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Why I believe Flexible Fitness Is The Key To Long Term Results

By Reece Hopkins - Coach

Why I believe Flexible Fitness Is The Key To Long Term Results


Take it from me, I’ve been in this game for over TEN YEARS and still to this present day I am finding new ways to improve my physique, my health but most importantly my wellness.

There is a high pressure for guys (not just girls) these days to look good, like really good, in a world that is so image conscious for a young guy or girl, getting into fitness could seem like such a daunting task.

I can remember back when I was 17 years old and I made a conscious decision to step into a gym. For me back then, my sole purpose for attending the gym was to improve my performance for football. I was playing at a high level, but I was a late developer and all my friends, team-mates and competition were getting stronger, fitter and faster, but not me.

I knew I had to change something in order to compete and carry on my dream of being a professional footballer. I started to lift some weight, oblivious that my whole life was about to change.


I started training at the gym, I had this vision of becoming stronger and I was willing to do whatever I could to get there. I would train seven days a week, lifting weights, running on the treadmill, drinking protein shakes, you name it. After a couple of weeks, I started to notice a change in my body and quickly enough I had the fitness bug and I was hooked.

I had no real idea what any of the machines in the gym and the exercises I were doing were targeting but without fail, every single day I would train. I would get so angry if I ever missed a training session, I would be so caught up that I would lose all my ‘gains’ if I even considered a rest from the gym.

I was almost a year in to training and I was still going, every single day, without fail. I was developing an unhealthy relationship in what I believed to be ‘Healthy’

It was no longer about the goal to be better at football, it was now about building muscles and a better body, half the reason being it made me feel good and half the reason; Girls

I would spend hours on the internet finding training plans and watching videos aimed at packing on as much muscle as possible. I went down the whole bodybuilding route too, for almost 5 years. 5 years of my life I look back and I feel I wasted trying so much to gain the perfect body.

I was spending hundreds of pounds per month on supplements, chicken breast, oatmeal. I did the whole eating 6 meals a day. I trained myself into injury after injury. I cut out carbs, I did 100s of sit ups believing it would build me this roman god like set of abs.

5 years which led to one thing: MISERY.

I didn’t look the way I wanted, the way the fitness models and the bodybuilders looked in magazines and on Instagram. I was following the diet plans, I had people telling me what food to eat and when. I was constantly gaining weight then losing weight, yo-yo dieting my way through life.

I was following other people’s programmes, workouts I found online that had been downloaded by thousands upon thousands of people. I was following people on Instagram that were being paid to train for three hours a day and had all their pictures airbrushed and photoshopped.

And I still wasn’t happy. My 6 meals a day of chicken and broccoli, my brand new shiny pre workout formula, my un-personalised training plan; it just didn’t work for me.

I felt like I had tried everything, I had this expectation in my head that I needed to look a certain way to be happy, to be accepted by my friends, by females and by society alone.

So yes, I’ve done it all, all these systems I had tried and each one had failed me time and time again.                                      I’ve always had a passion for fitness since the first day I went into the gym, But its right now, in this present day that fitness excites me the most, It’s today, that I am the happiest and healthiest version of myself. It’s today, that I feel if I miss a workout, its not the end of the world. And it’s today that I have a proven method to fitness that works not just for me, but for whoever gives it a try.

Flexible Fitness is everything I am about, everything I will be about each day going forward, Flexible Fitness is about making fitness work in your current lifestyle. Whether that be working office, retail, or emergency service hours, travelling for a living, backpacking, whatever route you take with your life. It’s about you reaching your goal, whether that be fat loss or muscle gain, without sacrificing your everyday life.

Flexible Fitness is understanding your own diet, knowing how the foods and drinks you consume can affect your body shape and understanding what small changes you can make to your habits to see some drastic results.

Flexible Fitness is about going to a gym or working out from home and enjoying the exercise you do. It doesn’t have to involve weights, it doesn’t need a membership, it just takes a little bit of time to understand the process, but it sets you up for life. With Flexible Fitness I know I can go out for pizza and beer with friends and know that I won’t need to punish myself in the gym or starve myself for three days to make up for the fact I’m enjoying myself.

With Flexible Fitness it allows me to train for my goals either 3 or 4 times a week at a maximum and still make huge progress. The clue is in the name ‘Flexible’

I am a true advocate for this Flexible Fitness lifestyle and these are the ways I am teaching to my clients and canggu nest members. I Strive in helping people to understand you don’t need a fad diet or an overpriced system. You already have everything at your disposal, it may just need a little bit of work and the work you do leads to long term sustainable results.

You’ll find me at the Nest crushing a workout and then within an hour I’ll be eating at an epic canggu café, guilt free and happy!


Flexible Fitness is about enjoying your journey to a better version of you with little to no sacrifice on your everyday life. Its about having control over the food and drinks you love without overindulging and ruining your progress. It’s about dealing with the effects of social occasions on your training and understanding that a bit of alcohol or a cheeky dessert is totally fine. Because we are human!

Its about knowing how to take all this forward and dealing with everyday life.

How long do you think you can cut out carbs for? How long a diet of blended juice will last?

In my TEN YEARS in this industry, this is the ONLY approach I will EVER use.

I’m here to create a movement for everyday people to enjoy fitness! To enjoy workouts! To have a great relationship with food but most of all be HAPPY inside and out!

If you want to know more about how I can help you achieve your goals through a flexible fitness lifestyle then please get in touch.


Coach Reece