HIGHLIGHTS FROM LONDON’S BALANCE FESTIVAL 

Triathlete and PT Annabel Kukulski explores what Balance has to offer in a weekend filled with sweaty fun

OMQ, Be Fit, London, Balance Festival

I have come from Balance Festival feeling, well… balanced. In fact, I’m a little high on the balance scale.

Hosted in an uber cool space in East London – the Truman Brewery – the event delivered a schedule packed with fitness classes from the best in fitness: Barry’s Bootcamp, Xtend Barre, Boom Cycle to name a few. There were panel discussions with inspirational bloggers like Jody Shields talking love and relationships and Laura Thomas on intuitive eating; a live cooking theatre; healthy food stands with lots of sample to try, clothes, DJ’s. There was so much to see and do. 

OMQ, Be fit, URBAN TRI RACE 6KM RUN THROUGH THE CANAL

Annabel running 6km as part of the Urban Tri event

I entered the Urban Tri, which was the big pull for me. It was a 30-minute HIIT class followed by 6km run and then a 20-minute yoga class – and I absolutely loved it. The HIIT class was lead by the Boom Cycle team and was tonnes of fun. We then got to go outside for a 6km run from Stratford Queens Olympic to Truman Brewery through the canals, parks and graffiti’ streets of East London. The run was open to all abilities with more festival-vibes rather than race-vibes. The yoga session at the end was the perfect way to finish, letting participants really stretch out after the HIIT class and the run. 

Highlights of the weekend

The Urban Tri 

OMQ, Be fit, London, URBAN TRI RACE 30 MINUTE HIIT WITH BOOM CYCLE

The Urban Tri was a real highlight. Part 1: HIIT with Boom Cycle

HIIT with the Third Space 

OMQ, Be fit, Balance, Third Space circuits

The circuits class with Third Space was one of the most challenging parts of the weekend – and Annabel did it before the Urban Tri!

Shona Vertue and Zanna Van Dijk

OMQ, Balance, London, SHONA VIRTUE AND ZANNA VAN DIJK

The glute blast from Shona Vertue and Zanna Van Dijk was on fire

OMQ verdict

Balance is a festival that celebrates all the good stuff in life. You’ll leave feeling inspired and motivated to enjoy life and eat, exercise and make decisions that will enhance your way of life and will certainly turn up the feel-good dial.

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