week 24 : what have I been learning about this week? Plus the trials and tribulations of a Personal Trainer/Entrepreneur in training

Right let me update you on what has been going on in Abi’s world…week 24…

This week has been very similar  to the same time last year…about 5 /6 weeks until people go on holiday, so they are starting to worry about getting in shape and I have had multiple people contact me in regards to training! This is great, but is something which I really want to stop next year!! Fitness and health should not just be a 6 week quick fix in a panic before your summer holiday every year. It needs to become just a part of your lifestyle; something which you do every day, every week, throughout the year; so that when it comes to the end of June/July and days in the sun are looming, you are not desperate to make changes and look for that quick fix to get you in shape!

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I have been able to take on a couple of new clients, but unfortunately my books are now full until September. I feel so guilty turning people down, but I simply could not offer the service which my current clients and myself have come to expect of me. This has had my brain whirring, I needed to come up with a solution! So the idea of ‘Abi at Home’ has been born. It is still in the really early planning stages, however it is something which I am hoping to roll out soon. A subscription area with different workouts to do, recipe ideas, meal plans, exercise guides etc. Like I said this is still in the preliminary stages, but if this is something which you would be interested in then please let me know!

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In the meantime I would love  you to subscribe to my weekly newsletter! This is a new string to my bow, where I am hoping to share with you every Sunday morning my best pieces of content as well as any up coming news and ideas!

In last weeks newsletter, I asked everybody to focus on a couple of goals for July. My goal was to try and get out at least once a week for some ‘switch off’ time, away from my laptop, phone, daily life. I joke that if you need me you will find me in the gym, at my kitchen table, in morrisons or in bed. I find myself getting so wrapped up in what I want to achieve that I sometimes just forget to ‘live.’ So on Monday, after speaking with a client earlier in the day, I took myself off to Flamborough Head for a couple of hours. It was lovely and much needed. As I go to London this week to see my sister my diary is looking pretty full beginning of the week but I will do my best to get some time in somewhere!

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I went to a seminar last Thursday at Yorkshire in Business, which was ran by Mark Simpson of Boostly and was all about how to use Facebook for business. Although a lot of the information wasn’t new to me, it was still great experience and I am sure i picked up a couple of nuggets which I can use to help! It is amazing some of the things which you can now do on Facebook!

I then was able to catch up with Mark on Friday for a coffee as he has been such a help in terms of having somebody outside of the ‘Abi bubble’ to talk business and strategy with. We discussed a few new ideas which I am hoping to put into place in the coming months! (We met at Costa, which is not a patch on Espresso Yourself, my favourite coffee shop in Scarborough!!)

I uploaded a video to my Youtube channel in the week answering a question which I frequently get asked in regards to meal frequency and meal timing. Go and check it out if this is something which you have ever wondered before! YOUTUBE. 

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Training has gone really well this week. I completed a circuit by Andy McKenzie on Friday afternoon, to mix things up but I felt great afterwards! Have a go if you fancy something different this week!

As I mentioned briefly above, I am going to visit my sister in London Thursday – Sunday. This will tick off another of my #30B430 goals for the year. My best friend Charlotte also lives there so will be seeing her on Friday, and she has already txt me to see if there is anywhere in particular I want to visit to get some good Instagram photos! I don’t think we have made any plans, so if you have any recommendations on places to go, things to eat then send them my way! I am hoping to get in a couple of different workouts if possible as you know that this is one of my favourite things to do when travelling.

Countdown to holiday is now less than 5 weeks….

So time to show you what I have learnt in week 24!

25th: In York it is still legal to shoot a Scotsman with a bow and arrow on any day apart from a Sunday!

26th: A puffin’s beak (or bill) changes colour during the year. In winter, the beak has a dull grey colour, but in spring it blooms with an outrageous orange! It’s thought that the bright colour helps puffins assess potential mates.

27th: Chocolate is best eaten at 18-20 degrees.

28th: The coldest UK June on record was 2015, when average temperatures were only 11.5degrees. (today felt like it should have been the coldest June day ever!!!)

29th: The lotus flower symbolises growth, rebirth and overcoming adversity. This is because the roots are in based in mud, it then submerges every night into murky river water, and—undeterred by its dirty environment—it miraculously re-blooms the next morning without residue on its petals.

30th: The Bermuda triangle covers an area of 440,00 miles at sea. At least 1000 lives are lost within the last 100 years. On average, 4 aircraft and 20 yachts go missing every year.

1st July: Trimethylxanthine is the chemical name for caffeine. 400mg is the recommended safe amount for adults to consume daily. A regular cup of coffee contains about 100mg.

 

Love Abi xxxx

WHY DID I BECOME A PERSONAL TRAINER

I hope that I am able to help a lot of you who read the information which I post on my page on a regular basis.

‘The whole reason I became a Personal Trainer was to help people.’

I was fed up of seeing all the contradictory information in the news, on the television, in magazines, on social media etc etc. My main goal was to strip everything back to basics and inform people on what really matters, and what really works.

This is still my ethos today.

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It is the reason I work so hard.
It is the reason I put in upwards of 14 hour days.
It is the reason I feel embarrassed but do it anyway and record youtube videos.
It is the reason there is an imprint of my bum on a chair at the kitchen table/my desk.
It is the reason I continue to try and improve my knowledge.
It is the reason I invest in learning and continued education.
It is the reason my alarm is set for 4:30 every day (and I mean every day.)

It all boils down to me wanting to help.

I want to help as many people as I can.

Am I succeeding?

I don’t know.

All I know is that if I go to bed having had an impact on just one person’s life that day then I have done something right.

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I have bad days. I have days when I question everything which I am doing…
Have I shared the right information?
Have I programmed the right exercises?
Did I explain something clearly enough?
Am i a bad example?
Do people find what I am sharing useful?
Is my youtube channel a waste of time?

However, I am privileged to be able to do what I do and I am grateful every day that I have this platform and opportunity to share what I know and have learnt.

Love Abi xxxx

Week 18 update and what I have learnt this week!

I will throwback to last weekend (I mentioned a little bit in my Week 17 update but I was tired and probably should expand more!!) when I went to Birmingham for the Bodypower expo at the NEC. This was the fourth year which we have visited and it is something which I really enjoy. I usually come back really motivated after being around other people in the industry and speaking to them; this year was no exception. I was able to network with and speak to people who I had previously only followed on social media which was great. The most beneficial chat was probably with Jamie Alderton, I follow a lot of his work on multiple platforms but it was so interesting getting to actually speak to him, bounce ideas and get a lot of invaluable information to help my business going forwards.

Week 18 - Jamie Alderton Bodypower 2017

I personally don’t think the expo was as good overall as previous years, and in fact think it may start to decline in coming years as number of big companies decide against going, including GymShark. But who knows, I may be proved wrong and I would hazard a guess that I will still be there next year!

I went with my sister and we stayed over Friday night and had the day in Birmingham on Saturday with the intention of going shopping, however it always happens that when you want to spend money you can never find anything!! We ate out at an Indian on Friday which wasn’t great, but then had a couple of good meals on the Saturday. In the last blog post I mentioned that we would hopefully be visiting Emporium Gym for a training session, and we did do just that. It was one of the best training sessions I have had in ages, there is something about a new gym with different people in it which I love! If you want to check out my full vlog from the weekend then head on over to my Youtube channel!  Abi Durrant Fitness.

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were so busy I barely had chance to catch my breath, let alone speak to anybody! But one of the key things which I have been told by my mentors is to not neglect working ‘on’ your business, rather than just ‘in’ it. Therefore I am going to be making a concerted effort to try and take half a day each week in order to try and do just that. This week it was Wednesday afternoon, unfortunately all I managed to do was catch up on client plans, youtube edits, social media posts, emails, and didn’t get chance to do anything else! I know I need to develop a better system but it is just finding the time!

It was National Vegetarian week this week and I made an effort to choose more plant based meals. I made another youtube video with a full day of eating vegetarian which I would love you to check out too!

This weekend I have another exciting one planned as I head to Stockholm on Saturday for the night to see Bruno Mars in concert! Another new country to tick off my list as I work towards my #30B430. goals.

What have I learnt in Week 18?

13th: In America, the most popular baby names in 2016 were Noah and Emma.

14th: Sellotape was developed by the merging of glue and cellophane.

15th: It took 5,127 prototypes before James Dyson believed the technology was ready to go in the vacuum cleaner using the ‘new’ dual cyclone concept.

16th: KitKats used to be called the Chocolate Crisp.

17th: The UK’s biggest export commodity is Gold (9.8%), followed by cars (9.6%).

18th: Nootropics are substances that enhance or stimulate certain mental abilities such as cognition, memory, attention, concentration, motivation, learning and generally many of the functions related to intelligence. This word, derived from the Greek word “nous” means mind and “tropes” address refers, first, to natural components found in foods and plants.

19th: The most popular names over the last 500 years are Mary and John. Most popular names in 2016 were Oliver and Olivia.

Hope you have all had a good week!

Love Abi xxxx

 

Week 14 : Learn something new everyday

Week 14 of 2017 has been a funny one for me! I have felt all out of sync with it being bank holiday last weekend and then heading of to Dublin at the end of the week for a couple of days. It did mean a super busy few days at work though as I tried to fit in all my clients in the space of 3 days! Long days and not much sleep! But I love what I do (most of the time!!) which means I have finished the week smiling!

I took on my first big group sessions last weekend which went extremely well. Although I was so nervous beforehand, the positive feedback which I have received since has meant that I will certainly try and put on more of these in the future!

I didnt overindulge in Easter chocolate, but I did have a bit of a blowout on Wednesday  night for no reason at all. These things happen. I go myself right back on track the next day and filmed my top tips for doing so for my Youtube channel, I would love it if you headed on over and checked it out! Youtube Channel HERE!!

I went for a lovely long walk on Easter Sunday from Cayton Bay to Scarborough which is where the cover photo for this blog was taken. It took me just under 2 hours and well over 10,000 steps. I have never done that walk before and it really made me appreciate living by the sea!

Training has been going well once again, really think I am benefiting from just mixing it up that little bit these past couple of weeks. I will be having a few days off this weekend though and no doubt overindulging a tad whilst away, so will be ready to hit it once again when I am back!

I have discovered a new favourite Youtube – Sarah’s Day. She is from Sydney and is another health and fitness vlogger, basically I want to be her! Her vlogs are so entertaining and I now want to move to Australia ASAP!

Right that is week 14 rounded up for you! Now onto what I have learnt…

16th: The most watched video on Youtube is Psy performing Gangnam style in Sydney in 2013! Currently it has 2.81 billion views!

17th: Only 4 football teams have been champions of England’s top 4 divisions – Sheffield United, Burnley, Preston and Wolves.

18th: Britain has changed Prime Minister 24 times in the past century, half of those without a general election.

19th: Serena Williams won the Australian Open whilst pregnant! Such an inspiration.

20th: There are 417 bridges in Venice. They usually don’t have steps on them since as up until the 16th century many people were actually moving on horseback.

21st: Dublin (or Dubh Linn) is an old Irish Gaelic phrase which translates to Black Pool.

22nd: Africa accounts for 40% of Guiness sales worldwide!!

Love Abi xxxx

Everyday I try and learn something new which I think is interesting and improves my knowledge! This is what I have been learning and reading about this week!

2nd: An estimated 3000 euros are thrown into the Trevi Fountain in Rome every day. It is illegal to try and steal the coins from the fountain.

3rd: There are over 8.7million different species in the world. Who says that humans are the most important?

4th: There is 5 times more Vitamin C in a Kiwi than an orange. (Kiwi is my current favourite fruit!)

5th: Emus and Kangeroos cannot walk backwards

6th: In air travel, there is a rate of one accident per 2.4million flights. (Taken from the book ‘Black Box Thinking’ by Matthew Syed)

 7th: The first Grand National Horse race was held in 1839 and it is now the most valuable jump race in Europe. An estimated 500-600million people watch the race in over 140 countries. It is estimated that 25% of British adults will bet on the race!

8th: Easter is one of the festivals which tries to harmonise the solar and lunar calendars. As a general rule, Easter falls on the first Sunday, following the first full moon after 21 March. The latest it can be is 25th April but that hasn’t happened since 1943 and won’t again until 2038. The most common date is 19 April.

Have you been joining in on this quest to find out more about the world we live in? Would love to know your fact of the day!

Love Abi xxx