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Where to get active and fit in Brisbane City

From dawn until long after dusk Brisbane City is a place to get active. Whether it’s cycling to work, running by the river, sun salutations in the City Botanic Gardens, weight lifting or breaking it down to hip hop, there’s every way to keep active in Brisbane CBD. 

In this guide we’ve listed all the health and fitness classes, studios, gyms, activities and programs available in The City. There’s virtually around-the-clock options, so whether it’s #newyearnewyou, Fit Feb or just another Monday – make 2020 the year of no excuses!

Flex those muscles at a gym

If improving your health and wellbeing is your New Year’s resolution (um, same as every other year), The City has more than a dozen gyms scattered throughout to help you achieve your goals. The best thing about gyms is you can turn up at any time of the day – no waiting for class start times. That said, plenty of them also offer included fitness classes from pump to zumba to yoga.

On Adelaide St, there’s Snap Fitness and Jetts, Elizabeth St is home to Fitness First and Goodlife has a gym inside the Wintergarden Centre on Queen Street Mall and another on Edward St. If you work along Eagle St, there is an Anytime Fitness and F1rst Class Fitness. Plus there is a second Anytime Fitness on Roma St and another Snap Fitness at Tank St. 

The YMCA at QUT Gardens Point offers great rates for students and has an Olympic 50-metre pool. Olympia Transformations and Blueprint Health & Fitness offer more boutique gym options with great personal training available.

Stretch it out with yoga

Feel Good Program - Yoga

Do good for both your mind and body. There’s nothing better than finding your zen with yoga after a long workday. The City is home to a handful of studios with each offering something a little different. Head along to a class at each studio to see which tribe is your vibe.

Classes at Knead Yoga on Albert St are just 45 minutes long, so they are easy to slip a few into a busy lifestyle. At Shri Yoga in Burnett Lane class styles range from challenging or playful, to quiet and contemplative. At Stretch Yoga, also on Albert St, classes range from beginner stretch basics through to power vinyasa. Or for something a little different, try Barre Body on Charlotte St, a studio that combines ballet barre conditioning, yoga and Pilates to tone the entire body.

If your budget is tight, that’s no excuse to skip a workout. Throughout the year keep an eye out for the Medibank Feel Good Program. Take your stretching outdoors with free yoga in the middle of the City Botanic Gardens. Brisbane Square Library also has free yoga run by Sahaja Yoga on Tuesdays at 5.30pm. Most gyms in the city also offer yoga classes as part of the membership.

Tone up with pilates or barre

Studio pilates

If you’re hunched over a computer all day errr’day pilates can be a great antidote. The whole-body workout tones each aspect of the body and the workout realigns posture and builds your core strength.

Try Studio Pilates on Ann St for a complete toning workout with high-energy music and special Pilates reformer machines that help sculpt your body. Barre Body on Charlotte St combines ballet barre conditioning, yoga and Pilates in an airy, light filled studio. Barre En L’Air on George St wants you to find joy in movement and feel strong, flexible and comfortable in your skin. It offers barre, pilates, reformer, balletfit and stretch classes. Movement Principle on Adelaide keeps it small with studio pilates classes of one to four people, and group reformer, mat and TRX classes up to just eight.

Join the crossfit craze

Crossfit

With Crossfit the high-intensity, stretch-based workout changes every day and the program can be adapted to suit people of all ages and fitness. Crossfit 4000 on Adelaide St offers a premier strength and conditioning program that improves cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, coordination, agility, balance and more. 

Tap into functional fitness

Growing out of the Crossfit craze, functional fitness is more rounded but is still an ever-changing high intensity workout. F45 has popped up all over Brisbane and in The City find two studios at North Quay and on Charlotte St. Claiming to be one of the most time-efficient ways to train, in a 45-minute session you can burn up to 750 calories. G sweat it out!

Spin around the City on two wheels

City Botanic Gardens

Whether it is your morning commute, you're trying to get healthy, or you're training for an event, there are a number of great tracks to hit in and around Brisbane City. For cyclists this includes the Bicentennial Bikeway, South East Freeway Bikeway and the Normanby Cycleway Link, plus there is convenient access into The City from South Bank via the Kurilpa and Goodwill Bridges. And to make it even easier to ride or run in The City, there is a Cycle2City underneath the King George Square Bus Station, an end-of-ride centre that offers racks, showers, lockers and laundry services. 

Workout in the park

City Botanic Gardens

If working out within four walls and the same fluorescent lighting as your office cubicle makes you shudder then take your workout outside. There are a number of free and paid classes held in the City Botanic Gardens throughout the week. The Medibank Feel Good Program pops up a few times a year with free yoga, zumba and more. Brisbane City Council offers regular free fitness classes including Tai Chi Qigong, boxing and weight-loss challenges. Blueprint Health & Fitness, GBPT and Ashley Dapiran run regular bootcamps in the gardens.

Dance your way to fitness

Incorporate dance into your exercise regime and get fit while having fun and learning new moves or skills. At Mad Dance House on Adelaide St achieve the toned body of a dancer with a range of traditional classes including hip-hop, ballet, contemporary and jazz for all levels, or more fitness-oriented classes such as Zumba, Pilates, dance bootcamp, boxing and cardio. At The Pole Club on Albert St get fit while having fun and getting a rock hard core.They say you’ll have a blast while not even realising you’re getting a killer workout.

Cut laps in the pool

Make like a fish and take up swimming – it’s a great way to work your whole body and cardiovascular system. One huge benefit is that swimming doesn’t impact on your bones and joints, yet you’ll burn almost as many calories as while running. Next to the City Botanic Gardens at the QUT Gardens Point campus is a huge YMCA fitness and aquatic centre with a big 50 metre Olympic swimming pool.

Punch it out by boxing

Strength, speed, agility, endurance and hand-eye coordination. Boxing is a whole body fitness activity that will help keep you in great shape. Give it a go at FitClub boxing studio on Albert St. The first rule of FitClub? You talk about FitClub. Tell your friends and have them join you.

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