2. Fitness First
No of gyms: 62
Joining fee: $99 (varies)
Cost of membership? $37 per fortnight (3-month contract) or from $29 p/w (18 months). Flexible membership options are available - either 3, 12 or 18-month contracts. Passport and Platinum memberships, which allow you to access Fitness First's Platinum and/or Passport clubs throughout Australia. Platinum is the most expensive as it gives the choice of access to both types of clubs. Either way, 18-month contracts are the most cost-effective option. If you don't think you'd get enough use for a contract to be worth the expense, you can also choose to pre-pay for a set number of visits - either 10 or 25.
24 hours: No
Classes: Yes, group ones mostly. Freestyle Group Training sessions are designed as a fun, fast and effective workouts (30 minutes each session) for harnessing your body's natural movement. Group Exercises classes take many different forms and include Hot Yoga, Mixed Martial Arts, Gymnastics Strength Training, Boxing and Pilates.
Facilities: (e.g. private showers, steam rooms) - disabled access, ladies-only areas, lounge facilities, creche (extra cost), sauna and steam rooms, swimming pool, towel rental (extra cost) and personal training sessions.
Training facilities include functional training equipment, free and pin-loaded weights, Olympic Lifting Platforms and cardio equipment, although the exact array of equipment may vary depending on your club. HYPOXI sessions are available at some clubs, which is based on low-intensity movement and healthy eating to encourage your body to burn stubborn fat.
Cons: Very busy at peak times