Active and healthy events

Brisbane City Council offers a variety of fitness and well-being activities for individuals of all ages, fitness levels and abilities. 

Get active at our free fitness classes, or take advantage of our low-cost activities to help improve your health. Try yoga, tai chi, group bike rides, Zumba, boxing or even aqua aerobics.

With such a large variety of group fitness classes, there's so many ways to build strength, increase your cardio fitness and help relax and ease your mind. 

Our active and healthy events are just one of the many ways we're creating more things to see and do in Brisbane.

Looking for seniors events? Select the Seniors - GOLD button to see the events online or download:

Discover our full program of active and healthy events.

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Thu 23 Jan 2020, 7:00am

Bookings essential. For riders that can ride but want to improve skills for off-road. Session is held on grass only. Presented as part of Council’s Active and...

Gap Creek Reserve Picnic Area, Gap Creek Road, Mount Coot-Tha

Thu 23 Jan 2020, 7:00am

Experience an excellent low-impact cross-training workout in the water. Feel the benefits of exercise whilst working against the resistance of water.

Ithaca Pool, 131 Caxton Street, Paddington

Thu 23 Jan 2020, 8:00am

Bookings essential. Come and have a go at Track Cycling. All equipment provided. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 12-17 years. Presented as...

Sleeman Sporting Complex, Old Cleveland Road and Tilley Road, Chandler

Thu 23 Jan 2020, 8:30am

Bookings essential. For confident riders that want to experience riding off-road. Presented as part of Council’s Active and Healthy & Cycling Brisbane programs...

Gap Creek Reserve Picnic Area, Gap Creek Road, Mount Coot-Tha

Thu 23 Jan 2020, 9:00am

This dynamic activity is invigorating, works with both your body and your mind and will help you feel relaxed, refreshed and calm. Tai Chi is becoming...

Rocks Riverside Park, 5 Counihan Road, Seventeen Mile Rocks

Thu 23 Jan 2020, 9:30am

Interval training is all the rage at the moment, and now it’s time to add water. A highly effective form of cardiovascular training, which involves brief bursts...

Jindalee Pool, 11 Yallambee Road, Jindalee

Thu 23 Jan 2020, 9:30am

Bookings essential. Learn multi sports skills and experience age appropriate mindfulness activities that will relax an active mind and body. A fun classed with...

O'Callaghan Park, 300 Zillmere Road, Zillmere

Thu 23 Jan 2020, 10:00am

Bookings essential. Go for a nature walk around the park to collect natural materials such as leaves and twigs to create textures on clay. Learn how to make...

The Rafting Ground Reserve, 2328 Moggill Road, Brookfield

Thu 23 Jan 2020, 10:00am

Bookings essential. Join us as we make mini woollen wall hangings using a simple weaving technique. This is a GOLD'n'Kids event suitable for seniors and...

Einbunpin Lagoon Park, 122 Brighton Road, Sandgate

Watch our latest workout videos

We took personal trainer Roger from @mind_and_muscle_pt to one of our Council outdoor gyms to step us through a workout for the upper body. Watch the video below, or watch it on Council's YouTube channel.

This video is 3.09 minutes long.

Video transcript

Upper body workout at Brisbane City Council's outdoor gyms

Complete 3 sets of each exercise.

Workout by @mind_and_muscle_pt

[Background music throughout video]

Chest press - 10-15 repetitions

First up we're going to start with the chest press, which is going to target the chest, triceps and a bit of the shoulders.

First thing we want is the shoulder blades back, tucked down and together, chest up, core nice and tight. And now push through the palms. Big squeeze, full extension, and bring it all the way back.

Push ups - 10-15 repetitions

So here we have a push-up which is going to target the chest, triceps and shoulders as well as the core.

To start with we're going to jump up on the knees. Just make sure when we're pressing down that the chest comes over the body and the shoulders stay back. That's it, controlling down and squeezing back up.

To make this harder we're going to jump up onto the toes. Keep that core nice and tight, pin the shoulders back and off we go.

Inverted row - 10-15 repetitions

And here we have an inverted row which is going to target primarily the back, biceps and forearms.

So we want to lean back, holding the rings. Get our body into a nice flat position, core nice and tight, and then drawing up through the elbows, pulling up, that's it. Keeping the shoulder blades down, big squeeze and come down nice and slow.

So to make this one a little bit harder we're going to creep the feet forward just a touch. That's it, keep your back nice and flat, core tight, and pulling up.

Dips - 3 repetitions

So here we have a body weight dip which is a more advanced version, which is also going to target the chest, triceps and shoulders.

We're going to make sure we pin the shoulders back again, core night and tight, really squeezing the triceps.

Chin ups - 3 repetitions

Here we have a chin up which is going to target the back, biceps and forearms.

So we'll grab on to the bar. You want a full extension, lock the shoulder blades in, squeeze the core and then squeezing up through the biceps. Control down. All the way up.

So if we can't do this as well, you can jump up, hold and come down nice and slow.

Here we go. One! [Participant laughs]

The harder version is the wide grip pull up. So we're gonna go over hand, targeting the same muscles to a different extent. Again locking the scapular in, pulling up through the back, squeezing up. Chin over. Control.

More ways to get active and healthy

More information

We want to hear from you! Help us to continue to improve our Active and healthy programs by having your say. Fill in the online survey or email the Active and Healthy team  to provide further comments, feedback and enquiries.

Are you interested in becoming an Active and Healthy provider? To register your interest, email the Active and Healthy Team.

Council is looking for group fitness instructors. Become a part of a vibrant team of health professionals that operate Council's two Corporate Wellness Centres in Brisbane's CBD. To register your interest email the Wellness team.

Last updated:13 January 2020