As I write this Auckland has been in lockdown again for 3 days and I'm already hanging out for a workout. Somehow it is just harder to motivate yourself to do burpees and pushups on the deck, than it is to get up and go to the gym first thing in the morning. I think it is something to do with routine and ritual. Whatever the case, if you are looking for a gym to call your own then you are in the right place.
These are what we think are the best gyms in Auckland. Of course location is always going to be a deciding factor, but you also want a gym that offers the right mix of classes and/or facilities for the kind of training you like to do. These gyms all have their strengths so check them out and find the one that is best for you…
Run by Olympic boxing coach Cam Todd and Olympic boxer Alexis Pritchard, The Wreck Room is a great gym for anyone who likes boxing. Their boxing classes are fun and effective for all levels. The fitness classes are circuit-based and mix cardio, strength training, and boxing. One-on-one sessions are available.
The instructors come from diverse backgrounds and focus on helping you reach your goals. First-time visitors can try a class for free or get two classes for the price of one. Their kids’ class, Lil Wreckers, introduces 5 to 10 year-olds to fitness and boxing with games and activities. Counterpunch is a class for people living with Parkinson’s.
- Boxing and fitness classes for all levels
- Led by Olympic Coach Cam Todd and Olympian Alexis Pritchard
- A diverse community of people
- Two classes for the price of one for first-time visitors
Hands down this is the best gym I’ve ever been to! Amazing workouts and superb trainers! Honestly after every workout I feel amazing and yes the workouts are pretty INTENSE (I’ve almost cried a few times) but It’s so good that you’re already looking forward to your next session!!!Marian
Les Mills Auckland City
Les Mills, a New Zealand-owned and operated business, is the best-known gym in Auckland. Founded by the family of Olympian and former Auckland mayor Les Mills, the focus is on group fitness classes. Their exercise routines are famous and used in gyms around the world.
Their gym equipment is state-of-the-art, and their instructors and personal trainers are well-trained and friendly. Their facilities include a full cardio workout area, a physiotherapy clinic, an on-site café, a supplement store, a women's gym, and free WiFi. They are committed to sustainability and ethical practices.
- New Zealand owned and operated
- State-of-the-art equipment.
- Group fitness classes
- The hottest club in town since 1968
Best staff from reception to the trainers. Great culture of inclusiveness and support. Love this gym!Jacqui
Located in the heart of Auckland City, the Olympic is a fitness center with a 50m Olympic swimming pool, the first of its kind in New Zealand. The pool opened in 1939 and hosted the Empire Games in 1950. A roof was added 25 years ago. They offer personal training and group fitness classes, and the facilities include a sauna, steam room, and spa pool.
The gym is a welcoming and friendly place for all levels with state-of-the-art equipment. Fitness classes in yoga, boxing, spin, pilates, and more are included with membership. Their approach to fitness is holistic. The team includes fitness instructors, personal trainers, physiotherapists, and nutritionists.
- 50m swimming pool
- Group fitness classes included with membership
- Holistic approach
- Sauna, steam room, spa pool
Excellent structure and customer service! Staff has always being great, polite and available for questions or adjustments, from assessment to execution of the gym program. Facilities are more than enjoyable: showers, hot tub and steam room amongst the best I’ve found in Auckland. Absolutely the place to be, where to enjoy a friendly vibe and activating yourself with like-minded people! Thank you so much for the great experience!Alessandro
Habitat for Fitness
Habitat is a gym that focuses on making exercise fun and inclusive. The atmosphere is warm, inviting, and welcoming for newcomers. Their flexible membership options, free trials, and private sessions for new members are great for newcomers who are looking to get started with fitness. The enthusiastic trainers aim to create a healthy and comfortable environment.
There is a wide range of classes offered in boxing, weight lifting, barre, yoga, dance, fitness, spin, and pilates. You can choose classes in a variety of workout zones and levels of intensity. For example, the Beat Box classes are high in energy and music-driven. They also offer personal training and health coaching.
- Range of classes
- Small group focus
- Motivational approach
- Flexible membership options
Excellent gym with fantastic equipment and a wide range of classes. The instructors are brilliant, educated and really help improve form, prevent injury and smash your fitness goals. Stephanie R is exceptional and both me and my wife really enjoy her classes.Henry
Epic Fit is a niche gym with a unique and personal approach to training. Their semi-private T.E.A.M. training sessions are limited to six participants per trainer. There are no mirrors or machines to distract you. Rather, the focus is on body weight and resistance work, gravity suspension training, cycling, and mat work. People with sports injuries and disabilities will benefit from their tailored approach.
They welcome and cater to all levels of ability, and their trainers are friendly, dedicated, and knowledgeable. Their approach to fitness is holistic with an emphasis on lifestyle choices, nutrition, goal setting, and stretching and recovery routines. One-on-one training and health and wellness products are available.
- Small group sessions
- No mirrors, no machines
- Centre for a healthy lifestyle change
- All ability levels welcome
Epic Fit Studios are blimmen awesome! Highly recommend! Though I roll my eyes and winge each time, I love my sessions! Thank you team! Feeling fitter and stronger each time ~!Jasmine
Champs.fitness, a family-owned and operated gym in Mission Bay, offers fitness classes and personal training. The facilities are open for members 24/7, so you can work out any time of the day or night. The atmosphere is fun, friendly, and high-energy.
For a small, intimate gym, it offers plenty of state-of-the-art equipment and a wide range of group fitness classes. The trainers are knowledgeable and friendly and will provide you with advice for nutrition and home workouts. The facilities are sparkling clean, and the equipment is state of the art. Free WiFi and convenient parking are available.
- Open for members 24/7
- Fun and friendly atmosphere
- State-of-the-art equipment
- Sparking clean gym
Been with Champs Fitness since day one awesome trainers great family run business by Ed , Stacy and Mason always feel welcome and not intimating at all highly recommend coming in and checking it out wouldn't go anywhere else.Paul
CrossFit New Zealand
CrossFit New Zealand offers high-intensity workouts and classes for all levels. It opened its doors in 2008 as the first CrossFit affiliate in New Zealand. The classes combine lifting, endurance training, and gymnastics. They offer private introductory classes, personal training, and online coaching. Their professional coaches emphasize learning and getting results.
All new members start with private training before moving into group classes. With over 40 classes, the schedule is flexible, and no advance booking is necessary. Their teen and youth programs are designed to increase endurance, speed, flexibility, coordination, and balance.
- High-intensity workouts
- Private introductory classes for newcomers
- Workout plans for kids
- First CrossFit affiliate in NZ
So great to finally visit a CrossFit gym in my home country of NZ. Great to be able to compare it to a lot of other CrossFit gyms around the world and can confidently say- it’s one of the best 👍🏽 So friendly and welcoming, outstanding coaching and excellent programming. Thanks so much for having us visit Darren, all the coaches, and great members we met. Cant wait to come back the next time we are in Auckland.Claire
The Exercise Room
The Exercise Room is a small, boutique gym with a holistic approach to health. Owned and managed by Hayley Feaver, its limited membership keeps the gym small, private, and intimate. Members enjoy 24-hour access, complimentary parking, and private bathroom suites. Fresh towels, organic body products, and hairdryers are provided.
Their team of fitness mentors will get to know you and create personalized programs to improve your health and well-being. They were voted one of the 12 best gyms in Auckland in 2018, and make our list again in 2021.
- Limited membership
- 24-hour access
- Private bathroom suites
- A holistic approach to health
Great results! Clean and fresh . Showers are spotless. Staff warm and friendly. They can take a body and turn it into something wonderful!Vicky