8 clubs in 2 months…The Rundown

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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.

Xtend Barre – Naremburn

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!

The Repeater

Life is speedily passing us by. We’re busy with family, career, friends, saving money, spending money, networking, socialising, renovating and enjoying holidays. We’re often so caught up bouncing from event to event we don’t even notice the consistent feedback we’re getting where a repeated action is not working for us. And even better we usually rationalise it by convincing ourselves ‘Well, that’s how it’s always been’.

Consider this. burgerYou go to Maccas (in an absolute emergency of course!) and order the same combo every time – not ‘lovin’ it’ but it’s what you know. Next time you order it again and are similarly disappointed with the taste.  Frustrated, you complain to your buddies.  When you head back again (potentially with a monster hangover) you order the exact same combo and are surprised it still tastes the same. Yes, you are in a spiral of a repeater combo mistake!

So yes, you guess it … you could  be ordering the very same combo in relationships, career, health – anywhere in life.

Where in life do you find yourself going ohhh wait a minute, I have been here before? The scenery, staging, lighting, people and content may be different but it’s the same combo and deep down you know it! Perhaps you’re an evidence gatherer searching tirelessly to make the right choice? A course-aholic – once you finish the next course then you’ll be ‘ready’? HFordDo you play the victim card a little too often – bad stuff always seems to happen to you? Are you a rescuer –  endlessly needing to save the world?  Do you have to be right all the time and are prepared to bring forth your shiny sword to defend yourself? Are you a ‘grass is always greener’ type never completely fulfilled or do you run at the speed of lightening when confrontation heads your way and have multiple unresolved disputes lingering in your mist? Do you trust people too much or not enough? Or perhaps you rush into decisions impulsively without considering all the consequences?  In The Monk Who Sold Ferrari by Robin Sharma it teaches how you will keep being served the same lesson in life until you learn it. Only then you can move forward on to your next exciting lesson – ole!

How to get out of Repeater Mode. 

Find your calm zone to sit and get real about your patterns. What repeated mistakes are you making? Where is it glaringly obvious but you’re so caught up in everyday life that they whizz by like the Mercedes in the Formula One. When you break down those repeated actions are they in all areas of your life or just some? It might be worth getting a trusted friend/ guide to help you on this (if you’re ready to hear it) as sometimes it’s easier for others to see.

Don’t give yourself grief about your mistakes – you had to experience them fully to really ‘get it’ & it’s where the growth happens. However be man or woman enough to admit you were probably getting something out of your repeater – you may’ve even formed a bit of a story about yourself that went quite nicely with your bag of fries let’s be honest!

Progress is a conscious choice. Commit to breaking up with your repeated pattern that is holding you back from moving forward and growing into an even cooler person. Acknowledge it, learn from it, then choose a different combo. It’s going to be easy to slip back into the old pattern because it feels secure and comfy so you’ll need to be on high alert and practice some solid self-awareness or have a friend/ mentor at the ready to keep you in check.

Reflecting on your repeated mistakes as with your weaknesses is a chance to take control of your life and having more say over how you shape it. If you leave it to chance, hoping the results will change by themselves you are potentially handing your life over to being shaped by accidental and external events.

TWB_260In The Winners Bible by Dr. Kerry Spackman comments that while self analysis is not glamouress task,  it’s where you build a platform for change “allowing you to grow and become an advanced soul, rather than an adult with a child’s personality”.

So get down and dirty with the realness of being a human – you’ll come out better off. As Henry Ford said “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing”.