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Cityscape Wellbeing & Fitness
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Cityscape taps into the latest fitness and health trends to rock your most stunning summer yet. CROSSING OVER Wondering how Channing Tatum and the cast of Magic Mike got so ripped? It’s all about the CrossFit, says CrossFit Trailblazer’s Kyp Kotzikas. Putting stock in strength and endurance – aerobics this ain’t – CrossFit is all about measurable, observable, and repeatable results. Tackling a combination of lifting heavy objects, body weight movements, and monostructural-based cardio activities such as running, rowing, or jumping rope, CrossFitters are put through a series of exercises in a certain amount of time and the results are epic! What’s more, leveraging group dynamics, the bootcamp-style workouts create a super-competitive yet super-supportive space, and sees everyone digging in and achieving their goals. www.crossfittrailblazer.com NATURAL BEAUTY Beauty ingredient of the moment active charcoal has a long history of medicinal use; its millions of pores can bind harmful agents and prevent their absorption...
Cityscape Wellbeing & Fitness
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My grip on the steering wheel is whitening my knuckles. I should be unrolling a yoga mat about now and bracing myself for enlightenment at Grassroots Yoga & Health, but in classic ‘you know you’re from Christchurch when …’ style, I’m trapped in gridlock after encountering a second road works pop-up.The 12-minute drive edges over the 25-minute mark as I pull into The Tannery car park, then dash up the stairs two-at-a-time to the studio.Inside I can feel my city-stressed shoulders immediately start to drop in the calming and quiet Zen space. I’m literally breathing in the serenity as the natural sedative of incense and therapeutic oils filling the air combines to create the perfect remedy to quiet buzzing minds and slow traffic-jacked heart rates. I kick off my shoes under the ‘tree of gratitude’ mural.The genius of husband and wife duo Katie and Berin Turner, Grassroots’ crowd-funded beginnings (larger...
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Walking up to the double doors of the Heritage Christchurch is a treat in itself. I may be a long way from the Mediterranean, but the grandeur of the Italian High Renaissance Palazzo gives what’s left of Cathedral Square some much-needed character. As I walk under one of the magnificent stone arches, a golden handrail guides me up the steps and into an historic slice of the city.Located in the tranquil luxe of this hotel is the multi-award winning oasis of wellbeing that is the Heritage Health Club. As I head downstairs the frosted glass door opens and owner Ken Mackwell welcomes me with a tour of the club’s stunning facilities.Once changed into my lycra, I make a beeline for the treadmill, and notice a member being put through their paces by one of the club’s personal trainers as I insert my headphones, ready for my favourite work-out beats. I...
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With Alice Stolpe, Les Mills Personal Trainer Looking to burn more fat in your workout? High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), the fitness industry buzzword du jour, could be your salvation. Alternating between periods of short intense exercise and recovery, HIIT trains your body to adapt to greater stimulus. While working at a higher level of intensity than what it is accustomed to, the body uses its anaerobic system (without oxygen) to operate off of the energy stored in the muscles as its main source of energy. This creates lactic acid. During the rest phase, your lungs and heart work to breakdown the lactic acid while simultaneously working to return oxygen levels back to a resting state. At this level of intense training, your body will be changing carbohydrates into energy and burning even more calories post-workout in order to return to baseline levels, compared with longer, low intensity workouts. Remember, your...
Cityscape Lifestyle
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An iconic marker in Kiwi cycling, Scotty Browns Bike Emporium chalks up 21 years of owning the Christchurch scene in November. Helmed by formidable local cycling legend and noted philanthropist Scotty Brown himself, the Emporium is a cyclist's dream store and veritable wall-to-wall showcase of the planet’s best bikes (think Santa Cruz, Carrera, Pinarello, Cervélo …), offering bespoke one-of-a-kind über-spec'd custom creations for beginners through to elite athletes, as well as the latest accessories (including an Oakley Custom Lab), clothing, and products dropped on the daily, with industry-leading servicing to boot. Working to the mantra ‘service and passion’, hyper-experienced cycle-mad staff make no apologies for being the best and ensuring that customers are never left wanting more – that’s just how they roll! Ride On! Can’t think of a reason to start cycling? Here’s five guaranteed to get you pushing the pedals. Wind back the clock Regular cycling can protect skin...
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New Zealand’s largest indoor RPM® cycling event The Crank is making its way to Christchurch in 2014 for the first time. Indoor cycling’s big day will take place at Les Mills on Cashel Street on Friday the 8th of August, with teams of 6 and 12 riders raising money for youth cancer charity CanTeen by riding 40 RPM® bikes. Offering both a 6 and 12-hour challenge, would-be entrants are encouraged to decide how long they want to be in the saddle for and get a team ready for some serious riding! A $45 (+gst) entry fee per team member per hour covers the cost of the event and fundraising, but in order to kick the fundraising up a notch participants are being challenged raise $100 each with the proceeds going towards educational, psychosocial and recreational activities aimed to support, develop and empower young people in New Zealand living with cancer. Organisers...
Cityscape Lifestyle
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Christchurch dance enthusiasts have something to get excited about with the arrival of REMAP. A new, independent organisation put together by local dance artists Julia Harvie, Erica Viedma and Paul Young, REMAP is being supported by the Christchurch City Council and the Canterbury Community Trust in its mission of bolstering the Christchurch dance community. REMAP focuses on developing inclusive, open level classes, workshops and events that integrate the larger arts community through communal practice. No matter your age or skill level, if you’re a dance enthusiast, it’s worth having a look to see what they are offering. They’re running adult movement classes and workshops at Hagley Community College throughout 2014 and welcome casual attendance, as well as offering 10-class and unlimited class discounts for the dedicated.Julia, Erica and Paul are award winning Christchurch contemporary dancers, choreographers and teachers, and have all worked with some of New Zealand's leading choreographers as well...
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While the jury is still out on the long-term benefits of slipping off the trainers and jogging down to Starbucks sans footwear (just as early man must surely have done), barefoot running has plenty of advocates, and Ethiopian Abebe Bikila certainly didn’t need shoes to win the Olympic marathon gold in 1960. The main idea behind this athletic trend is to reduce repetitive stress injuries in your joints that can stem from landing with “heavy heels”, instead concentrating on landing each stride towards the middle or front part of the foot. If you want to give it a go now that the weather’s warm enough that you don't have to worry about frozen pinkies, here are a few tips: Reset your odometer – you might be used to daily 5km runs at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can suddenly take on a 5km run without shoes tomorrow. Start things...
Cityscape Events
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Cityscape scopes out winter's filthiest workout. Sitting somewhere between a hangover cure, ultimate workout and an extreme beauty treatment gone wrong, this winter's Mud Sweat & Tears is likely to test your mettle.Sure, crawling through cold mud under a galaxy of barbed wire, clomping through muddy marshes, clambering over horse jumps, scaling a hay bale pyramid and tumbling down mud slides doesn't sound like the swellest way to spend a chilly Sunday morning, but there's no denying its killer cardio credentials. Notorious for testing every muscle, bone and ounce of willpower, mud runs combine crazy fun times with numerous health benefits. "The idea is to challenge everybody," says Mud Sweat & Tears director Vaughan Utteridge, "from the über fit through to the couch potatoes." Challenging both mind and body the 5-kilometre course (10km if you do two laps), which took two months to assemble, can take from 30 minutes to an...
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Cyclists from around Canterbury, New Zealand and Australia are set to converge on Christchurch in October once again for the annual 5 Passes cycling tour, now in its 12th year. The 5-day cycling tour combines training, racing and Canterbury’s spectacular scenery in a unique sporting challenge. An increasingly popular event, 5 Passes draws participants from as far away as the United Kingdom, and is already on target to selling out again this year. Travelling from Christchurch through to Hanmer Springs, then over the Lewis Pass through to Greymouth before returning back to Christchurch via Arthurs and Porters Pass, participants take in some of Canterbury’s most majestic natural sights while challenging themselves to conquer the five passes on the route – Weka Pass, Lewis Pass, Rahu Saddle, Arthur’s Pass and Porter’s Pass. At the end of the 5 days, riders have covered 600 kilometres. Each day of the tour is broken...