Summer is finally here. And for those of us who struggle to meet that ’10k steps a day’ goal while working from home (not counting the steps from desk to kitchen to bathroom, of course), the HoodLinkd team has selected a few of their favourite Health and Fitness spots in the CBD. Right there in your hood, waiting to be explored and supported by you.
HoodLinkd is a not so brand-new anymore web-based app that connects customers with businesses in a specified area. It’s about ‘local is lekker’ via a funky, comprehensive, and easy-to-use platform – without any limits with regards to type or size of business.
The idea for HoodLinkd grew out of a passion to support small and medium-sized local businesses by offering them a convenient and affordable platform to connect with their target market. Their goal is to assist businesses in improving their online presence, maximising their local customer base, and strengthening their neighbourhood’s economy.
HoodLinkd has been designed to offer maximum convenience for users. True to the slogan ‘Your hood in one app’, the team features an electronic business directory (Bye Bye Yellow Pages), an event calendar, and weekly updated specials/deals by local businesses.
Keep an eye on their Deals section. It’s a game-changer for everyone looking to save while exploring the city. Users simply filter by industry or keyword and get instant access to promotions offered by local businesses.
Whereas users can register for free, businesses can choose between different packages (ranging from free to premium versions). To download the app, simply go to www.hoodlinkd.com on your mobile device and follow the pop-up instructions.
The Yoga Room is a welcoming and inclusive yoga studio in the heart of Vredehoek. Their teaching style reflects their wish to make yoga inclusive and accessible. Come as you are, no fancy clothes or knowledge are needed.
Students at the shala range from experienced yogis who’ve been practising for years to those who’ve never rolled out a mat before. All teachers are highly experienced, have diverse yoga backgrounds, and create a safe, inviting atmosphere that welcomes people of all levels, of all ages, of all shapes and sizes.
With small classes, the Yoga Room offers a more intimate space in which you will receive attention to detail and individual focus. All vinyasa, yin, and meditation classes are offered in studio, or live online, with class recordings available. Come one and all.
Where: 23 Derry Street, Vredehoek
When: Class schedule on their website
Looking for a Wellness Centre in the Inner City? Atlantic Fitness is your go-to place. Wherever you are on your fitness journey, their specialised training centre can help you take the next (or first) step. What’s more, your first training session will be on the house!
Whether you are training for the next Ironman, or just want to get fitter, there is no cookie-cutter approach to fitness. At the end of the day, we are all just a bunch of misfits who like to meet regularly and sweat it out.
The dedicated and engaging team offers a full spectrum of fitness specialists – Personal Trainers, Biokineticists, Physiotherapists, and Sports Massage therapists. Atlantic Fitness Wellness Centre is able to get you moving and keeps moving towards your fitness goals, no matter what they may be.
Before or after your session, refuel at their in-house Coffee Shop, Kopi Coffee Company, to keep you caffeinated and hydrated.
Where: 47 Bloem Street, Bo Kaap
When: Monday – Friday 6am to 6pm | Saturday 7am – 9am
Facebook: @atlanticfitnessct | Instagram: @atlanticfitness_ct
NUDE FOODS is Cape Town’s premier plastic-free grocer with two branches: the flagship store in the trendy East City and the second in the green leafy suburb of Newlands, just off Dean Street. Both shops are a cornucopia of zero-waste delight and all bulk whole foods, health foods, and earth-friendly products are all non-GMO, plastic-free, and sold by weight.
The organic grocery store in Cape Town aims to make plastic-free shopping easy and accessible to the everyday consumer while supporting local suppliers and other waste-reducing initiatives. Their product selection is huge, offering a one-stop-shop for everything and anything you and your home require to help you realise the low-impact lifestyle of your dreams.
The East City store courtyard plays host to Wild Eatery – a plant-based food truck serving up the best falafel in town, and café NUDE – a coffee nook purveying the best single-origin beans alongside speciality drinks such as iced lemongrass, vanilla chai lattés, and other alternative brews.
Where: 5 Constitution Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town
When: Mon – Fri: 9am – 5.30pm, Sat: 9am – 3pm, Sun: Closed.
Que Pasa Dance Co is the first and oldest Salsa Studio in South Africa and the only place to go for your Afro-Latin dance fix. They opened in 2001 with John Morrison at the helm who has over 20 years of professional dance experience.
On offer are Swing, Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, wedding, and private classes. Que Pasa aims to provide the best dance tuition in Cape Town at the most reasonable price, giving everyone access to learn and have fun doing it.
Bringing people together from all walks of life, and creating a family vibe to nurture the love for Afro-Latin music and dance – that’s what you can expect at this amazing dance studio in Cape Town CBD
Their vision is to build a strong community of quality dancers, qualified dance teachers, DJs, and performers to sustain the Afro-Latin dance floor. The Que Pasa family is continuously expanding, they are sharing their passion for dance through dance classes and social dancing.
You too can join the fun – call or WhatsApp for class information.
Where: Hellenic Community Centre, 24 Bay Rd, Mouille Point, Cape Town
When: Monday to Friday 4pm to 9pm
Facebook: @quepasalatinlounge | Instagram: @quepasalatinlounge
YouTube: @quepasalatinlounge | Twitter: @quepasalounge
Redemption Fitness offers a wide variety of classes and training options from kickboxing, boxing, and jiu-jitsu, to strength and conditioning, bodybuilding, and dance, all under one roof.
It has world-class facilities in a friendly and welcoming environment, with a fully equipped gym, boxing ring, huge matted training floor, and clean showers and change rooms.
A strong team of professional trainers who are passionate about fitness and empowering their clients to achieve their goals awaits anyone who is keen to move their body.
You can choose from group classes or private training with your own personal trainer. All classes are the most variety-based result-driven workouts around Cape Town and cater to beginners and advanced fitness and skill levels.
Where: 9th floor Tulbagh Centre, Hans Strijdom Avenue, Cape Town
When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7am to 8pm and 12pm to 1pm | Monday to Friday 5pm to 6pm