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CLASSES & POLICIES

So is Alternative Women’s Fitness a gym or what?
Alternative Women’s Fitness is your loud and proud fitness alternative since 2012.

We are NOT a fucking gym.

You won’t find any treadmills or spin classes here – our aim is to give you something way better. Our classes offer a new approach to training and socialising, while still providing all the benefits of a professional fitness regime.

What is AWF & friends?
AWF and friends refers to Alternative Rainbow Fitness and a range of other affiliated awesome programs. 
Who can attend these classes?
Classes are available for those 16+ (unless otherwise specified) and who identify as a woman. See the FAQ below regarding our diversity policy.
How the heck does it work?
Class programs and passes can be purchased here. Book into a sesh over at our sister site –  Alternative Active Wear.
Why group sessions?

We get that group fitness may be intimidating, but don’t ever feel nervous about being the new kid on the block. We’ve all been there before and welcome our new recruits with open arms. AWF is about community as much as it is about getting fit and feeling great.

Group sizes at AWF are boutique, with around 4 – 16 gals (or less) pending the class type. We focus on keeping our group sizes small and intimate, so everybody gets the attention they need, and to build a sense of belonging. We love building a social and team focused environment that makes everyone feel comfortable and encourage each other.

Do I need to be fit before I join?

Are you kidding? Not at all! In fact, if you’re unfit AWF is the best place for you to get started. If you feel funny or nervous about the idea of joining us, just email the Head Coach with ANY questions or concerns you may have.

One thing is certain – with our energetic and passionate crew, you’ll quickly find yourself happy, healthy and motivated. You’ll kick serious fitness goals, and strive toward new ones.

Are your trainers qualified?
Hell yeah! Our bad-arse crew excel in their fields and are all about offering an alternative route to fitness. We wouldn’t leave our recruits in their capable hands if they didn’t seriously know their shit.
What is AWF’s Diversity Policy?
At Alternative Women’s Fitness we love diversity and welcome all races, fitness levels, religions, nationalities, ages and sexual orientations! As a women’s only gym alternative we recognise that being a woman isn’t just about what parts you are born with and welcome transgender women to come and sweat it out with us.

If you call yourself a woman, no matter what that looks like, the door is wide open.

We strive to create an environment where us gals can feel comfortable, safe and free from discrimination and have a rockin’ good time while doing it. What we’re (not so quietly) saying is that we’re QUEER FRIENDLY. And more than that, some of us are queer so there’s no need to leave your rainbow coloured hairband at home (metaphoric or otherwise).

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Asexual or just plain Sexual, we’re with you.

And for you. And in case you were wondering… We’re not gonna eye-ball ya and ask if you’re pregnant just because you look like a woman who’d be into that, assume you’re straight or ask if anyone is planning a spring wedding – unless you want to share it with us of course!

We will ask you what your fave music is, what kinds of sessions you want and who you wanna be in the world cos we actually give a shit. Seriously. Pull your sneakers on and get down to our rippin’ sessions. We’re totally rad and ready to rock your mind and your body!

Can I join midway through a program?

This is dependant on which session ya wanna join and what availability is at the time. Email us anytime if something takes your fancy, and we’ll see what we can do for you.

How old do I have to be to come to AWF?
Our classes are open for those aged 16+ unless otherwise specified.
What do I wear to the sessions?
Wear what you feel awesome in and that you allows you to move comfortably. We see a lot of band tees kicking around AWF, so feel free to rep your fav with pride.

Jeans are generally not a great idea, purely for the fact you can’t move around and sweat in ‘em so good. But do bring some extra layers, especially in that colder weather, as once you stop sweating sometimes you need to rug up.

Footwear needs to be something that gives you support and is easy to nip around in. Sneakers, runners, joggers – though for some classes, like Yoga for Rockers, you only need socks or bare feet.

Individual session descriptions online will tell you what’s best to rock up in. We’ll also send you guide when you make your booking.

What do I bring?
We supply mats, equipment, and a rad environment. It would be rad though  if you could please bring your own towel and water bottle.

If there’s anything extra required, we’ll let you know in the individual session descriptions.

My back hurts/ I have an injury - can I do any AWF classes?

If you have a serious condition, some sessions may not be suitable. We encourage you to get the all clear from your professional before jumping into anything. You can always feel free to discuss your concerns with the trainer, to see if the class will be suitable. Any questions, we’d love to hear from you so just flick us an email.

I’m pregnant. Can I do AWF classes?

Training during pregnancy should be practiced with caution, due to all the changes going on in your body growing that bebe. First, check with your doctor, midwife, or maternity health professional and get the all clear. Some sessions/ movements are off the cards if you’re pregnant. If you’re unsure, send us an email with your query.

Please always let your trainer know if you’ve got a bun in the oven or are planning pregnancy. We are here to look after you, no matter your situation.

Do you offer personal training?
Nope!
How long are AWF programs?
Programs generally vary between 4 – 6 weeks.

PAYMENTS & BOOKINGS

Does AWF have any joining fees?
Nup! We are as straight up as you can get, with no sneaky fees.
How much does it cost?

Class prices vary depending on programs, single one off events, etc. Best to check out the available classes for the most update price info!. You can peep them here.

Does AWF offer student / concession discounts?
Best to check out the ‘All prices’ tab at the top of the page.
How do I cancel/ change a sesh?
PROGRAM. (via email) Our sessions don’t happen by magic. We keep our classes at a boutique size so nobody feels crowded, and we plan in advance with trainers and staff.

We understand that sometimes, life happens. That’s why we may offer a ONCE-OFF MAKE UP SESSION if you cancel less than 8 hours prior to a class. This is something we don’t have to do, but we get that sometimes shit hits the fan. It puts us as a business in the red, but we try to accommodate.

When you cancel a MAKE UP SESSION less than 8 hours prior, we lose out double time. This is why a MAKE UP SESSION is a ONCE-OFF and no refunds or additional MAKE UP SESSIONs are offered in these circumstances.

If you can’t attend a MAKE UP SESSION or even when you cancel a regular session last minute, it’s a bit like asking for a refund on tickets to see a band you missed. Would you message the band two weeks later and ask them for a refund, to play again, or for free tickets to their next show because you couldn’t make it? Maybe if you were a dickhead, you would. But most of us wouldn’t.

The same applies for the organisation we put in for our AWF and ARF sessions. Your session costs pay our trainers and staff for their time, who work hard for your benefit regardless of if you show up or not.

We do offer refunds, MAKE UP SESSIONs and credits for sessions cancelled within a reasonable time frame, as outlined in our Terms & Conditions.

AWF and ARF strive to be as flexible and accommodating as possible, where possible. Please remember that we are a small business doing the best we can for our clients and staff.

CASUAL. via logging in and you need to make changes within the designated window.

Casual / PINK PASS Scheduling window between 6am-11pm daily.

You may book upto 2 hours prior *pending availability/ changes please give min 8 hours prior to the start time.

Bookings essential? But how do ya do that?

You can book your class online, or flick us an email.

Bookings are essential and subject to availability, sadly you can’t just rock up and wing it.

What if all the sessions are at capacity/sold out?

In some cases you can join the wait list and/ or join our mailing list! Sessions may change with the introduction of each program/ or seasonally. By joining the mailing list, you’ll stay up to date with new programs and session availability.

We also have a bunch of pop up stuff like workshops happening all the time, which we send out regularly to our email subscribers. Always feel free to send us an email if there’s a class you’ve got your heart set on, and we’ll see what we can do.

I’m on holiday for 2 weeks, can I still book in to a ′program′?

We understand life is not always predictable! In most cases you can book in, and pay a discounted fee, or do make-up sessions at other time. However this is always pending the session type and availability. Chuck us an email to find out what we can do for you.

I work shift work and can′t commit to a program... Help?
That’s cool! Our casually available classes are probs gonna be the right fit for you instead of a program.