First-ever Southsea Fitness Festival is a big success

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GETTING physical was the name of the game at the first-ever Southsea Fitness Festival.

More than 1,500 people were at Southsea Common for the festival, which was dubbed a ‘celebration of healthy and active lifestyles’.

Luke and Tina Newton at the first ever Southsea Fitness Festival. Pictures: Malcolm Wells (150613-3345)

Luke and Tina Newton at the first ever Southsea Fitness Festival. Pictures: Malcolm Wells (150613-3345)

Among the activities taking place were yoga, tennis and circus skills classes, dancing, demonstrations, a healthy food market and a Bear Grylls-inspired survival race.

Luke and Tina Newton, owners of personal training gym Sweat Southsea, organised the festival.

Luke said he was thrilled with the turnout and hoped the festival would become an annual event.

‘We’ve pretty much got every angle of fitness covered and people are loving it,’ he said.

‘The whole idea of this event is to celebrate and inspire.

‘We want to show people how easy it is to get into active and healthy living, and break down the barriers and stereotypes of what it means to be fit.

‘We want to show that there’s an activity for everybody.’

Portsmouth boxing coach Q Shillingford and wheelchair athlete Paul Smith, from Cosham, were there as special guests.