It is no secret why boutique gyms are gaining popularity across Australia. They are paving the way for quality coaching, excellent services and genuine long-term results.
Looking for more one-on-one time with fitness coaches? Boutique gyms have spent a lot of time refining their coaching skills. It’s a combination of passion and knowledge that provides the best service and that’s why we think they are small businesses worthy of a hearty pat on the back!
Here’s our list of Australia’s top 10 boutique gyms. Which one is your favourite?
- Flow Athletic – Kate Kendall & Ben Lucas
Flow Athletic is a luxury fitness club that resembles a modern warehouse, with wooden interiors and exposed scaffolding. Director of Yoga Kate Kendall and Director of Fitness Ben Lucas have combined their years of training to open Flow Athletic, a space where a balanced approach to fitness is encouraged by providing a range of yoga, TRX and Spin classes in a natural, innovative and luxurious environment. “We got our inspiration from a lot of US gyms and that, at the time, Sydney was lacking in design-focused fitness spaces, says Lucas.
- ITrain Fitness Boutique Gym – Lachlan Y.
iTrain Fitness is a boutique, studio gym offering a range of services for all differing fitness abilities and interests. Sydney-based iTrain has been keeping people active and healthy since 2010. It doesn’t matter what stage of fitness you are at, iTrain will accommodate every fitness goal. Owner Lachlan Y has had a lifetime of experience and interest in the fitness industry. For the last 16 years, he has been an active member of the Australian Defence Force holding various positions within the Army. Lachlan has a passion for ultra marathon running where he has competed in many events in the past seven years. Lachlan uses a multi-faceted, hands-on approach that allows trainers to personalise every fitness experience to get the results most desired.
- KX Pilates – Aaron Smith
As a personal trainer, Aaron built his reputation specialising in strength and conditioning before his search for new training techniques lead him overseas to celebrity hide-out ski fields in the USA. From there he travelled to London where he discovered Dynamic Pilates, and saw an amazing uptake and expansion of this bootcamp style of pilates. Aaron brought this idea back to Australia and with his own spin on the workout, created the dynamic KX Pilates workout in Adelaide. With the help and support of his amazing team, Aaron’s passion, determination, and entrepreneurial flare has helped him drive the business to where it is today.
- Crew – Mike Aldridge
Sydney-based boutique gym is none like the others. Crew is centered around the gracefully hand crafted timer WaterRower. Founder and Head Coach of Crew, Mike Aldridge’s passion for rowing began at The Scots College. He was left with the difficult decision of choosing between Rowing or Rugby. Choosing rugby eventually, Mike spent over 10 year playing professional rugby in Italy for Rugby Roma. After a long successful career abroad, Mike returned home to Sydney keen to start a career in something he was always passionate about. Playing rugby definitely took a toll on Mike’s body, with doctors informing him that he shouldn’t run and to avoid high impact exercise due to various surgeries undertaken over the years. Mike returned to the art of rowing. He has achieved incredible results by developing programs centered around the rowing machine. Mike’s successful personal training business is located in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs.
- P.E Dept – Evan Deleede & Veronica Wallington
P.E. Dept have undergone some exciting new changes recently with the gym coming under new management with Evan Deleede and Veronica Wallington. Evan has been fully immersed in the Australian Fitness Industry. He has managed multiple locations of the fast-growing ‘Fit n Fast’ gyms located throughout Sydney. He brings with him the sole vision of transforming this gym to the highest of standards as Sydney’s best. Veronica is founder and head trainer of V8 Group Training. She is a former distance runner, competing as a professional athlete. However, now she works on the other side of the spectrum, focusing on coaching and training Australians to achieve their fitness and athletic goals.
- Cross Fit Infinitum – Oliver Smith
Cross Fit Infinitum is perfect for anyone wanting to make the change in their life and take ownership of their personal health and well-being. That was the motto that owner Oliver Smith went by personally. Struggling with body issues himself, Smith wanted to do something fun yet balanced. In 2007, he started out as a Personal Trainer. It was during that time that he discovered CrossFit. Sydney-based CrossFit resembles what Smith struggled through himself stepping into the fitness industry.
- Centennial Health Club – Andrew B.
Centennial Health Club is run and owned by Sydney entrepreneur Andrew B. From an earlier age, Andrew was a competitive swimmer. He has been lucky enough that his career allowed him to travel around the world working in London, Dublin and Dubai for some of the leading gyms and health clubs. This experience has given him the inspiration and idea to build something special and something that is close to his heart. He loves fitness, he lives and breathes it every day. His goal is to share this passion with as many people as possible.
- 98 Riley Street Gym – Chris Feather
There aren’t many gyms out there that genuinely make us want to kick our fitness into gear except maybe one – 98 Riley St Gym. Sydney’s best private gym comes with some of the best trainers in the business, Chris Feather is one of them. As a founder and gym manager of 98 Riley St Gym and owner of Chris Feather Training his own personal business on the side, his businesses have grown by word of mouth. Chris values fitness and health over appearance and says he wouldn’t have “any of his clients do anything he hasn’t done’. Chris has trained and travelled with the likes of Russell Crowe. Chris played professional Rugby League in the UK for 11 years. When he moved to Australia, it seemed like a great opportunity to use what he had learned over his professional sports career to get involved in Australia’s fitness industry.
9. Temple Gym – Daniel & Felicity Keegan
Temple Gym is run by duo Daniel and Felicity Keegan. It is small business located in the Gold Coast. Exercise professionals Daniel and Felicity are a husband and wife team. Daniel is extremely passionate about fitness and health and it was always his dream to own a gym. As a husband and wife team, their fitness centre is open to everyone, catering to all fitness levels and needs.
10. 5th Element Wellness (5EW) – Matthew Hoo & David O’Brien
Founders Matthew Hoo and David O’Brien run a dynamic Melbourne based boutique gym, 5th Element Wellness. Hoo decided to open his own boutique gym because he felt that there were many occurrences where people would join a gym and wouldn’t end up achieving their results. He also believed that the large fitness companies care more about money than members achieving results. Hoo and O’Brien established 5th Element Wellness concentrating on achieving results as the priority. They call that ‘a good business and a true win/win scenario’.