If you follow me on Instagram will you be well aware that last Saturday I had attended Balance Festival – the biggest health and fitness festival in the UK, where you can not only discover the latest nutritional deliciousness but hear from experts panels of wellbeing experts and take part in the most insane fitness classes that the UK has to offer.
While I know many of you were following my stories, I thought I would give you a rundown of exactly what it was like, and which classes I chose.
I went on my lonesome, as my methods of persuasion were ineffective on my friends, who knew that I would probably want to put them through the most torturous classes. Which to be honest, they weren’t wrong about.
While I could have definitely added a few more to my agenda, I’m glad I didn’t go mad, as I think my body is only just recovering.
For the day, I chose the following fitness classes;
Triyoga (45 minutes)
A perfect way to warm-up my body in the morning, this was a blissful yoga class that mainly worked through vinyasa flows along with a few poses. It definitely got me prepared and focussed for the day ahead.
Boom Cycle (30 minutes)
I’m not going to lie when I say this was the most insane spin class I have ever been to, but it was so worth it.
Spinning in a disco environment certainly distracted me from the pain, but then they introduce the weights. And yes, before I knew it I was spinning while lifting these little weights that pinch at your muscles.
Agony, but my word did I feel like superwoman afterwards.
Xtend Barre (30 minutes)
This class is a blend of dance, pilates, and ballet. In my head, I thought this would be quite a gentle class. And while it certainly wasn’t as fast-paced as Boom Cycle, it instead gave you moves aimed to reallyl hone in on those core areas, so I soon felt the pinch of my muscles screaming at me.
Method Movement (30 minutes)
Again another unexpected class of pain. Method Movement was a style of circuit training, so there were set movements and exercises specifically aimed at the glutes.
All I can say about this class is “ouch!”. The targeted movements really made my muscles pinch and you could feel the activation right away.
For those that love doing isolated areas of the body, this class would be perfect for you.
In terms of the event itself, I have to admit that I got a little nervous beforehand for a number of reasons. First of all, my fitness levels have slipped dramatically this year due to so many changes happening in my life, which meant I was petrified of not being able to complete a class or die during one. And second all, because I was slightly worried that it would be filled with athletic adonis’s who would make me feel a little inferior.
But despite all these apprehensions, I survived the classes with only two days of achy soreness afterwards, and the entire event was a complete celebration of fitness with men and women of all shapes and sizes attending and just doing what we all love – making ourselves a hot and sweaty mess.
So, if you’re in doubt about attending, rest assured you will have an amazing time. Even I did, and I was on my own!
I would also suggest to try and purchase VIP tickets, not just for the goodie bag, but also because you get to skip the huge queue first thing in the morning.
In regards to the food I ate and items purchased. I had the most delicious Chicken Coconut Curry for lunch from Sano-To-Go, which was the perfect balance of brown rice, greens and protein to help me refuel after a full morning of exercise.
The only items I walked away with was an Abundance Rituals Kit from The Owl and The Apothecary and a new yoga mat from Yogi Bare. But with so many incredible brands such as FIT and Flexx there, it was definitely difficult to keep my bank balance in check.
Overall after the entire experience, I would definitely go again, and after having a hiatus from fitness for so long it’s helped me find my motivation again and realise exactly why I love exercise – because it’s the most natural way to get high on life!
If you’re considering attending next year you can find out more information here, and if you went I’d love to know what you thought in the comments below.