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16° & CLEAR SKY ON FRIDAY 17 JANUARY IN AUCKLAND
By Laetitia Laubscher
August 30, 2018
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Habit Vero

A gym for the suits.
By Laetitia Laubscher
August 30, 2018
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Habit Vero is a gym for the suits. Located right in the heart of town in the lower lobby of the Vero building, the gym offers 45-minute classes for those who only have an hour's worth of lunch break - catering to the corporate crowd and doing it well.

Their exercise classes are filled with interesting fitness classes in order to keep gym-goers on their toes. Classes include barre (a class that blends pilates, dance, yoga and functional exercises  to help create lean muscles), FCT (functional circuit training - sessions combine elements from weightlifting, gymnastics and athletics; every workout is different), FCT Bootcamp (an outdoor version of FCT), FCT Jungle (functional training focused on 'primal movement patterns' to enhance strength and endurance), TriggerPoint (a self-induced Swedish massage which will leave you crying tears of pain and then emerge more mobile than you've been in years), Core (a class focused on enhancing your core strength), H.I.T. Circuit (a high intensity interval training class for both upper and lower body strength), and TRX (a navy SEAL-created exercise circuit in which you use large rubber bands to support your body weight, helping develop balance, strength and core stability simultaneously). Other more conventional options include yoga, pilates, dance classes and indoor spin classes.

The gym also offers massages and nutritional advice. For those wanting to sneak in a post-workout massage, it'll set you back $50 for 30 minutes or $80 for 60 minutes, with massage therapists trained to help simulate blood flow and release the toxins in your muscles, improve joint mobility, calm the peripheral nerve system to ease any pain and discomfort, ease any muscle tensions or stiffness, and speed up the muscle recovery from exercise. An initial 60-minute consultation with the in-house dietician will set you back $160, where you will discuss your eating history, lifestyle and goals. Nutritional advice based on mindful eating and overall health and wellbeing will then be given, with regular follow up appointments to help keep tweaking and monitoring your diet.

Habit Vero is clean, well equipped and decently priced for its top inner-city location. It's a hard one to fault, which is why it's one of Concrete Playground's favourites.

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