This has been updated for August 2017
Whether you want to lose weight, bulk up, or maintain your 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 put together a list of Canberra’s best gyms as decided by you.
That’s right – we read through your comments and critiques to determine which gyms in the Canberra region are worth joining. Check out the list below.
What Makes a Great Gym?
Depending on your age, gender, and fitness goals, what makes an ideal gym will change. But, there are a few key criteria that all worthwhile gyms must have.
Here they are:
- Equipment. The equipment in a gym can make or break your exercise routine. We believe all the best gyms in Canberra are stocked with a wide variety of top-quality, clean
- 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 adjusting and using the equipment.
- Affordability. A gym membership shouldn’t 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.
The Top 4 Canberra Gyms According to You
We went through your feedback and put together this list of the top 4 gyms in Canberra. Let’s get right into it.
Take control of your training at the 24-hour Elite Physique gym. This Canberra gym was the most popular among our commenters, and with quality equipment, a variety of training classes, seasonal membership specials, and friendly, dedicated staff, it’s easy to see why.
Elite Physique offers group training, weight training, power lifting, boxing classes, and other sport specific training programs. The knowledgeable staff welcome anyone and everyone into their gym – whether you’ve never worked out before or are a self-confessed gym junkie.
Our commenters had nothing but positive things to say. Johnny_the_knife summed up his experience with Elite Phsyique, writing “it is an exceptionally well laid out gym, good instructors, good classes, top notch equipment.” Another commenter, Fox, wrote this, “Elite is popular, but the staff are dedicated and genuine… There are plenty of weights and machines available at most times of the day, and the other members are friendly and helpful.”
Fitness First is a popular, well-equipped chain of gyms around Australia, and their fitness centre in central Canberra is no different.
Although not quite 24-hour, Fitness First is a fantastic option if you enjoy supplementing individual weight or cardio training with group fitness classes. Choose from BODYATTACK, HIIT, yoga, BODYPUMP, Shockwave, and more.
One commenter, Grundy, had a fabulous experience with Fitness First, and gave our readers some valuable insider advice: “Avoid it during weekday lunches (12-2) and Afternoons (5-7) and you’ll love it.”
ANU Fitness Centre
Achieve and exceed your fitness goals at the non-commercial ANU (Australian National University) Fitness Centre. This fun, non-intimidating gym is ideally situated near the centre of Canberra, and boasts a variety of machines, pin-loaded equipment, free weights, and more.
The ANU Fitness Centre offers their members a number of services, including group fitness classes, personal training, custom group training, and wellness guidance.
Boomacat, one of our commenters, raved about the ANU gym in Canberra, writing “they are 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.”
Life Personal Fitness
Looking for something a little more intimate? 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.”
Which Gym Will You Pick?
Decided on a gym? Ready to smash your fitness goals?
Let us know down below which gym you attend. Do you like it? Why? Why not?