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The Cost Of Gym Membership

The cost of a gym membership can vary quite a bit (see table of membership costs below). There are plenty of cheap, no-frills gyms around as well as more expensive ‘health clubs’. But choosing the right one for you usually doesn’t come down to the lowest price.

A cheap gym membership ‘deal’ is still a waste of money if you don’t end up reaching your fitness goals. Before looking at cost, you should consider the following:

Location
Is the gym conveniently located? The further away the gym, the less likely you are to keep going.
Time
Is the gym open when you want to train? Your gym needs to fit in with your lifestyle, not the other way around.
Goals
Does the gym have what you need to achieve your fitness goals? Make sure you set yourself up for success.
Buddies
Do the people that train at the gym have similar fitness goals to you? You need to feel comfortable in the gym environment before you commit long term.

Tips for Reducing Your Gym Membership Cost

Once you’ve considered these 4 key points and have created a shortlist of gyms that meet your needs, it’s time to look seriously at the cost! Here are a few tips on how to keep your gym membership costs to a minimum:

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Take up the offer of a free trial period or even pay slightly more for a short term contract while you take the gym for a test drive. Even though a short term gym membership costs more, it’s better than paying for 12 months that you may not use.
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Consider a long term contract once you’re confident it’s the right gym for you. As long as you’re going to stay for the duration, they are usually much cheaper.
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If you have private health insurance, ask your gym about discounts. Many insurers support discounted gym membership. Check out our blog post for more information relating to health insurance discounts.
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Gyms are regularly waiving joining fees or giving ‘free’ periods so be patient. Stay connected with the gym through Facebook, etc so you are aware of deals as soon as they are available.
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Don’t get sucked into an offer from another gym that doesn’t quite meet your needs. You’ll regret it and waste your money as you won’t achieve what you set out to do.
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If you have friends interested in joining a gym, ask about ‘refer a friend’ discounts. Training with your friends is more fun and can be cheaper!

Gym Membership Costs

Our table below provides a summary of the cost of taking out a gym membership with many of the gyms across Australia. The value of a gym is in more than the cost so use this information with care when making your choice of gym. Cheapest doesn’t always mean the best when it comes to your individual fitness needs. For a more complete review of gyms in your area and the services they provide, use our free gym locator by entering your address or suburb below. It’s so easy to suss out gyms!

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Gym Name
Start Up Costs1
Cost Per Month2
Locations
Anytime Fitness
$169
$65-$71
487
F45 Training
$0
$238-$286
445
Jetts
$148
$41-$65
192
Snap Fitness
~$158-$168
~$56-$70
182
Plus Fitness
$78-$128
$60-$74
174
Curves
Not Published
Not Published
119
Goodlife Health Clubs
$99
$62-$100
78
Fernwood Fitness
$199
$95+
70
Fitness First
$50-$85
$56-$221
60
Genesis
Not Published
Not Published
40
Zap Fitness
$69.90
$56
56
Fit n Fast
$59
$43-$130
18
Brand
Gym Costs 1,2
Anytime Fitness
Start Up$169
Per Month$65-$71
F45 Training
Start Up$0
Per Month$238-$286
Jetts
Start Up$148
Per Month$41-$65
Snap Fitness
Start Up~$158-$168
Per Month~$56-$70
Plus Fitness
Start Up$78-$128
Per Month$60-$74
Curves
Start UpNot published
Per MonthNot published
Goodlife Health Clubs
Start Up$99
Per Month$62-$100
Fernwood Fitness
Start Up$199
Per Month$95+
Fitness First
Start Up$50-$85
Per Month$56-$221
Genesis
Start UpNot published
Per MonthNot published
Zap Fitness
Start Up$69.90
Per Month$56
Fit n Fast
Start Up$59
Per Month$43-$130

1 Includes joining costs, access card fees, etc as disclosed on each gym’s website. Does not include special offers.

2 Gym costs calculated on a monthly basis as disclosed on each gyms website. Often, these monthly fees have been converted from weekly, fortnightly or annual fees for ease of comparison. Does not include special offers. Fees can change by location so always confirm with the gym prior to joining.

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