Making Moves in Sydney

Check out our favorite go-to’s to get moving in Sydney!

This post comes to us from Natalie Shukur.

Growing up surrounded by beaches, parks, pools, hiking trails and the ocean, Sydney women have a propensity toward the great outdoors. Surfing, swimming, kayaking, lifesaving and soft sand running are all part of the P.E. curriculum here, and most Australian women I know could give you a run for your money in the fitness stakes. Naturally, anything athletic is part of the cultural zeitgeist, with yoga, dance, Pilates and all types of dynamic training becoming a national pastime, featured in the pages of Vogue and bookending weekend brunch dates. It’s no surprise that activewear for everyday has well and truly been embraced in Bondi and beyond.

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BodyMindLife
This yoga and Pilates hub now has four central locations across Sydney, but it’s about as far away from being cookie-cutter as you can get, with a team of passionate, top-level teachers and a local, community-centered vibe at each of its urban oases. The yoga here is hot (with a state-of-the-art infrared heating system) and the Pilates classes are group reformer-style. Meditation and Yin practice is also available, plus aerial yoga at the Redfern studio.

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KX Pilates
We can’t get enough of this dynamic take on Pilates that conditions the body as well as providing a pop of cardio. High on energy and instructor motivation (think Gaga, Beyoncé and Madonna on the playlist, and lots of counting down from 10), no two sessions are the same.

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Physicore
Another form of pumped-up Pilates, Physicore is a new way to sweat and get strong in one fell swoop. Conducted on “Megaformers” this 50-minute high intensity workout uses the Lagree fitness method, combining strength training, cardio and Pilates for a shape-shifting session you’ll feel the next day (in that weirdly satisfying way).

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Xtend Barre
Xtend Barre is catching on like wildfire in Australia, due to its results-based, ballet-inspired workouts that are over and done in 55 minutes flat. Conducted mostly at the barre, this class incorporates weights, balls, bands, sticks, straps and mats to achieve a strong core and sculpted limbs, and helps to combat stress via a bit of good old fashioned shimmy-shaking. We love that most of the teachers here are from a professional dance background, inspiring us to express ourselves through pliés, tendus and battements, while getting in a challenging workout.

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Bondi Icebergs Pool
This iconic, Instagram-famous Sydney swimming destination is a public ocean pool that spills over into the sea, and is perhaps one of the most glorious places in the world to do a few laps. More outdoor pools with a view include Andrew Boy Charlton, Macallum Pool, Bronte baths, and one of our favorite places for a quick dip: the female-only McIver’s Baths. A secluded spot established in 1922, it still costs only 20 cents to swim in the 33-metre ocean pool, nestled in a protective curve of Coogee’s coastline. A true Aussie phenomenon, concrete sea baths beat a chlorinated gym pool any day of the week.

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