Jess Swarbreck

Jess Swarbreck

Kenzai Sculpt | Day 38 (Member)
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Kenzai Sculpt
Day 38
 
Program progress:
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I’m very happy to report that Sculpt is going a whole lot better now that I’ve recovered. I’ve been running as my cardio and it makes me feel so good finishing a run and then coming in and doing my sculpt workout. The legs are burning but it feels goooooood.
I’ll admit I’ve been skimping on the upper body stuff a bit but am making that next weeks mission and, having just bought maternity swimsuit, will start tomorrow with a swim.

Food discipline leaves a lot to be desired. I know I need to just knock it on the head but I’ve got into the habit of eating sweet stuff in the evening after dinner and am finding it really hard to stop! It’s just a case of being disciplined so I’ve stocked up on fruit today and will keep persevering! It’s hard though- the science says you don’t need extra calories during pregnancy until the third trimester...so why all this hunger?!

Super cold here in the U.K. today- will probably do my workout inside!

Photo; me with a car full of baby related goodies! Picked up our pram this morning. This shits getting real!


Sculpt update
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I'm so sorry for the radio silence, team! It's no excuse but I find it a lot more difficult keeping up with my own team when I'm training other groups. Must do better.

It's been a dull couple of weeks trying to get over a nasty cold- I still have a lingering cough but managed a long cardio sesh in the sunshine yesterday and the full workout today which feels great.

Being pregnant, I'm realising, is a constant adjustment. As soon as you get used to one thing, something else starts. Having trained countless women with a weak pelvic floor, I can finally relate. I mean, what a bloody palava, changing your pants 3 times a day because you sneezed. I assumed that would only be an issue after I'd given birth. Nope! So yeah, from now on, I'm subbing sit-ups for kegels and sorting this shit out.

It's surprised me recently, having loved watching my bump grow at first, that I'm really struggling with self-confidence as my body changes. I'm hoping thats just a symptom of being ill and that I'll start to feel better again as I can get back into exercise.

Photo is of my university in a beautifully sunny London where I graduated on Tuesday. Hurrah!


Sculpt take 2!

I've been looking forward to starting sculpt since I signed up over a month ago so was so disappointed to wake up on Monday feeling rubbish having caught a cold. Not off to the best start as a result but determined to get back into it once I've fully recovered.

This will be a very different program for me as I'm currently 5 months pregnant with my first baby. Exercise wise, I'm still running about once a week and brisk walking every day which I think will be my cardio. I'm very keen to get into some more strength work as I've been super lazy about this since the first trimester which was mostly spent on the sofa feeling dreadful.

My goals for this program are to stay mindful with the diet which I have been super relaxed about recently - I've been very careful to make sure I'm including everything I need for a healthy pregnancy but have also been indulging in a lot of marmite toast and treats too. I'm keen not to put on too much weight which I know will be hard to lose after the baby's born but mostly I want to maintain strength and fitness to help me reach my goal of having an event free, natural birth and good recovery afterwards.

High intensity cardio and most abdominal work is off the cards for me at the moment but I will be doing as much of the strength and bar work that I can.
Fingers crossed!


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After the longest 6-7 weeks of not being able to work out, I’m back to it this week with some wonderful swimming in the south of France.

About half way through beach blast I was thrilled to discover that I’m pregnant but was soon completely incapacitated with nausea and sickness. I’m so happy and grateful to be having a baby but have found the past few weeks extremely tough. Whoever named it morning sickness was quite mistaken- all day and all night, more like!

Anyway, this week I seem to have turned a corner and am so happy to be being more active again- couldn’t have timed it better
with a holiday to France 😊


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Loved Beach Blast!  
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This has been such a fantastic program and I'm so pleased with the results.
I remember feeling at the start of this program that I wasn't ready for this and I've found it tough after several months of really slacking off on the fitness front. It's amazing how high intensity workouts improve your fitness so quickly - I hope anyone wondering whether or not they could do a program might read this and think, yes I can do it!

Playing tennis over the weekend I felt fast and coordinated and going out over the weekend, received some comments about how trim I was looking. Result! Feeling ready for the beach and can't bloody wait for my holiday in 4 weeks time! Now to keep it up until then...


Still here!

Hi team,
I've set a terrible example so far on the blogging front- my apologies. I am, however, loving reading everyone elses blogs - what a program this is!
I'm loving it and managing to keep up although feeling a little under the weather. Shoulder has held out just about- i'm just subbing out the sideways planks and a couple of other exercises.
Here's to a strong week 4 - go for it everyone!


Beach Blast!

I'm so happy to be Beach Blasting this round and am really ready for some results after a very frustrating few months on the training front.
Due to a shoulder injury and various other things going on I've really fallen behind with fitness. Some celebrations a couple of weeks ago, along with some horrendous weather, also sent me into a bit of a tailspin diet-wise so I came to this programme on Monday feeling pretty low about myself...perhaps that's why it's taken me all week to blog!

I'm happy to say that some hard work this week has pulled me up out of my funk and I'm feeling 100% better today! I was so relieved to read todays lesson about the two free passes for missed workouts as I've actually already used them both! Monday I had to rest after a physio appointment on my shoulder and Wednesday was a super long day, travelling to London for work and also seeing old friends. It does mean that I don't get anymore days off this round so...here goes!

Diet wise, this is tough! I've not been on programme for a while and, as promised, this diet is a CUT. Honestly, it's about cut in half what I've been eating recently, calorie wise so it's going to take some serious discipline moving forward. I'm also doing another challenge with the Kenzai staff at the moment which involves going either vegetarian or vegan. I've decided to go veggie and cut out dairy but am still having eggs- this adds another layer to the challenge although I'm really enjoying it so far.

I'm at a wedding this weekend so will do my best on the diet front. Wish me luck!


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1. Tell us about your life...
Where do you live? Who do you live with? How do you spend your time?

I live in Staffordshire in the UK with my husband, Ben. I spend my time working for Kenzai and for myself as a personal trainer and nutritional therapist. Spare time is mostly enjoyed in the countryside where we live, walking or running with the dog and lots of gardening this time of year. I also love cooking and eating so I like to host dinner parties :)

2. Tell us why you're doing Kenzai body...
Any specific goals? Why now? What will success look like for you?

I wish I could repeat the magic of this program! My goals as trainer are that every member of this team makes it to the end of the program having achieved something they're proud of.

3. A problem shared...
What obstacles do you anticipate to succeeding in this program? How will you navigate these?

Unforeseen obstacles are the ones that have caused me to stumble in the past and to a certain extent these can't be avoided. The weather here in England can be a serious motivation leach too (see photo)! For me, making my fitness and health a priority is essential.

4. What question would you like to ask your team mates and/or trainer? (Answers in the comments please!)

What's your favourite food?


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Congratulations Bells graduates!  
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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!


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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 :)


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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!


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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!


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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!


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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.


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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!


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