Discovering Capoeira

As the Fitness Festival is just around the corner we decided to turn the spotlight towards something a bit different and that not many people will have heard about. So what would be more perfect than Capoeira, an activity that until very recently I couldn’t even pronounce, let alone take part in! One Monday evening, I was tasked to attend a class to see what it was all about – I think they knew it was a type of martial art which combines acrobatics with dance, and as I have no rhythm, who would be better to attend?

So, I went along to Portsmouth Academy for Girls and was slightly early so managed to catch a sneak peek as instructor Dori led the children’s class. The kids were performing a crab-like walk across the room and looked like they were having fun. It didn’t look too difficult so there was hope for me!

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Hollie Charles
From Good to Better.... here's our lowdown of the best Gyms in town!

Portsmouth is one of the most densely populated cities in Europe so it’s no surprise that with so many people (and potential customers), there's also a serious amount of gyms trying to lure us to sign-up. With the rise of the ‘budget gym', the gym industry has become polarized. But the decision isn’t as simple as low-cost and no frills versus the more bespoke and costly offerings. Joining the gym can be one of the best investments we ever make in ourselves. But when it comes to choosing a gym, there are many factors to consider including the opening times, price-point, location and convenience, the equipment on offer and facilities and of course, the atmosphere.

Here’s our pick of the best gyms to join in Portsmouth this Summer:

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The Misconception of (L)ooking (A)fter (N)umber (O)ne

When Neil told me he wanted to name our studio LANO (Look After Number One) my initial reaction was the same of most people; it’s selfish, it’s ‘not very yoga’, it lacks community spirit. But, as I embraced the name, embraced the ethos, I came to live and breathe the values it stands for. I started to notice my needs more, and how at times I was sacrificing these needs for others. I discovered that I needed to learn the art of looking after number one.

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Go Tri with Lauren Steadman and The Triathlon Trust

Take part in a free run-bike-run activity with the Triathlon Trust, that will be suitable for the whole family to take part in. This GoTri activity will involve a 300m run, before you put on a helmet and jump on your bike to complete an 800m ride. The tricky bit is always the final run and your wobbly legs will be tested as you complete the final 300m run to the finish.

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Fitness Festival x RNLI

In and around Portsmouth our volunteers and staff work hard to provide a rescue service through our Lifeboats and Lifeguards, educate children about water safety and implement safety campaigns to work towards cutting the number of preventable deaths by drowning in the area. The RNLI is run entirely on public donations and their kind generosity allows us to continue saving lives at sea.

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Crossing The Atlantic against all the odds!

The Fitness Festival exists to celebrate and inspire active and healthy lifestyles. We are proud that our free event is accessible to everyone and we create a platform that enables us to introduce people to new activities, new sports and inspirational guests. They don't come much more inspirational than Mark Gibson, Jon Lakin, Steve and Dan Baker, the four friends from Bristol who make up the Nuts Over The Atlantic team.

For the past two years, the team have been planning and training in preparation for their immense challenge - rowing The Atlantic Ocean in aid of The Movember Foundation. The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the premier event in ocean rowing. What's particularly remarkable is

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LUKE NEWTONFitness Festival
Race For Life Chop 30% off!

Cancer affects everyone around with every day approximately 130 people being diagnosed in the South East of some form of cancer. This adds up to a horrifying 49,100 sufferers a year.

So to help beat down these statistics, we decided to go for the chop and promote the entry promotion for mine and my team’s Race for Life events across the South.

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Golden Thread Ball raises £11,800
LUKE NEWTON
Island Feather Launch Horizon

After a successful 6 months since their launch, Island Feather have been working hard to push their boundaries, develop their products, and continue their mission to support others to find their freedom.

With an exciting year ahead Island Feather are proud to have brought a new exciting product to market to compliment the brand and capture their outdoor lifestyle.

Introducing … The Horizon Roof Top Tent

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LUKE NEWTONIsland Feather
Nuts Over The Atlantic.. nearly race ready!

The 3,000 nautical-mile race began from the inspiring thoughts and plans that Sir Chay Blyth had whilst he was rowing the Atlantic Ocean in 1966 with Jon Ridgeway. It was 92 days of battle against hurricanes, 50ft waves and a near starvation diet. It's no surprise then that more people have been into space, or climbed Everest than have rowed the Atlantic. It takes a certain kind of person to keep going when faced with blisters, salt rash, sharks and sleep deprivation.

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LUKE NEWTON
195 miles, 3 days, 6 sore legs & 3 sore bottoms for Pompey in the Community to raise funds for two new pedal wheelchair carriers.

Three staff from Pompey in the Community, the charitable foundation of Portsmouth FC, are looking to further support their fantastic disability & community cycling scheme thanks to the support of Larcomes Solicitors.

The Pompey in the Community disability cycling programme, Wheels for All has this year allowed over 200 people with multiple needs and disabilities to get active, get fit and experience the thrill of cycling.

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Festival Catch Ups: Pompey in the Community + The GSR

Pompey in the Community won the EFL Checkatrade Community Club of the Year Award for 2016/17 and works with thousands of children and adults in the Portsmouth and surrounding areas every week. Whether it’s the 10 miles, the 5k, 2.5k or 1.5k, it would be fantastic to see as many adults and youngsters as possible doing the run in a Pompey in the Community running top!

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LUKE NEWTON
Festival Catch Ups: Race Time

One of the most memorable images from the 2017 Fitness Festival was the huge inflatable Santa that took centre stage on Castle Field. "Why?" was the one question most asked on the day. Well, it was a nod to the Santa Fun Run which celebrates its 10th birthday on Sunday 3rd December. Four months on from the 2017 Fitness Festival, here's a run down of Believe and Achieve events you can still get involved with this year!

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LUKE NEWTON