Let’s get physical with Retrosweat

Get a full body cardio and toning workout while listening to your favourite '80s tracks.

Nostalgic for 80s aerobics? Retrosweat brings back the glamour, colour and buns of steel in a lively, social fitness class that is quickly gaining a cult following in Sydney.

Inspired by the original VHS workouts made famous by retro aerobics queens such as Jane Fonda, Olivia Newton-John, Denise Austin, Patti Sorenson and Cher, Retrosweat gives you a full body cardio and toning workout, set to 12 tracks of original 80s music.

What is it?

Held in a mirrored dance hall at the Redfern PCYC, Retrosweat was founded three years ago by Shannon Dooley, a fitness trainer and acting graduate of the NIDA. A fusion of high-intensity cardio and toning, Retrosweat blends iconic aerobics moves like the grapevine, chassé deep squats, lunges and core work with Shannon’s unique retro-styled choreography. A soundtrack of 12 classic 80s hits – with all your favourites from Madonna to Belinda Carlisle to Prince – gets you working up a sweat.

Who should go?

Anyone who wants to get fit and active in a way that’s anything but boring! The class has a loyal following of regulars, but it’s very welcoming and accessible for beginners, with the vibe of a fun, nostalgic dance party. “People love coming to Retrosweat because it encourages them to enjoy exercise and do something positive for their bodies,” Shannon says. “It is a social event, and gives us all a chance to be creatively and physically expressive.”

What should I wear?

You can whatever you like, but to get in the spirit Retrosweaters are encouraged to take inspiration from 80s aerobics outfits – think leotards, leg warmers and big, crimped ponytails. “Anything worn in the workout room during the 1980s is highly recommended,” Shannon says. “Dedicated Retrosweaters sport their latest vintage thrift shop finds and mix spandex and lycra pieces with shimmer tights, leg warmers, sweat bands and crop tops.”

Regulars love their Reebok Freestyles (the official freestyle aerobics shoe) but any supportive sneaker is fine. And if you feel like really bringing the 80s glamour, dangly earrings and bright mutlicoloured eye shadow will certainly be appreciated in this crowd. At each class a prize is awarded for the best dressed – so go for your life!

Is it a good workout?

It’s not just a novelty class – Retrosweat gives you a great cardio workout that tones the whole body. There’s a reason those 80s ladies had buns of steel! Shannon estimates that a class would burn around 800 calories. “Retrosweat is for anyone who wants to have fun and get a sizzlinʼ hot bod simultaneously,” she says. “Each session burns calories and tones your entire body. It strengthens your heart, improves posture, flexibility, co-ordination and confidence.”

Retrosweat classes take place on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Redfern PCYC, Sydney. Find out more at  retrosweat.com.au

Recommended reading - Your Melbourne guide for getting active

Travel

8 breathtaking hiking trails around Australia

Discover your love for the great outdoors with this list of stunning hiking trails.

Read more
Community

Meet the joggers and walkers of Melbourne’s Tan track

The Tan track is a jogger's Mecca, with runners and walkers pounding the pavement morning and night.

Read more
Lifestyle

Top training runs in Melbourne

With lush parks, mountains and coastline, the Melbourne area offers some great training runs.

Read more
Lifestyle

Memorable fun runs

We ask Medibank members and Olympic athletes about their most memorable fun runs.

Read more
Community

7 unconventional fun runs

These unique fitness events put a twist in the running experience.

Read more
Lifestyle

Exploring at dawn

We’ve discovered three cities where the contrast between daytime and dawn is especially strong.

Read more
Community

The Great Ocean Road Marathon

Run from Lorne to Apollo Bay in one of Australia’s most visually spectacular marathons.

Read more
Community

Electric Run Melbourne

It’s a dazzling electric wonderland and fitness event at once – and it’s coming to Melbourne.

Read more
In Brief

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Embrace a passionate, two-day cycling course along Victoria's scenic coastline.

Read more

For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.