These days, spending upwards of $200/month on fancy gyms like Fitness First and Virgin Active are the norm. But after a certain point, you’ll realise you’re actually paying more for the lifestyle and brand than equipment and facilities.
Thankfully, there are still a few cheap gyms in Singapore where you can work out for less than $100/month. (No, I’m not talking about the neighbourhood fitness corner.)
And if you’re a commitment-phobe or just want to work out casually without locking yourself into a contract, some of these gyms also let you pay per entry.
9 cheap gyms in Singapore 2021 (under $100/month)
|Cheap gym in Singapore||Membership fee||Locations|
|The Gym Pod||$4.50 to $12.50/entry||11 pods islandwide|
|ActiveSG Gym||$15 to $30/month||25 gyms islandwide|
|SAFRA EnergyOne||$42.80 to $96.30/month||Mount Faber, Tampines, Yishun, Toa Payoh, Jurong, Punggol|
|Dennis Gym||$64 to $120/month||Farrer Park, Tai Seng, Jurong, Simei|
|GymmBoxx||$65 to $85/month||AMK, Bishan, Bedok, Tampines, Jurong, CCK|
|Anytime Fitness||$80 to $100/month||Islandwide|
|24x Fitness||$85 to $95/month||Bugis, Paya Lebar|
|The Loft||$89 to $109/month||Bugis|
The Gym Pod ($4.50 to $12.50/entry)
Each Gym Pod is a tiny gym with free weights, a squat rack and a treadmill. You can book a Gym Pod either all for yourself (1 pax) or opt to share with a stranger (2 pax). Sessions are 30 minutes each, and here’s the pricing per person:
|Peak||Off-peak (12am to 6/7am daily)|
|Regular Gym Pod (2 pax)||$5.50||$4.50|
|104 Amoy St (2 pax)||$7.50||$6.50|
|Regular Gym Pod (1 pax)||$9.50||$7.50|
|104 Amoy St (1 pax)||$12||$10|
|80 Bendemeer “Dungeon” (1 pax)||$12.50 (1 hour session)||—|
Given how limited the equipment is, it’s probably best to book the pod solo, or you’d run the risk of the other person hogging the equipment you want.
The Gym Pod is best for casual gym-goers, e.g. those who work out 2x a week. Assuming you go solo at peak times, that’ll cost you $76/month. While not exactly the cheapest, it’s also the introvert’s dream — working out 100% alone with no waiting time!
Once you’ve got the hang of it, it makes sense to spring for the $9.90/month membership which gives you off-peak prices on all bookings. With the same workout routine of 2x/week, you’d end up paying $70/month.
Finally, if you’re looking for a more full-fledged gym experience, check out the 80 Bendemeer “Dungeon” which has more equipment but also more people (10 pax maximum).
Another pay-per-entry option is iGym in Bishan, which offers a credits-based payment. To access the gym, you have to download their mobile app, top up a minimum of $10 to your app wallet, and sign in and out via a QR code at the gym.
Charges are per entry: $6 for the first hour, $0.50 for the next 30 minutes. If you have some reason to stay in the gym for 4 hours, the 4th hour will be charged from $6.
If the location is convenient for you, iGym is a more affordable drop-in gym than The Gym Pod. Working out 2x a week here will set you back only $48.
ActiveSG Gym ($2.50/entry, $15 to $30/month)
Singapore’s largest group of public gyms located in practically every heartland central, ActiveSG Gym is by far the cheapest gym option in Singapore. Check out the current Active SG gym prices:
|Membership fee (adult)||Concession fee (student/senior citizen)|
|Peak – 1 month||$30||$18|
|Peak – 6 months||$160 ($27/month)||$95 ($16/month)|
|Peak – 12 months||$300 ($25/month)||$180 ($15/month)|
|Off-peak (weekdays before 4pm) – 1 month||$15||$9|
|Off-peak – 6 months||$40 ($7/month)||$40 ($7/month)|
|Off-peak – 12 months||$80 ($7/month)||$80 ($7/month)|
|Per entry||$2.50 (Singaporean & PR) / $3.30||$1.50|
ActiveSG gyms are also the most crowded option on the list, which means you’ll run into gym hogs and have to wait a while to use equipment. Free weights are always in high demand, and there’s almost always a queue for the squat racks and benches.
If you have a flexible work schedule, I recommend going for the unbelievably cheap off-peak membership (or just drop-in since it’s so cheap). Going early on weekdays also gives you better access to equipment.
SAFRA EnergyOne Gym (from $42.80/month for members)
Not a fan of the jam-packed ActiveSG gyms? Try the affordable SAFRA EnergyOne gyms — they’re less crowded and have better facilities like sauna/steam rooms. See the full list of SAFRA EnergyOne Gym locations here.
Unfortunately, the EnergyOne membership fee structure is a hot mess. Here’s my attempt to simplify the it:
|Membership fee (SAFRA member)||Membership fee (non-SAFRA member)|
|Peak||$128.40/quarter ($42.80/month) + one-time fee $395.90||$80.25 to $96.30/month, depending on commitment period|
|Off-peak (weekdays before 5pm, Sat before 1pm, Sun after 1pm)||$96.30/quarter ($32.10/month) + one-time fee $128.40||$64.20/month|
On the top left is the highest membership tier (Silver) which is open to SAFRA members only. You get access to all gym locations at all times of the day. It seems affordable at less than $42.80/month (billed every 3 months), but there’s a very expensive one-time fee to pay up front.
The bottom left is the 2nd tier membership (Red) which is open to SAFRA members and MINDEF workers. It’s only for off-peak access, and only lets you go to 1 gym location. It’s a lot cheaper at $32.10/month and the one-time fee is less of a burden.
Non-SAFRA members can also sign up for EnergyOne Gym membership. You pay more per month, but it’s still less than $100/month. Best of all, there’s no one-time fee!
GymmBoxx ($65 to $85/month)
GymmBoxx is a well-run heartland gym chain with outlets in the Central/North, East and West. It’s very much a weightlifting gym — free weights and strength training equipment are in abundance here. Death to cardio!
While not fancy as Virgin Active, the gyms are clean and membership is also pretty affordable:
|Membership fee (adults)||Youth age up to 21||Seniors 55 and up|
|3 months||$225 ($75/month)||$180 ($60/month)||$150 ($50/month)|
|6 months||$420 ($70/month)||$330 ($55/month)||$270 ($45/month)|
|12 months||$780 ($65/month)||$600 ($50/month)||$480 ($40/month)|
$60 joining fee for newbies / $30 reactivation fee
Our main gripe is that GymmBoxx is no longer 24 hours. It now opens from 6am to midnight on weekdays, and 8am to midnight on weekends.
Dennis Gym (from $64/month)
Created by former Singapore Bodybuilding Federation coach Dennis Tew, Dennis Gym has 4 outlets — Farrer Park, Tai Seng, Jurong and Tampines — and they’re all 24 hours.
While they focus on personal training services (which you’ll have to pay more for, obviously), Dennis Gym has a great variety of strength-building equipment if you know how to work out without breaking your bones.
Here are the membership fees for different commitment periods.
|3 months||$230 ($77/month)|
|6 months||$399 ($67/month)|
|12 months||$769 ($64/month)|
Before you sign up, definitely check the Dennis Gym website to find out about any promotions. For example, there’s currently a $520/12 months (works out to only $43/month) package for their upcoming Balestier outlet.
Anytime Fitness (~$80 to $100/month)
Anytime Fitness is the 7-11 of gyms — ubiquitous and open 24/7. It’s a big franchise so the quality and price varies quite a bit from outlet to outlet.
From what we’ve researched, the AF outlets at Pasir Panjang and Serangoon Nex are awesome. Spacious, clean, great equipment. But we’ve also seen some other outlets that look cramped and a bit worn out. So it’s worth checking out a few locations.
Prices vary from location to location; generally around $80 to $100/month depending on your commitment period, any promotions, and how desperate the salespeople are that month.
There may be a separate admin fee as well. But if you are persuasive enough with the salesperson, you can try for a fee waiver and even haggle for a free gift.
24X Fitness ($85 to $95/month)
24X Fitness is a newer competitor to Anytime Fitness offering pretty much the same deal — 24/7 gym facilities. Currently, there are only 2 outlets, in Bugis and Paya Lebar.
Membership costs $84.53/month for 18 months’ commitment, or $95.23/month for 12 months, excluding any personal training fees. You also have to pay a $72 fee for the key if you want late night access.
The Loft Gym ($89/month onwards)
The Loft Gym is a good-looking 24-hour gym located in the Bugis area. Membership is pretty exorbitant unless you’re willing to commit for at least 6 months or a year.
|12 months||$89/month + $158 one-time fee|
|6 months||$109/month + $158 one-time fee|
|90 days||$550 (works out to $183/month)|
Bear in mind you will need to pay $158 as a one-time fee ($99 for registration + $59 for an access key). But given the central location and how new the equipment and facilities are, it might be worth the price.
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