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A festival of fitness for Phuket

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PHUKET: The second Phuket Health and Fitness Festival, on May 18-19, will feature various events and activities, including yoga classes, lectures on well-being, raw food cooking classes, Zumba, a boot camp and the ultimate stand up paddle board (SUP) challenge.

The event aims to give the local community a fun, informative weekend that appeals to all ages, and it is this ethos that helped the Phuket Health and Fitness Festival attract around 200 visitors last year.

Phuket Health & Fitness Festival 2012. Video: PGTV

Michael Massey, director of Atmanjai Wellness Center and one of the members of the Rawai-Nai Harn Group, who are organizing the festival, believes that this year’s event will attract over 400 guests.

Michael outlines why the Rawai-Nai Harn Group decided to start the Phuket Health and Fitness Festival.

“We wanted to create an event for the local community that was different. A lot of places do wine and food based festivals and it seems that this area of the island – Rawai and Nai harn – has become a haven for health and wellness related businesses.”

Seminars and lectures at the festival will be given by some of the fitness world’s leading lights, such as rock star trainer Hayden Rhodes, who has travelled with rock bands to keep them fit, healthy and sober as much as possible. His talk will help those in attendance get inside secrets from a celebrity trainer and performance coach on the best ways to improve your body, health and energy (click here for full schedule of events).

Doctor Larry Nusbaum is coming in from the USA to talk about how it can be very difficult to balance care of yourself with the care of others.

This experiential session will explore this challenge and Dr Larry will help guide his class in a fun and powerful process to help access the seeds of wisdom, inspiration and balance buried in memories of self-care.

Michael Nour is making the trip down from Bangkok to explain how to achieve Radiant Health in 90 Days. Michael will share the art of designing a lifestyle that naturally leads to radiant health through a transformative approach to improving your life.

A wide range of physical classes, ranging from a Boot Camp Fitness Class led by Ocean Bloom on the beach in front of Friendship Beach Resort, to Kundalini Yoga and meditations run by Sukh Aman Kaur, will also be held over the weekend.

The 91.5 FM SUP challenge will be held on Sunday, May 19. SUP is very popular on Phuket and most of the people involved in the sport will be at Friendship Beach resort for this event.

There will be an inter-school SUP competition, learn how to paddle board classes and water safety will be provided by Sea Bees diving. Children can also participate in a Zumba for kids class held by Geti Pici on Sunday morning.

To help promote health and wellness products or services, the festival will host a small trade exhibit based around Friendship Beach Resort.

The Phuket Health and Fitness Festival will be held at O2 Beach Club in Chalong, Serenity Resort and Residences, Friendship Beach Resort and the Mangosteen Resort and Spa in Rawai (click here for map).

The Phuket Health and Fitness Festival is sponsored by the Phuket Gazette, PGTV and ‘Phuket Today’, the island’s only national television show, broadcast daily on True Visions (channels 99 and 58).

For more information on the Phuket Health and Fitness Festival click here, or visit the Phuket Facebook Fanpage. Telephone: +66-81-412 5652

Keep checking our Phuket Lifestyle and events calendar pages for the latest happenings across the island. Join our Facebook fan page or follow us at @PhuketGazette .

— Andrew Scott

 

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