Fernwood Fitness Review: Locations, Costs & Facilities

Fernwood Fitness is a posh ladies only gym franchise that is found in all of Australia’s major cities. It was founded in 1989 by Diane Williams.

Diane discovered her own fitness through weight lifting but did not enjoy the co-ed gyms so she decided to create a fitness sanctuary for women only. She has noted that when she started the gym attracted women who wanted to lose weight. As the culture has changed, now women come into be physically fit and healthy, not just to lose weight.

Fernwood Fitness has all the little extras that women appreciate: fresh flowers, coffee and tea, free breakfast, complimentary toiletries in the bathroom, and a lounge to chat,

Equipment and other facilities: The latest cardiovascular machines are available as well as the quality weight machines and kettle bells. There is also a cycle studio.

What is on offer? These vary by location so check the web site. Personal training is available everywhere. There is a member’s lounge. A crèche is available for an extra fee. Some have spas, saunas and steam rooms and offer complimentary breakfasts to early risers.

Here are some of the programs offered:
• 12 Week ‘Get Foxy’ Challenge
• Bead Bod Boost
• Operation Wedding Dress
• Military Miss Bootcamp
• Food Coaching
• Cell-IQ
• Personal Training

The ladies love the classes and Fernwood Fitness does not disappoint in this department. The classes include:
• Zumba
• Yoga
• Pilates
• Body Attack
• Body Balance
• Body Step
• Boot Camp
• Circuit Training
• Body Pump
• Studio Cycle
• CXWORX – core training

Opening Times: This varies by gym but they usually open a 6am and a bit later on the weekend. This is not a 24 hour gym.

Fernwood Fitness Membership Costs:

As with most gym franchises, the Fernwood Fitness membership costs are not fixed. They vary from club to club, starting at $18.95. The prices are searchable on their main web site. Fernwood Fitness does offer four membership tiers in a 3 month and 12 month contract.

Here are the membership prices per week for Carrindale, near Brisbane:

1. Basic – $21.50/wk – just a gym membership
2. Weight Loss – $39.50/wk – includes private food coaching and nutrition program
3. Motivation – $59.50/wk – includes personal training and motivation
4. Maximum Results – $73.50/wk – all of above

Additional fees and costs: Yes. There is a joining fee.

Discounts and Special Offers: Pay $7 for seven days with no obligation.

How to cancel a Fernwood membership: You can cancel at any time. Read the contract for cancellation conditions and fees that depend upon your term of membership.

Transferability: You can use your membership at any Fernwood Fitness club.

Hold: You can put your membership on “Time Freeze” in multiples of a fortnight. Each time freeze period must start and end on a fee payment day. You can place your membership on Time Freeze for up to 18 fortnights for travel or medical reasons with supporting documentation.

Safety: Safety and security is very important to women. The good news is that the premises are fully staffed.

Getting started: if you wish to register then you can do so by visiting the club’s website and register on-line or call your local gym.

Fernwood Fitness Locations:

Fernwood Fitness currently has 71 clubs in Australia. See below for a list of the states, suburbs and towns where you can find a Fernwood Fitness location (September 2013). There are more opening all the time, so also check their web site.

ACT Gyms
• Belconnen Gym
• Canberra City Gym
• Gungahlin Gym
• Tuggeranong Gym
• Woden Gym

NSW Gyms
• Albury Gym
• Beverly Hills Gym
• Blacktown Gym
• Broadway Gym
• Campbelltown Gym
• Castle Hill Gym
• Hornsby Gym
• Liverpool Gym
• Miranda Gym
• North Rocks Gym
• Parramatta Gym
• Penrith Gym
• Rockdale Gym
• Rosebery Gym
• Ryde Gym
• Shellharbour Gym
• Wetherill Park Gym
• Woonona Gym

NT Gyms
• Darwin Gym

QLD Gyms
• Browns Plains Gym
• Capalaba Gym
• Carindale Gym
• Chermside Gym
• Darra Gym
• Everton Park Gym
• Loganholme Gym
• Maroochydore Gym
• Morayfield Gym
• Petrie Gym
• Robina Gym
• Rothwell Gym
• Sunnybank Gym
• Toowoomba Gym
• Underwood Gym

SA Gyms
• Adelaide City Gym
• Salisbury Gym
• St. Agnes Gym

TAS Gyms
• Bellerive Gym
• Launceston Gym

VIC Gyms
• Ballarat Gym
• Bendigo Gym
• Bulleen Gym
• Cairnlea Gym
• Camberwell Gym
• Carlton Gym
• Cheltenham (Southland) Gym
• Chirnside Park Gym
• Clayton Gym
• Ferntree Gully Gym
• Greensborough Gym
• Melbourne City Gym
• Melton Gym
• Mitcham Gym
• Moonee Ponds Gym
• Mornington Gym
• Narre Warren Gym
• Preston Gym
• Shepparton Gym
• St Kilda Gym
• Sydenham Gym
• Tullamarine Gym
• Waurn Ponds Gym
• Yarraville Gym

WA Gyms
• Cannington Gym
• Melville Gym