Pilates Has Been Re-Invented



A new fitness studio, Vive Active in Sydney’s Double Bay is re-inventing both our perception of pilates as well as the reality of a pilates class.

This new fitness concept pairs pilates reformer exercise with amazing high intensity beats, a constantly changing next-gen lights show, 5 minutes of HIT per class and a NYC style mirrored studio.

Its reformer Pilates reimagined – and I love it.

Four fit girls in bright fitness gear
Renae Leith-Manos with Louise Keats and two other Sydney fitness gurus trying out Vive Active, Double Bay

The concept is the brain child of Louise and John Keats, who have plans to open 10  of the one-concept pilates studios within 5 years.

There are 21 reformers in the studio, and the mirrors on the ceiling, walls and everywhere you look make the room look and feel huge.

The lighting team from Eurovision designed the amazing lights show, and the rockstar trainers are trained to push hard and no two classes are the same.

Each of the 50 minute classes are just a lot of fun. And merchandise can’t be bought, it’s earnt, depending on how many classes you go to.

Three fitness coshes on steps with arms in the air.
The rockstar coaches at Vive Active Double Bay push the body.

Vive after dark is an additional concept where a guest speaker is invited to have a chat over kambucha, who improves lives and inspires.

The new studio just launched in Double Bay, it’s the second in Sydney, the first was on the northern beaches.

There are no long term memberships, and a range of payment options, including $69/week for 3 classes and $15 to top up.

This is yet another reminder of how Sydney and Australia is leading the world in new fitness trends – F45 is an example of a brand that has gone truly global, unbelievably fast, and Vive Fitness too, is set to take on the world.

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Renae Leith


Renae Leith travels the world writing (www.renaesworld.com.au). She has had a colourful media career as a journalist in many magazines and newspapers, and spends her time writing, consulting to new businesses, running, doing yoga, swimming & cycling.
She's likes healthy eating, but thinks chocolate cake is just as important as kale chips.
She spends most weekends writing, and hanging out with her gorgeous twins.

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