We’ve all seen the hashtags: #detox, #eatclean, #nourishing #fitbodies #30daysclean #superfood #organic #fitness. And we’re all familiar with the check-ins: “10kms sub 60 – at Centennial Park”, “Hill sprints and dolphins – at Bondi Beach”, “Organic cold pressed juice to start the day – at Porch and Parlour”.
Whether it’s running until you want to vomit, drinking juice until your insides look like liquid chlorophyll, or quitting sugar for good, we’ve got you sorted with our guide to Sydney’s best #detox programs this winter.
Flow Athletic – 30 Days Clean
If rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of Sydney’s fitness and yoga scene tickles your fancy, then Flow Athletic is for you. The luxe studio, located at The Intersection in Paddington, comes with all the bells and whistles including high-tech spin bikes, a sleek cardio room, immaculate bathrooms, and Wilbur the resident Cocker Spaniel. 30 Days Clean is a holistic approach to detoxing focusing on fitness, nutrition, yoga and work-life balance goals.
The best bit: Flow After Dark (think yoga with DJs). Oh, and Wilbur the Spaniel!
East Side Crew (ESC) – Six Week Challenge
If you live in the east, chances are you’ve seen the painfully good looking ESC army running the Bondi-to-Bronte beat in matching tees and lycra. Heavily focused on fitness and clean eating, the ESC challenge encompasses high-intensity outdoor group training, City to Surf and marathon running, tailored nutrition plans inclusive of shopping lists and recipes, and a private Facebook group to keep motivated throughout the six weeks. If the sun, beach and sand is your thing, ESC has your name written all over it.
The best bit: Getting fit fast and seeing the sunrise over Bondi, Bronte and Coogee beach every morning.
Lifecycle Fitness – 30 Day Challenge
There’s nothing fancy about the Lifecyle Fitness studio located underneath Bronte RSL on Macpherson Street. But it’s the real deal. Attracting a good mix of guys and girls, and a decent amount of local surfers and lifeguards, Lifecyle is ‘old school fitness’ at its best. Think rope climbs, box jumps, medicine balls, boxing and outdoor running. The 30 Day Challenge is heavily focused on goal setting and a Paleo diet aimed at weight loss.
The best bit: Getting sweaty with the boys from Bondi Lifeguards.
Orchard St – The Organic Cleanse
A labour of love by Kirsten Shanks – a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist – the Orchard St liquid cleanse ranges from 3 – 5 days and is 100% organic, alkaline, raw and vegan. Drinks include green smoothies, fermented tonics, cold pressed juices, coconut water elixirs and nut milks, all aimed at cleansing, nourishing, healing and growing your body using the highest quality medicinal plant and bush foods, wild weeds and super foods.
The best bit: Cashew Chai No. 6 – tastes like a delicious nutty thick shake.
Sarah Wilson – I Quit Sugar
Sydney’s fearless anti-sugar ambassador, Sarah Wilson, is on a mission to get Aussie’s to kick the sugar habit. Her 8 week program is a hard-core sugar strike purely focused on eliminating all glucose and fructose from your diet. The program includes meal plans, sugar-free recipes, cookbooks and e-books. If you’re over riding the sugar rollercoaster and want to kick the 3PM cravings, this one’s for you.
The best bit: Ridding the sugar shackles. For good.