Best gym in Canberra?

johnboy 29 May 2020 117

So as you guys seem to like these things so much, which gyms are currently the best in town?

And what makes it so? Cost? Amenities? Staff? Classes? Location? Towels?


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justanotherchilli justanotherchilli 4:42 pm 27 Feb 12

Man, I’m genuinely trying to find a decent gym to join here. I live in Gungahlin so i’m thinking about Anytime Fitness. Thoughts?

I’m female by the way and I like working out in a mixed gym. I was too busy trying not to die to notice anyone looking at me. If you’re workout is leisurely enough so you can take a good look around to see who’s looking at you, then you’re not working hard enough.

Some of the guys at the gym were real good training buddies. And if you walk around the place and take a look, you’d notice everyone’s looking at each other. Male or female. I think it’s just something that happens at the gym. A human thing rather than a individual sex thing.

davidmatho davidmatho 3:11 pm 26 May 11

Results Gym at the Hellenic Club Widen because it is a quiet personal gym-No meat heads and professional staff helping you all the time. it is exclusive to 250 people and they have 50% off Personal Training fees at the moment.
Awesome trainers and I would recommend it to everyone.

jakez jakez 3:57 pm 29 Sep 08

I used to love riding to work in the morning at 6am, despite it being below zero and I would arrive (no exaggeration) with icicles in my beard.

If all the ACTION buses (read: all the buses I use) had the bike racks, I could basically banish the car to a few weekend trips.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 3:26 pm 29 Sep 08

…or, you guessed it (from me)ride to work. Save money, get fit and feel great!

Danman Danman 3:06 pm 29 Sep 08

Not fussed with power etc, just want to know that if/when sh1t hits the fan (Be it a personal emergency, family crisis, or domestic terrorism) that I will have the endurance to haul me and my loved ones arses out of the foray – hence my concentrating on aerobic rather than cosmetic.

I got an ugly head on me shoulders, no matter how much i sugar coat the rest – ill still have an ugly mug 🙂 so why bother 🙂

jakez jakez 3:04 pm 29 Sep 08

Skidbladnir said :

Danman said :

Soon after, there’s an escalating arms race which ends with small bummed women and steroid heads.

Real fitness bunnies don’t have small bums.

Danman Danman 3:02 pm 29 Sep 08

Im no beefcake – just got jack of paying an arm and a leg for petrol

Like someone said earlier – im still fat – but hey – at least im out there doin it.

jakez jakez 3:01 pm 29 Sep 08

Danman said :

Jakez – that post was over a year ago – no one starts doing reps with 20 keys an arm.

Haha sorry mate I didn’t notice and of course not. I didn’t mean you are weak, I meant I’m more of a compound exercise kind of guy. My priorities are; power/speed, endurance, strength, looks, in that order.

You and I have different priorities for different sports/lifestyle choices. It’s all good mate, I can dig it.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 2:42 pm 29 Sep 08

Danman said :

Done a 700Kcal set before work – probably be 1700Kcal total for the day by the time I get home.

This is roughly why people try to avoid the gym junkies.
A conversation of “Where can I find a cheap gym?” starts turning to “I’m more beefcake” and “Your bum still looks bigger than hers”.

Soon after, there’s an escalating arms race which ends with small bummed women and steroid heads.

Danman Danman 2:26 pm 29 Sep 08

Good time of year for fishing realityskin ?

I find gyms work for people who want them to work.

Personally, I cant justify paying someone to run me through the mill no better than I can myself.

I’m pretty cluey on nutrition and food science/chemistry as well (Was a component of my trade certificate and also very well self educated)

Done a 700Kcal set before work – probably be 1700Kcal total for the day by the time I get home.

Roma Roma 2:04 pm 29 Sep 08

Yikes. LOL @ Blathnat for reviving this ancient post.

I go to the gym in the complex where I work (Brindabella). $20 a fortnight which I think is pretty darn good compared to the $70 I used to pay for Fernwood. Rip off, sure. Was I grateful to have a safe place to exercise away from the many sleazy meatheads that seem to patronise a lot of local gyms near where I used to live? Absolutely. Nice guys will never understand. Its not about women thinking we are hotter than we are, or thinking that guys are disgusting and evil, its just that guys just like to look at women and it can make some women feel uncomfortable. Occasionally the staring becomes stronger behaviour, and women shouldnt have to feel vulnerable about stepping foot into an environment that is spposed to be motivating and supportive. Gyms werent taken away from men and given to women – new gyms were created. Men arent really losing anything by giving women that space. Having said that, I can see why some men might be narked off but its not a particularly strong argument because the vast majority of sexually predatory, or intimidating behaviour is targetted at women – “harmless oggling” included. I guess you have to pick your battles sometimes 😉

Anyhoo, enough of the political minefield. Im totally happy to work out here in the business park. Hardly anyone works out there in the mornings which means unlimited access to the cardio machines! There arent any classes but it doesnt really bother me. Lots of towels, freezing cold filtered water and big, clean change rooms 😀

realityskin realityskin 12:21 pm 29 Sep 08

Danman said :

Jakez – that post was over a year ago – no one starts doing reps with 20 keys an arm.

Up to 6 now then ? 😀

Danman Danman 11:52 am 29 Sep 08

Jakez – that post was over a year ago – no one starts doing reps with 20 keys an arm.

jakez jakez 10:56 am 29 Sep 08

Danman said :

what the ? My italics stuffed up……so anyway ill just say it here again

Still could run you around the block a few times though couldn’t I.

Considering I don’t even know who you are proves how confident I am in my own ability.

And dont try to veil an insult with a 😀

A sense of humour is free Danman.

Personally I wouldn’t know what to do with a 5kg dumbbell….pinky finger, prepare to feel the burn!

The ANU Gym is by far the best gym in Canberra (besides VG’s secret gym of pure awesomeness). It’s quite cheap, excellent range of equipment, but most importantly, the fantastic heavy weights room. Squat racks, and platforms, and olympic weights OH MY.

I work out at home these days. With a squat rack, barbell with free weights, treadmill, and the outside world (including a tree branch that is able to hold my fat body), I don’t need a gym membership.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 10:56 am 29 Sep 08

I’m a big bloke and like the gym. I have to say though that the only time I’ve been looked at by every women in the room was when I inadvertently walked into the female change room at Lakeside Leisure Ctr by mistake.

There is no way you known that can walk out of that situation looking cool.

Danman Danman 10:11 am 29 Sep 08

what the ? My italics stuffed up……so anyway ill just say it here again

Still could run you around the block a few times though couldn’t I.

Considering I don’t even know who you are proves how confident I am in my own ability.

And dont try to veil an insult with a 😀

Danman Danman 10:10 am 29 Sep 08

all you need is a skipping rope a bike and 2x 5kg dumb bells.

Thats what I do -I get cardio/aerobic and resistance/free weights for core body strength.

I dont want big (mirror) muscles – I am happy with my strength as is.

everything else can be done with a hard surface and gravity.

But it hasn’t worked ? You’re still rather a tubby fkcu …. 😀

Still could run you around the block a few times though couldn’t I.

Considering I don’t even know who you are proves how confident I am in my own ability.

And dont try to veil an insult with a 😀

peterh peterh 9:49 am 29 Sep 08

Kramer said :

Blathnat – way to drag one back from the ages. Anyway, I’ll bite (again)…

The best gym in Canberra is Stromlo Forest Park. Get yourself a mountain bike, preferably a nice heavy downhill (fun) bike, ride to the top of Stromlo, fang down the mountain, pick the bugs outta your grinning teeth, repeat.

I joined a gym. I go every monday, wednesday, friday. It allows me to shed the kilos that i want, and increase my body strength. I have a condition that prevents my body from completely absorbing fat into muscle. The gym ensures that I can carry my kids, and lower my fat overall. I eat a strict diet, and I have only 2 weaknesses – coca cola and smoking.

I also abseil, cave and rock climb. I prefer to climb on rock faces with overhangs – makes it far more interesting and allows me to enjoy myself. The pain i get at the gym is nothing in comparison to hanging by your hands on an overhang.

Kramer Kramer 9:31 am 29 Sep 08

Blathnat – way to drag one back from the ages. Anyway, I’ll bite (again)…

The best gym in Canberra is Stromlo Forest Park. Get yourself a mountain bike, preferably a nice heavy downhill (fun) bike, ride to the top of Stromlo, fang down the mountain, pick the bugs outta your grinning teeth, repeat.

Thumper Thumper 9:13 am 29 Sep 08

The non-masochist might get tonnes of exercise playing squash, wind-surfing and rock climbing

All good exercise yes, and loads of fun, but I haven’t seen many indoor wind surfing arenas 😉

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