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1. Posted by SXJ (Budding Member 29 posts) 7y

Hi all.

Not that i'm a beefcake or gym nutter but i would like to join one whilst travelling. I was wondering if anyone knows of a decent chain across Aus or some kind of backpacker/passport like membership that allows one to use different gyms in different locations??? Think that makes sense... Sure ya know what i mean :)

Basically i'll be moving around quite a bit & it would be good if the membership easily moved with me! If not has anyone got any suggestions for a nice gym in Perth... Central would be good!
Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions...

SXJ

2. Posted by Matt Bos (Budding Member 22 posts) 7y

I'm curious as to what kind of gyms there are also - looking forward to some responses on this....

3. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 7y

Personally I couldn't think of any worse way to get fit while travelling! If carrying your backpack, walking a lot and being out and about all the time doesn't already maintain some fitness - Why not do some hiking/cycling/running/beach!? We have so many beaches, bush and green areas you could explore at the same time. Perth also has a large and well maintained walking/cycling track around its main river.

My personal thoughts aside - our gyms tend to be quite expensive and want to lock you into 1-2 year contracts. Basically you'd be looking at $40-80AU a month, if you're lucky enough to find what you are looking for.
Three large chains of gyms include Fitness First, Genesis and YMCA. The first two might be more expensive. Try googling them in Australia and see what you find (I'm not sure that they operate in WA).

4. Posted by wanderer82 (Full Member 111 posts) 7y

Fitness First are a nationwide chain although you will have to sign a 1-yr contract.

Their gyms are excellent compared to the UK and there are loads in the big cities (Sydney especially) although they do tend to get rather busy.

I would be wary of signing up though as there is literally no way to get out unless you close your traveller account and do a runner on them.

I think it costs between $60-70 AUD per month for a standard membership.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 15, 2008, at 2:58 AM by RUGBYJOCK ]

5. Posted by leong1 (Full Member 89 posts) 7y

I know that i stayed in a few hostels with deals linked with gym's. From what i remember YHA Melbourne ( the inner city one ) and Perth Central YAH had deals with the Fitness first close by. I know some one or two people that used it and said that at times even though you were supposed to pay a token fee that they just said from the hostel and were just let in.

Dont know if this helps

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 7y

Yep, Fitness First.

But make sure that you can use all the Fitness First gyms throughout Australia.

Having said that, I'd simply do a lot of walking/exploring and then do some pushups etc at night and save your money.

7. Posted by ujkle (Budding Member 42 posts) 7y

Yeah, Fitness First have a tendency to charge extra for anything they can as well. The facilities are good though, and they are everywhere, and I think you can pay for casual visits as well.

There are some smaller neighbourhood gyms - Newtown Gym springs to mind - that do shorter memberships, like 3 months.

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 7y

Quoting ujkle

Yeah, Fitness First have a tendency to charge extra for anything they can as well. The facilities are good though, and they are everywhere, and I think you can pay for casual visits as well.

There are some smaller neighbourhood gyms - Newtown Gym springs to mind - that do shorter memberships, like 3 months.

There's a new gym on King Street down the St Peter's end.

9. Posted by k-j (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

I've worked for a few different gyms, and none of them make it easy for you to travel around!

If females are looking for a gym, Fernwood Women's Health Club memberships give you the option of using all of their gyms, but as far as I know, they're not in every state yet - last time I was working there they were only in NSW and VIC I think. They're quite expensive as well, and you have to sign up for a year.

Fitness First make you sign up for a year and you have to pay more (approx. $80 a month) in order to use all of their centres.

Your best option would probably be small independent gyms, or the PCYC or YMCA gyms if they're available in the area, as they usually have 3 or 6 month options. Some aquatic centres with a gym and a pool also offer multi packs, so you get a bit of a discount if you pay for a 20-visit pack, for example. I would strongly suggest you don't set up a direct debit from your bank account or credit card, as these are much harder to cancel. If you can afford it, pay up-front for a shorter membership. Also look around in the area you're staying, because depending on what you enjoy doing, the local papers will generally advertise local groups who go running or cycling etc, so you can meet people and either exercise for free or for a small fee.

Hope this helps

10. Posted by ringo6981 (Budding Member 48 posts) 7y

Check out some of the police citizens youth clubs,
they are like a place where the police can work with young people to give them something to do. Most of them have basketball courts a gym and boxing rings etc, I used to train in one the gyms are always pretty basic but they often let you use them for a small fee eg. $5 for the whole week and you can go as many times as you want most towns should have something like this in it.