The Christmas and New Year’s period is finally over, which means no more 10am mimosas and giant turkey dinners. It’s now time for those New Year’s resolutions and new fitness goals to kick in… Like signing up to a gym to work off all those 10am mimosas and giant turkey dinners!
After the last month of gift shopping, family dinners and lunches with friends, it can be a little rough on the bank account to jump straight into a big financial commitment like a gym membership. But the truth is; if you are truly motivated to reach your fitness goals, you don’t need to pay a cent for it.
Perth is brimming with beautiful parks, running/biking paths and outdoor gym equipment to get you fit for free this summer. Located throughout the city, beach, hills and everywhere in-between, there’s no end to where you can pick up your heart rate this summer.
The Banks Reserve area comes equipped with so many activities. Jog along the riverfront enjoying the Swan River views. Jump on the great variety of workout equipment or follow the information boards for a nice yoga class. You could even get a bunch of friends down for a game of basketball or cricket on the oval.
Location: Equipment and basketball courts are located at Banks Reserve on Maylands waterfront. Walking/jogging path runs is along the Swan River.
Workouts: Basketball, running, cycling, ab swinger, calf stretcher, seated curl, yoga
The city skyline views have made Jacobs ladder a Perth fitness favourite for years. See how many laps you can do as you run (or drag yourself) up and down the 242 steps. Maybe if you’re crazy enough, you can get into some chin-ups on the bar at the base. Once at the base of Cliff St, walk around to Mount St and really kill yourself with a hill sprint. Best of all once you’re done, you have one of the best views in Perth to soak in as you stretch and re-hydrate.
Location: Jacobs ladder is located in Kings Park at the end of Cliff St
Workouts: Stairs, hill sprints, chin-ups
David Carr Memorial Park Outdoor Gym
Just near Elizabeth Quay, this park feels like you are in a quiet suburban garden in despite being in the thick of the city. There is an extensive jogging/cycling path as well as a variety of workout equipment. After you train head over to Green Room Espresso Lounge for your early caffeine hit.
Location: David Carr Memorial Park, located between Mitchell Freeway and Riverside Drive
Workouts: Cycling, running, shoulder press, ab swing, ab twist, rowing.
For those who like to get fit without knowing they are actually exercising, the Esplanade is the place for you. Swim laps in the ocean or in the new outdoor pools, have a crack at the rock wall, or ollie your way through the skate park. You can run, walk, cycle your way alongside the beach all the way out to Hillary’s.
Location: Scarborough waterfront, accessed via The Esplanade, off Scarborough beach Road or Manning Street.
Workouts: Rock climbing, skating, running, cycling, swimming
City Beach Reserve Outdoor Gym
Tucked away behind the playground and covered in shade, this gym may be small but can provide a full body workout. After you train you can head to one of the many beachfront restaurants for post workout meal. Or even better, bring down your own groceries and have a cook up on the outdoor BBQ’s overlooking the ocean.
Location: In the grassed area in the back parking-lot. Accessed from Challenger Parade
Workouts: Cycle seat, rowing machine, stepper, ab swing, swimming
Cottesloe Beach Outdoor Gym
This waterfront gym not only provides the equipment, but also has billboards educating you on fitness programmes, stretching and strengthening and cardiovascular conditioning. So there really is no excuse not to make the most out of this multi-functional wooden gym.
Location: Park on Napier St, walk to Marine Parade and turn right, gym is on your left
Workouts: log hop, bench dip, bench curl, vault bar, sit ups, push ups
Free Fitness Classes
If gyms aren’t your thing and you would still prefer a team around you to support you, there are plenty of free community fitness groups you can attend. Parkrun is a weekly 5km running event that occurs in suburbs all around Perth. Live Life Get Active provides free workout classes and nutritional education. Port Beach Polar Bears is a group that runs free swim group classes weekday mornings. No matter what kind of fitness you’re into, Perth has got the goods without breaking the bank.
About the author:
Michelle is a Perth based freelance writer who loves to write about all things travel and lifestyle. When she’s not running her freelance business, she spends her time patting dogs, eating burritos and planning the next travel destination. Get to know her more at https://moshthefreelancer.com/