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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

CHARLOTTE VS OLD BLOG POSTS #1


Having spent some time looking back through old blog posts, I couldn't help but reflect on some of the content I published but also how my views and opinions have changed since then. I thought it would be a great idea to revisit some of these old posts and republish them with my updated views!

I thought I would start with a post titled "My Top 3 Activewear Brands" that I published back in 2016, so lets give it a go. (In no means am I slating the clothing items and brands that I used to love, but I thought it would be interesting to see how my taste has changed and the availability of brands that are around three years later.)

So here it goes, I give to you very much updated "Top 3 Activewear Brands".

I came across the Flexxfit website in Summer 2018, and picked myself up a pair of leggings from a company I had never hear of or used before. Fast forwards to today and I now only wear Flexxfit leggings. They have the perfect amount of compression around the waist, but not so much that you can't breath or move. They're 110% squat proof, deadlift proof, creepy guy at the gym proof and have the most amazing buttery texture. I'm now the proud owner of 6 pairs of leggings and they come in a gorgeous range of colours! (My all time fave leggings if you can't tell. Please sponsor me.) 

2. Primark


Would you believe it? Trusty Primark are still up there in my top three activewear brands! They have a really good, yet affordable range of activewear. They're my go to for cheap sports bras, and they have a range of padded and unpadded which is amazing as I don't need much support. (Small boob gals where you at?) I believe their sports bras start around £3.50 which is unarguably a fantastic price and they do the job whilst still looking great.

It would be a sin to not mention Reform Apparel for the comfiest sports bras and caps that have ever graced this Earth. Their sports bras are the comfiest thing ever, and they also have faux suede caps available which are perfect for those "nobody talk to me" cardio days.
I'm totally a creature of habit when it comes to my activewear. I know what I like and what works for me, and I've really steered away from large dominating companies just for the sake of wearing branded gym clothes. I'd love to hear your fave pieces and brands in the comments!

Until next time, Charlotte.
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Sunday, 27 January 2019

BEING ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOU

One thing I've found since starting my fitness journey is that whenever I post fitness related content on Instagram I get bombarded with messages from people I know like "OMG you look amazing, tell me what to do." "How do you have the motivation?" "Help me." Well this is my advise.


I appreciate that for some people they may have never considered their health and fitness goals before and therefore their expectations may be inaccurate, however there are a huge amount of people who are naive as to how long the process of becoming a better you can take. These people are usually the ones who have tried and failed on numerous occasions with unsustainable diet fads and have started to lose hope. (Don't worry I feel you, I've been this person too.)

There have been days where I have sat and cried in front of the mirror at how much I hate what I see, I've wanted to avoid social situations because none of my clothes look right because I'm "so fat", but then I have to reflect and focus on the times when I wake up and I can't describe how happy I feel and how proud I am of how far I've come.  

My number one piece of advise for anyone starting out in their journey is BE ACCOUNTABLE. There's no point complaining you're not reaching your goals if you eat consistently through the week and binge on pizza and takeaway and nights out over the weekend. 

Accountability for me is like making myself a promise of where I want to be, and how I'm going to get there. Check in photos, scale weight, tracking my food and being positively critical. 

Remember that no-one can drive you to reach your goals, other than you. Start somewhere but realise that there is no quick fix and no one can keep you accountable better than yourself. 

Until next time, Charlotte. 

"The state of your life, is nothing more than a reflection of the state of your mind."
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Friday, 14 December 2018

REFORM APPAREL

It's been a while, I did some things, I moved cities, I started a fitness clothing brand. 

Reform Apparel has been my little project of 2018 and it has been tough. Dedicating all my own time and money into production, photoshoots, websites, social media content and models - I can honestly say I've enjoyed every moment of it but it's not easy. 






Reform Apparel was created for men and women to buy affordable, stylish but simple activewear suitable for all types of activity from a brisk walk to 250kg deadlifts. Up against the giants of the activewear world like Gymshark, LuluLemon etc. it's very hard for people to discover small brands without a huge team of developers.

With that said, we've had a few sales this year and lots of support from local influencers. I'm always on the lookout for people to try out our products to gain some feedback and exposure. If you'd be keen, drop me an email to sales@reformapparel.com and I'll get back to you! (Don't forget to link your social media handles too, I'll be nosey-ing..) 

That's all for now. If you've been here since the start, I'd love to know what type of content you'd like to see moving forwards by leaving a comment below. Alternatively, head over to my Instagram page and drop me a little DM! 

Thanks,
Charlotte 
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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

TRIED AND TESTED: NANDO'S SUMMER MENU

Take a moment to imagine my face when one of my fellow Hull Bloggers asked me if I wanted to go and try out the new Summer menu at Nandos last week.. Then imagine my face when this was brought over to our table.. 


The night started off by being introduced to the new Summer spritzers which are a similar idea to Sangria but much lighter. There's a choice of white, red and rose and are all under £10, finished off with tonnes of fresh fruit. With only 250ml of wine per jug, you're still safe to drive afterwards as well, winner winner! This was swiftly followed by the new sharing platters that are served on Nando's own handmade ceramic plates which where gorgeous! Myself and one of the other girls shared this platter to ourselves. Perfectly cooked chicken as always, sweet potato wedges, mixed grilled vegetables, and a lighter take on their original coleslaw, finished off with a side of multi grains. I didn't think for a moment I would have enjoyed the multi grains but they where to die for! A perfect mix of wheat berry, freekah, red quinoa, edamame beans, cannelloni beans, the list goes on. If you try one thing this season you have to try these. They come in regular, large and Nandino portions.

If that wasn't enough, we then indulged on the salted caramel and peri-peri brownies. They're the perfect size and come with vanilla gelado for an extra £1.50, making the perfect combination. Good food, and great company - what else can I ask for?

A huge thank you to Callum from Nando's for organising the event for us - it's safe to say we will all be back soon. Keep an eye out on my YouTube channel for some footage of the evening!



*This post was in collaboration with Nandos for their Summer menu launch paid for via meal expenses, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

MY FAVE WORKOUTS FOR: GLUTES

After my first favourite workout post went down so well, it's only right to follow it up with everyone's love/hate leg day exercises to get those defined legs and toned booty. Now the days I train glutes are usually on leg day, but I'm going to keep those posts separate or I'll be here forever. So, unless you were born with the body of Megan Fox, we all know that without working out one part of your body you can't neglect the area next to it. For example, there's no point in working on your arms unless you're going to train shoulders too.. Get me?

Let me stop rambling and get to the main reason your here, the actual workouts.. Well for a start you're going to need some pretty sturdy trainers, and yes you're going to have to do some actual weights - those peachy bum cheeks won't tone themselves. I usually hit the gym and start with 20 minutes of cardio on the treadmill just to get the blood flowing and to shed some calories, this is followed by one of my top exercised and that's the leg press. Find yourself a comfortable weight and vary between a wide and narrow stance, for 12 reps upping the weight after each set - the heavier you go the more of a burn you'll feel but it's so worth it!

This is normally followed by some sort of squat, be it on the Smith machine or just with free weights - push yourself and go for 4 reps of 12. You'll be quivering afterwards but it doesn't stop just yet.. Now this is by far the most effective move that I've found to really target the upper glutes, you know - the one that means you struggle to sit down the next day? HIP THRUSTS. Rest your back and shoulders on a bench, with your feet and bum on the floor, grab a weighted plate (I usually go for 10kg) and lift yourself using only your glutes and squeeze at the top for the ultimate burn. These start off relatively easy but are the most difficult of all when you get round to the last set.


Aaannd finally, the one that will get the weirdos staring and your hamstrings and booty burning - cable pull throughs. This is so much easier to explain if you just search for it on YouTube but it basically requires you to straddle the cable pull on a multi weights machine and pull it through your legs at a super heavy weight. Then repeat the whole circuit all over again!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on these moves, especially if you try them and how you get on! Be sure to check out my YouTube channel subscribe if you're feeling nice - go on.. It's free!


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