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Six New Fitness Activities to try in 2017

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Nothing inspires a new fitness regime like a new year – and 2017 brings with it the opportunity to try a massive range of new activities.

I always recommend trying new things when it comes to fitness – even if you don’t find an activity that you plan on sticking with, it’s a great way to get out of your comfort zone, meet new people, and challenge yourself. You never know, you might fall in love with a new way to move your body.

Stand up Paddleboard Yoga

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Life shouldn’t be taken too seriously, and nor should yoga. The gorgeous Jo of JogaYoga serves up her yoga with a side of playfulness and fun. Jo’s a local who gained her qualifications in Bali and now offers Canberra’s only SUP yoga classes in partnership with the SUP’ing Caveman. I’ve been along a few times and couldn’t recommend it highly enough – I had a ball but it was also challenging enough to keep me interested and going back for more.

Jo also offers Beginner Flow Yoga on land at Westside Village which I also thoroughly enjoyed. Classes tend to be a great mix of men and women – so it’s a good one to bring your man along too! I took my burly boyfriend along and who’d never tried yoga and he keeps asking me when we can go back together.



Powerlifting is really taking off at the moment, and it’s so refreshing to see a sport that really embraces strong women. Canberra has a few fantastic powerlifting gyms, including Burley Strength and The Strength Syndicate, recently opened by Schae Zarew, Liz Craven and Clair Angel.

If those names sound familiar to you, I’m not surprised. Liz, Schae and Clair have been dominating powerlifting internationally and it’s great to see their experience and knowledge culminate into what’s sure to be an excellent facility. I’m yet to check it out but stay tuned for my roadtest soon!


Want to get out of your comfort zone? Try Nia.

Nia is a blend of martial arts, dance and healing arts. It’s a “sensory-based, cardio movement class to music.” Classes use a range of different dance styles and movements set to an eclectic mix of international music. There’s ‘freestyle’ sections of the class where you can let loose and shake it however you please.

Classes are run throughout Canberra – visit the Nia Australia website for details. 


BlocHaus isn’t set to open until March, but it’s already caught our interest.

Here’s what we know so far: the facility has over 600 square metres of climbing surface, over 2000 climbing holds and volumes and a LED Moonboard which uses lights to illuminate holds which are set for ‘problems’ used in climbing facilities around the world.

There’s also gym facilities, functional training, personal training, coaching for climbers, a studio for pilates and yoga, a playspace for kids and coffee – oh my!

Keep an eye out on their website, Facebook and Instagram for updates.


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If you want to feel a little bit special, or like your fitness with a little bit of ‘luxe’, then you’re going to want to give PsycleLife a spin (sorrynotsorry).

Psycle Life is, at its core, a cycle studio – but not like any studio you’ve seen before. I tried a few classes and I loved the helpful friendly staff, the lush change rooms, the loud music, the low lighting… actually, there’s not much I didn’t love.

It’s a tough workout where you’ll sweat, have fun and leave with a huge surge of endorphins.

Not to mention, you can preorder chocolate peanut butter protein balls and have them waiting for you on arrival. If that doesn’t sell you, I’m not sure what will.

Small group Personal Training


This was hugely popular in 2016 with a number of small group PT gyms opening their doors. I LOVE this style of training – in fact, it’s how I keep myself fit.

I would describe it as small groups (usually capped at around six people) with one or two personal trainers. It’s great because often you’re grouped with people who have similar goals to you, there’s a really supportive, positive vibe and you get a surprising amount of one on one attention from your coach.

It can be a bit pricey but think of it this way: for an experienced personal trainer you’ll usually pay upwards of $100 per session. Memberships usually include 5-6 sessions a week so while the investment is significant, so is the value.

I currently train with Alan Romero at Romero Athletics and absolutely love it, I also highly recommend Clint and Adam at Hybrid Performance (pictured above).

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One Response to Six New Fitness Activities to try in 2017

Jen says: 16 January, 2017 at 8:28 am

Loved having you attend our Nia class Ashleigh. We look forward to sharing Nia with the Canberra community in 2017. ‘Nia with Jen, Kerryn & Laurien’ (Belconnen, Braddon & Weston locations)

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