If you want to improve your fitness and overall wellbeing, you might be thinking about joining a quality gym.
A gym membership has many benefits beyond fitness itself. A gym can be a great place to meet new people. It can also be a place to work out in a supportive and motivating environment. A gym membership also saves you from buying the expensive equipment needed to work out at home.
Choosing the best gym can be challenging, however, with so many factors at play.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a gym, and share where to find the best in Tuggeranong.
What makes a great gym?
Choosing the right gym can speed up your fitness aspirations. It can also keep you motivated to visit the gym regularly to build your strength and optimise your health. But with so many types of gyms on the market, and so many membership variations available, it can be overwhelming to decide which gym is best for you.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a gym in Tuggeranong:
- Membership value. You’ll want to assess several factors when choosing a gym, beyond price. This will ensure you get the best membership value. Ask whether the gym has a sense of community. Enquire about the services it provides. What amenities does it offer?
- Quality equipment. The equipment in a gym can make or break your exercise routine. The best gyms in Tuggeranong have a wide range of top-quality and well-maintained equipment. This enables them to cater to all interests and fitness levels.
- Affordable and flexible. To be motivated to go to the gym regularly, you’ll want an affordable and flexible membership. That’s one that suits your needs. Consider factors such as opening hours, types of classes, price, and access to amenities like a pool and sauna.
- Community spirit. Choose a gym with a great sense of community that is inspirational and motivating. Chances are you’ll head to the gym more often if it’s a welcoming, comfortable space.
- Staff knowledge. Check staff qualifications, credentials and experience. This will give you confidence that staff can answer your questions and help you with equipment and exercises.
The best gyms in Tuggeranong
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Anytime Fitness in the Tuggeranong area has three convenient locations—Greenway (Tuggeranong proper), Chisholm and Lanyon. All clubs have an extensive 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.
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 Tuggeranong, Chisholm and Lanyon, 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 Tuggeranong, Chisholm and Lanyon, 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.”
PlusFitness 24/7 Tuggeranong offers excellent facilities, top cardio equipment and the latest strength equipment, in a clean, organised gym environment. Benefits also include no joining fee, no lock-in contracts and round-the-clock access to 200 clubs across Australia. It also offers a free member workout app and free “membership on hold”.
On Google, Kellee Alley wrote, “Absolutely love going to Plus Fitness Tuggeranong. The team is welcoming, supportive and give great training advice … As a 50+ woman I can highly recommend this gym.”
Tuggeranong is HIIT Republic’s first high-intensity interval training studio. It has enormous floor space with all the equipment members could possibly need to work out and meet fitness goals. HIIT Republic Tuggeranong has premium functional equipment and a great schedule of HIIT and strength classes. No two classes are the same. More than just a workout, Hiit Republic is an experience.
Tony Jim wrote on Google, “Great atmosphere and very knowledgeable coaches. No two days are the same, so it feels fresh every day.”
Curves is a gym designed for women. The gym servicing Wanniassa and Tuggeranong offers a complete 30-minute workout, focusing on resistance and strength training. Curves offers yoga, dance, cardio and boxing circuits. It provides members with a complete solution to weight loss through exercise, meal plans and coaching.
On Google, Kate Elizabeth wrote, “The ladies at Curves are amazing. So friendly and supportive of my goals … I feel like I’m part of the group rather than just a number.”
Fernwood Fitness Tuggeranong is a women’s only 24/7 gym. With key tag access, members can work out at any time. Fernwood Tuggeranong is a premier health club with a cycle studio, gym floor with loads of equipment, FIIT30 and more. The gym also has on-demand Les Mills virtual classes.
Sarah Moore wrote on Google, “Best gym ever! Staff are helpful, friendly and encouraging … The facilities are always clean and tidy and there’s no shortage of available equipment.”
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.