Over the last month I’ve been putting Kaya, Melbourne’s first Mind and Body Health Club, through it’s paces.
What is Kaya Health Club?
Kaya is a one stop health and wellness facility with a strong focus on specialised Pilates and Yoga classes. If you want to work up a sweat they also have spin classes, Zumba dance (yes, I popped my Zumba cherry at Kaya – and loved it!), Body Pump, personal trainers plus dedicated cardio and weights zones.
What makes Kaya so different?
Kaya doesn’t just focus on the fitness part of health. They give equal attention to their education program which offers yoga workshops, nutrition seminars and wellness workshops. There’s also an in-house nutritionist who you can arrange one-on-one consults with.
What are the facilities like?
In a word: schmick! Kaya is an incredibly beautiful space to be in – which always helps make exercise that bit more pleasing! But more than that, all the equipment and studios are state-of-the-art.
How many classes do Kaya run each week?
When they opened in November last year, Kaya started with 50 classes. As the their community has grown, this has increased to 80 sessions per week which members have unlimited access to.
At the moment they have a strong offering in the early morning, at lunchtime and evening, but not a huge amount of mid-morning classes. But co-owner Christian Ruggeri, told me that if the demand is there as they continue to grow, then Kaya will definitely add more classes to this time slot.
Another thing to note, members can’t book classes ahead of time. Instead, you need to arrive early (30 minutes for the busy sessions in the evening and on weekends) and get a ticket for the next class. You can then jump on one of the treadmills, hit the weight room or start warming up until the class starts.
How much does a membership cost?
From $30 per week, members get unlimited access to all the classes. (In fact, some people I spoke to said they go to Kaya and do a yoga class and then pilates session back-to-back!). Members also get free access to Kaya’s education program plus more.
You can contact Kaya about a membership here.
What’s the verdict?
The fact that I want to take out my own membership now that my one-month trial has finished says it all! The classes and teachers are spot-on and really know their thing. Plus the fact that workshops, seminars and stunning facilities are all part of the Kaya experience means that I’m actually looking forward to exercising…which is something I never thought I’d say.