). For me, the face-to-face will always come first; I am a massive people person and get energy and all the good vibes from you lovely lot. Every class I teach, seeing you smash those sessions, sweaty smiles and endorphin highs at the finish, bringing people together, friendships formed, good times and giggles… it’s just the best! 🥰 here’s to so much more of that…

For anyone that is unsure, nervous, anxious… I hope these comments encourage you. Show you that whatever your level and ability YOU CAN DO IT. No pressure, no expectations, you work at your level… getting started in anything is always the hardest bit, but once you take the leap and give it a go, you soon realise there was nothing to be nervous about at all. If you have ‘any’ questions, concerns, doubts about taking part… please do reach out, speak up and ask…

Hopefully see/meet lots more of you in class 😊

Kate x

If you’d like to know more about my Buggy Bootcamp and/or classes at Station 22 follow the links below:

Click to read more about Buggy Bootcamp at Stubbylee Park

Click to read more about classes at Station 22

All bookings for classes are now online, via the GymCatch app. Click here to view and book classes on the app.

If you have any questions at all… please do get in touch:

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Rossendale Wellbeing Weekend

Next weekend, Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 July the first Wellbeing Weekend is taking place in Rossendale, ‘virtually’. A weekend to promote and support well-being on every level… mind, body and soul! Showcasing some of the great services and classes delivered across the valley.

This was going to be a festival style event where people could attend lots of different classes, talks and taster sessions in person, face-to-face; but in these times it’s going with the times and all happening online… a weekend that offers something for everyone and being online now opens it up to people from further afield…

Kate’s going to be teaching a number of classes over the weekend… open to anyone/everyone to get involved and give them a go. No matter what your ability and experience level you can take part, as she always offers lots of modifications for exercises in classes, you work at your own pace and people have been getting all kinds of creative with their homemade equipment and weights…

Click this link to go to Rossendale Wellbeing Weekend’s Facebook page to find out more about other sessions taking place.

Classes Kate is running for FREE…   

Kettlebell & Core – Saturday 11 July @ 10am (45 mins)

Open to all

This is a class Kate has been delivering online for the last (lots) of weeks… a session that combines lots of kettlebell (or whatever weight you’ve got) moves, to give your full body an awesome workout! It gets HOT and sweaty as you swing those weights around… a great piece of kit to train with (Kate’s favourite!!) for total body conditioning, combining strength training with high intensity cardio.

Gentle Exercise – Saturday 11 July @ 1pm (45 mins)

Open to all

This is a class that Kate had just started delivering at Haslingden Community Link before lockdown kicked in and has been delivering online in these times, to keep up motivation and momentum. As the name suggests, it is a gentle exercise session, low impact and slow tempo, that combines a mix of standing and seated exercises to improve strength and balance. A class that is ideal for older adults and anyone that would benefit from a gentler exercise session. For this class we use light hand weights and an exercise band. If you don’t have these, a great homemade alternative, tins/bottles and a pair of tights (that you don’t mind potentially laddering… as they will be stretched!).

Pre & Post Natal Bootcamp – Sunday 12 July @ 10am (45 mins)

Women only session

Kate specialises in pre and postnatal exercise and usually delivers classes in the community; supporting women to stay strong through pregnancy and beyond… running them as separate sessions for pregnancy and postnatal recovery. However, in these current times she’s combined classes and has been delivering them online. This class is suitable for anyone that’s pregnant (and not suffering from any contraindications that would mean exercise is not advised) and anyone that’s had their baby and been signed off and given the OK to start back exercising (which is usually between 6-12 weeks post). For this class you’ll need a couple of weights, dumbbells or homemade equivalent; tins, bottles… and an exercise mat or towel for floor/core exercises. Lots of modifications will be given throughout, for pregnancy and postnatal stages. You work at your own pace… zero pressure! A class that will include strength, core/pelvic floor and cardio.

No matter when you had your baby you are classed as postnatal… so please do feel free to get involved… you’ll get a good workout, that’s for sure! If you’re not pregnant or had a baby, feel free to join the fun too… this is a workout anyone can do.

All of the above classes will be held on Zoom, so that there’s a level of face to face interaction and Kate can see / demonstrate / support with technique. She’ll be recording all sessions too, so they will be available for you to do in your own time for a few days post event too. You’ll need to get in touch with Kate for the links and passwords to take part.

Get involved…  

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