Chances are that if you live in Australia or New Zealand, you’ve heard of Jetts.
(Hell, you might even be a member.)
But if you’re one of the few people who haven’t heard of Jetts, I’ll fill you in.
Jetts is a gym franchise that started in 2007 and has since exploded in popularity, now boasting over 270 locations in Australia and New Zealand.
What was it that set them apart from all of the other gyms and allowed them to hit 270+ gyms in just 8 years?
It’s easy; they were the first gym to be open 24/7.
Something so simple yet so revolutionary is exactly what gave Jetts the initial push they needed in order to overwhelm and crush their competition.
But just because they’re the biggest and most well known gym in Australia and New Zealand doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re the best.
In this review I’ll discuss membership costs/options, gym locations, staffed and un-staffed hours, available equipment, the process of cancelling your membership, and the personal training available.
At the end I’ll give you my final verdict, and answer the question “is jetts a good gym?” once and for all.
JETTS GYM LOCATIONS
As I mentioned earlier, there are over 270 Jetts gyms spread out across Australia and New Zealand.
And, while I can’t speak for every single town/city/state in the country, there are certainly plenty of Jetts near where I’m currently living.
(It’s less than a 5 minute walk to my nearest Jetts.)
If you haven’t seen one around your area, or you just want to find the closest club, there’s a locator where you can input your postcode or city and it will locate the nearest Jetts.
As long as you’re not living out in the middle of a desert, your nearest Jetts shouldn’t be any further than a 10-15 minute drive.
That’s 13 gyms within a half hour radius, which in my opinion, is pretty impressive.
I give Jetts 5 stars (out of 5) for location, because honestly, just look at the picture!
JETTS GYM MEMBERSHIP COSTS
Before I discuss the various membership options and joining fees, I have to tell you that the pricing structure is different when comparing the Australian and New Zealand Jetts.
For all the Aussies reading this, our membership options are pretty straight-forward.
You either pay fortnightly or yearly.
Australian Jetts Membership Options:
That’s around $2 a day if you choose to pay fortnightly.
And around $1.5 a day if you choose to pay yearly.
(Note: If you’re a velocity member, you can get a special discounted yearly membership, as well as earn velocity points just by working out!)
On top of the membership fees, there is also a joining fee and an “access pass” fee.
Australian Jetts Joining/Access Card Fee:
The “joining fee” is $89, and the “access pass” fee is $59.
These fees cover the cost of adding you into the system, and providing you with an access card.
If you compare Jetts to other popular Australian gyms, you’ll notice that their prices are fairly average.
Not the lowest, but certainly not the highest, they sit somewhere around the middle.
However, it’s when we look over to New Zealand that Jetts becomes a very, very cheap gym.
New Zealand Jetts Membership Options:
That’s around $1.85 a day if you choose to pay fortnightly.
And around $1.36 a day if you choose to pay yearly.
Before converting currencies (The NZ dollar is weaker than the Australian dollar), Jetts is cheaper in New Zealand.
But that’s not even the best part for all you Kiwi’s, oh no, it gets better.
If you’ve got a family member who wants to join Jetts with you, you will both be able to get cheaper memberships.
New Zealand Jetts Family Membership:
That’s around $1.56 a day if you choose to pay fortnightly.
And around $1.15 a day if you choose to pay yearly.
If you were in New Zealand and needed to find a cheap gym, I would strongly suggest you grab a family member and hurry down to Jetts, because that is CHEAP!
Overall, I’ll give Jetts 4 stars (out of 5) in terms of their prices.
Lower the joining fee and I’d probably give them a 5, but until then, it’ll remain a 4.
JETTS 24 HOUR FITNESS
I mentioned earlier that all Jetts clubs are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“But how can that possibly be safe?”, I can hear you thinking.
Even during unstaffed hours, each Jetts is constantly under supervision by staff at a central location.
There are multiple security cameras scattered throughout every gym, so at any given time you’re under the watchful eye of a staff member.
So if you drop a weight on your neck, have a heart attack while running on the treadmill, or someone breaks in and tries to rob/kill you, the security team will take control of the situation and call the relevant authorities.
It’s because of this “unsupervised” supervision that some Jetts gyms don’t have squat/power racks with free weights or other potentially dangerous equipment.
(From personal experience, New Zealand franchises seem to be more likely to not have the equipment.)
And, while that is much safer for your average person, it would be (and is) very annoying for any bodybuilders or people who want to lift heavy weights.
(Lucky for me my local Jetts has two squat racks, booya!)
If you’re looking for a gym where you can do some heavy squats, deadlifts, or bench presses, you should definitely take a look around your local Jetts before joining to ensure that they have all of the equipment you need.
Because of this minor drawback (exchanging functionality for safety), I give Jetts 4 stars (out of a possible 5).
JETTS STAFFED HOURS
I’m sure this varies from gym to gym, but most Jetts are staffed during similar hours.
My local Jetts is staffed for a few hours in the morning, and then again for a few hours in the evening:
I’d say that they aim to be staffed during the busiest times of the day so they can watch over and help out all of the members.
After you’ve joined up and become a member, the staffed hours don’t really matter to you unless you’re receiving personal training.
So there isn’t really much to comment on with this one.
This is something else that will vary from club to club, but all Jetts have the same basic equipment.
They all have treadmills, cross-trainers, bikes, and rowing machines for cardio.
There are also a tonne of cable and isolation machines, such as leg extension, leg curl, preacher curl, lat pull down, chest and shoulder press, ab crunch, etc.
And if you’re into pumping some iron, all Jetts clubs include dumbbells (1kg to 50kg), regular and EZ bar barbells with set weights (10-40kg), and a Smith machine and leg press (both with freely adjustable weights).
If you’re lucky like me, your local Jetts might also have a couple of squat racks with freely adjustable weight plates, so you can do exactly what you want.
(Edit: I’ve been informed that all Jetts Australia locations have a squat rack or two, and that it’s only the New Zealand locations where it could go either way.)
As far as equipment goes, Jetts have everything you’ll need whether you’re a beginner or an expert, and it’s all kept in great condition and thoroughly cleaned.
I give 4.5 stars (out of 5) for Jetts equipment.
CANCEL JETTS MEMBERSHIP
If for some reason you ever want to cancel your Jetts membership, here’s how you do it:
- Go into your local Jetts club during staffed hours
- Ask for a “cancellation form”, complete it, and return it
- Done! You’re now no longer a member, and won’t be charged again
Note: If you cancel your membership and then at a later date wish to rejoin, you will have to pay the joining fee again.
That’s why it’s much better to just pause your membership (if you’re planning on going overseas, or if you won’t be using the gym for a while.)
You can resume at any time, with no extra fees!
Because the process is so simple, I give Jetts 5 stars for their cancellation policy.
JETTS PERSONAL TRAINERS
Last but certainly not least, let’s discuss the personal trainers.
First of all, when you become a new member you get a free personal training session.
You’re not obligated to use it (I still haven’t used mine), but if you’re a beginner, it would be in your best interest.
As well as the free personal training session, they also run free group workout sessions, which look like a lot of fun from what I’ve seen.
The trainers know their stuff, and each one is fully qualified to give you help and advise you on any aspect of the gym.
I give the Jetts personal trainers 5 stars.
No gym is perfect, and Jetts is not an exception to the rule.
Despite this fact, I believe that Jetts is an awesome franchise.
Jetts is open 24/7.
Jetts is affordable, sitting in the middle of the road in terms of gym prices.
Jetts has a great selection of equipment, offering something for absolutely everyone.
Jetts has a friendly team of staff and personal trainers, who will take every effort to make sure you’re having a great time and pushing yourself as hard as possible.
I would highly recommend Jetts to my friends and family (in fact, I’ve already managed to convince three or four of my friends to become members, and they LOVE it!)
Overall, I give Jetts a strong 4.5 stars (out of five).
If you’re looking for an awesome gym, checkout your nearest Jetts, and you shall not be disappointed.
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