August 25, 2015

"The top 5 ways to keep fit in the Park…"

If you’re visiting the Park or planning to, you have an opportunity to experience the best that Australia’s premier “sports hub” has to offer… and most of it is free! Forget doing your cardio on a stair-master or treadmill, here are our top 5 fitness finds out and about in the Park:

1. Take the Scenic route. Whether a walker or an avid runner, there’s a path for all paces at Sydney Olympic Park.  With an expanse of over 640 hectares and 35 kilometres in trails you can choose your own adventure ranging from the Riverside circuit to the Mangrove Boardwalk, allowing you to relax and free your mind. To cover more ground, you can even hire yourself a bike and follow the trails available for download on the SOPA website 

2. Short on time and want a quick sweat? Head straight for the Olympic Rings on Australia Ave. This hill leading from Australia Avenue up to the training ground for the GWS Giants is a 50 metre incline and not for the faint hearted. Now hill sprints are brutal, make no mistake it will hurt – but if you want to get into shape fast, burn fat, and build muscle, hill sprints are the way to go.

3. Want a workout sans sweat? Swim! It provides an all-over-body workout as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming. It keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body. And if you’re going to swim, where better than the pool made famous by the Sydney 2000 Olympics? If you’re a guest of the Novotel pick up an access pass for the Sydney Aquatic Centre and a towel from our hotel reception, but first check for lap lane availability here

4. If you prefer a gym without a roof, then Bicentennial Park has you covered. Like a playground for grown-ups, the Outdoor Gym at Bicentennial Park has plenty of bars at various levels for chin ups and pull ups, benches for sit ups and push ups, plus rubber flooring for crunches and planks – so there really is no excuse not to get into it with a body weight workout while getting some Vitamin D!

5. Last but not least, if you’re someone who needs a little more drive look no further than the local PTs at SQ1 Fitness. Square One will come to you to run personal training sessions, or you can join in on their indoor and outdoor bootcamps run locally during the week. Also available are boxing sessions and high interval training sessions (tabata). Check out their link for more details.

- Nikki