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Fighting fit with Breakfast

Check out information on how to get fit and stay fit with Breakfast's regular fitness segment

Figure Skating
Amy Kelley had a go at figure skating.
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Gear/dress required: Dress warmly for the ice but wear layers so that you can take a couple off as you warm up.
What kind of workout will you get? Skating is a great cardio workout and also builds muscle strength.
Where to learn: Most ice rinks run their own skate schools, with group classes carried out under the National Skate School Programme Kiwi Skate. Below is a list of ice rinks throughout the country.

Paradice Botany Downs
(09) 273 2999
Cnr Botany Rd & Ti Rakau Drive, Botany Downs

 Paradice Avondale
(09) 828 3800
150 Lansford Crescent, Avondale

The Queenstown Fun Centre
(03) 441 8000
The Queenstown Gardens Park St Queenstown

Dunedin Ice
(03) 456  4556
101 Victoria Road, St Kilda

Alpine Ice
(03) 366 2213
(03) 379 1706
495 Brougham Street, Opawa, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Maniototo Ice Rink
(03) 444 9270
Channel Rd Naseby Ranfurly, Otago

Ice Inline Sport Complex
(03) 448 8599
Centennial Ave, Alexandra


Wellington reporter Abby Scott heasd out for a spot of rowing.
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Social sport

Breakfast's Sarah Bristow gets fit through social sports. She introducers viewers to her touch team - Team Extreme.
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Reporter Jay Harkness tries out the Bodywall, a means to stretch and try out specific sporting exercises using sticky gloves.
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Rock climbing

Jack Tame went to The Roxx in Christchurch, to try his hand at climbing.
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Running tips

New Zealand world champ mountain runner Melissa Moon offers some advice on running for fitness.
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Breakfast reporters Jay Harkness and Amy Kelley visited Auckland's Extreme Trampoline centre for a trampolining lesson.
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Trampolining is a competitive sport which involves performing acrobatics while bouncing on a trampoline - everything from simple jumps in the pike, tuck or straddle position to more complex combinations of forward or backward somersaults or twists.

Trampolining became an Olympic sport in 2000. Competitors can be marked on their performance on an individual trampoline ("individual trampolining"), performance next to a partner performing exactly the same routine of ten skills at the same time on an adjacent trampoline ("synchronised trampolining"), or for skills and a dismount performed on a double mini-trampoline (smaller than a regulation competition trampoline, with a sloped end, a flat bed and a mat at the end).

Level of fitness required: A good level of fitness is a good start with an aerobic activity like this. People with back injuries should forget it.

Gear/dress required: Leggings or shorts with a T-shirt, tucked in. The pros also wear special rubber-soled "tramp" shoes, but if you're having your first go at it, bare feet are okay. No jewellery!

How far can you take it? NZ Gymnastics holds North and South Island Grades competitions in trampolining, and at the far end of the scale there are the Olympics.

What kind of workout will you get? In the course of learning to trampoline you'll improve your flexibility. It's a good basic aerobic exercise; the pros say you can really work up a sweat.

Cost: From $12 per casual class, up to $60/hr for a private lesson

Where to start:
Auckland: Extreme Trampoline, at the Auckland Regional Gymsport Centre, Keith Hay Park, Arundel Street, Mt Roskill. (09) 845 0016.
Palmerston North: High Flyers Trampoline Club. Contact or (04) 586 787.
Wellington: Wellington YMCA . (04) 385 4091.
Christchurch: ImpactAlpha Gymsports. 20 B & C Birmingham Drive. (03) 338-4566 .

Muay Thai

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Muay Thai is a fighting style originating from Thailand. It comprises punches, kicks, knees and elbows and can be learnt for self-defence, discipline, sport, or simply as a way to get and stay fit.

It's Thailand's national sport and has developed over more than a thousand years, originally growing from the necessity to defend the country from expansionary China.

Muay Thai began with bare-knuckle fights and later fighters bound their knuckles with hemp rope. During this period there were no rounds, no weight divisions, and no gloves with the winner being the one still standing at the end of the fight!

In the 1930's the Thai government enforced changes in response to the carnage that resulted from such Muay Thai 'competitions'. International boxing rules like having rings, weight divisions and gloves were adopted, and dangerous techniques like head-butting, limb-breaking and choking were banned!

After this the sport made its way into the international fighting scene.

Now in the new Millennium, Muay Thai is undisputed king of the kickboxing ring with the sport enjoying unprecedented popularity around the world. - For more information see

Level of fitness required: Most classes do cater for beginners but people with back and joint problems should probably steer clear of the more demanding moves.

Gear/dress required: Shorts and a t-shirt or tank top. A helmet is recommended for those under 18 years.

How far can you take it? Fighting is optional and requires a lot of commitment. Sparring (improving your own techniques by testing them out against someone else's) is also optional. Many people train for fitness and self defence. Serious competitive fighters work toward the worldwide K1 competition (

What kind of workout will you get? With its fast punching movements, Muay Thai is as much about cardio workout as it is about strength. Instructors say this is a total body workout!

Where to learn:
Auckland City Kickboxing - website
Hastings Hastings - Boxing Ph: 06 874 9449 Rod Langdon
Hamilton Ultimate Kickboxing Ph: 021 046 3319 Aron Dixion
Palmerston North Palmerston North - Kickboxing Ph: 07 357 8622 Stuart Chambers
Rotorua Rotorua Boxing Ph: 07 349 3927 Robert Walker
Tokoroa Kickboxing Ph: 07 886 7789 George Ellis
Taupo Kickboxing Ph: 07 377 0440 Scotty Thompson
Tauranga - Kickboxing Ph: 07 576 6819 Brian Towmey
Whakatane Kickboxing Ph: 021 177 5011 Carl Cowley
Wellington Victoria University Wellington - website
Christchurch Proactive Martial Art - website
Motueka Boxing Ph: 03 543 2042 Steve Mitchell
Invercargill Boxing Ph: 03 230 4882 Steven Boutcher
Dunedin Kickboxing Ph: 03 473 7891 Elden Clifton Mobile: 027 475 9393
Wanaka Boxing Ph: 03 443 4411 Shela Forrest