Late night work out: The best 24-hour gyms



The annual Fitness Industry Survey found 24-hour gyms to be the most rapidly growing area of the fitness industry, with more than 11 per cent of gym users belonging to one of these clubs.

Bret Mehrtens works out regularly at 2am, it’s the flexibility these gyms offer that had him hooked. “I work for a U.S. company, so I like to work out before my 4am start.”

Pounding the treadmill at 2am may seem like the last thing you feel like doing and with good reason. The body’s circadian rhythm dictates the physical and behavioural patterns of the body and tells us that the optimal time for exercise is late afternoon.

For many people, such as shift workers, late night workouts are the only option. While a number of big franchises dominate the 24-hour landscape, here follows a selection of some of the rest.


Located in the inner-city suburb of Newstead, Think 24hr Fitness offers a full-service gym in a 24-hour format. Independently and locally owned, the gym boasts cardiovascular and strength equipment with a function training room spread across two levels.

Those who love the classes are well catered for and the timetable offers all the usual suspects including boxing, yoga and HIIT as well as injecting some fun into fitness with Brazilian Capoeira.


Doherty’s Gym offer five locations across Melbourne, four of which operate on the 24-hour model; Brunswick, Dandenong, Melbourne City and Campbellfield.
Established in1994, this family-owned gym offers weight training, cardio fitness, boxing and more. Members also love relaxing in the coffee shop before or after their workout.

It’s boxing that Doherty’s is famous for and the boxing ring at the Brunswick location adds to the authenticity. The 45-minute boxing classes are held four times a week and cater for all levels of expertise.


Adelaide’s newest 24-hour gym is Body Design 24 Seven Fitness located in the Port Mall Shopping Centre. The gym offers the popular Les Mills group fitness classes as well as a dedicated functional training area equipped with TRX, kettlebells, monkey bars, sledge hammers, tractor tyres, boxing and MMA cage.

If that sounds painful, don’t worry, the in-house masseuse will soothe your trouble spots.


In the heart of the city of Perth is CBD Health Spa. Staff take a comprehensive approach to the health, fitness and overall wellness of their members.
There’s a number of programmes on offer design to give maximum results.

The 12-week challenge, Bootcamp and Fighting Fit sessions encourage participants with motivation and opportunity.


Genesis Casuarina is Darwin’s first premier 24-hour gym and is located centrally in the Casuarina Shopping Complex.

The gym features the Wellness Key System which tracks your progress, and is the only gym in the Northern Territory to feature the technology.

Group classes include Pilates and the full range of Les Mills programs. Women are well catered for with the ladies only area and personal training group which runs sessions twice a week.


Zap Fitness is a gym franchise with locations across Tasmania and Victoria. There are a number of Zap locations in Hobart, all making up the 17 across the state.

Like many of the other big franchises, Zap is a low-cost operator. If you’re happy clocking up the k’s on the treadmill and know your way around a weights room this is the perfect gym for you.

Personal trainers are available and new members will receive an introductory consultation when they join up.


Located in most states across Australia, Fitness 24 Hours offers the simplicity of the traditional 24-hour model with no contracts and low fees being part of the attraction.

If you need a fitness program to help guide and motivate you, a personal trainer can work with you to tailor a program specific to your needs.


The picturesque Manly foreshore is the home of one of Sydney’s newest gyms, Fitness@Manly. A new gym means new equipment and this gym offers some of the best. Manage workouts online with the unique wellness system.

Simply swipe the Wellness System Key for entry into the gym and then insert into the fitness equipment to tap into your own personalised routine. Information is available in the cloud allowing members to track performance, stay motivated and challenge friends.

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