While we may have slipped on our exercise regimes during lockdowns of late, now is the time to get a grip and get back into our favourite boutique fitness experiences. Enhancing both our physical and mental wellbeing, bespoke studios are doing the heavy lifting, and coming up with innovative ways to keep us fit, even from afar.
The 2021 Denizen Everyday Heroes survey saw over 12,000 votes cast in support of local businesses during these challenging times, with the aim of shining a light on the people and places that make every day a little bit better. From boxing to pilates and EMS training, here are Auckland’s favourite fitness experiences, as voted by you.
MOST VOTED: Studio Box, Newmarket
Founded by Black Sticks star and celebrity trainer Dwayne Rowsell, Studio Box is helping Auckland punch above its weight when it comes to immersive body-and-mind workouts, with state-of-the-art boxing facilities. As it celebrates taking out the top title in Denizen’s Everday Heroes, the boutique fitness experience is revealing its next steps — opening a second location on Princes Street in Auckland’s CBD, and evolving its signature workout format (into a 10-round, full-body cardio and strength class) that will take training to an entirely new level. While we are in level 3, Studio Box has pivoted to Studio Outdoor and Outdoor PT, which take place in the carpark of the Newmarket location. Expect fresh-air small group and private classes, respectively, featuring strength and conditioning training, cardio and core.
HONOURABLE MENTION: SALA, Ponsonby
The sleek Sala is part sanctuary, part boutique gym, with founder and experienced yoga instructor Sarah Lindsay bringing the principles of inclusion, acceptance and light-heartedness to each practice. Over 60 group classes a week offer a comprehensive timetable of yoga, pilates, HIIT, and more. Over lockdown, Sala has converted to video classes as they continue their sense of community, virtually.
HONOURABLE MENTION: City Kickboxing, Mount Eden
For a well-rounded offering of mixed martial arts, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and more, City Kickboxing is the place to be. Founded by UFC legend Eugene Bareman and champion boxer Doug Viney, it’s an inspiring and safe space to work on your fighting form, whether you’re a novice or pro, in a group class or one-on-one setting in level 2.
The rest of the best…
BodyTech Gym, Grafton
Fitness All Together, Auckland CBD
Ludus Magnus, Eden Terrace
Fort Knox, Grey Lynn
Playground, Eden Terrace
Next Gen, Parnell
Tu Kaha Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Auckland CBD
Studio Three, Grey Lynn
Keri Ropati, Westmere
Westward Cycle, Eden Terrace
The Exercise Room, Parnell
The Training Ground, Grey Lynn
ONYX Fitness Studio, Auckland CBD
Peech Fitness EMS Training, Mobile