Gyms in Zurich (my experience)
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.