Beet Fitness will be launched by May 2015 and will reflect Personal Trainer and The Beet Retreat’s host, Jan Saunders, personal philosophy on Health and Fitness.
As an Endurance Athlete with a passion for outdoor adventure she brings with her not only her formal qualifications as an accredited fitness instructor and Personal Trainer, but many years experience in Adventure Racing, Trail and Ultra Running, Bushwalking and Trekking and Climbing in wild, remote and mountainous regions.
Her abiding passion is to immerse in the wonders of the natural world through her own efforts and inspire and encourage others towards a functional level of fitness that will enable them to explore incredible places and create wondrous and memorable life experiences also.
Jan’s Personal Training Philosophy
“My passion in life is the natural world. To fully experience adventure and unspoilt places, it is necessary to be healthy and have a reasonable level of fitness.
I want to assist people to not only get “fit and healthy” but to expand themselves emotionally and spiritually through adventure and discovery. To provide the encouragement and tools that will provide them with the basic framework or platform to facilitate real “adventure”.
Truthfully though my clients need to be serious about making meaningful and measurable physical change in their life for me to invest my time and considerable energy in getting them ready for adventure and opportunity.
There are many other PT’s who will happily take their money and tell them how well they’re doing with their “one size fits all” approach if their goal is to look good in a swimsuit but it doesn’t sit well or resonate with me. Its not authentic and the focus on “appearance” serves no higher purpose.
I have to be real with them….I am interested and invested in them….if they are. I want them to be as serious about their health and life as I am. Then I’ll have their back. 100%.
I’m really interested in developing people’s long term physical health and I’m passionate about teaching people to maximise their physical potential, to take on challenges they’d never imagined they possibly could.
I love dreamers who are doers!
I’m not about “winning”. I’m about the doing!
Doing, turning up, that is the hardest part and deserves the most recognition.
I’m talking health here…whatever your shape or size it’s always got to be about health. We aren’t all born with the body or ability of an athlete but we can feel like one and carry ourselves like one and participate just the same!
An athlete is the one who shows up day after day and doesn’t sabotage themselves with self destructive behaviour or care if their butt is big or thighs are larger than their best friends…. They care that those legs can carry them to top of a mountain pass and down again.
It’s not about how fast or slow or weak or strong you are. It’s a mind set and a lifestyle. That’s what an athlete is to me.
I’m here to help people discover their potential, find their own goals, push them and encourage them to achieve them and sometimes kick their butt….gently. 🙂
It is my greatest pleasure and privilege to be a coach and mentor, to help plot whatever course a client may want to take….but they are the ones who have to do the work. That has to show up physically, mentally and emotionally each day. Whether training with me or solo.
To grow physically we must grow emotionally and this is often the first area we need to be real about, in a safe, non judgemental and compassionate way….then the ultimate responsibility lies within us. We have to want it. Really want it.
We begin from wherever the client is at. Step by step, in the moment, but always with the long term objective in mind.
No quick fix. No short cuts. No life hacks here. The journey is the sweetest part….that’s where the real memories are made. Not the finish line.”
The Elements of Health:
Jan favours an wholistic approach to physical change that includes many facets of movement and adventure and focuses on employing a clean and green plant based diet.
“True wellness, true fitness must cover all the bases…. Eating in a conscious and respectful way is huge in my opinion, it’s not all about us, it’s the impact we have on life around us and the planet too. Mobility, flexibility, endurance, strength and power and, oft overlooked elements like, developing a sense of self, of emotional connection, courage and confidence.
Fun is indeed a wonderful element of training….especially the joy we find in connecting with others who share our passion.
But quiet determination,consistency, achievement and the deep and unshakeable personal satisfaction that comes from being tested and rising to it can never be overlooked as perhaps the greatest life lesson that embracing a healthy lifestyle can offer.”
Some people are driven by pride, some by guilt, some by a competitive nature but here at Beet Fitness we seek to develop the side that appreciates the “doing”.
The journey. Finding the love of it for its own sake.
This will be different for each person. Tapping in to find what flicks the switch within us is deeply personal and when thrown, the recognition is such that fitness and movement and eating consciously becomes part of who we are…..for all the right reasons.
Beet Fitness options:
The Beet Retreat will offer three options for those looking to change up their life and health.
All who undertake any of these packages may become part of the “Beet Fitness” online community if they choose to.
The online community will be developed over the next 12-18 months, availing Beet Fitness members to newsletters, special offers, discounted local and international adventures and stays at The Beet Retreat, workshops and other events, as well as ongoing peer support and a sense of camaraderie and community as established or fledgling plant based athletes.
Package 1- “Premium”:
This option will commence with a minimum two night stay at the property and give you plenty of time to rest and relax but with the focus being on assessing current health, fitness and diet, dialogue and discussion and mapping the route to get you to where you want to be.
There will also be at least three PT sessions tailored specifically to your individual situation, fitness level and goals.
Hands on coaching in food selection, with appropriate consideration given to individual needs, and preparation of same are also part of the Premium package .
At the end of this period, you will automatically become part of the “Beet Fitness” online coaching community and may continue on with a discounted 7 or 13 week individually tailored online cardio and body weight training program (with the option of 1-3 private or group PT sessions per week at The Beet Retreat or at a mutually convenient external location). weekly 15 minute Skype or phone calls, unlimited email and ongoing nutritional guidance and support.
For those who are local or willing to travel and seek a more traditional approach to PT. An initial 1 hour private consult followed by a 7 or 13 week training block consisting of 1 – 3 private or group PT sessions per week and the option of 1 Plant Powered Cooking coaching session that can be arranged for small groups of up to 4 people at a discounted rate.
Online coaching is also available similar to what is described above and membership to the online community is automatic.
For interstate and international clients, this will suit you best.
An interactive relationship through Online Coaching with a 45 minute initial consultation via Skype, email or phone, individually tailored 7 or 13 week cardio and resistance training programmes, weekly 15 min Skype or phone chats, video demonstrations, unlimited email and nutritional support and guidance.
The Long Haul:
If you’ve found benefit, focus and enjoyment by having a mentor and coach to provide a little extra motivation, support and guidance we continue with the “long term program”.
Details and rates on all packages available on request from April 2015
If you feel ready to fly from the nest and go solo with your training, the “Beet Community” will forever be part of your support crew and Jan will be only an email away and keen to hear of your next big adventure!
All the training in the world won’t undo damage done by poor dietary choices.
You will enjoy some “hands-on” learning in preparing foods that will serve you both athletically and aesthetically .
Our philosophy here is that there is a real joy and beauty in food as well as movement and being in nature. and recognising that moves the spirit.
What moves the spirit is inextricably linked to lasting and meaningful health.
Inside and out we seek to become part of that.
We expect to find beauty everywhere…
We see beauty everywhere….
In nature where we train, in the people we share the experience and laugh with, in the colourful and flavoursome foods we prepare and ingest.
It’s the people, the places and the emotions we feel that connect us spiritually to exercise. This is what creates a life long practice not a passing, superficial whimsy or fad.
Whatever your age and stage, it is NEVER too late or impossible to get a little or a lot more from life through plant based foods and movement.
It is NEVER too late to change a lifetime of habit or indoctrination.
It is NEVER too late to reinvent ourselves….in fact we believe it is imperative that we do so. Change is growth!
Life waits for no one. The ticking hand is indifferent to our chattering mind and “hectic” schedule.
Postscript From Jan:
“I can only speak from experience when I say that at 45 I started on a road to a whole new life….though at the time I didn’t realise it.
I stopped asking the ticking clock to wait until I was ready…..I simply started acting like it mattered and caught up. And for the first time in many years, felt the calm and clarity that came with that.
7 years later, quiet confidence, a deep sense of self and a passion for the unfamiliar and uncertain continues to grow…..with great health and a sense of what lies within, age and time has become irrelevant.”
That clock is my friend now. Not ahead of or behind me. We simply co exist as we go about our business….
My business is “living”. As vibrantly as I can. Each day. Doing what I can with what I have.
I’m more alive now at 52 than I was at 22.
In my office at The Beet Retreat is this quote from Mary Oliver and I ask you, if you will, to reflect on this now…..
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Don’t fritter it away on nonsense I say….