The other weekend I went to the Fitpro exhibition at the Excel in London. It was a strange morning as I was on my high fat diet plan and at that point had not quite kicked into burning fat for fuel as such even walking round the handful of stands they had there was exhausting – there was no way I could do any of the classes on offer. This was a bit of a problem as what I didn’t realise about FitPro is you’re supposed to go for two whole days and jump about trying stuff. The other disadvantage of this was, because everyone else was jumping about trying stuff, it was really, really loud in there and so I couldn’t hear half of what the exhibitors I did get to chat to were saying to me. As such I didn’t come away with as many new stories as I thought I was going to but I did spot a few new fun things there. Here’s my fave five….
1) Bosu Classes
You know Bosu Balls – they’re those half balls that sit in the corner of your gym that no-one really uses. Well that’s probably going to change as it seems a wave of Bosu classes are coming. I watched one called Double Up, Double Down which saw people doing squats and various other seriously wobbly moves as part of an organised class and it looked pretty tough. The day before there had also been a class called 3D-Extreme which has already launched in the US but is now enroute to us here in Blighty. This one combines the same wobbly moves but with an element of teamwork. Seriously check it out below – there’s a lot of concentration going on. I reckon you burn about 1000 calories in brain power just trying to workout how the heck you’re going to stay upright while jumping on these things.
2) Resistance Running
I caught a glimpse of this as part of a class being run by top US trainer Todd Durkin. The idea is simple, you are attached round the waist to another runner who tries to hold you back as you run against them. This strengthens your legs and increases fitness as you have to work harder to move. I know it’s not super new but I’d never seen it used in a class environment before only outside on things like bootcamps. Durkin was using it as a part of a circuit training plan, using short very short distances (no more than 15m I would guesstimate) – and apparently short distances are the best way to do this approach. I can see lots of other trainers starting to integrate it into classes accordingly. I was trying to get a picture from Fitpro of this but it hasn’t turned up (and this post is seriously late enough), so here, have my graphic representation of what it looks like until it does!
I missed my calling as an artist. I’m aware of that.
I’ve had my eye on this for a while but it seems they’re about to go fully nationwide now. Choreographed rave classes complete with glow sticks, lasers and disco lighting – done in a dark room so no-one can see me going the wrong way or just giving up on the choreography and doing my best ‘big fish, little fish, cardboard box’ and waving my glow sticks like a I just don’t care. It sounds awesome – look………
You’ll find details of classes – including the pop up classes theyre running soon at clubbercise.com. I admit I’m tempted by the one on August 31st.
Ever bought a full set of dumbells? Pain in the butt to keep round the house aren’t they. This snazzy little gizmo though is a square block that you lift in the same way as a dumbell, but it has a pin system allowing you to make it heavier or lighter – one lifty thing, loads of different weights, one small area needed to put them in. Excellent. Find them for home use at fitness-mad.com
5) Natural Sports Food Bars
I didn’t get to eat these at the show but they gave me a couple to try and I can state that really nice they are too. A tasty mix of coconut, nuts and berries, their USP is that they are a high protein, low GI, low sugar, ketogenic snack bar. Racking up about 156 calories each and with 5g of protein they’re really tasty. They also do a high-protein, low-carb food delivery service that looks very interesting. See more at naturalsportsfood.com
So there you have it – my fave things at Fitpro. Which sounds most fun to you?