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Fitness And Fuel: Melbourne’s Best Wellness Hotspots

Sam Wood is arguably one of the best-known personal trainers in Australia. A one-time star of The Bachelor, Wood has since parlayed that fame into popular entrepreneurial ventures fitness program 28 by Sam Wood and a Melbourne gym called The Woodshed.

Ahead he shares his top picks for where to sweat and eat healthy in Melbourne:

Where to work out in Melbourne

Warrier One Yoga, Brighton and Mordialloc

“They have brilliant instructors, a no-judgment vibe so that no matter whether you are a total yogi or an absolute beginner you feel comfortable. They have a roll and release class which is great for relieving tension and loosening up those muscles.”

The Woodshed, Brighton East

Sam-Wood Woodshed

Unsurprisingly Sam Wood says his own gym The Woodshed is his favourite Melbourne gym. Image: The Woodshed / supplied

“A little bit biased here but I am very proud to say that I believe the number one training facility in Melbourne is my gym, The Woodshed.

“We’re specialists in group training, and home to over 25 incredible personal trainers, physios, rehab specialist. We have an altitude chamber with heaps of space to move and train in with over 1000 square metres.

“It is a place that I am very, very proud of, and where I love to train myself. I’d recommend trying one of our 45-minute small group HIIT sessions. The first session is always free, and you’ll be welcome with open arms.”

Rise Nation Australia, South Yarra

“This is a new one for me. I do a 30-minute Vera climber workout that works upper and lower body simultaneously with no impact.”

Where to eat healthy in Melbourne

Superbowl, Ripponlea


Wood says Superbowl in Ripponlea is his new favourite. Image: Superbowl / Facebook

“My new favourite is Superbowl on Glen Eira Rd in Ripponlea. It is the ultimate, create your own poke-bowl style experience.”

Foxes Den, multiple locations

“It’s got delicious salads, and chicken. They’re always reliable, and you always know you’re going to get a great feed.”

Acai Brothers, multiple locations

Acai-Brothers Melbourne

Wood recommends Acai Brothers for their healthy smoothies. Image: Acai Brothers / Facebook

“This is my go-to for a post workout fuel up. When I’m on the run their smoothies are delicious, so delicious it’s hard to believe it’s good for you.”

Sons of Mary, Brighton

“My office is located upstairs. A coffee from these guys each morning is my most important stop for the day.”

(Lead image: Sam Wood at The Woodshed, image: The Woodshed / supplied)

Published 04 April, 2019