It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). After all, what’s not to love about a workout that burns big calories, gets results and is F-U-N? But with so many studios to sample out there, it can be hard to pick just one. So here’s five HIIT studios in Sydney’s CBD/Eastern Suburbs to try.
ZADI (Surry Hills and Neutral Bay)
Zadi is female only (yay for no stinky men!) and uses metabolic circuit training methods to get you the results you want. The programs have been designed by Damien Kelly, one of Sydney’s best-known exercise scientists, and classes are capped at 16 to ensure trainers can help you focus on great form. Oh and there’s also a heart rate monitoring system… so no hiding!
Don’t miss… HIIT STRENGTH. Lifting weights (properly) is not only badass, it speeds up your metabolism, which helps you burn fat more effectively.
LEAN BEAN FITNESS (Bondi Beach)
Lean Bean Fitness is for the gals only, with classes punctuated by HIIT, barre and Pilates moves. Classes are based on continuous functional bodyweight movement (which means no resting!) and there’s plenty of variety, so you won’t get bored. The instructors are fantastic, and owner Lizzie Bland has created a real community that you’re gonna want to be a part of.
Don’t miss… POWER BEANS. It’s barre bootcamp, but you’re wearing ankle weights! I guarantee this interval training class will take your sweat and burn to the next level.
CREW BOUTIQUE ROWING STUDIO (CBD)
If you’re looking for HIIT studios with something a little different, CREW has got what you need. Their unique, full body circuit classes place minimal impact on your body, and maximum impact on your heart rate! Everything from your arms, legs, back and core are engaged while rowing – I hurt for days after my last session (in a good way!)
Don’t miss… GET UP AND ROW. Combine functional, bodyweight exercises with a series of high intensity rowing intervals for serious results. You’ll keep your heart pumping through limited recovery and total bodyweight exercises like squats, push-ups, burpees and planks.
A SQUAD CALLED SAVAGE (Potts Point)
This place is HIIT heaven! The studio is uber-cool – think concrete floors, exposed brick and fluorescent lighting – and (luckily) classes live up to expectation. Want to learn how to lift correctly? They’ve got classes for that. Want to burn big calories using kettlebells, medicine balls, rowers, ropes, TRX and bodyweight? They’ve sure as heck got classes for that too.
Don’t miss…SWEAT. You’ll, well, sweat it out with a challenging, no-nonsense series of cardio drills and strength building exercises designed to burn oodles of energy.
FLOW ATHLETIC (Paddington)
If you’ve ever dreamed up a workout, there’s a high chance that it’s on the menu at FLOW. Their range of HIIT classes is pretty special… like Strike, which is 30 minutes of spin followed by 30 minutes of strength or Bike-Asana, which is 30 minutes of spin followed by 30 minutes of yoga. But if you’re looking for that traditional HIIT-style class, you can’t go past Smash, a boxing-inspired, high-energy interval class.
Don’t miss… STRIKE. It’s the ultimate combination of cardio and strength training, designed for maximum impact and results.
That’s five of my favourite HIIT studios in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Have I missed your fave? Tell me about it in the comments below! I’ll be doing the rounds of Sydney over the coming months too, so hit me up if you’ve got a suggestion for me!
[main image: A Squad Called Savage]