Epic Lifestyle Gym

Sunday, 21 July 2013

On Saturday 20th July, Steph, Yanto, Ariel and I attended the Epic Lifestyle Gym open day. I have no idea how Steph found out about it, but she has a general knack for finding out about interesting events happening around Perth. We were really interested in going because as we scrolled around the website, we found that this was no ordinary gym. When I think gym, I think of rows of machines filled with soccer mums and the requisite buff guys working the weights for the next festival :P. Now, Epic Lifestyle has machines if you want the normal facilities of a gym, but it also has a range of unique classes, some I have never heard of! Here's a (Wikipedia) breakdown of the classes on offer.

Parkour: Practitioners aim to move quickly and efficiently through their environment using only their bodies and their surroundings to propel themselves, negotiating obstacles in between. They try to maintain as much momentum as possible without being unsafe. Parkour can include running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement and more. Think Assassin's Creed for you fellow n3rds out there ;)

Crossfit: A strength and conditioning program designed to help people gain a broad and general fitness. CrossFit programming concentrates on constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity to achieve overall physical fitness, so people are prepared for any physical challenge. Sounds like I would die.

Bouldering: is a form of rock climbing in which the climber attempts to reach the top of a boulder, usually from ground level or a specified start position. No ropes are used to protect or aid the climber. Indoor bouldering walls often feature steep overhanging surfaces, forcing the climber to employ highly technical movements while supporting much of their weight with their upper body strength.

They also offer Brazilian Jui Jitsu, Tough Mudder and personal training sessions. Here are some photos of the facilities.

Taken from the 2nd storey. The bars are used for parkour.

The artwork around the gym is amazing. FYI I didn't do any photoshopping. The harnesses can be used in a variety of ways to do pushups, planks and chin ups.

The gym equipment.

Another area of gym equipment starring one of the personal trainers who was nice enough to show me around :)

The downstairs area with more equipment. There are climbing ropes and rings here.

The bouldering wall which I somehow managed to make look more intimidating with this angle.

Kids playing on the trampoline.

Love this picture!
The open day itself had a lot less people in attendance than I expected which is a shame, because I have never seen a gym like this before! All the facilities looked brand new plus they were offering free classes in parkour and bouldering. We started off with the beginner parkour class where I promptly died in the warm up and then dropped out of the class because I was sure I was going to crash into a box and break my shins. Steph was also working off a hangover (lol) so Ariel ended up being the only girl left in the class! Well done cousin! Here are some parkour pictures.

Learning how to roll properly.

Yanto in action.

The next step: jumping off a box into a roll.

Ariel stretching like a dancer.

Climbing walls. Or attempting to anyway :P
After this we had a go at bouldering, which I surprisingly wasn't too bad at! 

Which is harder- bouldering or getting out of the foam pit?

The answer is most probably getting out of the foam pit.

Trampoline fun!

It was so much fun! There are 3 different levels of membership available depending on your needs. Frankly, it is more expensive than your regular gym, but I mean look at the place! There is no way you could get sick of exercising with all these facilities and challenging classes. Epic Lifestyle is located at 

640 Beeliar Drive, Success. 6164. 
Click here for more information!

All 3 of us girls are so sore today and I only participated in the warm up!

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