Success is no accident. It is a magical combination of perseverance, sacrifice, dedication, hard work, resilience, sweat and a huuuuuge sweet ass topping of PMA.

There really is nothing that can stand in your way if you have a goal you are genuinely determined to achieve.

This weekend was a special one for me. I taught my usual classes and went about my normal routine, but something clicked in me. I took a moment to look at the people around me and I was astounded. It is so touching and inspiring when you realise how many people are looking to you to help them achieve their goals, whatever they may be.

Nothing against you gents, but this weekend really was about the women. Maybe Beyonce was right when she asked who run the world! There are some strong women out there, and it feels only right to give them all a shout out.

Ellie Goulding kicked it off on Saturday with a kick ass one-on-one training session. This woman is incredible, for those of you who don’t already know. She has the most hectic schedule of anyone I know, but still finds time to not just train, but to train like an absolute demon. For those who tell me they’re too busy to work out, if Ellie can do it so can you, so lose the excuses.

ELLIE

Mid-morning I travelled over to my weekly NTC class in Victoria Park and was met by what must have been a 100-strong crowd of women eager to train. Now THAT is intimidating! The energy was incredible, and I love watching them train with smiles on their faces, encouraging one another through the session. I stood there in the baking sun watching with pride as they displayed some super strength, determination and solidarity. I’m actually gutted to be going on holiday at the weekend, because I will miss the NTC crew, but I will be back badder and browner on Saturday, July 25th.

NTC RECORD

Then my home from home – Barry’s Bootcamp Central – brought some serious heat at 12.30 and 1.45. The women have formed some kind of pack in that studio….I’m sometimes scared to tell them to turn up their speed in case they turn on me! Again, the support they show each other in and out of class is incredible. Special shout out to Nike’s own Helena Thornton who has been smashing her return to fitness. She is a woman determined to turn her life around and be the best she can be training-wise, and I have no doubt she will be on a 12.5 in no time with the commitment she has shown.

BARRYS WOMEN 2

BARRYS WOMEN 1

Just as I thought it couldn’t get any better, I got the news today that two of my Barry’s ladies (original members of the short shorts crew) killed the Vitality British London 10k. Rowan Luckie had a tough 10k at the Nike Women event in Victoria Park a few weeks ago. It speaks volumes that just a few weeks later she was back to try again, and I never had any doubt that she had it in her. Like I said at the beginning, success is no accident, so a huge congratulations to Rowan and her partner in crime Charlotte Foster.

PMA HANDS

(LOVED that they chose to fuel themselves with PMA pre-race as well with a little reminder on their hands to spur them on when things got tough. I told you, it’s not just a hashtag!)

And last but not least, Lauren Thompson- one of my 7.50 Barry’s Bootcamp loyalists. Another strong woman driven to do better after feeling disappointed at not getting a sub-50 minute time at the Nike Women run. Being a Thompson (her brother Lee has just qualified for Team GB), she refused to accept her time at the Nike race, and set out to beat it. And beat it she did, just weeks later. Not only did she manage to get her goal of sub-50, she crossed the line with an incredible time of 47.54.

Lauren with her brother Lee - Team GB triathlete and Barry's veteran

Lauren with her brother Lee – Team GB triathlete and Barry’s veteran

To shave that amount off her PB is utterly incredible and to say I’m impressed is an understatement. Again, it shows bags of determination, so another massive pat on the back.

So there you have it, a weekend of record-breaking class numbers, goal-smashing and PBs. Thank you ladies for all of your hard work, it doesn’t go unnoticed. I am a very proud trainer today.

Guys, don’t worry…I haven’t forgotten you. Your shout out comes soon!

Peace and #PMA people!