This Week in Fitness – 16 February

Everything you need to know about the local fitness scene. What’s happening right up to what’s new and what’s hot (and what’s not!)  Join me every week as I give you the industry wrap up, news and reviews of events and new products. 

Burn Away those V-Day Calories

Fitness Magazine Hosts it’s First Fitness Event, the #FitAffair 1.0


Jozi #FitnessFans are in for a treat with the first Fitness Magazine event being hosted this Saturday, 17 February at Glenburn Lodge in Muldersdrift, Johannesburg. Simone Jacobs will lead the bodyweight bootcamp and resistance bands workouts, with local fitness celebrity and presenter Stacey Holland keeping everyone motivated.

Attendees can expect two great, calorie-busting workouts, fantastic goodie bags for the first 200 participants per session, and spot prize giveaways from sponsors USN, FitBit, Guvon HotelsBody Conscious Gym and Body20. There will also be live EMS demos and a variety of exhibitions on the day, making for a fun-filled, exciting day out with your fit bestie.

Limited tickets are still available at www.fitnessmagshop.com

Follow me on Instagram for all the behind-the-scenes,  and the official hashtag, #FitAffair, for the excitement and fun of the day.

Get Confident! 

adidas Unveils Evolved UltraBOOST and UltraBOOSt X Silhouettes

Just as you thought adidas had done it all, they launch yet another new product: the updated ultraBOOST and ultraBOOST X, designed to push the boundaries of running technology to provide the ultimate running experience. Fusing the past and future, as well as adidas’ most advanced technologies, the new silhouettes are engineered for unparalleled movement, precision and fit.

To support the new footwear, adidas Running presents Energy From The Ground Up – a campaign designed to celebrate the raw, unfiltered emotions and energy of a runner’s journey, before, during and after they run. Featuring global sports talent including South African pro-distance runner Dominique Scott-Efurd, sprinter Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and ambassador Adrienne, both from the UK, the campaign aims to inspire runners with the confidence and inspiration to run to rise. 

UltraBOOST and UltraBOOST X retail at R2999, and will be available on www.adidas.co.za and in stores from 28th February.

Follow the conversation on Instagram and Twitter using #UltraBOOST.

Get Ready to RUMBLE

Virgin Active Launches RUMBLE classes

If you’ve ever wanted to step into the ring and train like a professional boxer, with none of the bumps and bruises, now’s your chance!

In March, Virgin Active is launching Rumble, a boxing-inspired group training session that offers a full-body workout and a chance to release some tension.

Rumble is a brand new form of fun, high energy boxing that works to improve overall fitness and stamina through a total-body, calorie burning workout. Rumble was developed by national kickboxing coach and undefeated former SA Professional Bantam & Featherweight Kickboxing Champ Josh Cassius Cloete. Rumble enables members to train like boxers without taking any contact. It consists of a 60-minute workout over nine rounds of skipping, jabbing and punching that will blast away 700 calories!

Over the past year, boxing has made its way back into the mainstream, inspiring the likes of Gigi Hadid and Adriana Lima to step into the square ring.

Rumble will be available at 70 Virgin Active health clubs countrywide.

Find your closest Rumble class here: www.virginactive.co.za

Vegan Pizza? Yes, please!

Col’Cacchio Adds Vegan Pizza to the Menu

With the rise in popularity of the vegan lifestyle, it’s expected that restaurants would alter their menus to accommodate vegans.  

Col’Cacchio, the popular Italian-inspired franchise known for its gourmet thin-base wood-fired pizzas, hearty pasta and crispy fresh salads, continues to lead the way in food innovation, constantly introducing new menu items that cater for changing dietary requirements.

Co-founder Kinga Baranowska is behind the menu development at Col’cacchio, and says that their focus on fresh ingredients has made it easy to adapt to the changing needs of their customers.

“Because we use only the freshest ingredients and make everything in-house, we know exactly what goes into every pizza base, each sauce and every dressing for our salads. This control has made it relatively easy for us to develop low-carb, gluten-free and now vegan options while maintaining the flavourful taste combinations that Col’cacchio is so well-known for,” she said. The nut-based cheese used on the vegan pizza is also suitable for the lactose and casein intolerant customer.

I, for one, am excited to get my vegan pizza-fix on!

Train for Your Brain

Research Shows that Exercise Improves Brain Health

Exercising keeps us healthy, fit, and strong physically, there’s no doubt about that. But have you thought about what impact exercise has on your mental state and your brain itself? 

Scientists and researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Centre have more evidence that exercise improves your brain health. In fact, their research suggests that the lower your fitness levels, the weaker the nerve fibres in your brain, which could lead to dementia.

So if you’re ever struggling to get motivated to get to the gym or get your workout in, remember: do it for your brain. 

Buddy Up!

Take Your Bestie for a Free Training Session at Virgin Active

Working out is so much easier when you have someone motivating you, right? Bring your gym buddy to your Virgin Active club to train with you this weekend (17 & 18 February), and get sweaty together! 

*Non-members must present their IDs to sign in. 


Author: Tanja Schmitz

Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.

Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You'll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.