Get Your Game Face On!

All Things Fitness

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Growing up as a dancer meant I was constantly surrounded by make up for exams and shows.  As I got into my teens I carried this love of make up into my personal life, I’d wear it to school, to dancing, just out and about. Before I knew it, I wouldn’t  leave the house unless I had make up on telling myself and everyone else that I needed it, or wasn’t gifted with skin that could be makeup free.

Then I found my passion in fitness….

I started wearing less and less make up and embracing my own natural skin as it is. I did a complete 180 and went from full face 24/7 to bare faced and care free. But we all get those days where we’re tired and a bit blotchy, or we’ve eaten badly over the weekend and blemishes start coming up, or dehydrated and the dark purple eye circles surface….

This was when I realised I needed something to help me deal with this whilst also not looking like I had a full face of make up. A little make up and skincare to help me achieve a natural no-make up look but also lets my skin breathe whilst working as a Personal Trainer/ Fitness Instructor and workout out in the gym too.

SportFX have put together a gorgeous collection for the active woman. Whether you want to wear make up while working out because it gives you more confidence in the gym or if you want to prime your skin pre-workout to reduce redness for after, SportFX have got you covered.

Key features of the collection:

  • An Anti redness cooling primer ( my favourite go-to daily product)
  • A breathable vitamin enriched BB Cream (perfect light weight coverage)
  • A sweat resistant high stamina mascara ( doesn’t leave you looking like a panda!)
  • A refreshing face mist that doubles as a make up setting spray ( what’s better than two in one?!)

 

As a personal trainer, athlete and fitness model I’m often going from the gym, to work, to meetings, to shoots all one after another so to have products to hand that see me through all of this is essential.

You can shop the collection here and also be sure to check them out on Instagram.

 

Love Char xxx

Here are some of my favourites from the collection:

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This is a sponsored post with SportFX cosmetics. However all views are my own.
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FOCUS FITNESS UK : 1

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One down, six to go.

So I’m currently one week into my intensive full time Level 2 and Level 3 Personal Trainer course with Focus Fitness UK. We work Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.


This week has mainly focused around learning the Level 2 Anatomy and Physiology parts of the course. This is the part of the course that worried me before I started. I wasn’t very good at the sciences at school so feared I would also struggle here.

I completed the main parts of my high school education at King Edward VII School in Kings Lynn. I loved both GCSE and A Level PE there and was taught by some really great teachers, I just didn’t do very well when it came to exams. In class I would know what I was talking about but give me an exam paper and I would struggle SO hard! So it was difficult when everyone including your teachers expect you to do so well in your exams and you come out having done quite bad. I did average in my GCSEs and badly in my A levels BUT somehow nailed my degree and found a passion for learning again. Even though I didn’t do well in those exams at school, I’ve managed to retain the knowledge taught by my PE teachers and am now applying it in my course (thanks guys!). It shows that sure, exams papers weren’t my thing but I did and do know the information. GSCEs and A Levels are more about your ability to pass the test rather than knowing the information and being able to apply it.

It’s all about finding your groove and figuring out what works for you. Sure, it may have taken me to the age of 25 to find that, but now that I’m here and on my way, there’ll be no stopping me. That knowledge was there and now I’m able to access it and apply it to what I’m passionate about.


In short, I’ve found my groove, I’m loving my course and can’t wait to get back on Monday. In week two we’ll spend more time planning sessions and being in the gym itself where I can also apply some of what I learned through my bodybuilding training!

Char  x

Train fitness guest blog

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Last month I was contacted by TRAINFITNESS and was asked if I would put together an article about competing as a vegan. I chose to wait until after my competition so that I could give a rounded account of the whole experience and how I did it.

If you head over to their page here, you can have a read for yourself.

Char x

 

Next steps…

All Things Fitness

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Recently I have had people asking me what’s next Charlotte? What are you going to be doing after your competition? Well now I have an answer for you, well two really.

In May I am very excited to say that I will be starting my Personal Training course *does happy dance* Anyone who has known me for some time will know that this has always been on the agenda it’s just been a matter of timing and funding. I’ll be taking the course with Focus Fitness UK.

imageIt’ll be seven weeks full time finishing at the start of July, just in time to be heading back to Exsportise to coach Dance for two weeks for my SIXTH summer with them.

It is all very exciting. 2016 really is shaping up to be my year, focused on me and my goals and smashing them out of the park.

On top of my PT training and Summer Camp, I’ll also be training to compete again in the Miami Pro Universe Championships in October 2016. I’m hoping to build more muscle to enter as fitness model this time- so hooray to more eating and building!

So there we have it, besides events/ shoots/ appearances etc, that is where my 2016 is headed and I just know I’m going to be loving every day of this wonderful year!

Char x

One Life Personal Training Pt.1

All Things Fitness, Reviews
This post is in collaboration with One Life Personal Training

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A few weeks ago I was contacted by Will Fletcher from One Life with an invitation to come by the studio for a session and sports massage with him. I took Will up on his offer and here is my first instalment of my time with Will at One Life Personal Training so far:

The studio is based in Stoke Newington and is a lovely independent studio with MANY services to offer, from Personal Training, to Yoga, to massage and Pilates. They also have a little area outside to give a tyre a good battering!

So what did I get up to?

Picture this, while you were all in bed at 7am on a frosty Sunday morning I was in the studio with Will giving it all that I’ve got. I know I’m crazy but the session was crazy good!

We started on the rower- a piece of equipment I never use! I’m not very good on the rower so I never use it unless I’m on it for my abs! We moved through a series of exercises including interval sprints, treadmill crawls, treadmill bunny hops, chin ups, burpees with a shoulder press and battle ropes. It was a mega session and Will really put me through my paces! I love training with battle ropes but hadn’t done it in quite some time so it annihilated me! Shoulder in pieces! (In a good way!)

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We finished with a sports massage on my upper back. Due to being here there and everywhere during the day, I tend to carry a rather heavy bag so my traps are always super tight and riddled with knots so this was where Will worked his magic for me. I also have bad posture, rolling my shoulders forward giving myself a bit of a hunchback- not good! So we’re going to work on that too.

I left the studio that Sunday feeling energised and relaxed all at the same time. It was a wonderful feeling and a great way to start the day. You still think I’m crazy I know!

If you’re North London based and looking for personal training or classes without the commitment of a gym membership also, then One Life Personal Training is the place to go! You know you need to start training but It can be quite intimidating walking into a gym when you don’t really know what to do. You just end up doing cardio or floor based ab work watching what everyone else does. I’ve been there I know that! So skip that and get stuck in with some sessions or classes and One Life. Whatever your goal, there’s something for you!

Have a look at their website here!

You can also follow them and Will on Instagram:

@onelife_personaltraining

@willfletchpt

Keep an eye out for Pt.2 where I’ll be giving you a tour of the studio and going at a tyre with a massive hammer!

Char x