Mother and Daughter Challenge

Lose Weight, Have Fun And Win a Pamper package with the Mother and Daughter Challenge

When? Starts July 25th

Whats included?

6 weeks of your own exercise (can be done through Activ8 or on your own), Weekly challenges, Fitness testing, Nutrition feedback and recipes for the family, Support and motivation over Winter,

Lose weight, increase fitness, increase overall exercise and feel confident about your body.

The Activ8 Mother Daughter Challenge is back- 2016 Participants said:

“This was great motivation to do more execrise”

“I needed this to get me back on track with results- and it was fun!”

“Great bonding with my daughter as well as having a positive focus on exercise”

When you are part of our 6 week Mother Daughter Challenge, you gain access to our facebook group- giving you support and motivation, fitness and body composition testing before and after, weekly challenges, vouchers to attend Activ8 classes, the chance to win spot prizes plus the main award of a Pamper Package.

Weekly challenges include: Park run, Gymnastics, Mt Manaia, Stretching and Yoga plus 3 more activities.

Register your interest by contacting us today

Face Your Fears- Join Miranda in her Charity Boxing match journey

Womens health

“Yes do it”, “No- your crazy”, “Yes do it”, “No- you don’t have time”, “Yes do it”, “No- you might get knocked out”, “Yes Do it”, “No- you won’t be fit enough”, Yes do it”, “No- you have a 9month and 3 year old daughter”, YES DO IT”

These were the thoughts that went through my mind when challenged to do the ‘Contractors Charity fight night’ on the 3rd September- 11 weeks away! It was a challenge from a couple of friends/ work associates on Facebook- ‘If you do, then I will’, A Challenge to ‘face your fear’.  After 3 days of contemplating the idea I had to commit- and chose YES!

Introduction to Miranda

For those who don’t know me- I own Activ8 with my husband- Matt, and friend/business partner Shayne. I have been a Personal trainer for 11 years and have loved every minute of it. I have played squash at a competitive level for the past 5 years, and have completed 5 half marathons. I am now a mother to 2 gorgeous girls- nearly 3 years old and a 9 month old, as well as do admin/marketing work and a bit of Personal training.

How fitnessdid I make the decision to face my fears?

The 3rd day of contemplation was a Saturday- I went for a run as I have been doing most weekends for the past 3 months (training up for the Keri Keri Half marathon in November), I asked myself if I wanted to just carry on doing the same run, the same pace and the same distance for the next 3 months- as that is what I was doing currently- and I needed a change.  I have had many fitness and sports challenges throughout my life that I have trained for – but to be honest this is the first challenge I have had which has made me fearful, nervous, excited, scared and apprehensive all at the same time. As I was running, I knew that these feelings were what I needed to motivate me to pick up my fitness levels, commit to a new goal and face my fears of getting in a boxing ring. So when I finished that run, I sent off my entry form and felt motivated straight away.


Goals and Results:

As a Persona1st girl sparl Trainer we emphasise all the time the importance of goals in order to achieve results. But after having my 2nd child I was thinking fat loss and getting my fitness back to where it was, was a good enough goal (and it might be for some people!) It was not until I committed to this challenge that I have realised that those two goals were not big enough to make me change what I was doing, commit to hard-out training sessions and change my eating. (The previous two goals have already been achieved within 2 weeks of my boxing training- without me even focusing on the fat loss!) After sending in my entry form I sat down and wrote out a weekly training plan and printed off our Activ8 Food diary so I would write down all that I am eating (With still breastfeeding I want to make sure I can get all the energy I can get!)

Training Plan Week One and Two :

Sunday: Hill sprints              10 min jog warm up. Sprint up 80m, Run slowly down, Repeat 10x. 10min jog

Monday: Group Training     Skipping 30sec fast/slow intervals, Shuttles, Circuit: Burpees/Press Up/ Crunches

Tuesday: H.I.I.T @ Activ8   Ropes and Burpees 1min x 10, Shuttles, Bag work 20mins

Wednesday:                            Sparring, Squash Game

Thursday: Sparring               5.30am

Friday: H.I.I.T @ Activ8      Rowing intervals, Skipping, Bag work 20min.      MASSAGE

Saturday: Boxiv8                   1 hour, cardio and core group training

Sunday: REST


How am I feeling?

I have no6 packw just completed my 2nd week training- and am feeling amazing. I can honestly say that every session I have committed to and pushed myself 100%. The fitness training’s have only been 30-45 minutes long but I have felt like I have done 1.5 hours of work. The sparring has been a major challenge mentally- first time punching someone and first time in the ring. But thanks to my coaches- Joe and Kenny- I have gained so much with only 2 sessions under my belt. 2 minutes of boxing is one of the hardest things I have ever done- and I can’t wait for the weeks ahead to gain more skills and knowledge in this area.


I will be writing a weekly blog as I face the challenges and commitment of the next 11 weeks training. My reasons for doing this is to inspire other mums, females, athletes, anyone wanting to gain health and fitness results as well as those that need something more in their lives- To face there fear, Do something different and To step out of their comfort zone. 2 weeks ago I was one of these people and I never realised the impact of making this decision would have on me.

So as of Week Two- I already challenge you to have a think about what you can change in your life to make it better? What have you always wanted to do, but been too scared to do? What are you not doing because you are worried about failure? What is something that would make you commit to a goal and achieve it?

Next weeks blog I will be talking about my change in shift for the reasons of facing my fear! ….and don’t worry- it won’t be nearly as long as this post.

“Life is a journey, not a destination”









Clean Eating Meal Plan


Breakfast: Banana Berry Smoothie

  • 4 bananas, smashed
  • 1 ½ cups full-fat coconut milk
  • 6 oz blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 6 oz raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups ice…..blend all ingredients until a smooth consistency

scrambled egg

Lunch: Scrambled egg with Avocado

ckix drumsticks

Dinner: Chicken Drumsticks with Kumara and Sauteed Spinach

  • 24 chicken drumsticks, skin on
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 cup ghee or coconut oil
  • 4 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 6 tbsp ghee or coconut oil, softened
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 lb baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp cooking fat
  • Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Drumsticks:
  • Preheat oven to 425 F with a baking sheet large enough to fit the drumsticks inside (use 2 if needed).
  • In a saucepan over medium-low heat melt the ghee or coconut oil and add the seasonings, mix well, remove from heat.
  • Rinse and pat the drumsticks dry.
  • Dip each drumstick into the mixture so they are fully coated.
  • Place them on the preheated baking sheet(s).
  • Once they have all been dipped use a pastry/cooking brush to give them one good last coating of the remaining butter.
  • Place them in the oven for 40-45 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 165 F. If using 2 baking sheets rotate halfway through.
  • If you desire crispier skin turn on the broiler and let each sheet broil for a couple minutes, watching them closely.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer to a plate.
  • Sweet Potatoes:
  • Place the sweet potatoes in a large pot and fill with cold water just enough so they are covered.
  • Bring to a boil and cook until soft, about 15 minutes.
  • Strain the potatoes and return them to the pot, add the ghee or coconut oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mash well.
  • Spinach:
  • In a large sized sauté pan heat the cooking fat over medium heat.
  • Add spinach and stir occasionally until spinach is wilted.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir once again.
  • Serve 3 drumsticks per person with the mashed sweet potatoes and sautéed spinach.

Optional Snack:  1x fruit with a handful of nuts


2016 Annual Beach Day

rugby   lunchhandstands   press ups on board

netball   bbq