Whether you want to lose weight, bulk up, or maintain fitness, joining the gym is a fantastic way to boost your health and eliminate stress.
That being said, finding a reliable, well-equipped gym isn’t always easy. That’s why we have compiled a list of Canberra’s best gyms based on your opinions.
What Makes a Great Gym?
What makes an idea gym will depend on your age, gender, and fitness goals. But, there are a few key factors that must be considered in choosing a good gym.
Here they are:
- Equipment. The equipment in a gym can make or break your exercise routine. The best gyms in Canberra are stocked with a wide variety of top-quality and well-maintained equipment.
- Staff knowledge. Want a personal trainer? They better be knowledgeable enough to help you achieve your goals. Want to work out on your own? A gym’s staff should be able to answer basic fitness questions and be confident in adjusting and using the equipment.
- Affordability. A gym membership doesn’t necessarily need to break the bank. Instead, the cost should be reflected in the quality of staff and equipment.
- Flexibility. A great gym should meet your unique requirements, whether that’s specific opening hours or flexible membership and pricing options.
- Relaxed atmosphere. Working out can be difficult if the gym’s atmosphere makes you uncomfortable. Loud music, screens everywhere, and creepy gym-goers can be real deal breakers.
Canberra’s Best Gyms
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 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.
With 20 locations across Canberra and another 6 scheduled to open in early 2019, Club Lime is the ACT’s answer to all things health and fitness and we’d be surprised if there’s not a Club Lime gym near you! There is a broad variety of market-leading strength and cardio equipment, group exercise classes and small group or personal training options to choose from. Best of all, most locations are open 24/7 and there are no lock-in contracts with a 30-day no sweat money back guarantee – so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by joining.
Reviewer Tara loves how convenient Club Lime’s locations are. “I joined the club a few months back & absolutely love it!!! Everything’s so new, so convenient! 🙂 … Staff are always happy & friendly & always want to accommodate!”
You don’t need to be a university student to reap the benefits of working out at the non-commercial ANU (Australian National University) Fitness Centre. It’s a fun, non-intimidating gym ideally situated near the centre of Canberra. It boasts a variety of machines, pin-loaded equipment, free weights, and more.
The ANU Fitness Centre offers members a number of services including group fitness classes, personal training, custom group training, and wellness guidance.
Commenter Boomacat raved about the ANU gym in Canberra. They wrote: “[ANU Fitness Centre] is not a commercial operation so they’re focussed on providing a good service to members, not just ripping them off for the greatest amount of cash possible.”
They also mentioned the quality and cleanliness of the machines: “Rates are very reasonable and the gym is in excellent condition, shiny new equipment and very clean and tidy.”
Chances are you’ve heard of Fitness First. It’s a popular, well-equipped national gym chain with fitness centres in Civic and Deakin. Although not quite 24-hour, Fitness First is a fantastic option for those who enjoy supplementing individual weight or cardio training with group fitness classes. Choose from BODYATTACK, HIIT, yoga, BODYPUMP, Shockwave and more.
Fitness First in Deakin also has a creche, so you can work out while someone looks after the kids.
Here’s an insider tip from commenter Grundy: “Avoid it during weekday lunches (12-2pm) and afternoons (5-7pm) and you’ll love it.”
Life Personal Fitness
Looking for something a little more intimate from your gym-going experience? Life Personal Fitness is a small outfit that offers affordable shared and one-on-one personal training sessions. You work closely with a trainer to boost your fitness and improve your health.
One of the key benefits of Life Personal Fitness in Canberra is the membership structure. There is no lock-in contract, and you only pay for the sessions you attend.
“Good value for money and it means that you are not locked into a contract, ever,” wrote commenter youami. “The other good thing is that the only people in the gym at the same time are other people doing training sessions. It is not an open gym.”
Who did you pick?
Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra Gyms.
If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.
Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra Gyms. Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?