Get active – here are some of the most fun fitness spots in Brisbane
While the cooler weather might keep us indoors as much as possible, that shouldn’t take a toll on our fitness regime. So you can limber up and train in the comforts of the indoors – while enjoying yourself, we might add – we’ve found some of the funnest places in Brisbane to work out – from gyms that resemble beat-blaring nightclubs to some super-exciting bun-burning classes. Here are some of the most fun fitness spots in Brisbane, so you can make like Fergie and “be up in the gym just working on my fitness”.
Beat Boxing Gym, Morningside: Established in 2013, Beat Boxing Gym is a family-owned-and-operated boxing gym in Morningside, where all fitness and skill levels are welcome – from novice glove wearers to Rocky-level professional fighters. Classes include boxing fitness, ladies boxing, beginner boxing, intermediate boxing, advance boxing and personal-training sessions for those who want to throw punches one-on-one. Don some gloves and check out the full range of classes here. Siri, please play ‘Eye of the Tiger’.
Brickhouse Gym, Coorparoo: Helping to make fitness fun again, Brickhouse Gym is somewhere you can train hard and accomplish your goals. With killer classes like yoga, HIIT, core control, ABT (abs, butts and thighs) and many more, you’ll have plenty of high-intensity, strength and endurances exercises to choose from. Plus, if you’re keen to get in the ring, the team at Brickhouse Gym specialise in training people to box like a champ. If you want to start training to become built like a brickhouse, head here for more info.
Function Well, Teneriffe: Found in the iconic Woolstore Building in the heart of Teneriffe, Function Well shares its holistic view on health and fitness via three separate fitness zones. There’s a full-service health club, an athletic zone (home to CrossFit Newstead) and a relaxing restoration zone that boasts a yoga studio, a steam room, sauna, sleep pods and cold therapy. With classes ranging from HIIT, CrossFit, metabolic conditioning, boxing, strength, yoga and reformer pilates, there’s something to suit every fitness level. If you’re keen to grow some rock-hard abs, you can even take up gymnastics. Take a gander at the classes here. You’ll also find Function Well at Breakfast Creek.
Inspire Cycle, Teneriffe: Ready to go for a ride? InspireCycle offers a range of rad boxing and indoor-cycling classes, both of which will see you get sweaty with high-intensity beat-filled workouts. If you choose to hop on the bike, the candle-lit studios provide a music-thumping, motivational atmosphere that is sure to inspire you to push yourself to your limits (and make you want to hit the club dance floor). The boxing classes, on the other hand, are held in a dark studio where you can get ready to rumble with your own aqua bag, whilst you try out some strength movements that are sure to work your full body. If you’re new to the gym, you can purchase five classes for just $50 – what a bargain! Book yourself in here.
KX Pilates, Newstead and Red Hill: KX Pilates delivers a high-intensity, body-toning, reformer pilates workout in just 50 minutes. With beginner, intermediate and advanced classes available to test out, these workouts help to increase flexibility, balance and coordination. The classes, which are performed on a spring resistance apparatus called a reformer red, use a combination of traditional pilates with the strengthening and toning aspects of circuit training (yep, weights are involved). To get the blood bumping without breaking the bank, new studio attendees can take advantage of the five classes for $50 deal. You’ll be hooked in no time.
SoBA, West End: Popular amongst West End locals, SoBA is an all-inclusive studio that offers everything from barre to pilates, yoga, HIIT, stretching classes and meditation sessions. The West End studio is currently running a deal where fourteen days of unlimited classes for just $40! Now that’s one cheap-as-chips way to get your fitness fix. Have a gander at the classes here.
Total Fusion, Chermside, Newstead and Mt Gravatt: The best part of Total Fusion’s studios is that they are smaller, more personable gyms than most, but still offer a huuuuuge selection of classes. Whether your intention is to sweat, sculpt, rehabilitate or strength train, you’re guaranteed to find your fit at Total Fusion. The studios offer classes for yoga, functional training, reformer pilates and they even have a run club – where you alternate between working with weights and running on the treadmill. This workout is most definitely not for the faint-hearted. Peep the full selection of classes here.
Xtend Barre, Stones Corner: Prepare to sweat, fitness-loving folk! Brisbane’s dedicated barre studio Xtend Barre is owned-and-operated by professional dancer Shay Stafford, who is joined by a team of highly-motivational fitness instructors and former professional dancers. The decked-out studio offers barre, reformer and mat pilates, HIIT, TRX, dance cardio as well as Babies on Board classes. All ages and fitness levels are welcome here, with (thankfully) no dance experience required. Beginners can start with a low-impact Xtend Barre basics class which includes a mix of pilates, ballet and dance fitness, leaving every muscle feeling recharged and energised. Newbies can try five classes for $50 – set your eyes on the current timetable here.
Mad Dance House, Brisbane City: Known as the mecca of all things dance related in Brisbane, Mad Dance House offers a huge range of classes taught by industry-recognised teachers for people of all levels – perfect for the absolute beginner to the seasoned professional. Whether you have never danced before or would like to become a professional dancer, there is a class for you at Mad Dance House. With more than 65 classes per week to join in, you’re bound to find your groove (even if you have two left feet). Check out the class timetable here.
FitazFK, Kangaroo Point: No matter your training style or where you are at in your fitness journey, there’s something to help you break a sweat at FitazFK in Kangaroo Point. The gym’s express group classes run for 28 minutes and include the likes of HIIT, boxing, metcon, run club, pilates and strength-based sessions. Want a more one-on-one approach to your training? Kick start your journey with some of Brisbane’s best trainers who will challenge your body and push your mind to the limit all while having fun. Check out the class timetable here.
nuckle, Newstead: Based in Newstead, nuckle is a hybrid group training studio integrating HIIT, functional movements, weights and boxing. Oh, and they’re known for being super friendly too. Our pick of the classes is Supa Sats, a thumping house mix of contemporary training in pairs with weights, core and conditioning drills. Have a look at the huge range of classes on offer here.
Bend + Fly, West End: Always wanted to fly? Us too. Now you can spread your wings and learn aerial yoga at Bend & Fly, home to Brisbane’s best beginner aerial yoga courses. Choose from class options like the Aerial Foundations Course to Aerial Basics and all-level classes or 1ON1 sessions. Bend + Fly’s aerial yoga instructors will safely take you from complete novice to high-flying aerial yogi in no time – no mat required. Learn more here.
Hustle Boxing, Fortitude Valley: Fan-favourite fitness studio Hustle Boxing has made its way from Sydney to the Sunshine State, opening a brand-new location in Fortitude Valley earlier this year. The game-changing fitness hub features workouts curated by trainer Andrew Papadopoulos, which blend strength and conditioning with full-body functional boxing exercises. Each class provides a full body burn through cardio, speed, dynamic and strength themed workouts that are scalable to suit all levels of ability. Fun fact – the workouts are set to playlists curated by Hugo Gruzman (one half of Flight Facilities) – so you know you’re going to get into the zone with some bangers on your side. Have a look at the classes here.
Strong, Fortitude Valley and West End: If you’re a regular user of social media, we’re sure that you’ve come across Strong before. The name of the game is a pilates inspired, cardio infused full-body workout that’s high intensity and low-impact. Match this with luxe facilities and amenities like showers, hair-dryers, straighteners and cold towels soaked in eucalyptus oil to help you cool down after your training sesh, and you’ve got a winning workout. Learn more about Strong here.
Club Bunker, Newstead: After working in the industry for more than 20 years, Club Bunker owners Chris and Dale spotted a big gap in the market. They wanted to create a fun experience and a positive community with only the best equipment and support. In 2019, Club Bunker was born, and today helps train more than 900 members. Inside this Newstead fitness hub you’ll find a CrossFit Gym, as well as a host of classes like HIIT, pilates, yoga and more. Check out the timetable here.