For those who would rather not go to the gym in order to just be left to their own devices on various clunky and technical machinery or drown amongst the crowds in group fitness classes which cater for the masses, the bright yellow and white District Fitness, found on the third floor of Queen's Rise, might just be your kind of gym.
The entirely fitness class-based boutique gym features cycle-based fitness classes, including a HIIT circuit on a bike, a virtual cycle class and a spin class which incorporates hand weights. Then there's 30 and 45-minute HIIT classes (high intensity impact training - basically bursts of anaerobic training with little rest periods slotted in between; a 45 minute workout session can burn up to 800 calories) as well as various yoga classes (yoga flow: a Vinyasa flow based class; yoga yin: a slower paced yoga class focused on deep stretching; and yoga restorative: a prop-aided class to help with "physical, mental and emotional relaxation") pilates and barre classes (a ballet, pilates and functional training inspired workout).
"We really care about the wellness of our clients. We want our clients to feel as though they're a part of a family — a fitness family — each supporting one another in whatever health and fitness goals they have set. We have small class sizes to ensure everyone is performing exercises correctly and getting the most out of their session with us." said Angus Campbell, the Managing Director of District Fitness.
Membership options vary and are pretty pricey, but you're paying for the small class sizes and the highly convenient inner-city location. A flexi plan (which has no joining fee and only requires a minimum of 30 days to cancel and includes unlimited classes), will set you back $44.95 per week, while a six-month minimum contract costs $39.95 per week and a twelve month minimum plan costs a more reasonable $29.95. You can also buy casual class entry for $25, a five class concession card for $110 (expires two months after purchase), a ten class concession card for $200 (expires three months after purchase) and a twenty-five class concession card for $450(expires six months after purchase).