Choosing a gym can be a daunting prospect. Just how do you choose? Not all gyms post their fees publicly, and this is for good reason. Many would prefer you call or visit them, to allow their salespeople 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 cards, or members of other groups, or length of contract)
- Administrative sign-up or termination fees
- A copy of the terms and conditions
- Free gifts? (this is Singapore, after all)
- Trial session (to assess the facilities)
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 commitment that can last a year or even longer, and has an impact on you financially and physically.
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 or trainers being there for the duration of your membership.
Fees: From $90 a month. (Not transparently stated on website.) Rates also vary based on location, amenities and membership type.
Locations: 84 islandwide
Opening Hours: 24/7
Facilities: Differs by gym outlets, but most have treadmills, elliptical, exercise cycles, strength equipment, circuit, free weights, racks, plate loaded machines. Some even have classes you can attend for group workouts.
Fees: MyActiveGYM membership grants unlimited access during all operating hours and costs $30 a month for adults and $18 for students below the age of 18 and senior citizens who are 55 and above. Those who commit for 6 months or 12 months can get the adult membership for $160 or $300 respectively.
Off-peak membership available at $15 for adults and $9 for students and senior citizens for access from Monday to Friday, before 4pm, and excluding public holidays. Those who commit for 6 months or 12 months can get the off-peak adult membership for $40 or $80, respectively.
Per entry rates are $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for senior citizens and students, for those who do not go as often. This means if you go 12 times or less a month, it may be more worth it to pay per entry.
Locations: 26 islandwide
Opening Hours: Most open at 7am daily and shut at 10.30 (except Toa Payoh West CC, Ang Mo Kio CC,Enabling Village Gym, Bukit Batok Delta ActiveSG Gym and Kallang Basin ActiveSG Gym will close at 10pm. Check the individual gym pages for more details.
Facilities: Basic equipment, free weights, stacked weights, cardiovascular machines, shower and lockers.
Fees: Full Access membership costs $192 per month. It includes unlimited HIIT circuit classes, unlimited Yoga classes, unlimited cycling classes and unlimited group fitness classes. We can choose to commit from 1 month, 3 months or 12 months. On its website, it also states that you can design your own membership for as low as $125 a month. Check out the membership plans here.
Locations: 18 islandwide
Opening Hours: Weekdays, most outlets open from 6am to 10pm, though some close at 11pm. Hours vary for Saturdays and Sundays, with outlets opening between 7am to 8am and closing between 5pm to 10.30pm. Some outlets are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Individual gym opening hours can be found here.
Facilities: Full suite of gym facilities, recovery amenities, workout clothes and towels at all outlets. Some outlets have unique facilities like swimming pool and sauna.
Fees: Annual membership starts from $90 a month. (Not transparently stated on website)
Locations: 7 islandwide (Ang Mo Kio, Chai Chee, Great World, Harbourfront, Tampines, Millenia Walk, Novena)
Opening Hours: Opens as early as 6am and closes as late as 10pm for weekdays with the exception of HabourFront Centre which starts from 7am. Saturday opening hours are from 6am to 9pm while Sunday and public holidays are from 8am to 8pm. Check individual gym page for details.
Facilities: Value-added facilities include steam rooms, lounges, an indoor sprint track and boxing rings.
Fees: For full access to all outlets, $770.40 for 12 months ($64.20 per month) or an off-peak membership for $642.00 for 12 months ($64.20 per month). If you have a SAFRA membership, you can pay a $374.50 entrance fee, a $12.80 Gym Admin fee, and subsequently $128.40 per quarter ($42.80 per month).
Locations: 6 (Jurong, Mount Faber, Punggol, Tampines, Toa Payoh, Yishun)
Opening Hours: 6.30am to 10.30pm daily.
Facilities: Cardio machines, free weights, plate-loaded machines, resistance training machines, showers, towels. Only Tampines doesn’t have a warm jacuzzi and Punggol doesn’t have a swimming pool. View the list of facilities for more details.
Fees: Year-long adult membership costs $75 a month. Shorter 6 or 1 month memberships are available as well at $90 and $110 respectively. Youth and seniors have discounts available for memberships. There is also a $60 fee for new members and $30 reactivation fee for those with expired membership accounts. Per entry access used to cost $8, but has been temporarily suspended.
Locations: 7 (Bedok Point, Bishan, JCube Jurong, Century Square Tampines, Keat Hong, Kebun Baru, Canberra)
Opening Hours: 24/7.
Facilities: Straightforward gym with all the facilities you’d need for a good workout, with comprehensive equipment for strength training.
Price: 24 months, 12 months, and flexible weekly plans, priced at $51, $59 and $75 per week (around $204, $236 and $300 per month) respectively. The flexible plan has an activation fee of $105. If you are a fan of outdoor yoga, Virgin Active has its SkyPark Yoga at Marina Bay Sands that incorporates yoga with breathtaking views. Each yoga session is S$30 for public and S$15 for Virgin Active members.
Locations: 7 (Raffles Place, Tanjong Pagar, Holland Village, Marina One, Duo Galleria, Paya Lebar and SkyPark Yoga at Marina Bay Sands)
Opening Hours: 6.30am to 10.30pm on Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm on weekends and public holidays, with the exception of Virgin Active Raffles Place, which is open from 8am to 5pm on Saturdays and public holidays.
Facilities: Different outlets have unique facilities, but you can find things like a steam room, ice room, sleep pods, foot baths and more. A wide range of classes is also available.
Price: About $150 to $200 per month. (Not transparently stated on website)
Locations: 4 (Asia Square, Ngee Ann City, Ocean Financial Centre, and Suntec City)
Opening Hours: 6am to midnight from Mondays to Thursdays. 6am to 10.30pm from Fridays 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.
Price: $769 for a 12-month membership ($64.10 a month). $420, $230 or $120 for a 6-month, 3-month, and 1-month contract respectively (which works out to $66.50, $76.70 and $120 per month respectively). More details on membership plans and pricing here.
Locations: 5 (Farrer Park, Jurong, Tai Seng, Tampines and Balestier)
Opening Hours: All branches are open 24/7.
Facilities: Comprehensive suite of fitness equipment, used by competitive bodybuilders and recreational clients alike.
Price: Varies depending on training regime enrolled into.
Locations: 8 (Bukit Timah, Clarke Quay, Bugis, Farrer Park, River Valley, Siglap, Tanjong Katong and Tanjong Pagar)
Opening Hours: Access to train is by appointment, depending on your customised training programme.
Facilities: Equipped for a wide range of training programmes, including fat loss, rehabilitative, pre/post natal, and strength training.
Price: 12 Months unlimited costs $199 per month which includes 4 suspensions of up to 90 days. 6 Months unlimited costs $229 per month, and the 3 month unlimited costs $259 per month. Those who are looking to train occasionally can purchase the session packs. For 10, 25, 50 sessions, it costs $280, $650 and $1,200 respectively. Each session pack has a validity period. So, before booking the session packs, make sure you are able to finish all the sessions, otherwise you can extend the validity at $12.5 per week.
Locations: 5 (Raffles Place, Holland Village, Orchard Road, Tiong Bahru and East Coast)
Opening Hours: 6.30am to 8.30pm from Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 5.30pm on Weekends. Different timing may apply to different gyms.
Facilities: 20-minutes sessions in small groups with coaches. Dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, pull-up rings and suspension trainer.
Ready To Sign Up?
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.
If you do choose to sign up for a gym membership, you could consider using CardUp, which allows you to make recurring payments and earn credit card points and miles, even if the gym does not accept credit card as a mode of payment. You can read more about how it works.
This article was first published on 22 August 2017 and updated to reflect latest prices and outlets in 2022.
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