Bringing the top fitness brands, personalities and sporting events to Perth for the third year, the Fitness & Health Expo has been welcomed back with a 11 per cent increase in visitor numbers.
Officially launching with local strongman Scott Lockyer successfully pulling two buses outside the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre on Friday 11 September, the Expo was off to a strong start.
Over the three days, including a late night opening on the Friday, almost 8,800 visitors passed through the doors of the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The 2015 Perth Fitness & Health Expo showcased local and interstate exhibitors and this year featured powerlifting invitational events, the INBA West Coast Supershow and the Super Squads Cross Functional Training competition, which saw the fittest WA teams compete after pre-qualifying at local events.
In the Super Squads competition, the Advanced division was won by Team BSc (Hayden LaVanda, Kosta Ilic, Ryan Woodall, Carly Menzies and Quinn Ta Kahu), the Intermediate division by Crossfit Perth Barbell Beasts (Robert Magill, Benny Meikle, Alicia Davey, Craig Jennings and Joanne Carter) and the Beginner division by Cooee Kids (Tash Warner, Alice Warner, Liv Jones, Sasha Jones and Kira Pieris).
As part of the powerlifting invitational event, a number of World Records were broken. These include:
Blaine Sumner – 120+ Open Men’s (USA)
- 120+ Men’s Open World Record Total 1002.5kg
Brett Gibbs – 83kg Open Men’s (NZ)
- 83kg Men’s Open World Record Squat 285kg
- 83kg Men’s Open World Record Bench Press 205.5kg
- 83kg Men’s Open World Record Total 800.5kg
Isaac Maldonado – 120kg Sub Junior Men’s (Aus)
- 120kg Sub Junior Men’s World Record Squat 265kg
- 120kg Sub Junior Men’s World Record Squat 275kg
- 120kg Sub Junior Men’s World Record Deadlift 303kg
- 120kg Sub Junior Men’s World Record Total 733kg
Cameron McKenzie – 120+ Junior Men’s (Aus)
- 120+ Junior Men’s World Record Deadlift 335.5kg
- 120+ Junior Men’s World Record Deadlift 341kg
Australian and international fitness celebrities and top athletes also featured at the Expo to run VIP training sessions, meet & greet the public and also share their tips and advice. Big names included Michelle Bridges, Commando Steve and Max Philisaire.
If you missed getting along to the Expo this year, then you missed out on seeing some of the latest product releases in the Australian fitness industry. From commercial gym equipment to new styles of group exercise classes and the latest accessories, there were some fantastic product launches at this year’s Expo. Highlights included the locally created Torsion Bars, a fitness tool inspired by Australian Army field exercises and the new MyRunning Logbook app from Technogym, which allows you to retrace your favourite outdoor run on the gym treadmill.
Director of the Fitness & Health Expo Shaun Krenz said they were excited to be making a solid footprint and valuable connections in the Perth market.
“This truly is the number one event in Western Australia for those who love fitness and we were really excited to bring it to Perth for the third time with an even bigger and better offering.”
The Expo returns to Perth again in 2016 to the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, 19 to 21 August 2016.