New Auckland gym promises to get you fit in just 20 minutes a week - without sweating

A new gym in Auckland, which officially launches today, promises it can get you fit with just one 20 minute work out a week.

Named Fit20, the Dutch franchise has more than 120 studios globally, in the UK, US, Belgium and Qatar.

"The mission of Fit20 is to add strength to people's lives and we would like to do that in shortest amount of time possible," says managing director Catharina Flisjin.

"We don't have mirrors, we don't have loud music so we like people to train with focus and attention."

"There's no sweating because we cool the studio down to 17 degrees, so people can come in their own clothes and go back to work, basically after a workout," Ms Flisjin said.

Clients train on appointment, with a personal trainer and work through six exercises that strengthen and tone muscles.

"It's slow movements focusing on strength training which also gives you a good cardio hit as well," says trainer James Miller.

Ms Flisijn said she was initially sceptical when she came across the concept, so for those who think it's too good to be true, she understands.

"It's totally different to what we've been told in the past, that we need to train a lot and maybe for hours to get really good results.

"But this is different because we offer a very high strong impulse, and quality in this case is more than quantity."

Client Hazel James says she’s already feeling amazing, "I feel heaps stronger and it's really important in my line of work that I have that strength".

"It is really hard work but it's good cause you've got that one on one trainer to keep pushing you, so you don’t chicken out!"

Fit20 hopes to expand in New Zealand, focusing on main centres first.

Fit20 officially opens today and you don’t need to bring your gym gear. Source: 1 NEWS

Burger King union members to strike and picket today

Members of the Unite Union who work at Burger King will go on strike today to protest unpaid work, lack of breaks and low pay rates.

Union spokesperson Gerard Hehir said in a release that strikes and pickets will take place across the country, with 92 per cent of members voting to strike.

"They are sick of having some of the lowest pay rates amongst major fast food companies, sick of working unpaid hours, sick of not getting their breaks and sick of Burger King not sticking to agreements," Mr Hehir said.

The union accused Burger King of withholding staff clock in/clock out records, "despite having supplied such information on an individual basis previously".

Mr Hehir said Unite Union has asked the Labour Inspectorate to investigate whether Burger King is breaking the law by regularly requiring salaried managers on minimum wage to work extra unpaid hours.

"Burger King needs to wake up - the days of employers getting away with stealing their workers time and wages are over," Mr Hehir said.

Source: 1 NEWS


Take a trip to the South Auckland retirement village using dance to keep in shape

If you like to boogie, break it down, cut some shapes and shake, a South Auckland retirement village could be just the place for you.

Seven Sharp reports the residents of Manurewa's Elmwood Village have a disco every day to keep the body sharp and the mind even sharper.

The programme reckons disco dancing is the perfect way to work up a sweat, and have fun while you're doing it. 

Tamati Rimene-Sproat went to Elmwood Village to check out the disco and you can see his report in the video above.

Residents at Manurewa's Elmwood Village have a disco every day to keep the body and mind sharp. Source: Seven Sharp