Whether you’re an amateur dancer or a dedicated gym junky, there’s workout opportunities for you in Brisbane City and its neighbouring suburbs. Here’s a few hacks for your schedule to up the ante on your fitness regime.
1. Ride everywhere
A huge benefit of living in the middle of everything is your ability to get around by bike. Student One has free bikes that its residents can borrow to get around the city, or you can sign up to use Brisbane City Council’s City Cycles for just $5 per month. We’ve compiled a list of the best bike loops around Brisbane City to check out here.
2. Go dancing
Put your best foot forward and get ready to sweat at a dance session in Brisbane City. Here’s a few of our favourites.
Every Friday from 7pm – The night begins with an informal (and free!) dance class to get you familiar with the basic moves, then you’re on your own to dance and mingle with others. It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded folk, and heading out for casual drinks after is the norm.
Every Sunday from 7pm – This one also begins with a free beginners salsa class, followed by a salsa dance party that pulls crowds until midnight. Bring a partner or find one there.
Every Saturday – Join a beginners hip hop, jazz funk, ballet or dance workshop class on Saturdays at Mad Dance House – Australia’s largest adult dance studio on Adelaide Street. The classes will set you back just $15 and run for an hour each.
3. Swim every day
Just keep swimming. Jumping into the pool each day is a great way to wake yourself up, get some exercise and feel refreshed. Student One residents can use the pool at Wharf Street (yaaay), otherwise the Spring Hill Baths are open to the public for a fee.
4. Hit the gym
There’s a reason they’re so popular. Working a gym routine into your daily activities will have you feeling fit in no time. Student One has gyms on site at its Adelaide Street and Wharf Street residences. Alternatively, there are plenty of gyms in Brisbane CBD. When you’re working out remember to mix up your exercises between weights and cardio to ensure a full body workout. Try this beginners workout as a starting point. (Results may vary if you also check out our guide to Brisbane’s best doughnuts.)
5. Join a yoga class
While yoga conjures up images of seated meditation and for most – outright boredom – you’ll be surprised just how challenging a class on a mat can be. There’s heaps of options for yoga in the CBD. Check out Shri Yoga in Burnett Lane, and Stretch Yoga or Atma Yoga on Albert Street. Lorna Jane on Eagle Street also hosts free exercise and yoga classes in its Active Living Rooms.
6. Try rock climbing and bouldering
If gym is a little mainstream for you, rock climbing might be more your style. Start your practice indoors – check out Urban Climb West End or Rocksports Indoor Climbing Fortitude Valley. For the more adventurous, Riverlife facilitate outdoor rock climbing at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs – check out the student rates!
7. Run the stairs at Kangaroo Point
Really want to turn up the heat? We have the challenge for you. At the eastern end of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs you’ll find 107 steps that will take you to the picnic area at the top of the cliffs. The steep steps wrap around the cliff face and draw crowds chasing a cardio hit everyday of the week.