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Love the intensity of a hard-hitting, muscle fibre-pumping workout, but enjoy a micro-
tuning Pilates session just as much? Enter LaGree pilates in Subi. The fit-out of the studio is
modern and minimal: indoor plants soak up the sweat in the air, and metallics splash across
feature walls. The Pilates machines – more like transformers than reformers – may be a little
intimidating, but they’re incredibly functional. The moves (lunges, push-ups and the like) target
those tiny, hard-to-reach muscular groups: in no more than three minutes, I had some intense
shakes, sweats and burns going on, particularly in my butt. During class, pumping, bass-heavy
beats pulse out, and the instructor’s voice booms over the top. LaGree is basically Pilates on
steroids, and it’s one helluva good workout. Safe to say I avoided any stairs for a week.
FOR Pilates buffs looking for the next thing
TARGETS Legs, glutes and core
CLASS SIZE 8-10
LaFit Studio, 319 Hay Street, Subiaco, 9380 4249, lafitstudio.com.au.
Yoga is challenging enough... but in the air? Come to Acro Yoga alone
or with a partner, and be prepared to laugh – a lot – as you work out
how the hell to balance your partner’s whole body weight in the air, on
just the soles of your feet. Some people will manage those seemingly
effortless, twisted yogi postures while others may spend more time flying
through the air and onto the ground. It takes a whole lot more strength –
and flexibility – than you‘d think. This class will definitely guarantee an ab
workout like no other, from all the giggle-fits you’re bound to have.
FOR Adventurous fit folk
TARGETS Arms, core, legs
CLASS SIZE up to 8
Yoga Grooves, 26 Swanbourne Street, Fremantle,
0427 839 402, yogagrooves.com.
Anarchy Training Centre in West Perth
has a rep for ‘no pain, no gain’ boxing
workouts, and its SAP (Strength,
Agility, Power) class – a circuit of
military-style moves designed to
test every part of your body – is no
exception. With each exercise lasting
just 45 seconds, there’s no time to
focus on pain. It’s a killer combo of
cardio and strength: there are tractor
wheels to jump on, ropes to shake
and burpees to crank out. ‘Breaks’ comprise sprinting up the
hill outside while gulping in fresh air. The vibe is pretty girl power,
with a few stray lads. There’s no mirror gazing, or fitness fashionistas –
everyone comes dressed to sweat. The intense vibe means you won’t have time to chat with
your mates. Plus, if you’re anything like me, you’ll need to focus – hard – on not vomiting.
FOR Those with a death wish
TARGETS Every muscle group
CLASS SIZE 25+
Anarchy Training Centre, 505 Newcastle Street, West Perth,
0438 763 400, anarchytrainingcentre.com.au.
Bend it like Bisk
We at Perth Guide love Amanda Bisk. Not only did the Perth local grace our cover this
edition, but she’s an ex-Commonwealth Games pole-vaulter whose Instagram feed
gives us (and the rest of her 390,000 followers) daily fitness inspiration. We chat with
Amanda about staying motivated, her guilty – yet healthy – indulgence, and how to
tackle those epic backbends.
1. What are five fail-proof ways you stay motivated to workout in spring?
Find your WHY. Why do you want to get fit, exercise, be more active? Is it to achieve
a certain goal (like running 10km)? Is it to be healthier? Maybe you want to set a good
example for your kids. Once you have your why, write it down, and hang it where you
will see it every day – like on the bathroom mirror. It will be there to inspire you, even
when you are feeling a little less motivated.
Break it down. It’s all about positive steps forward each day. Instead of totally focusing
on where you want to be in three months, or only thinking about the big end goal you
want to achieve, simplify things. What can you do in the next few hours? What decision
can you make right now that will guide you in the right direction?
Have a plan! Once you know the little things you would like to do, grab a diary and
schedule in all the workouts/you time/good meals you want to incorporate during the
week – especially your exercise. Seeing it on paper makes everything clear; it shows
you that you can fit it in your day. Once it’s written down, you’ve made a promise to
commit to yourself and your goals.
Be accountable. Only you can determine if you are going to take charge, stay
motivated and achieve your fitness goals. Know that it’s ok to make a mistake, have
a bad day, or just take a few steps back sometimes... just don’t stay stuck in bad habits.
You can decide to take a positive step forward at any time and turn it around. You
need to take charge and don’t look back!
Find little things that can help you along the way. Like finding an inspirational quote
to live by for the week, identifying the places you go wrong and figuring out how you
will tackle them if they come up, or getting other people around you involved in your
journey. Organise workouts with friends, talk to your family, friends or partner about
how you’re going, and ask for help anytime you need it. A supportive, encouraging
and involved network of people around you can only lift you higher.
2. Your back bends are incredible! Can anyone lear n to do them?
Anyone can learn to backbend, it just takes patience. Obviously work on
flexibility, controlling your body and building strength. And get LOTS of practice!
If you are consistent with your practice, just a little bit every day, you will see
the progress... just don’t give up! Sometimes it might take weeks of feeling
like you’re in the same place, and then – BAM – one day
3. Where’s your favourite place in Perth for
a healthy meal?
I love May Street Larder. The Cocowhip breakfast
bowl is so good. It’s like a healthy ice-cream treat,
Amanda has recently released her first fitness guide,
Fresh Body, Fit Mind – a 12-week bodyweight training
program comprising 80 unique workouts designed to
get you summer-body ready.
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