Looking for the most fun, interesting or results-driven places to tone up? Inspired by a post that went nuts in the NBL Facebook Group, here are some of the best suggestions for something new…
OzSquad Manly is the Beaches’ most social outdoor bootcamp, with boxing, strength, cardio, yoga and conditioning classes on the timetable six days a week, plus they hold weekend activities and regular events and socials.
Says Founder, Carly Steggle, “At OzSquad we don’t believe in before and after photos, crash diets or weight loss challenges. We believe in exercising to feel good, more energised and ready for the day ahead. We believe in keeping it real (everything in moderation!), increasing daily activity, exercising for physical and mental health and wellbeing and we encourage a bit of friendly banter too. Our classes are fun, varied and are scaled to suit all fitness levels. We are based right on Manly beachfront so sessions also come with sunrises and ocean views – making the most of the amazing place we live.
Come along and try us out for size – a trial session is free and an introductory pass is available for just $59 for a month of unlimited OzSquad sessions. As a member, there are no long lock in periods, cancellation charges or requirements to book into a session – just rock up!” https://ozsquad.com.au/book-free-trial-session/
The Gym Factory, Warriewood
The Gym Factory is owned by a local family – and you’ll find it’s a óne big family’ vibe as a result. With their mission to be known for changing people’s lives in a positive way, The Gym Factory is all about helping everyone find time in their busy schedules to achieve health and fitness.
If you’re juggling work and family, The Gym Factory team understands and they focus on creating a supportive environment. This not only includes brand new gym equipment, a cardio and weights area – plus “a smile for everyone who enters our gym”, they also provide a Crèche. Says owner Roz, “We also have ample parking space and everything you need on the one level. You will be pleasantly surprised when you walk in our door!”
On top of the new equipment, fitness classes on offer include Body Blitz, Buddy Bootcamp, Fit2Dance, Boxfit, Circuit, Strength and Conditioning and more. “Come down and have a chat to one of our helpful staff or receptionists,” says Roz. “We are here to assist you with the challenges we all face in our everyday life and understand that everyone is time poor. So come and let us help you make the changes you have been wanting!” https://thegymfactory.com.au/
Code 5, Balgowlah, Brookvale & Warriewood
Established by two mates in 2014, Code 5 was purpose built to “help locals rediscover their mojo”. The combination of expertise in training, programming, nutrition and community engagement are what sets them apart from their competition.
The Code 5 philosophy focuses on ‘mind’ before body in the quest for better health and fitness. On a ‘mission’ to help 30,000 people lose at least 5kg of body fat, the team at Code 5 understand the fast-paced world and role work and family commitments play in the mix, often resulting in health and fitness falling by the wayside, which is why they offer varied timetable to allow for busy schedules.
Code 5 gyms offer a free 7-day trial, and anyone can sign up for their 28-day challenge to help kick-start your summer fitness regime! Those taking up the challenge can expect to lose weight and body fat and get into their best shape, whilst increasing strength and fitness. Personal trainers assist in achieving weekly goals that are set by the participant in their initial session providing feedback on your progress. Have a nutrition plan customised to your lifestyle, including recipes and support along every step of the way during the 28 days, with unlimited group sessions. Participants also have access to members and support pages and are provided with an educational seminar delivered via video or at the gym. https://www.code5.com.au/
SUP Yoga by Sara, Narrabeen
Yes, you read correctly, this is yoga – practiced on a stand-up paddle board, on the water!
For a fun, unique challenge that takes your practice beyond the studio and into nature, and connects you with water and air elements, why not give SUP Yoga a try? Sessions take place on beautiful Narrabeen Lake. Each begins with a short introduction of paddle techniques and basics – no prior SUP or yoga experience is necessary. Sara Langehennig runs the classes and is highly qualified and passionate in her practice. https://www.sara.yoga/
Described as “Gymnastics for adults”, Falsegrip is a unique training method which combines strength with flexibility & skill to give you a body capable of anything life throws at you – which Founder, Dan Arnold, calls “True fitness for Life'”.
Their beautiful, light-filled studio, designed especially for adult gymnastics, boasts equipment you’ll rarely find in ‘conventional’ gyms. An entire wall of stall bars, a room full of Gymnastics rings and a fully sprung tumbling floor is home to a thriving & supportive community of adults of all ages who’ve taken up the challenge.
Falsegrip offers a ‘Trial Pass’, giving you the opportunity to try 10 of their many different class types over a 2-week period: www.falsegrip.com.au ]
The Orangetheory (OT) group workout revolution is now on the Northern Beaches! This science-based workout began in Florida in 2010 and has taken the world by storm, growing to nearly 1300 gyms across the globe.
Orangetheory Fitness is a 1 hour group training workout that uses heart-rate monitors (OT Monitors) combined with the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). The aim is for members to stay in a target zone that results in the Orange Effect – more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours post-workout.
Participants can track their progress from each workout in comparison to their previous efforts through the OT Monitor. https://www.orangetheoryfitness.com.au/studio/brookvale
Into You, Collaroy Plateau
This boutique training business is headed by ex-Olympic sailor, Clare Hozack. Clare and her team of tertiary-trained coaches aim to ‘motivate you on your life’s journey by sharing knowledge creating your achievements and working towards balance and happiness.
Best described as ‘highly individualised training’, Into You not only works closely with their client’s specific needs in terms of time parameters and goals but also with individuals’ health professionals, such as their physio, chiro, doctor or naturopath to ensure a fitness program is in line with other treatments.
Also unique to this business are their block training programs for special events and overseas adventures, including hiking groups, a run club and charity treks, and they have so far tackled the likes of Kokoda and the Himalayas. https://into-you.com.au/
The Whole 30 Fitness, Brookvale
The idea of the Whole 30 workout is to work harder, not longer. Suited to all fitness levels, the class takes place in two formats – Cardio & Boxing. It’s designed for strength, weight loss, increased fitness, endurance and athletic performance. https://www.facebook.com/thewhole30fitness/
FITSOM Fitness, Mona Vale
New kid on the block, FITSOM occupies a freshly fit out main road studio – next to the Rock Lily on Pittwater Road, Mona Vale. In addition to classes in their newly created space, they also offer sunrise Beach Boot Camps at Warriewood beach / Cooks Terrace Headland. All classes run for 45 minutes.
A back to basics approach is taken to fitness; combining full body functional movements + High Intensity Interval Training, following principles of cardiovascular / respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy to retrain the body.
360º view on health, nutrition and fitness, with a focus on training your body to jump, run, lift and move in an athletic and balanced motion, resulting in greater flexibility, strength and core control. https://www.fitsom.com.au/