Sharing the DYBO love!

Barre Fit
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
September 19, 2018

I hope you had a fab weekend, I have had a busy and wonderfully rewarding one.

On Saturday I had the compliment of another Fit Pro (and nurse) placing their faith in me to help them with a significant back/health issue. It felt wonderful to witness the relief and growth in positivity this person experienced after our first session together, truly humbling.

On Sunday I took the DYBO message and method to the lovely Jo Dandridge’s ‘Fitness Hangout’ Studio in Godalming, where we danced our butts off in true HCW fashion. The ladies present put their anxieties aside (asking themselves “who is this bossy lady of a ‘certain age’, telling me to believe in the words “we are glorious” and “this is me’”) to dance, move and behave like no one is watching. They were wonderful and although a little uncertain to begin with very they quickly really gave it their all.

After dancing my butt off and a chilly dog walk I came home to prep food for the week ahead.

I made up batches of low carb, zero sugar granola, veggie bolognaise and chickpea stews, to have ready for quick evening suppers. Ensuring I have healthy, nutritious and hearty meals ready as soon as I get in after class helps me stay on my healthy eating plan. Nothing fancy just tasty and simple (ha ha just like me!). The Chickpea recipe is at the bottom of this message.


The week ahead

From Monday we will be experiencing ‘the beast from the east’ a freezing weather front from Siberia. Once again can I remind you to do as the Pro athletes and dancers do and wrap up warmly before and after your classes and bring dry tops to change into after your sweaty classes to ensure you don’t chill. Remember, when driving, all those winter safety tips i.e. ensure you have anti freeze in the engine and in the window wash, you have plenty of fuel, a fully charged mobile and blankets just in case something happens.

Unless we have dangerous amounts of snow all classes will be running as ‘fabulously’ as usual. I will update you all via the DYBO participant’s Facebook page if there are any problems.

I shall of course, as always, ensure you will be kept warm in our classes!!!


Barre Fit (Wednesdays 7.30-8.15pm)

Thank you Declan for our fabulous new Ballet Barre’s. Having enough barre space for everyone means that we can do a huge range of wonderful and effective muscle strengthening, toning and stretching exercises. It’s one of those classes that gets tougher the better you get at it and the more you attend… I love it!


Ski, Skate and Core Fit (Fridays 6.30-7.15)

I’ve evolved the Friday night class to ensure that if you are skiing (or not!) you will have a fantastic workout that conditions, strengthens and firms your butt, thighs (especially those difficult to get to inner thighs), arms and core with some non/low impact cardio work for good measure.

It’s a class that’s suitable for everyone and the better you get, the harder you work and the greater your results! It’s perfect for pre-ski holiday preparation!


Sweet and Spicy Chick Pea Casserole


Serves: 4

  • 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp caster sugar (I used ½ tspn coconut sugar)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 2 small onions, halved and thickly sliced
  • 2 peppers (1 red, yellow or orange and 1 green), halved and thickly sliced
  • 12 baby plum or cherry tomatoes, halved

Instructions – Prep: 10 min, Cook: 10 min

Combine the chickpeas and spices: Tip the chickpeas into a bowl. Add the lime zest and juice, sugar, garam masala, cinnamon and oregano. Stir to coat the chickpeas in the spicy mixture. Set aside for a few minutes.

Cook the onions and peppers: Heat a large frying pan or wok with the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions and stir-fry for 4 minutes or until just beginning to colour.

Reduce the heat and add the peppers.

Cook for a further 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are almost tender.

Add the tomatoes and chickpeas

Cook for 2 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and everything is hot.

Serve with brown rice (I used celeriac rice, cauliflower rice is also a great low starchy carb alternative)

You can also serve with Indian bread and thin yogurt drizzled on top.

That will fill and warm you up!

Have a wonderful week.

Can’t wait to share it with you.

Love ya!

Helen xx


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As a keen club runner I had become frustrated at a number of recurring running injuries. After seeing a variety of different physios and chiropractors, with varying degrees of success but no complete solution, I was recommended to Helen. Helen took a different approach to other practitioners, looking at the whole body structure, core strength and flexibility and initially recommending a programme based around my basic posture, rather than the actual location of the pain. Following the exercises and programmes recommended by Helen I have managed to stay injury free for over 18 months, and am able to train at increasing levels of intensity. Thank you!
Darren Atkins