This weekend saw the annual Balance Festival at The Old Truman Brewery in London and myself and a couple of friends headed down to the Sunday session for some yoga, HIIT and (most important if I'm honest) freebies.
I've done a few fitness festivals and I have to admit this was one of the best so far. I made my money back almost instantly with the free samples being handed out in the market place. On the way in I decided I needed to buy vegan milk but came away with two free (full size) cartons (ka-ching!) We sampled enough energy bars, vegan cookies and protein powders to sink a ship. So much so that I was slightly worried it all might make a sudden reappearance as we headed to our first class; the notorious Barrys Bootcamp. Loved by celebrities and city workers alike, I'd heard a lot about Barrys. It wasn't quite what I expected but after 30 minutes of weights and treadmill intervals I can safely say I had a sweat on. I spent 5 minutes in the loo's drying my top under the hand dryer as I hadn't thought to bring a change with me!
Next up we took on F45 Training a circuit style class that consists of three pods of three exercises. You rotate through each pod four times repeating each exercise for 40 seconds. I teach Metafit and can honestly say I dread a 40 second rep, its so long!!!
The instructors however, were fantastic joining in on many exercises to get us through the pain and after 45 minutes of plank punches, frog squats, Bosu burpees and medicine ball squat jumps we were done! And I mean done, cooked, finished... I loved it.
I still haven't walked properly since.
We then headed over for some Tri-Yoga for bad backs where we leasrnt some fantastic stretches for hips and back which were a huge relief after the previous class. I tried some out with my Pilates crew today and they all went down a treat. Laying with a yoga block wedged into your glutes was one of my faves although I think I held my breath the whole time. Tip: Always breathe.
The class was led by Yoga Instructor Petra Mitidieri and you can find tutorials on her website www.petrayoga.co.uk. I highly recommend you check her out if you suffer with a bad back.
After this we browsed stalls of clothes, food and Pilates equipment all with huge discounts. Its a great place to shop for all things fitness.
We were there for about six hours in total and we left laden with goody bags and purchases all cradled on very very tired bodies.
If you're looking for a fitness festival Balance Festival would have to be one of the best value for money tickets and I really recommend you check it out next year when it returns.
Some of my favourite brands form the show include:
Bumblezest drinks- www.bumblezest.co.uk
Free Soul Protein Powders- Specifically for women and full of vitamins and flavour www.herfreesoul.com
Escape and Bake-Literally the best raw, vegan snickers bar and many other dairy free sweet treats www.escapeandbake.com