Do you feel uninspired by heading to the local gym and running on the treadmill, but you’re keen to incorporate regular exercise in your life? Looking for things to do and ways to stay fit in Port Phillip can be a little intimidating if you’re new to a studio or type of exercise. We’ve put together a list of some of the best ways to work out in the Port Phillip area which will hopefully demystify the process and get you on the right track (literally). Whether you’re into deep breathing on the yoga mat, or learning how to salsa dance, staying in shape can be an enjoyable and rewardable process for everyone. Read on and find your next way to move.
Radiant Sol Yoga
418 Bay St., Port Melbourne
If you’re looking for a type of fitness in Port Phillip that comes with a community, and addresses the connection between your physical body and your mental and spiritual awareness, then yoga is a wonderful practice to incorporate into your life. Many people think you need to be flexible in order to do yoga, but being inflexible is one of the best reasons to try yoga and encourage your body to loosen, open, and strengthen all at once. Radiant Sol is a non-judgmental studio environment that welcomes those experienced in yoga as well as total newbies. You can go for the intense Power Flow classes that get you sweating, or choose something relaxing like candlelight yin or Yoga Nidra, which is like a guided meditation. Radiant Sol tends to offer smaller class sizes so that you aren’t lost in a sea of people, and so that teachers will get to know your name and where you’re at in your practice. If you’ve never been to the studio before, you can sign up for a $49 intro pass and enjoy unlimited yoga for 30 days! For more information, head over to their website or pop over in person in Port Melbourne and talk to their friendly staff and teachers.
F45 Training Port Melbourne
35 Crockford St., Port Melbourne
If you need something a bit faster and more upbeat than yoga class, F45 might be the perfect type of training for you. You’ve likely heard a bit of the buzz about this new workout technique, but if not, it’s a 45 minute group class that focuses on either body weight, resistance, cardio, or resistance & cardio combined. What’s so special about these works outs? Well, F45 is popular for their team-based functional movement type training with classes that change daily so the members never get bored or lose motivation. Movements change quickly during the classes which are set to pumping music so you don’t have time to feel tired or think about giving up. Classes start at 5:15 a.m. on weekdays so you can get in and out before your work day starts. Be warned, F45 is a self-declared cult style of workout and you might find yourself fist pumping alongside other F45 devotees (in great shape) before you know it. If you need a high intensity method of getting in shape in Port Phillip, check out Port Melbourne’s F45 gym here.
Crossfit St. Kilda
362 St. Kilda Rd., St. Kilda
If F45 doesn’t sound like the type of cult-workout you’re into but you value community environment and group style classes, consider heading over to St. Kilda to check out the ever-popular Crossfit style of exercise. This particular gym is known for its knowledgeable and friendly trainers and a no-ego vibe amongst members. Crossfit describes their workouts as “functional fitness”, far beyond simple weightlifting, which combines gymnastic style movement with cardio and strength techniques that work together to build muscle while also burning fat. Similar to F45, you won’t find yourself doing the same workout twice. If it sounds intimidating, don’t worry, the classes are designed to operate on a scale of intensity that accommodates any level of experience so that professional athletes and the elderly can enjoy the same workouts by adjusting the load and intensity and everyone can appreciate measurable results. Go for an unlimited membership if you plan to go more than 3 times per week, or choose a drop in session if you just want to try it out a few times. Classes start from 5:30 am and the last ones finish at 7:30 in the evening. The staff are warm and welcoming and you’ll be sure to fit right in. They even offer classes geared for women, and options for kids! Check out the timetable here.
Albert Park Lake Loop
Albert Park Lake, Albert Park
If you aren’t into group classes and prefer solo fitness endeavours, running is a great way to get your heart rate up, clear the mind, and get outside at the same time. It’s also the perfect option if you’re trying to stay fit on a budget, because it’s absolutely free! If you’re looking for places to go in Port Phillip area to get your running fix, try out the Albert Park Lake loop which follows the formula one racing track all the way around the lake. The trail is very well maintained and is mostly flat with only an 8 metre incline altogether, which may be a plus or minus depending on how hard you like to run. One loop will give you just under 5 kilometres of running distance but you might even go for another loop to enjoy all of the happy birdlife, including swans that tend to wander across the path. Be mindful that the track is very exposed so windy days may not be the best for this exercise option. Head out on a crisp sunny morning to get your daily movement in and finish off at St. Kilda’s Fitzroy street or Clarendon street in South Melbourne to enjoy all that Port Phillip cafe culture has to offer.
Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre
30 Aughtie Dr., Albert Park
Gym classes, hydrotherapy, spa and sauna, courts.
The Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre, known as MSAC, is an enormous centre with high class facilities of all kinds. While MSAC is a popular training ground for elite athletes, it is also available for anyone who wants a gym membership that allows them to participate in myriad fitness activities. You can exercise on your own in the lap pools, hydrotherapy pools, and in the gym and various courts, or join one of the classes like yoga, TRX, pilates, Boxing, Zumba and various types of aerobics. This is the perfect option for anyone who likes to mix up the type of activity they do and incorporate both self-led and group workouts. Check out their membership and class options through their website.
You Can Dance Studio
130 Gladstone St., South Melbourne
One of the most invigorating ways to tone and strengthen muscles, increase stamina, build confidence and simply get an awesome workout while having a blast, is dancing! Many people looking for fitness options may overlook dance classes, but the You Can Dance Studio in South Melbourne encourages newcomers to give it a go in this community environment. You can go for private or group lessons and they even do consultations for learning to dance for your own wedding. You can try out Ballroom dancing, Latin dance, hip hop, jazz, tap, and even Zumba. The teachers are extremely professional, experienced, patient, and have a deep passion for what they do. Get in touch with them here.
Next time you’re thinking about what to do in Port Phillip, why not give your fitness game a boost? Choose your favourite Port Phillip fitness activity from the list above, or give them all a shot to see what suits you best.