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The ultimate gym chain comparison April 2021: Helping you choose the right gym

There are lots of gyms out there, but knowing which to choose can be a tricky task. We’ve collated all the information so you don’t have to.

You’ve decided to join the gym, well done! Now, where to start?

There are so many gyms to choose from. Choosing the best gym for you will depend on what you want to get out of your gym experience. Some people want to join the classes, whereas others just want a wide array of equipment to choose from.

When you go to some franchised gym websites, it’s hard to actually know whether there’s a joining fee, or what the weekly cost will be. Don’t worry, we’ve gathered all the information for you so that you can see what each gym offers and whether it suits your needs.

So, whether you’re after a gym with a wide range of classes, or one that’s open 24 hours, our ultimate gym comparison guide is here to help.


Compare the gyms in Singapore:

GymNumber of gymsJoining fee?Cost24 hours?ClassesFurther information
Pure Fitness3Complimentary free trial$150-$200 depending on your chosen contract lengthNo.

Usual opening hours 6am-midnight

YesFull review
Virgin Active6No$49-$75 per week depending on agreed termNo.

Open 6:30am-10:30pm

YesFull review
Ritual Gym3No$199-$369 per month depending on your chosen membershipNo.

Monday-Friday 6:30am-9pm, Saturday 9am-3pm, closed on Sunday

YesFull review
Platinum Fitness1$50 registration fee$90-$150 per per monthYesNoFull review
True Fitness8$900 when signing up for a two-year membership, otherwise noFrom $35-$133 per monthNoYesFull review
Dennis Gym6No$88 per month for 12-month membershipYesNoFull review
Functional Training Institute1No, however you have to sign up for a one-to-one training session to access the gym for which there is a fee$64.20-$192NoNo, however indoor group training sessions are held regularlyFull review
Home Team NS3No$53.50-$620NoNoFull review
ActiveGym22No$1.50-$3.30 per sessionNoNoFull review
Anytime Fitness65No$80-$100 per monthNoNoFull review

Pure Fitness

1. Pure Fitness

Joining fee: All new members enjoy a complimentary free trial.

Cost per week of membership: Prices range between $150 and $200 per month depending on your chosen contract length.

24 hours: Unfortunately not. Pure Fitness Ocean Financial is open daily from 6am-12am.

Classes: Yes, there is a great range of group fitness classes including popular global options like BODYPUMP, Barre, Body Combat and TRX Blast. Other classes include BODYJAM, BODYATTACK, Dance Fitness, GRIT, Pilates, Yoga, Zumba and more.

Facilities: Basic facilities are available for all, including strength and cardio equipment for group and personal training sessions.

Cons: Restricted opening hours on bank holidays and during public holidays.


Virgin Active

2. Virgin Active

Joining fee: No additional joining fee.

Cost of membership: $75 per week for flexible contracts, $57 per week for a 12-month period or $49 per week when you commit to a 24-month membership.

24 hours: No. Virgin Active gyms are open daily from 6:30am-10:30pm.

Classes: Yes, there are 52 work-out classes to choose from here. Popular classes include aerobics, yoga, hot yoga, Barre, RPM and Zumba.

Facilities: All the usual gym facilities are available for all, including weights and muscle-training equipment as well as cardio workout machines such as rowers, treadmills and exercise bikes.

Cons: Some classes are only accessible at one of the 6 locations, which isn’t necessarily going to be the one that’s closest to your home or office.


Ritual Gym

3. Ritual Gym

Joining fee: There are no up-front costs to become a member.

Cost of membership: Membership costs vary depending on your chosen subscription.

Classes are $24 per class off-peak and $36 per class on-peak when you sign up for a 25-class program, or $30 per class for off-peak and $43 per class on-peak if choosing to sign up for a 10-session period.

If committing to a 6-month contract, you’ll pay $249 per month for off-peak classes and $369 per month for on-peak access. By committing to a 12-month contract, you’ll unlock the best prices which are $199 per month for off-peak training and $329 per month for on-peak sessions.

24 hours: No. Ritual gyms are open from 6:30am-9pm on weekdays and 9am-3pm on Saturdays. The gym is closed on Sundays.

Classes: Technically, the whole idea of Ritual Gym is class-based. Each training session is scheduled and with the three tiers of training, every class is suited to every ability.

Facilities: Any equipment needed for the training sessions will be available.

Cons: Ritual Gym isn’t open on Sundays.


Platinum Fitness

4. Platinum Fitness

Joining fee: $50 registration fee if you choose to sign up after your free trial period.

Cost per week of membership: $150 per month for a one-month contract, $120 per month when you sign up for 6 months and $90 per month for a 12-month membership.

24 hours: Yes. Pure Fitness offers 24-hour member access to its gym.

Classes: No. Platinum Fitness doesn’t currently offer any workout classes.

Facilities: Facilities include towels, personal training, cardio, functional, free weights and machine weight areas, plus all the usual gym equipment suspects.

Cons: No classes.


True Fitness

5. True Fitness

Joining fee: $900 when signing up for a 2-year membership or free for a monthly subscription.

Cost of membership: $35 per month when you sign up for 2 years, $118 per month for access to one gym or $133 per month for access to all eight locations.

24 hours: No. True Fitness opening hours are as follows:

Monday-Thursday 6am-11pm, Friday 6am-10pm, Saturday 6am-9pm and Sunday 8am-8pm

Classes: True Fitness offers a great range of workout classes spanning aerobics, dance, spinning and yoga and pilates matwork. With plenty of globally popular exercise classes including UBOUND, BODYJAM, ACTIVATE and Barre, there’s something for everyone on offer here.

Facilities: You’ll find all the usual cardio workout machines like cross trainers, treadmills and rowing machines, muscle conditioning equipment including free weights, machine weights and gym balls, plus plenty of space for floor-based exercises and stretching too.

Cons: Busy during peak hours.


Dennis Gym

6. Dennis Gym

Joining fee: Free to sign up for either a 6-month or 12-month membership.

Cost of membership: Membership fees are not published; however, when signing up for a 12-month membership the costs are $88 per month. Give the contact number a call as promotional sign-up discounts are offered on a regular basis.

24 hours: Yes. All 6 locations are open 24 hours a day.

Classes: No. None of the locations offer group exercise classes or training sessions.

Facilities: Access everything from free weights and cardio machines to personal trainers, changing rooms and exercise mats. Whether you’re slimming down or bulking up, you’ll be able to get the advice you need from the on-hand personal trainers.

Cons: No classes, which can be off-putting for many customers.


Functional Training Institute

7. Functional Training Institute

Joining fee: No official sign-up fee; however, to use the gym facilities you have to first sign up for a one-to-one training session.

Cost of membership: One-to-one training sessions range from $48.15-$133.75 for a 30-minute session, $96.30-$267.50 for a 55-minute session and $64.20-$192.60 for access to the gym facilities.

24 hours: The opening times are 6am-10pm daily.

Classes: Not in the traditional sense; however, group training and FIT sessions are available. For more info, contact the customer care team via the website.

Facilities: This gym offers all the basic gym equipment you’d expect to find at a fitness centre. There’s a fantastic range of cardio equipment, a diverse range of free weights and kettlebells and plenty of space to add some floor-based exercises into your workout regime.

Cons: Only one location.


Home-Team-NS-Fitness-Workz

8. Home Team NS Fitness Workz Gym

Joining fee: Free 7-day trial for all new members.

Cost of membership: Prices range dramatically depending on whether you’re looking for an off-peak membership or an all-day membership, plus if you’re a Home Team NS member, you’ll get an even lower price. Check out the table below for further info:

Affiliate member prices are for SAFRA and social members.

24 hours: The opening times are 7am-10pm daily.

Classes: None available at present.

Facilities: Access everything from cardio and training machines to lockers, showers, towels and even swimming pools and a steam room.

Cons: The steam room is only available at the Bukit Batok location.

Off-peak/all-day durationHomeTeamNS member pricesAffiliate member pricesGuest prices
Off-peak 3 months$53.50$128.40$235
All-day 3 months$107$160.50$290
Off-peak 6 months$85.60$192.60$353
All-day 6 months$171.20$278.20$438
Off-peak 12 months$149.80$256.80$470
All-day 12 months$299.60$406.60$620
Walk in (all-day)$5.35
Walk in off-peak$5.35$8.60
Walk in peak time$8.60$10.70

ActiveGym

9. ActiveGym

Joining fee: Free to sign up.

Cost of membership: ActiveGym is publicly owned and charges its fee per session upon entry. Adult prices are $2.50 for Singapore citizens and $3.30 for non-permanent residents. Senior citizens are charged $1.50 per session.

24 hours: No. The opening times are 7am-10pm daily.

Classes: No; however, ActiveSG offers a number of group classes throughout Singapore that you can sign up for via the website.

Facilities: You’ll find everything you need to shed pounds, bulk up those muscles or tone to perfection on offer here. Access cardio machines, weight machines, free weights, kettlebells and even a swimming pool at one of the 22 locations throughout Singapore.

Cons: No monthly membership subscription available at present.


Anytime Fitness

10. Anytime Fitness

Joining fee: No sign-up fees.

Cost of membership: Membership prices are not published; however, it’s reported that fees range between $80 and $100 per month.

24 hours: Yes; however, you may have to pay an additional cost for a key if you’re planning a midnight training session.

Classes: No. This gym is extremely affordable and one of the reasons for that is it does not offer any group workout classes.

Facilities: If you want to stay in shape, get active and improve your overall health and stamina, you’ll access everything you need to do just that here. Anytime Fitness has an impressive range of elliptical workout equipment, exercise cycles, free weights, stair climbers, squat rack, resistance bands and more.

Cons: No classes, staffed hours vary from location to location, additional costs apply if you require a key for anytime access.


Top 6 tips before you join a gym

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  • Make sure you check the location of the clubs. If the gym you want to join is closer to your home or work, you’re more likely to keep going. There is no point joining a gym that you have to travel an hour to get to, let’s be realistic.
  • Think about what you want to get out of the gym. Are you better off attending classes or are you motivated enough to keep going with your own routines? Choose the gym that fits in with what you want to do whilst you’re there.
  • Use free trials. Don’t be scared to walk into a gym and get a 7-day trial. This is going to be the best way for you to find out if the gym offers what you want. Also trialling a gym out at the time you’d be going is a great way of finding out if the gym is going to be too busy at your preferred times.

  • Make sure you can afford the monthly payments. You don’t want to sign yourself into a yearly contract and then find out you can’t afford to eat for the rest of the month! No-one wants that. And cancelling your contract can be costly.
  • Freeze your account. If you know you’re going away for a few months and won’t be using the gym, look into whether your gym offers the ability to freeze your account. Most gyms will freeze your account for 8 weeks (often reducing the total payment to a few dollars a week, or maybe even zero), but it’s worth checking first.
  • Sign up to a gym in person. Often when you actually sit with someone in a gym, they can offer you a few free personal training sessions or a reduced price. There is no harm in asking. They may even be running a promo that you don’t know about.

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