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BBBRun at Marina Square

The Billbergia Bennelong Bridge Run is coming to Marina Square this March.

We checked in with Marina Square’s local health and fitness experts to find out how you can prepare, race and recover.

 

About the experts

Gillian, Chiropractor, Saltuary Natural Health Clinic.

Gillian has been “optimis[ing] the health of every single person [she] sees” for over fifteen years.

A big believer in gearing her treatments to the individual, Gillian uses a variety of different techniques to treat people of all shapes, sizes and ages.

 

Josh, Coach & Manager at 12RND Fitness.

Josh is passionate about helping people achieve their fitness goals. 6-week challenges push the 12RND crew to be the best. They have built a strong and healthy community around fitness and HIIT training.

Josh reckons the best thing about running is “the feeling of knowing you are better than you were yesterday. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment.”

 

Ronnie, Personal Trainer at Anytime Fitness.

Ronnie works with Anytime Fitness members in Wentworth Point to improve their overall strength and fitness.

Ronnie thinks the worst thing about running is the repetition. He likes to create varied and challenging workouts for his clients.

 

Prepare

It’s important to check your general health and fitness before embarking on a new challenge.

Make sure to check-up with your GP. You can gain more ideas about your fitness level and body composition through your gym, pharmacy or healthcare providers.

Gillian suggests a free pelvic check and lower limb strength assessment. This takes around 20 minutes and is available at Saltuary at Marina Square. You can find more info about this on our offers page.

Food and diet are essential to race preparation as well. Josh suggests a balanced meal of carbs, protein and fats like avocado and eggs on toast. Aim for a light meal on the morning of your run such as a banana and almonds or honey on toast.

Ronnie reminds us to stay hydrated and top up our electrolytes.

Race

Finding your race style is important. You might be a fantastic sprinter and a terrible long-distance runner. Find your race style through different training sessions and identifying your fitness type.

12RND can help you find your fitness type with 3 free trial sessions to use over a 1-week period. For more information about this and other offers click here.

Further tips from Gillian included the importance of breathing properly.  “Find a breathing rhythm whilst running. Make sure it suits your running style and is comfortable.”

This could mean inhaling for three steps, exhaling for two. Make it rhythmic and in line with your pace.

Josh echoes Gillian’s advice, “run at a pace where you know you can control your breathing, take your time and ease your way into running further. Take breaks when/if needed and enjoy yourself!”

Remember to activate the correct muscles. Ronnie says, “activate hip flexors and glutes to improve your technique.”

 

Recover

Sleep, rest and wellbeing are all key to your recovery. During training, remember to take a rest day and maintain a good sleeping pattern.

Food plays a big part too. Gillian says, “keep in mind how important magnesium is for muscle recovery. It helps to relax and replenish the muscles after workouts.”

You can work magnesium into your diet through magnesium rich foods such as leafy greens, fruits and nuts.

Recovery is easiest when you avoid injury. Josh let us know how to avoid injury by keeping simple habits. Make sure you’re “doing a proper warm up before running and maintaining a good stretching, rolling and sleeping pattern.”

 

Enjoying the run at Marina Square

It’s important to remember that running can be a challenge no matter how fit you are. Get out there, smash your fitness goals and enjoy yourself.

Marina Square will be an action-packed running hub for runners and spectators alike. We’ll have special entertainment and kids activities. Plus, all of our usual food and drink offerings. Check out the What’s On section for more details.

More about BBBRun

The BBBRun is open for everyone. Four different races make the event truly accessible.

The brainchild of Glen Lebeau and Hamish Campbell, BBBRun is redefining community running events. They use running to inspire change for individuals, carers and families affected by chronic illness and disabilities.

To find out how you can be involved in creating change visit BBBRUN for further details.

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Lunar New Year

February is on its way, bringing some more warm weather and a new lunar year. Like all great celebrations, Lunar New Year it’s steeped in tradition and myth developed across millennia.

According to the legends, Chinese New Year began with a fight against a mythical beast. This beast was called Nian (The Year) and looked like an ox with the head of a lion.

On New Year’s Eve, this savage beast would come out to harm animals, people and homes. But despite being an almighty beast, Nian had weaknesses in battle. The people discovered that Nian feared the colour red, fire and loud sounds.

Given this knowledge, a wise old man in the village suggested it would be better if they stuck together and chased the monster away. So the villagers used Nian’s weaknesses to protect themselves. They placed red house decorations (Dui Lian), set off fireworks and hung lanterns.

That particular New Year’s Eve, Nian was so surprised that it ran around the village until it was completely exhausted and the villagers were able to kill it.

We still honour the traditions of this story in our celebrations. Like the villagers all those years ago, we gather together under large firework displays, loud dragon dances and beautiful red lanterns.

New Year’s Eve

The night before the Nian is set to arrive, families gather together for safety.

Wherever they are, people are expected to be home to celebrate the festival with their families. The New Year’s Eve dinner is called ‘reunion dinner’ and is the most important meal of the year for many.

Fireworks

In China fireworks are used to drive away evil spirits like Nian as well as to celebrate the coming year.

It is believed that the person who launched the first firework of the New Year will obtain good luck.

Decorations

During Lunar New Year, you will see a variety of red decorations around town. Red lanterns, red envelopes and red streamers all help to ward off Nian. They’re also great gifts for this time of year.

Drumming

The villagers in the myth used drumming to drive away the evil spirits.

Drums were used in so many aspects of traditional Chinese life, including sacrificial and worshipping ceremonies, warfare and performative dance. They’re equally important in modern times, building atmosphere and a sense of communal experience.

Lion Dances

In Chinese culture, the lion symbolizes power, wisdom and superiority. The Lion Dance is one of the most important traditions at Chinese New Year. It is performed to bring good fortune and chase away evil spirits.

Artists imitate a lion’s various movements or demonstrate martial arts accompanied by the music of beating drums, clashing cymbals and resounding gongs.

The lion dance is the perfect way to create a festive atmosphere and bring happiness to the community.

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Australia Day

There are so many things to celebrate about Australia: the wildlife, the sun, the beaches, the people and the food!

Our amazing attitude towards food has cultivated our international reputation as a foodie destination. Australia is home to world-class chefs like Kylie Kwong, Neil Perry and Matt Moran to name just a few. We’re at the forefront of experimental cuisine, and that’s something to be proud of this Australia Day.

Our celebrations are centred around food. Cooking and eating is such an easy way to spread joy. As a nation, we love to BBQ, picnic and feast with our loved ones. There’s nothing better than a family BBQ in the great Australian outdoors.

But there’s some quintessential Aussie foods which aren’t getting any global love. Tourists might turn up their noses at our Fairy Bread or Vegemite because they don’t align with our otherwise high-end foodie credentials, but we love them.

They might be a bit daggy and even provoke international laughs, but these guilty pleasures conjure up childhood memories of birthday parties, summer days and family get-togethers. And that’s why we still love them.

Let us know if you agree with our top six Aussie guilty pleasures:

  1. Vegemite: our American counterparts can’t stand it but we can’t get enough. Spread a thick layer over butter for maximum enjoyment.
  2. Lamingtons: little pillows of sponge, chocolate and coconut. What could be better? Raspberry jam lamingtons, that’s what!
  3. Fairy bread: this multicoloured marvel isn’t for everyone but it’s stood the test of time. It’s been around since the 1920s.
  4. Tim Tams: probably Australia’s largest export thanks to Muriel’s Wedding.
  5. Golden Gaytime: fun fact, the first Gaytime was not golden! It was chocolate and strawberry shortcake.
  6. Pavlova: although there’s conjecture about whether it originated in New Zealand or Australia, we’ll claim it just like we do Russell Crowe and Crowded House.

You can find all of your Australia Day guilty pleasures at Marina Square.

We’re even open on 26 Jan for your emergency Tim Tams.

 

Happy Australia Day!

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Wentworth Point’s favourite fun run is back

We’re excited to announce that in 2019, the Billbergia Bennelong Bridge Run (BBB Run) will begin at Marina Square. Quickly becoming one of the best events in the Sydney running calendar, the Bennelong Bridge Run has a course for everyone. Travelling from Wentworth Point across the Bennelong Bridge to Rhodes, the BBB Run has a 10 km run, 7 km wheelchair course and a free 2 km family run.

Date and times

3rd March 2019

7km wheelchair race:             7:15am

10km run, walk or jog:            7:20 am

2km Family Run:                     9:00am

To register or find out more click here.

Book a celebratory lunch

Want to celebrate all your hard work once your run is done? There are 15 great new places to eat and drink at Marina Square, it’s the perfect place for a meal after the BBB Run. Browse our restaurants and discover your new local dining destination.

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The story behind Marina Square

How does Marina Square help people live life in Wentworth Point?

It’s a place to meet and exchange experiences as well as a place for community needs and services. We thought about how to create a space that people would want to spend time in. Our ‘community hub’ encourages the social interaction of residents and visitors alike and due to the scale of Marina Square, the building plays this role for the whole precinct.

Importantly, this development supports the 700 apartments which sit above the retail centre, which are intimately linked back to the overall development.

Tell us about the design?

The flowing movement of the internal pathways mimic the floorplans of the residential towers above. This curvature is a feature of the design throughout Marina Square.

The unique atrium invites sunlight into the space to introduce another layer of drama. It also provides a sense of arrival, allowing a connection to nature from within the centre.

This sky window is one of the features which demonstrates the connection of the inside and outside.

What’s your favourite part of the building?

The urban scale awning. It acts as a ribbon, wrapped around the building, dancing with the urban rhythm and echoing the gentle water’s movement of the Bay.

Was the local precinct considered when designing Marina Square?

Over the last 15 years Scott Carver has been involved with designing the vibrant new city-within-a-city known as Wentworth Point Marinas.

Marina Square acts as a connection for people from the water, who arrive by ferry or from the Bennelong Bridge. It acts as the heart of the Wentworth Point precinct.

How did you build a shopping centre for the community?

Our team undertook community consultation meetings to listen to what the people and the community wanted. After we listened, we considered and then we adapted our designs.

Importantly, our team of experts at Scott Carver drew on their extensive retail experience, as well as their understanding of what makes successful retail and mixed developments work. We crafted a centre based on best practice thinking and insightful design.

How do you hope people feel when they step inside?

Finally. Something special has arrived. A destination within Wentworth Point that truly supports the local residents.

 

Quick Facts

How many hard hats did you see on an average day during the build?

500

How long is the feature awning?

150m

How many years in the making?

4 years

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Make your move. There are over 400 new jobs at Marina Square

Imagine living a few minutes stroll from work. There would be no peak hour traffic, you could take lunch breaks in your lounge room or enjoy an extra sleep-in as commuters are racing to the city.

The less time you spend commuting, the more time you have to do the things you love. But, the benefits of working close to home go beyond avoiding traffic and luxurious lunch breaks. Working in your community is a fantastic way to connect with local people, make friends and get involved in local events. The less time you spend commuting, the more time you have to do the things you love.

With over 45 new retailers opening at Marina Square, there’s a range of new jobs at Wentworth Point. From a contemporary Coles to speciality grocers and enticing places to dine; the shopping centre is providing foodie-focused job opportunities for local people. Health, fitness and wellness businesses are opening their doors and looking for staff too; with a boxing gym, medical centre and beauty salon coming soon.

Make your next career move and transform Wentworth Point from a place you live to a place where you love spending time. Discover a range of new and exciting job opportunities at Marina Square. Find out more.

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How to have the perfect first day at Marina Square

With over 45 places to shop, dine and live, where do you begin? We’ve created an insider’s guide to Marina Square, so you can have the perfect first day.

With a spring opening, exploring Marina Square is the perfect way to spend a sunny day in Wentworth Point. From morning to evening, we’ll help you make the most of your first visit to the centre.

Kick start your day with a morning coffee and freshly baked treat at your new local, the Rose Espresso. Surrounded by beautiful blooms, this is the perfect chance to pick an arrangement to brighten up your home. Make sure you ask the staff to keep your flowers aside to pick up later.

A mid-morning workout is next. If you’re game, you could try 12RND Fitness. With high-intensity group workouts designed by professional athletes and trainers. New rounds start every three minutes, so you don’t even need to book. If you like to exercise at your own pace, Anytime Fitness is the place for you.

You’ve worked up an appetite and now your foodie adventure can begin. Head to Level 1 and take in the sights and smells of the restaurants above. From café favourites to exotic flavours there’s a dining adventure to suit all tastes. Whether you settle in for a long lunch with friends and family or have a quick bite, there’s nothing quite like feasting at Marina Square.

Your afternoon pampering appointment awaits. Totally Male is the destination for men’s haircuts and grooming while Professionail is perfect for a pedicure. For more relaxation, Natural Power Massage offers restorative massages, acupuncture, aromatherapy and reflexology to relax the body and mind.

Now that you’re totally zen, it’s time to start planning dinner. But don’t shake off your revere too soon, ease yourself into shopping with an energizing tea from ChaTime or Ice Cube Sweet. Once you’re ready, take the central escalators downstairs. The Ground Floor of Marina Square is a gourmet adventure with a new concept Coles and a range of specialty grocers where you can choose from a great variety of quality produce. Also, don’t forget your free Coles magazine, it’s perfect for recipe inspiration, pop in and grab a copy if you’re stuck for ideas.

Now the shopping is done, don’t forget to swing by the Rose Espresso to pick up your flowers. As you leave Marina Square, make sure you look up and enjoy the beautiful Wentworth Point sunset. Not ready to leave just yet? There’s always dinner and drinks at one of our restaurants…

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How to start an exercise habit and keep it

With two new gyms opening at Marina Square, it’s the perfect opportunity to start a new exercise habit.

Starting a new fitness regime isn’t easy. Studies have shown that it takes up to 21 days to start a new habit and stick to it. We’ve created a guide to help you breeze through your first three weeks at 12 RND Fitness or Anytime Fitness.

Start slowly

If this is your first time at a gym or you’re returning after a break from exercise, it’s important to set yourself small and realistic goals that you can achieve. Each little win will keep you coming back day after day.

Mix it up

Some people swear by their morning workout while others will only train after the sun goes down. Don’t be afraid to exercise at different times when you’re starting out.  Even if you’re not a morning person, watching the sunrise over Wentworth Point as you run on the treadmill could be enough motivation to get you out of bed and in the gym.

Try different activities

With two very different gyms at Wentworth Point, you can try a range of activities to get your fitness fix. From power lifting at Anytime Fitness to high-impact boxing classes at 12 RNDs, it’s important to find the workout that works for you. After all, it’s much easier to turn up for things that you love.

Get a gym buddy

Everything is better with a friend. Laughing over gym stories or catching up for a post workout coffee can be enough to keep you motivated in the beginning. If you prefer to work out solo that’s ok too. Visiting the gym can be a great opportunity to enjoy some me-time.

Take 21 days or more

Many people say it takes a minimum of 21 days to start a habit. For some people, it may take even longer. So, it’s important to keep turning up and sticking to your routine until they become part of your routine.

It’s easier if you keep setting and hitting (realistic) goals. Share your fitness goals with us online, we’d love to see pictures of you enjoying the Marina Square gyms. Just don’t forget to tag @MarinaSquareWP.