Get your body (and mind) moving

Finding time to exercise during the working week can be hard. If you’re struggling to fit in your fitness time, here are a few ways to get out and get moving before, during or after work. All locations are in or near the city centre.

Melbourne City Baths

The handsome heritage Melbourne City Baths have been keeping folks refreshed – and fit – for more than a century. City workers take note: it’s open in the evenings on weekdays, and the 30-metre indoor pool is the largest in the CBD. Located in a heritage-listed building dating from 1904, it also has a spa, sauna, squash courts and gym.

Break a sweat or just splish-splash with friends and family, then refuel at Poolhouse Coffee. Fancy something even more rewarding? Try a warming whiskey or classic cocktail at nearby, cosy Loch & Key.

A large blue swimming pool inside an historical building

Melbourne City Baths

Carlton Baths

For a quick pre-work or lunchtime gym hit, Carlton Baths has a well-equipped gym and plenty of group fitness classes. Whether you’re in the mood for yoga, boxing, body step, cycling or Zumba, there’s a class for you. Join their outdoor running group if you prefer your exercise mixed with a hit of fresh, Melbourne air. Their heated outdoor swimming pool is open seasonally from 1 October to 30 April. And if you join up before 19 September, they’ll wave the joining fee and save you $69!

North Melbourne Recreation Centre

Not close to Carlton? Make use of the gym facilities at North Melbourne Recreation Centre, or take a group fitness class. Fancy yourself more of a team sport kind of person? Get in on the action and join their social basketball competitions on Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Or for next level fitness, join their Bootcamp program and keep in shape with a solid pre-work work-out. Their 25 metre, heated outdoor swimming pool is open seasonally from 1 October to 30 April. And just like Carlton Baths, NMRC is waving joining fees until 19 September.

Yoga in the city

Get calm and renew your focus at Yoga Corner on Little Collins Street. Combining mindfulness with yoga practice, classes are specifically timed around busy work schedules. Drop in during your lunch break, after work or early morning for a hot yoga sweat session.

For night owls, Urban Yoga’s level three studio space offers Ashtanga and Mantra Meditation classes. Vegetarian dinners are included in the class price. They also hold music nights and philosophical talks.

seven women doing yoga in studio

Yoga Corner

Aleenta Barre

Exercising doesn’t have to leave your energy levels running bare. Aleenta Barre combine the mindfulness of yoga with pilates moves and ballet for a non-impact workout that targets core muscles. Perfect for improving strength, flexibility and posture, classes feature traditional American barre style workouts.

Those with extra oomph in their engines can choose between high intensity cardio sessions and ab-focused workouts in these sunlit studios. Workouts are available during peak lunch hours and before and after work, so take an hour out for yourself.

The Tan running track

From shufflers to elite athletes, the track surrounding the Royal Botanic Gardens is a favourite destination for Melburnians escaping the gym. Universally known as The Tan, this broad path is kind to knees as it’s surfaced with fine gravel. The only exception is the challenging Anderson Street hill. Covered in asphalt, it inclines about 30 metres over a distance of 300 metres. Gasp! Check out these other walking and running tracks in Melbourne.

Jogger and a cyclist on a track in a park

The Tan running track

Downtown Yoga and Pilates

Head downtown to the beautiful warehouse studio of Downtown Yoga and Pilates for a full wellness hit. They offer over 140 classes from reformer pilates to flow yoga, meditation to boxing and functional fitness. With daily herbal tea and fresh apples, you’ll feel like a new person. Classes run mainly before 8.30am, during lunch hour, and after 5pm.

For more places to get your body moving in or near the central city, go to our map One Hour Wanderings – break a sweat