Jess Swarbreck

Jess Swarbreck

Kenzai Member
Congratulations Bells graduates!  

I'm loving reading all these graduation blogs coming in! What a fun, exciting program- pretty much everyone has loved it, and learned a new skill that they're keen to carry on with. Amazing result- huge Kudos NATE B-I!

Unfortunately, I've been something of a spectator through most of the program but have been going through the motions as much as possible. As predicted, my shoulder is still not 100% but I can't wait to get back on it and repeat this program some time soon.

Congratulations everyone!


It's a little bitter sweet with this weekend being the end of Kettlebells but over last weekend I was able to do a few Kettlebell swings and feel as though I was working out properly with you all.
I'm still being careful as my shoulder is still definitely mending but it was great to have what I felt was a good workout.

The picture is with my Dad who was here for the weekend visiting from Hong Kong. Dad works so hard on his fitness and has recently has started using kettlebells too.

Note the matching headbands :)


Hi team, I'm sorry I haven't blogged for a while- I've been extremely frustrated with my shoulder and unable to do much at all for the past 2 weeks. Good news is that I was able to go for a run over the weekend and am finally able to sleep on my injury side so it's clear things are moving in the right direction.

I've noticed my appetite dramatically reduced too and have lost a few kgs which is one silver lining. I have a body type which actually makes it easier for me to lose weight when I'm not training. With lots of friends and family weddings coming up, I'm pleased to be slimming down but am very much eager to firm up again.

The photo is of my sister and me over the weekend. She loves yoga and we were talking about doing head stands but I couldn't manage one at all with my shoulder. She struggled too but I think that was more to do with the several glasses of wine she'd had :)

I'm still running clean on the alcohol front (as promised) and am loving it. As someone who enjoys wine so much, it makes me laugh how much I enjoy NOT drinking it. So fickle.

Have a great week everyone!

Injured :(

I can't believe how quickly 10 days has gone since I last blogged!

My latest news is that I've injured my shoulder and have had to skip workouts for the past few days. It actually happened while I was asleep- I'm really not sure what happened but either way, something was wrenched or pulled the wrong way and I woke up in complete agony. Very frustrating but I'm doing all the right things, including focusing on my food, and hoping I'll be back on track before the end of the week.

Happy week 3 everyone!

Intro blog questions

1. Where are you in the world and whats the weather like?
I'm in the UK, specifically Staffordshire in the Midlands. The weather has been beautiful if a little cold- perfect for working out outside although I'm looking forward to some heat!

2. Are you training with anyone?
My husband and dog are usually pottering about in the garden whilst I work out. We also have sheep from the next door farm visiting us a fair bit.

3. Is this the first time you've used kettlebells? If so, what do you think so far?
I actually used to teach a kettlebells class but haven't used them myself for well over a year. Its great to be training with them again.

4. What question would you like to ask other members (that they can answer in comments on your blog)?
How do you make sure you get a great nights sleep? Sleep is something I'm struggling with more and more- any tips gratefully received!

me n ma belles

Week one challenge is to post a proud photos with your new gear...and here we are. Borrowed one from a friend and bought a slightly heavier one. I’ve kept it pretty light for this round as it’s been a while since I’ve lifted anything heavier than a fork.


Pretty gorgeous day here in England which has made it very easy to get out an enjoy the day 1 workout.
It’s a long time since I’ve done any weight training so I’m excited to get back into it.
Good luck team!


It can be a difficult time of year to remain motivated to train strict. Most of us approach our diet and workouts afresh at the start of a new year but our resolve can start to taper out as the year carries on. Being a part of the Kenzai community can be a wonderful way to maintain motivation and momentum with training, but as with anything, sometimes you find yourself in a rut. Enter, THE MOTIVATE APRIL Challenge!

This is a challenge for any Kenzai member to take on. Are you feeling like you need a boost in motivation? Here is a challenge to get you back on track. Take part in any or all of the following:


Have a think over the weekend about your current goals. Maybe you set them earlier in the year and they need to be revisited. Maybe you’d like to set new goals. Whichever it is, tell us about it in a blog along with how you’re going to achieve it. Include the hashtag #MOTIVATEAPRIL in the title so that other participating members can join in and comment.


Think of this like a mini-program. 7 days, 7 workouts, 7 Kompliant diet days. Can you do it? Tell us about it on your blog #MOTIVATE APRIL.


As a Kenzai member, you know that sharing your positivity and energy with someone else is the surest way to energize yourself. Get out there on the blogosphere and find someone to share the #MOTIVATE APRIL fun with.

The #MOTIVATEAPRIL Challenge. Join the know you're fierce enough!

Sculpt complete!  

Boom! Sculpt has been awesome and I really want to do it again as my programs been a little haphazard this time due to travelling.
One huge bonus of this was that I got to meet up with Hong Kongs finest dragon boat team (see photo of all the Kenzaites involved!) including one of my Sculpt trainees, Sophie which was awesome! The dedication these girls showed during their practice was pretty intense, and as someone who's played a fair bit of team sports, I know how special that is. My husband Ben came along too (wish I'd gotten a photo!) and he even said whilst we were on the water ' this is a reason to move to HK!' Watch this space ;)

Another huge highlight was to meet up with a handful of my amazing colleagues in Hong Kong (see photo) - we enjoyed an evening of healthy Kenzai drinks and snacks....naturally.

I'm back home now and embarking on the final part of my degree which is seriously daunting and I'm so DONE with academics now. Not to wish my life away or anything but bring on the 15th May when it will all be over!

Huge congrats to all my fellow sculptors- you've been AWESOME! And also hats off to Kim B for designing this super fun and effective program.


Just coming to the end of an amazing week skiing in Niseko. Skiing has been wonderful although we’ve had unusually spring like weather so will have to come back another time to experience the famous Japanese powder.

One of my favourite things has been to go to the Onsen every day- I’ve found my muscles have recovered more quickly from workouts and long days skiing.

Diet’s taken a bit of a hit but having never been to Japan, I’ve not wanted to resis trying everything!
It’s a big fat yes to ramen noodles, sushi, gyoza and moshi! And a resounding NO to smelly natto beans!

Onto HK this evening and looking forward to catching up with the Kenzai gang there!

Hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend!

Not the best day

I was really pleased to see the jumprope time drop today as my shins have started to flare up (long term issue). And I'm absolutely loving the barre work- so much fun and causes a burn like no other!

After an epic start to the program, the past couple of days have been pretty off. I was at work all day on both Saturday and Sunday and our neighbour sweetly took us out for dinner on the Saturday night. So I was completely pooped by Sunday night and never ended up doing my workout yesterday, AND had a few glasses of wine. Slap on the wrists for me.

Today's been a funny one. Last night I found out that a company I've been dreaming of working with for years (alongside Kenzai) and who I was in the process of hopefully securing a job with, has had to close down. Basically, Brexit has scared some investors off. Sodding brexit- where shall I move? So yes, that has dampened my spirits which have been so high over the past few weeks.

I've been for a run with my dog today instead of jumping rope and will do the barre workout shortly. Who knows what's around the corner, eh?

Shout out to all you Kenzai warriors fighting to make your dreams come true...whatever they may be :)

Sculpt Intro!

Hi Team- hats off and thank you to Maria, Rina, Lori and Mai who've kicked us off with the intro blogs!
I'll go next!

1. I'm Jess and spend my time working as a Kenzai trainer, as well as a nutritionist and PT here in the UK. I live near a small town called Uttoxeter in Staffordshire with my husband Ben and our small menagerie pets :)

2. Goals for this program include shaping up my legs and butt for an upcoming holiday which includes both skiing and looking good in a dress!

3. Time is the only one I can think of but I'm loving the routine I've been in most of the year which includes getting up early and working out before work.

4. I love watching great dancers- Michael Jacksons up there with Thriller!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sculpt day 1

Thrilled to be kicking off this month with the February sculpt crew!

I've hit pause on ski-boot to put on my trainer hat but will be back to it later in the year- sincere apologies to my skiboot team mates for not seeing it through this time around.

Lettuce sculpt!


I still have to dig out a photo for last weeks challenge but in the meantime here's a map of Mt Tremblant, Canada.

I spent several months training and teaching skiing here back in 2006 when I was taking a year out before university. By no means is it the most beautiful place in the world but it was where I put the hardest graft into any sport ever in my life. Compared to Europe where I'd done most of my skiing before, the conditions were tough, reaching -20C some days!
Second pic is of a rather chubby 19 year old me on my first week at ski school :)


Hi Skibooters! Here are my answers to the intro blog questions...

1. I'm Jess, I live in the Midlands, UK and work as a nutritionist, personal trainer, and am also proud to be a member of the Kenzai team. Things that make me happy include family, friends, food, sports, my pets and right this moment, a wood fire which I'm sitting by after working out in the cold with my last client of the day.

2. My main goal for training this round is to prepare for my ski trip at the end of Feb- its a bit of a bucket list trip as I'm heading to Niseko, Japan for the first time. Anyone been?

3. Possible barriers to come up are shin splints (an ongoing issue) and time constraints. I'm currently setting up a Nutritional Therapy business alongside my full time job and finishing off my degree. I think it should be fine though. 4 weeks ain't long!

4. Weird stuff: If you were an animal, what animal would you be? Why?
Probably a labrador because they love eating.

Off to a great start and loving the cycle workouts. Fun!!

Jan 8th, 2018





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