From iconic gyms, to the unconventional and boutiques – we list our 11 favourite gyms across Melbourne to save all that Googling yourself. Ready, sweat, GO:
1. 5th Element Wellness
79 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North.
Earliest hours: 5:30am, Latest hours: 9:30pm
This is not your usual fluorescent-lit box filled with treadmills! 5th element is a welcoming, healthy environment with a balanced philosophy for physical and mental well-being. Its tailored strength training, modern equipment, rock climbing wall, peaceful yoga studio and infrared sauna will ensure working out won’t feel like a chore. They even run unique activities such as community ice baths.
2. Virgin Active
567 Collins St or 138 Bourke St, Melbourne.
Earliest hours – 6am, Latest hours – 9pm
From a rock climbing wall that spans the height of a building, a swimming pool and more machines than you can poke a barbell at, Virgin Active is more like a playground disguised as a gym than anything else. The huge 4 level space has a cafe, sauna, sleeping pod zone and hundreds of classes throughout the week such as boxing, CrossFit, yoga and spin. You could easily spend hours here without counting down the minutes.
3. Brighton Baths Health Club
251 Esplanade, Brighton VIC
Open 24 hours every day
Established in 1881, the Brighton Baths is a multi purpose health venue that feels more a holiday retreat. With breathtaking views over Port Phillip Bay, you can sweat the week’s stress away with its state of the art gym facility overlooking the beach. Take advantage of its salt water private sea baths, kayak hires, steam rooms and an array of classes and personal training options. Better yet, once you’ve finished your work out, head down to its restaurant, café and bar to gaze into the sea further.
4. Tally Health
51 Brady St, South Melbourne
Earliest hours: 6am, Latest hours: 9pm
Tally Health is Melbourne’s first full-service premier health hub. Located in the heart of South Melbourne minutes from the CBD, it has all health services housed under one roof. Amenities include premium float pods, infrared saunas, spin classes, massages, physiotherapists, an amazing wholefoods cafe and CrossFit centre. Tally’s friendly staff and unique culture will soon become your home away from home.
5. Melbourne City Baths
420 Swanston St, Melbourne
Earliest hours – 6am, Latest hours – 9pm
First opened in 1860, the Melbourne City Baths is a historical landmark deserving of a Monopoly board place. It’s home to the largest swimming pool in the CBD, as well as a modern gym, fitness classes, massages, spa, sauna and squash courts.
6. City Club Health & Fitness
123 Collins St, Melbourne
Earliest hours: 6am, Latest hours: 8:30pm
Located within the Grand Hyatt hotel on Collins Street, City Club features three state of the art fitness studios where a variety of aerobic, spinning, and mind and body group fitness classes are held. You can also access personal training at City Club Health & Fitness, along with pool, spa and sauna facilities, outdoor courts, and massage and beauty services.
7. Transcend Fitness
Level 1, 216 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
Earliest hours: 9am, Latest hours: 8pm
Transcend Health & Fitness offers a diverse range of specialised personal training and health services, with a limited number of memberships to help prevent crowding. Services include group strength training, met cons, personal training, lift technique, flexibility and movement classes.
8. Jetts St Kilda
CBD, St Kilda, Chadstone, Port Melbourne
Open 24 hours everyday
Another no frills gym in Melbourne. With friendly staff and a variety of equipment for your workout needs, it all comes at a decent price. Jett’s Personal Trainers offer a wide range of training; catering for all fitness levels to keep you motivated and achieving goals.
9. Bodhi & Ride
416-418 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Earliest sessions: 6:15am, Latest sessions: 7:00pm
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Located in Port Melbourne, Bodhi & Ride is a premium boutique wellness studio with a modern and innovative twist. The first of its kind, they offers a complete mind and body workout on a spin bike. Their high-intensity classes take traditional spin classes to a whole new level, with a custom built Chamber resembling a nightclub with your favourite tunes.
10. Doherty’s 24/7 Gym Melbourne
367 Flinders St, Melbourne, Brunswick or Dandenong
Open 24 hours everyday.
Champions, rising stars and everyday gym enthusiasts call the iconic Doherty’s home. If you’ve seen or been to Golds Gym in Venice Beach, you’ll love this place. In a unique grungy space of 4 connecting tunnels; it’s a no-frills hardcore workout, priming with dirt and sweat! Lots of free weights and top equipment, cardio equipment and a boxing ring. The walls of Dohertys are covered with memorabilia of bodybuilding, boxing and celebrity visitors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler and Kai Greene.
11. Bounce Fit
Essendon Fields, Blackburn North, Glen Iris.
Earliest classes – 9am, Latest classes – 7pm.
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These trampoline fitness classes offer a structured exercise regime of 45 minutes. These high-intensity low-impact cardio workouts blast your core, improve all-over muscle tone and lift your heart rate. Bounce Fit’s classes are all about high spirits, awesome soundtracks to make you smile, laugh and have fun!
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