You arrived at this article. Congratulations! Deciding to join a gym and starting to research your options is the first step taken by bodybuilding champions, sportspeople, or Instagrammers who go to the gym to take photos in sports attire. So whether your goal is to be a healthier and fitter version of yourself, or reach some fitness target, you’re in good company.
Choosing a gym can be a daunting prospect. How does one choose? Not all gyms post their fees publicly, and this is for good reason. Many would prefer you call or visit them, and allow their salespeople, I mean customer service representatives, to offer you a membership package.
Before agreeing to anything, you should always ask for the following:
- Minimum contract period
- Payment terms (Upfront, monthly, yearly)
- Any discounts (for specific credit card, or members of other groups)
- Administrative sign-up or termination fees
- A copy of the terms and conditions
- Free gifts? (this is Singapore, after all)
You might be pressured to sign up on the spot, but never do it. Even if you think you made up your mind, you should always give yourself a day or two to think about it. Getting a gym membership is a big decision, and has an impact on you financially and physically (how much you use your gym to exercise).
One more thing: mega-gyms often try to differentiate themselves by offering classes and programmes, or by having packages that include sessions with personal trainers. For the purposes of this list, we choose to exclude them. For one, is there a way to really know the difference and compare between programmes like Bodypump, Bodybalance, Bodyjam, Bodyattack, Bodycombat, Bodysmash, Bodystep, and Bodyvive? You don’t. Because if you did, you’d know I made one of the programmes up.
Anyway, if there is a specific programme you are interested in, then you can look to see if a specific gym chain conducts them. As these classes are subject to change, you should also not base your decision banking on these classes being there for the duration of your membership.
Fees: $98 a month.
Locations: 37 (https://www.anytimefitness.sg/find-gym)
Opening Hours: 24/7 (duh!)
Facilities: Treadmills, elliptical, exercise cycles, strength equipment, circuit, free weights, racks, plate loaded machines.
Fees: Year-long membership costs $310 for adults and $190 for senior citizens and students below 19 years old. Per entry rates are $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for senior citizens and students
Locations: 18 (https://www.myactivesg.com/facilities/gyms)
Opening Hours: As early as 7am and closes as late as 10pm. Look at individual gym page for details.
Facilities: Basic equipment, free weights, stacked weights, cardiovascular machines, shower and lockers.
Fees: Year-long membership costs between $130 and $175 per month.
Locations: 18 (Alexandra, Ang Mo Kio Hub, Capital Tower, Changi, Clementi , Fusionopolis, Market Street, MBFC, One George St, One Raffles Place, One Raffles Quay, Paragon, Tampines, Tanjong Pagar, The Cathay, The Metropolis, Westgate)
Opening Hours: Weekdays, 6am to 10pm, Saturdays, 8am to 5pm, closed on Sundays and public holidays. Individual gym opening hours are here.
Facilities: Swimming pool and sauna at some branches; workout clothes provided at most outlets.
Fees: $350 to begin membership, subsequently, $90 per quarter (Most people get a better deal due to ongoing promotions)
Locations: 6 (Jurong, Mount Faber, Punggol, Tampines, Toa Payoh, Yishun)
Opening Hours: 6.30am to 10.30pm on weekdays. Opens from 8am or 9am on weekends and Public Holidays to 7pm or 8pm.
Facilities: Cardio machines, free weights, plate-loaded machines, resistance training machines, showers, towels.
Fees: Between $50 to $80 per month. Per entry access available between $3 to $10. Youth and seniors discounts available.
Locations: 7 (Bedok Point, Bishan, Bukit Batok, Kampong Ubi, Keat Hong, Kent Ridge, Taman Jurong)
Opening Hours: Some outlets are open 24/7, others open as early as 8am and stay open till about 11pm.
Facilities: Straightforward gym with all the facilities you’d need for a good workout.
Fees: Annual membership start from $89 a month.
Locations: 8 (Ang Mo Kio Djitsun Mall, Chevron House, Great World City, Harbourfront Centre, Suntec City, Income @ Tampines Junction, Velocity @ Novena Square, Viva Business Park)
Opening Hours: Opens as early as 6am and closes as late as 11pm. Check individual gym page for details.
Facilities: Steam rooms, lounge, sprint track.
Price: $85 bi weekly / $170 a month not including GST. $199 sign up fee. $201.16 a month. Fees: $199 to activate membership, $42.50 weekly
Locations: 3 (Holland Village, Raffles Place, Tanjong Pagar)
Opening Hours: 6.30am to 10pm daily
Facilities: Steam room, ice room, sleep pods, foot baths
Price: About $150 to $200 per month. S$209++/month for 6 months contract, $200 registration fee
Locations: 2 (Asia Square and Ocean Financial Centre)
Opening Hours: 6am to midnight from Mondays to Saturdays. 8am to 10pm on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Facilities: Sauna, indoor running track, swimming pool, juice bar, complimentary workout gear, towels, socks and toiletries.
As always, when spending your precious dollars, weigh your costs, opportunity costs, and do your homework before jumping in.
Speak to friends who are members, and take advantage of free trials passes that gyms provide.
Do you have experience with any of the gyms listed? Share it with everyone in the comments below!
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