Here at Amodrn HQ, we tend to be a little on the promiscuous side… when it comes to our fitness regimes. Sure, we all have our fail-safe training styles that we do regularly, whether that’s yoga, strength training and Pilates — but when an innovative new fitness trend comes along, we can’t resist the temptation to cheat on our regular workout with a casual fling… err, we mean, class! And luckily for us, there’s no shortage of new fitness classes, events and openings in Sydney to keep things exciting.
Because we believe that sharing is caring, we’ve rounded up the Sydney fitness happenings you won’t want to miss in March. Maybe we’ll see you there!
There are regular gyms… and then there are futuristic immersive fitness experiences. And the latter is exactly what the CBD suburb of Barangaroo is about to get, when Virgin Active opens its first-ever Australian Collection Club. The new club will showcase Virgin Active’s vision for the future of fitness, where every aspect of a club and class has been tailored to create a multi-sensory experience.
“Everything from the design, materials, program, music and staff has been rethought to build a culture and program that encourages, nurtures and cultivates a feel-good exercise experience,” says Australia’s Managing Director, Scott Hood. “The Collection will offer an irresistible exercise experience to the Australian market, where being active is not just determined by the intensity of a workout, it is an immersive journey to improving your health, mindset and mood.”
So, what exactly does that involve? Think complimentary smoothies and cold scented towels after every workout, luxurious 5-star amenities, and a Dyson Supersonic blow-dry bar every Thursday and Friday Night – and don’t even get us started on the high-tech fitness classes. There are four programs on offer at the Collection Club: RevolutionTM Cycle: A rhythm cycle program taught on custom-designed bikes fit for dancing and doing push‐ups on.
FocusTM Boxing class: An immersive boxing class featuring choreographed airblasts, ozone cleaned gloves, and personal lighting over each aqua punch bag.
BurnTM Strength & Cardio: A calorie-incinerating combination of traditional strength training and cardio intervals, complete with choreographed lighting and music.
Outdoor Calibration: A dynamic blend of full mobility drills and mindfulness mechanics, enabling participants to learn to run like a professional athlete.
Yep, it’s going to be epic. The Virgin Active Collection Club Barangaroo opens on Monday 26 March. You can learn more about it here.
Sydney’s bustling Pitt Street mall probably isn’t exactly what comes to mind when you think of ‘zen.’ But that may be about to change, when lululemon takes over with two free flow yoga class in the middle of the mall. The event is to celebrate the launch of the new lululemon Westfield city store. The classes will be accompanied by live music from Sunshine Zerda and violinist QVLN — so you can bend to the beats. And in case that’s not incentive enough, every guest who attends gets a complimentary lululemon yoga mat.
The sessions will be held on Tuesday 22nd March, at 5:30pm – 6:15pm and 6:45pm – 7:30pm. You can secure your tickets here.
If you’re looking to hold on to those zen vibes for as long as possible, you can’t miss Australia’s Largest Outdoor Group Meditation at Barangaroo Park on Sunday 25th March.Tom Cronin, a recognised meditation teacher, producer and founder of The Stillness Project, is organising a large group meditation experience for hundreds of people, to be filmed for a scene in his upcoming feature film ‘The Portal’. The event will be a beautiful vortex of peace and calm in Sydney, where attendees can play an integral part in sharing a powerful message about the importance of finding inner stillness in the modern world. Drones and on-the-ground camera crews will capture the experience as part of a final epic scene in the film, which is set to be released in cinemas globally in early 2019. Yep, you’ll be famous.
The free event will take place from 7:45-9am (filming will begin at 8am) on Sunday 25th March, in the Northern Section of Barangaroo Park. Attendees are encouraged to register for the event on the Facebook page so that they can receive important updates, but drop-ins are welcome, too.
The Coogee to Bondi coastal walk is great — it features some of Sydney’s most iconic views and no matter which end you finish at, there are plenty of great cafes to replenish with brunch. But if you go on the weekend (or even during the week if it’s a sunny day), you’ll probably find you have to stop every two seconds while you wait for the tourists in front of you to take photos. It tends to be so crowded that you can’t even walk at a fast enough pace to work up a sweat! That’s why it was music to our ears to hear that another coastal walk was opening in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The modern 1.15 km walkway stretches from Malabar Beach to Maroubra. It also links up with the Bondi to Coogee track, if you’re in the mood for something longer. If you’re there at the right time, you’ll also be able to spot humpback whales migrating off the coast during June and July.
You can learn more about the new Western Escarpment Walking Track here.