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Finding the motivation to workout can be tough at times, but when you live in a city as beautiful as ours, it's worth getting outdoors to soak it up.
So leave those Perth gyms to the plebs; these are the best Perth workouts with a view.
Inhale the salty scent of the sea and watch the waves roll into the bikini and board short zone of Swanny (no dangly bits in sight from this location) from Horizon Yoga’s surf club based studio. This is Perth’s best ocean outlook for flowing through your vinyasa without getting sand in your yoga pants. Try Horizon’s blissful Yin Yang class 6pm on Tuesdays and watch the sun sink into the Indian Ocean during your sun salutations. Namaste indeed.
Amidst the urban sprawl, this Roe Street carpark hosts a respite from the nine to five slog with Rooftop Yoga. The Northbridge space opens over the warmer months (November to April) in conjunction with the must-do Rooftop Movies. Roll out your mat Monday to Friday at 6am and synchronise your practise with the quiet pulse of the inner city as it wakes.
While the crowds are pounding the Jacobs Ladder staircase (and fair play, there’s a pretty good view from there too), delve further into Kings Park for your quad burn. The 15-metre tall DNA Tower takes you to the highest point in the park with ridiculous 360-degree views of Perth. Suck in some oxygen while you take in the sparkling Swan River and hills eastward, and on a clear day the Indian Ocean to the west.
The Kokoda Track
A tribute to our Aussie troops for their Papa New Guinea campaign, this spectacular route climbs 150 steps over a vertical rise of 62-metres. Finishing at the State War Memorial, this is the place to have your morning sweat and watch the sun rising over the Perth hills. At night, there’s the sparkling city lights and high school kids taking #ballselfies as they appreciate the epic view too.
The Niergarup Trail
This clifftop trail is an ace spot to get sweaty while admiring boats cruising their way out of the Fremantle Harbour and beyond. Take off from the stairs on Riverside Road, just east of The Left Bank, and run the trail from Merv Cowan Park (you can read up on some of WA’s Aboriginal heritage while you stretch). Intensify your sweat sesh with the riverfront public exercise equipment at the base of the trail and wave to the Rottnest-bound party people.
The Zig Zag Trail
Cycle or run your way to the top of this three-kilometre stretch and be greeted by a monstrous view of the Perth city skyline from the Gooseberry Hill National Park. Formerly a rail line, the Zig Zag is now a smooth, narrow bitumen road that provides a gentle descent (one way traffic from top to bottom) with sporadic traffic.
One of the sharpest slopes in Perth (small chain ring, cycling peeps!) and no traffic, Reabold Hill is the place to tone your thighs. Head up the 700-metre Scenic Walk route (it’s one way for cyclists… up #sorrynotsorry) and once you hit the top, revel in the outlook to Rottnest Island peeking out of the Indian Ocean. While steep, it’s only short so we expect repeats and if you’re competitive fires are burning, check out strava.com and log your time. The current best is 1 min 37 seconds. Game on.
From November through April, the Mandala crew take their yoga practice to Leighton Beach so you can get your yogi on in nature and hit the beach for a swim after.
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