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Positive Changes – Personal Training

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Well, I am up to my 25th hour with my Personal Trainer here at the Gym in Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa.  I can’t believe that I could barely do three minutes on the cross trainer without wanting to collapse, yesterday, I was chatting away whilst on the cross trainer and realised that I had already done 20 minutes when I looked down at the panel. The difference it has made to my life is incredible, I feel so much better about myself, people have commented on how much better I look and how happy I look.

Last weekend I went to an engagement party in London and danced the whole night away, the only thing hurting me was my feet, dancing in high heels just isn’t the same as it was thirty years ago. I thought back to January this year when I was at my office Christmas party, I wanted to dance but hadn’t done so for so long, so I got up and danced for about 15 minutes, my mind was there but my body just wasn’t going along, I started to feel dizzy and actually went to the bathroom and was sick.  I didn’t want anyone to know, how on earth you could tell people I am so unfit I can’t dance for 15 minutes, but this was the truth.  You get to a stage where you don’t think anything can be done, I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, acid reflux, walking up a flight of stairs was difficult, the doctor even suggested having surgery, a gastric band. This is a drastic action I thought, I must be able to do something, just a little something.  I considered going to the gym and did try but I just couldn’t seem to push myself and motivate myself.

Sometimes it takes a major event in your life to give you that push and motivation to do something about it, I knew deep down I had the willpower. I now have two personal training sessions a week, am strict with what I eat, Matt Woods my personal trainer put together a food plan for me and weights me once a week, this alone is an incentive, you don’t want to go backwards, we all have a relapse at some time and I did put 2lbs on during my holiday, but soon took this off, I have now lost about 19lbs since May, it’s not rapid weight loss but more a way of life and a gradual improvement.

I have noticed that I am getting more attention from men in general, its funny as soon as you look better, feel better, people see you differently, my social life has taken a turn for the better and keeping busy definitely helps. I can not recommend having a Personal Trainer enough, we all say I cant afford it but ditch the take- away, ditch the expensive meal out, ditch the magazines, stop reading about what other people do and do it yourself, spend your money on yourself and invest in your health and your future, I am. I will add frequent updates on here.

Write to me and tell me if you were in a similar situation

Cycling miles for Sport Relief

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Friday 23rd March is almost upon us and Bicester Health Club are doing their bit for Sport Relief!

From 9.00am members are welcome enjoy Tea and Cakes in the reception, probably best to enjoy after your gym workout, studio class or swim!

You can also come and support the team for the of the 12 hour Bike challenge.

Our Target

Our target is to reach 300KM in 12 hours, so maintaining an average speed of 25kph throughout, which will be no easy tasks. The gym, reception, administration and management staff are all putting in a shift on the bike to help us achieve the distance which is the equivalent of traveling from Bicester to Plymouth, so it is no easy task!

Who’s involved

Nigel The Health Club Manager will be starting things off at 8.00am and hoping to get us off to a flyer!

We will then have a mixture of fitness instructors and staff of varying fitness levels throughout the day until the challenge finishes at 8.00pm.

The bike will be set up in the Health Club and Spa Reception area and all donations are welcome.

We are hoping to raise as much money as possible for the great cause that is Sport Relief.

It’s not quite a challenge of Epic David Walliams proportions but still a great charity event to raise important funds for projects around the world.



Thanks for the honesty – iPod recovered

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

A member of Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa Health Club was very happy this last week when her iPod nano was handed in.

It is very pleasing to know that our club has members with a high degree of honesty and integrity.

Easter school holidays

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Lots of FREE activities for our junior members this coming Easter holidays !

Combat-Kids, Football academy, Tennis camps and Flipper-Fun Aqua sessions!

Notices are up on display in the club!

For more information please see Health Club Reception, or email


Elemis ‘Treatments on Tour’ SpaBus comes to Bicester Hotel, Golf & Spa

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

To celebrate 20 years of success, Elemis takes its award-winning products to the people with the “Treatments on Tour” SpaBus, whilst also raising essential money to help vulnerable children through Mothers4Children Charity.

The Elemis Spa Bus is exclusively coming to Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa on Friday 23rd September form 11.00am-4.00pm. The Elemis SpaBus is an eye catching royal blue customised London bus that proudly bears the Elemis 20th anniversary livery and is flying the Union Flag. With beautiful spa interiors on both Lower and Top Deck, Elemis welcomes you on-board for MAXIMUM RESULTS in MINIMUM TIME.

Elemis has created five unique and luxurious 15 minute facial and body spa-therapies to choose from for just £10, each is performed by one of the professional ‘Elemis Angels’ either on an Intelligent Massage or Spot-On Shiatsu chair whilst you’re fully clothed for instant relaxation and rejuvenation. S This is the only opportunity for you to experience these exclusive Elemis spa treatments in Oxfordshire.

On entrance to the Lower Deck, the fully trained ‘Elemis Angels’ will carry out each spa-therapy so you’re in professional hands. Take a seat and put your hand out for a mini Exotic Hand & Arm Massage, attend a beauty workshop and have a 1-2-1 professional lifestyle and skincare consultations. You can also benefit from special promotions and Elemis offers during the day.

Head upstairs onto the Top Deck where the SpaPod treatment area contains two Intelligent Massage chairs and two spot-on Shiatsu Chair. You can choose from a Skin Booster Facial, Chill-Out Shoulder and Scalp Massage, Exotic Hand & Arm Massage, Sole Rescue Foot Treatment or Re-Charge Power Back Massage. Each therapy is 15 minutes of pure bliss to take you on a relaxation and rejuvenation journey – all guaranteed to relieve aches, pains and leave you radiant with a bounce in your step.

Pre-booking is essential for your 15 minute treatment, so please contact us on 01869 241204 or email We will also be combining the Elemis Spa Bus visit with a charity coffee morning to provide you with an exclusive opportunity to view the latest Elemis product ranges as well as enjoying our pink themed day. Coffee, tea  and cakes will be served through the day with proceeds going to Breast Cancer Care. Elemis UK aims to raise well over £50,000 for the Mothers4Children charity and are also donating £10,000 to Breast Cancer Care.

At the Forest of Wellbeing We offer a haven of tranquility in our exclusive health spa in Oxfordshire. We welcome you to come and invigorate your senses with a choice of our elemis facials and body treatments, in addition to our full range of Jessica and Lava Shells therapies.

If you are looking for spa days in the uk or for your perfect spa day in Oxfordshire then our central location is ideal, only 5 minutes from junction 9 of the M40.  All of our spa day packages offer full use of our luxury swimming pool and spa facilities including Tropicarium, Sauna, Steam Room, Hydrospa, Jacuzzi and experience showers. You can also experience total relaxation in our outdoor spa garden with exclusive hot tub facilities. For an overnight spa experience we offer a range of exclusive  spa breaks perfect for combining total relaxation with visit to Bicester Village, Oxford, Blenheim Palace or the Cotswolds.

Health clubs new additions

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Last week Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa had 2 new X Dream bikes arrive at the gym. These will be a great addition to the gym as they are the first indoor fitness product that accurately simulates the experience of riding outdoors.

This exercise bike is equipped with real feel gears, brakes, handlebars, pedals, cranks and seat sensors which enables each move the rider makes to be accurately portrayed within the experience.

The bike puts you into a virtual world via the attached computer screen. As you ride, the full experience on the screen is translated to the equipment!

It will work a full range of muscles in the upper body and lower body so gives you a more complete workout then a standard exercise bike.

To experience the X Dream bike, discuss gym membership, our health club facilities or personal training contact the health club or call 01869 241204.