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Published January 23rd 2018
Make 2018 the year of change
Congratulations on opening this article! Because, small as it seems, you've made the first step toward your goals. In these first few weeks of the year, starting new habits and 'new year new you' slogans can be thrown around. But you're here, taking action to actually make it happen in 2018!
Joining a gym can seem daunting... How often do I have to go? what do I do? Am I even doing this right? And often it's just a whole new world that feels just a bit too far out of our comfort zone.
However, I have good news. There is a large variety of gyms out there, and you can bet there's one that will be your perfect fit. The standard thing that comes with most gyms is an orientation and ongoing support. Also most gyms will have a free trial period, so you can try enforce you buy.
Whatever you're motivation for joining, I can guarantee you that you won't regret it- there's great benefits for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Not to mention the toned and sculpted body...
This guide will cover the best chain gyms in Perth, with some information so you can decide which is best for you. By the time you get to the end, you'll have a better idea of what you're looking for, which is really the hardest part. Actually joining is easy.
First of all let's be honest- for gym to become a sustainable habit, it has to be convenient. If your gym isn't close to you, chances are you'll miss a day here or there. The gyms listed below all have multiple branches around Australia, so you may have seen some of them nearby.
Anytime fitness is one of the largest gym franchises in Australia, with over 440 clubs. What makes them stand out is there online support system, with virtual coaching and classes available. While prices vary from club to club, it's joining and access fees put it into the bracket of a premium gym.
Image Courtesy of Fitness First group classes
Jetts fitness are more of a budget option, with several pricing options, including a cheap, no lock in contract from $12.95/week. They keep their gyms simple, limiting facilities to keep costs down. Group fitness classes vary between outlets. Jetts has their own fitness program called 'harder,faster,stronger'. Jetts also advertise a 3 day trial before committing, so you can try before you buy.
Snap fitness gyms can be found in many countries, including Australia, US, UK, Mexico, Philippines, and Malaysia. As each membership comes with worldwide 24/7 access its ideal for travellers or those with busy lives. Snap fitness has a variety of facilities, depending on the club and individual contract conditions. Not all branches have group classes, but include, yoga, Pilates, boxing, and strength circuit classes. No pricing information is listed, however Snap Fitness aims to maintain a quality experience for members.
Image Courtesy of Fitness First, group class
For many women the gym can seem a bit daunting, and Fernwood fitness is targeted specifically to tackle this problem. This women's only gym is designed to provide a supportive environment for all women. Although each franchise is individual in the facilities, it offers some extras include online health coaching, food coaching, free breakfast, free chilled face towels handed out during training, as well as extras like childcare, and group fitness classes. As with most gyms, a free consultation and personal program is provided upon joining up, and new members are also booked into a cardio and strength training workshop upon joining.
Fitness First has 65 outlets across the country, and provides a wide range of membership levels to suit your individual needs and budget. Contract memberships are available for 3,12, or 18 month packages, while pre paid membership can be bought for 5,10,25, or 50 visits at a time. Both types of membership come in several tiers, making it easy to pay for what you need, Fitness First gyms also have an extensive range of group fitness classes, targeting different areas from cardio, to strength, to flexibility, and teach many skills such as yoga, gymnastics and many more. Because of the membership structure, individual pricing can vary greatly.
There are many more options, from other chains, to independent gyms. Most will offer a free orientation and ongoing support to make you feel at home. Some important factors to consider when choosing a gym are budget, personal goals, support level, group fitness classes, opening hours, contract flexibility, social atmosphere, or staff on hand.
Take advantage of the free trials offered by many gyms (don't be afraid to call and ask) because finding the right gym will make all the difference in enjoying your health journey.
Do you have a favourite gym? Let us know what you love!
Personally, I like Curves in Hillarys. I do a circuit using machines that work on different parts of the body (not a treadmill in sight. The machines are designed by women for women. I am about to fall into my seventies and a 30 minute circuit 3 times a week is just what I need.