A Value for Money Comparison of Australia’s Biggest Gym Chains

The average price of a monthly gym membership across the country is $65 with people in their 30’s spending the most at $70 per month. However, what defines a good value for money gym when there are so many to choose from. We want to look at our usage, what the gym has to offer and other key areas to determine value for money.

Our personal goals will also dictate value for money because whilst some may love to put their head down and jump on the treadmill, others may enjoy the social aspects of the gym. We define value by looking at equipment, staff, social atmosphere, membership perks and a range of others and how the gyms compare against each other with help from an industry professional. Our aim is to help you understand if you are at the best gym available, whether you could save money by changing company and what deals and discounts are available to take advantage of.


Gym treadmillsCanstar Blue conducted a survey on over 800 gym-goers across Australia to find out which gyms received the highest votes for a range of areas. The only gym to rank 5 stars in all categories was Jetts, who returned to the top after being absent for two years.

Of course there are plenty of ways to stay fit and healthy outside of the gym by running and training in the free areas in your neighbourhood, but this requires large amounts of continuous will power. According to Canstar Blue’s survey 74% of gym goers believe their membership has helped stimulated them towards achieving their fitness goals which is why their popularity within society continues to grow. Within that same survey 57% of gym goers said they had tried more than one gym to see if they were getting the best value for money from their membership.

The main elements that determine value for money to a member generally include all of the items in the list below:

  • Staff availability
  • Value for money
  • Personal training
  • Group fitness classes
  • Equipment and facilities
  • Flexibility and perks of membership


When you know your goals it’s a case of choosing the gym that best matches and is the most convenient to travel to regularly. The image below from Canstar Blue’s website consolidates all of the biggest gyms ratings into one table to show that Jetts for example received 5 stars for value for money, whilst fernwood fitness only received 3 stars.

Canstar Blue Gym membership comparison table

The image above is incredibly helpful to give a broad perspective of which gym might be the right fit for you, however I want to take things a step further and help you save money on your chosen gym. The table below will give you an idea of how you can get even more value for money from a new gym membership by taking advantage of special offers, discounts and deals.


Gym Name


Jetts Save $89 – No joining fee deal until 31st January
Anytime Fitness Free 7 day trial
Snap Fitness 24-7 Discounted first month only $7.95
Curves First 30 members per club join for $1
Fernwood Fitness Save $199 with zero joining fee offer
Fit N Fast 2 weeks free, 2 free personal trainer classes & $0 joining fee
Fitness First One week free trial
Genesis Fitness 1 day free trial
Goodlife Health Clubs 28 days free


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