We all know the importance of fitness for our health and wellbeing, no matter what our age. Fitness helps our energy levels and makes us feel good.
For many, taking out a membership to a gym is a convenient way to get fit. That’s for those new to the gym scene and gym junkies who want to sustain or exceed their fitness levels.
Gyms also have many other benefits. They can introduce you to new fitness regimens. They can give you easy access to state-of-the-art strengthening, flexibility and cardio equipment. Quality gyms are supportive places with staff who motivate and inspire. At the best gyms, you’ll find it easy to connect with community and meet new people.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a gym, and share where to find the best in Fyshwick.
What makes a great gym?
Choosing the right gym can make or break your experience. It can also make sure you get the most out of your investment in a gym membership.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when considering your options:
- Services and amenities. Quality gyms pride themselves on a healthy range of services and amenities. Services include classes and flexible timetables. Quality gyms also have amenities to make your experience enjoyable. Check what a gym offers before taking out a membership.
- Experienced staff. Experienced, helpful and friendly staff, from reception through to personal trainers, are key to a great gym experience. Ask what services staff offer and what training and guidance they provide on how to use equipment safely.
- Membership details. Make sure the membership type and level you choose matches your needs and availability to get to the gym. This is the best way to ensure value for money. You won’t want to overpay or underpay for your membership.
- Quality equipment. The best gyms have more than just equipment. They have quality gear that’s well maintained and safe to use. You’ll want a gym that also has a range of equipment to suit your fitness level and interests.
- Affordable and flexible. Choose a gym with a flexible and affordable membership for your needs. Read the terms and conditions carefully. Ask the gym if it has special details and/or discounts. Also ask if your membership costs more if you use the gym at peak (busy) times.
The best gyms in Fyshwick
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Get to a healthier place at Anytime Fitness Fyshwick. Friendly, professional staff are trained to help members along their fitness journey, no matter how much support is needed.
At Anytime Fitness Fyshwick, membership includes a free, no-pressure fitness consultation. Twelve small weekly small group training classes are available. VIP memberships are also available. So too is personal training with qualified trainers. Members can check out heaps of workouts, recipes and advice on the Anytime Fitness website.
The gym’s wide range of equipment and facilities enable members can work out their own way. Equipment covers cardio equipment, strength and free weights, and functional training.
At Anytime Fitness Fyshwick, membership includes a free, no-pressure fitness consultation and a welcoming, supportive community. Work out 24/7 at any Canberra-based Anytime Fitness, at more than 500 clubs across the country, or at more than 3,200 gyms worldwide.
Members have access to training and coaching services, starting with a fitness assessment. Pilates and virtual coaching are available.
Anytime Fitness Fyshwick is open around the clock, seven days a week, with 24-hour security. Some hours are staffed.
Sam Collins wrote on Google, “Gym is well-maintained and spacious. All machines are clean and well looked after and there are plenty of options for all fitness types. The staff and personal trainers are great. Chris has especially gone above and beyond to make me feel welcome and answer any questions. Really enjoy being part of the Anytime Fitness family.
Fyshwick ACT 2609
Stockade Training Centre is Canberra’s biggest martial arts, boxing and fitness centre with over 1,000m2 of state-of-the-art facilities and world-class training. The centre caters to all levels from absolute beginners to elite athletes. Many Olympic, Commonwealth, and world class athletes have trained and coached at Stockade.
On Google, Edmond Daniel wrote, “Exceptional staff, world class trainers and a world class sparring partners, very welcoming gym for all levels starting from beginner all the way to professional.”
Whether training for athletic performance or to regain and build health, Hybrid Performance believes that results matter. Personal trainers and coaches work with members in one-on-one settings or through the small group training program. Hybrid Performance is there for new gym goers through to elite level athletes.
Deb Schelberger wrote on Google, “Amazing trainers. It's all about you and your ability. You train in small groups, but there is never any comparison to each other. I recommend it for all fitness levels.”
Muay U is a Thai boxing gym in Fyshwick. Authentic, effective training is led by world-class coaches and trainers. This boxing sport combines fitness, self-defence and real-world martial arts. Personal and group sessions are available at Muay U. A free introduction is available.
Amelia Moore wrote on Google, “Muay U has a really positive, inclusive atmosphere. No egos, just good people coaching and training. Classes are taught by knowledgeable coaches who are also professional fighters.”
Community Fitness Canberra has a membership culture combining fun and hard work. Expert coaches guide members through every session. Services include functional strength and conditioning, personal training, and group training for businesses. Community Fitness Canberra believes educating members empowers them to continually improve fitness and health through advanced training techniques. Open extended hours (5am to 9pm) daily.
On Google, Claire Manley wrote, “Fantastic environment, amazing people and super knowledgeable coaches. Friendly and heaps of fun.”
If you’re looking for more information on gyms and other ways to get in shape, you might like our articles on the best high-intensity interval training classes, best CrossFit gyms, best martial arts schools, best yoga studios, best Pilates studios and best boxing gyms the ACT has to offer.
Your experience with gyms in Fyshwick
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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. More than that, it should have professional, knowledgeable, experienced and friendly trainers and support staff. At a quality gym, you can expect to take classes designed for your fitness level. You also may want a welcoming gym with a family feel. Last, but not least, you’ll also want your gym to be neat, organised and hygienic.
How many times should I go to the gym each week?
There’s no rule book on how often you should go the gym. Some members go a couple of times a week. Gym junkies can be at the gym almost every day. How often you go depends on factors such as your fitness goal and how fast you want results.
Are gyms worth the membership price?
One thing is certain: buying a membership and not going to the gym is a waste of money. Remember that memberships are priced on factors such as services, amenities, equipment and scheduling. Lower-tiered memberships can, for example, give you access to basics and a limited range of 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 fitness regimen should I adopt at my gym?
Everybody’s fitness regimen is different. Some people love to work out on machines. Others want to get fit with floor classes. Still other members want a wide range of fitness activities to stay motivated.
How important is the location of my gym?
Many gym-goers believe location is important. If a gym isn’t easy and convenient to access, you might find you don’t go as often. Other gym users are prepared to drive some distance to get a certain trainer, style of class or type of equipment.