Live what you write: Fitness

freelance health journalist

Written by Jess Shanahan

Future of Mobility expert writing on electric cars, entrepreneurship, and freelance life.

August 4, 2014

I write extensively on the topics of health and fitness. In order to build my knowledge of these topics, I’m always trying new sports, activities, food and supplements to make myself the best person I can be while giving myself plenty of things to write about. Here are some of the difficult, wonderful and down-right weird things I’ve tried, all in the name of journalism.

Pole Dancing with The Fitness Studios – Love Norfolk


I spent a glorious hour trying out a pole fitness class for Love Norfolk. I was terrible at it but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t try it again. Read the full article here.

A week at Team Bootcamp – Love Adventure


Yeah, bootcamp is as hard as you might think. That doesn’t mean that it’s not one of the best experiences you can have. At this particular bootcamp, I realised my limits. I realised how strong I was and became the person I am today. Experiencing this bootcamp meant I can now push myself to my limits even when I don’t have a trainer shouting at me and threatening me with burpees. That in itself is worth the week of sore muscles, tears and early mornings. Read the full article here.

A weekend at No1 Bootcamp – Love Norfolk

This was the first bootcamp I ever visited. It was part of a big blogger event put on my Money Supermarket. I met some amazing bloggers, we all had a chance to really push ourselves and I learnt so much that I still live by today. Read the full article here.

Endless amounts of falling over at roller derby – Feeling Stylish


This didn’t start off as a exercise to build my journalistic portfolio but it’s become something I love and just can’t stop writing about. From an upcoming series with The Rollin’ News to weekly updates on Feeling Stylish all about my progreess – the ups and the downs. Read about my first roller derby experience here.

Fell walking in the Lake District – Love Adventure

I like to think my fitness levels are pretty good but I was under no illusion that donning a backpack and leaving the big skies of Norfolk for the mountains of Cumbria would be one of the most trying experiences of my life. It was difficult, it hurt, we got lost and I camped 400 metres up on the side of a hill. Despite all that, I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. Read the full article here.

Seeing all these posts in one place has made me realise my masochistic side. I’m consistently putting myself in a position where I test my limits. All of these experiences have made me a stronger person. Watch this space, there’s plenty I haven’t tried.

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