Review 2018: Family Bootcamp

Thank you very much to Rachel for today’s NHM Review post!!

Family Bootcamp

When your life revolves around children, family commitments, work and everything else that we have going on, it is difficult to find the time to exercise.  I have often been spotted taking a skipping rope or hula hoop to the park so I can grab the odd few minutes, while the kids are distracted playing, to sneak in a quick workout.  So when I had the opportunity to review a Family Bootcamp for NHM, I (quite literally) jumped at the chance

About

Family Bootcamp is a series of exercise classes which involve circuit training, a mixture of cardio and resistance work, team games and challenges.  It allows you to exercise and have fun as a family. And we did just that!

I attended the Sunday Family Bootcamp class with my son (age 10). He looked a little apprehensive actually as we arrived and whispered to me “Mum, have the others in the class all been doing this a long time? Is it ok that we haven’t been before?” He needn’t have worried. Sarah, the instructor, was very welcoming and showed us to the studio where we met the other families who were all absolutely lovely. We woke to a lot of snow that morning so I was surprised to see a fairly busy class considering (about 8 others). Obviously a testament to Sarah’s fab class – everyone wanted to be there!

We started with some team games to warm up. Everyone at different levels of fitness, age, ability but everyone moving and having fun. It really didn’t matter that we were newbies as we felt part of the group straight away.

The game of dodgeball was my son’s favourite. I really enjoyed the individual exercises (squats, lunges, skipping, etc) which we did at opposite ends of the studio facing our partners, swapping over at regular intervals. We even got to have a go on the bikes in the next studio – challenging but brilliant.


Sarah’s energy, passion and patience make the class what it is. She explains everything really well, demonstrates, takes part herself, and is always aware of everything that is happening and where she might be needed. Her class is well-planned and the music is fab.  Sarah’s energy is infectious and you can’t help but feel uplifted. We were sweaty but super smiley!

The class is 50 mins with a warm up and cool down, abs and a stretch. The time flies.

Suitable for children age 8 – 14 approx.

Tips

Wear comfy sportswear type clothing that you can move around in easily.

Take a water bottle (don’t worry if you forget though, there is a water fountain in the studio).

Location

Family Bootcamp takes place at Basingstoke Sports Centre in town.
Facilities are therefore great.
Easy to get to. Central.
Parking for town or Festival Place (prices apply).

Value for money

Family Bootcamp:  Sundays 11:10-12:00. 15th April to 27th May (7 week course). £17.50 per person for the whole course.

Please note – Basingstoke Sports Centre members receive 10% off.

Sarah also runs the following:

Family Pedal:  Saturdays 12:10-12:40. 21st April to 26th May (6 week course). £12 per person for the whole course.

Junior Bootcamp (term time):  Thursdays or Fridays 16:25-17:25. 19th/20th April to 24th/25th May. £22.80 per person.
Junior Bootcamp taster sessions also run on Thursdays and Fridays in the school holidays. 11:15-12:15.  £3.80 per person per session.

Rating

5 out of 5!

I love that I got to spend a bit of time with my son – grinning at each other, laughing, high-fiving, all whilst exercising.

Sarah’s main aim of her classes is to make fitness fun, accessible and engaging and she certainly achieves that.  

Getting fit, happy and spending time together – win win! Thank you Sarah.

Further info

Check out Sarah’s Facebook pages:

Www.facebook.com/insideoutkid

Www.facebook.com/insideoutresults

Disclaimer: This post is a review of InsideOut’s Family Bootcamp classes. The class was supplied free of charge for the purposes of the review. We were not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are our own.

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Children’s Art Workshops and Classes in Basingstoke

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Westside Youth Club: Brighton Hill, Mondays & Wednesdays

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Basingclog

Basingclog is not a dance school, but more of a club.

We’ve been dancing in the Basingstoke area for the last 25 years, and although we mostly have adult members, we do welcome young people from age 14.

During the autumn and winter months, we practice at Sherfield on Loddon village hall on Tuesdays, 8-9:30 pm, and in the spring and summer we dance out at area pubs and the occasional festival.

We welcome beginners and can teach people all they need to know about morris dancing. Our website is www.basingclog.org.uk

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Family/Junior activities at Basingstoke Sports Centre – Jan 2018

Eeek, I’m a teeny tiny bit late with this post but not too late for some of the courses which start this week. I’m sure Sarah would be able to accommodate you in you are interested.

Family/junior activities at Basingstoke Sports Centre

-Family Pedal (12.10-12.40) for parents and children, starting Saturday 6th Jan for six weeks

-Junior Pedal (4-4.45) for ages 10 and up, starting Wed 3rd Jan for six weeks

-Junior Bootcamp (4.25-5.25)  for ages 8 and up, starting Thursday and/or Friday 4th/5th Jan for six weeks

-Pre school Mini Movers (11-11.30) starting Wed and/or Thursday 10th/11th Jan for five weeks

I’m so passionate about young people’s health and fitness, as well as their parents!

I also run a class every single Wednesday evening at All Saints Church Hall 6-6.45, £5 a time (drop in) for adults to squeeze in a child free work out.

Thanks!
Sarah

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Tiny Oaks Pre-school

My name is Karen McCoy and I am manager of Tiny Oaks Pre-school in Oakridge, Basingstoke.

We are a charitable, community pre-school for children aged 2 -5 years. As of this September, we are extending our opening hours to 8am – 5pm to increase our capacity and create additional places for families claiming the new 30 hour funding.

We are looking at ways of getting the message out to local families that we are now open longer and have places for funded 2 year olds, funded 3 &4 year olds in addition to fee paying children.

www.tinyoakspreschool.co.uk

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Review 2017: Relax Kids

Kath from Relax Kids recently invited me to review one of her classes with Miss NHM.

I was one of the first people that Kath “practised” on a few years ago when she started out. I thought she was brilliant then so was very keen to see how she had developed and for Miss NHM to attend a class.

I saw that Kath was doing classes on a Sunday morning as a taster session to come along and find out what it’s all about before committing to a 5 week course, which was perfect for us. It wasn’t too early in the morning too, which was great. I asked my friend S whether she wanted to bring her son K along, and she decided that she wanted to check out the class too.

Kath sent me an email the week before the class detailing what would be happening for the hours class. It included things about what to wear for the session and a child protection policy that needed completing which is brilliant as it shows what a professional Kath is!

Kath follows a 7 step process in helping the children to relax. She was brilliant at explaining to the children what she was doing and the steps that they were taking.

A couple of people turned up late to the class which I always think is a bit rude but then remembered that some children find coming to classes very intimidating. Kath handled their lateness really well and explained things very clearly to everyone.

All of the exercises that Kath used were sooo clever! I love the “Smile to reach your stretch” moment. That was awesome to see Miss NHM stretch and expand.  I loved the “hedgehog” and seeing Miss NHM in this position made me quite emotional! The Angry thoughts exercise was fantastic and just such a lovely concept.

I also REALLY loved the books that Kath used and have purchased two for home already as they have such wonderful concepts in them.

All through the class children are doing breathing exercises but they don’t even know it!! I particularly loved the “breathing in happy thoughts, breathing out sad thoughts”. I also loved the relaxing music that Kath uses and really want to ask her where she got it from as I think we could do with a copy of this for home! lol .

Miss NHM is quite a confident little girl at the best of times and I was very interested to see how she responded to the class.  My favourite bit of the class was when the children were asked to write out what makes them happy. Miss NHM had written about 9 things within 2 minutes and I was uber proud that she knows what makes her happy and could express this.

I also felt quite privileged seeing all the children relax throughout the class, which was fascinating to watch. There was one little boy who really didn’t want to participate, but by the end of the class he was lying on the floor with the other children and you could see that he had got a lot out of the class even if he hadn’t been actively participating for most of it.

Tips

Book quickly because Kath’s classes sell out REALLY fast. They are very popular and she often has a waiting list!

Parents are allowed in the room. This must have been initially intimidating to Kath, having the parents watching, but she wasn’t bothered.

Rating out of 5

All of the little details were excellent, it’s very obvious that Kath is passionate about what she’s doing as such thought had been put into the whole class.

As you can see, I’m a HUGE fan of Kath’s work. Miss NHM got so much out of just that one class and talked about it for weeks later. I’m very keen to enrol her in a class when she starts Y2 next year!

Definitely 5 out of 5!!

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Spotlight Summer Holiday 2017 Clubs

Please note our Early Bird discount on clubs if booked and paid for by 3rd July.  Clubs will be on a first come first served basis.  Places get booked very quickly and spaces are limited.

  1. Out of School Holiday Club for Years R – Years 6.  £22 per day/£105 per week if paid before 3rd July after which will be £25 per day/£110 per week. – 8-6pm daily – ALL WEEKS OF HOLIDAYS

Arts and Craft, Toys, Games, computer games and wiis, outdoor fun and sports, bouncy castles, trips out to park, days out and more

  1. Youth Zone Holiday Club for Years 3 – Years 7.  £13 per day/£60 per week if paid before 3rd July after which will be £15 per day/£75 per week. – 9-3.30pm daily – ALL WEEKS OF HOLIDAYS – Run by our new Youth Workers.

Arts and Craft,  gardening, t-shirt printing, cake decorating, army drills, camp den making, computer games and wiis, table tennis, pool, outdoor fun and sports, bouncy castles, trips out to park, days out and more

  1. Multi Sports Holiday Club for Years 1 – Years 6 – £12 per day if paid for before 3rd July after which will be £15 per day – 9-3.30 pm daily – ALL weeks of holidays

Football, Cricket, Tennis, Rounders, Dodgeball and more

  1. Performing Arts Holiday Clubs for Years 1- Years 11 – £50 per week if paid for before 3rd July after which will be £60 per week – 9-3.15pm daily

Week of 31st July – 4th Aug – Charlie and Chocolate Factory

Week of 14th – 18th  Aug – Matilda’s Magical Adventures

Week of 21st-25th  Aug – Beauty and The Beast

If you would like to book please either email gaenor@spotlightuk.org or call 01256 325420

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Kiddi Caru Family Fun Day – Sat 8th July 2017

Kick off the summer with an amazing Beach Party themed Family Fun Day at Kiddi Caru Day Nursery in Basingstoke on Saturday 8th July between 10am and 1pm.

Sandcastles, beach balls and ice cream and lots of games for everyone to enjoy. It will be buckets of FUN!

This event has been organised to support Home-Start UK, the national family support charity that helps parents to build better lives for their children. The Fun Day is FREE to attend but any donations will be gratefully received to help this worthwhile cause.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it on the Saturday, the nursery is also running some fantastic stay and play sessions in the week between Monday 3rd July and Friday 7th July. Hopefully you can go along and enjoy some family fun at any of these Fun Week events!

Please RSVP so Kiddi Caru can welcome your family through the door.

**If you are looking for childcare and decide to register your little one with Kiddi Caru at the Fun Day, there will be no registration or deposit to pay – a saving of £150**

Link to FB event: http://bit.ly/2rAesAC

Link to event on website: http://www.kiddicaru.com/events/?nursery=basingstoke-nursery&page=1&sub_cat=16

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