With spring firmly here, the gyms are busier than ever as everyone reminds themselves they won’t be able to hide behind long drapey cardis and sweaters for much longer. And with so many new cool fitness classes popping up in Sydney, I decided to embrace feeling like a newbie, leave the safety of Fitness First and embark on a little tour of health clubs lovingly named the #8x2challenge. It was fun, cheap and an awesome way to get me out of my comfort zone. Here’s my review of the 8 I chose to get me through winter – perhaps there’s a couple here to motivate you to get active for your spring edit?
KX Pilates – Bondi Junction
I’ve been a gym bunny for a looonnng time but I can’t believe I’ve never tried a pilates reformer machine before. WHAT a workout. Really enjoyed the instructors, the tunes and the intro deal was super affordable.
As an ex-ballerina/ dancer (Ok just up to a teenager) I was pretty excited to try this out and boy did it deliver. An awesome workout I could feel the tightness for a few days afterwards and it wasn’t too complicated either. No pas-de-chats thank goodness.
Flow Athletic – a premium-feel gym in Paddington, I’d be eyeing this one up for a while. Super friendly, chic and so many classes to choose from. I checked out Bike Asana which is 30 mins spin and 30 mins yoga. The yoga studio is the nicest I’ve visited in Sydney. If I lived closer I’d definitely look in to their options.
Body Mind Life – Bondi Beach
This was probably one of my favourites – mostly because it’s just such a good deal at $48 for a month of unlimited yoga (or pilates ) – I certainly got my money’s worth. During chilly July there was nothing nicer than going into a warm studio – I even went a little early to have a wee savasana solo time. Bliss.
Centennial Health Club – Moore Park
A girlfriend told me about this one – mostly because she was excited about the childcare options but I was impressed with the very different styles of classes and the two workouts I did I felt for daysssss. If you live or work near here I recommend trying it out. Also compared to my usual big gym where no one really speaks to each other, I really noticed how friendly people were.
Agoga – Bondi
I had been wanting to try Agoga for ages but was worried I was never fit enough however I did survive. The two intro classes I tried were both really good – my favourite was their signature class which really tested all parts of me including my will power. Super friendly and a nice bunch, I’ll go back for sure.
Vicious Cycle – Bondi Beach
While my road bike collects dust during winter months I do love a good spin class. This is a custom built spin studio with very flash spin bikes – the only thing missing is the meters which are becoming more common now. The $25 for 2 weeks deal was awesome value to get a sense of different instructors. A few even have a bonus core/ stretch segment which was worth staying for.
Coreletics – Darlinghurst/ Bondi
Coreletics is a holisitic core workout where Emma takes into consideration your overarching goals and what’s going on for you on the day. One session was completely pilates based with a reformer machine and boy did the thighs feel it the next day. The second sesh I hit up 98 Riley St where we went through some basic functional movements (the new buzz in fitness) then finished off with a heart racing HIIT session. Phew! Everyone loves a personalised approach especially me.
All the new pass options like Body Pass and K Fit will mean a lot more variety and affordability for your workouts. I still haven’t quite managed to give up my ‘big gym’ membership but I’m sure it’s going to happen soon. Next week I’m off to try F45 in Bondi to see what all the fuss is about. But there’s at least 8 more on my list to try out – aerial yoga anyone? Let me know if you have any recommendations!