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Get along to the Fitness and Health Expo Melbourne
The future of fitness is here! No more adjusting equipment at the gym - there is now equipment that knows who you are and automatically adjusts to your needs! The fusion of gaming technology and fitness brings equipment that can set you a workout, give feedback on technique, and record your results to beat your own PB or compare to friends. And SurfSet gives a full body workout akin to surfing, without having to leave dry land!
Innovative fitness trends: Milon bioactive training equipment (L); Versus Fitness 'gamified' training (centre); SurfSet full body workout (R)
If, like me, you are interested in the latest trends in fitness, and being inspired by the leaders in the field, the 2015 Fitness & Health Expo is not to be missed. The event is running this weekend (10-12th April) at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and is touted as the largest of it's kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Organisers are expecting 25,000 people to attend.
I was fortunate enough to attend the Sneak Preview of the Expo this morning.
The highlight was seeing Australia's 'The Healthy Chef' Teresa Cutter in action in the kitchen. She prepared delicious homemade almond milk using her own 'Naked Chocolate Mylk' as well as natural fruit smoothies. All of her products and books are available to purchase at the Expo. Teresa was lovely and very happy to share lots of tips with the keen audience.
The 'Healthy Chef' Teresa Cutter whipping up delicious smoothies
There are 4 Stages featuring leading health fitness professionals, and exhibition sports and classes. The Main Stage features Sports Dietitians Susie Burrell and Amy Giannotti to share their top tips to enhance performance. The Airservices Arena features the Rob Forte Reebok Invitational for Australia's CrossFit champions, and the 2015 Sports Strength Challenge. The Les Mills Stage has previews of all of the latest fitness classes that you can take part in. Finally, the most popular area, the 'Celebrity & Expert Training Area' is where you can take part in classes run by Michelle Bridges, Commando Steve, Lindy Olsen & Max Philisaire.
Max 'The Body' Philisaire running challenging workouts for Expo visitors
Make sure you wear your workout gear so you can make the most of the classes, and try out all the latest equipment. And if your workout wardrobe needs an update, this is the perfect place. Popular brands Reebok, Lorna Jane, Skins and many more are all represented, and have lots of competitions and sales available for the duration of the Expo.
There are also lots of delicious health foods to sample and purchase. Natural muesli, Paleo bars, protein shakes, frozen healthy meals, coconut water and more. So make sure you bring your appetite!
Tickets are available online or at the Gate. (The queues for tickets were pretty long, so if you can, I'd suggest booking online.)
The Show Guide is available here, so you can plan your visit, and make sure you don't miss any of the exhibits. For more info, see event website.
If you're not in Melbourne, don't despair. The Expo is coming to Perth (11-13 September), Sydney (16-18 October) and Brisbane (24-25 October) later this year. Mark it in your diaries, and 'Like' the Facebook page to keep updated with news and ticket sales.
For more information on the innovative health and fitness ideas mentioned above, see these links: Milon (Biometric recognition training system) Versus Fitness ('Gamified' workouts using motion-sensor technology) Surfset Fitness (Full body workout on a dynamic surfboard on land) The Healthy Chef (Teresa Cutter's recipes, books and products)