Sydney, remember when the Olympics came to our fine shores? When millions of people flocked to our stadiums and velodromes to watch elite athletes perform their best? With the Rio Olympics just around the corner, it’s time to revive that patriotic spirit and discover what these great sports are really about. We scoured the city and surrounding areas to find Sydney’s best fitness centres and sporting clubs so you can start winning at life.
You might be shocked to learn this, but boxing is more than just punching stuff really hard. The skills and techniques you need to be a boxer take a lot of hard work to develop. And even if you’re not interested in sparring, the training involves heart-pumping cardio using your entire body, making it an ideal workout for building strength and fitness. At Eight Limbs, ex or active pro fighters put you through intensive drills working on high intensity cardio, core strengthening and conditioning. You’ll never experience a more exhilarating routine to get you fighting fit in no time.
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Paddle out on Pittwater for the day in a hired kayak from Paddlecraft and you’ll gain a completely new perspective on Sydney. Better yet, improve your paddling skills in a social setting with the guidance and support from Paddlecraft’s social paddle groups. Meeting on Friday and Saturday mornings, the group provides a safe and encouraging place to learn the proper techniques of kayaking for a fun, scenic, and adventurous way to get fit and active in Sydney.
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Watching Olympic diving on TV has made us armchair experts on the sport. Who hasn’t watched it and said ‘oh, they had too much of a splash on entry, they’ll get marked down for that!’ or complained that a judge from a certain country was being way too harsh? It turns out, however, that watching and doing are wildly different kettles of fish (who knew?). At Diving Masters in Homebush, adults and kids are introduced to the graceful art of springboard and platform diving in a safe and fun environment. Classes run twice a week all year round and are aimed at encouraging novice divers to give the sport a go.
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The best part about a lot of those old movies are the epic sword fights between the dashing hero and the dastardly villain, played out across castle interiors, swinging on chandeliers… you get the drift. Well, now you can be the hero, and learn how to wield a sabre like a pro at Sydney Sabre Centre in Stanmore. They offer a 90-minute introductory lesson for people with no experience to get a handle on the basics, and then several 10-week courses covering fundamentals, footwork, attack and defence, bladework, and the all-important tactics. The centre also runs regular competitions so you can watch the action or put what you’ve learned into practice.
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You don’t need to be a kid to get jumping, twirling, somersaulting, or back flipping, because you can learn all the tricks of a gymnast through a series of classes at East Gymnastics. Forget lifting those boring weights at a regular gym, and running nowhere on a treadmill. Instead, go for a challenging yet exciting workout that uses your entire body, increases your strength, stamina and flexibility, and will make you look and feel fabulous. Whether you’re an ex-gymnast or you’re just looking for a new sport new to try out, there’s something to accommodate everyone. Before you know it, you’ll be taking to the bars, rings, trapeze, rope, silks, trampoline and beams like a bro