We are changing!

We are changing the way we do things here at Buckinghamshire Bootcamps!  Instead of the 4 week blocks that we have bee running, from week commencing 13th May, all of our Bootcamps will become drop in sessions.  We already have 2 bootcamps running in the Hazlemere area – our mid morning one and our Saturday bootcamp, and they are very shortly being joined with the 2 early morning sessions!  We wont’ be running any free taster weeks any more, but if you want to try a session you can just turn up and pay as you go – class passes are also available for those that want them.  We look forward to seeing you at one of our Bootcamps soon :o)

New classes coming soon, tasters and an Open Day!

We’re gearing up for a fantastic autumn here at Pyramid Health & Fitness Ltd – whatever the weather – with a whole host of new classes coming soon, and a couple of opportunities for you to try things out first!

Our programme for the autumn will include:

  • Body Blitz, Boxercise, Bootcamp, Bokwa (a fabulous high-energy aerobics class), Bodygroove (a dance-style workout)
  • Fitness Pilates
  • Sing-A-Long-A-Robics (Love to sing in front of the mirror? Well, this is your chance to sing AND work out, and you don’t have to be able to sing or dance to do it – in this class, everyone’s a star!)
  • Legs, Bums and Tums
  • Zumba (of course!)
  • … and more …

We’re also introducing a ‘Swing It!’ class using Kettlebells, and a HIIT it Hard High Intensity Interval Training Class, with taster sessions running as follows:

Monday 17th September at Great Kingshill Village Hall

  • 7.30pm – Swing It! Kettlebells class
  • 8.05pm – HIIT it Hard – Total Body. A 25 minute High Intensity Interval Training class – not for beginners!

Tuesday 18th September at Millbrook School

  • 7.00pm – Swing It! Kettlebells class

We’ll also be running a Legs, Bums and Tums taster on Tuesday 18th, at 7.30 p.m.

There will be a small charge of £3 per person per taster session, and you will need to BOOK IN ADVANCE for the HIIT it Hard – Total Body and Swing It! classes, as spaces for these sessions will be very limited. If you’re a monthly paying member, there is no charge, but you will still need to book to take part. Email info@pyramidfitness.co.uk to book your place.

If you can’t make these dates, there’ll be another opportunity to try these and other classes at our Open Day in High Wycombe on Saturday 6th October, with full details to follow soon! To be kept-up-to-date with our new classes and opportunities to try them out, head to our facebook event page or email us at info@pyramidfitness.co.uk to be added to our Open Day mailing list.

Booking now for next Bootcamp!

Don’t forget that our next four-week early morning and evening/weekend Bootcamps start next week, w/b 11 June. Book your place by 12.00 on Friday 8 June to drop a dress size in time for your summer holiday!

Bootcamp Workout DVD

Our very first Bootcamp Workout DVD is just about ready! Click here to see the trailer, then register to be kept up-to-date with release information.

Also due for release shortly is our Body Blitzers DVD – see the trailer here.

Warning – Bootcamp can seriously damage your wallet!!

Today, we’re delighted to be able to feature a testimonial from Kate, who’s one of our fabulous regular Bootcampers!

“I enrolled on bootcamp at the end of September 2011 having come back from holiday tipping the scales at well over 10 st and with a very definite muffin top over my jeans – my usual 4 mile runs didn’t seem to be having any effect but after the taster week when I could barely walk down the stairs I had already lost 2lb so I was hooked. The weight loss continued over the next 4 weeks when I abstained from coffee, tried eating wheat and potato free but with the amazing effect of losing a further 7 lb.

After a month off to catch up on sleep (5.30 alarms for the 6.15 morning class!) I re-enrolled for another course – this time I was less strict with my diet but still achieved steady weight loss but my shrinking size was having unforeseen consequences – most of my clothes were now too big – with Christmas looming I had lost more than a stone and my party clothes were hanging off me so I reached into the depths of my wardrobe for my black velvet 50’s cocktail dress which I wore for my 21st birthday some time ago – pre marriage – pre babies, and more than 21 years ago. Reader, it fits!!

I have since had to replace most of my wardrobe to fit my new size but I can wear my black velvet again and again!!”

Here’s the photographic evidence:

Kate looking amazing!

This could be you, too! Sign up for our next taster week in w/b 26 March to try Bootcamp for a week, for free – email us at info@pyramidfitness.co.uk for more information and to reserve a place.

Are you brave enough for Doomsday?

On Saturday 25 February, to a backdrop of bright sunshine and a clear blue sky, our hard core Bootcampers turned out for another helping of Doomsday, our ultimate 90-minute Bootcamp session. Anyone expecting the workout of their life won’t have been disappointed: with ropes, tyres, powerbags, medicine balls, kettlebells and more at the ready, instructors Alice and Ben kept the challenges coming! This was our third Doomsday Bootcamp – some brave souls have attended all three – and another fantastic event. If you think you have what it takes, our next Doomsday session will run on Saturday 9 June. Book your place now for the workout of YOUR life!

Doomsday Bootcamp 25 February

Working hard and catching some rays at Doomsday

Wheat-free, dairy-free pancakges

As it’s Shrove Tuesday, here’s a pancake recipe that’s suitable if you’re following our Bootcamp nutrition plan, as it’s wheat- and dairy-free, so you can tuck in along with everyone else today!


60g Spelt flour
2 eggs
120ml rice milk
120ml water
pinch salt
1 tsp cinnamon


Heat a little olive or coconut oil in a frying pan.
Beat all ingredients together and pour mixture in to pan to make individual pancakes – enough to cover bottom of pan and not be too thick.
Serve with berries, warm softened fruit or agave nectar for a sweet treat, or for a savoury filling, add roasted vegetables and omit the cinnamon from the batter mix.

And to whet your appetite, here are some that Alice made earlier!

It’s Doomsday … again

Saturday 25 February sees the return of Doomsday, our ultimate Bootcamp session for hardened Bootcampers only! The session takes place from 9.30-11.00 a.m. at Hazlemere Recreation Ground, and costs £10. Are you brave enough to join us?

To book your place, speak to Alice or Ben at class, call Alice on 07500 772146 or email alice@pyramidfitness.co.uk. Space is limited, so get in touch now to reserve your place!

It’s snow excuse!

My last blog post covered the topic of ‘not having enough time’ to exercise.  This week I thought I’d be a bit topical and look at the excuse of the weather – especially with the snowfall we had in the High Wycombe area on Saturday night and with more promised!

Now obviously we don’t want people to be unsafe and trek out unnecessarily, but using the snow, or just the fact that it is too cold, as an excuse not to exercise, is no excuse at all – exercise does warm you up, you know!

If you can’t get out of the house for classes, that’s fine (I had to cancel my early and mid morning bootcamps yesterday because of concerns for customers’ safety) – but if you can’t get out of the house, then more than likely you have more time because you aren’t  going to be doing the other things you usually do either!  So it’s a perfect opportunity to fit in some exercise.  You don’t have to slog away for hours on end, in fact just a 15-minute workout with the right exercises and at the right intensity is going to be equivalent to many people’s hour-long workouts at the gym.  So are you really telling me that if you’re staying in all day you don’t have 15 minutes spare to exercise?!

You don’t even need any equipment – you can perform exercises using your own body weight such as squats, press ups, lunges, tricep dips, the plank – the list is endless. If you do just 1 minute each of the exercises I’ve just suggested and repeat them twice, you’ve got a good 10-minute work out already.

So what are you waiting for – if you can’t reach your class or gym, then do it at home!

Let me know if you need any help or advice and I can give you a short workout to do.

No time to exercise? I beg to differ!

One of the most common excuses I hear for not being able to exercise is not having time. Now I know modern life can leave us feeling like this – what with working, cooking, being a parent or carer and running a home, time can sometimes be limited for other things. However, we all have the same 24 hours in each day and it’s what you decide to do with those hours that might make the difference between you and the next person who seems to have time to be ‘always working out’.

With just a little bit of organisation you can make time to build an exercise regime to fit in to your lifestyle. You don’t need to join a gym, and you don’t have to spend hours at a time pounding the cardio machines and then not getting results. In fact, if you do the right type of exercise, you can achieve results in just 15 minutes a day (and this can be equivalent to spending around an hour in the gym), with exercises that can be done at home. Just think where you might get that 15 minutes from – how long do you spend watching TV in the evenings? Or surfing the internet, or wasting time on facebook?? I believe that EVERYONE can find 15 minutes in their day to fit in some exercise.

So, look at your day, look at what you are doing and where you could gain that time from. If you are really struggling, then feel free to drop me a line and I’ll help you. I can also give you some pointers for the right kind of exercise to do.

As well the online bootcamp, I will have a brand new range of online workouts coming soon too – The Toned in Ten range. Ten days with 10 minutes a day to get AMAZING results! So keep watching this space.

See you all soon!

Alice Ramcharran

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