For all of you Lorna Jane lovers, this weekend’s Sydney Fitness Show is more than just a place to stock up on fancy exercise gear. On top of the heavy discounts you’ll find on everything from pre-workout, protein mixes, boxing gloves, and more, there’s a tonne of good reasons to get yourself to the show. It’s being held this weekend at the newly re-opened International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour.
I have a posse of girlfriends with whom I only ever meet with in my active-wear. That’s right — breakfast, brunch, walks by the beach — all done in our trusty leggings and lycra. Today we were proud to wear it while we worked out. A friend and I were treated to an early morning snapshot of just a few of the festivities the show has to offer. Here are my highlights.
Hip Hop yoga with the gorgeous Lola Berry
Doing downward dog with Lola was so much fun. Sometimes I struggle to find my flow, but her Spotify selection had us covered. Lola is super down to earth, and encourages her students to practice in a way that they’re at ease with. She says, ‘the way you show up to yoga, is often how you show up to life’. So keep at it, and just breathe.
Twerkout by Suzie Q Pole Studio.
Our expert instructor ran us through a hilariously fun exercise class targeting our glutes. She ran us through the basic technique of accents, hip ticks, cheek isolation, and booty pops and drops. It’s worth it when you twerk it. Put your thing down, flip it and reverse it.
In the kitchen with Scott Gooding
Everyone knows a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about exercise, but eating well too. A former contestant on the popular My Kitchen Rules, Scott Gooding shared one of his favourite healthy recipes with us. We gathered around while he walked us through making his take on the fresh, crunchy, and colourful Hawaiian Poke Bowls (fish salad), as well as how to make homemade (healthier) butter.
Cryotherapy helps with everything from muscle recovery after training, to trimming the tummy and wrinkle reduction. Just 3 minutes in the pod at a comfortable -190 degrees had me feeling energised for the entire day. Basically, the dry cold air shocks your body and stimulates its response to inflammation and pain, promoting healing. Cryotherapy. It’s so hot right now, and so cool at the same time.
As the ICC Hall is massive, there was also plenty of action happening over in the UFC Gym, Les Mills live workouts, Power-lifting challenges, and an altogether fabulous energy pulsing through the place.
If you’re a fitness enthusiast or health advocate – I can guarantee there’ll be something for you there. Make sure you don’t miss what’s being dubbed ‘the most inspiring fitness event of the year’.
Jill is a Sydney-based journalist who in fitness, aims for progress over perfection. Follow her on @jillamint.