I used the complimentary $100 credits from ActiveSG to access the gym and attend group exercise classes. Here’s how it went.
I am the type of person who loves morning or evening jogs below my block. I also have a few dumbbells at home to squeeze in a little strength training every week. Plus, I see walking as a lifestyle so I skip public transport whenever possible to get in my daily minimum of 10,000 steps. Which is why you would rarely find me in a gym.
I wanted to switch up my workout routine, so I started looking for gym memberships for regular weekly workouts. Budget was one of my concerns as I am still a student. That’s why I decided to hop on the ActiveSG bandwagon. The best part: ActiveSG provides free gym memberships for Singaporeans and permanent residents. Sounds too good to be true? I put that to the test.
ActiveSG is a popular fitness application used by Singaporeans for quick and easy workouts. Every Singaporean and permanent resident has a complimentary $100 credit in their ActiveSG account. You can activate the credits by signing up for an ActiveSG account using your Singpass details. This $100 credit can be used to supplement the cost of a one-month gym membership to all ActiveSG gyms islandwide — from Jurong to Tampines.
I downloaded the ActiveSG mobile application and after logging in, I found that booking gym packages and memberships is pretty straightforward. I booked a one-month ActiveSG gym pass that deducted $30 from my ActiveSG credits. Yes, I bagged a gym membership without having to pay a single cent. The complimentary $100 credits sounded like a complete steal, and I couldn’t wait to make full use of it. As I confirmed the transaction, I planned to hit the gym four times a week. Keyword: planned.
ActiveSG gym membership
I began utilising the gym at 7.30am, on the mornings that I managed to wake up early. ActiveSG gyms typically open at 7am. I was pleased to see that the Delta ActiveSG Gym near my place wasn’t too crowded in the morning. Plus, the premises looked clean, and there were shelves and lockers to store my bag.
The gym I used had treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, a weight section and a squat rack, amongst a few other weight training machines. My regular workout involved getting my cardio in at the treadmill and elliptical, and using the free weights. The lower back extension bench, pictured below, was my favourite. Gym equipment? Check. Lighting? Not so great.
I ended up using the gym twice or thrice a week – not bad in increasing my active minutes. Overall, the one-month pass at ActiveSG was a pleasant experience. I’d definitely recommend everyone to use their free $100 credits to utilise the ActiveSG gyms for their workouts.
At the Delta ActiveSG Gym, I met friendly female gym-goers who were glad to step in and advise on my stance when I tried my hand at the weights. In fact, they were the ones who introduced me to the back extension bench, pictured above, which turned out to be my favourite machine. After one month of gym membership, you may choose to renew it using your remaining ActiveSG credits. Aside from the gym pass, there is also a pool pass that can be used at all ActiveSG swimming pools. As I am not a regular swimmer, I passed on that opportunity.
ActiveSG group exercise classes
ActiveSG programmes include loads of interesting classes – from aqua spinning and Boogie Bounce to common ones like yoga and zumba. However, you may have to pay out of your own pocket as the $100 credits only cover a portion of the class fees.
For free group workouts, consider joining the running, night cycling and mass piloxing classes that are held at various outdoor locations.
The free piloxing class was held at a stadium and the running interest group was at Pasir Ris, both of which were very far from where I live. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamism and energy of the group workouts (especially the piloxing class), I found myself skipping classes as I did not have the time to travel far on busy days.
Another bonus: ActiveSG allows you to book facilities for free. This means you can book sports halls for your activities. All you have to do is check the availability of the facilities from the plethora of locations from the application and book a slot for yourself.
Verdict on ActiveSG
Overall, I was satisfied with the regular weekly workouts I got through ActiveSG. Though travelling to various locations for group classes was tiring, it was an eye-opening experience. And I got all these benefits, at the cost of nothing! I have since renewed my monthly gym pass and will definitely continue using my credits for the ActiveSG gyms. There is a wide variety of gyms to choose from, so you’ll be able to find an ActiveSG gym near you. However, I would pass on the free classes, as they’re not conveniently located for me.
BRB, at the gym.