Home Exercise Programme

This is the perfect programme to do if you can’t get to your normal Bootcamp, training or Gym workout. It is a general programme- so if you have any injuries or individual requirements- please get in touch for a more personalised programme.

You will need:

20% Motivation
Edge of a chair, bed- for triceps dips
A drinkbottle
Mat or towel





To find out how to do each execrise or for more explanation please get in touch:

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Energy Balls

  • 3/4 cup of nutbutter…..or any nuts blended to a paste
  • 1/2 cup sweetner- dates, raw honey, maple syrup
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds or sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut

Blend ingredients all together and make into round balls…roll in coconut. Put in fridge for 30min.


These energy balls are perfect with a cup of tea, to curb your afternoon sugar cravings or as s imple post-workout snack.

Home Workout during Lockdown

AMRAP 19 minutes

Complete each exercise 19 times, then repeat- do as many sets as you can within 19 minutes

Home Workout- 20 minutes



Immunity Boosting Recipes

Research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and an unhealthy gut can contribute to a wide range of diseases as well as lower immunity.

Right now- Immunity is everything. We need to do all that we can to improve our Gut health, mental health and physcial health. So why not make some yummy recipes that are not only tasty- but are going to be good for the whole families immunity!

Be Pure Gut Healing Gummies


Nadia Lims Winter Sunshine Tonic


Be Pure Homemade Bone Broth


Activ8s Full Strength Smoothie

Immunity Boosting Protein Smoothie


How to boost Immunity

Immunity! Health! De-Stress! Supplements! Vitamins!

These are huge topics right now- and there is nothing new, but we are just more aware of these things at present.

So I want to keep it simple and let you know some basic things you can do to improve your Immunity right now.

1. Increase your immune- boosting nutrients

Try to make vegetables the main part of your meal, the more colourful your plate can be the better it is for you. The more varied vegetables, fruits and foods you can eat- the more nutrients you are going to get.

2. Zinc Intake

Most New Zealanders are deficient in Zinc due to our soil lacking this key nutrient. Eat oysters, nuts, seeds, fish, red meat and wholegrains. I also recommend a Zinc supplement to get your levels up to normal.

3. Vitamin C

As we head into Winter and aim to fight off viruses, colds and germs around it is essential we up our Vitamin C intake. Citrus fruit is great, but the following foods have more Vitamin C then oranges: Kiwifruit, Capsicum, Brussel sprouts and Chia Seeds- so snack on these raw to get the most out of them. Vitamin C powder or tablet is also a good idea to give kids to top them up, as well as yourself when feeling run down.

4. Vitamin A

These vitamins support the health of our respiratory tract and sinuses. Orange and Yellow vegetables are high in carotenes and Vitamin A- think pumpkin, oranges, carrott, squash and kumara.  The following also contain Vitamin A: Green leafy veges, egg yolk and salmon.

5. Take a multi-vitamin

If you are looking to increase your nutrient intake I recommend taking a high strength, high quality multi-vitamin to pick up those nutrients that we are either lacking in NZ soils, not consuming or low in. I recommend Be Pure supplements due to their quality, trusting products.

6. Exercise!

Continuing your exercise regimen is essential to keeping up your Immunity. To put it simply- when you exercise this puts stress on your body- your body then builds an immune response to this, enabling it to then have increased immunity when colds, flus and viruses hit.

If you would like to know more about our packages and how we can support your physical and mental health please get in touch Contact

Check out some of our nutritious recipes to support your health Recipes



Chocolate Protein Balls

5 T smooth Peanut Butter (I use Pics Peanut Butter)

1 serving Go Good Chocolate Whey Protein Powder (from Activ8)

2 T maple syrup or honey

1/2 vanilla extract or paste

2 t cacao powder

2 T rolled oats (optional if wanting gluten free)

2 t chia seeds


Blend together until well combined.

Shape into mini balls as a sweet treat, or larger balls for a post-workout snack.

I love this recipe- it is full of nutrients, sweet and satisfying. It is high in energy so make sure you only enjoy 1-2 per day if weight loss is a goal.


For a free sample of our Go Good Protein please pop into Activ8- you can then make this recipe or try it with one of our smoothie recipes.  Smoothies



Movement Emergency


We are exhausted and stressed out”

So we invite you to take some time out for yourself with Personal Training. To move. To exercise. To stretch. To take time away from your day to day stressors for just an hour – and focus on your health, happiness and wellbeing.


“We are not prioritizing our health”

So we invite you to refocus on whats important.  To rediscover your goals with your own personal trainer on where you want to be and how you want to get there. Exploring your needs, desires and values, so you can restore more personal balance in your life.

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“Our minds are cluttered by constant distractions.”

So we invite you to completely relax with Vinni and his Yoga sessions twice weekly.  To enjoy the present by being tech free for an hour, focusing inwards and on your body with no distractions. Stretching, breathing and becoming more flexible.

Fitness Classes

“Our bodies are in distress, because we are not taking care of our daily movement.”

So we invite you to reconnect with moving- with what we were born to do. Join us 3x per week with our outdoor bootcamps to move. To use our muscles to gain strength, making our heart beat to increase fitness and to get our blood flowing to elimiate toxins. Movement is life. If we are not moving, slowly our bodies will give up on us.


“Our minds need more social connection”

So we invite you to join our Activ8 Family. To join a class that is fitted for your fitness, strength, age, budget and lifestyle. To meet other like-minded people. To make friends. To connect. To talk to one another and to laugh!

Fitness Classes

We invite you to move more. To start today. To prioritize you, your health and your happiness.

Look forward to hearing from you,

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Here it from our Clients, 2019

Thank-you for these amazing words. At Activ8 we pride ourselves on giving you a personal, fun and dynamic fitness experience like no other. We also provide you with a community, a family and a support system like no other. It is so warming to hear these words direct from clients to know we are delivering not only results; but making life-changing differences.



Christine Moore:

“I can’t thank the team at Activ8 enough.

I’m not a very self motivated person….so the alarm going off at 5.30 in the morning for Bootcamp, would sometimes be easy to ignore. But off I would go, rain, hail or shine. The trainers always smiling, joking and pushing us to what we think is breaking point. Humour is a huge part of what I love about Activ8, life can sometimes bring a lot of stress and challenges….a good laugh while you are being exercised to within an inch of your life is a great way to start the day.

They knew when to push me, when I needed it….and knew when to nurture me when life was giving me a hard time….with their help my fitness and strength reached a new level.”

Want to find out more about our bootcamp? Click here:  Bootcamps

Ashlyn Muir:

“My decision to start training with Activ8 was on accident but by far has been the best accident of my life.

At the beginning of 2019 so many things about my life where unhealthy- My lifestyle, My Job and My relationship with my self.

I was working at a job and I manage to get injured, I needed to see a physio, Jill was the only one in whangarei available at the time, I went to my appointment and saw all these happy people training and thought this might be fun. I had at this point just gotten sent a photo from my friend of us in Auckland this picture made me cry, I hated everything about it. At that very point I decided to change my entire life. I went sugar free for SIX months! Dairy free, gluten free and if I couldn’t make it I wouldn’t eat it. By doing this I had lost close to 25kgs going from 74kg down to 50kg, by eating more and doing it the healthy way I have learnt I am more able then I thought to achieve the things I want. I have gone down from a woman’s size 14/16 to a woman’s size 4/6.

I’ve gone from not being able to deadlift anything to 100kg, from 80kg leg press to 200kg. I could do 5 push ups max to now 12 push ups 3 times over, from 60kg squat to 115kg squat. The sky is the limit now!

I now see photos of myself and am proud of all the hard work I have done, along side that amazing trainers that push me to my limits and inspire me every time I train I wouldn’t be the person I am today without Activ8.

I love training at Activ8, I now train with Vinnie 3 times a week and do a yoga session too, coming to Activ8 and pushing myself each time is the best part of my days by far!

I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else, I look forward to continuing my training as I get ready to do my first every body building comps!

Who would have thought that a simple injury would change my life for the better
Thank you Activ8 Family!”

Meet our Personal Trainers here: About Us


Mel Gibbs:

“Huge thank you to the amazing ACTIV8 NORTHLAND team! I am was the typical ‘get a gym membership, go for a week then never got back’ type of person. I knew I needed to do something make a change that I would commit to. Deciding to start PT sessions with Ama-Lee Ball has been one of, if not the best decision I have made. Amz is a truly amazing trainer and now a great friend. Boxiv8, yoga, rush classes and PT sessions with the lovely smiling assassin Jacinta have been challenging but also so much fun and I credit the whole Activ8 team with helping me smash my goals.

The diversity of the classes and sessions that are offered and the friendly, inclusive and welcoming nature of the team brings me back every week.

30kgs down, improved strength, flexibility and confidence, it’s just the beginning. Can’t wait until the next chapter!”

Want to find out more about our classes? Fitness Classes


Sasha Butterworth:

“I started at Activ8 only a few months ago with my dad but have already seen improvements. Not only has it improved my physical strength but my mental strength instead of getting to 5 push ups and saying I give up I can now do 28 in a minute and still feel ready to go on to the next exercise. Activ8 has helped me overcome my bad relationship with food and replace it so that food is a positive thing to help fuel my body at the gym. Going to the gym is my favourite time of the week because everyone is so nice and it feels like a community. Joining Activ8 was one of the best decisions Dad and I have made and are looking forward to many more training sessions with Vinnie and all of the other Activ8 trainers!”



Michael Davis:

“A massive shout out to ACTIV8 NORTHLAND who are one of Dream It’s affiliated partners. They help me prepare with my physical conditioning and get a baseline fitness to take on these Dream It adventures around the world with confidence. It lets me focus on looking after my clients knowing my training is ticked off and done.

Life-changing fitness is what they offer. They enable me to do what I do and also change the lives of their clients along the way. They make training fun and offer a great variety to make it enjoyable and achievable. I’ve personally witnessed the massive difference they make in the lives of their clients. They cater to all shapes, sizes, ages and fitness levels.

I’ve worked with many fitness coaches, trainers, gymnasiums in my lifetime and occupation and these guys are rockstars. If you are in Northland do yourself a favour and give them a call. You won’t regret it.”

Find out about our next Bucket-List Fitness Adventure with Dream It: Contact

Read More:   Peru. Inspiration. New Beginnings.


Have you achieved a goal with Activ8? Transformed your mind, or body? Have you made a best friend, found your passion, or discovered something about yourself? Or maybe taking charge of your wellbeing has helped you succeed in other areas of life?

We’re looking to tell some real, inspiring stories from you in 2020. If you’ve got a story to tell, we’d love to hear it!

Please get in touch: Contact



10 tips on how to stop Sugar Cravings

Sugar has not only been found to contribute to a number of health issues but research shows that it can be even more addicting than cocaine. Scary right?
It has been found that the link between sugar and addictive behavior is due to the fact that sugar stimulates the same reward circuits in the brain that are activated by cocaine.
Dehydration can cause cravings. Make hydration fun by enjoying sparkling spring water with a squeeze of orange, lemon, or lime or a herbal tea.
It’s way harder to say no when it is staring at you every time you open the pantry. Remove the tempatation and that is the first step.
Sometimes when we have a craving, a change in state can make it vanish almost immediately. Go for a walk,call a friend, listen to music, or read a book.
Stress management is essential to a healthy lifestyle. If you had a demanding day at work, instead of reaching for a chocolate bar or bag of lollies-  take a bath, meditate, exercise or cook a healthy meal instead. Do something that helps you relax and allows your body to find calm.
This could be berries with cream, a bliss ball or a piece of 100 percent cacao chocolate. Find a healthy option that satisfies you.
When we nourish our bodies with whole, REAL foods, cravings tend to disappear….trust me- they do!
Cutting all sugar out cold turkey works well for some. However, for others, it leads to immediate failure.
If this is you, then allow yourself one small treat daily. After the last bite, call it quits. Finding a way to indulge occasionally so it can become a lifestyle is critical to long-term success.
If you consume anything from a package, read the ingredients and look at the number of grams of sugar per serving. Sugar is hidden in everything and may not always be obvious as it can fall under many different names.
On a piece of paper, write down your “why” for eliminating sugar from your life and set a goal for what you want to accomplish by eliminating it. Place it on your fridge or a place where you will see it every day, and at the end of each week celebrate your sugar-free successes.
If you find there are failures, don’t be too hard on yourself. Re-set your intention and goal and determine one thing you will do differently going forward.
Affirmations are wonderful for so many reasons and can even help you shed your addiction to sugar. The words “I Am” are powerful and show us that we can do anything.
Our beliefs are habitual thinking patterns, and when we are constantly telling ourselves we need to have sugar, it becomes a habit. Bad habits can be broken and replaced by habits that serve us in a more beneficial way. Pay attention to the thoughts and beliefs you have around sugar. Each day spend a few minutes saying affirmations such as, “I am determined to eat more greens.” and, “I am in control of my choices.”
If you need support in making these healthier choices- join us in our 6 week Wellness Challenge through our Inspire Mind, Body and Health group Inspire Body, Mind, Health with Activ8.
Check out some of our sugar free but delicious recipes: Snacks

Chocolate Fudge Bliss Balls


  • 4 T Coconut oil, melted
  • 2 T maple syrup (optional)
  • 6 T cacao powder, sifted
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 8 T smooth almond butter, or just blend up almonds
  • Pinch of salt
  • water if needed for consistency


Combine all ingredients until well blended.

To dry to roll? Add water at end (if needed) to get a mixture that will roll easily.

To sticky? Chill in fridge for 30min.

Line tray with baking paper. Roll into small balls- can roll in coconut or chopped nuts as a topping.

Transfer to fridge and chill for 30min. Store in fridge. Can also freeze.

These are a delicious snack- the almonds mixed with cacao make it high in nutrition. Cacao is high in magnesium, zinc and iron. Magnesium is great for helping muscles relax before bed- making these good for that after dinner ‘treat’. Almonds are high in protein and healthy fats- meaning these small balls will keep you feeling fuller for longer, as well as give you that sweet hit- without all the refined sugar.

Remember they are high in energy so only have 1-2 per snack. These are perfect to take out for dessert- chilled straight from the fridge. Just make sure they don’t stay out for long, as they might soften due to the coconut oil.

Remember to share your baking with us #activ8blissballs

See more of our recipes: Snacks