It’s astounding how many people’s New Year resolutions include vows to eat better and improve fitness levels – be it for aesthetic or health reasons – resulting in exponential increases in demand for gym membership sign-ups in January.
But with the whole California Fitness debacle leaving many Singaporeans in a considerable stupor (and existing members at an initial loss), the whole which gym to join debate has come into the forefront of many of such conversations.
Well, it is the third week of the New Year now and if you still haven’t found the right gym, we’re here to help! Today, we take a look at some of the most popular fitness chains in Singapore to help you determine which suits your lifestyle demands and fitness budget best!
- Anytime Fitness – Affordable fitness for busy bees, shift workers and night owls
It causes great frustration for some to work overtime only to find out that it’s too late for their much-needed workout. Anytime fitness solves this problem with its 24 hrs outlets, also open on all public holidays.
Coupled with their low monthly subscriptions of under S$100 per month, they are a great alternative for those who want a no frills membership with 365-day access.
- Fitness First – Multiple locations for those always on the run
One of their biggest strengths is the sheer number of branches they have. They currently have outlets in over 17 locations in Singapore and 371 locations worldwide.
This is great if your commitment levels are in some way connected with the imminent possibility of migration. As memberships usually go for a minimum of 12 months and beyond, at least the excuse of not knowing if you will change residencies over the next few months will not be an (valid or otherwise) excuse anymore.
However, you will need a platimum membership (read: pay more) to access all of them. Membership prices vary, and some people report paying about $170 to $200 a month and comes with an exit fee.
- Virgin Active – Premium experience for fitness class enthusiasts
If Yoga, Pilates and Spin etc. constitute the main portion of your workout regime, then a good and relevant option would be to sign up with Virgin Active.
They offer a wide variety of classes including MMA, Kinesis, Kettlebell, Grid Fitness, Piloxing and Zumba. Oh, and of course, they also provide cardio equipment and weight- training/lifting areas– they are a gym after all.
Moreover, they don’t hold a reputation for being posh for nothing. Facilities also include a steam room, ice room, Himalayan salt inhalation room, MMA zone and sleeping pods.
Membership fees come up to roughly S$170 a month (not including GST and $199 sign-up fee). The downside is, they are only available in two locations at the moment – Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar.
- Viable and attractive alternatives
For those who are a bit more budget conscious, and do not need the bells and whistles that come with a glitzy private gym membership or require less time in the gym per month, there is always the option of the well equipped ActiveSG – the country’s largest network of public gyms.
With charges from as low as S$ 2.50 per entry, these gyms are kind on your wallet while providing you a great community to work out in. They also offer a plethora of other facilities such as access to swimming pools as well as fitness classes to get in shape (all at reasonable pricing).
And there we have it, a few gyms to fit different requirements. With so much on offer around the island, any excuse not to get in shape would be just that. An excuse.
We will end this article with an interesting fact:
Gyms have limited number of members that they can signup annually. They can’t afford to have 3000 people lining-up for a treadmill on a busy evening. Common sense, but not usually articulated. That should help with the procrastination element if nothing else does.
Here’s to a healthier and fitter 2017!