Sick of high pressure, competitive workouts?



Are you sick of high pressure competitive workout spaces? A fitness studio might be for you.

In the past 18 months, a plethora of high pressure competitive workouts have hit the fitness scene globally, and whilst many love them, there are plenty who don’t want to be rushed around a circuit in 45 minutes competing with their mates 4 times a week.

The Health Hub in Darlinghurst offers personalised training within a group session, where people come and go, and where you can work out as hard or as light as you like – without the pressure.

Here are some other reasons to consider a studio to get fit and lose weight:

Everything is in one place
Large gyms often separate their equipment into sections – weights, cardio, stretching, even spreading it out on different floors and some equipment you can only use if you join a class. Fitness studios house their variety of equipment in a, smaller, more accessible and convenient space. Trainers can create dynamic and varied circuit sessions for you that wouldn’t be possible in a big gym.

No waiting time
You can find all the equipment you love in a smaller fitness studio – and actually get to use it, unlike during rush hour at a big gym. No more unwanted rest time, changing exercises because what you want isn’t available, or debating whether to move someone’s towel off a machine seat that they are ‘reserving’ whilst they go to the bathroom.

Convenient extras
Studios provide all the pluses of indoor training – light, air-conditioning, a bathroom and cold water to drink, without the minuses of outdoor training – rain, heat, wind, humidity, flies, dog poop and mud. So you can focus all your energy on your workout.

Not a number
The premise of a fitness studio is that it is smaller, more personal, so can offer a higher level of service. Trainers will notice if you miss a workout, text you to remind you of your next session, and be more able to work around an injury or a medical condition, so you don’t have to take a hiatus from training.

The personal component
From the relationship between personal trainer and client, to the camaraderie between participants of small group training, anonymity gives way to the personal in a studio. There are just no crowds to get lost amongst.

Have your say
If it’s just you or a small group you can give input on your training environment – fans on or off, air-con on or off, music yes or no, choose from playlist or bring your own. Feeling like it is your home from home will definitely encourage your fitness habit.

Safe zone
Big gyms can be overwhelming sometimes. If you feel self-conscious exercising in front of others because you are a beginner, you’re having a bad hair day or are emotional after a rough day at work, a small studio can be a safe place to go and workout without feeling like you are on show.

By Rachel Livingstone Personal Trainer & Owner of The Health Hub, a studio where you can work out without the pressure. Phone: 0402 903732

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Rachel Livingstone


Rachel is a PT and Maternal Health specialist who found the gym at 14 through her weight lifting dad and never looked back. Originally from the UK she finally settled her wanderlusting feet on the shores of Sydney and can often be found on the back of a paddleboard exploring Rose Bay and the beautiful harbour.

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