C2GO Newsletter 1/2/18 all the way from Latvia

RachelLHolmes : February 1, 2018 8:17 am : Blog


I am writing todays newsletter from stunning Latvia where we are doing the very first YogaFit retreat.

WOW, What an experience.
I’m here with my little man Logan who is loving being togged up in his ski suit for chilly beach walks, breathing in the beautiful pure air, breathtaking scenery and frozen sea.

I’ve been teaching Fitness Pilates, Brainfit and Holistic HIIT and taking part iYoga, Breathing and meditation classes it really is a remarkable experience.•Here is a link to the Yogafit Retreats click here

•20 Resistance Band Exercises To Use In Class click here


•Creative Retro HiLo 20 Click here

Updates and News from Joanne Procter

I’m Joanne and I teach yoga classes for children up here in County Durham. I’ve also just completed my Fitness Pilates for mums and Tots with Rachel.

About 4 years ago, having been teaching adult fitness classes for about 3 years, I decided to do my Kids Fitness course. A local training provider was running the course and so I signed up, thinking that maybe I could offer family classes over school holidays etc. I did the course and it was a lot of fun – though I would come home covered in bruises from throwing ourselves around on the floor ! It really was like being a kid again . I got some work through a local school from it aswell for a  term, teaching an after school class. I did enjoy it but to be honest, it kind of went on the back burner a little after that.  I knew I wanted to do something with it, but didn’t really know what at that point.

However a few months later  I then noticed Jayne Nicholls from GXT was running an online Kids Yoga course and it caught my interest straight away. So I took the course (bonus – no bruises! ) and then set about offering an after school class at a local studio, I packaged it up and sold it as a 4 week programme.  I got 3 sign ups, but I decided as I had a good rate on the room hire , to still run it and get some experience teaching it. I got really good feedback from it but by that point it was coming up to Christmas and the kids had so much going  on so I didn’t run another one until January. I changed venue and got a couple more sign ups but certainly not as busy as I had been hoping for.

For the next couple years, I plodded along with it. I did bits of work in schools with it here and there, which I really enjoyed and I also ran classes over the summer holidays.
Slowly I started to build up interest locally. I knew it was something I loved teaching and felt really passionate about . I just needed to persevere with it.

Fast forward to last summer , a little Role play centre for kids  had opened up in a nearby town a few months earlier  and was an instant success with the little ones and their mam’s! .  It is ran by two local girls, so I emailed and asked them , would they be interested in having kids yoga sessions there.  They invited me along for a chat and  to have a look at the space I could use to hold the sessions and so I decided to give it a whirl. I put a post out on Facebook , as did the girls at the centre . I packaged it up as a 6 week programme this time and within a day , it was sold out!.  I couldn’t believe it, I was over the moon. That was last September and since then I have changed it to a 4 week programme as I actually find that works better. I have also ended up adding a second class in the week as its so popular!. The kids love it and I love teaching it. From being little, I’ve also loved books and as a child loved the magic of visiting different adventures through story books , so I decided to use books in my kids Yoga sessions –  and we do poses based on the stories we read, it really helps keep the kids engaged.  Now my adult Pilates classes want to know why they don’t get story time and get to sing silly songs as we do our various poses Ha Ha.  My school work as well has just exploded the past few months !.

A local school approached me over the summer holidays, when the PE coordinator had noticed some of my Facebook posts on our Summer Yoga sessions  and all the fun we were having – the power of social media eh!! . She  asked me if I could run an after school session for the full term, I said yes and we did that until Christmas, when the school then asked me back this term to deliver2  PE sessions a week !. I had also sent an email around some other local schools and from that, got another after school class.   A teacher friend from a third school also asked me if I could deliver  some Breakfast club yoga classes for them .   Last summer I also got my mammy and Baby Yoga qualification, and again those are doing really well, I now have two classes up and running in the community.  Our local Sure start centres up here in the North East used to offer so much for new mams , but they no longer have the budget to do so, so there really was a gap in the market for community classes mam’s could bring their little ones along to  .

I’m so excited as I have just passed my Fitness Pilates for mums and tots, with Rachel too , which will help bridge the gap between my baby yoga and Kid yoga sessions so I can’t wait to get those added to the timetable too! .  Having followed Rachel for years and reading the Choreography to go Newsletter , she always recommends finding your Niche and by some  Serendipity ,I found mine in teaching yoga to kids!, not at all what I ever thought, when I first qualified in exercise to music 8 years ago, but I honestly love it.!. I love the imagination and enthusiasm of the kids and they always make me smile. I love when their mams tag me or speak to me and tell they have been practicing poses at home.  So honestly if you have a class / project you feel really passionate about, sometimes all it takes is a little patience and perseverance and finding the window of opportunity to get it off and flying!.  If you are sat there  thinking about doing the mums and Tots Pilates – go for it.

Have a wonderful Thursday
Love Rachel xxx


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C2GO Newsletter Rachel’s Fitness Blog Tips

RachelLHolmes : December 21, 2017 9:06 am : Blog, Newsletter


Good Morning and Welcome To The C2GO Newsletter From Rachel 

How are you?

The big weekend is ALMOST HERE!!!  and so much to do I am trying not to panic and get overwhelmed. 

People keep asking me “What are you getting Logan” and the general advice is not to get too much as he is only 20 months, yet every night I think I’ll just pop on Amazon and get XYZ…….so it’s increasing daily.

I have 2 more classes to teach this morning then so looking forward to not having to be anywhere or run to a timetable for a few days!

In January I’ll be speaking on nutrition and women’s health around the UK and I’d LOVE you to come along.

Send me a message and I’ll get you booked in.



Have you thought about Blogging?

What is a fitness blog?

Because a blog is an inexpensive, fast way to build an online presence, it is an ideal way for fitness entrepreneurs to establish their credibility and expertise.  Since your readers can post comments, you create a conversation with your audience and build rapport and trust as a result.

The very nature of a blog is perfect for the busy fitness professional.  They are quick and easy to update.  You are creating fresh content frequently (two to three times a week is recommended minimum) that is useful to your prospects and customers and loved by search engines.  In contrast to “traditional” static website, a blog is a dynamic site that encourages your visitors to interact with you through commenting so they can get to know you better.

When you create a conversation with your audience (visitors, readers, prospects), you are establishing your credibility.  You build your network and increase the visibility of your products and services in a casual way.

A blog is an essential tool in the professional’s marketing toolbox.  Combined with a website, an ezine, database management and ecommerce system, you will have everything you need to develop and run your fitness business globally and online.

10 Steps for Starting Your Blog

Before you get to the nitty-gritty of setting up your blog, there is some pre-work to do. This will ensure you start right and put your best foot forward.

1.    Before you do anything else, examine the reasons why you want to publish a blog. What is the purpose for the blog?  How does the blog’s purpose relate to your business purpose?

2.  What are the business objectives or outcomes or goals you want from your business blog? Some people use a blog as a lead generator to build their database. Some are looking to build a visibility platform while others use the blog to develop content for other purposes like books, articles and programs. What do you want to get out of your blog?

3.    Who is your ideal reader/customer? Who are you writing to/for? With most of my coaching clients  I’ve worked with, the ideal reader is similar to their ideal client. It’s important to know your audience so you can meet their needs and address their concerns, challenges and what they’re looking for to improve their lives.

4.    How do you want your readers to feel when they read your blog? This may seem like a weird question, yet it will help you tap in the emotions of your audience. Do you want your reader to be inspired, motivated, and moved to action? Again, tapping into this will help you focus your content on serving your reader.

5.     What do you want your readers to DO when they read your blog? This relates to the goals you set for your blog. If your blog is a lead generator then you must have very clear steps for guiding your reader to subscribe to get blog updates and/or get your lead generating content.

6.     How much time do you have to devote to your blog each week?   This is getting to the heart of blogging. If you cannot commit to creating constant, consistent content, then you’re doing yourself and your readers a disservice. Be honest. The most effective and successful blogs are those with fresh, new content posted at least two to three times per week. Is that reasonable for you to manage?  Remember, there are many, many ways to create content. It doesn’t have to be all you all the time and you can share content with other fitness friends.

7.  What’s your blog’s core message? This relates to the topic of your blog and the niche you are focused on. What do you want your readers to learn? Why should anyone read your blog and more importantly why should they subscribe and follow your blog?

If you regularly write a Fitness Blog I would love to read and subscribe to it. Please Tweet me your Blog information


Love Rachel xxxx

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An interview with Jay Banks the winner of The Gold Standard “Group Fitness instructor of the year”

RachelLHolmes : December 19, 2017 8:40 am : Blog

Our very own Jay Banks is the winner of The Gold Standard “Group Fitness instructor of the year” award presented by Optimum Nutrition!

Read our exclusive interview with the talented Fitness Pro from Cambridge; talking community fitness, plans for the future as well as some intriguing questions on the future of the Fitness Industry.

How did you get into fitness?
I was always into dance, kickboxing and sports from school and taught dance class from the age of 15.
After an accident back in 2007 was on a dance show tour I had to take a break and rethink what I was going to do. It was then I meet my wife (Kelly Reed Banks) and it was her that suggested I looked at fitness as the next stage in my career. And I haven’t looked back.

What is the award?
The Gold Standard “Group Fitness instructor of the year” award presented by Optimum Nutrition

What did you have to do to gain the award?
I had to complete a 4 page application on with my certification and what I teach and where, along with links to all my social media which has clips of my teach and classes on
It was then all looked at and judged

What will you do with the prize money?
I’m looking at what course to do next but I’ve done a lot of the training so I’ll see what takes my fancy.

Where do you see Burwell fitness headed in the next 2-5 years?
Burwell fitness is going from strength to strength so maybe a studio? But right now everything in working as is so I think “why bother with the stressful of having a venue, with all the added costs?” My PT business, club classes boot camp and other work for Beachbody Uk 🇬🇧 & presenting is also going well so if I stay where I am for a few years I will still be happy but the aim is always to keep pushing forward and stay top of my game.

Where do you feel community fitness classes are headed in the next few years with all the competition from big box gyms?
Community fitness doesn’t have to worry as long as you are willing to put the effort in. Big chains come and go. They are bringing in Virtual Training which is great but you will never get that in community so the members that don’t like VT will talk with their feet and come looking for the community classes so make sure you are up with all the social channels and changes.

Are you developing your online offering?
Yep I have my online training gym and Nutrition plans, obviously the kick start business with Kelly and I’m a Beachbody coach which is an online format of training.

Tell us about your future plans in the fitness industry?
I want to continue my presenting and am buzzing to be back at IFS 2018 with serval of my own classes and I will also be there as part of the Beachbody uk team.
I’m loving working with Beachbody right now and as always I have serval things in mind to bring to the party soon 😜

Tips for anyone wanting to get into the fitness industry?
Don’t think this is an easy industry and the fact the instructor turning up and delivering a session is all they do.
That is the icing on the cake. It doesn’t matter if it’s PT or Group classes it takes long hours to build a successful business and reputation.
You sacrifice a lot, you miss birthdays, friends nights out family occasions and I know a lot my close friends in industry have done the same to get to where they are today and I respect them so much but don’t think people see the hard work, graft and hours that goes into being a good and successful Fitness Professional

Top Fitness Business tips for anyone in the industry?

Haha I’m still learning every day so every day is a school day for me still but my top bit of advice is always
“Be carful who you follow, always stay professional, keep your integrity and respect other instructors and never stop learning from doing other courses, attending live fitness events, going to other instructors classes.


A big thank you and well done to Jay Banks.

Find out more about Jay Banks PT click here

Say Hi to Jay on Facebook click here

Visit Burwell Fitness on Facebook click here

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Buggy Babes And Being A Specialist

RachelLHolmes : December 15, 2017 6:14 am : Blog


Meet Nicola Ashby And Her Buggy Babes Class

Becoming a specialist in a particular Fitness Niche is an avenue to explore in 2018.
and Nicola Ashby has done just that.

She launched  “Buggy Babes”  this week after completing the Online Level 3 Pre & Post Natal Qualification.


“My classes are held at classes are at little Paxton village hall, and trial class had 8, although had 11 booked (a few poorly babes in the morning meant a few dropped out) the class is indoors in the winter
❄️ to keep the babes warm but we will be heading outdoors in the summer”



How long did it take you to complete the qualification?

“The Online  L3 Pre and Post course took 3 weeks, I did 3 full Sunday study days 😊… and worked great with hubby having the bub and just feeding him inbetween learning and coursework.”

How did you market and advertise your trial class?

“I have met lots of new mums by going to mum and baby groups and word has spread about classes…. also Facebook
I have gone old school and also gone with a flyer drop which has already brought in a few people who have booked on to my pregnancy Pilates course also starting January”

I am offering the Full Online Level 3 Pre and Post Natal Qualifications for £300 which is a £250 saving if you get the qualification this weekend.

Click here for all the details and to book

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C2GO Fitpro Newsletter 7th Dec

RachelLHolmes : December 7, 2017 7:55 am : Blog, Newsletter

Good Morning & Happy Thursday

Here is the C2GO Newsletter 7th December 2017.

Would You Like To Present Talks, Workshops Or Events in 2018?

Teaching classes is WONDERFUL but have you thought about taking a step into presenting a talk or organising an event or workshop?
It’s such a wonderful way to elevate your brand and business.

Here are my tips to help you get going in this exciting direction

1: Attend as many workshops as possible, educate your self to the max. Go to EVERYTHING, conventions, conferences, workshops the whole caboodle, not just fitness events but ALL kinds of events and talks.

2: When you attend workshops and conventions watch presenters how they speak, lecture and organise their workshops. Notice the set up of the day, how you are welcomed and how the information is presented to you. Notice the mix of practical and theory. Ask yourself how did it feel? Was the presenter interesting, funny, serious, make notes about the things you liked about the workshop and how the speaker presented themselves and the information. 

3: Decide what are you going to present – masterclass, workshop, seminar, lecture – Who is your audience – Who are you aiming your talk/event/workshop at?

4: Create your workshop, write it, practice it on a test group and film it. It must be unique, researched and polished. Create workshop notes, outline, slides and powerpoint if its a lecture.

5: Do a “test presentation” for free in front of a test group. Get a friend to film clips ready to starting marketing yourself and your fitness presentation on your website and social media.

6: Start a Facebook Business Pager Business Instagram and open a Youtube account to create an audience.

7: Begin to promote yourself as a presenter, put video clips of you speaking and presenting on your Facebook, Insta, Twitter, Youtube and Websites.

8:Network with other presenters, introduce your self on social media. Tell us what you do and what you are aiming to present. Many convention organisers ask me what’s new and who is up and coming. Show me and other presenters what you can do.

9:Create several different presentations to offer convention and event organisers – research all the events locl and national you could speak at next year and write to the organisers.

10:Create an electronic Portfolio to email out, include video clips, resume, CV, qualifications, biography, PPL, Insurance, presentation info.

11: Create a short, punchy Biography about you written in the 3rd person that organisers could use for event publicity.

12: Build your personal profile and brand using social media and your website.

13: Look at the Fitness Industry and what EXACTLY other presenters are doing. What can U do that is DIFFERENT, where will you fit in? You have to offer something that is unique to you and your skills. Be an innovator!

14: Hone your writing skills and offer articles to blogs, newsletters magazines. Post your articles on social media.

Organise your own event and DO IT!

New Online Course – Fitness Pilates For Mums and Tots™

I have released this course for testing this week and 
the demand for it has been incredible.

It’s such a growth area and being a specialist in 2018
is definitely the way to go.

If you want to jump in at the launch and find out all the details
click here 

Step Choreography 11 
click here 

Here is where you will find my free choreography videos, class ideas, workouts, and support.

Instagram – Rachel L Holmes
I post daily 1 minute HIIT workouts
here so brilliant for quick and easy ideas.

Instagram  Fitness Pilates – FitnessPilatesUK
Daily quick Fitness Pilates workouts, exercises.

My Main Facebook page is

I do a daily live workout here 7am plus nutrition, wellness, recipes, food and all things related to Kick Start.

For Choreography, Education, and Course updates

All education, courses, choreography videos.

Have you trained with me or Kelly in Fitness Pilates?

I host a wonderful group of FP teachers where we share ideas, updates, motivation, support, music, PR ideas
so please join in

Kick Start Womens Wellness Private Coaching group.

This is my private coaching group for ALL women who are looking for the latest in health information, fatloss, nutrition.
Even Fitness Professionals need help and support with food and fitness and this group is especially supportive.

We all know what it is  like to feel the pressure of standing up in front of people day after day, week after week..decade after decade and I love helping and supporting wherever I can
on health-related issues.

YouTube – SO many Choreography videos here
Im posting daily so subscribe to get the updates.

Hope this is all useful.

Rachel xxx

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