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Fitness Expo a Festival of the Fittest

Fitness Expo a Festival of the Fittest

New Zealand’s ultimate health and fitness weekend is back – and organisers say it’s better than ever.

At next month’s 2014 NZ Fitness Expo, health and fitness fans have the chance to meet inspirational athletes, witness incredible strength and endurance feats, and test-drive the latest health and fitness innovations over one phenomenal weekend at Auckland’s ASB showgrounds.

The event takes place on 12-13 July and organisers say this year is shaping up to be even more of a success than last year’s event. “The NZ Fitness Expo showcases the best in the business and this year we’ve really raised the bar,” says event director Michael Richardson. “We’ve got an incredible line up of inspirational athletes, industry leaders and international brands that will inspire you to take your health and fitness to the next level.”

Among the Expo’s highlights are live fitness seminars from top international athletes like returning Optimum Nutrition IFBB Physique Pro, Steve Cook (USA), and for the first time in NZ, Team BSN IFBB Bikini Pro Amanda Latona (USA).

“The calibre of these athletes is outstanding,” says Richardson. “This is a fantastic opportunity to put your questions to Amanda and Steve, and hear their top tips on training and nutrition.”

Mutant IFBB Pro Bodybuilder/Powerlifter Johnnie O. Jackson (USA) is also making his first trip to New Zealand to be at the expo to meet fans.

NZ Fitness Expo ambassador and Vodafone Warriors nutritionist Lee-Ann Wann will share her secrets on performance-enhancing foods, and there will be live Q & A sessions with the Expo’s official personal trainer, EHP Labs Josef Rakich.

Away from the stage there’ll be plenty of action. Five fitness-sport championships will push amateur athletes to their physical and mental limits, as they compete for New Zealand titles in the NZ Arm Battle Series, the NZFE Strongman Championship, the Industrial Athletic Invitational (CrossFit), the BSN Athletic Model Competition and new for 2014, the inaugural NZ Grappler Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team Championship. With junior world deadlift record holder Ethan Foote competing for the strongman title, the 2014 NZ Fitness Expo could even see a new world record.

The 2014 NZ Fitness Expo is attracting international attention, with brands exhibiting from as far away as the USA. Visitors will have the chance to sample the latest products and there will be exclusive NZ Fitness Expo deals on offer from over 70 industry-leading brands, including Reebok, the event’s official apparel partner.

With exciting live fitness demonstrations throughout the weekend, the NZ Fitness Expo is your chance to get motivated by the likes of Les Mills, Zumba, Cityfitness, BoxSlim and Gymstick Muscle, RippleEFFX, Powerhoop and Kangoo Jumps.

The NZ Fitness Expo takes place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July 2014, from 10am to 6pm, at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds. Adult tickets are $20 at the gate or discount tickets can be purchased online adult tickets bought online go into the draw to win a one-year Cityfitness gym membership valued at $1000 (Auckland clubs only).

The Essentials:
What: The 2014 NZ Fitness Expo
Date: Saturday 12 July 2014, 10am - 6pm
Sunday 13 July 2014, 10 am – 6pm

Where: ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane Rd West, Greenlane, Auckland.

Tickets: Can be purchased online at, or at the gate
Kids under 10 free
Adults (16 and up) $20
2 day Super Pass $35

Headline events:

The Industrial Athletic Invitational (CrossFit)
NZ’s premiere CrossFit invitational showcasing the best-ranked male and female CrossFitters in the country as they compete across a series of exciting and grueling events testing endurance, skill, strength, power, speed and coordination.

The BSN Athletic Model Competition
44 aspiring athletic fitness models compete for the 2014 title and a 1 year sponsorship/ambassador contract with BSN (NZ), a global leader in sports supplementation.

The NZ Fitness Expo Strongman Championship ‘Hosted by the Liftag Sport Strength Arena’
This two-day championship will test the strongest men in New Zealand as they compete across the 270kg Conans Wheel, Thomas Inch Dumbbell, Log Lift, Partial Deadlift, 122kg Hercules Hold, Stones, 95kg Log Lift (max rep) and powerlifting deadlift for the 2014 title.

The NZ Grappler Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team Championship ‘Powered by EHP Labs’
Hosted within the EHP Labs Arena, get ready to witness the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athletes in New Zealand. Consisting of a GI Tournament (Saturday) & No GI Tournament (Sunday), 4 Teams will enter their best athletes across 4 Belts & 2 Weight Divisions to compete for the 2014 Championship Titles!

The NZ Arm Battle Series ‘Powered by Giant Sports’
The Arm Battle Series ‘Powered by Giant Sports’ is a contest to see who is the best arm wrestler in New Zealand. There are three weight classes for men – 80kg, 95kg and 95+kg. The top four arm wrestlers in each weight class have been invited to battle as they compete to become the Number 1 arm wrestler in their weight class through a double elimination contest.

Once established, the champion of each weight class will battle it out to see who really is the best arm wrestler in New Zealand! The ladies section will be an arm fight over 5 rounds.

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