Rethinking Health and Fitness with the BUF Girls


  This year, the first day of spring signaled the beginning of the Eden series of health and wellness masterclasses at the Canberra Centre. First up on our journey to improved wellbeing was a masterclass and group workout with the BUF Girls by Libby Babet, a gang of women who aim to help every woman live her best life. We had the pleasure of spending time with three of the five BUF Girls — Libby, Cass and Sian. Libby is a very busy lady, you may recognise her as a trainer on the Biggest Loser Transformed, as the resident personal… Continue Reading

Get Active at ANU FOR FREE!


  We all love exercise right? But not all of us have the dollars to attend as many classes as we might like, especially when you are a student. If you are studying at the Australian National University and want to get moving while also being able to pay your rent, we have found a free exercise class for every day in the Uni week from 19/2/18 – 29/3/18. All classes are run by ANU Sport. Find our more here.   So here is Free Fitness ANU Guide   Monday Les Mills RPM Location: ANU Fitness Centre, ICS Time: 7.30am… Continue Reading

Get Active in Canberra FOR FREE!


  We all love exercise right? But not all of us have the dollars to attend as many classes as we might like. If you live in Canberra and want to get moving while also keeping your wallet intact, we have found a free exercise class for every day in the week.   Monday Active X Training Location: Glebe Park Time: 12pm – 12:45pm Cost: Free Run by Live Life, Get Active Tuesday Active Boxing Location: Glebe Park Time: 12pm – 12:45pm Cost: Free Run by Live Life, Get Active Wednesday Active X Training Location: Glebe Park Time: 12pm –… Continue Reading

6th Position is Back for 2018


  When I think about ballet an expression my old dance teacher used to describe it always springs to mind. The Pink Dream. Contemporary dance has never enjoyed the mass appeal of its ballet cousin so the term, however apt, may have been intended as derisive. What draws little girls and boys to ballet as children is indeed that elusive pink dream: pink tights, pink shoes, pink tutu, all wrapped up in a pink bow of grace and beauty. Although I have danced since the age of four I somehow escaped the pink dream and instead chased what my brother and I now… Continue Reading

Leiden Podcast – Episode 1: A Rundown on FASHFEST


  What’s that? We have started a podcast? That’s right! Welcome to Leiden Podcast a fortnightly podcast discussing all our favourite things: fashion, beauty, health and fitness. But we don’t stop there, we also interview amazing people, talk about relationships, books, pop culture, money and sex. In our first episode we unpack our experience at Canberra’s fashion festival FASHFEST. Leiden editor Emma Batchelor chats with contributors Miriam Walsh and Cleo Pilcher about the fashion, the makeup, the music and highs and lows of the festival. Leiden Podcast and it’s catchy jingle is produced by the greatest guy around Roshan Fernandez.… Continue Reading

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

Inside the Cult of F45


  On the first day of my recent period of unemployment I joined my local F45 Training 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 confirmation email)… Continue Reading