Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre (BALC) is bringing group fitness classes back to Ballarat.

While the Centre remains closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the announcement from the Victorian Government allowing outdoor training sessions has enabled BALC to bring group fitness classes outside.

Following the latest guidelines from the state government, the classes will be capped at 10 participants per session and one instructor, increasing to 20 participants from 1 June.

The outdoor sessions are open to anyone in the Ballarat community. No membership is needed as each class is booked on a casual basis. Classes will cost $10 per person per session and payment can be made via eftpos in person prior to the session starting.

“We’re very excited to be able to bring back some of our fitness sessions to the Ballarat community,” says Cr Belinda Coates.

“Keeping active and staying healthy is an important part of living in this new pandemic-normal world. Our outdoor fitness sessions are just one way for us to support our community to continue to be active during this time,” says Cr Coates.

If lockdown is getting you down now is the time to break out of the house and join BALC’s new outdoor fitness classes. Sessions will be held at the courtyard of the Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre.

Participants will be required to follow physical distancing guidelines during sessions and to bring their own fitness mat or large towel with them to class.

With Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre remaining closed to the public until further notice, there will be no access to change room facilities or toilets.

“These sessions are going to look a little different to what people normally expect from a BALC class, but they will definitely get your heart rate up and have you remembering what a workout is like at the end of a session,” says Cr Coates.

Bookings are essential for each class and can be made online,, by email to, or by contacting the City of Ballarat customer service team on 5320 5500. Participants are asked to cancel or reschedule their session online if they are unable to make the session they have booked in for.

“It’s fantastic that we can start running sessions again for the community. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone get active outdoors at BALC again,” says Cr Coates.

Further announcements will be made in the coming days about planning for the resumption of services across the City of Ballarat on the City of Ballarat’s website:

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