Fitness & Programs

Willoughby Leisure Centre offers a varied and diverse range of fitness classes that suit all levels of fitness, regardless of your goals, age and exercise background.

Whether you are a fitness enthusiast or have decided that it's time for a change, our friendly and inclusive environment is the ideal place to focus on your health and wellbeing, and achieve personal fitness goals.

Classes are also held outside of Willoughby Leisure Centre, at Chatswood Oval, 139 Artarmon Road and the Joe Ciantar Studio in Chatswood. Members can attend these classes as part of their membership.

Come join our experienced team of instructors who are passionate about helping you achieve a positive change in your health.

View timetable or see class descriptions below:

|  Active Movers  |  Aqua Deep  |  Aqua Shallow  |  CycleLes Mills Body Attack  |  Les Mills Body Balance  |  Les Mills Body Pump  |  Les Mills Body Step Athletic  |  Cardio & Conditioning  |  Boxing  |  Hi Energy Circuit  |  Easy Movers  |  Kids Yoga  |  Outdoor Fitness  |  Pilates |  Step Fusion  |  Les Mills RPM  |  Mobility & Balance  |  Tabata |Tai Chi QiGong  |  Teen Fit  |  Yoga | Zumba |

Active Movers

Intensity level: low

A gentle paced low impact and low complexity class designed for those who want to maintain and improve overall health and wellbeing. The comprehensive workout consists of a full body warm up, low impact movements, and functional strength exercises that target balance, flexibility and mobility. Some classes involve floor work so an ability to get down/up from the floor with minimal support is recommended. Class duration: 60 minutes.

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Aqua Deep

Intensity level: low to moderate

A no impact cardiovascular and resistance workout held in deep water. Designed to improve fitness, strength, and range of movement, participants wear a buoyancy belt, and use equipment such as dumbbells and noodles to add intensity to the workout. Ideal for those with injuries or limitations and water confidence is recommended.

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Aqua Shallow

Intensity level: low to moderate

A shallow water fitness class using water and equipment such as dumbells and noodles to create resistance. Suitable for all fitness levels and ages, and an excellent class if you are looking for a safe entry point back into fitness. Water confidence is recommended.

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Cycle

Intensity level: moderate to high

This indoor cycling class builds cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength. Be challenged on hills, fast flats, sprints and steep mountain climbs. Note: BYO headphones. 

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Les Mills Body Attack

Intensity level: moderate to high

A high-energy class that combines athletic moves such as running, lunging and jumping with strength exercises such as push-ups and squats. A whole body workout that improves cardiovascular fitness, builds stamina and improves coordination and agility.  

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Les Mills Body Balance

Intensity level: low to moderate

The ultimate mind/body class designed to improve flexibility, core strength, posture and balance. A blend of yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates, the program is ideal for reducing stress and creating a sense of wellbeing and calm.

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Les Mills Body Pump

Intensity level: moderate to high

A total body workout for anyone looking to get strong, toned and fit! Using light to moderate weights on an adjustable barbell and hand weights, BODYPUMP will burn calories, shape and strengthen the body.

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Les Mills Body Step Athletic

Intensity level: moderate to high

BODYSTEP ‘Athletic’ takes the traditional BODYSTEP class incorporating step-based cardio blocks, and combines it with short bursts of circuit style, functional training moves. Work strength, coordination and agility with burpees and push ups, and weight plate exercises to work the upper body. 

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Cardio & Conditioning

Intensity level: low to moderate

The combo of cardio (either low impact aerobics or step) and body conditioning exercises ensures participants get a full body workout. Light hand weights and floor work are used to build strength, with exercise options available so individuals can work at their own pace. 

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Boxing

Intensity level: moderate to high

Using boxing gloves and pads, this cardio workout incorporates basic boxing moves and progressive combinations, body weight exercises, running and sprinting. Equipment is provided. Note: BYO cotton inner gloves. 

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Hi Energy Circuit

Intensity level: beginner to advanced

The ultimate cardio challenge! This moderate to high intensity circuit-style class incorporates resistance and cardiovascular exercises for a total body workout.

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Easy Movers

Intensity level: low

A slow-paced gentle movement class for those with mobility issues who need to improve strength, balance, posture, and coordination. A key component of the class involves chair based or chair-assisted exercises, as well as some walking and standing balance work. There will be no floor exercises in this class, and where possible the exercises will be tailored to suit the individual needs of the participant. Class duration: 45 minutes.

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Kids Yoga

Suitable for: beginner level children aged 7-12 years

Help improve your child’s confidence, concentration, self-awareness and self-esteem, balance and core strength with yoga. Yoga introduces breath awareness, and teaches kids how to control stress through stretches and poses taught in a fun and engaging way. Courses are run to coincide with the school term.

Kids Yoga Timetable Information:

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Outdoor Fitness

Intensity level: moderate to high

Sessions are held outdoors at the Willoughby Leisure Centre and at Chatswood Oval. Workouts involve a variety of training techniques including circuits, cardio exercises, boxing, and strength and conditioning. 

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Pilates

Intensity level: beginner to advanced

This mat based class uses specific movements to strengthen and lengthen muscles using controlled flowing movements. Pilates builds strength, flexibility and lean muscle tone without creating bulk, and focuses on body alignment, breathing and core strength.

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Step Fusion

Intensity level: moderate to high

Combining step aerobics (20-25 minutes) and strength training exercises (20-25 minutes) to develop cardiovascular fitness and strength. Expect to use both hand weights and body weight exercises for the muscular strength and endurance component.

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RPM and FreeStyle Spin

Targeting your lower body and cardio fitness levels, spin classes will lead you on a journey of total calorie destruction.

The classes are held in Willoughby Leisure Centre's indoor cycling room and are a great way to shape your legs, hips and butt, and burn fat.

Choose RPM classes for a workout that stays in the 'saddle' for the whole ride, or choose Freestyle Spin classes for that extra challenge and fun choreography.

Headphones are required for this class. Bring your own or purchase a pair from Willoughby Leisure Centre.

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Mobility & Balance

Intensity level: low

Specifically designed to meet the needs of the older adult, anyone restarting an exercise program after injury, or has a medical condition that requires direction and supervision. This class takes place in the Health Club and with the use of resistance bands, hand weights, and balance pads, focuses on developing strength, muscle tone, mobility and balance. Class numbers are limited to six participants, so bookings are recommended. Class duration: 30 minutes.

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Tabata

Intensity level: moderate to high

A high intensity interval training program consisting of short, intense periods of aerobic exercise and less intense recovery periods.

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Tai Chi QiGong

Intensity level: low 

Tai Chi Qigong combines movement, breathing and meditation. The slow rhythmic movements help reduce stress, build strength, stamina and improve posture, breathing and mental focus. Suitable for all levels.

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Teen Fit

Intensity level: moderate to high

A fun fitness program developed to get teens (13-16yrs) not only exercising but involved in a healthy lifestyle. Using a variety of equipment and activities, classes are either held in the Sports Hall, or the Health Club. 

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Yoga

Intensity level: low to moderate

Energising and rejuvenating, this mind/body class helps relieve stress and create inner calm, while developing strength and flexibility through traditional Yoga poses. Coordinate movement with breath for an all-encompassing experience.

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Zumba

Intensity level: moderate to high

Red-hot dance steps, pulsating Latin and International dance rhythms, and easy-to-follow routines, will have you movin', groovin' and shakin'. No dance experience required!

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