A fitness enthusiast tells us how to cut costs on gym memberships and fitness classes in Singapore. By Celine Asril and Estelle Low
Besides joining a gym, there are many ways to keep fit in Singapore. Photo: Lee Torrens / 123rf.com
Fitness enthusiast and creative director, June Thein, 33, works out at least five times a week. She’s been through it all – gym memberships, fitness trends, studio packages and personal training sessions.
Here are her top four tips on how to stay fit in Singapore for less:
1. Sign Up for a Multi-Gym Pass
“If you’re looking for diversity in your workouts and not looking to commit to a long-term single gym membership, multi-gym passes like KFit and Guavapass are definitely the way to go. They offer quite a range of fitness studios and programmes,” she says.
“The only pitfall is that classes can get booked out and you’re limited to a certain number every month.” KFit’s Fitness Pass is priced at $89 for the first month and $99 for every subsequent month for ten sessions each month, while Guavapass is priced at $149 per month for as many as three classes per studio.
2. Organise or Join Community Groups
“There are loads of other ways to exercise. You can organise runs and boot camps with friends. Singapore is a great place for working out outdoors because it has many parks and open spaces,” she shares. (Check out these six outdoor running routes in Singapore.)
As for what you should be looking to do: “Body-weight exercises can get you fairly good results. Look out for boot camp meetups and free yoga-in-the-park type of sessions to stretch your muscles after.” That’s exactly what we were thinking.
Or, join the Pokemon Go craze and go all around Singapore hunting for the cute monsters. See how to turn Pokemon Go into a workout. You can easily clock 10,000 steps a day just from Poke hunting and hatching the “eggs”!
3. Use Your Credit Card Privileges
“When I signed up with my gym a couple of years ago, I got a pretty decent discount with my Citibank credit card,” she recalls.
In addition to asking gyms what credit cards offer discounts, find out if you’ll get cashback privileges. For instance, American Express True Cashback card offers 1.5 per cent with no minimum spend required.
Meanwhile, DBS Woman’s World Mastercard gives cardmembers 2 complimentary visits to select True Fitness Centres, and the True Yoga Centre at Pacific Plaza every month. The card also waives the SGD$200 joining fee when you sign up for a 24-month membership with True Fitness and True Yoga.
Make sure to read the terms and conditions of these deals so you aren’t surprised by up-front fees you may have to pay. “While I received a discount, I had to pay two years of gym membership fees upfront,” June adds.
4. Use Your Company Privileges
“If you’re working in a large organisation or multinational corporation, chances are high your company’s already worked out tie-ups with a gym nearby. You might receive a good corporate discount or welcome package deal when you sign up.”
A version of this article originally appeared on SingSaver.com.sg.