Imagine yourself surrounded by people who share a vision, where fitness reigns and health is wealth. Motivation fills the air and inspiration is at every turn. Heroes of the sporting world collide with fitness enthusiasts to discover new and exciting sportswear, foods, workouts, lectures and equipment, all under one roof. Sounds pretty incredible doesn’t it?
And that’s before I’ve even mentioned .... ‘freebies!’
Grab a pen, have your diary at the ready, these events are not to be missed.
The London Health Show: 20th-21st January
The London Health show is on its way to Olympia in a matter of days and buyers and distributors from all over the UK have been split into 6 different sectors covering, Nutrition and Supplements, Sports and Fitness, Beauty and Anti-aging, Complementary health, Organic and Natural products and Healthcare equipment and Technology ready to descend on Olympia. Event hosts promise there will be over 120 exhibitors for its thousands of attendees to explore as well as workshops and live demonstrations. Special guests include Dr. Christian Jessen - best known for his work on Channel 4’s embarrassing bodies (although try and contain yourselves from whipping out any awkward illnesses, there's a time and a place for these things), Dr Leah Totton - Winner of BBC Apprentice 2013 and founder of Dr Leah Skin Care and Clinics and Shona Wilkinson head nutritionist at Nutri Care, amongst many others. Network with fitness professionals, grab some gear or you may even win a competition.
Cost: This one’s free, simply register online for a free pass. http://www.londonhealthshow.com/
The London Bike Show: 11th-14th February
The largest cycling exhibition in the UK is making its return to London's Excel this February. Whether you’re into road biking or mountain biking from cycling professionals to those of us who just cycle to and from work, there is something for everyone at the show.
This year for the first time the show will host ‘Air to the Throne’, a two-day competition which will see some of the world's best freestyle mountain bike riders perform mind-blowing tricks across the AT3 course to battle it out for a £10,000 prize. Joining them will be over 300 brands, plus one of the country’s most recognised Olympians, Sir Chris Hoy, who will be launching the latest bikes in his HOY range at the event. There will also be appearances from over 50 guest speakers including Chris Boardman MBE, who will be discussing all things cycling as well as showcasing the newest Boardman bikes.They’ll be tracks set up for both adults and children to take their wheels for a test spin and the world's only ‘pop-up’ street Velodrome for those cyclists who are a little braver.
Cost: A ticket will cost £15-19 depending on which day you decide to go, however, 1 ticket provides access to The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, Triathlon Show and the London International Dive Show, so there is a whole host of things to see and do!
Run Expo: 18th-20th March: Manchester
RunExpo challenges you to lace up for the biggest show in town. Based at Manchester’s Eventcity the show is for beginners and experienced runners alike. This is the ultimate festival of running with all the latest gear, celebrities and competitions. Leaders in the industry such as Nike, Ron Hill and USN are just some of the shows exhibitors who will be showcasing their newest releases. Plus, the legend that is Paula Radcliffe is attending the show on the 20th to help with the shows running event ‘Run Like A Legend’, which features an 800m track running through the heart of the Expo. 2000 runners will take part in their very own dream mile, designed to push you to ‘find your fast’ and hit a new Personal Best within Event City's walls. From Gait analysis to a live fashion show there is plenty to get involved with.
Be: FIT: 29 April-1st MAY: London
Who run the world? Girls. This is a health and fitness festival designed with women in mind, to empower and inspire. Over 3 days 15,000 female fitness enthusiasts will fill London's Business Design Centre to be greeted by fitness classes, cookery demonstrations, wellness experts and over 125 Brands exhibiting including Total yogurt, Women’s Health and, yours truly Sundried, plus many more being released closer to the event. Guests so far include Tara Stiles - Yoga instructor and founder of Strala Yoga, Madeleine Shaw - Nutritional health coach and online blogger and Honestly Healthy - Food lovers, providing recipes and meals based upon the Alkaline food principles. The event promises to keep you busy all day with classes by leading state of the art gyms such as Equinox and Gymbox, from Bootcamp to Yoga.The show is more than just freebies, it offers expertise you can take away to upgrade your lifestyle and make a positive and permanent healthy change.
Bodypower: 13th-15th May: Birmingham
This one’s the ultimate. The Comic Con of the fitness world. Bodypower is the most celebrated fitness event in the UK, held at Birmingham’s NEC. Over the course of 3 days over 90,000 fitness enthusiasts from all over the world join international stars, industry experts and exhibitioners, to witness national competitions, industry previews, seminars and discover hundreds of fitness-focused brands. Last year’s guests included Phil Heath - ‘The Gift’, bodybuilder and current Mr Olympia, Kai Greene - IFBB Bodybuilder, and Bill Kazmaier - former world champion powerlifter and strongman. Nearer to the event, the biggest names in the industry will confirm their attendance, from business professionals to competitors, athletes, nutritionists and models. Amongst the hundreds of fitness stands Bodypower also hosts a variety of competitions, from powerlifting to its very own ‘Fit Factor’ - the search for the next big fitness model, judging 50/50 on physique and ‘fit factor’ personality. Winners aspire to become the next Paige Hathaway or Steve Cook (both of whom should be at this year’s show). Returning for it’s second year is also the shows ‘Transformation Challenge’.Across 17 weeks from January until the show in May, over 2000 entrants of all shapes and sizes will transform their diet and bodies, supporting each other through the competitions own online community. The winners are announced on the Saturday and will become sponsored athletes for a global fitness company. Other prizes include a free photo shoot, online personal training, meat hampers, supplements, food prep and the best of fitness clothing. If your New Year's goal is to shape up, why not add some fuel to the fire and enter yourself now? Bodypower Expo encapsulates everything positive about fitness. Surround yourself with people who inhale motivation and exhale protein (literally!). Float in a sea of muscle. This place is a breeding ground for future talent.
Cost: £25 - £99
Now the dates marked on your calendar, the countdown begins. See you there!