Wednesday, 21 July 2021

July, August & September Class Timetable

 


Covid-19 Update

From 19th July 2021, legal restrictions in England were removed, however Fitness Quest members are still being asked to comply with certain precautions, you can read about these here.

Changes to the summer timetable

From Monday 16th August 2021 I am suggesting that we trial M1ND in place of Monday's HIIT class. M1ND will focus on many of the aspects of our fitness routine we often push to the back of our priorities list, such as balance, flexibility and mobility. All of which help to improve our posture, core strength, ability to perform to higher standards, recover faster and reduce the risk of injury. This is the perfect opportunity to get back to fitness classes if you're feeling anxious about your fitness levels or have been generally struggling with injuries or exercising in the heat. It is a much gentler class than PiYo but is still faster paced than traditional Pilates, although you would never be expected to progress if you're enjoying holding a stretch (just stick with it and enjoy it). If you're interested in this, please see the information in the timetable below and get in touch to book your place. 

July, August and September Fitness Classes

Classes available include Kettlercise, M1ND, PiYO, Sculpt & Burn are listed below in alphabetical order. 

Epiphany Car Park


Please could everyone who parks their car at Epiphany Primary school for classes ensure they DO NOT drive out of the entrance when they leave. There have been some very near misses as people driving into the entrance or pedestrians crossing it are not expecting a vehicle to be exiting through it. If you need directions to the exit please ask at class.

KETTLERCISE
  • Current course ends 26th July 2021.
  • Six week course starts Monday 2nd August 2021 and finishes 13th September 2021 (no class on Bank Holiday Monday)6:30pm-7:25pm, Epiphany Primary School, Muscliff, BH9 3PE, £36. Booking confirmed upon payment in full. You will require your own Kettlebell and exercise mat/towel. Email info@fitnessquest.co.uk to book your place. Online sign in is required for attendance each week. 
    Kettlercise® covers a huge range of 37 kettlebell exercises ranging from basic moves to more advanced techniques, from high energy pulse raises to being able to place extra emphasis on target muscle groups like abs, glutes, arms and thighs and all with maximum effectiveness. It will not only destroy unwanted body fat but completely shape your body!

    M1ND
    • Four week course starts Monday 16th August 2021 and finishes 13th September 2021 (no class on Bank Holiday Monday), 7:35pm-8:05pm, Epiphany Primary School, Muscliff, BH9 3PE, £20. Booking confirmed upon payment in full. You will require your own exercise mat/towel. Email info@fitnessquest.co.uk to book your place. Online sign in is required for attendance each week. 
    Brand new for Summer 2021 - M1ND is an incredible class that will help you both inside and outside of the gym. This functional mobility class is designed to compliment an active lifestyle. M1ND draws inspiration from sports, yoga, calisthenics and rehabilitation and each unique session can include one or more of these elements. The central theme is connection between mind and movement. It's the perfect class for those who need to take more care of their bodies, whether that's aches and pains from too much running, too much sitting or whether you've noticed you don't quite have the same squat depth or overhead movement that you used to have. This class is suitable for beginners and those anxious about their fitness levels but also for those who participate in demanding sports regimes that need to spend more time on their recovery.



    PiYo
    • Current course ends 25th August 2021.
    • Eight week course starts Wednesday 1st September 2021 and finishes 27th October 2021 (no class on 22nd September), 6:30pm - 7:25pm, Epiphany Primary School, Muscliff, BH9 3PE, £48. Booking confirmed upon payment in full. You will require your own Yoga/Pilates mat. Please email info@fitnessquest.co.uk to secure your place. Online sign in is required for attendance each week.

    PiYo is a group fitness class inspired by Pilates and Yoga. It's a full body workout designed to improve your strength and flexibility. Although inspired by Pilates and Yoga, forget everything you know about these techniques... PiYo is a whole new format in it's own right. I've never taught anything quite like it, you can certainly feel it challenging your muscles in ways you've never felt them work before! Putting together our PiYo poses, we are constantly flowing from one move to another, ensuring you don't stay still. This makes PiYo not only great for strength and flexibility but also calorie burn (there will be lots of sweat)!

    During a PiYo live class, we'll complete a series of tracks such as a warm up, heat building, lower body, full body fusion etc. All of these tracks are done to an upbeat soundtrack, so no whale music, as lovely as it is ;-) It's all low impact (with the option to add in a few jumps), and involves no weights, just your own body.
     

    For more information on PiYo, including my FAQ's please click here.

    SCULPT & BURN
    • Current course ends 25th August 2021.
    • Eight week course starts Wednesday 1st September 2021 and finishes 27th October 2021 (no class on 22nd September)7:40pm-8:20pm, Epiphany Primary School, Muscliff, BH9 3PE, £48. Booking confirmed upon payment in full. During Covid-19 restrictions, you will be required to bring a weighted object with you each week (e.g. dumbbells/kettlebells/backpack). Please email info@fitnessquest.co.uk to secure your place. Online sign in is required for attendance each week. 
    Most weeks, you will still get a few rounds of HIIT (high intensity interval training) in each class followed by a variety of strength and conditioning exercises which vary weekly. Combining these two types of training styles will maximise all round results. This class is ideal for those with a moderate to high fitness level and people looking for a physical challenge.

    BOOKING INFORMATION

    Course places must be booked in advance and your place can only be held once payment in full has been received. Bookings are non refundable and non transferrable. 

    Due to restricted class numbers, please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch:

    info@fitnessquest.co.uk 07791 605150

    Monday, 19 July 2021

    IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE - FREEDOM DAY...


    CLASS UPDATE 19th July 2021

    From 19th July 2021 the legal restrictions surrounding Covid-19 have been removed, however it is important that we still take reasonable actions to ensure the safety of all of those who attend classes, as well as the wider community. This includes the mental wellbeing of individuals and respecting individual choices as we move out of a very difficult 16-month period.

    For this reason, at least for the time being, to ensure everyone still feels comfortable attending classes many of the precautions will remain in place.

    Face coverings

    • Face coverings during exercise have never been mandatory, however at all other times, both entering the hall and leaving the hall we were required to wear a face covering. Although the legal requirement to wear a face mask has now been removed, it is still expected that people wear a face covering in enclosed spaces (when not exercising). For this reason, access to the hall will remain limited and you will only be permitted entry shortly before the class begins and be expected to leave as soon as possible after the class ends, this means members will not need to wear a face covering, unless they choose to do so. It may be useful to have one handy in case you need to use the toilet. For any members doing back-to-back classes it is recommended that you enjoy some fresh air outside the hall until your second class is due to begin.

    Actions still required by class attendees

    • Continue to sign in to each class online, this acts as a fire register as well as helping me to plan effective classes which maintain social distancing. This will also remain to act as a method of registering your details for NHS Test and Trace.
    • Members should not attend classes if they test positive or begin to display Covid-19 symptoms. If you have had a close contact with someone who has Covid-19 or have otherwise been told to self-isolate, you will need to refrain from attending class. 

    • Members should maintain social distancing from all other participants (unless from the same household).

    • Please continue to bring your own equipment to sessions.

    • It is recommended members do not share any fitness equipment and continue to use the hand sanitiser available.

    • Respect other attendees personal space.

    What Fitness Quest will be doing to minimise the risk of Covid-19

    • Continue to limit the maximum number of participants to each class.
    • Continue to ensure common touch points are kept clean.
    • Continue to ensure good ventilation.
    • Continue to offer hand sanitiser.
    • Continue to risk assess and remain up to date with the Covid-19 risk, this may involve the addition of further safety precautions in the future.
    • Continue to maintain NHS Test and Trace records.
    • Continue to limit access to the hall before and after classes to ensure time spent in an enclosed safe when not exercising is at a minimum.

    What is changing

    • Gradually, we will begin to reduce allocating you your places within the hall. We have been doing this to ensure a minimum of 2m distance between all those signed in. We tend to fill spaces furthest away from the entrance, to avoid people having to walk past one another. Please continue to try and fill the spaces as best as possible and remember to maintain 2m distance from other members, whilst the restrictions have officially been lifted, please consider that other members may not feel comfortable with you being close to them and I want to ensure everyone feels safe and can enjoy exercise.
    • From 16th August 2021 it is expected that any adult who is fully vaccinated will not need to self-isolate following close contact with someone who has COVID-19. You will still need to take a PCR test and self-isolate if the result is positive. Until this date, please continue to self-isolate if required to do so.

    Please get in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the above.

    Thank you again for your understanding and patience, for your own reference, this latest guidance has been based on the CIMSPA recommendations for the fitness industry.


    Wednesday, 16 June 2021

    IMPORTANT REMINDER & June/July Class Timetable

     



    IMPORTANT REMINDER - Please Read

    I know most of you are fed up with my constant nagging but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE ensure you continue to adhere to the policies I am required by law to put into place. I am honestly not asking you to sign in or wear a mask to be awkward, in order for me to be able to keep classes open, I MYSELF have had to sign and agree to a set of rules which ensures classes remain safe for all of you, myself and other users of the hall whilst at the same time trying to limit the spread of Covid-19.

    Please also remember that it's not just me, other local businesses are returning to a new normal and are having to implement strict rules on their customers is common place. When small business are found to be in breach of Covid-19 restrictions they could be facing fines of £1000's, something which after the past year, would simply end their business for good (we are human and suffer with anxiety too). They are not asking you to comply to be rude, so please do understand that the measures in place are imposed upon us during the pandemic. I have tried to find a balance of reminding you all without bordering on harassment, including providing step by step actions required for attending classes; please find a way to ensure you can adhere to the Fitness Quest Covid-19 Policies. Should you have any questions about the measures in place and what is expected of members during these times, please get in touch. 

    All members must now sign in online before each class. Sign in is our legal obligation to fulfil Test and Trace protocol, it also satisfies my contract with the venue to maintain a fire register and also helps me to gauge class numbers so that I can allocate spaces each week which ensure social distancing is maintained. Please can I once again request that each of you set a recurring reminder on your phones (or something else) to ensure you sign in to class, you can save the sign in address www.bookwhen.com/fitnessquest to your favourites or as a link within the reminder/calendar event. Should you forget to sign in, you can sign in once you arrive at class using your phone, I have set the latest sign in time to 15 minutes after the start time to cater for such circumstances. I never want to be put in a position where I have to turn someone away, but please know that I am legally obliged to ensure everyone adheres to the policy in place. 

    Please can I also request that you continue to wear your face coverings up until the point we begin exercising, these should also be worn when making trips to the toilet and leaving the premises (again this is not me setting the rules).

    Finally, please do try to arrive at class on time, if you have signed in online I will wait a reasonable time for members to arrive before starting, please be aware that I currently lock the main entrance once class begins to prevent passers by from entering the hall as this would potentially breach social distancing guidelines.

    Thank you for reading the above, now on a lighter note, here is the June & July class timetable...

    June and July Fitness Classes

    Classes available include HIIT, Kettlercise, PiYO, Sculpt & Burn are listed below in alphabetical order. 

    Epiphany Car Park


    Please could everyone who parks their car at Epiphany Primary school for classes ensure they DO NOT drive out of the entrance when they leave. There have been some very near misses as people driving into the entrance or pedestrians crossing it are not expecting a vehicle to be exiting through it. If you need directions to the exit please ask at class.

    HIIT
    • Mondays 7:40pm - 8:10pm at Epiphany School, BH9 3PE. No classes on Bank Holidays. £30 for six consecutive weeks, you can start your six week block on a date to suit you. Email info@fitnessquest.co.uk to book your place. Online sign in is required for attendance each week. 4 places left.
    High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is always in the media for its fat burning and body shaping benefits, and I've always incorporated it into many of my classes. Usually combined with my bootcamps or as a part of my popular sculpt and burn class, I've now decided to give HIIT its own slot on my timetable. I offer varying difficulty levels to adapt to all fitness ranges, so each and every one of you can work to your own ability. Performing body weight exercises, you can choose the high impact or low impact options and everyone will leave having had a great workout. It's also only a 30 minute class, so a great option for anyone looking for a quick blast.

    KETTLERCISE
    • Six week course starts Monday 21st June 2021 and finishes 26th July 2021, 6:30pm-7:25pm, Epiphany Primary School, Muscliff, BH9 3PE, £36. Booking confirmed upon payment in full. You will require your own Kettlebell and exercise  mat/towel. Email info@fitnessquest.co.uk to book your place. Online sign in is required for attendance each week. 3 places left.
      Kettlercise® covers a huge range of 37 kettlebell exercises ranging from basic moves to more advanced techniques, from high energy pulse raises to being able to place extra emphasis on target muscle groups like abs, glutes, arms and thighs and all with maximum effectiveness. It will not only destroy unwanted body fat but completely shape your body!

      PiYO
      • Eight week course starts Wednesday 7th July 2021 and finishes 25th August 2021, 6:30pm - 7:25pm, Epiphany Primary School, Muscliff, BH9 3PE, £48. Booking confirmed upon payment in full. You will require your own Yoga/Pilates mat. Please email info@fitnessquest.co.uk to secure your place. Online sign in is required for attendance each week. 2 places left.

      PiYo is a group fitness class inspired by Pilates and Yoga. It's a full body workout designed to improve your strength and flexibility. Although inspired by Pilates and Yoga, forget everything you know about these techniques... PiYo is a whole new format in it's own right. I've never taught anything quite like it, you can certainly feel it challenging your muscles in ways you've never felt them work before! Putting together our PiYo poses, we are constantly flowing from one move to another, ensuring you don't stay still. This makes PiYo not only great for strength and flexibility but also calorie burn (there will be lots of sweat)!

      During a PiYo live class, we'll complete a series of tracks such as a warm up, heat building, lower body, full body fusion etc. All of these tracks are done to an upbeat soundtrack, so no whale music, as lovely as it is ;-) It's all low impact (with the option to add in a few jumps), and involves no weights, just your own body.
       

      For more information on PiYo, including my FAQ's please click here.

      SCULPT & BURN
      • Eight week course starts Wednesday 7th July 2021 and finishes 25th August 20217:40pm-8:20pm, Epiphany Primary School, Muscliff, BH9 3PE, £48. Booking confirmed upon payment in full. During Covid-19 restrictions, you will be required to bring a weighted object with you each week (e.g. dumbbells/kettlebells/backpack). Please email info@fitnessquest.co.uk to secure your place. Online sign in is required for attendance each week. 3 places left.
      Most weeks, you will still get a few rounds of HIIT (high intensity interval training) in each class followed by a variety of strength and conditioning exercises which vary weekly. Combining these two types of training styles will maximise all round results. This class is ideal for those with a moderate to high fitness level and people looking for a physical challenge.

      BOOKING INFORMATION

      Course places must be booked in advance and your place can only be held once payment in full has been received. Bookings are non refundable and non transferrable. 

      Due to restricted class numbers, please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

      If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch:

      info@fitnessquest.co.uk 07791 605150


      Monday, 10 May 2021

      Indoor Fitness Classes Return W/C 17th May 2021

       


      Good news! Following the government announcement stating further lockdown restrictions will be eased from Monday 17th May 2021, our fitness classes will be returning (finally). I have absolutely heaps to prepare before then, so please can you all ensure you have read the following and contact me ASAP to confirm you have read and understood the rules that are still in place. As ever, these may change but if they do I will either update you in person at class or via the Facebook page.

      Class timetable

      All classes are held at Epiphany Primary School, BH9 3PE

      Monday's

      6:30pm-7:25pm: Kettlercise - There are four weeks remaining of the current course restarting on 17th May, now due to end on 14th June (no class on Bank Holiday). Please complete a new PAR-Q and ensure you have read the Covid-19 Policy. 

      7:40pm-8:10pm: HIIT - Available to book in six week continuous blocks, £30. You can choose your start date. Please email me to book/find out how many weeks you have remaining. Please complete a new PAR-Q and ensure you have read the Covid-19 Policy. 

      Wednesday's

      6:30pm-7:25pm: PiYo - There are seven weeks remaining of the current course restarting on 19th May, now due to end on 30th June. Please complete a new PAR-Q and ensure you have read the Covid-19 Policy. 

      7:40pm-8:20pm: Sculpt and Burn - There are seven weeks remaining of the current course restarting on 19th May, now due to end on 30th June. Please complete a new PAR-Q and ensure you have read the Covid-19 Policy. 

      Member actions

      Unless I update otherwise, classes will continue as they did before. This includes wearing a face mask when not exercising, signing in to class online and maintaining social distancing at all times.

      1. Please ensure you have read the Covid-19 Policy
      2. Please sign a new PAR-Q
      3. Please sign in online for every class - this will open 48 hours in advance and you must cancel if you can no longer attend). 
      Future support

      I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who will be returning after such an awful year, and an extra special thank you to those of you who stuck it out with me online. However, for Fitness Quest to remain viable in the long run and continue recovering (hopefully no more lockdowns) I need your long term support. Many of the above courses have 4-7 weeks left and I've not been paid for any in person classes since last Oct/Nov, therefore if you already know you would like to join the next set of classes (which I'm hoping can roll straight over once the current blocks have finished) please could you secure your place with payment in full ASAP. Unfortunately, due to maintaining reduced numbers I need to ensure the classes that are running are fully booked and I would like to know this sooner rather than later. I cannot hold any places until payment has been received as I need to start advertising the next date blocks as soon as I've worked them out.

      I can't wait to see you all next week, please do get in touch if you have any questions and please complete the above actions if you haven't already - All 3 are compulsory.

      Vicki

      Wednesday, 5 May 2021

      Return to Classes - Fingers crossed for 17th May 2021

       


      It's been a while since we were last at classes and I just wanted to provide a very quick update in preparation for our return...

      When are we back?

      All being well, Boris will announce soon that indoor fitness classes will be able to resume on the 17th May 2021 - This means that if you were booked onto a course before the lockdown, your classes will continue where they left off from the week commencing 17th May. If you were not booked onto a course, I will be announcing the next start dates as soon as possible but in the meantime, Monday evening HIIT will have plenty of availability if you can't wait to get started!

      Action required

      To make the return to classes as smooth as possible, I need all members to take the following action:

      1. Carefully read the Fitness Quest Covid-19 Policy, currently it is the same as before lockdown however it may be updated once the government/venue release more guidelines. It's been a while since you would have read it so please do not skip this stage.

      2. Please complete a new PAR-Q - All members returning to classes must have completed one in 2021.

      3. Keep your fingers crossed!

      Sorry I can't provide more of an update, judging by previous announcements we are likely to have a week or less notice. Please don't delay on taking the above actions as I once I have the all clear I will be super busy making sure everything is safe for our return so any time you can save me chasing would be amazing.

      I look forward to seeing you all really soon, if you have any questions please email me.

      Vicki

      Friday, 5 March 2021

      Covid-19 Update March 2021


      I hope you are all well and have been enjoying the glimmers of sunshine that keep appearing?

      Things are slowly beginning to feel as though they are returning to normal, however indoor fitness classes will be one of the later services permitted to return.

      According to the governments "roadmap out of lockdown" published on the 22nd February, the earliest we would be able to return to group fitness will be the 17th May 2021. As yet, there is no guidance as to what social distancing measures will be required and as always, I will also need permission from my venues.

      I know it is not the update you are all hoping for but I wanted to update you all, especially as schools are re-opening on Monday 8th March and gyms (for individual exercise) are due to open on the 12th April.

      I will update you all again when I know more but until then, here is an update on continuing services during this time:

      Personal Training

      Personal training can continue either online, or from the 29th March 2021, personal training sessions may take place in private outdoor gardens. I will only be training individual clients, or members from the same household at one time for now. Where possible, sessions should remain virtual to continue the effort in reducing social contact. I will be updating the Fitness Quest Covid-19 Policies before the 29th March 2021. This date is subject to change by the UK Government.

      Virtual Classes

      Virtual classes will continue as long as they are needed and financially viable for me to run. Currently I am offering the following:
      • Two live, 40 minute classes on Wednesdays (6:15pm Full Body Blast, 7pm Boxercise HIIT)
      • Catch up available for the above two classes for 7 days
      • Library of on demand content from PiYo, M1ND, short stretch routines, SH1FT, L1FT
      • Workout of the Week (WOW) - A challenge you can modify and complete in your own time
      The virtual blocks are £25 for 4 weeks and if enough people wish to continue the remaining proposed dates are:
      • 22nd March - 18th April 2021
      • 19th April - 16th May 2021
      I hope to film more on demand content over the coming months as the weather begins to brighten up (I need to film outside due to lack of indoor space). These extra sessions will include glute strengthening for a strong back and mini Pilates sessions.

      If you would like to sign up to either/both of the above virtual blocks please email info@fitnessquest.co.uk

      Can't wait to see you all again soon!

      Vicki

      Thursday, 31 December 2020

      Class Update for January 2021 - Tier 4

       


      Firstly I want to wish you all a happy New Year and I hope you all managed to find some time to relax and reflect over Christmas. It seems that 2021 will be a tough start for many of us but we can remain hopeful that by the Spring the situation may be looking better. With the recent government announcements in mind, with no timescale to work towards other than the fortnightly government updates, please can I request that you all read the following thoroughly and if you have any questions please email me.

      Return to classes

      Bournemouth has been placed into tier 4 as of 31st December 2020, with no timescale announced as to how long the restrictions may last. Therefore all Fitness Quest in person classes will NOT be permitted to continue until further notice. All courses that were due to continue w/c 4th January 2021 will be frozen and will continue in person once classes are allowed to return.

      Virtual classes

      I have taken the decision not to start a new virtual block of fitness classes on the 4th January 2021. 

      • I will re-assess the demand for a virtual block after the next government announcement due on the 13th January 2021 when we may know more about the duration of restrictions required and the ongoing situation.
      • Since March 2020, virtual memberships helped to keep Fitness Quest running, however, demand did inevitably drop off and January-April has a lot of annual business bills so I've taken the decision to find temporary work to help pay for both business and personal expenses.
      • I also have a 3 day university exam on the 18th January (another perk of Covid-19), so not teaching for a few weeks will really help me to concentrate on revision. 
      Member motivation

      I do want to ensure that you all stay as motivated as possible over the next few weeks whilst I'm not running any virtual live classes, therefore I will be allowing any member who is booked onto an in person course FREE ACCESS to the Facebook group which contains workout challenges (WOW's), pre-recorded PiYo and stretch routines and on demand SH1FT and L1FT. I will also try to pre-record some M1ND classes to mix it up a bit. It would be great for those of you who are active in the group to post your workouts and help to motivate each other (and me, I love seeing what you're all doing). I know for some people virtual classes aren't their cup of tea but right now it's the best we have and unless you are happy doing your own thing to keep fit I do really encourage you to join the group as it provides you with a great resource for home workouts. Keeping active now is so important, not just for our physical health but our mental health too. I'll be re-posting the WOW's from the previous two lockdowns on a weekly basis (although you can view them all), if you've done them before, doing them again is a great fitness test. If you would like to join the Facebook group please email me.

      Contacting me

      If you need to contact me, please do so via email or by phone (07791 605150) as I am not currently using my personal Facebook account (you can still message Fitness Quest on Facebook but I may not reply too quickly). Please note that whilst I have alternative employment my replies may not be very fast, hence why I am streamlining the contact methods I need to check. Hopefully most of the questions you have can either be found on the class pages on this website or by viewing the Fitness Quest Covid-19 Policies.

      Personal training

      Personal training sessions will still continue virtually until further notice.

      Finally...

      Thank you all for your continued support, hopefully by the end of January we will either be going back to in person classes or starting up another block of virtual classes (once I've done my exam and am trained in my new job). I will update all of the class pages and the Covid-19 policy shortly and I will email each of you who are booked onto a course over the weekend. I wanted to get this post out now to keep you all updated. To ensure you get the updates as soon as I post them please subscribe to this blog (top right hand corner of this page) and like the Facebook page

      Please do use the online library of fitness content I've created this year and I'll be asking in the Facebook group in a couple of weeks how many of you would like to continue virtually, if needed. Please take care of yourselves and send me an email if you need anything.

      See you all soon

      Vicki