The ultimate wellness centre just opened in Bondi
Now serving wellness
Staying fit and healthy can feel like a really hectic full-time job what with the slew of workouts we're advised to do like pilates, yoga, running, spin class, barre, high intensity interval training, strengthening - and all the diet advice which seems to change daily - one day kale is king the next we're eating too many greens. And who to call when you pull a hamstring during HIIT class? A physio? A chiro? Who knows?
It turns out the brains behind Bondi's revolutionary new wellness centre, The Well Bondi, have the answers to all these questions and more and have created a 360 degree wellness space covering all fitness, health and nutrition bases.
Newly opened across the road from iconic Bondi Beach, ex-fashion retailer Robby Ingham has partnered with exercise scientist and triathlete trainer Keiran Bobby on this one-stop wellness shop or wellness 'concierge' The Well Bondi, with branding and design strategy courtesy of Vince Frost.
Located in a large two-storey space in what was formerly occupied by a couple of bars and a set of offices, the stunning light-filled space now houses an entire floor gym (with gun barrel ocean views) with the latest equipment, yoga room, pilates reformer room and personal training space; a healthy café with menu devised by the on-staff nutritionist; four therapy rooms for any wellness-related appointments; steam room and luxe designer bathrooms (featuring Dyson hairdryers!).
Aside from the regular health club staples of personal training, the additional services offered include nutrition, chiro, naturopathy, physio, acupuncture, kinesiology and psychology. However, the therapists aren't on-site all the time rather on a as-needed basis with appointments booked when required - much like a hotel concierge would book a personal training session in a timeslot that suits you.
As I toured the centre with Ingham and Bobby, Ingham said, "Our thing is very hands on... the same way you'd train an elite athlete and give them all of the extras... like the different physios, nutrition, psychology, a trainer, nutrition diet, all of that stuff. So we're very much trying to work around putting all of those fundamentals together for a normal member."
Which makes being healthy so much simpler, for example, Ingham says people often say, ""I don't eat healthy food because it's tasteless," but we can make very healthy, delicious tasting food. And it's also nutritionally balanced."
The café is currently running breakfast and lunch, with plans for healthy, educational cooking classes to be introduced in future so members can also enjoy nutritionally-balanced eats at home.
But if you're thinking it's just for super fit elite athlete types in their twenties, think again, their view according to Ingham is, "one-on-one and personalized" long-term health and fitness to help members feel their best every single day, at any age.
Keen to sign up? Casual visits are possible but as this is a full body and mind kind of place, membership is the preferred option with different levels offering different benefits (the base level is $39 per week and offers full use of the gym, steam room, showers, lockers, 10 per cent discount on the café).
The Well Bondi is located at 78 Campbell Parade, Bondi
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