• Sundried Southend Triathlon 2018

    Sundried Southend Triathlon 2018

    The exciting sport of triathlon is returning to Southend On Sea in Essex for its second year on Sunday the 17th of June 2018!

    The Sundried Southend Triathlon is a sprint distance race with a 750m open water swim in the Thames Estuary, 20k pancake flat cycle along the seafront promenade, and speedy 5k run around the local Parkrun route. This race promises searingly fast times as it is the flattest triathlon you'll find, making it perfect for seasoned pros who want a PB as well as beginners who are looking for a friendly course. 

    For its inaugural event in May 2017, the race was a roaring success and attracted nearly 3,000 people to the buzzing seaside hub of Southend On Sea. Over 100 of the athletes were first-time triathletes, showing how this event encouraged more people to take up sport in the local area and take on a new challenge. For 2018, there will be 600 competitors instead of 300, meaning we expect up to 5,000 cheering fans and spectators! It promises to be a huge day, with support from local running experts Runner's Edge, bike fitting and turbo competitions from Cycles UK, and wet suit hire and expert swim advice from Tri N Swim Well. 

    Sundried Southend Triathlon Marshal

    Additional to this, there will be support from local gyms including DW Fitness Thorpe Bay, David Lloyd Southend, Fusion Lifestyle Southend, and Virgin Active Thundersley. The gym staff and personal trainers will be providing expert training advice, warm ups, and cool downs for all athletes. To spoil the racers even further, there will be smoothies provided by The Honestly Good Smoothie Company and goody bags featuring treats from Oppo Ice Cream and Pulsin Healthy Snacks. 

    The entire event is in aid of Havens Hospices who provide end-of-life care for adults and children in Essex. The event is also proudly sponsored by Pinnacle Mortgage Centre.

    There are still spaces available, so sign up now on the Southend Triathlon website!

    For training advice, check out the following articles written by expert coaches, trainers, and triathletes:

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    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Free To Attend Fitness Expo on Brighton Seafront

    Brighton and Hove Triathlon Cycling Bike

    This September the Brighton and Hove Triathlon will be taking place for the first time, in the heart of the buzzing city. Featuring an exhilarating sea swim, a closed road cycle route, and a fast and flat run along the promenade, the triathlon is set to be the biggest closed road triathlon in the South East.

    In addition to the closed road triathlon being held on Brighton seafront on September 11th, organisers have launched Brighton’s first free to attend Sport and Fitness Show running alongside the race on Hove Lawns.

    The weekend festival of sport provides entertainment for all the family with a main stage packed with fitness classes and several ‘Have a Go’ activities such as a ski and snowboard slope, Go Ape Segway adventure, Athletes Gym courtesy of Innocent Coconut Water, QuidditchUK coaching, Archery Tag, Bubble Football, a yoga tent, Calisthenics rig and much more!

    Open Water Sea Swim Brighton Sussex Triahtlon

    Event Manager Josie Pether says, “We wanted to create a show where triathletes can bring their entire family for a fun day out. The show is packed with free activities for adults and children as well as a shopping village with quality exhibitors”.

    Over 40 exhibitors are confirmed so far including Linwoods, Innocent, Mango Bikes, BMW, Bike Tart, High Roller, High5, Zone3, Travel Bag, Sundried Clothing, Beet It, Little Miracles, Massage Tech, Heck Sausages and much more.

    Zumba Fitness is sending their UK Master Trainer to run fitness classes over the weekend and visitors will also find Les Mills classes, Ballet Fit, Karate, British Military Fitness, Strongman competition and more exciting classes.

    Alongside the many nutrition based exhibitors, food is being served by Brighton’s much loved Street Diner, post-race the hungry participants can expect mouth-watering dishes from a selection of well-vetted traders serving the world’s most popular dishes, as well as a few beers!

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  • Wimbledon Tennis Championships

    Wimbledon finals tennis championships

    Wimbledon is a globally recognised tennis tournament held in London, England and attracts celebrities and sports fans alike to watch world-class athletes battle for the title of Wimbledon Tennis Champion.

    What date is Wimbledon 2018?

    The annual tennis championships held at Wimbledon will run from Monday 2nd July 2018 until Sunday 15th July 2018. 

    The tennis championship at Wimbledon is one of four international Grand Slam tournaments, the other three being the Australian Open, the French Open, and the US Open.

    The Australian Open was held from 15th January to 28th January 2018, the French Open took place 27th May to 10th June and the US Open is the last to take place chronologically, being held 27th August to 11th September. 

    Wimbledon location

    The Wimbledon tennis tournament is held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, a district of south west London in England, UK. The courts are all grass and played mostly outdoors, although some of the courts have roofs which can be activated in the case of bad weather. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tennis event still held on grass courts.

    The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is a private members' club and was founded in the summer of 1868 when the then-popular game of croquet was at its peak. The game of lawn tennis had only been introduced in England a year earlier and a single lawn of the club was set aside for this new game. 

    Ironically, the first ever winner of Wimbledon, Spencer Gore, is quoted as saying, "lawn tennis will never rank among our great games." Oh how wrong he was, as the annual tennis championship is now watched by nearly 7 million people around the world.

    The nickname SW19 is often applied to this event as this is the postcode (area code) associated with the geographic location of Wimbledon within London. 

    Roger Federer Wimbledon Tennis Championships Grand Slam

    Wimbledon winners

    As is the case every year, Serena Williams is the one to watch in the ladies' matches. Serena and her sister Venus are two of the most famous female sportspeople in the world and are amazing role models for women around the world in this hugely male-dominated industry. Serena won her first major tennis championship in 1999 at the age of 19 and has gone on to win a record-breaking 23 Grand Slam titles over the course of her career.

    Her sister Venus has achieved 7 Grand Slam titles and has redefined the sport of tennis with her strength, determination, and pure grit. 

    Among the men, the top players are Swiss Roger Federer, Serbian Novak Djokovic, and Brit Andy Murray. Roger Federer is thought to be the highest earning tennis player thanks to his elusive sponsorship deals with Rolex, Credit Suisse, Moet & Chandon, as well as a new £230m deal with Uniqlo clothing, setting his net worth at roughly £343.5m.

    Why do players wear white at Wimbledon?

    Wimbledon is renowned for its strict rules and traditions. As an historically British event, it is always attended by the Royal family and it has a famously strict dress code for players.

    All players at Wimbledon's tennis tournament are required to wear all-white or at least almost all-white sports clothing. This dates back to when the Victorians believed white to look cleaner when the wearer is sweaty. It was particularly applied to women, as it was deemed unacceptable for a woman to be seen perspiring. 

    Players are allowed a single trim of colour on their clothing and are allowed a small amount of branding from pre-approved sponsors. 

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    How much is Wimbledon prize money?

    The total prize pot for Wimbledon 2018 has increased and it is announced to stand at £34 million.

    The men's and women's champions each win £2.25 million, an increase from £2.2 million last year.

    The Gentlemen’s Doubles and Ladies’ Doubles will meanwhile win £450k, an increase from £400k in 2017 and £350k the year before.

    The Mixed Doubles champions stand to earn £110k, an increase on the £100k handed out to the 2015, 2016 and 2017 winners.

    The History Of Wimbledon

    The Championships, Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world standing at 141 years old having started in 1877. The first ever Wimbledon event had only one game - the Gentleman's singles. It is now host to four junior and four invitation competitions alongside five main contests. 

    In 1967, this famous tennis tournament made history by being the first broadcast to ever be televised in colour. 

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  • Silent Disco Fitness - The Future of Outdoor Personal Training?

    Matt Boyles Wireless Fitness Silent Disco Fitness

    Hello, my name’s Matt Boyles, I’m a Personal Trainer based in South West London – I’m also proud to be a Sundried Ambassador. In addition to this, I run the Male FitWear Style Blog, Xythlete (www.instagram.com/XYthlete) but today I’m going to talk about my other company, Wireless Fitness.

    You might not know the name, but you’ve probably come across the concept in the last couple of years: silent disco fitness. You might even have seen us on Dragon’s Den 18 months ago…!

    Wireless Fitness Matt Boyles Dragons Den

    With my business partner Dom, we realised that fitness instructors needed to be able to run their music-based classes in the park, however, council noise restrictions mean you can’t just play music out loud via a speaker. So we took the best parts of silent discos (lots of people hearing the same music through wireless headphones), and made it better by adding a microphone to the transmitter, meaning that with our Wireless Fitness kit, instructors can now speak to their class and transmit music at the same time, in crystal clarity, without disturbing anyone nearby.

    Matt Boyles Sundried Ambassador Wireless Fitness Bootcamp London

    We sell the equipment to fitness instructors and boot camp owners who want to add a major USP to their classes in a cluttered market. We also sell lots of kits to Spin studios and gyms (often in residential areas) who have had, or are nervous about receiving noise complaints – once they use the equipment, it reduces the risk of being shut down by the council to 0. Our third main customers are instructors who are tired of paying £60 to hire a studio every time they want to teach: grab our kit, head outside and away you go – better still, they never have to turn away anyone from a full studio!

    As I’m a Personal Trainer and I love music – I really love music – it made sense for me to start running my own class with the kit as well… So I did!

    I curate amazing, themed playlists each week, covering musical themes such as animals, Easter, one-name musical icons (e.g. Cher, Coolio (!) Prince, Lorde, Rihanna, Madonna) and most recently, summer (and amazingly it didn’t rain during that class).

    As a nice extra benefit to attending the class, I send out the playlist each week, so the members can re-live it in their kitchens the next day!

    What I love about running the class is the energy I get back from the attendees. The class itself is a high energy mix of strength training, HIIT and a bit of endurance, so it really works you hard all over, however everyone always says the headphones distract you from the exhaustion, while simultaneously helping you work a bit harder – it’s win-win.

    We’ve got a great group of regulars now; it’s a really friendly bunch with no attitude, just supportive people enjoying getting fit in the sun with amazing music and my terrible puns.

    However, there is always space for a few more, if you would like to come down and try it out, it’s just £10 for the best hour of exercise in the UK – email me on matt@fitteryou.net if you’d like to know more beforehand.

    Mtt Boyles Cycling Wireless Fitness Outdoors Personal Training

    Posted by Alexandra Parren