Marc Hingston has spent nearly two decades helping people on their health and fitness journeys in the city and is now expanding his reach.
The long-time Newcastle personal trainer has made Fletcher his home and now wants to offer another health and fitness option to the community there.
Hingston will launch Fit In Fletcher next month.
It will start as a 12-week health and fitness campaign run out of the Fletcher Community Centre, which is positioned adjacent to Kurraka Oval.
He will run a mix of indoor and outdoor strength and cardio sessions and is holding an information night at the centre tomorrow night from 6pm until 6.45pm.
Hingston will continue to train people at Genesis in Cooks Hill but wanted to do something closer to home as well.
“There’s not really much around [health and fitness], so it was a good opportunity for me to meet people and also help the local community on their health and fitness journey,” he told me.
“Hopefully I can help improve a few lives out of it as well and just teach people the basics.”
Sessions will run four days a week initially with a view to growing the concept into a potential gym.
Each session will be around 45 minutes with the opportunity to seek feedback and advice at the end.
Hingston said there would also be the opportunity for participants to learn more about good nutrition options, help with goal setting and a home stretching program.
He has already received a strong response through social media and will delve deeper into what participants can expect at the information session tomorrow night.
“There’s Minmi parkrun and some boot camps, which is great, but it’s just having something inside the estate, which is exciting for the locals,” Hingston said.
“The information session will give people the ins and outs and what it’s all about and maybe talk about some of their goals and what their expectations are as well.
“It will also be a bit about what times they can train and everyone has opportunity to have their voice.”
The challenge duration was picked as a starting point as Hingston said “it takes 12 weeks to create a habit”.
You can find out more through the Fit in Fletcher facebook page.
RECRUITING FOR AIM4ME STUDY
The University of Newcastle is seeking participants aged 18 to 24 for a dietary intervention study. The AIM4ME study tests the effectiveness of online intervention for young adults using varying levels of technology-delivered real time personalised feedback on an individual’s dietary intake.
The study is being headed up by nutrition expert professor Clare Collins and eligible participants will answer lifestyle-related questions and be randomised into three groups to receive different amounts of feedback on their diet.
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UPCOMING FITNESS EVENTS
Newcastle Harbour Swim Classic, Newcastle, January 26: A 700m or 1.4km harbour swim.
Nobbys 2 Newcastle Ocean Swim, Newcastle, January 27: A 2km ocean swim from Nobbys beach to Newcastle beach.
Maximum Adventure Race Series, Lake Macquarie, February 16: The first race of the series. There is a classic and novice course combining multiple legs of mountain biking, trail running and kayaking.
Sparke Helmore City Triathlon, Newcastle Foreshore, February 24: Choose between an enticer, sprint or Olympic distance course or get a team together and pick a leg.
SIZZLING SUMMER SESSIONS
Add some variety to your training program by going boot camp style.
At an oval: 10 squats with alternating single-arm shoulder press, 10 push-ups, 10 mountain climbers, 10 pull-ups/rows, 10 walking lunges, 10 squat jumps, 10 ab rotation with weight, run/walk hard 5 minutes.
Repeat with 8 repetitions of each exercise then 4min run/walk. Repeat with 6 reps of each exercise then 3min run/walk. Repeat with 4 reps of each exercise then 2min run/walk. Repeat with 2 reps of each exercise then 1min run/walk.
Make it harder by repeating the first set each time. If you’re at the gym, use the rower for the cardio part.
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Renee Valentine is a writer, qualified personal trainer and mother of three.