Age is just a number

These inspirational individuals prove you can be fit and active at any age.

Jack Cowlishaw, 76  Jack, from Sheffield, is a keen runner and he recently signed up to his eighth 10k race in a row. He also regularly competes in full and half marathons and works out in the gym, 4 times a week.

Jack Cowlishaw, 76

Jack, from Sheffield, is a keen runner and he recently signed up to his eighth 10k race in a row. He also regularly competes in full and half marathons and works out in the gym, 4 times a week.

 
Eddy Diget, 71  Eddy, from Oxford, has recently been named Britain’s oldest personal trainer. He works at DW Fitness and runs over 35 PT sessions a week. In the past, Eddy was in the Navy and once a champion bodybuilder.

Eddy Diget, 71

Eddy, from Oxford, has recently been named Britain’s oldest personal trainer. He works at DW Fitness and runs over 35 PT sessions a week. In the past, Eddy was in the Navy and once a champion bodybuilder.

Joahnna Quaas, 90  In 2012, Johanna was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest gymnast in the world. She recently attended FIBO and is the face of the Deutschland Trainiert (Germany Works Out) campaign.

Joahnna Quaas, 90

In 2012, Johanna was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest gymnast in the world. She recently attended FIBO and is the face of the Deutschland Trainiert (Germany Works Out) campaign.

 
Svend Stensgaard, 93  Svend, from Denmark, is the world’s oldest licensed powerlifter and in a recent video is seen to impressively lift 130kg. Suffering a heart attack three years ago hasn’t stopped Svend, he is taking part in the upcoming World Championships this year, where he aims to take home the silver award.

Svend Stensgaard, 93

Svend, from Denmark, is the world’s oldest licensed powerlifter and in a recent video is seen to impressively lift 130kg. Suffering a heart attack three years ago hasn’t stopped Svend, he is taking part in the upcoming World Championships this year, where he aims to take home the silver award.

Charles Eugster, 96  Charles is an all-round athlete, especially when it comes to bodybuilding and wake boarding. He also holds world records in sprinting and rowing!

Charles Eugster, 96

Charles is an all-round athlete, especially when it comes to bodybuilding and wake boarding. He also holds world records in sprinting and rowing!

 
Diana Green, 81  This year, Diana will run the London Marathon – for the 13th time – on her 82nd birthday. 

Diana Green, 81

This year, Diana will run the London Marathon – for the 13th time – on her 82nd birthday. 

This Week in the Fitness Industry

 

Activity Equivalent Calorie Labelling

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in Britain is arguing for ‘activity equivalent’ calorie labelling in order to reduce the UK’s obesity problem. Packaging could be utilised to not only provide nutritional information but also advise ways to change behaviour. Writing in the British Medical Journal, the chief executive of the RSPH, wants labelling to “prompt people to be mindful of the energy they consume and…to encourage them to be more physically active”.

FIBO 2016, Cologne

FIBO broke world records last week with a total of 153,000 visitors including 83,000 trade visitors from over 100 nations. According to the Deloitte study presented at the exhibition, some 52.4 million people are members of gyms at this time and growth of the European fitness market is at 4.9 per cent. The event gained a lot of media attention with nearly 1,000 accredited journalists attending from over 30 countries. Fitness technology, personalised training, functional training and group fitness remained as some of the hottest trends seen at FIBO this year. 

New public openings

Chard Leisure Centre – The new £500,000 centre, managed by 1610 Trust, officially opened on 4th April and it boasts a state-of-the-art gym and the UK’s largest Prama studio. 

Atherton Leisure Centre – Built on its former site, the new £14.7 million council-run Atherton Leisure Centre also opened on 4th April and is equipped with two swimming pools, a 100 station gym and two dance studios.  

Gym Bacteria

Nobody expects to hear that a toilet is cleaner than their gym equipment but unfortunately it looks to be true. A recent study done by Fit Rated involved swabbing 27 pieces of gym equipment at 3 different gyms and they found some pretty gruesome results. Luckily for us though they made these fun infographics to learn all about the bacteria that lingers on our gym equipment…

IHRSA 2016 Highlights

Last week David attended IHRSA in Orlando. Here's a few highlights from the show.

UK Pulse Interactive combines facial recognition, Trixter bikes and augmented reality Oculus Rift for a unique workout.  

The Intel Recon Jet offers smart eyewear for your active lifestyle.

The cycling glasses show live metrics, heart rate, speed, power and ride summary, plus built-in glance detection, point of view camera, GPS maps and of course, social connectivity!

Amongst all of the incredible new fitness technology, there continues to be healthy competition amongst the big name heart rate monitoring brands MyZone, Polar and Heart Tech Plus. With the tracking companies offering new and exciting features or products such as sports bras with built-in trackers and group displays of live data streams. 

Last but certainly not least, Zumba have embraced virtual reality by connecting with YouVisit to deliver a new dance experience for customers...and David loved it!

The next trip takes David and Natalie to the FIBO exhibition in Cologne.