By Mike Atkinson | Drive producer and digital content creator
January was a month full of promise. I will keep fit this year. I will lose weight. I will join a gym.
As we head into winter and the nights draw in it may be harder to keep that January optimism flowing so to top up your fuel tank Jeziel has been trying out the off the beaten track forms of exercise for Clean and Lean 2017.
The perfect combination of boxing and pilates! Jeziel headed for Perth Pilates in North Perth and was thrown in the deep end with a gruelling one-hour session.
Boxilates is designed to sculpt the body by combining high-octane boxing moves with the muscle lengthening and strengthening that you get from pilates.
The combination of the two gives an all-over body workout and the upbeat tempo certainly helps keep the class aerobic.
It is the perfect class for those who like the idea of pilates but can sometimes find it a little slow and it is tough enough to ensure results quickly.
Knowing this info Jeziel still forgot to bring a towel. Oh, what a rookie error.
2. Cross Skating
This form of cross country skiing and skating will burn the calories in no time.
Hannes Holly from Cross Skating Australia gave Jeziel an hour’s coaching by the picturesque South Perth foreshore and on a baking 38°C Jeziel’s choice of exercise wear was questionable.
Cross Skating originates from Nordic cross country skiing and is widely used by athletes and hobby skiers a like to stay in shape during summer months.
The combination of skates and poles activate lower and upper body muscles making it the ultimate outdoor fitness activity without loading joints due to pneumatic wheels and carbon fibre poles absorbing vibrations and load.
The history of fencing can be traced back thousands of years to ancient Egypt and Japan. Modern swordsmanship became popular in late medieval Europe and is intimately linked with the practice of duelling. By the late 1800s, fencing had become a widely popular and established part of the education of gentlemen. These origins can still be seen today in the rules and conventions of the sport. For example, it is mandatory to salute an opponent before and after a bout.
Inspired by the Pirates of the Carribean franchise, Jeziel headed to UWA to take on seasoned fencer, and president of UWA Fencing, Ben Peden at a game in the gymnasium.
Onlooking gym goers were a tad confused by the spectacle unfolding before their eyes as Jeziel valiantly lost 3-2 in a best of 5 bout.
4. Indoor Skydiving
If you have been down Great Eastern Highway in the past few months you’ll have noticed this rather funky looking blue building called IFLY open to the general public.
IFLY has ditched the need for a plane to take you up to 40,000ft and gives you the chance to experience the sensation of skydiving indoors.
Jeziel needed no excuse to head to Belmont to give this a crack under the guidance of (another) Ben, his instructor. No parachute needed!
5. Figure Skating
As we’re heading into winter and Perth tends to lack snow or ice, thanks to it’s southern Calafornia style climate, Jeziel headed to Cockburn Ice Arena to get his winter fix of figure skating.
Thanks to a gap year to Canada a few years ago, Jeziel mastered the basics of skating quite quickly so coach Nadine Brazil ramped up the difficulty by asking our favourite kiwi to attempt a triple-axel.