Singapore is a city chock full of gyms at every corner you turn, and more are opening every month. With so many choices, we thought we'd bring you a breakdown of the various gyms in Singapore so you can make an educated decision on which to pick when you need to get fit.
In the first of this series, we explore fitness centres. In Singapore this refers to gyms that offer a wide variety of facilities and equipments (cardio machines, weights, functional training areas, etc) with a selection of training options (group classes, personal training, train on your own, etc).
Fitness Centres - Mega
Mega fitness centres in Singapore are usually located in shopping malls and office buildings. The experiences can range from Luxury to Budget-Conscious, and you usually get what you pay for. Visiting the gyms is highly recommended before you decide on one. They are always welcoming and happy to give you a tour, and its important that you are comfortable with the place you should be spending 3 to 5 days a week in.
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With 27 locations around Singapore, Anytime Fitness is a global brand that delivers what its namesake promises — you can squeeze in a workout any time of the day, even in the wee hours of the night. The outlets are franchises so staffing and operations might vary, but with thousands of outlets worldwide they have it down pat, just don't expect staff to be there all night with you. The floorspace is smaller than most other competitors in Singapore and their changing rooms are as basic as it can get, but the selection of cardio machines and weights is sufficient for just about any workout you plan to do. If you're into group classes though, this is not the place for you. Brightly lit and unmistakable with their purple signs, Anytime Fitness is situated in most of the main heartland areas of Singapore and caters to those who want to get fit without frills.
Locations: Ace The Place Community Club, Balestier Road, Bedok North, Broadway Plaza, Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, Ci Yuan Community Club, Elias Mall, Greenwich V, International Plaza, Jurong Central, Jurong Gateway, Kallang Wave Mall, MacPherson Community Club, Marine Parade Central, Nanyang Community Club, Nex Shopping Centre, Pomo Mall, Queensway Shopping Centre, Rivervale Mall, Sembawang Shopping Centre, Taman Jurong Community Club, Tampines Ave 5, Tampines Mart, Telok Blangah St 32, Toa Payoh Central, Valley Point, West Coast Drive.
Membership: $98 per month on a 12 month contract plus a one-time admin and key fob fee of $166. After the first month you get access to any outlet worldwide, membership fees are charged to your credit/debit card monthly.
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Celebrity Fitness is huge in Malaysia and Indonesia, but their Singapore entry has been quite under the radar. As such their well-sized outlets are not as packed as other gyms so take advantage of the space while it lasts. Along with state of the art equipment, their exhaustive list of group classes offers opportunities to work out no matter what your interests are. If you are looking for a quick workout near the office look away though, their club locations are in the heartlands and their staff confess that they will continue to look toward more heartland outlets as they feel the CBD is already saturated.
Membership prices: $158.36 per month on a 12 month contract plus a one-time $127.33 signing fee gets you all-club access charged monthly to your credit/debit card. Pretty close in price to gyms with central locations so its a little pricy for what you get, but decent option if you live nearby one.
Locations: Bukit Timah Plaza, City Square Mall, Downtown East, Junction 10
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A global mega chain, Fitness First is one of the most well-known gyms in Singapore. Many of its 17 outlets are located in or around office buildings, making them a great hit with the office crowd. Club sizes typically range from 10,000 to 15,000 sq ft with the latest equipment and machines, lots of group classes that get filled up quickly, and some outlets even have a pool. Think of this as the business class option, it's a sound investment to make for a quality gym experience with comfortable facilities.
Membership: At $165 per month for a 12 month contract or $149 per month for a 24 month contract, both with a $150 signing fee, this is not the cheapest option but it is good value for what you are getting. Your fees are charged monthly via credit/debit card and gives you access to all clubs.
Locations: 100AM (Tanjong Pagar), 321 Clementi, AMK Hub, Capital Tower, CPF Building (Tampines), Fusionopolis (Buona Vista), MapleTree Business City (Alexandra), Market Street, Marina Bay Financial Centre, One George Street, One Raffles Quay, Paragon, The Cathay, The Metropolis (Buona Vista), UE Biz Hub (Changi), Westgate (Jurong East)
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For those who work in the Marina Bay Financial District, this is the luxury option to get fit around the office. Located in Asia Square, the massive 32,000 sq ft gym host one of the biggest functional training areas with an indoor 35m running track, an MMA ring and a current pool alongside top of the line equipment. Interesting classes like pole dancing and jazz funk line up with the usual suspects like BodyCombat, and of course Pure is known for their yoga options as they also operate Pure Yoga. From the moment the lift doors open you know you're in a classy establishment and this is consistent throughout the Pure experience.
Membership: At $191.53 per month for a 12 month contract with a $214 signing fee, this is at the high end of the scale. Their 24 month contract is better priced as it works out to $160.37 per month with no signing fee, but this must be paid up-front whereas the 12 month contract can be paid monthly. And where other gyms give you multiple club access, Pure currently has 1 outlet in Singapore so locations are limited. Still you definitely get what you pay for, and this is akin to First Class on Singapore Airlines.
Locations: Asia Square, Raffles Place (2017)
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A home grown fitness chain, the owner is a born and bred Singaporean, True Fitness is one of the more popular gyms in Singapore. With 7 locations strategically located across Singapore, their gyms are usually very large and the entire chain has almost completed a much needed upgrade. With their space-like blue lighting, purple flooring and upbeat music, its almost like an EDM club! Unless you're in one of the centres that is still pending renovation, then you'll think you're stuck in a time warp. If you're fond of taking group classes, True Fitness hosts over 670 different classes each week, and they are very aggressive with their personal training services.
Membership: $142.31 per month with a $53.50 signing fee gets you all-club access on a 12 month contract paid monthly by GIRO. For $83.46 per month you can get all-club access with no signing fee, however this is a 24 month commitment with up-front payment. If you have a DBS or UOB credit card, there is a 0% interest instalment plan!
Locations: Chevron House, Djitsun Mall (Ang Mo Kio), Great World City, Harbourfront Centre, Income @ Tampines Junction, Suntec City, Viva Business Park (Chai Chee)
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Part of the global Virgin Group conglomerate, Virgin Active is a luxury gym with an energetic vibe that is infectious. Their club at One Raffles Place is spread across three floors, but the moment you walk in you can feel the energy pumping. While the spacious gym has all top-of-the-line equipment and machines with a captivating spinning room, their Relax and Recover area sets them apart. From spa showers and foot baths to sleeping pods, this club has it all. There is even a Himalayan Salt Inhalation Room where you unwind on a day bed and detox your respiratory track. As fitness centres go, this is one of the most luxurious options available. Virgin Active also counters the hassle of bringing gym gear (except for shoes) by providing attire, but if you're more comfortable bringing your own, check out our gym-ready gear and accessories here!
Membership: Virgin Active has a unique pricing system where they quote you a weekly rate and charge your credit/debit card fortnightly. On a 12 month contract, it works out to approximately $192.44 per month with a $105.93 signing fee. This will also give you access to their new club in Tanjong Pagar when it opens later this year. They also have a monthly and 6 month contract option which are priced on the high side, but you are paying for a luxury experience that is up there with the best.
Locations: One Raffles Place, Guoco Tower (Tanjong Pagar)
FITNESS CENTRES - COMMUNITY
Community fitness centres are usually located in heartland areas and are very accessible to local residents. Most offer single entry pricing and their membership price is significantly lower than mega fitness centres as their rental is usually much cheaper and they don't have all the fancy extras, but they are typically very well equipped and great value for money.
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Formerly known as ClubFITT, ActiveSG gyms are pretty common in local sporting hubs. Operated by the Singapore government through Sports Singapore, they have 16 locations islandwide and you can attain membership through the ActiveSG app which entitles you to free $100 credit upon signing up. Being an ActiveSG member also gives you access to the public pools that are usually in the same premises as the gyms. This gym is an extremely affordable option if you prefer working out in the neighbourhood, but the slightly older equipment and large crowd during peak hours can be a deterrent for some.
Locations: Bedok, Bishan, Bukit Gombak, Choa Chu Kang, Clementi, Delta, Hougang, Jurong East, Jurong West, Pasir Ris, Sengkang, Tampines, Toa Payoh, Woodlands, Yio Chu Kang, Yishun.
Membership: Single entry access is $2.50 for Singapore citizens and PRs. There are also two membership categories — peak (unlimited access to all ActiveSG gyms throughout opening hours) and off peak (unlimited access to all ActiveSG gyms from opening to 4pm, Mondays to Fridays, excluding public holidays). Members pay $25 per month for 12 months peak access, $6.67 per month for off peak access.
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EnergyOne gyms are located at six SAFRA compounds, so if you have one in your neighbourhood, this is a very good option you should consider. Most outlets are mega-sized with top-of-the-line equipment and added facilities that the pedestrian community gyms lack like steam rooms, saunas (only in Tampines), jacuzzis and access to swimming pools. There's even IPPT test venues at four of the gyms, and personal training services to help enlistees or current National Servicemen improve their IPPT scores.
Locations: Jurong, Mount Faber, Punggol, Tampines, Toa Payoh, Yishun.
Membership: EnergyOne offers single entry at $10.70 for SAFRA members during peak hours, and $5.35 during off-peak hours. Single entry for non-SAFRA members is $16.05 during peak and $8.55 during off-peak. with $10 per entry for SAFRA members, and $15 for non-members. For membership, there is a 12 month option at $53.50 per month which gives single-club access and is paid up-front.
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Those keen on bodybuilding can look to Gymboxx for a newfound training ground. As a community gym, Gymboxx has three different tiers of facilities across their locations — Standard, Silver and Signature. The Standard gym outlets offer facilities that align with your average gym, though ascending to Silver and Signature opens you up to classes, swimming pools and saunas. Their Silver gyms are also open 24 hours except for their Bukit Batok branch.
Membership: Silver gym single entry costs are $5 off-peak and $7 during peak hours. Silver gym membership 12 month subscription will set you back $60 per month and they waive the $30 new signup fee. There are discounts for youth and pioneer generation so be sure to inquire with the staff.
- August 21, 2016
- Jonathan Kay