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
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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.”
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.”
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.
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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Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect from a good gym?
A good gym should be well-equipped, hygienic, staffed with professional and friendly trainers, and offer a wide range of classes, including for those who prefer guided exercise to independent work outs. When shopping around for a new gym, do some trials to get a feel for the place. Take note of some of these qualifiers, and look out for the most important one - how comfortable you feel in the gym!
I'm a beginner. Can I still join a gym?
Absolutely. A good gym caters to all levels of fitness and experience, especially to those who don't have a lot of experience working out in gyms. A good place to start would be to take a few classes your gym offers, or consider hiring a personal trainer to guide your fitness journey, gain great results and keep you safe from injury.
How often should I go to the gym?
Going to the gym more often is going to show you faster results, but you need to be careful not to risk injury by overdoing it. Depending on your fitness level you could go a couple of times or perhaps even 3 to 4 times a week. There is no hard and fast rule and frequency depends on your goals, fitness levels and how much time you have to commit!
Are gyms worth the membership price?
This depends on what kind of membership you're looking for. Gym memberships are priced on how many facilities you have access to. Lower-tiered memberships can, for example, give you access to the basics and all the classes on offer, while higher-tiered memberships might give you access to things like steam rooms, pools, discounts on items for sale, and maybe some deals on personal trainers. Think about what you're trying to get out of going to the gym and if any of these services will help you. Then decide which gym is best for your needs.
What should I do at the gym?
When first starting at a gym, the array of equipment and number of classes can feel a bit overwhelming. Talk to staff and ask for recommendations based on your fitness goals. Even ask for a quick tutorial on how to use any equipment you're unsure about. You can also try out different classes. Pretty soon you'll have a pretty good grasp on what works best for you.