Earn Your Roast Bootcamp on Hove Lawns

As much as I love my daily exercise classes at the gym, sometimes it's a shame to spend all my time stuck in a sweaty studio - especially when I live in such a beautiful place. There are always PT sessions and bootcamps going on along the seafront in Brighton and Hove, and one of the regulars on the scene is Emily Williams. She runs 'Earn Your Roast', offering transformation packages, personal training sessions and group exercise classes.

In an effort not to miss out on the last of the year's sun, I swapped my Wednesday evening Body Pump class for Emily's bootcamp on Hove Lawns. I went along with my gym buddy Lauren (well, I couldn't have left her at Body Pump on her own, could I?!) for some al fresco training in the late summer dusk!

We arrived on Hove Lawns early, and wondered up and down for a while trying to spot the Earn Your Roast team! Eventually we noticed a group of gym-kit-clad girls congregating, so we went over and joined them, and Emily arrived shortly afterwards. I immediately loved her, and hated her, at the same time - she is so naturally beautiful, she has amazing hair and the most insanely perfect body. JEALOUS. But she is also a really lovely and down-to-earth - the type of person that can just light up a room (or a patch of grass!) Talk about motivation - if working out makes me look and feel like she does, then I'm in!

This is Lauren :-) 
After a quick warm up, we started with some upper and lower body training. For upper body, we used these blue things (I don't know what they're called!) and did a push up, then swinging our legs through to the front to do a hip thrust (which was awkward as a group of weird men had decided to have a BBQ on a bench right in front of us) followed by a tricep dip. We did 10 reps of this, twice over. For the lower body conditioning, we grabbed a kettlebell and did single-armed row, curtsey squat and a side lunge.

Next, we moved onto some circuits and OH MY GOD these were hard! The first circuit was 20 squats, 20 jump squats, 20 split lunges, 10 kettlebell swings, a bear crawl, and a shuttle run. FIVE TIMES!!! Then we did another circuit of 30 (!) pushups, 30 toe touch things, something else (my brain had obviously given up on memory by this point), kettlebell rows and more running...  FIVE TIMES!!! I felt pretty rubbish that I struggled so much to be honest - I thought I was super fit, but the change of routine knocked me for six! It just goes to show how important it is to switch up your workouts - I can do an hour of Body Attack no problem (and Body Attack is pretty intense!), but ten minutes into circuit training and I was almost dead!

I really enjoyed being outside and having a sea view to accompany my workout, and Emily is a great trainer. She was really focussed on ensuring we had good form, and pushed everybody to their own limits.

Have you tried any outdoor bootcamps, or do you prefer to stay safely inside the gym?



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