This article was first published on 22 August 2017 and updated to reflect latest prices and outlets.
Deciding to join a gym and starting to research your options is the first step taken by bodybuilding champions, sportspeople, or social media influencers who go to the gym to take photos in sports attire. 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: From $98 a month.
Locations: 62 islandwide
Opening Hours: 24/7 (duh!)
Facilities: Treadmills, elliptical, exercise cycles, strength equipment, circuit, free weights, racks, plate loaded machines.
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. 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.
Locations: 22 islandwide
Opening Hours: Most open from 7am to 10pm daily. Check individual gym pages for details.
Facilities: Basic equipment, free weights, stacked weights, cardiovascular machines, shower and lockers.
Fees: Year-long membership costs $190 per month. Shorter 4-month or 1-month access is available at $210 or $245, respectively.
Locations: 19 (Alexandra, Ang Mo Kio Hub, Bugis Junction, Capital Tower, Changi UE Biz Hub, Clementi , Fusionopolis, Junction 10, Market Street, MBFC, One George Street, One Raffles Quay, Paragon, Paya Lebar, Tampines, Tanjong Pagar, The Cathay, The Metropolis, Westgate)
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 are 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 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: Value-added facilities include steam rooms, lounges, an indoor sprint track and boxing rings.
Fees: $374.50 to begin membership, subsequently, $128.40 per quarter (Most people get a better deal due to ongoing promotions) You must already be a SAFRA member to register as an EnergyOne member.
Locations: 6 (Jurong, Mount Faber, Punggol, Tampines, Toa Payoh, Yishun)
Opening Hours: 6.30am to 10.30pm on weekdays. Opens from 7am or 9am on weekends and Public Holidays to 7pm or 8pm. From 1 December 2019, Safra EnergyOne gyms are experimenting with extended opening hours from 6.30am to 1am daily.
Facilities: Cardio machines, free weights, plate-loaded machines, resistance training machines, showers, towels. Some outlets have saunas.
Fees: Year-long adult membership costs $65 a month. Shorter 6, 3 or 1 month memberships available as well at $70, $75 and $85 respectively. Youth and seniors are discounts available for memberships. There is also a $30 fee for new members and $15 reactivation fee for those with expired membership accounts. Per entry access costs $8, though from 1 December 2019, 5pm to 8.30pm from Mondays to Fridays are for members only.
Locations: 6 (Bedok Point, Bishan, JCube, Century Square, Keat Hong, Kebun Baru)
Opening Hours: All outlets are open 24/7, though the Bishan outlet is closed for renovation at time of writing.
Facilities: Straightforward gym with all the facilities you’d need for a good workout, with comprehensive equipment for strength training.
Price: 6 months, 12 months, and flexible weekly plans, priced at $59, $51 and $67 per week respectively, excluding 7% GST.
Locations: 5 (Raffles Place, Tanjong Pagar, Raffles, Holland Village, Marina One, Duo Galleria)
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.
Price: About $150 to $200 per month.
Locations: 4 (Asia Square, Ngee Ann City, Ocean Financial Centre, and Suntec City)
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.
Price: $88 per month on a one-year contract. Shorter term contracts available.
Locations: 4 (Farrer Park, Jurong, Tai Seng, Tampines)
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: 12 (Bugis, Bukit Timah, Buona Vista, Farrer Park, Joo Chiat, Lavender, Raffles Place, River Valley, Siglap, Tanjong Pagar, Upper Paya Lebar, and Upper Thomson)
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.
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.
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