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Shape up with BodyFit Bootcamp at Alice Holt

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Brand new sessions of BodyFit Bootcamp, fun group exercise classes, are starting at Alice Holt Forest from 23 February. 

Running twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a planned Saturday morning session, it is open to adults of all ages and abilities. It is similar to circuit training but with the added benefit of being outdoors in the fresh air and open space.

Run by a personal fitness trainer, BodyFit Bootcamp gives you an all over body work out, builds your fitness and helps to burn calories.  It offers greater benefits to wellbeing and health through the calming and restorative effect of being outside in nature, as well as a friendly social network meeting up with other like-minded people who share a common goal.

Starting at 9.30am on weekdays, Bodyfit Bootcamp is ideal for mums or dads who have just dropped their kids off at school or nursery.  Evening sessions are expected to start around April, once the evenings are lighter, for those who want to come after work.

Mark Raynsford, director of BodyFit Bootcamp, said:

“You don’t need shiny new gym equipment to get fit, you can exercise anywhere, and we use logs or picnic benches to assist our exercises.  It’s a totally different experience to being in the gym.  There’s nothing like feeling the wind on your face and having fun in a friendly group, while getting fitter and losing weight.  You’re guaranteed to feel great for the rest of the day!”

The first session is offered for free and when paying by monthly standing order membership costs £37 for one session per week.  Pay as you go costs £10 per session. The price includes a nutrition plan and between session support from qualified personal trainers that is normally only available to personal training clients. 

There is access to the "members only" forum on the internet, where  Mark provides expert advice online and adds articles to the forum daily about exercise, nutrition and general health and fitness.  For more information visit email or call Mark on 07970 521848.

The Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission manages over 250,000 hectares (600,000 acres) of woodlands in England.  Most of this land is open for public access and the Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in the country. For further information visit

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.

BodyFit Bootcamp
Mark Raynsford, personal trainer, founded BodyFit Bootcamp in March 2009 with over 7 years’ experience working with some of the best personal trainers in the UK.  The BodyFit Bootcamp concept has been a success from the start with Mark’s infectious enthusiasm and 20 members regularly attending every session.  BodyFit Bootcamp now runs sessions in Witley, Farnham and Godalming.

Charlotte Magowan, Alice Holt Forest, Forestry Commission
Tel: 01420 23666 Email: