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Gyms in Zurich (my experience)

Hi guys,
I finally found my gym, and would like to share my experiences and costs of the 3 Gyms in Zurich I looked at.
My desire was to find a gym that has lots of free weights and has monthly payment options.

Gym 1: Luxor
Area: Close to Paradeplaze.
Type: Squash courts, swimming pools and lots of old fashioned weights. The equipment is old and reminds me of a 90s USA gym. I wasn't too impressed with the cleanliness of the place, as well as the overcrowds. Afternoons look so packed, you can't swing a weight.

Cost per year (pay upfront): 900CHF
Cost per month: 75CHF
Joining Fee: 49CHF
Minimum cost to join: 124CHF
Downside: This contract was for very specific hours (i.e. off peak)
06:30-11:30, 13:45-17:30, 20:00-21:30 weekdays. 10:00-18:30 weekends

Gym 2: Holmes Place
Area: Badenerstrasse 420
Type: Private Gym in the basement of a hotel. Its small and new. All the weights and equipment available is very clean and new. Since not a lot of people know or are members, there are no crowds or queues and at 6pm its very quiet. They have massage and pool facilities.
If you negotiate well, they will offer you 2 massage sessions instead of a fitness class for free.
Cost per year (pay upfront): 1381CHF
Cost per month: 99CHF
Joining Fee: 169 + 24 (access key)= 193CHF
Minimum cost to join: 292CHF
Downside: Pricy as its new and small.
The times available are 07:00-22:00 weekdays and 09:00-20:00 weekends.

Gym 3: Basefit
Area: Pflanzschulstrasse 7
Type: Modern large gym akin to Virgin Active gyms all over America/Africa. Weight section is very empty however the cardio section gets very busy in the evening. Gym is clean and very well maintained. Machines are new and weights are varied.

Cost per year (pay upfront): 399CHF (special running every 3 months) usually 555CHF
Cost per 3 months (no cost per month option): 149CHF (during the special) usually 193.8CHF
There is an optional juice/water fee that translates to around 10CHF per month. This gives you access to the drinks dispenser in the center of the gym. The price above includes this fee .
Joining Fee: 30CHF deposit for the key (refunded after the contract is finished)
Minimum cost to join: 179CHF (during the special) usually 224CHF
Downside: You have to catch the specials when you can. So far I noticed that the specials run every 3 months or so for about 2 weeks at a time. Once the specials run out, the option is to pay for 12 months and get 2 months free. Not the greatest option, but it is what it is.
Times: 07:30-23:30 weekdays and 09:00-20:00 weekends and public holidays.

I opted out for Basefit and was lucky enough to pick the special. The total cost I ended up paying (with the water) one year upfront was 548CHF.

Let me know if you have any questions and ill be happy to answer them.
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Re: Gyms in Zurich (my experience)

The fitness industry in Switzerland is 30 years behind (as is 90% of the U.S.).

The quality of equipment is very poor and mostly machine based. There are has been an influx of CrossFit but thats a whole other problem.

The quality of personal training is also very low (maybe not as low as the US). Even basic understanding of physiology is lacking let alone understand program design and exercise technique. This is no real fault of there own in many cases because of the lack of quality courses and seminars locally.

I have seen some gyms that have potential but these are mostly private training facilities.

With some work I hope to see a vast improvement in the industry and hope that the corporate operated facilities step up to the plate.
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Re: Gyms in Zurich (my experience)

In terms of training diversity then crossfit is probably the best bet from what I have seen, machine's are only good for some types of isolation exercises for hypertrophy, wouldn't really sign up to a machine based gym. Crossfit also has a free gym at times so worth checking out if you want to train your own routine rather than following a class based routine.
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