Want Your Sexy Body Back? – The Complete Guide To Singapores Gyms

That devastating display on your bathroom scale. The seconds before stepping on your weighing machine can become quite torturous, especially in Singapore. The climate, the food, the different and unusual ingredients and the lagging motivation to step outside your door, while its so hot that you could bake eggs on your condos rooftop, are all… Read more »

That devastating display on your bathroom scale.

The seconds before stepping on your weighing machine can become quite torturous, especially in Singapore.

The climate, the food, the different and unusual ingredients and the lagging motivation to step outside your door, while its so hot that you could bake eggs on your condos rooftop, are all reasons for gaining that evil pound instead of losing it.

Continue reading if you want to know how to get back your personal “beach body”, so you don’t have to be afraid of going to the wonderful beaches of Sentosa anymore, *cough cough*, sarcasm.

Running at the beach In SingaporePhoto by Frank Juarez

The Problem Expats Face

While many locals and Asian cultures have a to die for metabolism, giving them the pleasure of enjoying all the local delicacies AND staying slim like a model at the same time, we can practically see the Prata or Chicken Rice that just disappeared in our mouth, appearing at some random new place around the waist line, only minutes later.

The above mentioned facts added to the mixture make it relatively difficult for many to even maintain their regular weight here in Singapore. One might think the heat would do their work and let us sweat out all the excessive grams automatically, but… its not that easy.

Singapore’s Gyms In A Nutshell

While I will give you more details about the three main gyms available in Singapore below, first some important general information about the Singaporean “gym world”.

  • • Before you subscribe check out locations and promotions, get quotes, bargain (Yes, you can!), and decide on what you really need
  • • Most gyms offer memberships for only one location or all locations, monthly, annual or 2-year memberships (with the more cheaper fees the longer you subscribe for). Find out what fits your needs best
  • • You will always have unexpected extra costs, like a registration fee of 100SD to 500SD, Joining Fee, etc that you should ask for before signing anything, also, cancellation fees
  • • Check what equipment and facilities you can use, if possible, have a free training session first
  • • Don’t sign any unnecessary “Personal Training” sessions, you most likely will get offered under strong advice at the very beginning, and then, over and over again

The Three Main Gyms

Besides the huge amount of Personal trainers and private gymnastic studios available in Singapore (Link: A great list of fitness trainers and facilities in Singapore), through the last years there have been three “major players” established within the Gym-World in Singapore.

  • The Cheapest, California Fitness
  • The Newcomer, True Fitness (Just bought long experienced Gym “Planet Fitness”)
  • The Luxury One, Fitness First

California Fitness

California Fitness In SingaporePhoto by maveric2003

  • Webpage
    www.californiafitness.com
  • Locations
    Bugis, Novena Square, Orchard Road, raffles Place (Location Map)
  • Membership Duration
    1 year / 2 years / 3 years – But individual length can be discussed and negotiated
  • Overall Costs
    Approx 70 – 90 SD per month, depending on the length and specifications of your contract + Joining Fee + Processing Fee
  • Payment
    Monthly or Prepaid (providing you with better rates)
  • Offered Classes
    List of offered classes here
  • Personal Trainer
    Approx 100 SD per session (1 hour) – However, working out at California Fitness for over two years now, I never made use of the Personal Trainer since to me there is no justification for the 100SD.
    What I saw were mainly (of course are there exception) unmotivated PT, talking on their mobile and “disappearing” for 5 minutes, leaving their client waiting.
  • OVERALL IMPRESSION
    I am a member since two years and I am alright with everything. Compared to the two other gyms the equipment is not the funkiest and newest one, but totally enough for your workout, the locker rooms don’t come with cherry-wooden panels but again, offer you everything you need.

    There are however many complaints about pushy Personal Trainers, trying to sell hours, and people who got cheated, signing up for exactly that and not getting proper information about their fees and payment. Just take care what paper you sign and don’t get pushed to any decision.

True Fitness

True Fitness In Singapore

  • Webpage
    www.truefitness.com.sg
  • Locations
    Raffles Place, China Square Central, Great World City Mall, Suntec City Mall, Parkway Parade, VivoCity (Location Map)
  • Membership Duration
    1 year / 2 years / 3 years – But individual length can be discussed and negotiated
  • Overall Costs
    Approx 90 – 110 SD per month, depending on the length and specifications of your contract + Joining Fee + Processing Fee
  • Payment
    Monthly or Prepaid (providing you with better rates)
  • Offered Classes
    List of offered classes here
  • Personal Trainer
    Approx 110 SD per session (1 hour) – I have no experience here yet, so if you have any information about the quality of the personal trainers, please post it in the comments
  • OVERALL IMPRESSION
    True Fitness is currently trying to revamp their damaged image, that got some serious scratches after very bad publicity on their other branch, True Yoga.

    However, rates are ok and the equipment is up to date. The gyms got a nice makeover, and again, you just have to be careful what you sign up for before joining.

Fitness First

Fitness First In SingaporePhoto by David Silverline

  • Webpage
    www.fitnessfirst.com.sg
  • Locations
    Normal: AMK Hub, Paragon, The Cathay, Fusionopolis
    Platinum: Capital Tower, Milenia Walk, One Georg Street, Raffles Place, One Raffles Quay
    (Location Map)
  • Membership Duration
    1 year / 2 years / 3 years – But individual length can be discussed and negotiated
  • Overall Costs
    Approx 130-150 SD per month, depending on the length and specifications of your contract + Joining Fee + Processing Fee
  • Payment
    Monthly or Prepaid (providing you with better rates)
  • Offered Classes
    List of offered classes here
  • Personal Trainer
    120 – 130SD for the “supposed” best Personal Trainers of the three here discussed competitors. Quality comes with a price, but from what I’ve heard, it pays back, in the amount of tumbling pounds
  • OVERALL IMPRESSION
    Fitness first is the most expensive gym in “town”, but without question the best one as well. The amenities from the workout rooms to the locker area are first class and you get services and features that are not even offered by the two other competitors.

    Some bad tongues might say that Fitness First is for “aunties” but in the end its up to your personal wish of comfort and likelihood which gym you sign up for.

Don’t Get Cheated

In terms of available equipment, locations and classes (which should be the three main factors for your decision, besides the costs of course) all three of the discussed gyms are very similar.

You will find differences in little details like changing room quality, if locks are provided, opening hours, personal trainer quality, drinking stations etc, but again, if you are the normal “workout typ” without any special demandings, all three of them will do you good.

However, take care when it comes to two things:

  • 1. Extra Fees
    When signing up, there can be many hidden fees, like “Joining Fee” and “Registration Fee”, “Subscription Fee” etc that might increase your overall investment for your health on a significant level. Fees up to 500SD for literally printing out some documents) are not rare, and be sure to read your contract carefully before signing it
  • 2. Personal Trainers
    Maybe in one gym more then in the other you will get approached by Personal Trainers on a regular basis (in the gym, via email, via phone call, via SMS), asking you to sign up for Personal Training.

    Their salary is based on a commission basis which explains the behavior. However, in these days of Internet you can find almost every Fitness Plan for free online, and if you have someone who can explain to you how to use your equipment properly, there wont be any needs to an hourly fee of 100SD and more, for someone to stand next to you and watch you sweat.


If you have any experiences, information or comments on The Gyms in Singapore or Personal Trainers, or you got cheated, please post it in the comments!!

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3 Comments

Milly

When my hubby joined Fitness First last year they offered me a free day’s membership to come in and try out the equipment (and convince me to hoin as well). I’ve never been a member of a gym, prefering other forms of exercise, so I though, why not. They showed me around, gave me shorts and t-shirt to wear, even gave me a mini session with a trainer. Problem was the next day I could hardly walk, and for the rest of the week I was in agony! The other problem is that the sales rep still calls me every now and again just to see if I’ve changed my mind. I am still polite, but that may change soon.

admin

:) Well, I hope by now your muscles are not acking anymore…

And reg the sales people… I never leave my real phone number if its not something important or that I am really interested in. In the end you can always call them up yourself or just walk by if its something you need to discuss.

Belsnowy

I am a member in Fitness First, and i bet the differences in my branch in AMK Hub. I took up their mini package of 3 sessions with trainer. And i am pretty please with the result i have achieve, i mean it really.. And the best things are after the 3rd sessions, yes its the trainer job to go thru the packages but he didn’t force me neither did the branch’s sales nor my trainer call me after that.

Thus, i guess its individual branch sale tactics and trainers behaviours. Thanks.
That’s made a differences in , my consideration of taking up the full package of the Personal Trainer program with my PT.
Just my 2 cents worth :)

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