Kranking is a new fitness class that has hit New Zealand and I got to try it at the only facility in Auckland at the Lloyd Elsmore Leisure Centre in Howick.

Unfortunately due to copyright and branding of Krank I'm not able to post pics of them that I took, but here is what a Kranking machine looks like. 

Firstly Kranking was great fun!  and it makes a change from using legs to do cardio.  Kranking was an awesome workout for the upper body which works the shoulders, biceps, triceps and back depending on which direction you are kranking the pedals.  The good thing about Kranking machine is that you can change the resistance of the wheel so that any one of any fitness level can get benefit from the class. 

As the seat can be taken away from the machine, people in wheelchairs can wheel their chairs in so they can get a great cardio workout.  This also applies to the overweight people.  Although they might get uncomfy on the bike and find the pedalling motion too taxing on their bodies, a Krank class is perfect for them as they can stay seated while using their arms.

But don't think Kranking is easy.  It's certainly challenging as there's many combinations of exercises that can be done to maintain a high heartrate.  You can krank it one hand at a time, both hands forward, both hands backwards. Kranking while you're in lunge position or squatting giving your legs a workout too.

I did the 30min express class and that was plenty enough time to get a great cardio workout and a different way to hammer the upper body.

I would definitely recommend you give it a go!
You can find more about Krank and the classes at Lloyd Elsmore Leisure Centre here:

Lisa, Go Figure
1 March 11
  I'm an unashamed Biggest Loser fan. Love it and I don't miss an episode when its on.  Love to see the changes the biggest loser contestants go through physically and mentally. Love seeing what exercises the trainers Bob and Jillian come up with to continually mix up the fitness regime.   
Jillian cute in the trolley
So when Bob and Jillian tweeted that they were in Auckland. Well my heart went pitter patter and got very excited at the prospect they were in our fine town.  I don't usually go all ga ga about anything but since I'm such a fan of Biggest Loser, I just had to somehow get to where they were.  Not in a crazed stalker fan way though!  I just wanted to say hi and tell them how I love the show.  Plus I wanted to nosey at what they were up to :)

This will go in the album!
Bob, Me and Trix

I missed them jumping off the Skytower but when I heard they were going to be filming at the Fishmarket on Wed 16, I thought right I'm going to clear my morning and I'm going to go there hell or high water, I'm going to meet them.  I know, big words eh.  But I was a wimp though and didn't want to go along so I dragged along one of my clients (Dawne) who I know is motivated by the show too.

With high hopes we walked to the Fishmarket, taking Trixie along as our good luck charm.  When we arrived, I saw Bob through the window and my heart skipped a beat.  He looks so much more handsome in person!  As we walked into the fishmarket we saw there was filiming and then in front of the crews were blue and green shirts.  I thought it was Bob and Jillian just here filiming but as it turns out it was all the Biggest Loser contestants shopping for food. 

Dawne and I tried to blend into the supermarket browsing the fish, food and conditments.  Ofcourse we were going to buy something, we weren't there just to stalk you know!

Spotted Jillian down the aisle talking to one of the contestants and she looked teeny tiny and with great set of delts.  She's pretty and pretty much the same as you see in the show. Loud and direct.  Whereas Bob was bit more relaxed browsing the shop with another group.

Bob in Basketball boots        Paparazzi shot of Jilian     Heard the voice before I saw the demuntive Jillian 

After my initial excitement of being actually at a Biggest Loser filming and being in close proximity to some trainers I admire,  I got composed and ready for my approach to say hi to them.

Here's where Trixie comes in.  I tied Trixie up outside the door at the market and all the crew loved her. They all went over and said what a great dog she is and they'd like to take her home.  I know Bob and Jillian both have dogs so I was hoping Trixie would be way into their hearts and soften them up for a pic.

Bob was great. He noticed Trix earlier so when I approached him at the end of filming he was very cool.  I told him how I was a big fan and asked if I could give him a hug, he said sure not a problem.  He was taller and much more muscular than I thought as I put my arms around him.  Trixie got very excited, maybe she knew she was in the company of celebrity.

I was bit more nervous with Jillian though.  Think they were in a rush to get somewhere and she was hurrying people up and she does.  So I was abit of scardy cat and didn't ask for a pic in fear of what her reaction will be.  I'm sure she's great if she was in more relaxed situation.  Oh well, next time.

Bob got Trixie all excited.

I would've loved to do a proper interview with Bob.  I didn't mention Go Figure and what I do, as I think in the scheme of things we are really small compared to what they deal with.  Maybe I should have but didn't want to push my own barrow!

All in all, I'm glad I overcame my fear of being a 'fan'.  I'm normally a shy girl so doing something like this is quite out of the comfort zone for me.  I'm quite chuffed with myself actually and pleased that I got check out how one of my favourite shows is made.

Next time I'll pluck up the courage to talk to Jillian! yikes.

Lisa, Go Figure
16 February 2011
  I'd always wanted to go to Cambodia eversince I saw Angelina Jolie fight the ancient demons in the temple in first Tomb Raider movie. There's something about the magical feel of 2000 year old temples, ancient stone carvings and the huge 500 year old creepy trees that grew to gigantic proportions that always been the pull for me too to Cambodia. 

left: me and Mum at Angkor Wat sunrise

Mum had spent a month with my sister in England so on her way back, we decided that I'd meet her in Bangkok and we'd go to Cambodia, specially to Siem Reap in the north of Cambodia, together from Bangkok.  We organized a ‘Angkor Explorer' 4 day tour with Intrepid Journey where we had an amazing tour guide by the name of Vouern who met us at the airport with our own driver.  I would definitely recommend you take this option with Intrepid as it take so much hassle out of finding hotel, knowing which temples to go to, get driven around like queens and get to find out the indepth history of the area with your own personal tour guide.

Our travel crew, driver                Amazing carvings                    Angkor Wat                      Angkor Thom
and Vouern, best guide ever

We visited so many temples that I forget which is which!  Needless to say all were amazingly rich in history and chronicled by detailed carvings in stone all the times Siem Reap had been conquered by various religions from Hindu to Buddhism over its 2000 year history.  The highlights of the temples would have to be the technology back all those years ago that built the great Angkor Wat temple which is the best preserved of all the temples. And ofcourse Angor ... ie Tomb Raider temple defined by the huge trees and roots which weaved its way out of temple walls and buildings.

Siem Reap wasn't just about temples.  We did get out and had a drive in the countryside and took a boat to a very large inland lake where many Cambodians lived in a floating village.  They didn't just have floating houses but floating hospitals, schools and basketball court! 

A family the pimps together.                          Please a dollar                               Every space is used

One of the sad things I found about Cambodia in general was the poverty and how the parents would ‘pimp' out their children so they can get some money.  For example while we were on our boat at floating village, we'd get Mums and their children pulling up beside us asking for ‘a dollar'.  One family had a couple of pythons on their boat, the 3 year old had a small python and we could take a pic of him for a dollar.  Sad.  But we did give them a dollar.  

In other situations, kids would come up to us and say ‘ please a dollar' holding bunch of bananas or whatever.  Probably all the words these kids will know in English is ‘a dollar'.  You'd see a lot of kids selling necklaces, books, food etc at all the tourist spots and yep its all about the dollar.

Chicken anyone?                  Cheap eats
Siem Reap town was actually a lot more modern than I'd imagine but still very Asian, you know a lot of chaos, tuk tuks and motorbikes. We stayed in a nice 3 star hotel with air conditioning and great breakfast.  
As it's pretty much a tourist town everything was catered to tourist needs, there's even a ‘Pub Street' about 5min walk from our hotel which caters for all the tastes from around the world from English breakfast, coffee, pizzas, burgers and ofcourse traditional asian fare.  You could eat great street food for two for only $5. We also had traditional kmer food and paid only $10 for 3 courses.  What we didn't spend on food we spent on shopping and tips.  US currency is mainly used here and $1us is the normal tip from the doorman to the boat driver.

The freaky 500 yr
old tree
Angkor Wat and Siem Reap is a great place to visit if you wanted a more adventurous holiday off the beaten track...but still wanted the comforts of home.

But I don't think it would've been as interesting if we didn't have our great tour guide Sear Voeurn who had a wealth of knowledge about the history of the country and was able to explain it in great English. 

Vouern our super guide and Mum 

Cambodians don't make a great deal of money and rely a lot on the tourist $, so if you ever want to go to visit the amazing Angkor Wat, then I would definitely recommend you hire Voerun as your guide.  Just contact me for his details!

After Cambodia, we went back to Bangkok for more shopping and sightseeing but it wasn't half as interesting as Cambodia!!

Now I'm back from a great holiday and refreshed for another exciting year of body worshipping, in a temple I call the gym! 

Lisa, Go Figure
30 Jan 11

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