Getting physical at Blackpool’s annual fitness extravaganza

International Fitness Showcase at Winter Gardens Blackpool. Pictured are Nicky Corssley, Michelle Scobie, Sophie Barratt, martin Jensen and Nicola Richmoor from Street Strike Fitness.
International Fitness Showcase at Winter Gardens Blackpool. Pictured are Nicky Corssley, Michelle Scobie, Sophie Barratt, martin Jensen and Nicola Richmoor from Street Strike Fitness.
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Thousands of fitness fans danced, jumped, punched, pedalled, stretched and sweated their way through more than 300 exercise sessions at The Winter Gardens.

One of the biggest events on the UK fitness calendar, The International Fitness Showcase, again took over the Blackpool venue for the weekend.

International Fitness Showcase at Winter Gardens Blackpool. 'Pictured is Katie Bulmar - Cooke from TV's The Apprentice with her Fitness Music CD's.

International Fitness Showcase at Winter Gardens Blackpool. 'Pictured is Katie Bulmar - Cooke from TV's The Apprentice with her Fitness Music CD's.

The three-day extravaganza – organised by Chrysalis Promotions – included classes in activities such as yoga, Pilates, kettlebells, Spinning, pole fitness, Zumba, step aerobics, Insanity and street dance.

There was also a timetable of lectures and workshops for fitness professionals and enthusiasts to learn more. And trade stands offered the latest products in sport and leisure.

Some of the biggest names in exercise attended the event, with presenters from all over the world – including the UK, the USA, Italy, Slovenia and Australia.

Among the names on this year’s bill were Katie Bulmer-Cooke, who featured on the last series of The Apprentice and Chico Slimani, former X Factor contestant and pop singer.

International Fitness Showcase at Winter Gardens Blackpool.'Pictured are the hundreds taking part in the fitness classes held in the Winter Gardens

International Fitness Showcase at Winter Gardens Blackpool.'Pictured are the hundreds taking part in the fitness classes held in the Winter Gardens

Saturday night saw the 11th anniversary Chrysalis Promotions Gala Awards Dinner and Dance in The Spanish Hall. There was entertainment and a three course meal, along with a ceremony to recognise talent and pioneers in the industry.

International Fitness Showcase at Winter Gardens Blackpool. Pictured are Lorna Thomas, Sarah Scott and Leah Rose from X-Pole Fitness.

International Fitness Showcase at Winter Gardens Blackpool. Pictured are Lorna Thomas, Sarah Scott and Leah Rose from X-Pole Fitness.