If you’re looking to improve your physical and mental health, joining a gym is great place to start – they encourage discipling and long-term commitment to your health, and can also be a great way to relieve stress and meet new people.
However, finding a gym that is right for you can be a daunting – and sometimes disheartening – process, whether or not you’re a first-time gym-goer or a seasoned gym junkie.
But it doesn’t have to be! That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the most important qualities to look out for when shopping around for a new gym, as well as a helpful guide to the best in Queanbeyan.
What makes a great gym?
With so many types of gyms available to you, from all-rounders to CrossFit to HIIT-only, it can be tough to decide which one is best for you. Here’s some factors that you should be prioritising:
- Helpful and friendly staff. Staff and trainers should be prepared to help you out as you get used to the new gym – a great team will be able to give you a helpful introduction to the equipment, tell you about any deals or classes they have on offer, and make it their goal to have you feeling as comfortable and confident as possible.
- Membership value. When you sign up for a gym membership, you’re buying more than just access to the facilities. To make their members’ investments worthwhile, great gyms will have classes and other perks available to you in order to enrich your experience.
- Affordable and flexible. Speaking of membership, it shouldn’t cost you an incredible amount to join a gym. Luckily, gyms are interested in attracting and keeping members, so they will be transparently and competitively priced, and potentially offer deals and discounts on different membership tiers.
- Equipment. The best gyms will have the best equipment, and good equipment means not only a financially worthwhile experience for you, but also a safer one. Look for gyms with the most well-maintained and high-quality equipment.
- Community. Going to the gym should be anything but a lonely and isolating experience. Besides offering classes that allow you to meet new people, you want to make sure that you’re feeling comfortable with the people in your environment, from staff to fellow gym-goers. A great gym will encourage positive energy and make sure everyone feels safe and welcome.
The best gyms in Queanbeyan
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook, as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Club Lime is easily one of the most recognisable gym franchises in Australia, with over 30,000 members nationwide since their first club opened in 2004. Since then, they’ve built up a reputation as one of the most affordable gyms while maintaining high quality and offering amazing deals and programs for their members.
It’s easy to see why. Across all of their gyms, Club Lime is committed to providing its members with a welcoming and motivating environment, guided by leading industry professionals who are here to help you achieve your fitness goals. With the best equipment, 24/7 availability at most facilities, hundreds of group exercise classes and small group training programs each week, and an enormous variety and choice of things to do, Club Lime offers outstanding value for money.
Their Queanbeyan club is no exception. Opened in early 2019, this gym boasts plenty of state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment, free WiFi, childcare areas for parents, group fitness classes and studio settings, personal trainers and showers – and to boot, the facility is open to members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter your availability, timetable or level of experience, there really is something for everyone at the Queanbeyan facility.
Happy member Charlie Sage wrote in their Google review, “Clean, well maintained, good equipment, child minding is offered at certain peak times and the kids room has plenty of toys and films and is immaculately clean. Staff are always professional and friendly.”
F45 is a gym offering a unique workout structure to all of its members – all of its programs are 45-minute long mixtures of circuit and HIIT-style workouts geared towards everyday movement and functionality. With thousands of exercises in their database and an almost infinite number of possible combinations, F45 is able to cater to all fitness goals and levels in a way that is fresh and innovative.
As Google reviewer and ‘Local Guide’ Mark Sanderson describes their experience, “The best gym I’ve ever gone too. Great trainers and the members are supportive.”
Fortitude Human Performance is a 24-hour gym that is about so much more than just physical fitness. At the heart of their philosophy is the belief that mental health and physical health are one in the same, which is why their Fortitude Project has them partnered with Headspace, BeyondBlue and the Black Dog Institute to focus on promoting healthy lifestyle choices, a creative learning environment that encourages joy, happiness and fulfillment through physical fitness. If you’re looking for a gym with amazing atmosphere and a supportive community as well as top notch facilities, Fortitude is the place for you.
As Google reviewer Rick Corkhill writes, “Best gym in the Canberra/NSW region, great vibe, equipment is next level and management does a great job in keeping the place clean and running smoothly.”
Pure Will Fitness Studio is a family-owned independent gym. Among their wide array of services, they offer group fitness classes, personal training, and set themselves apart with family-oriented programs and private outdoor exercise for those who want some fresh air. Their small team of professional trainers develop unique workouts every day, and are totally dedicated to efficient and practical workouts that are suited to anybody and everybody.
See what Facebook user Kylie Wood had to say in their review, “Best gym in town by far- small enough to offer personalised service and large enough to have all the equipment you could ever want. Great people, great atmosphere.”
Body Basics is an independently owned gym that has been a part of the Queanbeyan community for over 30 years, and is dedicated to offering fresh and unique training to all members. With 24 hours access, group classes, huge facilities, Body Basics aims to educate, motivate and create challenging workouts for gym goers of any level. Their unique services include on-going health assessments and nutritional consultations, as well as Thai massage facilities and personal training.
As Grant Michl writes in their Google review, “I have been a member of this gym for several years now. It is spacious, clean and the equipment well maintained and comprehensive in nature. The staff are friendly, professional and enthusiastic. Highly recommended.”
Are you looking to start your fitness journey and are looking for good places to start in the Canberra and Queanbeyan region? Check out our article on the best gyms and the best HIIT classes for a helpful guide.
Your experience with gyms in Queanbeyan
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