Ambassador’s Corner: Kollective

By Nikki Zahka – November 1, 2022
Brian Fitzsimmons

Whenever anyone asks me what my favorite part about Austin is, my answer is always the same: Hands down, above anything else, the community. I love how many like-minded individuals live here who love movement and are living a healthy lifestyle. Kollective’s model is built on that. They are not a gym — they are a social performance club.

Before getting into what that means exactly, this Ambassador’s Corner is dedicated to I Live Here I Give here. Supporting 750+ local nonprofit organizations, I Live Here I Give Here has produced year-round programs and activities that actively engage and empower individuals, companies, nonprofits and foundations to be more generous and contribute to a more equitable community for all.

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Kollective was founded to break the mold of a traditional gym. Yes, they have a state-of-the-art facility with the latest equipment and an elite team of trainers to help guide you, but they also have a large dedicated coworking space to get your work done… or collaborate with a new business partner you just met in a class. Before opening their doors, they held some of the largest and most fun group fitness community classes to get the Austin fitness community excited for the facility but ultimately connecting with each other and the trainers, thus creating their own community and a sense of belonging within their four walls.

Entering Kollective is an experience. When you sign up, one of the Kollective staff members will provide an introduction to all of the Kollective services, run a movement screen and create a personalized protocol specifically for you and your goals.

Regarding performance, the membership grants you access to Kollective’s elite-level training space with traditional strength and cardio equipment, boxing, astroturf and yoga/pilates studio. You can go in and get a session in solo or sign up for their array of classes, including boxing, HIIT/conditioning, lifting, yoga and personal training sessions. 

Nikki at Kollective.

For recovery, Kollective members have unlimited access to an infrared sauna, cold tubs and recovery lounge including compression therapy. They also have IV therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic and physical therapy as available service options to optimize your health journey and make sure you’re coming back tomorrow just as strong as today. Socially, Kollective offers a coworking space, social lounge, and member-only and partner-hosted events. 

Full list of services available:

  • Group classes
  • In-person training
  • Nutrition and lifestyle coaching
  • Chiropractic and physical therapy
  • Blood chemistry and analysis
  • Mental performance coaching
  • Massage therapy
  • IV therapy

I had the pleasure of being part of the early community events where I fell in love with the fitness facility and the group conditioning class. However, on my latest trip to Kollective, I was able to try out a yoga class in one of the new yoga studios they added. Just like most of the Kollective classes, the yoga class was very intentional and a different experience compared to most other studios in Austin. 

We started with breathwork and meditation, got into the movement to open up our bodies and connect mind and body, and ended with some more difficult poses and arm stands for more of a challenge. Every move had its purpose. Every posture was intended to both challenge and push you to get into a pose in a different way than you may have in the past, making it feel completely new and different.

After class, I got to catch up with a few friends I happened to run into just walking around the facility. I also got to explore the coworking space, see the recovery room and various services, and check out the sauna. I could see why people can spend all day there both working and playing. You look around and see all these different people that all have a common goal — to uplevel their game physically, mentally and spiritually. Kollective has built a space for people to motivate each other and feed from each other’s energy; its friendly but competitive environment makes you want to be better.

Kollective is currently located off of South Congress on Academy Drive; however, if you’re in the northern part of Austin don’t get too sad. There’s one in the works coming soon up by you, too!


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