10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED THE JUNGLE BODY CONVENTION IN YOUR LIFE

Written by Caris

The Jungle Body 2016 Convention & Mind Body Booty Expo is on October 14-16 at Novotel Perth Langley….so we thought we would give you our top 10 reasons why you need to be there!

1. Firstly, if you didn’t have one already, here is your excuse to wear active wear ALL WEEKEND.Lets be honest…active wear is comfy as hell! Non-activewear wearers (real term) don’t know the true comfort and support that high waisted tights with built in support and sucker-inner-technology can bring. Consider swapping the sweat band with sparkles for the cocktail party, other than that, sports bra’s for life!

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Sweat sisters from last years class…so much love here!

2. It’s a perfect opportunity to treat yo’ self.
Remember that time when you took a whole weekend off just for yourself and hated it? Neither do we! Maintain some sanity while also looking after your physical and mental health before you go all Britney 07 on poor Carol at the grocery check out. There will be ample opportunity to focus on just you – GUILT FREE. Plus, who would shun away from exclusive shopping experiences? Ugh, as if! …oh and Novotel is offering rooms for only $155 with buffet breakfast *yes I just said BUFFET breakfast.

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Last years tribe dropping it like its hotttttttttttt….

3. Make friends with like-minded sweat sisters.
Get in girlfriend, we’re going twerking. All those good vibes and exercise endorphins means everyone who attends are going to be generally happy and friendly so it’s a perfect place to make some new buddies. Sisters before misters!

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Bring your girlfriends, come with your Mum…grab your granny! We want you!

4. It’s motivating like…seriously motivating!
It’s basically going to be impossible not to be motivated during this weekend. Fitsquad. Fightclub. Twerkshop. Booty Expo. No these aren’t trending baby names, these one of a kind workout sessions will have you realising that you’ve got 99 problems and they all involve sweat. After you’ve expelled yourself of all bodily fluids, get some next level mojo from a huge range of speakers to inspire and motivate. You’ll basically walk out an oracle. Plus…we have Xandria Ooi flying in all the way from Malaysia to speak at our Expo…and if you haven’t checked this sister out yet…you are MISSING OUT ON LIFE.

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Murder that dancefloor! 2015 flashbacks include outfits that slayed, unrecognisable instructors, limbo, questionable singing and yes, lots and lots of Konga. This is your chance to walk the red carpet (could be green, blue, not sure), socialise and inhale a samosa or twenty while crushing the dance floor.

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Last years Cocktail party….shoes off and all 😛

6. The world’s biggest Konga class.
Turn down for what! This is a fit squad of epic proportions. You will actually transform into Rihanna while you nail that werwerwerwerwer track. Become enchanted with the good vibes, impressive set up, the sick beats and most of all, the tonne of legends filling the room.

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Love to Hustle? All the workouts on the weekend, plus the Expo & Workshops will feature a LIVE DJ and nightclub lighting!

7. The cocktail party is just too damn wonderful.
Murder that dancefloor! 2015 flashbacks include outfits that slayed, unrecognisable instructors, limbo, questionable singing and yes, lots and lots of Konga. This is your chance to walk the red carpet (could be green, blue, not sure), socialise and inhale a samosa or twenty while crushing the dance floor

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Who will win the prestigious Limbo award in 2016?

 

8. TJB is the program that people actually love.
Choreographers deserve a damn medal. 5 programs that all offer something different every month. And no we aren’t talking different as in I think I’ll get a soy latte today, we are talking mind blowing, crap your crop top mind blowing routines that are fierce as hell. If you need convincing, tighten your pony and get your butt to the convention to witness the fitness.

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Last year’s sweaty JAGUA class…left many people limping in pain 😛 

9. It’s cheaper than therapy.
This is the convention you need in your life right now. Studies have shown that exercising isn’t just good for you physically, it’s mentally beneficial as well. Last years convention has been described as “one of the most positive experiences I have ever been involved in” – @everybodyjunglebody. Now if that doesn’t convince you, maybe the raw ball samples will.

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Last year’s Limbo leader…will he be back this year?

10. Thanks for the memories.
You’ll take home with you irreplaceable keepsakes. And no were not talking about your saffron infused Chilean macro goji berry nutrient paleo Aztec wellness tea. We’re talking about the cherished memories you’ll make during your time there. And the fact that you’ve just been part of a world wide phenomenon basically makes you Beyoncé.

If you haven’t got your tickets yet, you better be clicking because October 14-16 at Novotel Perth Langley is where it is at sisters – www.thejunglebodyconvention.com 

Whats happening though…?

  • Friday night 7pm-9pm Worlds Biggest KONGA Class
  • Saturday 9am – 2:30pm Fitsquad, Fightclub & Twerkshop Workout sessions
  • Saturday 7pm – Midnight Cocktail Ball
  • Sunday 10am – 4pm  – Mind, Body, Booty Expo including speakers on health, diet, life, happiness, reaching your goals and everything in between. Plus go shopping with over 30 retailers from Perth! $60 ticket gets you access to everything and lunch. or just come and shop with FREE ENTRY on Sunday.

Want to know what all the fuss is about? Check out Xandria here – https://www.facebook.com/xandriaooi/videos/1065122103583934/

 

How it all began…

DSC_8964I was nineteen years old sitting in an Economics lecture at Curtin University scribbling away in my notebook. I should have been listening to the beauty of non-cooperative game theory and social choice but instead I was fixated on something else. I was consumed by the idea that no one was offering a workout for the everyday Australian. For the woman who was uncoordinated as anything but felt alive when the music turned up. For the girl who wanted to lose weight but couldn’t stand the treadmill . For the Mum who needed to keep fit but would never dare enter a gym. For the busy woman who didn’t have time to workout but needed it. My economic ears pricked because I knew there was demand but no one was filling it the right way.

I called my Mum and said “I think I can make this work….what do you think me about cutting back to part time uni?”

The response was everything I imagined from my Mother. In her bubbly, overly supportive and totally infectious tone she replied “yes…do it!”. That is how The Jungle Body was officially born.

In 2007 I graduated high school with dreams of being the next big economist and potentially a future Politician. I was Head Girl of my High School, “that girl” that started a Speech Club at lunch time and I entered every single extracurricular educational program and competition possible. I met my idol John Howard when I won The Hasluck Leadership Award and Richard Goyder presented me with the Business Icon award at only seventeen years old. I landed the John Curtin Scholarship when I finished High School and I began studying a Bachelor of Economics and Management. I scored my dream job in Advisory at PricewaterhouseCoopers straight out of School and everything was falling into place. I was clear where I was heading and no one could stop me.

What I have failed to add so far is that apart from all the studying, I had a passion for dance and fitness. My brother and I began ballroom dancing together when we were kids. We were always teased for giggling and smiling. The Franzinelli’s were always known as the “smileys” (my maiden name was Franzinelli).Naturally, as my brother grew up and realized ballroom dancing with your sister was not cool I began competing without him.

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My mother was always very into staying fit and eating healthy. I was the child that was never allowed MSG or added sugar (long before it became cool) and I have countless memories doing Denise Austin workouts with my Mum for “fun”. I always struggled with knee problems from dancing so I was given a special membership at fifteen for my local gym (usually you had to be over eighteen) to do rehab. I hated doing sport at school in fear I would injure my knee which would hurt my dancing. Gym classes on the other hand I fell completely in love with. Before school my Mum would drop me at the gym for a Step class with a bunch of 40 year old woman. It was my outlet, the other dimension to me & something that I completely fell in love with.

It was late 2009 and it was time to depart to the US for my semester abroad which was part of my University Scholarship. I had a stopover in Los Angeles for a few days so I was left to venture out myself. I didn’t know anyone, I was underage and I was completely alone. This actually excited me because I absolutely love being alone and this was the first time I could truly live by myself. Interestingly, and potentially fateful I randomly decided the very first thing I would do would be go to the gym. The gym next to my hotel happened to the be the hottest gym in LA called Equinox on Sunset. It was Sunday at seven in the morning and not a person was in sight except the poor Manager who had to be there. I started chatting to him only to find out that he was the former Manager of the famous Gold’s Gym Venice Beach who had dreams of one day having his own Fitness Centre. Our conversation flowed as my legs chased after the treadmill and something sort of magical happened. I said to him that I would be happy to help out wherever I could in helping him create his fitness empire. Business plans, feasibility studies and numbers were what made me tick. So I exchanged my email and headed to New York to begin my studies.

New York University life is exactly like the movies. Fraternities, campus parties, dorm rooms and an obsession with American history. I was placed in a shoebox dormitory with a beautiful girl named Junehan from China. Jun was studying Musical Therapy which meant countless hours every day practicing her guitar skills. I think I heard John Denver’s “Annie’s Song” more than a thousand times. The tiny room would fill up with Chinese international students most nights and we would just giggle hardly understanding what each other was saying. In between learning about the American Civil War, listening to her learn guitar and assimilating to this new way of life; I was determined to impress this gym Manager from Los Angeles. I created the ultimate business plan for the opening of a gym in Los Angeles. With no expectations or payment, I just for some unknown reason felt the need to throw myself into this opportunity. This is how I always was. If there was a competition, a networking event, an opportunity to learn more or a person to meet; my hand was always up first.

I always felt the more I threw myself into life, the more I could gain. Every time I put myself in a challenging or uncomfortable position that was where I gained the most knowledge & satisfaction.

I spent the little money I had buying stockart to make this Business Plan look professional, filled the pages with financial estimates I found researching on Google and I showered the pages with my summaries, thoughts and notes. After about a week I had created a Business Plan that maybe PwC would have been proud of. I emailed it off…not knowing why or what it would lead to. But a sense of satisfaction that I had given it a go & potentially helped someone fulfill their dream. He returned my email totally overwhelmed and basically engaging me to help him & his Business partner Wladimir Klitschko open America’s greatest gym.

What followed this one fateful event was a year of travelling around the US trying the latest fitness classes, trademarking & meeting with Lawyers, creating branding with a high level Marketing company from Germany, checking out potential sites in New York & LA, producing startup costs with their accountant, recruiting the top fitness stars in the country and researching what it takes to be successful in the fitness market.

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So many amazing memories and friendships formed while I was in the US! Pictured here with Kelsey & Camile Grammer (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) at her Birthday in Malibu

Plus, the fun stuff…like watching Wladimir fight at the Staples Centre and trying out endless classes that I loved like Piloxing, Zumba & Spin. I started to become addicted to group fitness classes so much so that I joined New York Health & Racquet Club because they had clubs on every block in Manhatten. Every night I would look at the Group Fitness schedule of all classes across the city! I’d finish a 6am aerobics class downtown and then race up to midtown for Pilates at 9am. Probably the most memorable class was one where the treadmill had no sides & you were to jump from one to another. Not sure where that one is today!

New York has an energy about it when you live there that is hard to describe. I stayed in Chelsea around the corner from the Meatpacking District which meant I could workout till late into the night and safely walk home absorbing the people, the sounds, the families, the celebrities …and everything in between.

You would think I would have lost weight, but I actually gained 5 kilos from post-workout caramel protein shakes, Ben & Jerry’s at every corner store, loaded chopped salads & cookie dough covered frozen yoghurt.

I remember one day coming up with the idea of Virtual Fitness classes. We thought we were going to be millionaires as the idea of being able to run Group Fitness classes all day with no instructor seemed like the ultimate lucrative idea. After a few hours we were in tears laughing on the floor at how ridiculous the idea was. Who would want to walk in a room alone and listen to a screen? Fast forward six years and it is actually happening. In the end we came up with the name 220 and the tag line ‘Second to None’. Today the gym reigns supreme in Santa Monica, Los Angeles and was voted “#2 Gym in the Nation,” by The Huffington Post and Self Magazine.

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My Mum – my mentor, my best friend, my idol

When I arrived back in Perth for Christmas in 2009 the first thing I did was head to the gym with my best friend; my Mum! I was hoping to see the Protein Shake bar, Cardio Theatre, Personal Trainers that were almost celebrity like, endless dance fitness classes & Pilates reformer rooms.

Unfortunately, the experience was quite the opposite. Staff that couldn’t crack a smile, the same techno beat aerobics with the same moves from 1994, bored Personal Trainers sitting on their Blackberries and a small fridge with Powerade. Something clicked in my mind and I knew I had to bring some of the energy from the US to Australia.

I was obsessed with Zumba so I began teaching it while at University. In the US there is a strong connection to South America and Latin music, food & culture is so natural. But in Australia I was finding the Bachata, Samba, Salsa, Merengue were not connecting. All I wanted to do was put on my own Hip Hop music, do some simple moves & throw in some other styles like Boxing & Cardio because half of my class could not dance. So, I just did it. I created my own program I called KONGA® and the classes were at max capacity each week.

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To this very day I still teach at the same Sporting Club I began teaching at in 2010. The same time, the same place, the same numbers, the same stage and a lot of the same people.

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It has been six years now. So much has happened I could write a very long book. Maybe the next DVD I can continue this story. But in short, I have had six unbelievable years. Yes it has been an uphill battle getting gyms & instructors to believe in the programs. It has been a struggle starting at nineteen with a few hundred dollars to my name. It has been difficult when everyone chose the global competitor over the underdog. But each week I kept going.

I kept going because I saw so many lives transform. Mindsets have been altered, relationships created & careers formed. Plus, i am a big believer that the best way to find happiness is to earn it. I thrive off a journey of hard work & it’s the challenges that have made me who I am today not so much the wins. I love being able to problem solve & become a better version of myself.

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The first UK Instructor Workshop – a magical time!

The company has grown up in the last six years. The sort of change you see in an infant from birth to six years of age. That is why now felt like the right time to do a DVD. The programs are now exactly what I imagined them to be, the instructors represent all that I could ever have dreamed of & the brand is exactly what I sought out to achieve.

 

DSC_8880In London with Shereice, who has been part of this journey with me…through the thick and the thin!

The power & spirit of The Jungle Body is not just in the movements & the music…it’s in the people. It’s the energy & culture we have created that make the workouts addictive, uplifting & empowering. It’s the friendly smiles you get from our instructors, their easy-going attitude that you fall in love with, their screams of joy for that 80s track you love, their determination you see at the end of that arm track or that hilarious look as we all attempt to twerk. It’s the feeling of inclusion, the feeling of acceptance & the mutual goal to be a better version of ourselves that makes it amazing.

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An emotional night for me at our Convention last year!

I truly hope that The Jungle Body injects some light into your life & that my story inspires you to go out and achieve what you want! The Jungle Body is only what it is today because of every participant, instructor and supporter….the people I will forever be grateful for!

Don’t wait for the right time or the perfect circumstance for every challenge only makes you better. There will be struggles, there will be problems – but if your heart is in the right place and you are determined to work hard every single day – it will be worth it no matter what the end result.

I look forward to re-blogging this story in another 5 years with hopefully more amazing Jungle Body memories with you!

Tara x

Make this Christmas the best one yet!

For some reason Christmas seems to be the time that you let everything go & get nothing done! You fill your body with gooey cheese platters, rolls of nitrate filled salami, cream laced Pavlova and your workout timetable flys out the window. Before you know it you are back at work & everything feels JUST THE SAME.

NOT THIS YEAR. OK Jungle Bodies?

There are 2-3 weeks ahead of you now which you will turn into the best ones of your LIFE! Turn this festive period into the best possible holiday for you & your body! Your mind & body wants beautiful nutritious food balanced with some delectable indulgences … It wants rest & relaxation balanced with movement, connection & laughter!

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So what is the plan?

  1. Schedule it in – Get your Diary and plan 3-4 workouts or active dates with you, your friends & family each week! This may be a new workout at a cool gym you haven’t been to before, a PT Session with a new Trainer you find online, a run through Kings Park, a random Bootcamp or KONGA Class you find online, a day playing golf or trampolining, a day at the beach with the family or a twilight walk along the river. Either way…plan NOW an active holiday season so you can keep your body moving & improving!
  2. Stock the fridge – Head to the shops and fill your fridge with glorious fruit & fascinating veggies! Chop them up into bite size pieces in containers so all week long over the next 2-3 weeks you have quick, fresh, healthy & body-loving food in your house. You will have plenty of events to go to where you will be indulging, so make sure at HOME you balance that out by eating what your body wants. Try swap some meals for squeezed juices, have fresh clean summer salads with protein for dinner & then indulge when you head out of the house. If you eat a clean & wholesome diet for 80% of the holiday season I promise you will feel more amazing than ever before!
  3. Spend precious time not money– Life is way to short to waste your time on this Earth being moody, closed off & not exploring what the world has to offer. Its time NOW to book in some amazing experiences that you will never forget such as
    • A small reunion – Get your old friends or distant relatives together for a short Brunch, walk around the river or a Cocktail hour. Doesn’t have to be long! Even invite friends on Facebook you never actually see in real life! Connect with people and feel the happiness it brings! Don’t wait for others to ask YOU – you be the first one to reach out!
    • Cook – My Sister-in-Law, her sister & my best friend get together every year & cook Christmas things which we then give our family as presents. Its a fun day where we chat, laugh & just be together! The food doesn’t always turn out to Nigella’s standards or pretty …but the experience is priceless.
    • Read – Find a good book at your local Library or book store that will inspire you or provide you with some knowledge! Find a sunny spot somewhere, or sit in the bath, or maybe go to a local pool & just read. You will feel so accomplished finishing a book by the end of the Holiday season!
    • Organise your life – Find a day to sort your life out! Write out a list today of what needs to be done to give you more clarity in your life. Maybe you need to sort your wardrobe, finally clean out your kitchen, find a new job or organise your finances & bills. Maybe you want to finally sign up to be a Jungle Body Instructor or create a Budget in 2016 so you can start to have some savings! Whatever it is…NOW is the time.

tara_LAtrip_StudioCityFarmersMarket_samsherdelphoto_010 (2)When you work hard, achieve a goal (even an every day goal like cleaning your wardrobe or walking around the river), be present & get involved in life you will feel a sense of happiness like no other gift or material present will give you! Don’t worry about what you did or said in the past, it’s about who you are now & where you want to be tomorrow.

Have an amazing Christmas & remember to always be the first to smile!

Tara x

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Shop & say Hi at Lorna Jane tomorrow!

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We are so excited to kick off the celebrations for our 2015 Convention by teaming up with Lorna Jane to showcase The Jungle Body across 11 stores in WA!

WHEN: Saturday 31st October
TIME: 12PM – 12:20PM
WHERE :  Floreat, Innaloo, Ocean Keys, Cannington, Joondalup, Success, Perth City, Bunbury, Rockingham, Baldivis & Booragoon

Buy tickets NOW for our Jungle Body Convention 13-15 November at www.thejunglebodyparty.com

Thanks to Wherethestyledthingsare wearing the latest Lorna Jane Gear

x The Jungle Body

Khloe Kardashian’s FITNESS Closet…..SO MUCH ENVY!

Girls…get your husbands now! You NEED THIS! Khloé Kardashian has a body that she’s ready to show off, and she didn’t get there by lying around the house. What you might not know is that the woman is ​serious ​about her workout gear — so much so that she’s dedicated an entire closet — walk-in closet, naturally — to her fitness clothing and exercise equipment.

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SKINS just got hot!

This week we were super excited to trial Skins A200 range & boy were we impressed. We got a taste of the Speed Crop Top & the 3/4 compression tights which also come in plain black, blue, navy & some other prints!

Skins A200 Range

So… here is our analysis:

  • The pants will suck it all in, compress & lift your booty like no other pant can! You can shake it & twerk it (we tried this below) & everything will stay in place!
  • The material is breathable, light but still with full coverage 😉 Probably couldn’t get a better material for working out.
  • The pants come up to just below your belly button which is perfect for pulling in your waist!
  • The Crop is padded so you get some control & it sits flat against my body, rather than pulling/pinching or being uncomfortable like some other tops!

You can purchase at Skins with Free Shipping over $100 – BOOM! 😉 I think with years of being the leaders in Compression gear….Skins really know what they are doing with activewear. 5 Thumbs up x