2020 is the worst year ever for anyone with a gym membership. Gyms have reopened, but there’s still a cap on the number of class attendees. As a result, booking a class is now tougher than getting a Grab in a downpour during rush hour.
Until Singapore moves into Phase 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic (ie. the “Safe Nation” stage), the group sizes and capacity limits at gyms will stay in place.
Fortunately, many gyms have started running online classes at lower prices than their regular studio packages. With the rise in working from home, joining a live online workout session with a local trainer, at a specific time in the same time zone, is a lot easier and quicker than getting up and going to the actual gym.
For those who like hearing their local trainer shouting at them to squeeze those glutes, here are some local gyms in Singapore offering HIIT, resistance training, spinning, yoga, pilates classes online. #supportlocal
Prices of online HIIT, circuit training, spinning and boxing fitness classes
|Gym||Type of workout||Prices|
|Boom Singapore||Cardio and resistance, circuit training||$10 (single class) / $30 (5 classes or 7-day unlimited) / $80 (30-day unlimited)|
|Ground Zero||Full body workout on bike||$15 (day pass) /$350 (monthly pass)|
|Haus Athletics||HIIT-inspired workouts||$15 (1 class) /$36 (3 classes) / $55 (5 classes)|
|Pure Fitness||Group fitness including P90X, HIIT, cycling, strength training, pilates, instarobics, dance, body combat, home circuit, power core, Latino jam, Tabata, body balance, functional kickboxing, etc||Free for Pure Fitness Ocean Financial Centre and Ngee Ann City members|
|Absolute You||Spin class||$1,050 – 1 month access to online classes ($600 refundable deposit)|
|F45||Bodyweight, weighted, recovery workouts||Free for members only|
|Crossfit Mobilus||Fitness, personal training||$150 per month / $80 per session (personal training)|
|Spartans Boxing||Personal training, boxing||
Personal training: $50 (1 session) / $180 (6 sessions)
|Amore Fitness||Stretchfit, hip hop, pilates, aero cardio, dance, piloxing, bellyblitz, yoga, etc||Free for members|
|Ufit||Strength training, cardio, HIIT, kickboxing, yoga, pilates||From $105 for 30 credits)|
For cash-strapped people who could never afford to join a gym, the surge in online classes is actually a blessing in disguise as they’re often significantly cheaper than their real life counterparts. Plus if you don’t like how some people can be really judgy in gyms, online classes are great because you don’t have to turn on your laptop camera and just work out from the comfort of your home.
If you’re not already signed up to a particular gym then this is actually a great time to sample a bunch of random fitness centres, while getting a professionally-led workout at a low price. Some of the livestreams are filmed in actual classes, so you’ll have a good idea of what the class is like in real life.
On a lighter note, it’s also easier to avoid predatory salespeople trying to get you to sign up for a lifetime membership when you are but a virtual customer! You may have to deal with membership emails enticing you with sign up offers, which may actually be a good thing because you’ll know when the gym next has a promotion.
A few gyms like Pure Fitness, Fitness First, Box Office Fitness and Barry’s Singapore have uploaded their workouts on their Instagram or Facebook channels.. If you are currently a member at a gym or fitness centre, ask to see if there is some kind of online option just in case you missed it.
Prices of online yoga, pilates and barre classes
|Gym||Type of workout||Prices|
|HOM Yoga||Flow, pranayama, core, vinyasa flow, yin, hatha vinyasa, anusara, prenatal, postpartum, etc||Free|
|Jyan Yoga||Alignment, stretching, sculpting, flow yoga||$10 (1 class) / $40 (1 week unlimited)|
|Yoga Lab||Yoga (including flow and yinyang), barre (including arm sculpting, core sculpting)||$48 (1 month unlimited)|
|Freedom Yoga||Yoga (basics, flow, power), movement and meditation||
$10 / $15 / $20 / $25 / $30 (Donation-based single class)
$35 (5 classes) / $50 (10 classes) / $99 (1 month unlimited)
|WeBarre||Barre||$15 (1 class) / $35 (1 week unlimited) / $100 (10 classes)|
|Advantage Pilates||Pilates||$12 per class|
|Pure Yoga||Ashtanga, hatha, strength, universal, vinyasa, core alignment||Free for Pure Yoga members|
|Yoga Bar||Hatha, yin yang, vinyasa, ashtanga, chair, etc||$15 (1 class) / $150 (12 classes)|
|Art of Yoga||Hatha, vinyasa, Sivananda basics, restorative, yin, etc||$10 (1 class) / $100 (10 classes -current promotion gets you 11 classes)|
|Ziva Yoga||Hatha, vinyasa, sunrise, gentle, inversions, yin, etc||$15 (1 class) / $60 (5 classes) / $100 (10 classes)|
|Platinum Yoga||Hatha, deep stretch, flow, yin, HIIT, non-hot, gentle, etc||$16.50 (1 class) / $107 (10 classes)|
|Real Yoga||Hatha, stretch, meditation, hatha flow, sun salutations, core, slimming, inversion, body opening, cardio & core, etc||$12 (1 class) / $50 (5 classes) / $88 (1 month unlimited)|
|Trium Fitness||Yoga (basics, stretch, wheel, inversions, ring yogalates, yin), barre, pilates, zumba, piloxing, KpopX fitness||$10 (1 class) / $80 (10 classes) / $100 (1 month unlimited)|
When it comes to yoga, there is no shortage of classes for styles that don’t require special equipment or facilities, such as hatha and vinyasa. But if you’re used to doing, say, hot yoga or aerial yoga, you’re out of luck.
Other than the usual HIIT, yoga and pilates, you might be able to find online classes in a range of other disciplines such as MMA, muay thai or ballet. If it doesn’t require special equipment, you can probably find an online option. For those who do heavy weight training or spinning, unfortunately you still have to go to the gym, but there are some promos out there as gyms seek to recoup their losses after being closed.
Or if you were one of those who rushed to Decathlon to buy dumbbells before the circuit breaker kicked in, you can add some weight to your routine as well, assuming you already know how to use weights correctly.
The world is really your oyster when it comes to online workout videos, but if you can afford it we would really encourage you to #supportlocal. As an added bonus, when COVID-19 finally blows over, you’ll have a real live fitness community to exercise with in person.
Have you tried working out at home with the help of online videos? Share your experiences in the comments!