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Retrosweat is taking its throwback 80s aerobics classes to the pool.
By Ben Hansen and Sarah Ward
January 06, 2023
By Ben Hansen and Sarah Ward
January 06, 2023

Spandex leotards and feathered hair at the ready: it's time to get active, 80s-style. Longtime Sydney favourite Retrosweat is giving its throwback aerobics classes a summer twist, jumping out of the gym and into the pool with a special series of aqua aerobics sessions.

Transporting its fluoro fun and energy to the Ashfield Aquatic Centre as part of Sydney Festival, Retrosplash! will deliver three days of workouts, throwback fashion and killer 80s tunes. Find your favourite set of retro swimmers and get your body moving to the likes of 'Let's Get Physical' and 'Club Tropicana'.

If you're new to the concept, Retrosweat was founded by Shannon Dooley, who studied at the Fitness Institute Australia and also at NIDA (training under Baz Luhrmann's official choreographer John 'Cha Cha' O'Connell, among other teachers). The vibe really is all there in the name, combining bending, stretching and all the usual aerobics moves, and soundtracked by 80s tunes — aka a fitness-fuelled step back in time.

The 40-minute aerobics workout is designed for people of all ages and fitness levels. There will be extra instructors in attendance ensuring that everyone in the pool is being attended to. You can also expect colourful themed inflatables on-site, as well as a grassy section by the water in case you fancy a photo shoot in your outfit.

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