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We were thrilled to receive the following review in highly regarded local lifestyle site Muddy Stilettos…


“Review: Thrive in 5

If you fancy getting your fitness fix from your front room, you’ll love the online Thrive in 5 programme from Surrey fitness trainer Lucinda Newman-Jones. You’ll feel fitter, stronger and healthier – and a bit smug at working out 5 times a week!

Lucinda Newman-Jones, Surrey fitness trainer, Thrive in 5, Fitness Runs in the Family


Thrive in 5 is an online exercise programme run by Surrey-based personal trainer and fitness expert Lucinda Newman-Jones who owns and runs Fitness Runs in the Family. There are five classes a week for five weeks – all centred around strength training. Classes are in real time – so you follow along with Lucinda who coaches, cajoles, encourages and inspires as you go along. Don’t think you can manage one more squat? With Lucinda leading, you’ll find you probably can!

There are currently three Thrive in 5 programmes to choose from – Strength and Tone, Power and Sculpt, and Express – with an Ultra Express programme coming soon. Each course is designed to improve strength and fitness.


Lucinda Newman-Jones, Surrey fitness trainer, Thrive in 5, Fitness Runs in the Family

Lucinda has been a personal trainer for 12 years, and her ethos and beliefs are quite refreshing in an industry that is often dominated and led by a desire to lose weight and create a beautiful bod. Lucinda’s fitness motivations are to empower and educate women to be fitter, stronger, more mobile and more confident. It’s all about improving physical wellbeing, which in turn promotes mental and emotional wellbeing.

Lucinda is an absolute powerhouse, incredibly likeable, and hugely inspirational. She is the epitome of a fit, powerful woman – and you can’t fail to be inspired by her energy, motivation and zest for exercise. And while I’ve yet to meet a woman – Lucinda aside – who wouldn’t love to drop a kilo or two, it’s quite empowering and inspiring when when it’s not the primary focus of your workout programme.


I chose the Power and Sculpt fitness course which is made up of five workouts a week. Lucinda has created the programme to focus on different parts of the body during each workout, and she sets out a suggested schedule, although the course is completely flexible, so you can swap your workout days to suit yourself.

I followed Lucinda’s schedule mostly to the T, which meant that Mondays were total lower body, Tuesdays total upper body, abs and core, Wednesday was a rest day, Thursday was lower body, Friday was upper body and on Saturday the focus was cardio, core and whole body strength.

It felt like a good mix, and targeting a different part of the body each day gave you time to recover. Mostly I got up a bit earlier to fit the workouts in, although the flexibility also meant there were some days I did a lunch-time workout.

Each workout is made up of mini-circuits in groups of two, three or four exercises that are repeated. Lucinda will also often give options for easier or more challenging movements.

Lucinda’s coaching style is gentle and encouraging – she’s no drill sergeant shouting commands and demanding more and more from you. She sets a steady, non-rushed rate, but encourages you to work at your own controlled pace. She’s doing the workout too, at the same time – coaching, giving tips and advice on how to position your body, which muscles you’re using, and the correct technique.


Home based exercise

The beauty of these workouts is that you can do them anywhere – your bedroom, living room, garden, even the local park if you fancied it. And if you’re going away on holiday, all you need to do is pack your trainers and a laptop or tablet, and you’re pretty much all set.


Equipment wise, a set of dumbbells, mini loop resistance bands, a step and a pilates ball is all that’s needed. But you don’t have to rush out and buy them. I already have dumbbells, but bought some resistances bands, which cost under £10. I don’t own a step, so for the course I used a tool box which doubles as a step, and for the pilates ball I used a cushion which I folded in half. If you don’t own dumbbells, you could easily use filled water bottles or tin cans.


Good for: Busy people who are looking for a regular exercise programme that offers flexibility while also having great structure and support from a fitness expert.

Not for: You’re pretty much accountable to only yourself, which means you’ll need a bit of self-motivation. If you’re the type who prefers to workout in a group, you may find this isn’t for you.

The damage: The course costs £50 in a one-off payment, which gives you access to all 25 workouts for a six week period. There’s also a handy PDF guide with tips on how to make the most of your course…. you can sign up and start anytime

Follow Lucinda on Instagram for workouts and tips.”

I have been training with Lucy since April last year. It has been a fantastic experience. I feel so much fitter and stronger now. She pushes us (gently) in every session and we work to our potential. I can’t recommend her enough.


Lucy is an amazing trainer, who understands an individual’s needs and limitations and knows how to inspire to achieve one’s best. I really enjoy training with her and achieved brilliant results. Her classes are always full of variety, despite the breathless hard work. Highly recommended.

Sree Lakshmi Payyala

Myself and some friends have been training with Lucy since May 2016. We have really noticed how our fitness levels and strength have improved significantly. The classes are fun but hard work and Lucy is very good at encouraging us to work to our full potential. The classes are tailored to suit our individual ability plus any injuries/illnesses we have had along the way! Would definitely recommend Fitness Runs in the Family.

Kirsty Smith

I’ve been working with Darren for the last 2 and a half years and it’s been a hard but very rewarding experience. Darren manages to apply the right combination of carrot and stick to make sure I get the most out of each session. The sessions themselves vary hugely and change frequently meaning there’s never the opportunity to settle into a comfortable routine, mixing up cardio and weights. The equipment he brings also changes constantly – battle ropes, TRX, boxing gloves, skipping ropes, Bosu balls, slam balls, benches, bleep tests – you name it he’s got it but the hardest sessions are often with no equipment at all. Being 47 means I’m prone to picking up the odd injury (Airhop!) and Darren will tailor the session accordingly making sure that unless I need to I don’t have to stop training, whilst not aggravating the injury. Darren is 100pct reliable, never once missing a session in all of our time working together and he’s good at pepping you up if you’re not in the mood. He’s a great guy, he’ll put you through hell (in a good way) and keep have a smile on your face. I’d highly recommend training with him.

Ian Hopkins

I have been training with Lucy for about three years with my daughter or sometimes two of my daughters. Our workout sessions are hard work but they are fun and take into account our different levels of fitness. Lucy is extremely encouraging and is always so enthusiastic that we are all keen to try our best. My strength, stamina, balance and overall fitness have improved considerably. Thank you, Lucy.

Penny Payne

Darren has been training me for the past two and a half years. In that time I have become fitter, stronger and more mentally alert. From the outset he and I chatted through what my goals were, how we could achieve them working together and how I could address them outside our sessions, we continue to set and monitor these. Darren’s approach is truly professional but also incredibly friendly. He pushes you hard and encourages you to reach heights you are unable to achieve without the support of a trainer as dedicated as him.

Jonny Stevenson

My husband and I have been training with Darren and Lucy for over a year. Over the years we have joined several gyms and always ended up paying money and never attending. Darren and Lucy come to our house, train with us in our garden, and having a regular time every week forces us to keep going. They take the time to get to know you and tailor their training to what you want and what you can do. They also make exercise about as fun as it can be and we feel that they genuinely care about how we are doing both regarding our exercise plans and our lives in general. Over the last twelve months, we have become fitter, more flexible, lost weight and become much more active. Thank you, Darren & Lucy!

Rachel Hotson

Lucy has been training my mum and I for the past three years along with my sister at times and she has been brilliant at motivating us when we are feeling sluggish and pushing us to our limits when we’ve been feeling strong.


Lucy trained me throughout my fourth pregnancy and it was so good to know that everything I was doing to keep fit was right for each stage of pregnancy. Since then Lucy has got me back to full fitness.


Each week is different and we learn new skills and exercises which keeps it interesting and works our muscles in new ways. I would highly recommend Lucy to everyone, she is great at adapting exercises to whatever age and ability and each week we feel so satisfied with what we have achieved

Jeannette Stevenson

I started working with Lucy shortly after the birth of my 3rd child. The idea of getting fit whilst juggling three children under the age of 5 was such a daunting task to take on alone. Luckily for me, there is nothing Lucy doesn’t know about getting post-natal Mummies back into shape as fast as possible. She understands the whole picture: getting fit and strong both physically and mentally. She is also a fantastic role-model for how to keep all the plates spinning and not let those excuses get in the way of achieving your fitness goals.

Toree Bethell

After I had my daughter I was desperately lacking in energy and felt physically wrecked! I knew I needed to do something positive to be able to keep up with her boundless energy and also begin to feel better about myself. My friend and I engaged Lucy to help us both get fitter and stronger. Lucy helped us fit sessions around work and toddlers (even occasionally using them within sessions!), helped us make important lifestyle changes and most importantly provided us with much-needed motivation. Since falling pregnant again, she has gradually adapted our sessions to fit with our increasing bumps.


Exercise has never come naturally to me, so it has been brilliant to stick to something long-term and see real changes in my fitness.


I really can’t recommend Lucy highly enough!

Samantha Powick

I really can’t thank Lucy enough for her patience, hard work and understanding when it came to training us. Training two unfit exhausted Mum’s from scratch can’t have been an easy task, but week in, week out she encouraged and supported us, always with her unique mix of steely grit and her sense of humour! As inches fell off and our energy levels increased, the workouts were adapted to our changing fitness, always challenging us and keeping us on our toes! Be it in the rolling Surrey countryside or within the four walls of a living room (complete with toddlers climbing all over us!) Lucy tailor-made our sessions at every stage, most recently for our newly pregnant bodies and has adapted them for our growing bumps! I really can’t recommend Fitness Runs in the Family enough, especially for any new Mum out there wanting to take some much needed time for yourself. 100% the best investment I’ve made in a long time!

Olivia Cryer

I turned to Lucy at FRITF because I felt I was not achieving my ultimate goals with my previous fitness regime….in short after my second child my tummy never returned back to how it once was and I got to the stage where I was regularly telling myself – is it possible to ever get back your 6 pack back?!! I am in my mid-30’s and competed in heptathlon back in Poland. I train 6 days per week, combining gym with my passion for running and regular Insanity classes but I got to the point when I thought “nothing will work, no matter how much effort I put into it” Postnatal fitness was something I never thought would work and I needed someone to show me the way. I want to thank Lucy for not only showing me a different approach but for being very patient with the constant interruptions by my two beautiful girls, on-going construction work on my house and the fact I work from home with my husband. Lucy worked me hard and I mean hard. I absolutely loved every session and will be back for more. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Ewelina Gatehouse

I loved all my sessions with Lucy, she worked me really hard and has now got me hooked on including weights in my weekly workouts and I’ve never felt fitter or stronger both in mind and body. It’s amazing and inspiring to see and feel such changes from relatively small adjustments. Any queries I had between sessions were always happily answered, I truly felt like Lucy cared about me and my progress.

Buffy Hinson

I approached Lucy because I was in dire need of getting fit. I have two children and work three days a week and fitting in the exercise was not easy. Lucy has now helped me massively to see exercise as part of my routine and how I can fit it in whilst juggling everything! I am so pleased as Lucy really appreciates those juggles with family life and exercise. Thank you so much!!

Kelly Tallis

FRITF are great. Not only do they run varied sessions that are great fun, Lucy and Darren don’t mind how many times I tell them to ‘f-off’ during particularly strenuous exercises (always the sign of a good trainer I reckon). They keep us motivated, help with nutritional plans….and have delivered great results.

Rich Simpson

I absolutely love my sessions with Lucy. I get so much out of them both physically and mentally. The variety of exercises and equipment we use during the sessions is great and I really enjoy constantly learning new things and being pushed further than I would push myself. Lucy is a great motivator and monitors my progress regularly – it’s great to see the changes in my fitness and physique. I have been into my fitness for years but, thanks to Lucy, I am stronger and fitter than I have ever been.

Hayley Harrison

What can I say, I haven’t been training with Darren for very long but the results in recent weeks are really starting to show. He has can completely transformed my workouts to be more intensive yet time-saving. By combining different muscle groups. His clear and informative tuition really is second to none, and I have come across quite a few pros in the past that don’t even scratch the surface of Darren’s knowledge and enthusiasm. I’d give 10 stars if I could.

Rich Bailey

I’ve had 6 sessions with Lucy so far and couldn’t recommend her more highly! Every time we do a workout, she makes it fun and different. She is incredibly motivating and makes every minute count. I feel fitter and stronger and happier and have used muscles I never knew I had! If you’re looking for a fresh approach to fitness and exercise that produces real results, then Fitness Runs in the Family is for you

Gemma Stovold

I had 10 training sessions with Lucy and I can honestly say it was one of the best investments I’ve ever made! After having a baby several months ago I felt extremely tired, unfit and seriously lacking in energy. Lucy’s workouts were challenging and she encouraged me to work hard. On top of that I felt like she really took on board everything I’d told her in our consultation and she tailored a programme which was really specific to me. She answered any fitness questions I had in depth and was happy to be contacted between sessions for advice – even sending me a video demonstration when I forgot a particular exercise move. I now have an excellent toolbox of exercises I can draw from to work out on my own. Would highly recommend!!

Cordelia Van Resnburg

My fiancé and I started training with Lucy 12 weeks before our wedding. Amongst all the wedding planning we weren’t making time to eat right or exercise, and just feeling a bit rubbish. In the consultation Lucy asked us what we were trying to achieve and tailored our exercises to suit. Her workouts were challenging but fun, no week was ever the same and doing it together helped create a little rivalry – especially the boxing! Lucy also left us with sessions to do on our own and helped us with right things to be eating. I felt great in my wedding dress and even better on our honeymoon! Since being back, we’ve slipped right back into our healthy eating and have signed back up with FRITF!

Amy Simpson

I engaged Darren as my personal training and nutrition consultant around 5 weeks ago and all I can say is “Wow”. What a difference he’s made. I already achieved more than expected and I’m looking forward to seeing my ultimate goal in the coming months. If you’re thinking about having a personal trainer then look no further. Darren and Lucy not only teach it, they live an breath it. Go on, get on board now and change your life forever.

Gary Davenport-Owens

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