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Walking Group in May & Vivid Walk

Walking Group in May

Join Healthquarters Walk Fit walking group sessions in May as we walk many beautiful locations around the lower north shore. Save the dates for the Vivid Walk in late May early June, as we walk and view the Vivid lights.

About Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney is a festival of light, music and ideas. Vivid Light transforms Sydney into a wonderland of ‘light art’ sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy – for free. It is a magical celebration of light-design excellence and the world’s largest outdoor ‘art-gallery’: a unique Vivid Sydney experience.Vivid Light engages lighting artists, designers and manufacturers from around Australia and the world to illuminate, interpret and transform Sydney’s urban spaces through their creative vision.

Vivid Sydney in on from 26 May – 17 June, 2017.

Walking Group locations

  • Monday 1 May – Riverview
  • Monday 8 May – Naremburn
  • Monday 15 May – Castlecrag
  • Monday 22 May – Cammeray
  • Monday 29 May – Kirribilli (Vivid Walk)
  • Monday 5 June – Lavender Bay (Vivid Walk)

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ClassPass – we’re on!

Healthquarters classes are now available on ClassPass. ClassPass offers the best fitness studios, classes and experiences are on one pass. Work out where you want, when you want, and how you want, with one membership.

You can work out anywhere. Jetsetters can stay active wherever they are. Your membership lets you work out when you travel in any of our 39 cities worldwide.

You can choose from flexible plans. With no annual contracts, you can hold, change up or cancel your membership whenever you need.

You can hit the gym. Not feeling up for class? Book an hour of gym time and take the treadmill or the weight room at your own pace.

You can add on classes. Easily purchase additional classes if you need more in your monthly cycle, or if you want to visit your favorite studio again. Schedule on the go. The iPhone and Android apps make it easy to search and find classes while you’re out and about. Try recommended classes. ClassPass will recommend classes we think you’ll like based on how and where you like to move.

Stay active, live happy. A great workout has the power to make you feel like your best self. Your potential is limitless; you can do anything. Think you’ll never be able to lift, row, cycle, push up or downward dog? We’ve seen nevers turn into every days and firsts turn into forevers. Get moving and get happy!

You can find all of Healthquarters classes on ClassPass here:


Whilst you can enjoy our classes on this pass, you’ll only be able to use your ClassPass at Healthquarters 2 x a month. So a Healthquarters class pass is still essential to enjoy the Healthquarters classes on a weekly basis. ClassPass offer a variety of passes from $40 a month for only 3 classes or $99 a month for 10 classes. However; these are still no match Healthquarters memberships with unlimited classes as low as $15 a week.


Most Popular Health and Fitness Service in the Lower North Shore

Congratulations to us! Healthquarters is the #20 Most Popular Health and Fitness Service in the Lower North Shore, according to Australia’s leading online marketplace for health and fitness.

There are so many local gyms, PTs, fitness studios and outdoor training groups in the lower north shore. To win this award means a lot.

Thank you to all of the Healthquarters members for making our classes so popular. Most of our members find us through word of mouth, so it’s great to hear the good word is being spread. Our classes offer members not only fitness and strength but also fantastic support and encouragement.

Click here to read more.


Choosing a personal trainer

Choosing a personal trainer


Choosing a personal trainer (PT) can be a tough decision. There are so many personal trainers, so how do you decide on which one?  A good personal trainer will work with you to assist you to reach your health and fitness goals and to create an exercise program to meet your goals and personal health needs. A personal trainer will teach you the best way to exercise, show you the correct technique to perform exercises and avoid you injury. A personal trainer is there for you to be your training buddy, mentor, health educator and to motivate you to do what you may not do yourself.

A good personal trainer can:

  • help you make the best use of your exercise time
  • motivate and inspire you
  • improve your technique (efficiency and safety)
  • monitor your progress
  • adjust your exercise program in response to your changing fitness level
  • offer sound information on good nutrition.

Anyone can call themselves a personal trainer, so make sure your trainer is qualified and registered.

  • Certificate IV in Fitness – Personal Trainer is the minimum qualification for a personal trainer. Personal Trainers may also have a specialisation: older adults, children and adolescents, and/or advanced aqua training.
  • Diploma of Fitness – some Certificate IV personal trainers go on to complete this more advanced qualification.
  • People with an exercise science or human movement degree can register as a personal trainer if they can demonstrate they have competence in required areas.

Registration with the health and fitness industry associations, such as Fitness Australia or Physical Activity Australia is not compulsory for a personal trainer, but it is a useful gauge to ensure your trainer has the correct certifications. To be members, personal trainers must be qualified, have current industry-approved first-aid and CPR certificates, and continue their professional development.


Personal trainers should have public liability and professional indemnity insurance.


Consider some more personal aspects that relate to the relationship with your trainer. Trust your instincts about the impressions the trainer makes upon you.

  • The personal trainer should be someone you like. Ask yourself if you think you could get along with the trainer and whether you think the trainer is genuinely interested in helping you.
  • A good listener – a good trainer will listen closely to what you say. Make sure they understand your goals. Make sure you feel comfortable asking questions.
  • Attention – a good trainer will be focused only on you during your sessions.
  • Tracking progress – a good trainer will regularly assess and monitor your progress and change your program as required. They should also provide regular reports to you on your progress and associated health outcomes.

Importantly, if you are returning to exercise after a long break, if you’re overweight, aged over 45 years or have a chronic medical condition, you must consult your doctor before starting your new fitness regime.

Reproduced in part from the Better Health Channel and Choice.

Healthquarters offers personal trainers that are qualified and adhere to the fitness industry associations registration requirements. Find a personal trainer in Willoughby and find a personal trainer in Naremburn, contact us.


We love giving prizes

At Healthquarters, we love giving prizes. We have many amazing people who attend our classes on a regular basis and we want to acknowledge that and award you for being so consistent with your training. So meet our 2016 prize winners.

The following people have been awarded prizes of a Healthquarters sports singlet  for attending over 40 sessions this year. Please see below for the names and number of sessions this year so far:

  • Carolyn – 109
  • Suse.P – 84
  • Lara – 72
  • Jules – 66
  • James – 65
  • Em – 62 – pregnant with bub #3
  • Noemi – 61
  • Monika – 54
  • Susan.E – 53
  • Emma – 48
  • Benita – 43
  • Alex – 40
  • Nui 39 – so close and she was pregnant with twins #4 & #5 so is very deserving

I’d also like to congratulate our Spring Shape Up Challenge participants. These participants have been awarded the prizes of a Healthquarters sun visor:

  • Christina
  • Jac
  • Karen
  • Carrie

* Prize winners collect your prizes in class.
* All other members who attend classes between now and the end of the year will also receive a small thank you gift.

Dec OH! Magazine

December OH! Magazine

Welcome to the December OH! Magazine. The special feature this month showcases the latest and greatest activewear, as worn by the winners of the annual WNiF & AEFM Fitness Model Search contest – Madison Munro and Erik Vent. And, of course, we’ve got lots of advice from our resident healthy lifestyle experts – as usual!

  • Discover the latest and greatest in activewear!
  • Share in 11 tips to reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack
  • Get the lowdown on cholesterol, from Dr Joanna
  • Enjoy a chopped chicken salad this summer, courtesy of Pete Evans.
  • Get into Phoodie’s easy-to-make mini Christmas puds
  • Enjoy a gluten-free strawberry and vanilla bread pudding from Abbotts Village Bakery
  • Hopewood share their recipe for a deliciously unique lemon slice
  • Mike Campbell chats with James Greenshields in a bid to smash male stereotypes.
  • Nardia Norman explains the difference between work/life balance and work/life integration
  • Heidi Di Santo explains why “presence” can be the best “present” ever!
  • Greg Sellar explains why being interested is not as effective as being committed, when it comes to your goals.

Download your FREE December OH! Magazine…


Fitness benefits of exercising with a friend

There are many fitness benefits to be had by exercising with a friend. One of the best ways to keep active or get back into exercise for the long-term is to do it with a friend. Exercise is greatly enhanced when you are with a buddy and/or in a small group setting.

So why not stack the odds in your favour! Here are a number of benefits to illustrate that doing it together, is better:

1. Accountability – when you have someone counting on you, you are far less likely to skip a workout. Making plans to meet your friend at 6am is much more concrete than vaguely planning to exercise alone in the morning or after work. Set a date and don’t be late!

2. Exercise becomes more fun – a key element in forming a lifestyle habit is fun. It’s always more enjoyable to share an experience with a friend. It also allows you try out other activities. After all, it’s pretty hard to do boxing with someone without a buddy holding the pads.

3. You tend to get more out of the session – you’ll work that bit harder when exercising with a partner. It can bring out a competitive instinct that allows you both to push your limits. You’re more likely to do a few extra reps when you’re being spurred on.

4. Work out longer – time flies when you’re having fun… or at least when you are distracted. Having someone to chat with between sets let’s you focus on something other than just your workout making the time go by faster.

5. You are more likely to try new things – ever wanted to try a fun run or a boxing class but felt intimidated going there alone? With a partner your excuses are now removed. It opens up all sorts of possibilities to new forms of exercise.

6. Reduced costs – that personal training session instantly became cheaper for both of you! And, you’ll still get plenty of individual attention from the trainer.

7. Social well-being – social interaction is often listed as an important factor for many people when choosing exercise. Training with a partner gives you that social contact that is often non-existent when going solo.

8. Shared goals – if two of you are working towards a common goal, it helps to build more resolve and resilience. It’s a fantastic feeling to achieve a goal, and it can be even better when you achieve it with someone else.

Get a friend, buddy or mum and bub to try a Healthquarters class this month and take advantage of the FREE trail class for all new members. Motivate them to stick with you and encourage them to sign up for the 30 classes for 20 pass which works out at only $11 a class. Valid until 31 November, 2016.

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bikini body

Get your bikini body into shape for less

Get your bikini body into shape for less. At Healthquarters, we know you want to get fitter, leaner, stronger and a bikini body for summer. We also know you don’t want to pay too much to get there. That’s why we are offering you 30 classes for the price of 20 on special for the month of November. This means each class is only $11 per class!

Enjoy HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) classes, Strength & Cardio circuits, Box Fit, X-Training, Mums & Bubs and Walk Fit classes.

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‘Sign up’ or ‘Sign in’ and click on ‘View Packages & Memberships’ select the 30 for 20 class pass.

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Walk Fit in November with Healthquarters walking group

Walk Fit in November and join Healthquarters walking fitness group as we explore some amazing local walking spots in Sydney’s lower north shore.

  • Monday 7 November – Lavender Bay to Kirribilli
  • Monday 14 November – Riverview to Hunters Hill
  • Monday 21 November – Kirribilli to Harbour Bridge & Opera House
  • Monday 28 November – *NEW* Natural Bridge, Forestville

The Walk Fit session starts at 7:15pm and runs for 1.5 hours until 8:45pm. Wear comfortable clothing, walking shoes and bring along a back pack with water, a towel and a head torch.

Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers.

November OH! Magazine

November OH! Magazine

In the November issue of Optimum Health Magazine you’ll be truly inspired by the world’s #3 paratriathlete, Aussie athlete Kerryn Harvey. Plus, it includes lots of tips to help you live a healthy and happy life! Get into it online 24/7. Download for FREE now.
Kerryn Harvey

Inside this issue:
  • Be inspired by the world’s #3 paratriathlete, Kerryn Harvey, who founded the START Foundation to help other amputees realise their sporting dreams.
  • Learn how to avoid the social media comparison trap
  • Discover if you’re eating enough fibre
  • Enjoy a tried and tested classic recipe for Yaya’s Meatballs and Rice
  • Discover a deliciously healthy substitute for French fries
  • Check out the Good Chef’s healthy take on Pad Thai
  • Watch Mike Campbell continue to break down male stereotypes, one meaningful conversation at a time
  • Nardia Norman reminds the ladies about the severity of high intensity training
  • Greg Sellar asks you to admit what’s really stopping you from achieving your dreams
  • Discover the brilliance of the Shoalhaven region on the east coast of Australia
  • Catch up on what’s new in healthy living