Whilst Melbourne may be well known across the country as a sports mad city (AFL anyone?), it’s not a place famed for an outdoor lifestyle or enviable year round climate. Yes, Melbourne on average is cloudier and cooler than its Aussie urban counterparts (Canberra and Hobart aside), but that certainly doesn’t stop the locals embracing an active lifestyle with the same gusto as sunkissed Sydneysiders and Brisbanites. And when the weather does eventually warm up down south, Melburnians are as keen as anyone to enjoy those lazy summer days hanging out at the beach or local swimming spot in tip top shape. Here’s 5 fitness studios and gyms that have recently caught True Local’s eye and are amongst the best places to workout in this very elegant town.
St. James Square, Shop 4 555 Bourke Street Melbourne
Originally from Adelaide, Aleenta Barre has successfully expanded to a few select locations across the country, including their light-filled studio in Melbourne CBD’s St James Square complex, which naturally comes with floor to ceiling mirrors and plenty of Scandi inspired wood, perfect for your fitness pics on Instagram. More importantly, what goes on inside those studios are 1 hour barre classes led by fully qualified instructors who combine the techniques of ballet, yoga and pilates that make barre such an attractive workout for those looking to get into shape without lifting heavy weights.
“The studio itself is simple and bright with only one window out the front. The shared open change room is on the smaller side and it has a sliding door and only 1 toilet so get there early if you need to change (they have deodorant if you forget and also some lotions from endota next door to sample). What I really liked is the small but quaint reception and the long studio with little felt cubes on shelves to store your belongings”.
416-18 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Inviting urban dwellers to “challenge your body, enlighten your mind”, Bodhi & Ride – a boutique wellness studio in the glamorous bayside suburb of Port Melbourne is the perfect place for those seeking a more upmarket, personalised fitness experience. Their state-ofthe-art studio includes indoor cycling, yoga, traditional weights training as well as men and womens skincare and grooming services. Naturally, they also offer group classes with memberships around the $200/month mark.
“One of the very best studios in Melbourne. Why? It makes fitness fun like it should be and the music makes me feel like I’m clubbing (bonus) really friendly front desk and instructors. Love the spin and hopoponno meditation class…give it a go!”
251B The Esplanade, Brighton
An iconic location as far as Melbourne beaches go (surpassed only by the busier St Kilda Beach), the Brighton Baths front onto one of the city’s swankiest stretches of sand, with commanding views across the bay towards the CBD. Once inside, Brighton Baths Health Club offers all the mod cons you’d expect from a fully equipped health and wellness facility in this exclusive postcode, including a state of the art gym, large swimming pool, a steam room, personal trainers on hand and group fitness classes (including BeachFit, Tai Chi, Yoga). For the extra hardy, there’s also the Brighton Icebergers – a group of fitness fanatics who go swimming daily in the cold waters the club overlooks, including in the depths of a Melbourne winter!
“Definitely the most unique Health Club I have ever worked at. I enjoy the freedom to exercise so close to nature while still having the comforts of a modern gym and changing rooms. The social aspect of the club is also pretty special with so many interesting characters who are always up for a friendly chat. It’s a great place to come and get away from the busyness of life”.
191 St George Road, Fitzroy North
Located on busy St George Road in the bustling inner city hood of Fitzroy North is Healthy Fit, a proudly independent gym and health club who’ve been helping their close knit circle of clients look and feel better about themselves since 2004. With no lock in contracts, flexible memberships and a supportive environment, the team at Healthy Fit offer services to suit any mood or budget, including one-on-one personal training, small group personal training, nutrition coaching, fat loss programs for men and women as well as no-frills gym memberships to get you moving in the right direction.
“I have recently joined Healthy Fit and I am really enjoying the community vibe and motivational trainers. It has been hard for me to get back into regular exercise after having twins and recovering from Cancer but joining Health Fit has been fantastic. I am getting plenty of support from the trainers and no-one makes me feel like an unfit loser! Thumbs up Healthy Fit”.
1/4 Sturt Street, Croydon
A little further out than other gyms listed here, MPT Transformations (short for Metabolic Personal Training) are a family-run personal training and coaching business with 3 locations across Metropolitan Melbourne (Brunswick East, Croydon and Rowville). With over 30 years combined experience between their crew of 10 fully-qualified personal trainers, MPT Transformations offer a one-on-one service to help clients look and feel their best selves. Another very important perk they offer is the ability of clients to bring their kids with them for moral support as they get themselves into shape!
“Great training facilities with awesome experienced coaches! The members are great at pushing each other. Awesome vibes and great quality service! Definitely worth a try”.
Can’t see a gym here that meets your needs? Check out our full list of Gyms and Fitness Centres in Melbourne.