New Perth workouts to heat things up this winter

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Camera IconStretchLab Highgate trainer Breanna Monck and client Tod King. Iain Gillespie Credit: Iain Gillespie/The West Australian

Is there anything more satisfying than that first big stretch of the morning before getting out of bed to face the day?

In winter, when we have a little less pep in our step and have to muster the energy simply to get out from beneath our toasty covers, that stretch can often be the best movement our body gets for the day.

Luckily, a new fitness trend in Perth is capitalising on the stretches our stiff winter joints so desperately crave, and the best part is, it is guided by a trained flexologist to get the most out of each movement.

It’s no secret our motivation levels plummet during the rainy season as all our fitness goals fall by the wayside, but sometimes all it takes is mixing up your routine and trying something new to keep you going.

We have scouted some of the most exciting new workouts to hit Perth this winter that will tempt you to abandon your cosy bed and get moving.

Stretch it out

Camera IconStretchLab Highgate trainer Breanna Monck and client Tod King. Iain Gillespie Credit: Iain Gillespie/The West Australian

Often the prelude to or afterthought of any workout, stretching is now taking centre stage in the fitness world, and during the colder months when we tend to slow down, we can’t think of anything better.

Now open in WA, StretchLab offers one-on-one tailored stretching sessions designed to target your body’s needs and pain points.

The US wellness brand, whose famous followers include Gwenyth Paltrow, has just opened its fourth studio in Highgate, with centres also in Claremont, Currambine and South Perth.

Freddy Hollow, owner of the Claremont, Highgate and South Perth StretchLab studios, is a huge advocate for the workout, having experienced the benefits first-hand.

“Having turned around a chronic illness that plagued me for 15 years, I know how feeling unwell or in pain can affect our work, relationships and personality, and I am motivated to help others feel better each and every day,” he says.

In addition to increasing sports performance, stretching can increase flexibility, reduce muscle and joint pain, improve posture, and reduce stress.

“I love how regular stretching can help such a broad range of people, all the way from junior athletes wanting to perform better to the older demographic who are just looking to turn their heads better in the car or pick up their grandchildren,” Hollow says.

It is also the perfect antidote for those bent over a desk all day or in rehab from serious injuries.

“I can see it quickly becoming a household name here in Perth, as it has done in the US,” Hollow says.

There are 25 or 50-minute one-on-one sessions or group classes. Group stretches have a maximum of six participants at a time and are led by trained flexologists who will guide everyone through a series of stretches specific to their needs.

Get ready to rumble

Camera IconRumble Boxing is coming to Australia, with the first studio opening in Subiaco. Credit: Supplied

Backed by Justin and Hailey Bieber, Sylvester Stallone, Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, David Beckham and Selena Gomez, the US fitness phenomenon Rumble Boxing is making its way here, with Perth home to Australia’s first studio.

Expect things to heat up this winter when the boxing-inspired fitness concept opens its studio doors this month, closely followed by an Innaloo studio.

It is an action-packed workout, combining the intensity of boxing with the transformative power of strength training.

Founded in 2017 in New York City, Rumble Boxing is powered by five core values — individualism, strength, persistence, consequence and vibe.

Rumble Boxing Subiaco owner Alistair Borg says the experience is unlike any other workout in WA.

“Some other gyms may have a similar vibe or workout, but none have it all combined,” he says.

Each class is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body workout crafted around specially designed aqua boxing bags, paired with custom playlists and a megawatt sound system.

Borg says the aqua bags are a great feature of the studio as when you throw a punch, the force transfers through the water in the bag rather than back through your knuckles, wrist, elbow, shoulder and eventually your spine.

The classes are set up so you can Rumble at your own pace, making it ideal for both beginners and experienced boxers.

Every class begins with a run-through of the six punches, allowing regulars to check their form and beginners to receive some quality instruction and coaching.

Reformer Pilates just got edgier

When you think of reformer Pilates, the feverish vibe of a nightclub would likely be the last association you’d make with the popular low-impact workout.

But ROAR Active’s state-of-the-art new Pilates studio in Bibra Lake was designed by Technical Alliance — the team behind Perth’s best-known clubs, including Magnet House, The Court Hotel, Metropolis Fremantle, and The Lookout — and the results are a dynamic studio you’d happily venture out in the cold to visit.

Think LED pixel lighting that adjusts throughout the class, an acoustic ceiling to ensure the room has minimal echo, large reformer beds, an airy layout to ensure the room is maximised for comfort, and perfectly positioned custom mirrors alongside a state-of-the-art sound system.

This is reformer Pilates as you’ve never experienced it, and the best part is the new facility is accessible 24/7 to members — the first of its kind in Perth.

With an impressive 8400 controllable fixtures, instructors can take members on a journey not only through the pace of the reformer workout and accompanying music, but with dynamic visuals to cap off the sensory experience.

Pilates classes are always a great option for the mind and body when dealing with the winter blues but ROAR’s stunning new Bibra Lake studio will give you the extra push you need to get out of the door in the morning.

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