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Where to Get the Best Gym Membership in Johannesburg

Where to Get the Best Gym Membership in Johannesburg

Facilities and features – We like gyms that are clean, spacious, and are fully-furnished with high-quality equipment for different workouts. We also gave plus points to those with unique features like spinning classes or boxing arenas.

Rates – Considering the membership duration, inclusions, and the overall quality of the fitness centre and its services, we selected those with reasonable membership rates.

Accessibility – We prefer gyms that are easy to locate and have longer operational hours.

Quality of instructors – We also assessed the quality of each gym’s personal trainers and made sure they are well-staffed and beginner-friendly.

1. Body Action Gym

Body Action Gym Homepage


Address: 2 Nicol Rd, Bedfordview, Germiston, 2007, South Africa

Contact Details: +27 86 123 2496

Operating Hours: Monday – Friday 5:00 AM – 9:30 PM, Saturday – Sunday 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Google reviews score4.6/5
Facebook reviews score4.5/5
Total reviews4.4/5
Score consistency4.5/5
Facilities and features 4.7/5
Quality of instructors4/5


  • Long operating hours on weekends
  • Exclusive, luxurious atmosphere
  • Highly experienced personal trainers 
  • World-class equipment that is continuously maintained
  • On-site health-conscious café 
  • Well-staffed


  • No day-passes to try out the facilities
  • No short-term (5-7 day) memberships for people travelling to Joburg

Body Action Gym is a popular choice for those who want to embark on their journey to fitness in style and luxury. 

Despite only having one branch, Body Action Gym is worth the drive. The facility is easily accessible. The gym is open from 05:00-21:00 on weekdays and 06:00-20:00 on weekends and public holidays. This makes training convenient even with work and school hours. 

With Live DJ Sessions and group classes, every workout at Body Action Gym is a vibe. 

They have partnered with Technogym and Eleiko to ensure that their members can achieve their goals efficiently with plenty of state-of-the-art, world-class equipment. There are always staff members on the floor to help you learn to use the equipment and push your limits safely. 

Their partnership with LesMills is another thing that sets Body Action Gym apart. Along with offering traditional group classes such as step aerobics, spinning and yoga, certified LesMills instructors offer award-winning classes specifically designed to help you achieve your fitness goals in record-time and with a smile on your face. We love that all classes are included in your monthly membership fee.

If you’re looking for one-on-one coaching, Body Action Gym has highly skilled and experienced personal trainers to help you every step of the way. 

The gym has incorporated Kilojoule Café. Their menu gives members a health-conscious option, no matter what they choose. We love that this space allows friends to meet and eat together, creating a supportive community.

2. Gym Company 

Gym Company Homepage


Address: Mall, 120 End St, Doornfontein, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa

Contact Details: +27 11 402 2298

Operating Hours: Monday – Friday 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Saturday – Sunday 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Google reviews score3.9/5 reviews score3.9/5
Total reviews5/5
Score consistency4/5
Facilities and features 3.6/5
Quality of instructors4/5


  • Low monthly rates
  • Free online workout app for members
  • Has 22 branches nationwide
  • Offers several fitness programmes
  • Offers spa access to platinum members


  • No airconditioning
  • Crowded

Gym Company is one of the most popular fitness centres in and around Johannesburg. Some of our favourite features are their variety of affordable membership classes and accessible locations.

Their basic membership card only costs R 199 per month. This allows the beneficiary unlimited access to one branch and its equipment for the whole duration.

They also have a white card membership, black card, and platinum card at respectively  R 199, R 299, and R 399 per month. We love that their platinum card membership isn’t so expensive and offers so many perks – some of them even shareable.

If you’re a platinum member at Gym Company, you get unlimited access to all their branches nationwide, their spas, and all group trainings. You also get guest privileges, which allows you to bring a different guest daily for free.

This also comes along with five one-month basic membership vouchers you can give out to family and friends.

Gym Company also recently launched an online workout fitness app which can be accessed by gym members free of charge.

Another thing we love about Gym Company is its long list of available fitness programmes. 

They offer a variety of cardio and dance classes, indoor cycling, strength and conditioning classes, mind and body endurance classes, martial arts, and group personal training.

Gym Company is highly in-demand thus, their gyms can get very crowded and uncomfortable. Some members complain that there’s not enough equipment, and it takes a while for you to get your turn.

Worse, there’s no air conditioning in the space, so you can imagine how uncomfortable it would be for extra-sensitive people.

3. Zone Fitness

Zone Fitness Homepage


Address: Campus Square Centre, Cnr of Kingsway and, University Rd, Melville, Johannesburg, 2092, South Africa

Contact Details: +27 10 494 3977

Operating Hours: Monday – Friday 5:30 AM – 9:00 PM, Saturday – Sunday 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Google reviews score4/5
Facebook reviews score3.9/5
Total reviews4.5/5
Score consistency4/5
Facilities and features 4.5/5
Quality of instructors4.5/5


  • One-day free pass
  • Operational for 20 years already
  • Has 24 branches nationwide
  • Has fully-furnished changing rooms


  • Long contracts
  • Poor customer service

Zone Fitness is another popular choice for a great place to start your fitness journey. They’re a well-established business built 20 years ago and have grown and expanded to having 24 branches nationwide.

We like that Zone Fitness is very welcoming and beginner-friendly. They even offer a one-day free pass to non-members, which is perfect for testing the waters.

Their fitness centres are packed with all the necessary equipment for cardiovascular workouts, weightlifting, general training, and aerobics.  Zone Fitness also has skilled personal trainers that assist members in their workouts.

Zone Fitness also offers several types of training programmes differentiated by skill level and training focus. The most popular one is the beginner’s training programme.

Another feature members value at this club is their fully-furnished changing rooms that have locker areas, vanity areas, clean showers, and toilets. It might seem insignificant, but clean, safe, and spacious dressing rooms are a great asset in the fitness industry.

As for their rates, their single club access is priced at R 250 monthly for 24 months, while the super club access which allows you to use any of their branches costs R 299 monthly for 24 months. They also offer month-to-month single club access for R 399.

If there’s anything Zone Fitness needs to work on, it’s their customer service. Clients tell us it’s difficult to reach out to branch representatives to ask questions or raise concerns.

In addition, there are also complaints regarding the staff’s rude and unprofessional attitudes while entertaining clients, which we find disheartening.

4. Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness Homepage


Address: Bedford Square Shopping Centre, Cnr Smith and Van Der Linde Street, Bedfordview, Johannesburg, 2007, South Africa

Contact Details: +27 11 615 9100

Operating Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Google reviews score4.1/5 reviews score2.8/5
Total reviews4.8/5
Score consistency3.5/5
Facilities and features 3.7/5
Quality of instructors4/5


  • Free WIFI access
  • Offers a free trial for seven days
  • Partnered with medical aids
  • Partnered with some retail business
  • Has 12 branches in JHB


  • Poor equipment status
  • Weak customer service

Planet Fitness is one of the first fitness centres that became popular in Gauteng province. It’s amazing how they’ve been around for almost three decades already.

One of Planet Fitness’ best features is accessibility. They’ve grown as a business over the years and they currently have 12 branches in Johannesburg alone. 

They’re also very newbie-friendly and their ads are very inviting. Planet Fitness offers seven-day free access, which is a lot longer than their usual free day pass.

For their membership, their rate is R 299 per month. But what’s special about this is you can share your membership with another person. 

So technically, monthly membership is less than R 150 if you bring a friend. To us, that’s practically a steal!

If you don’t have a friend to share it with, you can instead choose an additional Planet Fitness branch that you will also be allowed access to. If you ask us, we think this is a really great deal.

On top of that, they’re partnered with several medical aids, which you can use to pay for long-term membership. Planet Fitness is also tied up with several retail businesses like Puma, USN, and Dis-Chem Pharmacies, among others.

Through your membership, you can avail of discounts from the shops they’re partnered with.

Planet Fitness also offers free WIFI access to its members, which is one of their notable features.

Nonetheless, there are some complaints about the quality of selected gym equipment, which we’re told are old and outdated. 

In addition, there aren’t enough units for everyone too. Some members complain about having to share a pair of dumbbells and having to rush their workouts so the next person can use them.

Lastly, some members aren’t satisfied with Planet Fitness’ customer service. We’re told the centre’s staff can be snobby and rude, which puts off members.

5. Moove Motion Fitness Club

Moove Motion Fitness Club Homepage


Address: 11 The High St, Melrose North, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa

Contact Details: +27 10 595 2262

Operating Hours: Monday – Friday 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Saturday – Sunday 6:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Google reviews score4.6/5
Facebook reviews score4/5
Total reviews4.4/5
Score consistency4/5
Facilities and features 4.7/5
Quality of instructors4.5/5


  • Tied-up with medical aid
  • Luxurious studios with updated equipment
  • Also has a kids’ club
  • Has five branches


  • Cramped space during evenings
  • Poor servicing

Moove Motion Fitness Club is another top-performing fitness centre in Joburg. They’re quite popular among younger fitness enthusiasts and wannabes and we think it’s because of their fabulous interiors.

Each studio is well-maintained, bright, and furnished with the latest workout equipment.

Moove Motion Fitness Club currently has five branches in and around Johannesburg, and each branch has different studios for different programmes. Some of our favourite studios are the boxing ring, trampoline studio, ride studio, and boardroom.

But you should take into consideration that their branches are quite packed during evenings, so we suggest scheduling your workout earlier if possible.

Another one of Moove Motion Fitness Club’s unique features is they have a club for kids too! Each branch has a separate studio for the kids’ area, where they can play and have some fun.

They also host parties for kids, which is unique and awesome. They’re also partnered with The Grind, which provides the food for the parties.

Moove Motion Fitness Club offers several options for membership terms. 

Their basic Moove 12 membership costs R 999 for a 12-month contract, which, for us, is a bit expensive. Thankfully, they’re partnered with medical aid Discovery Vitality. So if you’re a member, you’d only need to pay R 499 for the 12-month contract.

They also have month-to-month membership plans for teens (aged 15-17) and kids (4-14) priced at R 199.

Our only issue with the Moove Motion Fitness Club is their weak customer servicing. There are a handful of grumbles regarding their staff’s poor attitude while handling clients.

Some members told us that a few of the receptionists and representatives seem aloof and doesn’t pay attention to their enquiries, which is a dismay.

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