If you’re looking to improve your physical and mental health, joining a gym can be a great place to start.
The best gyms have plenty of equipment to help you get fit. Many have classes, personal trainers and supportive staff, all designed to move you to the top of your game. Other benefits of going to the gym include relieving stress and meeting new people. With the right gym, your experience can be not only beneficial but fun.
Looking for the right gym can be a daunting experience, however. It’s challenging to assess the many gym types on the market, as well as membership options, services and amenities.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a gym, and share where to find the best in Queanbeyan.
What makes a great gym?
Choosing the right gym can make or break your experience. It can also ensure you get the biggest bang for your buck out of your investment.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a gym:
- Supportive staff. Helpful and friendly staff, from reception through to trainers, are key to a great gym experience. They’re on hand to introduce you to the gym, explain services on offer and answer any questions about equipment and amenities.
- Membership details. When you sign up, you’ll want your needs met, and value for money. You won’t want to overpay by including services you won’t ever use. Check membership details before signing on the dotted line.
- Affordable and flexible. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to belong to a gym. Look into terms and conditions to make sure your membership is flexible and affordable. Also look for special details, discounts and costs for using the gym at peak (busy) times.
- Quality equipment. The best gyms have a great range of quality equipment. This means they can cater to all fitness levels, needs and interests. Quality equipment is also essential for safety, so make sure the gym you select has well-maintained equipment.
- Services and amenities. Quality gyms are more than just floor space and equipment. The best offer a range of services, including a variety of classes and timetables. They also have amenities that make your experience enjoyable.
The best gyms in Queanbeyan
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Anytime Fitness has a wide range of equipment and facilities so members can work out in their own way and in their own time, seven-days-a-week and 24-hours-a-day. Close to Canberra, in New South Wales, members make health happen at two encouraging, friendly and welcoming Anytime Fitness clubs--Queanbeyan and Jerrabomberra.
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 track.
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.
At Anytime Fitness in Queanbeyan and Jerrabomberra, members also 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.
With Anytime Fitness, supportive staff encourage members to achieve fitness goals, no matter what level. The club has heaps of workouts, recipes and advice on the Anytime Fitness website.
When members join Anytime Fitness clubs in Queanbeyan or Jerrabomberra, they’re joining Australia’s biggest fitness community. As well as access to 14 locations in Canberra, members can head to more than 500 clubs across the country and 3,200 Anytime Fitness gyms worldwide.
Anytime Fitness is open 24-7, with security around the clock. Some hours are staffed.
Carlos Ferreira wrote on Google, “Great and friendly staff. Good equipment. Gym is always clean. No complaints at all.”
PureWill Fitness Studio is a family-owned, independently operated gym. Services include group fitness classes, personal training, family-oriented programs and private outdoor exercises. The small team of professional trainers are dedicated to efficient, practical workouts suited to all fitness levels and interests.
On Google, Maria Francis wrote, “My first experience in a gym. Friendly atmosphere and you know exactly what to expect of the classes … finally I'm a gym junkie.”
F45 Training Queanbeyan is a gym offering a unique workout structure. All programs are 45-minutes long and a mix of circuit and HIIT-style workouts geared to everyday movement and functionality. With thousands of exercises available, and an infinite number of possible combinations, F45 Training Queanbeyan caters to all fitness goals and levels in a fresh, innovative way.
Mark Sanderson wrote on Google, “The best gym I've ever gone too. Great trainers and the members are supportive.”
Fortitude Human Performance is a 24-hour gym that focuses on mindset, training, nutrition, rest and recovery. This gym believes that mental and physical health are intertwined. Staff promote healthy lifestyle choices and a learning environment that encourages fulfillment through physical fitness. Fortitude Human Performance also has top-notch facilities.
On Google, Renaud Saunders wrote, “Really good place to workout, especially if you're trying to avoid the big commercial gyms that are often overcrowded …”
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.
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 Canberra has to offer.
Your experience with gyms in Queanbeyan
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Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect from a good 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 often should I go to the gym?
Going to the gym more often will 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 three to four times a week. There is no set rule and frequency depends on your goals, fitness levels and how much time you have to commit!
Should I talk to my doctor before going to the gym?
It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor if you’re going to a gym for the first time. This will help you determine whether you have issues you need to consider or tell gym staff about.
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.