We brought it. We loved it. We’re better for it. And now we’re hurting.
The N+TC is over for this year, and what a day/night it was. Want a wrap up? Here’s mine…
What was the Nike Training Club Event?
On Saturday 2nd May, Carriageworks hosted the Sydney leg of the Nike+ Training Club (N+TC) global tour, which is taking in 13 major cities around the world, including LA, Dubai, Moscow and Shanghai.
Oh, only about 2,500 women, hurrah! All kinds of women. Young and old (I may be the latter, but I gave it as good as the youngsters, I promise). Some super-fit MACHINES, some not-so. But what was lovely was the communal love of fitness and desire for a bit of fun. Positive mental attitude was in abundance.
What did we do there?
Well let’s start with the workouts.
To kick off, Global Master Trainers Marie Purvis and Kirsty Godso, supported by the local N+TC Trainers like Bec Wilcock, and Pheobe Di Tommaso, took all of us through a massive H.I.T (High Intensity Training) workout… squats, burpees, tuck jumps, push ups… you name it, we did it. En masse.
The scene was surreal and probably looked a bit like a cross between a scientology meeting and rock concert. A very sweaty rock concert…. Lights, music, yelling, jumping, clapping, hands in the air (we just didn’t care)… Oh, and cameras everywhere just in case you weren’t remotely self-conscious in the first place haha.
So much energy in the room, what a buzz.
Then we were split into our 7 pre-registered groups and set off to different areas within the huge industrial-cool space for three more workouts before getting back together again for one final workout all together before the training ended and the entertainment began.
My three sessions were H.I.T (yep, another one, straight after the opening session haha no wonder my quads are KILLING ME today!), Spin and Pilates.
The H.I.T with Bec Wilcock was so much fun. Hard work, but fun. Spin is one of my favourite things to do, so I loved loved loved every minute of the session run by the team from Vicious Cycle of Bondi. My buddy, Michelle, and I grabbed two bikes front and centre and we were OFF the scale having fun with it.
Can you tell from this pic?! >>>
I’d never done Pilates before so had no idea what to expect. Really enjoyed it, definitely going to check out a local class. Stefanie De Castro was our instructor/pain inflictor here. She can work it (and as we discovered later, she can twerk it, too).
After Pilates, it was back to the main hall for our final H.I.T workout by Marie and Kirsty, which had some very cool and intense partner moves and then a little dance workout by Stefanie.
So then we were done moving our bodies.
Or so we thought… because more lights, camera and happy clapping; on comes local DJ/singer/pop sensation Havana Brown. She plays an awesome set and gets everyone jumping some more. I have to be honest, I was unfamiliar with most of her tracks (don’t think she’s played on Triple J ;), but man, what a little hottie and anyone who can move like she did in heels that high and spindly gets the utmost respect from me. There was a lot of girl crushing over this chick, oh yes there was.
So it was one crazy long gym session and a gig?
Well yes, and no. Because there was more.
The workout sessions themselves were not what goes down at your average gym. For a start, you’d be pushed to find better trainers than these strong, fierce women.
Plus, obviously, just the sheer numbers of people in each class – just check out the Spin Room – nearly 200 bikes! And we all had headphones which streamed the music and the instructors yelling at us haha, a bit like a silent disco on one wheel. Only more hardcore. Absolutely mental.
But on top of all the fitness stuff, there were massages, nail counters, food and drink, chill zones, hair braiding, sparkly tattoos, make-up and, of course, some Nike retail if you wanted to get your hands on the latest gear or kicks. Oh, and a little goody bag (hello discount voucher, come to mumma now, let’s go shopping).
My NTC Top 5
The opportunity to be trained by the Global Masters. Their energy and enthusiasm was more than infectious. You couldn’t help but move that butt. They’re just pretty inspiring women, really, and so nice to chat to too. It was a LOT of fun working out with them. Sure, my muscles are sore, but my heart is very very happy.
- Big big yay to all the ladies! Women-only events are kinda cool… you get such a great upbeat chatty buzz, a unique vibe that’s totally different to an event with blokes there too. Everyone was super excited and super friendly, if only life was always like this. The only downside to a women-only event is the queue for the toilets. And the hair braiding. And the nail bar. And the cloakroom. And the make-up…
- Loved experiencing Pilates for the first time (some muscles I’d never met before have introduced themselves today) and doing my second ever H.I.T (my first was at the Bondi Beach event a couple of months ago). It’s always great to push yourself out of your comfort zone and do something you don’t normally do, and in my little world of workouts, H.I.T was doing exactly that.
- Spin on steroids! That was crazy and I loved it, my favourite workout of the day. All those bikes, amazing.
- Sharing it with my friend Michelle and making new friends there. I met up with some of my Instagram buddies and that was very cool, meeting in real life and planning the next one. I just love people coming together, it makes me happy.
Would I do anything differently if I could do it again?
We definitely would have left the Northern Beaches earlier – traffic across the city was a nightmare and parking even worse, so we arrived a bit later than intended. Which meant we didn’t get a chance to enjoy any of the girly extras – no massages, nail art or braids for us, I’m afraid. And that was a bit disappointing. But not the end of the world.
Plus, I wouldn’t have taken my spin shoes or clothing changes or towel or multiple bottles of water. Haha. I’m such an over-packer. Covered all bases, didn’t really need any of them (you got a towel and could re-fill your water bottle; changing clothes in between workouts would have just been too tricky). So I just ended up having a really heavy bag for me and the poor cloakroom staff to deal with. Sorry, guys, that was your workout.
Maybe also I’d have worn shorts. H.I.T was H.O.T.
So, are we all ‘better for it’?
You bet we are.
Brand Nike did it again. This was the first N+TC major event here in Sydney (replacing the Nike She Runs 10km race that they’ve held the past three years) and it was a very polished production.
I was pondering on the way home how I felt about it versus the 10km run (I did that last year)… For someone like me, achieving a 10km run in a decent time (it was around 53 minutes), was a massive achievement, and I guess that immense ‘proud’ feeling was definitely much much stronger after the run than the NTC event. But I’m not sure I can say I enjoyed the run half as much. I’m not crazy haha! If I had to choose, I’d probably go the NTC Event again.
It was super slick, really social, with loads of helpful staff on hand if you had any questions or issues… Carriageworks is a brilliant venue anyway and no expense was spared to turn it into a mad festival of fitness, they had it looking amazing. What a great event – just heaps and heaps of fit girl fun.
It’s more accessible in some ways than a run, more inclusive. And I reckon the event, along with the N+TC App, will motivate more women to work out. Which is an incredible achievement. Yes, of course, this is also a huge marketing push, we’re not stupid, but if Nike can help get more women active, well, that sits well with me.
Would I go again?
Sign me up now.
And if the comments on my facebook pictures are anything to go by, next time, I’ll have a big crew with me. Bring that, Sydney!