It wouldn’t be life in Sydney without a new, hectic workout. So, if you’re someone who likes to push their body to the limit, sweat it out to the max and hit the gym instead of the pub at lunch, then this one’s for you.
Behold the toughest workouts in Sydney for you to try, your new sweat obsession awaits.
CBD, Surry Hills
When it comes to workouts we have one rule: alliteration. Okay, maybe it’s not a hard and fast rule per se, but it certainly is an added bonus. Lauded as the best workout in the world, Barry’s boasts high-intensity, all-body workouts that burn up to 1,000 calories a session, thanks to dedicated coaches and the magic of its red room.
The difference with Barry’s is that unlike messy park workouts, form is everything. Try your hand at a mix of cardio and strength training (focus differs by day) or opt for the double floor day sans treadmill but know this: it’s not for beginners. Not even a little.
Orange Theory does not mess around. While undeniably similar to Barry’s, Orange Theory, who pride themselves on smarter group training, have a little extra science behind their workouts.
Using heart-rate monitors and excess post-exercise oxygen consumption know-how—translated to how many calories can I burn on the couch later on? The folks at Orange Theory take a simple hour at the gym and turn it into so much more. Get ready to tick multiple fitness goals off at once because this one’s a definite all-rounder.
CBD, North Sydney, Brookvale, Mona Vale
The answer to your lacklustre workouts just might be Bikini Bods, an all-female, Muay Thai-based fitness offering that’ll make you feel all sorts of superhuman. A form of martial arts originating in Thailand, Muay Thai involves upper and lower body movements, kicks, punches, and jabs with knees and elbows. Essentially, it’s one hell of a workout each and every time you train. Put this one on your list if you love a motivating group environment, cool tunes, tiptop trainers and the ability to boast that you could, “totally take on anyone”.
Fit1 has a strong emphasis on form and is one of the most supportive of the list with an on-the-ground coach as well as live video demos for the entirety of your 45-minute workout. You can expect loads of skips, push-ups, twists, lifts, squats, press and slams. If circuit training isn’t enough to tempt you, Fit1 also hold bag-based boxing sessions i.e. no awkward pad holding.
Never heard the term ‘boutique rowing studio’ before? Saddle in, because Crew offers a doozy of a workout. Rowing is one of the most effective ways to burn calories, and the team at Crew know this all too well. Jump on the handcrafted timber water rowers for a high-burn, low-impact workout that will give your arms, legs, back and core some tough love.
From strength to HIIT and conditioning classes this functional training gym in Bondi is the place for small group (think five to ten) athlete-level workouts. In case you were wondering, AGOGA is pronounced ‘ah-go-jyah’ and is the Spartan word for the regimen used to create a class of warrior citizens, make of that what you will.
Women of Treign
A premium fitness facility catering exclusively to ladies, Women of Treign is one of those places you go to thinking you’ll try it once, but end up telling every man, woman, child and barista about your Treign gains.
WoT isn’t about thigh gaps and petite arms; it’s tailored, one-on-one goal setting and small group classes specialising in strength and conditioning. So, if you’re one of those girls who want to smash the idea of simply being fit, this is the spot.
“Despite what we’re constantly told, training is actually about what your body can do - not what it looks like. Looking ‘fit’ doesn’t necessarily mean that you are. . That’s not to say aesthetic goals aren’t important, they just shouldn’t be the focus of your training. Trust me when I say - it’s WAY more fun this way.” - @melcorletttt, Women of Treign Founder. . Check out her letter up on the blog. Link in bio. ������������
Surry Hills, Paddington, Mosman
We’ll forgive you if the word Megaformer gives you straight up Transformers vibes; it’s an easy mistake to make. Especially as these next-level Pilates reformers are a few leg extensions away from becoming total beasts. Physicore’s signature class, the 50-minute Megaformer session, uses Lagree fitness to target just about every muscle in the body, and if you make it through the first class hump, you’ll build lean muscle, strengthen your core and burn some serious calories. Some have come to call this form of exercise "evil pilates", but despite the pain, the results are real.
A killer of a cardiovascular workout, Cyclogy Club’s advanced rhythm riding sessions run for 50 minutes and distinguish themselves from regular RPM (or even Cycology’s standard classes) with synchronised upper body movements, weight tracks and the kind of non-stop cycling that requires multiple sweat towels. Seriously, get ready to sweat. The Surry Hills-based studio also holds regular mindfulness workshops and has a Fascia Stretch Therapist on hand too. Which, in case you missed the whole vibe here, you’ll probably need.
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