These days, spending upwards of $200/month on fancy gyms like Fitness First and Virgin Active is 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.
- 10 cheap gyms in Singapore under $100/month (September 2022)
- The Gym Pod ($7.50 to $9.50/entry)
- iGym ($6/entry)
- ActiveSG Gym ($2.50/entry, $15 to $30/month)
- SAFRA EnergyOne Gym (from $35.70/month for members)
- GymmBoxx ($50 to $110/month)
- Dennis Gym (from $42/month)
- Anytime Fitness (~$80 to $100/month)
- 24X Fitness ($85 to $95/month)
- The Loft Gym ($89/month onwards)
- Ark Move ($80/month)
- Best credit cards for gym memberships
1. 10 cheap gyms in Singapore September 2022 (under $100/month)
|Cheap gym in Singapore||Membership fee||Locations|
|The Gym Pod||$7.50 to $9.50/entry||42 pods islandwide|
|ActiveSG Gym||$2.50 to $3.30/entry||28 gyms islandwide|
|SAFRA EnergyOne||$85.60 to $117.70/month||Mount Faber, Tampines, Yishun, Toa Payoh, Jurong, Punggol|
|Dennis Gym||$120/month||Farrer Park, Tai Seng, Jurong, Tampines, Balestier|
|GymmBoxx||$117.70 to $128.40/month||Keat Hong, Canberra, Kebun Baru, Fernvale, Ci Yuan, Bishan, Century Square|
|Anytime Fitness||$75 to $100/month||Islandwide|
|Ark Move||$80/month||Woodleigh, Jurong Spring, West Coast|
|24x Fitness||$95.23/month||Bugis, Paya Lebar|
|The Loft||$109/month onwards||Bugis|
2. The Gym Pod ($7.50 to $9.50/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). There are also variations of the Gym Pod that offer a variety of other exercise options like spin, and flow sessions. Sessions are 30 minutes each, and here’s the pricing per person:
|1 person||2 people|
|Regular Gym Pod||$7.50/pax||$4.50/pax|
|The Flow Pod||$9.50/pax||$5.50/pax|
|The Spin Pod||$10/pax||$9/pax|
|The Rumble Pod||$7.50/pax||$4.50/pax|
|The Grit Pod||$6.50/pax||$3.75/pax|
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 $60/month. It’s not only super affordable, 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 $16.90/month membership which gives you off-peak prices on all bookings. With the same workout routine of 2x/week, you’d end up paying $60/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).
3. iGym ($6/entry)
Another pay-per-entry option is iGym in Bishan, which offers a credits-bas ed 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 for an hour each time will set you back only $24 here.
4. 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.
5. SAFRA EnergyOne Gym (from $35.70/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 6 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)|
|Silver Main (Full Access to All 6 Gyms)||$652.70/ 6 months||–|
|Silver Spouse (Full Access to All 6 Gyms)||$401.25/6 months||–|
|Term All Day (Full Access to All 6 Gyms)||–||$117.70/month|
|Term Daylighter (Off-Peak Access 1 Gym)||–||$85.60/month|
On the top left is the highest membership tier (Silver Main) which is open to SAFRA members only. You get access to all gym locations at all times of the day. It is on the slightly pricier end at $109/month (billed every 6 months). In the past, you could bring your spouse along for free but that has since changed.
The 2nd tier membership (Term) which is open to non-SAFRA members. It’s only for all-day, all-gyms access, but is so much more expensive at $117.70/month.
The final option is just not value for money at $85.60/month for off-peak access to one gym – only makes sense for those of you staying right next to a SAFRA gym.
6. GymmBoxx ($50 to $110/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)|
|1 month||Off-peak: $110
|6 months||Off-peak: $480 ($80/month)
Regular: $630 ($105/month)
|12 months||Off-peak: $780 ($65/month)
Regular: $984 ($82/month)
|One-time fee||$60 joining fee for newbies / $30 reactivation fee|
GymmBoxx is open 24 hours. 9am to 4pm on weekdays and 11pm to 7am on weekends are off-peak periods. All other times are considered regular timings.
They even offer a 0% interest installment plan that you can get access to at the gym’s front desk if you’re unable to pay the full sum upfront.
7. Dennis Gym (from $42/month)
Created by former Singapore Bodybuilding Federation coach Dennis Tew, Dennis Gym has 5 outlets — Farrer Park, Tai Seng, Jurong, Tampines, and Balestier — 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||$430 ($72/month)|
|12 months||$769 ($64/month)|
Before you sign up, definitely check the Dennis Gym website to find out about any promotions.
8. 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 $75, $85, or $95/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.
9. 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.
10. 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 a year.
|12 months||$109/month + $158 one-time fee|
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.
11. Ark Move ($80/month)
Ark Move is a new chain of neighbourhood gyms with three outlets at Woodleigh, Jurong Spring Community Club, and West Coast currently. Prices are fixed at $80/month for promotion.
12. Best credit cards for gym memberships
Paying for the entire year’s gym membership upfront? Charge it to one of these unlimited cashback credit cards to get a cash rebate on your big, one-off expense.
- Cash Back on Eligible Spend
- Min. Spend per month
- Cash Back Cap
Apply and Spend $500 to get S$350 Cash via PayNow OR a NEW Apple Watch SE (worth S$379) OR BOSE QuietComfort Earbuds II (worth S$379). T&Cs apply.
- Cash Back on eligible spend
- Up to 1.5%
- Min. Spend per month
- Cash Back Cap
Apply and spend S$250 to get an Apple AirPods Gen 3 (worth S$269) or Nintendo Switch Lite (worth S$279) or S$250 Cash via PayNow. T&Cs apply.
If you pay for your gym membership on a monthly basis, consider charging your recurring bills to one of these credit cards:
- Cash Back on All Spend
- Up to 3.5%
- Cash Back Cap per calendar month
- Min. Spend per month
Supplementary Card Promo:
Get up to S$150 cash back (S$30 per supplementary card, up to maximum of 5 cards).
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