Active escapes are all the rage in the travel industry at the moment. And for Australians, where better to get away for a healthy holiday than Bali? Forget the retail therapy, bar-hopping and gastronomical over-indulging of the Seminyak/Kuta/Legian area and head further north to the latest health hot spot, Canggu.
On a recent trip to Bali we hunted down everything health & fitness related and put our bodies and taste buds to the test (all in the interest of research, of course). Here’s our top recommendations for all things fitness related to keep you in top shape on your next Bali holiday.
Located in Canggu Berawa, Dave Driskell heads up the team at CrossFit Wanderlust, Bali’s largest CrossFit box. Dave and the international coaching team of Sam, Dustin, Suse and Guillame dish out a range of sweaty CrossFit, MetCon, and Movement classes. Make sure you join them for the Saturday smash up, one big all-in team WOD that will leave you begging for mercy!
Bali Muay Thai & MMA
Just across the driveway from CrossFit Wanderlust, you’ll find Bali Muay Thai & MMA. Offering everything fight & fitness related, from Muay Thai to wresting; BJJ to MMA; strength & conditioning, yoga, boxing, and Bodyfit Bootcamp, their internationally experienced coaches cater for everyone from the newbie to black belt.
Canggu Run Club
The newest offering at S2S CrossFit, Canggu Run Club delivers sweaty FIT2RUN, LOW ZONE and INTERVALS sessions in the early morning and evenings. It’s the perfect time of day to run in Bali and a great way to explore little-known backroads and beaches of the Canggu area while working on your run technique.
This open-air gym is the hub for Training for Warriors, BoxFit and TRX strength and conditioning classes in Canggu. The custom-built facility also has a pool (for cooling off after a sweaty class), a roof-top yoga shala and a healthy café for post-workout refuelling (see our Bali Healthy Food Guide blog post).
Step into the air-conditioned foyer of the Canggu Club and you feel like you’ve entered a colonial sporting club of an era gone by. If you wish to escape the Bali heat and humidity, this is the place for you. Traditional pin-loaded equipment, treadmills, steppers and squat racks fill the air-conditioned gym while a nightclub-esque spin room, yoga/barre room and separate TRX room keep the training routine varied. Plus there’s the outdoor 25m lane pool and SwimFit classes, BounceFit classes at the indoor Bounce centre, tennis and nightly social sports including touch rugby, netball and soccer. Plus water slides, bowling alley, kids club, day spa, restaurant, and business centre. You don’t feel like you’re in Bali while you’re here, but the whole family can get in their preferred workout (or play) at the Canggu Club!
Desa Seni Yoga
This place is a hidden gem along the busy Jalan Subak Sari between Canggu and Seminyak (we drove past it four times before finding it!). Traditional Balinese joglos and shalas are dotted around the serene botanical gardens of the Desa Seni Village Resort, transporting you to the likes of yoga-mecca Ubud, without leaving Canggu. Get along to their Sunset Flow yoga and add some yin back in to complement the yang of your training.
After all that training, you’ll have worked up a healthy appetite! Be sure to check out our Part 2 of Staying Fit & Health in Bali, the Bali Healthy Food Guide.
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