People join gyms for many reasons. You might want to get fit or maintain fitness levels. Perhaps you want to lose weight or bulk up. You might even want to join a gym to meet new friends or experience new fitness routines.
If you’re looking to join a gym in Belconnen, you have plenty of options. However, choosing the best one can be time consuming and even daunting. That’s because there are so many types on the market. Memberships also vary widely, in price and detail.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a gym, and share where to find the best in Belconnen.
What makes a great gym?
The choice of a great gym is personal. The best gym supports your fitness levels and fitness goals, no matter what your age or lifestyle. You might want a gym that has a great vibe. You may want to try new things and connect with others.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a gym in Belconnen:
- Top-quality equipment. The equipment in a gym can make or break your experience. The best gyms are stocked with a wide variety of well-maintained equipment that is clean and fully functional.
- Friendly, knowledgeable staff. The quality of staff is important to your gym experience. A gym with friendly, knowledgeable staff will give you confidence that you’ll get great value out of your membership. You’ll want a gym with staff who have your back and can answer questions.
- Flexible and affordable. Select a gym with a flexible, affordable membership. That’s a membership in line with your goals and budget. Carefully check terms and conditions. Ask about length of membership, what’s included and whether there are restrictions.
- Organised and hygienic. Choose a gym that’s clean, neat and organised. This will make your workout more efficient. It will also make you comfortable knowing your gym is meticulous about hygiene and presentation.
- Welcoming, friendly atmosphere. There’s nothing worse than working out in a gym where you feel uncomfortable. Look for a gym that welcomes people from all walks of life. Choose one that is friendly and motivating.
The best gyms in Belconnen
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Anytime Fitness believes that with health, members make the rules and work out in their own way, when it suits. That’s why Anytime Fitness in Belconnen, both Charnwood and Jamison clubs, are for any body, any time. Supportive staff help members of all fitness levels to achieve individual goals.
Members belonging to Anytime Fitness Charnwood or Jamison clubs can work out any day of the week, at any hour, and always with the assurance of 24-hour security. Members choose to work out their way – with cardio, by lifting weights, in classes, in group workouts, or with a personal trainer. They can also work out anywhere, including Canberra’s 14 locations, over 500 clubs across Australia and 3,200 gyms worldwide.
Anytime Fitness cardio equipment includes cardio TVs, elliptical cross-trainers, exercise cycles, rowing machines, spin bikes, stair climbers, treadmills, adaptive motion trainers, and SkiErg Trainer.
Strength and free weight equipment includes barbells, dumbbells, plate loaded, squat racks, and sled tracks.
Functional training is made possible with equipment such as battle ropes, BOSU, dumbbells, jump ropes, kettlebells, medicine balls, dead balls, plyometric boxes, resistance bands, and Queenax.
Members at Anytime Fitness Charnwood and Jamison clubs have access to training and coaching services, starting with a fitness assessment. Personal, small group and specialised training are available, as is Pilates and virtual coaching. Classes are free.
Anytime Fitness is open 24/7. Some hours are staffed.
Samuel Earle wrote on Google, “Helpful staff and a good range of equipment. Facilities are always clean and lots of available parking spaces within walking distance.”Anytime Fitness Charnwood Anytime Fitness Jamison
For more than a decade, Adapt CrossFit has been helping people in the Belconnen area get fitter and stronger, faster. Adapt CrossFit provides high-intensity classes early morning, mid-morning, and evening. Dedicated to a supportive environment, Adapt Crossfit hosts monthly catch ups to keep members motivated and on track.
Sam Reid wrote on Google, “Adapt Crossfit is honestly the best gym I've been a part of. The classes are fun, varied, and challenging. The coaches are highly trained …”
Fernwood Belconnen is a gym women love. It’s a supportive, inclusive, female-empowering club. Members lift weights, flow in yoga, sweat in FIIT30, cycle their hearts out, and share a lot of laughs. A wide range of membership benefits are on offer, including unlimited group fitness classes, a free breakfast and free toiletries.
On Google, Daniel Kardum wrote, “I’ve been part of Fernwood for just over a year, the longest amount of time I have ever held a gym membership for … The classes are fun …”
Curves is a women-only gym that provides a unique fitness solution in just 30 minutes. Its unique program works every major muscle group by combining strength training, cardio and stretching. The passionate team at Belconnen’s Curve gym helps members achieve goals, whatever they may be.
On Google, Alice Wann wrote, “I’ve been a member for many years and find this gym encouraging, challenging and a great community to belong to. I love it and would strongly encourage women of all ages and fitness to come and join.”
BodyBlitz Fitness is an affordable, well-equipped gym, catering for all ages and fitness levels 24/7, in a secure training environment. All members receive a free introductory personal program, use of all weights, equipment and amenities. Also free parking. BodyBlitz Fitness promises to take members to the next level.
Patrick William wrote on Google, “I've been coming to this gym for over 10 years. The owner is really knowledgeable, passionate, approachable and happy to give advice …”
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Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect from a great gym?
A great gym should be well equipped and offer quality amenities. It should also have professional, friendly staff and trainers. The best gyms have a wide range of classes covering all fitness levels, and a vibrant atmosphere. You’ll also want a gym that is neat, organised and hygienic.
How often should I go to the gym?
There’s no hard-and-fast rule about the number of times to head to the gym each week. Many people go at least once a week and some more frequently. The number of times depends on many factors. One is your fitness goal and how quickly you want to see results. Another factor is whether you have physical issues requiring you to go more or less often. Remember: it’s important to prevent injury, so pace yourself.
How much does it cost to go to a gym?
The cost of going to a gym is determined by many factors. Cost varies from gym to gym. Factors influencing cost include whether you want a full membership with all the perks and total flexibility, or whether you’re happy with a pared-back membership. It’s best to conduct research to compare details. You might also want to talk to a gym representative to make sure you’re interpreting details correctly.
Are gyms worth the membership price?
One thing is for sure: buying a membership and not going to the gym is a waste of money. Remember that gym memberships are priced on factors such as services, amenities, equipment and scheduling (with off-peak times often more economical). Lower-tiered memberships can, for example, give you access to the basics and some classes. Higher-tiered memberships might include access to extras like special discounts. Also check what amenities come with your membership, such as steam rooms and pools.
What should I do at the gym?
It can be overwhelming when first going to a gym. This includes deciding what exercises to do, what classes might be of interest, and what equipment is best for your fitness goals. Your best step forward is to talk to staff and ask for ideas based on your fitness level. Some gyms offer quick tutorials on equipment use and some provide you with a workout schedule.