BYE BYE GYM FATIGUE
AFTER BLOWING UP IN THE US, ONE-FEE GYM PASS MEMBERSHIPS HAVE ARRIVED DOWN UNDER, AND MIGHT JUST BE THE ANSWER TO ALL WORKOUT WOES.
There are plenty of reasons to avoid the gym. Those hopelessly tangled headphones in your bag, that dude grunting his way through a squat set, that friend texting screen grabs of his Tinder crush. But the real problem is boredom. Listen to the Bales, Hemsworths and Gyllenhaals – men who’ve bulked up rapidly for flm roles – and they’ll utter the same mantra: to stay motivated, it’s essential to hit the body from different angles. Variety is everything, so shouldn’t a gym pass reflect that? A rising number of Aussie start-ups certainly think so. Companies like Bodypass, Yogapass and Sweatpass are touting themselves as the antidote to dip-in, dip-out ftness binges. It’s Netflix for the body – a monthly flat fee allowing access to classes and programs from a huge range of gyms, studios and activity providers. Crossfit in the morning, yoga by night? Sure. And for those with an affnity for the outdoors, there’s also paddleboarding and rock-climbing. “More research is pointing to the benefts of varying exercise, having fun while exercising and incorporating ftness into your life as more of an everyday approach rather than an eight-week program or monthly challenge,” says Georgia van Tiel, a co-founder of Bodypass, which charges members $99 a month. It’s hard to fault the variety on offer. If hitting a spin class on cardio day doesn’t appeal, programs like Bodypass allow the flexibility to go for a swim, play squash or take a boxing session instead. “I personally feld two or three phone calls per week from companies who have jumped on the trend,” says Bondi-based personal trainer Scott Gooding. “It’s a model that has worked well in the States.” Gooding’s not wrong. US start-up Classpass is credited with creating the phenomenon – since it was founded in 2013, it’s grown to be worth more than half a billion dollars. “It won’t suit everyone,” says Gooding, “but it certainly helps to eliminate the risk of staleness – which is a major factor in exercise adherence at the moment.”