Free trial lesson – Barre Body

Free try out session in a ballet studio is worth it’s stretch at Barre Body with three classes held everyday.

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“Barre Body is a complete body workout fusing ballet barre conditioning, yoga and pilates.

Signature Barre Body, Barre Moves and Barre Tone classes are designed to tone your entire body, creating longer, leaner muscles. Ballet & pilates exercises at the barre and on the mat tone your muscles, while complementary yoga postures lengthen and shape your muscles (think long & lean like a ballet dancer!)”

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My friend told me about this after we did a few UFIT classes together last year. I mean, I can’t afford to go to the gym every day but I love doing classes! I signed up for a trial lesson at Barre Body because firstly, I am the most inflexible person ever (everyone at last years UFIT knows) and secondly, there was a class at 6:45 so I could make it after work.

The one in Surry Hills is a new branch and is the only location offering trial sessions for now. It’s located very close to Central Station – maybe a 5 minute or less walk?

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Because it was so dark, I would’ve thought that it would be hard for me to find the place but aloha! It’s on Cooper Street so I would marginally pass by it to go to Bourke Street Bakery.
The doors don’t open until 5-10 minutes before so there’s a little crowd waiting to go in.

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When you go in, the instructor is very techy and ticks your name off the iPad list. She also tells you there’s a bathroom and cloak room.

I need to get changed so I wait for the only toilet available. Meanwhile I get distracted and take a photo of the kettle.

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The doorless lockers are pretty funky and transparent.

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The class starts off with some stretches and there are some upward and downward dogs, first second fifth positions, and a whole lot of other moves involved with all types of exercises.

I loved the use of the weights because I don’t have any at home and those pulses on the arms really make you workout!

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Ok, forgive me. I’ve never learnt ballet as a kid or in my life before so I found all the tippy toes very fun! Holding onto the bar, our legs were shaking!!

At the end, we all sprayed and wiped out mats and I must say, definitely coming back again!

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Would I recommend Barre Body to a friend? Well,my friend recommended this to me and I’ll recommend this to my fitness buddies. They’re intense and you won’t even have a chance to sip your water bottle! Ps when I mean intense, I don’t mean cardio body pump intense but it’s constant.

Would I donate the money saved to a charity? Relay For Life is a worthy cause as a branch of Cancer Council NSW to raise money for.

“Relay For Life is an overnight, community event for thousands of Australians who, relay non-stop as they celebrate cancer survivors, remember those lost, and fight back against the disease by raising important funds.”

Highlight: the workout itself is quite different. I can see a bit of Pilates and Ballet in there buy there’s also a sense of calmness between it all.

Suggestion of improvement: I’m not too sure how ballet classes are taught but is it just glance over tot the instructor where ever they are? Ours was quite good in that she hopped around on all sides but I was copying the person beside me most of the time!

Ends: I don’t actually know..


Angela Bee


UTS Haberfield Club

Stunning lake views with perfect sunrise and sunset views are now open to the public on the deck of the newly renovated UTS Haberfield Club.

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“Situated on the enviable Iron Cove Bay, UTS Haberfield Club is the first NSW licenced club to be completely redeveloped in 10 years. This picturesque location is the perfect spot for lunch, dinner or a relaxing drink. The club comprises the licensed dining and recreation club upstairs and the rowing club downstairs.”

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My parents and I were conveniently driving up to Lavender Bay when we accidentally passed and pulled over to have a peak at the modernised rowing club.

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Activate UTS, formerly UTS Union Limited is full of surprises this year- UTS Haberfield Club being one of them.

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The club is surrounded by this beautiful lake view. I wouldn’t be complaining if I had an early rowing session that could soak in this stunning view.

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There’s a small area for parking but locals are encouraged to come down for a walk as there is a walk way around the bay.

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Heading inside, you’ll see a line of oars.

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There are walls full of the history of the rowing club with photos from the past.

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It’s a Sunday so it’s filled with families and not really any rowers in the water. The deck looks inviting though.

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There’s also a standard menu with mains ranging from $25…

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.. and a bar for a casual drink or few!!

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The walk over to the view and its absolutely breathtaking. I feel like I’m on the coast? It’s a very relaxing area and how about the beautiful weather?

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I had no idea that this was dedicated to Tom O’Sullivan, former CEO of UTS Union who passed away in 2011. Tom O’Sullivan got rid of Voluntary Student Unionism and was instrumental in fighting for the Student Services Amenities Fee.  To be honest, it’s probably worked for the better with better planning for budgets and exciting projects like this! (Although I remember when they introduced it and I was upset but I got my monies worth by going to all these awesome free uni events!)

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I absolutely love the outdoors area on the deck.

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There are some pokies at the back if anyone is interested but don’t get stuck behind these because there may be the possibility of watching some rowing action! I’m wondering if there are any trial sessions?

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Would I recommend visiting UTS Haberfield Club? Yes and go for a row at the same time! I would love to have a go and see what it’s like! I wish I lived closer to the area though..

Highlight: just standing on the deck and looking out onto the boats, the water and the sky. It looks heaps classy.

Suggestion of improvement: where are the student discounts, UTS? I would’ve hoped there could’ve been a good deal considering it is affiliated with a university.. Also, let us know when you’re rowing please (:

Ends: never


Angela Bee

Elitist Code fashion launch

How convenient to launch a fashion website during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia. Jessica Goh, founder of Elitist Code, had the right idea at the right time offering a free launch event at Hard Candy fitness on Thursday (late night shopping day also) April 10, 2014.

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“Elitist Code lives and breathes the dress code of elegance, charm and grace without sacrificing comfort. We work with a team of designers to create beautifully crafted unique dresses from a Grecian maxi, charming day dress to stunning cocktail and aesthetic evening dresses and delicate jewellery packaged in velvet boxes. Our creations are designed to mark a milestone of every woman in their journey of womanhood and to simply embrace their own beauty.”

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Unfortunately it was raining but not too hard to stop online shoppers from seeing the fashion launch of Elitish Code. To be honest, I didn’t know much about it except that it was a free event with drinks, nibbles and goodie bags. #workingtoohardonthisblog

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I always passed Hard Candy Fitness Centre and always see the sign that Madonna was the founder. Interesting because I don’t know how it differentiates from other fitness centres.

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Anyways, there were already quite a few people in the room when I arrived. There were goodie bags waiting for us and inside there were brochures from their sponsors such as Top Juice, Youthful Living and Flower Child.

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I was also one of the first people to grab a plate of delicious quinoa and fruit salad. There was quite a bit leftover actually! It was so delicious and a little sweet and crunchy. I kinda had some dinner before just in case there wasn’t a lot but people who wanted more could just go for it.

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There was also a bit of champagne by the flute. I’m pretty sure it was YellowTail.

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There were heaps of red and white balloons around the place which made the launch more attractive. It’s actually quite unusual to have a fashion label launch in a gym, right? We should’ve all done a fitness class beforehand ahaha. #fitshion

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At around 8pm after arriving for a supposedly 7:30 start, we were ushered into a studio with a little stage and seats only for VIPs. They were nicely organised with clear labels. I ended up standing with the rest next to the mirror. I really like this shot.

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Amy Rose was the MC. I only know her name because we used to study PR together. She welcomed us and held a short interview with the founder, Jessica Koh. Jess explained that Elitist Code was not only the everyday fashion, but the completely experience. For example, she sells Stainer Pens so that removing stains from a spilled glass of wine on a shirt is convenient. #utsconnections

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Then the fashion began!

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The door person opened the gym gates and four models came in to show off the works.

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The music was a bit disjointed but they brought out different moods and grooves with each selection.

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At the end, all of them came together to bust out some moves with Jess as the finale.

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We all received another photo opportunity with the crew at the end as we were coming out. What a pleasant evening.

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Elitist Code is having 20% off their range as a launch promotion.

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Would I go to another Elitist Code fashion launch? I see that there is going to be another one and totally worth it because it is free. Normally fashion shows are exclusive to the fashion industry and are ticketed so definitely.

Would I donate the money saved to the organisers/charity? With these events you know that there were lots of volunteers who helped out. A $5 donation that goes to the organisers for the next show wouldn’t be too bad, or towards purchase?

Highlight: the setting was simple and it wasn’t overcrowded so there was room so that everyone could see. Well done. I mean the fashion wasn’t outstanding and more for the everyday person but it was really really cool to see that the models were not all ‘thin’.

Suggestion of improvement: probably the transition of music. I’ve never been to a fashion launch but it would’ve been great if he people who came got exclusive vouchers or first access to the online store? Interested to know which personalities were in the room!

Ends: online

Angela Bee


Leave 10-11am Monday and Thursdays available when you make this semester’s timetables for FREE fitness classes at the UTS Multi- Purpose Sports Hall.

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UFIT is a free initiative for UTS students where two sessions each week are provided in the dance studio of the UTS Multi-Purpose Sports Hall (in building 4B). Classes vary from pilates, yoga, boxing, core strengthening, boot camps, and circuits.

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These sessions are targeted at beginners and generally for anyone looking to get fit. It’s a great way to make friends and have fun at the same time. All classes are mandatory and if classes are missed then your spot may be offered to the next person on the waiting list.

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Trainers are personal trainers from the UTS Fitness Centre and each have their own specialties in fitness.

I started going last semester and I went 2 times a week. It is TOTALLY worth it. Our classes composed primarily of boxing on Mondays and on Wednesdays it was a variety. The trainers are flexible and show you both easy and intense moves.

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The best thing about UFIT is that you do it FREE and in GROUPS. I found that I made heaps of friends and we even started working out together outside the program.

Downstairs is a basketball court. Try running 20 laps after class. It’ll help your endurance, stamina and help you cool down after a workout.

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The program will be open for registration by week 1 and will aim to start by week 3.

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If it’s too late for you, UFIT classes are also running in semester 2. Don’t forget. (I’ll remind you).

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Would I go to UFIT 2 times a week, every week? HECK YES!! And indeed I did that from Week 3 last semester. I absolutely loved it, and when the UFIT classes finished, a group of us worked out at times at the gym, but also at Prince Alfred Park. On the other hand, I only had 1 subject last sem, which was Spanish, so I didn’t really need to study.

Would I pay to go to UFIT? $5 a session is probably the best workout price compared to what’s around. There are many fitness studios but I really like the UTS environment where I got to meet lots of people from different faculties and years. However, it is a majority of girls.

Highlight: meeting all my lovely friends and working out with them. Even the trainers were friendly and easy to talk with. Seeing everyone so often makes it easy to keep in touch.

Suggestion of Improvement: market this MORE! This is exciting because it’s FREE! I usually go to the Bluebird Brekkie Bar (Tower Building Level 4) and get a FREE breakfast, then wonder down to the UTS Sports Hall. The exercises are pretty similar every week so it’ll be nice to have more variety. Maybe each week they could focus on a particular type of fitness? Otherwise it gets really repetitive..

Ends: Week 12 (?) Semester 1, 2014. Check with

Link: Coming soon..but click onUTS Sport andUTS Social Sports to be updated.

Angela Bee

Different Strokes Dragon Boat Club Open Day

Work out and by coached by an Australian representative of Dragon Boat Racing with the friendly Different Strokes Dragon Boat Club every Saturday morning 8-10am, Tuesday and Thursday nights 6:30-8pm every week – $260pp/year or $200pp/year for a student. That’s $1.66 or $1.28 PER SESSION. You can come along to three sessions for FREE, to see if it is something you like before deciding to join the club.

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“Different Strokes is a Sydney-based dragon boat club that predominantly caters for the gay and lesbian community. Our members consist of individuals who identify themselves as gay or lesbian, as well as their friends, family and supporters. We range in age from 14 to 60 and are almost equally split between genders.”

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A Saturday morning last week was the Open Day for a paddle out at Blackwattle Bay.

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Surprisingly there were around 60 people who came despite the weather to register for one of four boats at the tent.

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Arriving at 9:30 (assuming that it was a 9:45 start), we were waiting around until 10:30 for things to get moving. Firstly, you had to sign the sheet that you could swim 50 metres, and you were given a coloured wristband for a designated boat.

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First, Tanya, the coach who has represented Australia in China, Poland and other countries, told us the history of Dragon Boating, of the club, and how they run.

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Then we got teamed up and used our paddles for some on-shore demonstrations to learn the basic terminology.

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Notice the paddles look slightly different..

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Then we headed into the bay for to try out our new tricks and run some standard drills. Races are usually 200m, 500m or 2500m. Our arms killed after paddling for 2 minutes, which is usually the time it takes to paddle 500m!

We all got a good feel of our paddles and learnt some techniques to improve the speed of our paddling, and we even used no paddles to move the boat forward!!

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After around 45 minutes in the water we all helped put the boats back on the racks.

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A wonderful and much deserved sausage sizzle with drinks were awaiting us!

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It was also a great chance to meet with other people in the collective and know what its like to train with the club. You get how much you put into it. The more you go, the more you’ll get out of it. We were even told that Different Strokes Dragon Boat has so much potential that you could even represent Australia in a few years!

Below is us and Tanya.

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Would I go every week to Different Strokes Dragon Club? If I lived in the city or got a full time job working in the city, this is definitely a yes! No equipment needed, for all ages and sizes, and even watch the sunset every Tuesday and Thursday at Blackwattle Bay.

Would I pay the membership price for the full year? As I calculated before, it would only be $1.66 per session if I go 3 times a week for a whole year. On top of that, I get to work out my core, arms, thighs and other muscles. How good is that? On Tuesdays, men and women work out separately and on Thursdays and Saturdays it is mixed.

Highlight: learning about Dragon Boat racing. To be honest, I’ve never been to a race recently. I really liked how there is actually so much technique in it, where you have to try and paint a straight line at the side of the boat. Even things like looking upwards, learning against the edge are some useful tips.

Suggestion of Improvement: The counting on the boat could’ve been a team effort. At times I got confused as to which number I was up to. It would’ve been nice to start on time, or even 15 minutes after for arrival times because we waited for quite a bit.

Ends: never


Angela Bee, images by Vivian

Victoria’s Secret X Hit workouts

The trainers of the Victoria’s Secret Angels have made FREE fitness workout videos so that we can aim to get that slim and sexy ‘angel’ figure. What a clever idea to promote VS.

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Rebecca-Louise, Kelsey Lee and Cynthia Dallas are the fitness gurus of X Hit – daily workouts with a healthy dose of energy!

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I started doing these in the past week of December 2013 after my friend from work told me about how intense they are.

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Their excercises are well thought out. For example you will do 1 minute of every exercise, then 30 seconds of every exercise you did before. The last 1/3 of the video goes by extremely quickly so you barely notice you’re doing much!

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Another great thing is that all the trainers are straight to the point and cut to the chase. If you want to listen to someone who lets you focus for a ‘can do’ attitude, then this series would be for you.

Playlists on their youtube channel include:

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The website is pretty straightforward and simple, easy to navigate and simply choose your part of the body you want to focus on for the day.

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Would I use X Hit videos everyday? I am currently doing one or two video everyday and I’m actually loving it! The workouts all make you break a sweat and if they aren’t you’ll need to push yourself a bit harder! Other fitness videos can be laid back but I haven’t come across one yet that doesn’t hit you hard.

Would I pay to use X Hits? Probably not at this point. It hasn’t been updated since July 2013 so I prefer something current.

Highlight: Who doesn’t want to train with the Victoria’s Secret model trainers and see what it’s like to be like one of them?!

Suggestion of Improvement: I love a workout with good music so probably some nice background music would make time fly faster. Perhaps bringing in more videos in 2014 to help those motivated people have a set calendar to work from. And maybe incorporate better eating habits for a complete lifestyle routine would be interesting too.

Angela Bee