This week in Fitness – 27 April

mariskaEverything 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. 


Hit the trails, for free on Fridays

biogenBiogen – one of SA’s leading supplement and wellness brands – is doing its bit to promote a healthier lifestyle and get more people moving with the launch of #RideFreeFridays.

The initiative offers free entry to the Biogen Sports Park @ Avianto, Muldersdrift, every Friday to all mountain bikers and trail runners, starting from Friday 27 April.

Read more, here.


New generation Virgin Active hits SA

Virgin Active South Africa has just opened the doors of its next-generation flagship club, Loftus.

The 3500m2 fitness club incorporates many new design concepts but the changes are more than skin deep.

Created with international wellness trends like functional training and immersive exercise experiences in mind, Loftus has a lot of new bells and whistles:

  • The newly-launched Rumble, a non-contact group boxing class, choreographed to a thumping soundtrack.
  • A bespoke HEAT studio, home to a 30-minute functional training calorie blaster.
  • Suspension Yoga, which is a combination of yoga, Pilates, and aerial acrobatics, performed with the aid of a hammock suspended from the ceiling.
  • Dedicated Pilates studio with Reformer beds.
  • The latest generation of cardio machines like SKILLMILLS, SkiErgs, and Assault Airbikes.

Loftus will also offer a huge range of well-known classes like yoga, Pilates, Ride, with new classes in the pipeline, including a very hush-hush cycling proposition slated for release near the middle of the year.

A strong focus of the new club is children and families. Loftus includes a first-of-its-kind Family Studio, allowing parents to exercise with their children. Cushioned floors, functional training tool, climbing rigs, softboxes, and light weights make the perfect playground for families to get moving together.


adidas releases AlphaBOUNCE Beyond

We’ve got serious shoe-envy. adidas recently launched the AlphaBOUNCE Beyond, a silhouette built to enable athletes to break beyond their potential and experience limitless performance.

Fusing progressive design, leading functionality and aesthetics (no surprise here), the silhouette is designed for athletes who dominate the game and use running as a training tool to become the best on the field.

Engineered for power, speed and conditioning, the AlphaBOUNCE Beyond incorporates adidas’ most innovative technologies and materials which combine to provide three key benefits for athletes: fit, feel and transition.

The AlphaBOUNCE Beyond has a retail price of R1599 and is available on adidas and in stores from 5th April 2018. Follow the conversation on Instagram and Twitter using #AlphaBOUNCE.


 Fitness on the go

Ever wanted to pack your entire gym outfit into a small bag and have it with you at all times? Well, now you can!

The Nike Women’s Training 24 x 24 pack includes a jacket, tank, bra and shorts, all of which pack into the jacket. In an effort to use lightweight cooling materials that were still performance-ready and durable, Nike women’s training designers turned to woven fabrics, which are lighter and typically stronger than knit materials typically used in T-shirts.

It also includes shoes that complete the look. Together, the five pieces weigh just 24 ounces (0.6kg) and provide lightweight, breathable training product in a simple-to-stash way, making it easier to get active whenever wherever.

The 5-piece pack includes the Nike dry training jacket, Nike flex training tank, Nike indy breathe sports bra Nike flex bliss training shorts and the Nike free TR Flyknit 3. 

The full Nike Women’s Training 24 x 24 pack will be available May 2 on nike.com and at select retail locations. 

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.