Brisbane Gyms Guide: Review of the Best Gyms in Brisbane

Brisbane Gyms Guide

Of all the cities in Australia, Brisbane has a great abundance of cheap, franchise gyms. It easily has twice as many as Sydney or Melbourne. Why this is remains a mystery.

However, if you are shopping for gyms in Brisbane, you are in luck. You will find a full range of options, from five star health clubs to 24 hour facilities. Location is always a concern in maintaining discipline and motivation. With so many gym chains in the city, you can easily find one close to home or work.

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Read on to discover the other options available in Brisbane gyms.

Fernwood Fitness – Most Brisbane gyms are co-ed, but this one is only for the ladies! Fernwood has 15 locations in Brisbane. It specializes in creating a feminine environment that allows women of every age and body shape to feel they are in the right place.

The equipment and services are first-rate, a cut above the affordable gym circuits. As you might guess there are many classes, workshops, programs and client services. You can really be pampered at Fernwood. The quality child minding services allows you to know your child is in good hands as you exercise. Whether you are looking to achieve a trim bikini body or you want to squeeze into that tiny wedding dress, Fernwood has a program for you.

Vivacity Health and Fitness – If you love the finer things in life, Vivacity Health and Fitness may be for you. So many gyms in Brisbane are of the 24 hour franchise variety. This one is a cut above. It is a five star, resort style facility in the exclusive Kangaroo Point. It has tennis courts, classes, personal training and social events.

Club Coops – Coops was founded in 1979 by two brothers, Ashley and Terry Cooper. Their dream was to create the premier racquet sports facility in the area. In over 25 years of service Coops had reached and exceeded that dream. It is one of the premier Brisbane gyms.

It now bills itself at a “fitness and lifestyle” center. The advantages include tennis, squash, taekwondo, a pool, and a gym. Coops provides tennis coaching and has a pro shop on deck. Group classes are also offered. This is a one-stop shop for any serious racquet fan. Child minding services are also available.

Pure Health Clubs – Unlike other Brisbane gyms, this gym does not have a gym! This is an anti-gym health club that focuses on innovative classes. They even offer Pilates teacher training. If classes are your thing, this is the club for you. There are pre and post-natal classes as well as fun fitness classes for children.

There are two convenient downtown locations. Most of the gyms in Brisbane are co-ed and Pure Health may be co-ed. It is not explicitly stated, but these clubs are geared toward women. There are only women in their promotional photos.

The Best of the Rest of the Gyms in Brisbane

Fitcity 24 Hour Fitness Centre – This very basic and affordable gym in Wooloongabba has cardio and strength training and weight lifting.

Ifeelgood 24/7 Health Club – Another 24 hour fitness gym located in three convenient locations: Indoorpooly, Oxley and Runcorn. Ifeelgood offers a gym, cardiovascular equipment, personal training, but no classes. Prices are per week with no contract.

Stepz Fitness – Instead of weekly memberships, Steps offers them for a fortnight. This is another 24 hour gym franchise. There are multiple locations around Brisbane. Stepz has no contract and there are always promotions like their 7-day free pass to try before you buy.

Fitness First – This is not a 24 hour gym but it is a franchised gym. This Brisbane gym has several locations including on in the CBD on Elizabeth Street. This one has a spacious classroom and excellent equipment. The cardio room even has big screen televisions to watch with your own ear buds. Unlike other Brisbane gyms, this gym offers small group training in addition to large classes. Workshops, programs and personal training are available.

Jetts – This 24 hour franchise gym has many locations around Brisbane, including one in the CBD on Adelaide Street. There is no contract and you get access to any Jetts when you join one. Inside you will find the standard fare of training equipment (treadmills, free weights, mats etc.) They offer a 3-day free trial to try it out.

Snap Fitness – This worldwide 24 hour fitness chain has taken Australia by storm. There is Snap Fitness in the heart of the CBD. This facility features a nice gym, cardiovascular equipment and spin classes. You can try it for 7 days for free.

Anytime Fitness – This 24 hour franchise allows membership transfers. If you sign up at one, you get access to all of them. Not all franchises allow this. The Anytime Fitness on Eagle Street is spacious and well lighted with floor to ceiling windows.

If you are in between gym memberships, take advantage of the many free passes to look a gym over before you buy. And have a great workout!