Strength Training with Base Body Babes and the Australian Strength Coach


  The Canberra Centre’s home of health and wellbeing, Eden, is back for its second year and with it has come a series of master-classes focused on health, fitness and wellness. We recently popped along to learn all about strength training with one half of the Base Body Babes, Felicia Oreb, and The Australian Strength Coach, Sebastian Oreb. The husband and wife team, together with Felicia’s sister Diana, own Base Gym North Sydney, Base Body Studio and Base Fuel Wholefoods Café. Felicia and Diana, both personal trainers, focus on training women through a combination of strength and circuit style resistance… Continue Reading

My F45 8 Week Challenge Diary Part 2 – The Big Reveal


  As you all know from my incessant instagram-storying I have been doing the F45 8-Week Challenge. If you missed out on why I have signed up for this rather full on exercise and nutrition challenge you can catch up here. I have been keeping a diary throughout my ordeal (sorry, I really did mean to say joyous experience) on the off chance that anyone who reads this feels inspired to take part next time and wants a thorough understanding of what is involved.   Week Five After being rather naughty nutrition wise the weekend before in Sydney, I was… Continue Reading

My F45 8 Week Challenge Diary Part 1


  As you all know I am doing the F45 8-Week Challenge. If you missed out on why I have signed up for this rather full on exercise and nutrition challenge you can catch up here. I have been keeping a diary throughout my ordeal (sorry, I really did mean to say joyous experience) on the off chance anyone who reads this feels inspired to take part and wants a thorough understanding of what is involved.   The Lead Up I started at my local F45 studio three weeks before the Challenge started and from the get go there were… Continue Reading

Inside the Cult of F45


  On the first day of my recent period of unemployment I joined my local F45 Fitness studio. The F stands for Functional and the 45 for forty-five minutes of bloody hard work. I had heard of F45, of course, as I’m sure most of you have. A lot of my friends either already go or wish they did: but my choice was made, rather lazily, by its proximity to my house (a five minute walk). I rolled up on my first morning in very old exercise gear and without a towel (I somehow missed that in my conformation email)… Continue Reading

Five Ways to Take Your Workout to the Pool


  Are you sick of the same old gym workouts and classes but still want a great workout to blast the calories? With the weather heating up there is no better time to get into the pool with a new kick butt workout routine. With water being a great exercise tool you will learn the benefits of aquatic training and I am sure I will have you questioning why you didn’t think of getting in the pool earlier! Before we get into the exercises I’d like to tell you two fun facts about water that you may not know. Why… Continue Reading

6th Position – A Dance Studio For Adults


  Not only is taking a dance class a great way exercise, it has got to be one of the most fun ways there is to break a sweat.  So attention Canberra, there is a new dance studio in town for adults and it launches next week. We caught up with founder of 6th Position Gen Chan to get all the goss.   Leiden: What is 6th Position? Gen: It is the parallel position of your feet – but it is also Canberra’s newest ADULT dance studio!   L: What classes do you offer? G: We offer classes for adults… Continue Reading

Aerial Fitness – A womenCANplay-organised Event


  After attending the launch of womenCANplay in October and being inspired by co-founders Hannah Massingham and Billi McCarthy-Price to join this awesome network of active Canberra women, I was lucky enough to attend one of their recent Give It A Go events. The activity: aerial fitness. The participant: an uncoordinated and inflexible 22 year old female (yours truly). Challenge accepted. womenCANplay organised the Give It A Go session at Aerial Sports Canberra, located in Mitchell, Canberra. On arrival I was welcomed by Hannah and Billi as well as the founder and head instructor of the studio, Cher Albretch. I… Continue Reading

Cool Your Jets Post Exercise – Why You Should Cool Down


  So now that you understand why it’s important to bust a move before you bust a sweat (Warm-up), it’s also important to understand a cool-down post exercise. A cool down is equally important as the warm-up.   5 Important facts about a cool down: The cool down brings the body back to homeostasis (when our internal body seeks balance and equilibrium). Blood flow and breathing rates return to preconditioning levels. Allows for psychological recovery from the session. A debrief can be a useful tool to talk about goals and performance. This is particularly useful if you are working out… Continue Reading