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[A Quick Recap] Filex & Les Mills Super Workshop

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Here’s my recap of Filex, AKA: The Australian Health & Fitness Expo, and the Les Mills Super Saturday & Sunday #lmapsuper

I had an absolutely amazing weekend and loved every second of it. Check out what I got up to-

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A quick breakfast post 5:55am flight- yum yum. Ps. Butter on wholemeal toast- rocks. I didnt need every slice of toast but couldn’t help taking a few extra bites ;)

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We arrived at our hotel- which was so amaze. The Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens blew our expectations out of the water- everyone was super sweet and helpful, and the room was flashy ;) The huge king size bed felt lush.

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The Incredible Mark Nu’u (Program Director for BS- aka: The big boss)

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The amazing Lisa Osbourne (creative director for BS & head program director for BA)

As soon as we got to Melbourne and checked in, I scooted off to the BodyStep class at the convention centre (where I saw my mentor), with all the amazing International & LMAP Presenters. I’m such a Les Mills groupie that I just had to get photos. Oh and Les Mills 96 is SO good.

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Then it was CXWORX time and the CX instructors are so inspirational- it’s a tough release!

Then it was time to check out the Australian Fitness & Health Expo- I was pretty much in heaven ;)

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What a find! Thanks Well, Naturally. There Chocolate Orange is also to die for and reminds me so much of Jaffas (and I’m not typically an orange + choc fan!)

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Totally the most indulgent tasting protein bars- Titan bars. Whilst I probably wouldn’t treat them as an everyday snack- they’d be a perfect dessert substitute ;) My favourite is the Vanilla Creme- and the chocolate is a close second. Vanilla creme= snickers, chocolate= mars bar. Surprisingly there was a pb one also but it was okay.

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I spotted my friends from Slim Secrets. Totally taste tested more than a couple of times.

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Then the bf had a hover challenge hahah!

The actual best vending machine

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After lots of inspiration and tastings we headed back to the room, where someone needed a 2 hr nap…

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After his nap it was dinner time…

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things got hot

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and I got stuffed to the brim with this amazing and HUGE calzone filled with ham, tomatoes, mushrooms and cheese…oh and cheese. Did I say cheese?

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After dinner we needed to walk it off so we went for a little exploration through the Melbourne Crowne Casino and can I just say this place is amazing. There was like water fountains and all these great things.

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After a huge sleep we went to the Victoria St Markets where I got a tasty Egg, Mushroom and Spinach tart, which went unphotographed. This fueled me up for a BodyAttack class which was the bees knees. I swear this is the reason I flied to Melbourne- just for these classes.

It was such an amazing weekend and I can’t wait to go back again next year.

Standout Moments:

  • Best eat(s) at Filex: Well, Naturally choccies & protein bars, & Titan Protein Bars
  • Fave moment: Doing the BodyStep & BodyAttack classes
  • Biggest Inspiration: Lisa Osbourne & this amazing lean male doing Crossfit that would do pull ups and all these amazing things on the bars that made it look crazy easy.
  • Greatest challenge: Getting up at 4:45am…wah ha.
  • Best meal: The Calzone from an Italian Restaurant.
  • Biggest annoyance: a bf who can’t keep up haha and needs naps OR not being able to find a good froyo place- so someone had to go without :(

What is your favourite type of expo?

Germany

I know- there’s more to add to my Contiki Review, Tips for Europe and Italy recap. This time we’re in Germany, specifically Rhine Valley and Munich. This, like Italy, was during Contiki so the accommodation was budget and the schedule was all up to them.

I wish we had more time in Munich- I think it was something like half a day of exploring before we had to pack up and move onto Rhine Valley. Munich was actually surprising for both Simon and I who weren’t expecting much. Upon arriving there we checked in and then headed to the Contiki organised bike tour.

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Now guys, if you ever go to Munich PLEASE go on a Mike’s Bike Tour. From the look of their website they’ve got tours everywhere- but the one we went on in Munich, well I’ve got nothing but great things to say about it. Perk no. 1? Both guys were hilarious and so charismatic (oh and pretty cute too..especially the one who looked like a giant Thor).

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Not the best picture but take my word for it ;) And no I will not upload the photo of him picking me up….

The tour involved riding bikes- not my forte- but I was made a ‘butt babe’ which meant I had to stay at the back and wait around with anyone if they couldn’t ride a bike (it happened) or they hurt themselves/got lost etc. I did so well I even got a frisbee as payment ;)

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The tour involved riding around, hearing about the history and a necessary stop at an outside Beer Garden for…well beer and massive pretzels! [Oh and Ps. on the beer front- I hate beer so didn't have any but my bf who drinks but dislikes beer really enjoyed their steins- they're nothing like Westernised beer full of crap. Apparently you don't get hangovers from them either!].

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Oh I had such high expectations for those pretzels but really they weren’t all that. The salt I think was the breaking point for me- the salt pieces were too thick and strong. Even after brushing them off, the pretzels were good but I’ve had better bread ;)

Anyways, after that we also got shots off the famous clock

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and Hofbrauhaus

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which our tour guide took us to but recommended we didn’t eat or drink there because we’d never get served. So we went to Augustines which is closeby, exactly the same but better since you get served!

Eating wise Germany didn’t quite do it for me. I’m not a sausage fan (nearly made an immature joke) nor do I really like fried foods or your typical fatty roast type plates so I was pretty much looking for anything I’d actually enjoy- which ended up being a salad. Yuh; how boring I know.

Before we knew it, it was time to go and we were off to Rhine Valley before having a quick stop at the ever sobering Dachau Concentration Camp.

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It was really surreal and a little bit emotional to read about everything that happened there. It’s had to fathom that humans would do that to each other. There were also some quite gruesome photos which I’ll probably leave off the blog to avoid upsetting anyone.

After driving some more (always driving!) we arrived at Rhine Valley which umm how do I put this…sort of a waste of a night? Like it was cool because we visited an amazing Stein store where they made legit steins

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but the whole town had nothing to it and the complimentary meal we were given (at like 5:45pm- ridiculous) was SO not my thing. So I did what any typical European would do- didn’t eat it and got pasta later ;)

Then we were off to Amsterdam….check back later for more recaps!

  • What did you think of Germany?
  • Have you got any Germany tips?
  • If you haven’t been what is the thing you’d most like to see/do?