Embracing an active, outdoor lifestyle in Brisbane is super easy, with the sunshine state capital enjoying abundant sun (approximately 2,900 hours per annum to be exact) and warm temperatures year-round (which rarely drop below 20 degrees in daylight hours). There’s also the Sunshine Coast two hours up the road, the world famous Gold Coast one hour south and chilled out Byron Bay just another hour down the road. Brissy’s ideal location in the centre of Australia’s bustling holiday hotspots, as well as its own extensive network of walkways/cycling paths and parks means this laidback city is arguably home to the country’s fittest population. Of course, keeping fit requires extra motivation and expert help from time to time, which is why True Local have put together this list of 5 of the best places to work out in Brisbane:
937 Wynnum Road, Cannon Hill
A well-equipped privately owned gym in Cannon Hill on Brisbane’s southside, All 4 Fitness provides personal training, group classes and expert nutritional advice to its busy clients who mostly live in surrounding suburbs. What sets All 4 Fitness apart however are the grueling challenges they offer to keep their membership motivated and bring together otherwise anonymous gym goers in pursuit of a common goal. This includes their ‘8 Week Challenge’ beginning January 27th 2018, their ‘Powerlifting Comp’ from 17th March 2018 and the aptly named 8 week ‘Strength Camp’ to give a few examples.
“Awesome gym and classes with great trainers and deals. The culture here is about training right and getting results but with a friendly community vibe. Without the ‘bells and whistles’ but with the best equipment to getting you into the shape you’re working for.”
40 Enterprise Place, Tingalpa
Remember how much fun you had as a kid jumping up and down on the trampoline in your parent’s backyard? How awesome would it be if exercise was that much fun and that easy as an adult? That’s exactly the idea behind Bounce Fit who are in the business of welcoming us to the “free-jumping revolution”. As the name describes, free jumping involves little more than taking off your shoes and bouncing up and down for a rigorous, cardio workout that doesn’t feel like “work” at all. To mix things up a little, they also offer variations on the basic bounce, including a free jump arena, slam dunk, dodgeball and cliff jump amongst other vertically inclined exercises.
“Such enormous fun, said as a 26 year old ‘adult’. I’ve been to bounce twice now and both times I’ve loved every minute of my allotted hour. Turns out it’s actually exhausting, bouncing up and down on a trampoline, so it’s even a good work out”.
Spring Hill Baths, 14 Torrington Street, Spring Hill
Looking for an exercise that combines the best of ballet, pilates and yoga into an energising, body refining 45 minute workout? You’ve come to the right place with Brisbane Barre running from a beautiful, spacious studio nestled on a side street in the city’s trendy inner city neighbourhood of Spring Hill. Not only does the studio look good, but more importantly the classes and initiatives on offer deliver the goods, including their 6 Week ‘Shape Up Program’ and their 3 day Byron Bay ‘Barre Retreat’ that promises to immerse clients in the art of simple living with a purpose.
“Tried my first class this week in this beautiful little studio in Spring Hill. Tucked away but worth finding! Great supportive atmosphere, good mix of strength, cardio and flexibility training”.
236 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo
Taking a more philosophical approach to exercise, Pure Health Clubs offer a fresh perspective for those embarking on a quest for greater physical health and mental fulfillment. Whilst exercise can feel like a chore to many, Pure have shaken things up with a series of classes which are tweaked on a regular basis to keep their members on their feet and moving around with purpose. These classes include a mixture of cardio, traditional strength training, pilates and of course, a healthy dose of yoga to top it all off!
“Joining Pure is the best move I’ve ever made! The club offers so much variety with all the pilates, yoga, cardio, and even dance classes. All at a very affordable price. The classes make exercising so much more exciting and give me a better workout too”.
Tired of traditional gyms and looking for an entirely new approach to working out? One that’s been proven over decades by the tough men and women of the military? You’ll probably be impressed with True Grit in that case, a military style obstacle course designed to test the mental strength and physical stamina of all who dare to rise to the challenge! Each course is designed over 10-12 KM and includes more than 30 obstacles per event. As you may have guessed, rather than being based out of a specific gym, True Grit takes place as event days at different locations across the country, include sunny Brisbane too.
“Chock full of fun and challenges – those cheeky bloody hills. We did miss our water slide tho. Thank you True Grit crew for another awesome event. My team and I will be back again next year for round 4!”