There’s only one way to combat the inevitable onslaught of grey skies, freezing extremities and dark, wet mornings—get into a cranking sweat session and warm your body up from head to frozen little piggies. These gems are some of the most blood-pumping classes Perth has to offer.
Tucked safely away from the rain in a basement underneath Hay Street, S30 is a hybrid of nightclub lighting, epic hip hop beats and intense strength workouts. It's freaking hard work, but the pumping atmosphere is a good distraction. The passionate trio of owners, Luke, Ret and Oscar encourage you throughout the three-station workout of weight, tempo and time while offering technique adjustments and busting out the odd cheeky dance move. Fair warning, you will feel the afterburn.
Megaformer And MegaRide At LA Fit
Subiaco and Northbridge
A Megaformer is basically a Pilates reformer machine on steroids and that's what you do a Lagree class on. The Lagree method combines strength, endurance, cardiovascular, balance, flexibility and core training into a full-body workout and it burns like you wouldn't believe. As if that wasn't enough, the LA Fit team has upped the ante at their studios with Australia's first-ever RideMega class which combines the Lagree method with a spin class. You'll be feeling sculpted in no time at all (after the shakes have worn off).
Hollywood Circuit At F45
When your class kicks off with burpees, you know you’re in for a killer workout and I was glowing within seconds. With two rounds of 27 muscle-busting stations and a DJ pumping out sweet workout tunes, the Hollywood circuit at F45 zips by and guarantees to have you sweating buckets. If you’re going out for coffee after class, bring a spare change of clothes unless you want to wear your wet clothes as a badge of pride (definitely have a shower).
Bouldering At Portside Boulders
Bouldering is like rock climbing without the annoying harnesses and ropes. With 4.5-metre high climbing walls (and soft crash pads to catch you if you fall), you'll be working up a sweat in no time at all as you climb your way through the "problems" Portside Boulders has set out for you (there are over 100). You can rent shoes and chalk bags on-site if you don't have your own and day passes are available for $20, giving you the run of the place.
Ninja Challenge Course At Ninja Academy
If you want to have ridiculous amounts of fun while becoming a sweaty mess, head down to Osborne Park and make some ninja shapes at the ninja challenge course. Kick off with a class based on one of the four elements to get warmed up (we tried Fire and had so much fun) before heading over to the ninja challenge course filled with all the physical (and mental) challenges you could hope for. You may end up with a couple of blisters to accompany your sweaty t-shirt, but they’ll just make you seem more awesome when you tell your buddies about your ninja class the next day.
BB45 At Bike Bar
Perth's answer to Soul Cycle, Bike Bar's BB45 will get you dripping. The 45-minute class is likened to a complete cardio dance party, with the addition of 1kg dumbells to keep your arms toned up. Bonus: there are hot showers and fresh towels waiting to reward you post-workout.
The Red Mist Set At Swim Smooth
If you’re more of a fish than a land animal, you’ll get your kicks out of this endurance session that has Swim Smooth mastermind Paul Newsome’s regulars begging for mercy. It’s a four-kilometre set that will test your mental strength as well as your physical. Book online for this black line beauty, where you’ll likely be put on a waitlist due to its popularity (there are a lot of sick, pain-lovin’ people out there), but if anyone cancels you’ll be alerted with a text and email that it’s your turn. Game on.
Perth Run Collective With Lululemon
Perth, Trigg and Claremont
For those counting their dollars, Lululemon is running free running sessions from the Perth store on Tuesdays and the Claremont store on Thursdays (they both start at 5.45pm) and 8am on Sundays from Clarko Reserve in Trigg. Feel the leg burn and beat the creepiness of running in the dark with a great group of people by your side. Plus, who else works much harder in a group? Bring on the collective sweat.
Hot Vinyasa Flow At The Yoga Garage
I’m all for a blissful yin yoga (and even more about the savasana), but when you’re strapped for time and want both a challenging workout and all the yoga benefits, this flow is for you. This strength, stamina and mobility class will have the sweat pouring out of you and have you feeling a million bucks afterwards. You might feel like one buck the next day with the DOMS, but hey ho, no pain no gain, right?
Parkour At Movement Co
There’s nothing like moments that take you back to feeling like a kid. Parkour involves swinging, jumping, rolling, running and climbing around a series of large objects, reminiscent of the obstacle course in the school playground. While you have to relearn the flow of movement that came so naturally as a youngster, once you’re in the zone you’ll be sweating buckets as you whip around the course.
Konga With Jungle Body
Kick your weekend off with a crazy cardio combo of boxing, kickboxing, afro, pop, rock and disco (boredom isn’t a thing at Konga). Set to killer beats, you'll find Konga classes all over Perth, check here for one near you.
Cardio Boxing At Anarchy Training Centre
Nothing makes you feel quite as good as a big ol’ session of punching stuff. But what about punching stuff AND a bit of cardio? Now that’s a recipe for a good time. The team at Anarchy Training Centre has crafted a pretty sweet timetable of boxing classes designed to get your heart rate up, improve your fitness and get you toned.
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