When it comes to choosing the best gym equipment you're really spoilt for choice here in Australia. You've got the expensive brands, the cheapest Chinese alternatives and everything in between. This means retailers are often competing on price helping you get the best deals on gym equipment.
But where do you buy the best gym equipment online? After searching for our own gear a few months ago we decided to list 5 of our top picks to consider.
All the providers below offer a wide range of gym and fitness equipment, available to purchase online with delivery nationwide (potentially free). Larger equipment is also available with a delivery fee, such as exercise bikes, rowing machines, treadmills and more.
While other review sites like to promote the best companies based on their affiliate commissions, our top 5 best gym eCommerce stores are in no particular order and each have their own pros and (some) cons.
And if you want to test drive one of the products, some stores offer physical retail locations while others are purely online and you'll need to rely on reviews to make a buying decision.
Best Gym Equipment Stores
1. Gym and Fitness
Gym and fitness is an online fitness equipment retailer who stock a range of equipment and over 40 brands.
They were first established in 2002 and have knowledgeable staff who promote a positive culture and are committed to delivering excellent customer service as well as upholding strong business relationships with suppliers to guarantee the lowest prices in fitness equipment.
They are confident they can consistently deliver these lowest prices and to prove that is the case, they offer a price matching guarantee that is straightforward and ensures no other company will offer you a better deal.
They ship Australia-wide via freight, with some items eligible for free shipping, and offer a two-day business dispatch with the promise of a free pair of Bluetooth headphones if they dispatch your item later than two business days after purchase.
Their customer service response is even quicker, with the company promising a one business day response time to any queries or questions lodged through the site.
They also offer a 14-day change of mind policy on the core range of items so that customers have time to try out their purchases for 2 weeks before deciding if they are completely happy.
The website is easy to navigate with users able to search for items via categories such as strength, cardio, recovery, function, gym flooring, commercial, play and packages, as well as by brands, deals or new additions to the website.
2. Gym Direct
Gym Direct is a retailer of gym and fitness equipment that offer both in-store and online shopping. They were established in 2007 and boast premium products at competitive prices.
They host a range of exclusive items that are only available from their company. Their showroom is located in Sydney’s south which is where items can be picked-up from immediately even if sourced online.
They ship Australia-wide and offer a shipping calculator on their website to work out shipping fees based on your postcode.
Some orders, particularly heavy items or those travelling to remote locations, will require a custom freight quote which is easy to arrange.
Orders are dispatched between 1-2 business days and tracking numbers allocated that provide customers on the details of their order including estimated delivery dates which vary based on location.
The company offers a loyalty programmed called Lion Rewards Club where customers can earn points based on referring friends, making purchases or writing reviews, which they can then spend on rewards.
As members earn more points, they will move up the membership tiers which each come with their own range of rewards; the higher the membership tier, the better the rewards. They website categories items so it is easy to customers to browse and locate the items they are after.
Categories include fitness, strength equipment, cross training, packages, sale, commercial, etc.
3. Fitness Warehouse
Fitness Warehouse offers specialty exercise and fitness equipment via its three South Australian stores and an online website.
These three stores are located in Hindmarsh, Parafield Gardens and Glenelg. The company has been around for over 30 years and their loyal customer base is a tribute to their quality products that are offered at affordable prices.
They offer a price match guarantee so customers can be assured they will always receive the lowest price for their equipment.
The products on offer are suitable for those starting a home gym as well as those looking for a more commercial set up including gyms and cross training boxes.
Customers are not expected to set up the equipment themselves as fully accredited technicians are available to deliver equipment, ensure correct installation and service the items so they are working as they should from the get-go.
The range of equipment includes strength, cardio, boxing, cross training, weightlifting and accessories such as medicine balls, foam rollers, drink bottles etc.
Supplements are also available online and in-store. It is easy to filter items online via a range of options such as price, brands and categories, as well as sort items by price, biggest saving, recently added or best selling/most popular.
There is also a link to ‘hot deals’ on the website so customers don’t miss out on awesome specials. Delivery is available Australia-wide, or customers can order online and pick-up in-store.
4. World Fitness Boxing
World Fitness is an Australian retailer of fitness equipment and accessories with an online store and brick-and-mortar store located in Cheltenham, Vic.
They have knowledgeable and friendly staff working every day who are dedicated to providing the best customer service and support including the ability to answer fitness and product-related questions and queries.
They offer an everyday lowest price guarantee and deliver Australia wide, with some items qualifying for free shipping.
Items are also able to be purchased online and picked up in-store for no extra cost. Orders purchased online are able to be tracked via the website using the item’s tracking number or your details so you can know when to expect your purchase.
The range of items available is suitable for those wanting to deck out a home gym as well as being able to suit commercial gym requirements.
They stock a range of brands and items that can be browsed through via function category and then sorted via price, bestsellers, new additions, featured or alphabetically.
Categories include strength equipment, barbells, weight plates, dumbbells, cardio equipment, boxing equipment, functional fitness, kettlebells, medicine balls, yoga and aerobics, accessories, gym gloves/belts, gym flooring/mats, floor model, supplements, and sports and leisure.
All items offer a warranty with full details outlined on the website. There is also a FAQ section that covers a range of information from shipping and delivery to payments and pre-orders.
Sam’s Fitness is an Australian retailer of fitness and gym equipment that was established 9 years ago.
They were the first store to bring the fitness brands of Ironmaster and Powertec to Australian customers.
They have a store in Banksmeadow, NSW, as well as an online store and have a great relationship with their clientele as a result of their excellent customer service and family-run small business vibe.
They offer a huge range of equipment to suit all styles of customers from gym owners to those looking to set up a small personal home gym.
They have items for any space as well as to suit professionals or beginners. Their items are heavy-duty and built to last.
Their website is easy to navigate with customers able to browse via item category including racks/cages/smiths, multi-gym equipment, benches/bench press, single station, bodyweight, dumbbells, barbells, weights, kettlebells and accessories.
There are also categories for discounted items so customers can nab a bargain, and customer testimonials that can inform potential customers about the previous satisfaction of customers.
There is also a blog that provides further information on a range of gym and fitness related topics such as gym inspiration, body building tips and tricks, weight training programs, diet and nutrition, articles about gym weight training and gym equipment, and videos so customers can get a good look at the equipment on offer.
Theres dozens of gym and fitness equipment stores out there each claiming to be the best. While others compete on price and a lack of service, others offer a fully rounded service such as those 5 mentioned here. Our advice is to do your own research and decide on the best platform your buying.
Duncan is a world traveller who loves to explore new cultures. Currently he’s a freelance writer for Best Five who has studied at a prestigious university in the USA.