Travel To | Paris

La Vie En Rose

Back in November 2015, I signed up to my first marathon. Albeit a very rash decision, perhaps drawn in ever so slightly at the prospect of trip to ‘The City of Love’ as an added extra. Soon after, the training began, but more importantly the Paris planning started. As a brunch and hotel enthusiast, and the worst-decision maker known to man, Paris planning became a huge challenge. The abundance of boutique hotels, Parisienne cafes, and chic hotspots, made for a lot to fit in over 3 days (as well as throwing in a 42km run into the mix). However, the challenge was accepted, and needless to say it did not disappoint.

BRUNCH


1. Ob-La-Di
2. Wild & Moon

STAY


1. Hotel La Belle Juliette
2. Hotel Jules & Jim
3. Hotel Du Petit Moulin

DINNER


1. Hotel Costes
2. Benedict
3. Le Bistrot Paul Bert

SHOP


1. Colette
2. Merci
3. Le Marais (An area not an individual store)
4. La Duree

The Habit Hunter x

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Insight Into | My Decision To Become a Qualified Personal Trainer

“Don’t Limit Your Challenges – Challenge Your Limits” 

Having set out to challenge myself, yet again, I’ve signed up to take my Level 2 and 3 combined certification to become a fully qualified personal trainer with Train Fitness. No – I am not giving up my job, putting my life on hold or throwing away my university degree. I am ultimately undertaking the course for 3 reasons:

1. Anyone that knows me (or has even vaguely flicked through The Habit Hunter site) knows about my passion for running. With an ultimate desire to be able to combine this passion, alongside travelling, with my degree in international business and turn it into a career (an in the pipe-line goal)I think its vitally important that I know what I’m talking about when it comes to encouraging other people into running.

2. I never thought I would say this having spent far too many hours in the Edinburgh University library during my final year of university – but I actually miss learning. Okay, I have a job that constantly pushes me to be learning on a daily basis, but on the job skills seem to come a whole lot easier than studying new concepts. So the challenge of taking on this new course in an area I covered very mediocrely in my GCSE Sports Science exam is a big driving force in this decision.

3. Health and fitness has always been a part of my life I have taken a huge amount of interest in, further increased with my challenge of completing the World Marathon Majors by April next year. And as much as I have my routine – when I go for a run, what type of workouts I combine with running and what I need to take on to fuel myself in order to be able to do all of this, I still feel overwhelmed with the abundance of information that surrounds the industry. Therefore, in order to be able to educate myself further on something that I value as an integral part of my life was a particular swaying factor in this decision.

How Did I Make A Decision as to Which Provider to Choose?

Anyone that has ever researched personal training courses has probably experienced something very similar to me – a complete oblivion of information, much of it unclear, and a huge amount of it appearing as a money making business with little resources given to the participant. The courses I came across ranged from £1000 – £4000!! And yet all seemed to offer the same thing — how can you possibly differentiate with such a crazy price difference?

So then it came down to some more in-depth research. Looking into how the courses were delivered was a key factor for me. Having a full-time job (of which I had no intention of leaving) meant that I needed a course that I could undertake outside of working hours, but still feel like I was getting a genuine qualification. Therefore, I needed to find a distance-learning course. This is where I came across Train Fitness. They offer distance, part-time & full-time courses for the personal training qualification. Having spent hours reading an abundance of reviews (all of which rave about Train Fitness) it seemed obvious I had hit jackpot! And not only was that not enough to make choice an easy one – but they offer all the course material online and via their mobile app. Allowing me access to the material at all times, without having to spend out on all the course books (the only provider I came across that seemed to offer this).

Another big defining factor was the guys I spoke to at Train Fitness. Since my first conversation with Tyrone, it was evident they were not delivering me a sales pitch but merely offering advice as to what my options were, and acting as a sounding board for where I was at and what the best option moving forward for me.

And — to top it all off! They were incomparable to others when it came to the price. Train Fitness seemed to be the only provider not forcing you into having to buy course books or additional add-ons but instead gave me a set fee, which includes all the information and support I need to not only get started, but to complete the qualification. Taking on a PT course is never going to be a cheap decision, but Train Fitness definitely make it affordable. So whilst I am new to the course and can’t yet bring much to the table as to how I am getting on with the course material, I have nothing but glowing reviews on how the process has been so far and couldn’t recommend Train Fitness highly enough!

How Long Will it Take to Qualify?

Ultimately the ball is in my court with this one – whilst I am determined to get the course completed, and will dedicate a lot of my time out of the working day in order to be able to do this, I am also training for the Madrid marathon in April, holding down a full-time job & hoping to sustain a social life amongst it all. So realistically I am setting myself a 5 month window of completion! (I’ll keep you in the loop of how I’m getting on with this goal).

Overview

So hopefully, for those of you looking to undertake a PT course this has provided an insight amongst the abundance of information out there as to where to look and what to consider. For those who know me, it’s given you a bit of an insight into why I am setting myself yet another challenge & for my parents (cheers for always being a guaranteed readership) it’s hopefully reassured you that I’m not throwing away my job in the whirlwind of my next venture!

Love always,

The Habit Hunter x

Top 5 | Free Fitness Classes in London

Blue Monday has been and gone, but let’s be honest, the bank account is still taking a hit — December’s pay-check is out of the window on Christmas presents, Dry January turned into “I can’t survive January without a drink’, and you’re counting down the days until January’s payslip arrives into the account. 

Not only have you got the bank account blues, but you’re getting “Special January Deals” from each and every gym you’ve ever engaged with (regardless of whether you’ve ever actually made it through the threshold of their door) , telling you to come and lose that extra Christmas “warmth”. But…. you can’t afford it! Vicious cycle right? 

So here’s the lowdown on losing that ‘Christmas warmth’ all for the lofty price of £0. 

1. Nike+ Run Club 
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THE HABIT HUNTER’S RECOMMENDATION: For those just starting out try their Tuesday night ‘Ready Set Go Run’ session & for those looking for a jaunter around the streets of London, hit up their ‘Home Run’ on a Thursday (6:34pm.. still not sure why they are so precise).

WHERE: Check for Locations
WHEN: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

2. Tribe Tempo Tuesdays
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THE HABIT HUNTER’S RECOMMENDATION: For the novices or even most experienced upon us, the Tribe running community caters for everyone. The Tuesday Tempo sessions provide a shake-up to your mundane long-run — and even better you can’t treat yourself to a free Tribe bar/shake post-session.

WHERE:  The Tea Building, Shoreditch 
WHEN: Tuesdays – Usually 6:30pm or 6:45pm 

3. Sweaty Betty Free Workout Classes 
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THE HABIT HUNTER’S RECOMMENDATION: If you’re wanting to push yourself after your Christmas indulgence, head to the HIIT class. But for those wanting to ease into their exercise regime the experts at Sweaty Betty really know their stuff when it comes to Yoga and Pilates (Plus — it’s a great excuse to ‘invest’ in some of their clothing).

WHERE: Check for Locations
WHEN: Everyday 

4. Reebok Fithub 
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THE HABIT HUNTER’S RECOMMENDATION: Mix it up and head to the Reebok Fithub in Covent Garden for a variety of HIIT/CrossFit style classes.

WHERE: Covent Garden
WHEN: Tuesday & Wednesday 

5. Lululemon Run & Yoga 
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THE HABIT HUNTER’S RECOMMENDATION: Their partner events with Chasing Lights Collective are a one-off and provide those with a ‘fear of running’ reassurance that it’s much less dull when you’re all in it together and can begin to enjoy it! 

WHERE: Check for Locations
WHEN: Check for Timings

The Habit Hunter x 

Travel To | Rome

“When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do”

STAY


1. Nerva Boutique Hotel
2. The Fifteen Keys Hotel
3. D.O.M Hotel Rome

BRUNCH


1. Ginger – for fresh juices & healthy options
2. Coromandel – Pancakes, eggs & granola in beautifully decorated surroundings
3. Salotto 42

DINNER


1. La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali – for traditional Italian & the best homemade limoncello in town!
2. Urbana 47 – for locally sourced ‘modern’ cuisine
3. Trattoria Monti – wholesome & hearty traditional Italian

DO


1. Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
2. Be a tourist at the Colosseum
3. ‘Roam’ through the Monti District – full of beautiful boutique shops & cafes

SHOP


1. LOL – Via Urbana, a beautiful boutique concept store selling womenswear & accessories
2. Campo Marzio 70 – for anyone who loves their fragrances, this is renowned as the ‘go-to-place’ to source your signature scent

The Habit Hunter x

Top 5 | Fitness Classes in London 2017

“No Matter How Slow You Go, You Are Still Lapping Everyone On The Sofa”

With an abundance of fitness classes popping up and about all over London, I thought I would give my insight into my favourite classes. It’s undeniable that the wellness scene in London has taken off by storm, which has led to some crazy asking prices for workout classes, however, one thing I can promise you is – these classes are worth it! It’s also worth noting that many of these places offer a discounted price for your first class (and sometimes even no fee at all), so don’t feel like you can’t give them a shot – NO EXCUSES! If you’re looking to try something for free… my previous post might be more your scene.

1. Kobox


​​INTRODUCTORY PRICE: £25 for 2 classes & hand wraps

WHERE: Unit 8-11 Kings Walk, 122 Kings Road, London
NEAREST TUBE: Sloane Square

2. Barry’s Bootcamp


​​INTRODUCTORY PRICE: £20

WHERE: Central: 163 Euston Road, London East: 2 Worship Street, London
NEAREST TUBE: Central: Euston, Euston Square or Warren Street East: Liverpool Street

3. 1Rebel


​​RECOMMENDED CLASS: Reshape
INTRODUCTORY PRICE: £20

WHERE: St Mary’s Axe or Broadgate Circle
NEAREST TUBE: Liverpool St or Moorgate

4. Frame


​​RECOMMENDED CLASS: Cardio Circuits
INTRODUCTORY PRICE: Classes range from £7 – £25 or bag an EARLY BIRD which gives you 8 Classes for £75

WHERE: All over London
NEAREST TUBE: Shoreditch, Kings Cross, Victoria, Queens Park

5. Psycle


​​INTRODUCTORY PRICE: £20 for 3 Classes

WHERE: 76 Mortimer St, Marylebone
NEAREST TUBE: Oxford Circus

The Habit Hunter x