Though Australia is a nation of people drawn to the outdoors, it’s easily arguable that Sydney is its most active and healthy city. The scenic backdrop certainly doesn’t hurt, with spectacular runs along the bay and historic outdoor pools nestled beneath the Harbour Bridge and along the seafront.
It’s a city with some of the most forward thinking culinary design; healthy food with varied, farm-table ingredients is easy to find, like the inventive paleo restaurant, Ester. Technology and the latest fitness techniques are embraced at the swathe fitness centres situated in Sydney; check out Agoga in Bondi before heading to the world class beaches.
Agoga in Bondi offers a unique and scientific HIIT (high intensity interval training) style program. The emphasises here is on functional movement patterns to tone, strengthen and loosen your body and develop them in a balanced way. The aim is to give you an athlete's physique and avoid the distortions you’ll see from regimes that overemphasise one area. The personal training takes place in small groups, usually around 5 to 10 per class and capped at 16. Classes differ depending on your focus: Leaner, Faster, Stronger, Signature (resistance, cardio and plyometrics), Turbo 4x4 (4 minute high intensity training), specialist or outdoor boxing.
This stylish, hot power yoga venture emerged out of Singapore and recently set down roots in Sydney. They run half a dozen classes every day in their pristine facilities which feature 12-foot high windows and mirrors, with mats spaced beneath on the wood floor. Instead of the intense Bikram-style common to most hot yoga centres, Hom offers more meditative varieties like Hot Flow, Hot Hatha, Vinyasa Flow and Yin. If you like to use blocks as part of routine to assist with your alignment, Hom Yoga have plenty on hand. Currently you’ll find them in Darlinghurst, but a second centre in Surry Hills is opening in late 2015.
Marin Lazic is Head Coach of the first Authentic TRX Training studio in Australia. For those unfamiliar with TRX, it evolved out of Navy Seal training and involves suspension bands and your bodyweight to develop strength, balance and flexibility through functional and bodyweight exercises. Based in Rozelle, TRX Training Sydney runs regular classes and personal training workshops to assist you take advantage of the literally hundreds of different workouts you can do with this simple, versatile and highly portable equipment. They also offer Rip Trainer workouts, for those that prefer working with bar resistance and movements.