Exercise is an integral part of our lives. It is demonstrably beneficial for our well-being, health and longevity. Exercise statistics show that 54% of people that exercise train at the gym. The other 46% train outside, at calisthenics parks or participate in other forms of physical activity.
The beach-side town of St Kilda is home to some of the best gyms in Melbourne. Each gym and fitness service is unique and subject to personal taste. The list below compiles some of the best and most unique fitness experiences in St Kilda, whether they are gyms or fitness services such as mobile personal training.
1. Street Workout St Kilda
Location: St Kilda & sourrounding areas
Street Workout St Kilda is a mobile personal training company that provides training facilities and equipment. Street workout St Kilda has private agreements with several local gyms and provides a seamless fitness experience, without the need for a gym membership.
Street Workout St Kilda offers personal training, program design, fitness classes and nutritional guidance. Although the company specialises in calisthenics and street workout-style bodyweight training, they also offer fundamental weight loss HIIT training and basic strength training to suit all levels.
Location: 39-59 Green St, Prahran VIC 3181
NICA is part of what used to be a Swineburn University campus. ‘NICA’ stands for the National Institute of Circus Arts. Although NICA is technically only a small part of the mega building dedicated to circus arts, the building also boasts the High Performance Centre (HPC) men’s artistic gymnastics gym, women’s artistic gymnastics gym and rhythmic gymnastics gym.
All of these collectively allow for an incredible conglomerate of different disciplines to congregate in one space. In addition to circus practitioners and gymnasts; breakdancers, acro yoga practitioners, trickers, martial artists, capoeira practitioners and calisthenics street workout athletes call NICA home.
Apart from the gymnastics apparatuses, there is also bodyweight equipment available such as resistance bands and massage balls, as well as basic weights.
The downside to this amazing conglomerate of gymnasiums is that they are very expensive to attend and the hours are set and cannot be changed due to a requirement for supervision.
3. Fitness First St Kilda
Location: 97 Alma Rd, St Kilda VIC 3182
Fitness First St Kilda is one of the best Fitness First gyms in Melbourne. Although it can be considered only medium sized, the gym offers 2 floors packed to the rafters with equipment. Iron is pumped, weights are slammed, and social butterflies circle in and out of classes.
It opens at 6am and closes at 10pm, which gives you a large window for training. This is a premium gym that comes with a premium price tag. Despite this, it still works out much cheaper than NICA.
The bottom floor is the ‘fucntional area’. It’s essentially a calisthenics playground with the addition of some boxes and barbells. This area is quite special as it has a very high ceiling which allows for muscle ups and other exercises that need a lot of space. There is also a class area on the bottom floor separate to this.
The top floor is dedicated to machines, free weights, cardio equipment and cages. The gym is also connected to King Swim, which is a relatively small pool.
4. South Pacific Health Club St Kilda
Location: 10/18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda VIC 3182
South Pacific is another premium gym located on the St Kilda beach front. On the bottom floor you can the find the famous St Kilda sea bathes, which are a salt water pool, spa and sauna complex.
The gym is located upstairs and is separated into many different rooms. Although the entirety of the gym is quite large, the fact that it’s separated into many different rooms and relatively narrow corridors gives it somewhat of a claustrophobic feel.
This gym offers several premium exercise regiments that are completely unique, including hypobaric training room where participants are derived of oxygen to simulate high altitude training.
5. South Side Fitness
Location: 201 Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC 3182
South Side Fitness is primarily a martial arts gym. It has all of the typical gym equipment and machines you might expect as well as a dedicated ring, boxing area with punching bags and soft floor area. There are also a ton of
Training is largely focused on Boxing, Muay Thai and Zuu. This is a high energy gym that caters for a young, motivated demographic. The equipment is quite old but does the job.
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