1 field of ancient oats, 20 fitness bloggers, 3 crossfit stations and 21 minutes of pushing yourself to the max. How did everyone else spend their Sunday? Courtesy of Cheshire based oat producers, Mornflake, I experienced all of the above as they launch their range of protein boosted porridge oats and celebrated the fact that the Olympic Games are just around the corner. Far from my normal restful Sundays, I hopped on the train heading North (spotting fellow fitness bloggers on the way) and enjoyed a day of fitness amongst Mornflake’s own oat fields in The Oat Games!
Our day started with smoothies courtesy of the lovely Nic’s Nutrition, and an introduction to the brand. Family owned, and running for 15 generations, the Mornflake mill is just a few miles from where they’re grown in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. Mornflake ensures that its consumers have the finest oats in their breakfast bowls and is committed to the sustainability of its farmland and the environment. Aside from standard porridge oats, they produce oat bran, protein boosted oats, and ‘Mornflake Go’ instant oats.
We were then put through our paces with CW1 Crossfit, a local crossfit box. First we tried some tire flips and sled pulling. All new to me, I was determined to try everything I could…I even joined in the runs, and we all know how much I hate running! That was just a taster of what was to come, as we were then explained the 21 minute workout we were about to face. 7 minutes at each of the 3 stations, we stared down the gauntlet at haystack hurdles, kettle bell swings, haystack jumps, medicine ball squats, 10kg plate holding and burpees. In pairs we pushed each other, swapping out each exercise when fatigue set in. I was partnered with the fabulous, and super inspiring Sarah – Growing Butterfly – and loved training with a partner. Not something I’ve done a lot of in the past.
This workout was tough, but the crossfit trainers gave everyone lots of encouragement and explained how to perform each exercise safely. I know crossfit gets a bad rep sometimes, and while it’s not something I think I’d do regularly, it’s not something I’d shy away from. With decent instructors who understand modifications and injury risks, it’s a super high intensity workout that produces results fast.
After the crossfit session, we were treated to a mini yoga class from Boys of Yoga. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to this the most, and it was lovely to gently stretch after all that high impact. At that point I didn’t even mind the spluttering of rain that had started to fall. It was so refreshing, and I wasn’t going to miss any yoga! Of course, I couldn’t resist fooling around with some yoga poses as we finished the session…headstand on a hay bale anyone?!
After more smoothies, and a delicious falafel wrap made by the owner of the farm herself, we slowly started to wind up the day. With my arms full of Mornflake goodies, I got back on the long train home, happy to have spent the afternoon with some fabulous like-minded people. What was great about this event is that there was such a variety of fitties, from yogis like me, to bikini competitors, recipe creators and golfing enthusiasts. We all had fitness and food in common, and had a really fun day.
I can’t wait to enjoy some of the oats from Mornflake, not only for porridge, but for high protein snacks and treats as well. Time to start experimenting in my kitchen! Thanks to Mornflake for such a fun day, check out their website for photos and and a fabulous drone video from the event.