WERK IT, WERK OUT - TOP PLACES TO SWEAT IT OUT IN SYDNEY
One of the best things to do when arriving in a new city is check out the different places to work out. I would say there would be few cities to compare with Sydney for the vast array of options on offer. This list is about some of my favourite or hardest workout experiences, of course there is so much more types of sports and gyms out there. Here’s the low down on some of my favourite spots for a work out.
- Bondi Icebergs. This has to be number one. Even though sadly I hardly go anymore. This is the top spot to exercise, have a coffee, a sauna and a natter all before 7.30am!
- Prince Alfred Pool. This is a beautiful heated pool right in the heart of Sydney near Central station, open later in the evenings than Icebergs and open all year round. It’s a top spot for a swim, some laps and chilling on the grass. Please note exceptional hairdryers and you can buy all the gear there as well.
- Bondi to Coogee. This is the classic walk or run for all eastern suburbs Sydneysiders. If your lucky you can enjoy watching whales and dolphins, running amongst the locals and catching up with friends this walk or run shows off all the beauty that Sydney has to offer.
- Soft sand running Bondi beach. Soft sand running is such a great exercise and mind clearer. It kills your ankles until you get used to it. It’s a great way to enjoy the sunrises and sunsets. Please note the softer the sand the harder the run. Recommend go soft one way and back on the harder areas. You also get to watch all the surfers and volley ball players so lots to keep you busy. It’s also well worth having a sit down and a quiet moment to take it all in.
- Crossing training Hyde Park meet up workouts. When I first got to Sydney I was recommended this running group as I wanted to get better at running. Run by an Amercian guy there is a lot of star jumps! You run then you drop down for some press ups then running again. It’s a hard core work out, lots of fun and social. I would highly recommend checking them out.
- Barre Pilates CBD. This has been my little haunt for a while now. I love this little studio the friendly staff and the booty shaking workouts, lots of fun and great for toning.
- PE Dept. This is a boutique small functional gym that offers various workout classes such as weights and high intensity and recently now they have a Yoga Dept. Amazingly friendly staff always there to help and lots always going on. Great place to work out.
- Agoga. I remember going to my first class and nearly passing out from exhaustion and pain. If you like it hard and tough, then this the gym for you. They work you hard, really helpful on technique and a great little gym.
- Physicore. If you are into Pilates and looking for something a bit more hardcore this will have you hurting for days holding your tummy asking why and how did I do that. The classes are about 6 or 7 big with reformer machines you get a really intense and long lasting workout.
- Kundalini Yoga Collective. This is my little sanctuary. I have really got back into Kundalini Yoga again this year. It really clears the mind and body, builds creativity and strength and will have you bouncing off the walls.
- Boxing in Bondi. Shout out to Richard Broughton! My amazing boxing teacher in Bondi who had me running through my paces in his garden early in the mornings. You get a full body workout. A lot of planking, boxing and technique to make you a superstar boxer in no time. I remember one time leaving my arms were shaking so much I fell off my bike on the way home literally into a caravan head first. Not a good look!
- Sky Lab, Surry Hills. Fancy doing yoga hanging upside down? Then this is the studio for you. With so many variations of yoga around and so many options in Sydney. Sky Lab offers you an interesting location, a beautiful studio in the heart of Surry Hills and friendly staff to put you through your arial yoga paces.
- Cycling. Cycling is a great way to get around the city. Whether is getting up the hill in Bondi to becoming a keen cycler there are so many cyclists in Sydney there’s something for everyone.
- Kettle bell work out @ 100strong. This is something my friend has been raving about. A little studio in Manly taking you through your kettle bell paces. If you want a hot bum and a strong physique this is the perfect class for you. The kettle bell studio is called 100strong and Antoni Stojak is the owner. He is national Aussie champion in double kettle bells and jerks too and the technique they teach is Russian kettle bells training. A very cool little studio go check it out and join the many exercise families across Sydney.
Where’s your favourite sporting hangout?
Sunset at Prince Alfred Pool
Race the waves.
The iconic Icebergs pool and below every morning people due up to race laps before breakfast.