Fitness Journal competition winner making change

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ABOVE: Ashleigh Crate, Leah McLauchlin, Catherine Ellice and Kellee Henton.

Fitness Journal has been part of the Waikato community for almost a year. During this time, we’re delighted to have had the opportunity to give our readers some amazing prizes, including gym memberships, gym wear, a fitbit and many other goodies.

We particularly love hearing from people who have won one of our prizes and how it has changed their life. This month we catch up with the awesome Ashleigh Crate and Kellee Henton from Clean Kitchen & Co, who have been helping competition winner Catherine Ellice and her friend Leah McLauchlin transform their lifestyle with their Clean Kitchen & Co boot camp and advice.

Both Catherine and Leah’s goals were to lose weight and ‘love themselves again’ so Ashleigh and Kellee have been focusing on HIIT training and compound exercises.

“These provide maximum calorie burn per minute and help them hit their goals faster. We also included weight training with a focus on technique to help them both build strength,” says Kellee.

“The most rewarding part for us has been seeing the transformation of Catherine and Leah in such a short time.

“They first came to us with little confidence and were unsure about what they could achieve, which is understandable as gyms can be intimidating. It’s been so rewarding seeing them grow in confidence and strength over the weeks.”

Winner of the Clean Kitchen & Co boot camp competition Catherine Ellice wanted help to ‘love herself again and feel confident.’

The six week boot camp has consisted of 2x sessions per week 5.30am – 6.30am, held at Flex Fitness Gym Te Rapa, with an optional extra of a Saturday session – usually a hike up the Hakarimatas or a power walk around Hamilton Lake.

“The boot camp round has seven members of all different fitness levels – and we plan to challenge each and every one of them.”

Sessions are run circuit-style with plenty of HIIT components and technique lessons to ensure safety. They are designed to be fun, effective and carried out in a supportive and friendly environment.

“I needed to make a change, I just didn’t know how,” says Catherine. “I can’t remember the last time I looked in the mirror and liked what I saw. I wanted to love myself again and just feel better. I entered Clean Kitchen & Co’s competition on a whim, not actually thinking I would win!

“But when the girls contacted me I was so excited, and the fact I could bring a friend to join me made all the difference – as Leah makes sure I get out of bed in the mornings.

“What Leah and I have most enjoyed most is the support. I was concerned when heading to the first session that I would be too unfit and get left behind, but the girls really cater for everyone. There are fit members in the boot camp yet I see them challenged as much as I am.

“Ash and Kell ensure that we get the most out of each session and the other boot campers are very friendly and supportive. This experience has really been life changing. I can’t wait to keep going, lose weight and be happy again.

Thank you so much Ashleigh and Kellee, Clean Kitchen & Co has really been a turning point in my life.”

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