Staying fit and healthy can be easier with the right tools and equipment. That’s why belonging to a great gym can help you fast-track your fitness goals.
Choosing the right gym for your needs can be time consuming, however. Many factors are at play, including location, type of classes, range of equipment, membership details and amenities. With a busy schedule, it can be challenging to take the time to do all the research.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a gym, and share where to find the best in Weston Creek.
What makes a great gym?
- Location. You don’t want to go out of your way or spend ages to get to the gym of your choice. If your gym is in a convenient location, such as between your work and home, chances are you’ll visit more often.
- Equipment. Does the gym you select have the range of cardio, strength and flexibility training equipment you need to work out? Choose a gym that does. While the equipment doesn’t have to be brand new, it should be well maintained.
- Memberships. Memberships vary from gym to gym. Check the details to get the best price and value for what you want out of your gym. At a minimum, make sure you look at contract flexibility, cancellation arrangements and payment schedules.
- Space. You don’t have to choose a mega gym to get fit. While larger gyms tend to have more open space, different zones and more equipment, smaller gyms can be well designed and highly effective. They can also be less intimidating. It’s therefore important to look at what a gym offers and compare this to your needs.
- Personality. No matter what size the gym, you’ll want to head to one that’s warm and inviting. If you feel welcome at your gym, you’ll be motivated to go more frequently. A gym with a great personality is also a place to meet new people.
The best gyms in Weston Creek
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Make health happen at Anytime Fitness in Weston Creek. Members have 24/7 access to state-of-the-art facilities and can work out any time. All clubs have supportive staff and heaps of workouts, recipes and advice on the Anytime Fitness website.
Anytime Fitness in Weston has a wide range of equipment and facilities so members can work out their own way around the clock, including with free classes.
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 Weston, members 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.
With Anytime Fitness, Weston members are joining Australia’s biggest fitness community. As well as access to all 14 Canberra locations, members can head to more than 500 clubs across the country and 3,200 Anytime Fitness gyms worldwide.
Anytime Fitness Weston is open around the clock, seven days a week, with 24-hour security. Some hours are staffed.
Robyn Murdoch wrote on Google, “This gym has everything you need. The Manager, staff and trainers are amazing and care about clients, helping them achieve their personal fitness goals. The gym has regular yoga and cardio classes.”
Weston ACT 2611
YMCA Canberra Chifley Health and Wellness Centre is an inclusive gym providing support to and connecting community through physical activity. Its community-based exercise programs help members be happier and healthier. The Centre includes a fully equipped gym and group fitness classes for all ages, abilities and fitness levels.
On Google, Paul Green wrote, “This is a friendly and very encouraging gymnasium. Everyone is welcome and help is always available to keep your body and mind fit.”
Curves offers a variety of workouts, classes and workshops so gym clients can customise routines to fit into their lifestyles. Short 30-minute classes and full work-out opportunities are available. The trainers at Curves develop work-out routines to help clients meet their fitness goals, focusing on upper, lower and middle body.
Louise Hughes wrote on Google, “Curves in Weston is special. Great gym and great staff. An added bonus is that the staff really care about members.”
Weston Creek Fitness is a personal training studio at Fisher Shops. If offers personal training and group fitness classes. Trainer Malcolm Kerec has over 7 years in the fitness industry. He works with clients looking to get fit or lose weight. Malcolm also trains elite athletes and trains seniors, people with disabilities and those with injury rehabilitation needs.
On Google, wrote “I’ve been training with Weston Creek Fitness twice a week for the past four months and have seen changes in my strength, fitness and firmness.”
If you’re looking for more on fitness, check out our articles on the best gyms, best high-intensity interval classes, best CrossFit gyms, best yoga studios, best Pilates studios, best martial arts schools and best boxing schools Canberra has to offer.
Your experience with gyms in Weston Creek
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Frequently Asked Questions
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 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.
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.
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.
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.