Various online training options emerge to rescue your health and fitness goals

It’s no secret us Gold Coasters love hitting the gym, so we’re all dealing with the news that our favourite sweat studios have had to close as part of the government’s new lockdown measures.

So now as well as trying to figure out where the next roll of toilet paper is coming from, we’re now also wondering how we’re going to get our assess into shape in our own living rooms!? Coz seriously, the couch teases me. It’s going to be hard.

The good news is – there are options, with a few fitness fams revealing new online programs or beefing up existing ones to get us through the dark patch.

We’ve gathered a few different options together, in what’s about to be the newest fitness fad: online sweating.

  1. F45, the cultiest of cults.

It’s no secret that those F45s will whip you into shape and quick, though we’re also extremely aware of the cost to the hip pocket for the pleasure.

Though as the world wide fitness phenomenon tries to keep up with our rapidly changing times, it’s launched an online version of it’s workouts for just a fraction of the price.

For just $10 a week (instead of the usual $66) you can have access to the high intensity interval training that the world’s gone mad for.

And you can do the workouts right from the comfort of your own home!

2. Hollywood-hotstuff Chris Hemsworth’s ‘Centr Fit’ app

Chris Hemsworth’s once again gone above and beyond to prove what a generally nice person he is and a total saviour in times of crisis. See, Thor.

He’s announced that his extremely successful online training and wellness guide ‘Centr’ will now become extremely accessible for those struggling with cash at the moment.

You can grab six weeks FREE of his app (usually $20ish a month), which gives you access to some of the trainers, chefs and coaches he’s used himself.

Pretty sure there’s some decent shirtless footage of ours truly to just drool over if you’re not really after the workouts.

“Centr was founded to make health and happiness accessible to all, and I hope that this will make that access even easier during the current global health crisis.

“I think now more than ever is when we need to focus on what I believe to be the 3 key pillars to living healthier and happier- movement, nutrition, and mental fitness,” Hemsworth says in his Instagram post.

Please stop giving us reasons to stalk you Chris, but thanks.


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Hi there all, during this period of self isolation and uncertainty, I am offering six weeks of my health and fitness program @Centrfit for FREE! Go to and sign-up.  Centr was founded to make health and happiness accessible to all, and I hope that this will make that access even easier during the current global health crisis. I think now more than ever is when we need to focus on what I believe to be the 3 key pillars to living healthier and happier- movement, nutrition, and mental fitness. In recent weeks Centr has seen a groundswell of support from our customers and communities, with thousands of members around the world coming together and sharing how the program has brought them positivity and support during these difficult times. Available at only, for new users only.

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3. Free workouts twice a week with the ‘Keep it Cleaner’ gang!

If you got a crush on Steph Claire Smith, like G Flip in her song ‘Drink too much’, then introduce her to your living room with her wellness app Keep It Cleaner.

Her and bestie Laura Henshaw will give you access to the lot: HIIT, boxing, strength training, running programs, along with healthy meal plans, meditation sessions and life advice.

They’ve announced FREE live PT sessions twice a week, on Wednesday and Friday mornings,  for anyone to join in via social media. What is this world?!

“With recent events taking place around the world at the moment, we understand getting to the gym can be more difficult than usual. We want to ensure we are offering ways in which we can continue to stay connected, but also encourage overall wellbeing during this challenging time.

“We will be offering free live online workouts hosted by Steph Claire Smith & Laura Henshaw to help you remain calm and active with an inspiring community.

“With no equipment required, these sweat sessions will promise to get your heart racing, all from the comfort of your own living room.

“In these unique times, lets come together and be there for one another,” their Facbeook post reads.

You can access the workouts at the ‘Keep it Cleaner’ Public Facebook Page OR Instagram live via @keepitcleaner.

IT seems the workouts stay on their Facebook pages, for those who can’t make it to the live ones. So you can just watch it later!

Here’s one now!

Stomach Pain Cramp

National report confirms Endometriosis is a silent epidemic

One in 10 Australian women are living with Endometriosis, according to a national report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

The report, Endometriosis in Australia: prevalence and hospitalisations, also revealed many women are not aware they suffer with the chronic condition, or that their fertility is at risk.

Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to that normally found lining the uterus occurs in other parts of the body. The tissue responds to hormones released by the ovaries, which can lead to bleeding, inflammation and scarring.

Senior Monash IVF specialist, Dr Kee Ong said endometriosis is as common as Asthma, yet we know very little about it.

“Awareness and understanding are lacking across the spectrum from patients to doctors. It’s massively undiagnosed and one of the most common causes of infertility,”  he said.

“Endometriosis is variable in presentation, meaning some patients will suffer with very severe symptoms while others will experience no symptoms at all.

“Women are waiting seven to 10 years for a correct diagnosis for a chronic condition which can effect both quality of life and fertility.

Dr Kee Ong performing laparoscopy surgery. PHOTO: Supplied

“It really is a silent epidemic which only comes to light for many women when they start trying for a baby. We need to get to it sooner.”

Endometriosis is diagnosed through key-hole surgery called a laparoscopy.

Of the 410 laparoscopies performed on his patients last year, Dr Ong said the condition was found in a significant percentage with many reporting no prior symptoms of pain.

The incidence of endometriosis in sub-fertile females is 20 to 40%, significantly higher than that of the general population.

“Early diagnosis is essential and there is hope! Surgery significantly improves the chances of conceiving and patients can often avoid the IVF path,” Dr Ong said.

“I see a lot of patients who have been through the extreme emotional and financial turmoil of repeated IVF cycles that had a lessor chance of success due to undiagnosed endometriosis. This is one of the most heart-breaking things to see.”

Some of the symptoms of endometriosis women can look out for include pain during sex or periods, heavy menstrual bleeding, bleeding between periods, lethargy and reduced fertility.

For more information on Endometriosis, and Dr Kee Ong, visit:

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Support Session

Free information session to support cancer survivors

Support is an important part of any cancer journey – which is why Cancer Council Queensland is hosting a free support and information session this month for locals who have finished or are near the end of initial treatment for cancer and their loved ones.

Treatment’s finished…What now? will be held on Friday, November 22 from 9am – 12pm at Cancer Council Queensland’s Gold Coast office at 1 Short St, Southport.

The session will provide information on lymphoedema symptoms and treatment, long term and late side effects of treatment, survivorship and offer ways to cope with the physical and emotional changes that occur.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said more people are surviving cancer today than any other time in history.

“More people are surviving cancer as a result of advancements in cancer research and treatment options,” Ms McMillan said.

“Following treatment, cancer survivors have a range of physical, psychological and social needs that can’t be addressed with a one-size-fits-all approach.

“This free session will help those impacted by cancer as they adjust to life after cancer treatment.

“Our information session will cover a range of topics, including dealing with various emotions, late effects of treatment, and psychological and social transitions.”

Ms McMillan said the session created an opportunity for locals to connect with other people dealing with the same issues.

“Sharing experiences with others in a supportive environment can help those affected by cancer know that they are not alone,” Ms McMillan said.

“We encourage all cancer survivors, their friends and families, to join us for a morning of support and information.”

Registrations for the information session are open until November 15. To reserve your space, please visit, or call 131120.


Urgent measles alert issued for Gold Coast after ANOTHER confirmed case

There’s been a fresh measles scare for the Gold Coast after a person visited a number of locations in the north while infected with the highly contagious disease.

Gold Coast Health issued the urgent alert on Friday after being “notified of a case of measles on the Gold Coast.”

They said the person was isolated during most of the infectious period, however urged anyone who has visited Brygon Creek Chempro Chemist on Tuesday 15 October between 4.45pm and 5.30pm and 7-eleven Pimpama on the afternoon of 17 October, to be alert for measles symptoms.

“In view of this new case, the current measles outbreak in Brisbane’s South and the ongoing significant measles outbreak in New Zealand, we ask people in the locations above at these times,
as well as the public in general, to be alert for symptoms of measles over the next three weeks,” Gold Coast Health said in a statement.

“We encourage travellers to ensure they are vaccinated before their departure and to be vigilant for signs and symptoms of measles three weeks after their return to Australia.”

The initial symptoms of measles can include fever, lethargy, runny nose, moist cough and sore red eyes.

This is followed a few days later by a blotchy, red rash which often starts on the face and then becomes widespread over the body.

“If you have any of the measles symptoms contact your GP – it is VERY important to call the medical practice first if you think you might have measles, so that staff can take precautions to avoid spreading it to others,” Gold Coast Health warned.

60 percent of Gold Coasters deemed overweight or obese

It’s been revealed more than half of Gold Coasters are overweight or obese, but we’re still doing better than the whole of Queensland.

In light of World Obesity Day last week, new figures have showed that 60.5 percent of Gold Coast adults are overweight or obese.

To fall into that ‘overweight’ category, you must have a BMI (Body Mass Index) between 25 and 29.9, ‘obesity’ requires a BMI of 30 or above.

The Gold Coast has clocked a 28.3 percent obesity rate in adults, according to the latest figures from the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University.

It falls second only to Brisbane’s rate, which was the lowest in the state at 23.8 percent.

The Mitchell Institute analysis claims the overweight/obesity rates around the country seem to correspond closely to where people live.