Archive | March, 2012

IFS Report and ‘How I Got Free in Blackpool’!

26 Mar

Just a quick report about Burrell Education’s first outing to IFS in Blackpool!

It was emotional!!! Knackering, exhilerating, ground-breaking, inspiring AND VERY DIFFERENT!  I have never seen participants soooooo excited and enthusiastic.  People were literally dripping with sweat and still running in to start another session, hilarious and inspiring!  The energy was massive, right until the very last sessions.  Burrell Education was with Power Plate demonstrating my new small group Post Natal System – Metabolic Mommy.  If you missed it, you can still catch it before launch at Fit Pro at Loughborough University in April.  Here,  I was using the Power Plate as the tool but there are different versions, one using dumbbells, bodyweight and resistance bands and one using the ViPR.  Basically, you can go low equipment to very high equipment and get an awesome result for the post baby client looking to lose fat and restore function and get super fit.  The response was awesome from some people who know a thing or two about training women (Katie Bulmer ( and her mom were in the house as was Kim Ingleby (  Katie, actually took home the award for Personal Trainer of the Year.  Hugely well deserved!  Check out her Little Black Dress exercise and fat loss system.

Power Plate combined it’s might with Thump Boxing, FKPro & ViPR.  The result was a room filled to capacity for EVERY session with very very happy sweaty punters.  It did, quite literally go off like a frog in a sock!  The music was awesome, the light show was crazy, just brill.  The DREAM TEAM came AND DELIVERED!

But, I think the best moment of the entire weekend came courtesy of a young man called Craig Barton!  Never met him before but he was in Marvin’s (Fitness Retreat) massage booth, so I thought he might be OK ;-)).  I actually got semi-naked for him without a moments hesistation ;-)) Don’t worry, nothing crazy, I’m a married woman.  The reason:  some of you might know that I’ve had two C-Sections 12 months apart for gynae issues, the last one happened just over a year ago…not a great look but all good now.  Basically, on my return to training I’ve always been able to feel the scar pulling  and after a heavyish session my scar would ache and totally put my workout schedule on a break, so when the lovely Craig was extolling the virtues of the strange device he was holding, I suddenly had an idea, I wonder if that would work on my C-Section scar tissue and general wierdness that was going on in that area????  And boy did it work, I was freed up in under 10 mins flat.  I OWE THIS GUY BIG TIME.  I’m going to a course on in at the end of April, followed by a bit of testing on some willing participants and will report back.  Thanks so much Craig, you’re a superstar!

If, like me, you’ve always been a FitPro devotee, give IFS a whirl next year, it’s the complete opposite and you WILL HAVE SOME SERIOUS FUN!  Just one downside……the food ;-((.  I am now on green & hemp protein shakes for at least two days to detox because I have a face full of spots and a cranky digestive system from eating white bread!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and drinking Dandelion and Burdock fizzy pop!  Goodness me !


Gymboss, Fat Loss and Your Post Baby Client

19 Mar

By Jenny Burrell BSc (Hons), Founder of Burrell Education, Specialist REPs Endorsed CPD For Pregnancy and Post Natal Fitness & Therapy Education, London, UK.

A Gymboss and the Post Baby client aren’t usually mentioned in the same breath.  That sweet little pink timer above is usually associated with ball-busting sweat-fest workouts (usually including burpees!!!!) that are used to blowtorch fat in super-fast time. So why aren’t we using them with a group of clients who’s number 1 goal is FATLOSS & CHUB-BUSTING!!!  Why isn’t this the tool du jour for trainers with a client group who is desperately in need of a fat-burning hormonal reboot if ever there was one?  A bit of lateral thinking required!

The beauty of any kind of interval training is that it can be adjusted to suit EVERY level of fitness. From sofa surfer to elite athlete, the individual is challenged at their personal level of fitness.  In terms of  an early post baby client, a 30 second on/30 second off speed walking interval split for a mom who is using pram-pushing and walking as her main source of exercise  daily would yield great results if carried out for 20-30 minutes, 5 days a week.  As she improves in strength and stamina, the work phase simply increases or a combination of work phase increasing and rest phase decreasing would add even further challenge.  Brilliant for those of you who do outdoor buggy classes, great for those of you who use boxing for interval training  and great for guiding  your clients exercise sessions when she’s working on her own.  How simple is that?!  As she then regains strength, the Gymboss is then used to guide a great functional, integrated, metabolic circuit (of course it needs to be a bespoke creation for her specific needs and abilities).  Timings can be manipulated as well as the level of each exercise perfectly and progression is a piece of cake again.  Finally, when your mom is reaching the end of her ‘post baby’ phase and has returned to full health, strength and function the timer can be used for outdoor running classes, again to ensure you work at fat-blitzing intensities to get RESULTS!

Above:  One of ‘Gymbossed’ Post Baby Clients!  Before & After

As well as the Gymboss helping you perfectly manipulate intensity (vital for post baby fat loss) it totally minimizes chatting (which we all know can be a bit of a problem with some clients – joke – not!) but when the 20-30 mins of work is done guess what… then get lots of time to perform some great hands on stretches, perform a little of massage  or other soft tissue release and, even finish off with an end of workout breath meditation and a CHAT;-) adding HUGE value to your service. IT’S  BEEN THE WAY FORWARD NOW FOR THE REST OF FITNESS AND POST NATAL IS COMING ALONG ON THE JOURNEY TOO!

Remember……………Keep it passionate, mediocrity is a sin ;-))

(Thanks to my dear friend Julie Bartlett for shining the light – mwah XX)

You can buy a Gymboss anywhere online but as a Pregnancy/Post Baby Specialist, you might want to get yours here – – MUTU is the creation of another dear friend of mine, Wendy Powell and while you’re there, check out her brilliant and inspirational site and blog.

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9 Cinnamon Benefits

6 Mar

Another good one from Pats Farmacy!

Pat's Farmacy









The Amazing Power of Cinnamon*:

  1. Cinnamon extract and/or cinnamon improves fasting blood sugarin people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.
  2. The intake of 2g of cinnamon for 12 weeks significantly reduces the HbA1c, systolic and diastolic blood pressuresamong poorly controlled type 2 diabetes patients.
  3. Cinnamon oil (cinnamaldehyde) hastherapeutic activity against oral Candida infection.

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Top 9 Healthy Fats

6 Mar

Love this blog, always short, sweet and informative!

Pat's Farmacy

9 Healthy Fats for Healing:

1.  Coconut Oil (organic, unrefined, cold-pressed, extra virgin)
2.  Sesame Oil (organic, cold-pressed)
3.  Flax Seed Oil (organic, cold-pressed)

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