Nine Of The Most Luxe Gyms In Australia

Getting back to the gym never looked so good.

By Terry Christodoulou 10/06/2020

With the nationwide quarantine closing gyms in late March, many of us were left with nowhere to workout. And let’s be honest, all motivation for those home sweat sessions with whatever weights you could MacGyver together dropped off after a few days.

Luckily, gyms around the country are slowly beginning to reopen. Western and South Australia are already pumping iron, Queensland and NSW reopen on June 13, along with Victoria on June 22.

To celebrate, here are nine of the most luxe gyms and fitness centres across Australia to reinvigorate your fitness regime.

SOMA – Sydney

Set in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, Soma leaves no stone unturned, from the luxe, moody fit-out and celebrity personal trainers, to the best-of-the-best equipment. The fitness nirvana boasts a long list of services broken up into strength, studio, spa and social pillars. This covers intimate group classes and world-class resistance training along with massage, physiotherapy and spa treatments for essential recovery. Beyond building muscle, members can work through yoga, Pilates, barre classes and much more.

From $62/week; Somacollection.net

The Humming Puppy – Melbourne

Melbourne’s most luxe yoga studio is part day spa, part practice. The beautifully appointed studio is unlike any other, due to its cavernous, airy space, sleek design work and humming soundtrack calibrated to a number of specific frequencies helping you get ‘in tune’ with your yoga practice. After practice make use of the elegant bathrooms and relax in the retreat with a cup of tea.

Classes from $25; hummingpuppy.com

Forme Fitness – The Calile Hotel, Brisbane

Hotel gyms often get aren’t up to scratch, seen with a seemingly random mix of equipment making your feel like the set up was an afterthought. However that’s not the case in The Calile Hotel in Brisbane, the gym is not only functional but stunningly luxe. Operated by Forme Fitness, the space offers personal training, small group sessions, yoga and boxing in a heightened boutique setting. Together with hotel spa Kailo, the hotel has created its very own one-stop wellness centre.

Personal training from $50; thecalilehotel.com

Paramount Recreation Club – Sydney

Often described as a gym for people that don’t like gyms, Paramount Recreation Club is a sleekly designed and highly exclusive fitness centre. Limited to only 250 members, with as many as 120 classes over the week  – all of which limited to about eight people –  include yoga, mat pilates, barre, Olympic lifting, boxing, skipping, meditation and the signature ‘Paramount Workout’, there’s plenty of versatility. There are no mirrors (which means no ego-stroking), alongside massage and dietary services, a kiosk with breakfast and lunch seven days a week and a very social balcony space for relaxing.

Membership from $45; paramountrecreation.club

LA Fit Studio – Perth

Home to the fastest-growing workout in America, LA Fit Studio brings you the quite possibly hardest Pilates you’ve ever done, The Lagree method, a 45-minute class,  promises to replace all our personal training, Pilates, weights, and cardio. Described as ‘Pilates, next level’, you’ll sweat, burn and plead your way through the sessions. If Pilates isn’t your pace, there’s the Rhythm Ride, a hard-fought spin session sure to raise the heart rate.

Classes from $37; lafitstudio.com

Kaya Health Club – Melbourne

Kaya health club, while having the hallmarks of a day spa, is an all-inclusive gym complete with full weights and cardio area. The fitness studio offers boxing and circuit classes alongside two Pilates studios, a barre studio, yoga studio and more. Of course, there are all the padded extras like decadently appointed showers, rainfall showerheads and luxe complimentary shampoos to ensure you leave feeling anew. 

$35/week; kayahealthclubs.com.au

98 Gym – Sydney 

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Most luxe and boutique gyms can be accused of ‘softening’ the experience, the same can’t be said for 98 Gym. The raw, energetic and oft gruelling sessions match its industrial aesthetic. The regimes cover off fitness bases from its General Physical Preparedness class to its infamous ‘FYF’ workout – a crowd favourite. 98 Gym has muscled its way into being the ‘it’ place to train for the last few years, and while not as glamorous as others on this list, results and its reputation speaks volumes.

Starting $63/week; 98gym.com 

Studio360 – Adelaide

In the last few years there’s been a healthy resurgence of the spin-class. Don’t worry, there’s no neon-leotards and headbands here, at Adelaide’s Studio 360, the high-intensity rides throw in a healthy dose of competition with a number of different cycle-classes aiming to get a complete body workout.

$50/week; studio-360cycle.com

The Shelter –Sydney

The Shelter, designed by Sydney-based architecture firm Esoteriko, is an all-encompassing wellness centre with the kind of luxe finishes you’d expect from a multi-million dollar penthouse. Privately tucked away in a Double Bay backstreet, the centre offers multiple classes like spin, boxing, sculpt sure to get the blood pumping, before recovering in Australia’s only freshwater ice-bath, or pick the sauna, with Shelter offering both traditional and infrared before finishing with a juice from the onsite juicery.

Single session $30; the-shelter.com.au

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