What’s on the playing field at the Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival? Plan a weekend with family and friends this August at
With less than a month to go, Hong Kong is getting excited to welcome athletes from across the world for the first Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival, 19-21 August 2016. The first festival of its kind in the region and is a celebration of sports, fitness and health that brings families, professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts together. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with over 20 sports through competitions, demonstrations, and try-outs. Thousands of athletes and over hundreds of health and fitness brands will be all under one roof in a space that reaches over 22,000 square metres – almost the size of three rugby fields.
The world’s largest multi-sport festival will give the community a chance to experience the health and fitness industry in a way the city has never seen before. During the two-days, participants will be able to watch elite athletes and world champion level competitions including strongman, arm wrestling, body building, and pole fitness. They will be able to join in competitions such as crossfit, weightlifting, fencing, chess, rubik’s cube, pole fitness, strongman and bodybuilding. Demonstrations to look forward to include skate boarding, jump rope, krav maga, judo, and other forms of martial arts, dance sports, table tennis, street workout, cirque and more.
Families and friends can come and try out sports with coaches on hand to guide them. These include rowing, cycling, lion dancing, table tennis, yoga, martial arts, cirque training and more. Parents and kids can race to see who has the fastest row, have a friendly match of arm wrestling, or even get involved in the table tennis roadshow.
With hundreds of brands represented, there will be something of interest for everyone. Festival-goers will be able preview and try out some of Hong Kong’s best gyms and fitness institutions, sample wellness products from Official Natural Health Partner Swisse, beverages from Drinks Partner Gatorade and a market from some of Hong Kong’s most interesting brands. Participants will also be able to purchase a range of apparel with brands on sale for the very first time in Hong Kong and exclusively over the weekend at the Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival 2016.
An initiative of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Arnold Classic Asia is brought to Hong Kong by Richard Petty, Chairman of Arnold Classic Asia: “The Arnold Classic Asia celebrates fitness as a way of life and brings people together of all backgrounds in and friends. Tickets are now on sale at www.arnoldclassicasia.com from HKD150 per adult, HKD80 for under 18 years and full-time students, and free entry for children under 12 years.” With only a few weeks to go, it’s time to plan the weekend with family.
Top 11 highlights of the Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival 2016:
Who knew that a childhood playground game was also a sport that over 60,000 teenagers in the city take part in every year? Hong Kong Rope Skipping Federation will hold the Hong Kong Jump Rope Open Championship at the Festival this year. The international championship will showcase world-class level sport with over 80 athletes from 10 countries including USA, China, Singapore and Malaysia. The Championship is sanctioned by World Jump Rope Federation and recognised by Asia and Pacific Jump Rope Federation.
Fun Fact: The Hong Kong Rope Skipping Team has performed all around the world, winning 20 gold medals in the 2015 World Jump Rope Championship, including gold medals for speed and freestyle events.
Watch a World Record Attempt with Zydrunas “Big Z” Savickas (191cm, 180kg) taking on the log lift. He is 4x World’s Strongest Man, 8x Arnold Classic Strongman World Champion and is a multiple world record holder for the log lift as well as holding the most recent world record at Arnold Classic Brazil lifting 228kg.
A spectacle like no other, check out the most exciting new sport gaining popularity globally –Street Workout. It aims to promote a healthy lifestyle and make exercise easily accessible through working out at the park with bodyweight. Don’t miss exciting demonstrations and workshops at the Festival throughout the weekend with The World Street Workout and Calisthenics Federation.
Ever wanted to take a self-defense class? Join the latest trend with Krav Maga, an Israeli form of martial arts. Over the weekend, take part in workshops and demonstrations with Hong Kong’s highest level Krav Maga instructor, Derek Poon, Director of International Krav Maga Federation, Hong Kong.
Cheer for the kids on the playing field over the weekend with a fun-filled round of touch rugby matches planned by the Hong Kong Rugby Union. There will be 16 teams and 240 players at the festival.
Make sure to get a selfie with some of the national players in attendance.
Challenge a friend to a heat race on the cyclingand rowing machines. For spin and rowing lovers, coaches are on hand from the Cycling Association of Hong Kong and Hong Kong China Rowing Association throughout the weekend to teach new tricks.
Ever heard of the term “mind sport”? One of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s personal favourites, theChess Tournament will be open for both juniors under 16 and adults to come and play on a first come first served basis on both days. The Hong Kong Chess Federation will be judging based on the Swiss System 7 rounds Rapid (15mins +10 seconds from move #1 each side).
Yoga lovers rejoice as there will be large scale classes open for the whole family to try in the mornings. EPIC Yoga’s lead yoga instructor Victor Chau and master Hari Krishna will teach participants all about balance, flexibility and endurance.
Brush up on table tennis skills with help from expert coaches from the Hong Kong Table Tennis Association. It’s never too late to learn new tips and tricks. Participants can choose who they would like to compete against and have a competition of their own throughout the weekend.
Hong Kong Fencing Association individual members, non-members and overseas fencers are invited to compete on Sunday – showing off their tremendous skills – with the foil, epee and saber challenges taking place. It’s time to draw out those weapons and advance!
Get ready for the EPIC Throwdown – a show of fitness bringing together a community of like-minded teams to take part in a challenging but fun competition. Open to any 4 person team comprising of 2 male competitors and 2 female competitors, register now for an opportunity to test strength, cardio, gymnastics, Olympic lifting and more. Workouts will be released starting 8 August 2016.