Two new fitness studios, Double Bay

If you haven’t yet been to double Bay to try Lagree Fitness or Shelter, hurry now. They are fast becoming the place to be seen – to get in shape for summer.

I love exercise, but I’m fickle. I can’t stick with any one exercise for too long. But finding something new that I like – even in Sydney where there is so much on offer? That’s also tough.

I am a former triathlete so swimming, cycling & running come (fairly) easy to me. But I can’t do those 3 activities forever.

I’ve done a lot of yoga – but again it gets boring for my personality within a few months. 

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Renae Leith-Manos exercising at Lagree Fitness Double Bay.

What I’ve found is that to try new classes, is not only fun but changes my body fast. The minute I start a new type of fitness, my body responds. 

A new fitness class is Lagree fitness. It has only been in Sydney for a few months, but is taught in over 300 studios globally. It is a high intensity, low impact class done on a machine similar to a Pilates Reformer machine, called a Megaformer. It combines resistance training and cardio.

These machines are specifically designed for Lagree, and a new one is released every year or so.

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No, it is not an insect- Megaformer machine, Lagree fitness.

Each Lagree machine is worth an astonishing $10,000 so this is exercise at the top end. Classes are around $40 and are 45 minutes (you can buy packs).

An instructor carefully guides the group through the moves – which really work the body, especially the abs. This is not an easy workout.

The new studio is in Double Bay with an opening special of 4 classes for $40.

A lot of men gravitate to lagree as it builds muscle strength & tone, especially in the upper body.

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Gorgeous founder of Lagree Fitness Double Bay.

But it’s much, much harder than Pilates. The results are very quick. And it builds muscle tone quickly.

To book click here.


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The serene setting of he Shelter Gym and health centre, Double Bay

Shelter is the brain child of Ben Mills, an Australian who lived in  New York for five years, and became addicted to Soul Cycle, America’s premier cycling studio chain.

Shelter is going to be big, intact it is already big. The tagline of the venue is ‘feels like a spa, works like a gym’. This is as upmarket as Australian fitness gets, but without feeling uptight. It’s inclusive.

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Renae Leith-Manos with one of the gorgeous instructors at Shelter, Double Bay.

The stunning wellness centre is more like a luxurious, but chilled wellness retreat rather than a fitness centre, with a breezy open-air style design with wood finishings, gum leaves, a fire place and smoothie bar. The breeze literally flows right through the building.

It’s the kind of space where people want to hang out after classes and just chat, chill and drink amazing smoothies.

Mills has brought back the best of what he experienced in fitness centres and gyms in America and opened Shelter in Double Bay this week.

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The gorgeous Shelter, Double Bay.

It is so refreshingly different and relaxed, but make no mistake, the classes give you a seriously good work out.

Shelter brings 5 health and wellness concepts together and has a high end spin cycling studio, boxing as well as a huge wellness component including a fresh water ice bath, traditional and infra-red sauna, and juice bar.

The  juice bar offers made-to-order fresh juices with a unique Australian menu of smoothies that rehydrate and full the body without the sugar. You order before your class and they are ready as soon as its over.

Fitness centre shelter in concrete, double bay.
Shelter, Double Bay. Fast becoming one of the most popular places to be seen.

The classes are intense, music focussed, and tough.

“I wanted to connect Australia with the best in wellness.”

There’s acute attention to detail here. The products in the bathrooms are Aesop and Mr Smith from  the Melbourne company The Lab Organics. Towels, cycle shoes and lockers are all included.

For more info and to book your first class, click here.

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