You only need to witness the sheer volume of activewear that fills Sydney’s streets to realise that fitness is an obsession of the Harbour City, so here are 10 of the best gyms and health clubs where you can get your sweat on.
Famously owned by Hollywood A-lister Russell Crowe, this Riley St institution was founded by leading trainer Chris Feather, a former professional footballer who’s now one of the go-to fitness gurus for Sydney’s leading CEOs, actors and athletes. This functional training gym located within a large New York-style warehouse has a simple philosophy: ‘We value integrity, persistence and hard work over aesthetics and ego. We build resilience.’
Indoor palm trees. Bold colours. Rock-climbing walls. An airy 10-metre-high ceiling. This ultra-modern Moore Park gym has been designed to look and feel like a resort, providing a fun and friendly environment to get a sweat on – small group classes like Kangoo, Off The Wall, Foxy Fit, Russian Roulette and Stretch Me Skinny are some of the new and exciting workouts you can expect.
You can’t talk about Sydney’s fitness scene without mentioning Bondi Beach – the place where the Speedo brand was born a century ago, and where activewear is the compulsory uniform today – and SFC is the best gym in the neighbourhood. Unlike some chain gyms that are open 24-hours a day, this 24/7 health club is actually kitted out with modern equipment and decor, including the only heated indoor pool in Bondi Beach.
This Inner-West health club is one of Sydney’s most inclusive gyms, tailoring group exercise classes for people of all ages and fitness levels. At Ruben’s describes itself as a holistic fitness centre that believes in a balanced and complete workout, with a huge range of mind and body classes intended to boost fitness, increase energy, assist weight loss and even keep you focused when it comes to diet.
There’s more to this boutique rowing studio than just regular rowing – Crew’s fitness classes partner High-Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T) on the WaterRower with workstations focused on toning, sculpting and strengthening exercises for a full-body workout. Based smack-bang in the middle of Sydney’s CBD, Crew is perfect for city workers trying to squeeze a session into their busy schedule.
Level 8 of Sydney’s famous Dymocks Building is home to Australia’s first free-standing Xtend Barre Studio, now one of eight in the Harbour City and 22 around the country. The Xtend Barre method combines pilates and dance to create a dynamic workout that delivers cardio, strength, endurance, and flexibility – full-body exercise that can be catered to participants of all fitness levels.
This design-focused space – think exposed brick, floor-to-ceiling windows and exposed scaffolding – was inspired by trendy US fitness clubs that feel as much like day spas as gyms. Situated in the salubrious inner-city suburb of Paddington, Flow Athletics offers a wide variety of yoga, spin and strength training classes in dedicated single-purpose rooms.
The pole dancing fitness trend has exploded in Sydney over the last few years, giving the core one hell of a workout. And with two locations in Sydney’s west and one in inner-city Annandale, Sydney Pole is perhaps the premier pole fitness studio in the Harbour City. Their range of classes and conditioning sessions introduce a huge diversity of people to the ‘positive power of pole’.
While some other Sydney health clubs are dedicated to seriously hardcore athletes, this Potts Point gym is devoted to the ‘everyday athlete’. With a team of experienced personal trainers, well-equipped facilities and a culture based on ‘consistency, progression and diversity’, P.E. Dept sets out to make exercise feel more like an experience than a chore.
Welcome to one of Sydney’s most convenient inner-city boutique gyms. Situated on Broadway near Central Station, iTrain accommodates athletes of all fitness levels, with everything you need – dedicated cardio zone, pin-loaded weights machines, strength training equipment, free weights, kettle bells, boxing gear, battle ropes, plus a 25-metre heated lap pool and spa – for a quality sweat session.