Yes this month’s Extraordinary Woman is my very own amazing and talented sister whose mission is to help others to grow in confidence in their own skin and spirit. Francesca Blechner Francesca is a highly passionate Holistic Fitness Coach and Yoga Teacher. She runs a mobile Personal Training business called FB Personal Training which is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of others by empowering and educating clients with the skills and tools to attain their health and fitness for life. Francesca has worked with celebrities Shola Ama, Richard Osman and Jason Manford; worked exclusively with clients in Saudi Arabia, New York and Doha and on private retreats as the Health and Fitness coach and teaching yoga. She has acquired a wealth of knowledge and has over 15 years’ experience in the fitness industry, achieving a substantial client list including Royalty, celebrities, business executives, new mums, athletes and gym members. Her specialities include Power Yoga, Restoration sessions and Sports Massage. Links to website: www.fb-personaltraining.co.uk Facebook: Fran Blechner (FB) Personal Training Twitter: @FBPERSONALTRAIN
Describe yourself in three words. Passionate, ambitious, witty
What inspired you to get into the Health and Fitness industry?
Natural progression from doing Sports at school and Athletic Training as a teenager. I use to take friends to my Mum’s gym on a guest pass and would naturally be their teacher and guide them.
What is Holistic Fitness Coaching? Holistic Fitness coaching is about looking into the ‘big picture’ of a client’s health and fitness not just exercise to facilitate a client on the road to optimal health and performance
. You run a Holistic, Lifestyle Coaching Programme. Tell us a bit about that. Each client has to fill out a profile which assesses Stress, digestion, nutrition, sleep patterns and their detoxification system. All of these factors have a significant impact on an individual’s physiology. By assessing these factors, I am then able to measure the level of physiological stress on the body and thus tailor a specific training and nutrition protocol appropriate for the individual.
What advice would you give to women who lack self-esteem due to their body image?
No 1. Don’t compare yourself to other women or magazines, it serves no purpose each woman is unique and beautiful in their own way and it’s time to celebrate your uniqueness and own beauty.
- Gratitude is a powerful practice, like most women I also have my body hang ups and insecurities. One day I saw a young woman come into the gym in a wheelchair, she had MS and in the last few years had pretty much lost use of her legs and was raising her young son by herself. She was petrified for her first visit to the gym but determined to do some training and gain some strength. I was so touched by her story, these days when my insecurities come in, I remind myself ‘I am so blessed and lucky to have a body that is healthy and fully functioning, to be able to move with ease and do the activities I love’ Practice gratitude daily.
How would you raise their confidence?
Some form of exercise or training certainly has positive benefits and helps raise confidence, simply when you take action to take care of yourself you feel better and thus confidence increases.
What do you find most rewarding about the valuable work that you do?
I see people change their lives, taking care of yourself by nourishing your body with the food that it needs, reducing stress levels, exercise and resting are acts of self-love. This in itself is very powerful and has a knock on effect, I see client’s transform other aspects of their lives- work, relationships, hobbies, interests… When you feel good about yourself this impacts all aspects of your life.
You have lots of positive testimonials on your website, what is your most memorable success story?
One of my favourites is a 55 year old male came to me and said he hadn’t done anything since school and was petrified. He was very out of shape, had high blood pressure and been on medication for it for over 10 years. Our first session was very light just mobility and flexibility and I remember having to cut the session short as this was strenuous enough, 6 months later he had lost 2 and half stone and his body shape changed significantly (you can see the before and after pictures on my website www.fb-personaltraining.co.uk) Within a year the Doctor had pulled him off his medication as his blood pressure had stabilised to a normal level itself. 5 years on, this client still trains with me 3 x week, has regular blood pressure checks with his Doctor and continues to be drug free. He is 100% fitter, runs for 25 minutes now and does intense strength training with me. He tells me coming to his training sessions are one of the most important things in his life!
You will be leading a yoga session as part of the 7 Steps to Creating the Greatest Version of You workshop, can you tell us a little more about that and how women can benefit?
I find yoga a great way for grounding and finding that inner stillness especially needed when living a fast paced city lifestyle. Yoga enables you to reconnect with your body and mind and essentially clear space in the mind to allow clarity to come through. We will focus on using the breath and doing some powerful visualisation techniques to help create your visions and make them a reality. I am really excited to be doing this session.
What would you advise women who feel stuck in life and have a hard time achieving their target body weight? Make peace with where you are now and how you got there. Mindset is vital so accepting where you are now with love and giving yourself permission to take action and change for the better. A support network is vital too, tell people what you are setting out to do and make yourself accountable, make your friends/ partner/ family check up on you to keep you in check.
Lastly, what’s your favourite quote and why?
‘If you say you can or you can’t you are right either way!’ Henry Ford What you believe is true
To find out more about Francesca Blechner or to book an appointment contact her at: www.fb-personaltraining.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org +44 (0) 7888654617 To Book Tickets to the 7 Steps to Creating the Greatest Version of You go to Book tickets!