Hidden in the bottom corner of the Vero building, Habit is a convenient little find if you happen to work close by.
I tried to be present during their busiest times to see how the fight for machines went….however there never seemed to be more than a few people scattered throughout the space! Joy!
The classes were relatively small in numbers also, with the after work sessions averaging 3-4 attendees and the lunch time classes only a little busier.
The space is very light with windows down one side, it is laid out over a large enough area to make it feel spacious and not cramped.
The first room you enter as you pass reception and the physio rooms, is the weights room. This area contains ample machines and free weights, along with a stretching space, all gloriously lit by natural light from the windows.
The next area is the cardio room with the usual offerings of a few of everything. Rowers, cross-trainers, treadmills and bikes.
The space beyond this is used for circuit, H.I.T training, boxing classes and the like. The space is available for anyone to use when classes are not in progress. It has one wall completely open to the outdoors And covered only by mesh, which gives it a liberated feeling and some air flow, it is large and the boxing bags and other cross-training equipment is varied and laid out well. For an inner-city gym to have an outdoor feel, I thought this was pretty special.
The other room used for classes is indoors and smaller. This is used for yoga, pilates, power, spinning and barre. Is is well air conditioned and has lighting which can be adjusted to fit the mood of the class. The trainers were all very sweet and helpful. Classes are mostly kept to 45 minutes and are run on a regular schedule of 8am, 12.15pm, 1pm and 5.30pm on weekdays.
I gave the power, barre and yoga classes a go during my free week trial! Barre was a fun way for someone with very poor coordination skills (me) to feel mildly graceful whilst still getting a good cardio workout with some familiar moves. It could be likened to pump style classes with repeated lunges/lifts but all with a focus on the bar and a little rhythmic dance inspiration. The power class was very similar to other pump classes. Yoga was a lovely treat for someone who lacks flexibility like myself! The class, being only 45 minutes, did not repeat or hold poses but moved fluidly and slowly through a range of motions only once. This meant that feeling of dread when you know you have to downward dog another 5 times before child’s pose didn’t feature, and there was no room for boredom due to repeating sequences many times. The end of this class featured a long meditation which was the perfect way to end a productive yet relaxing class.
The entire space is very well air-conditioned and is cleaned regularly throughout the day.
The opening hours of Habit are relatively restricted, 6am-8pm Monday-Thursday, 6am-7pm Friday and 8am-2pm weekends.
Membership prices are around the $22.50/week mark, with an extra for towel service.
Overall, a very pleasant environment to be in!