WHEN THE New Year rolls around, the sneakers come out as we take to pounding the pavement in hope of a fitness transformation. But fast forward just a few weeks and it’s likely that park that was suddenly overrun by pedestrians in January looks a lot emptier. No matter your fitness goals, it’s safe to say that sticking to them requires dedication and sacrifice. Too easily we’re swayed by the more comfortable choice: a sleep-in, a Netflix binge-marathon, a night out.
If you’re needing some extra motivation to not only show-up for leg day but get the work done, look no further than Sydney’s gym scene. Boasting state-of-the-art equipment, world-class trainers and the kind of amenities you could expect from a luxury spa resort, there’s something to please every fitness enthusiast. Whether you need the discipline that can only be imparted by a personal trainer or want the camaraderie that comes with a group class, these gyms prove the gym doesn’t have to be that grimace-inducing task you drag your feet to complete. A visit to any one of these spots will see you looking forward to your next sweat session, guaranteed.
Level 1/89 Anzac Parade, Kensington
Led by celebrity trainer Jono Castano, Acero boasts an all-black décor that features heavily on the ‘gram. Scroll through the profiles of your favourite celebrities or sports stars, and you’ll likely see it’s here they get their workout in. With some of the world’s top trainers inhouse and state-of-the-art equipment that includes an infra-red sauna, you’ll be inspired to get into fighting fit shape. Known for its 12-week transformations, it’s the gym of choice if you’re looking to dial into your fitness goals and work with a trainer.
Weekly Membership cost: 10 x 45-minute PT sessions starting at $1,150
98 Riley St, Darlinghurst
With two group training areas, an expansive open-plan gym space and the latest range of Concept2 Ski Ergs rowers and bike ergs, 98Gym Darlinghurst caters to every kind of fitness enthusiast. Thanks to its smartphone entry system, access is made easy. For those particularly invested in strength and conditioning equipment, you’ll find a wide range available here, too.
Weekly Membership cost: All access from $89.95, open gym membership from $39.95
Chifley Tower 2, Chifley Square Ground floor, Sydney
Located in the heart of the CBD, SOMA has come to be regarded as the go-to destination for those looking to get a quickie in during their lunch hour. It’s not hard to see why, either. With a wide range of equipment and sweat towel valet service, the gym also offers an infrared sauna, HIIT, boxing, barre and yoga, as well as online classes for those looking to workout at home.
Weekly Membership cost: Single visit $46, Annual membership $69/week including gym and small group session access.
Hustle Boxing Potts Point
176 Victoria St, Potts Point
With the kind of interior that feels more like a rave than a sweat session, it’s not hard to see why Hustle Boxing has cultivated something of a cult following from its avid fans. Sure to revolutionise your approach to boxing, it features a mix of full body workouts, resistance bands and weights that are all incorporated to help you tone up and get into the kind of shape that would make Rocky blush.
Weekly Membership cost: One time hustle $35, four weeks for $99
Level 1/134 Oxford St, Paddington
It looks more like a nightclub than a gym but Flow Athletic continues to deliver only the best when it comes to fitness. With group strength training, yoga, pilates, run club and a spin studio, you’ll find everything you need at the Paddington studio which takes a holistic view of health to ensure you continue operating at your best.
Weekly Membership cost: Six months at $69.95/week, or 12 months at $59.95
The Bunker Gym
69-81 Foveaux St, Surry Hills
With its state-of-the-art equipment and boutique design details, this gym offers members a space that is inviting and sure to motivate you. For those who want to simply get in and get out when it comes to their gym routine, you’ll be able to do that with the extensive range of equipment on offer. The Bunker Gym also employs top trainers in the field, so for those looking for more guidance to reach their fitness goals, you’ll find only the best here.
Weekly Membership cost: TBD
BFT – Town Hall
LG/117 York Street, Sydney
Founded by AFL and international soccer strength and conditioning coach, Cameron Falloon, Body Fit Training (BFT) offers guided classes that pack a punch in just 50 minutes. The programs are scheduled in eight-week blocks to see members progress and avoid fitness plateaus. For those looking to get results and the best out of their training, BFT workouts are based around heart rate zones, with individuals using bespoke heart-rate measurement to ensure they give their all each session. There will be no slacking off here, that’s for sure!
Weekly Membership cost: TBD
Level C2/9 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction
Not all gyms can boast a 25-metre indoor magnesium mineral pool, but for those who want the option of doing laps at their gym, Elixr is the place to be. Offering pilates, yoga, cardio and weight-training, it also provides meditation and personal development seminars, showing that health isn’t just the physical but incorporates mental and emotional wellbeing, too.
Weekly Membership cost: $43/week