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Stay Fit with These Affordable Alternatives to Pricey Gym Memberships

by Voices Wellness 27 Apr 2021


Photo: Xavier Lur on Twitter

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t necessarily need to break the bank to stay well and fit, especially if you’re on a budget during these economically challenging times. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS

Simply cut out the expensive activewear—swap out your Lululemon leggings and Nike sports shoes for local brands and skip premium gym subscriptions for more affordable alternatives.

Here’s a caveat: The following recommendations are meant for those with some experience in working out and who are free of past injuries that may impair their ability to exercise regularly without personalised attention and guidance.

Photo: Xavier Lur on Twitter 

Pay-per-use private gym: The Gym Pod

If you’ve been to The Lion City’s many neighbourhood parks, chances are, you’ve seen these striking black and yellow containers reminiscent of trailer trucks. Emblazoned with the words “The Gym Pod”, these “private gyms” have been around since 2018. Marketed as Asia’s first 24-hour smart container gym, they allow users to book 30-minute slots round-the-clock on their namesake app.

Users can choose between pay-per-use, which starts from $7.50 per pax per session during off-peak hours; and monthly plans that go as cheap as $4.50 for a per Pod session. If you’re willing to share with a friend, pay-per-use prices can go as low as $4.50 per pax too. Two types of Pods are available for booking, one being a Full Pod that comes with a three-station setup inclusive of a cardio station, a full dumbbell rack, and a strength station; while the other is a Spin Pod dedicated to virtual spin classes for all levels of difficulty. The newer Full Pods also come with interactive screens for users to enjoy a virtual workout alongside fitness experts via tutorials.

More information here.

Photo: ActiveSG

Free membership and complimentary classes: ActiveSG

Launched back in 2014 as a nationwide movement to encourage locals to stay fit and healthy, ActiveSG is a free, all-access pass for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents to book sporting facility and programmes, as well as try out new sports. If you’ve yet to sign up, now’s a good time as any—all new members will receive 100 ActiveSG credits in the app’s e-Wallets upon activation. As these credits expire on December 31 of the following year upon verification of your ActiveSG account, consider using them in a timely manner. The credits can be used for the entry of swimming complexes and ActiveSG gyms, as well as up to 30 percent of the payment for ActiveSG programmes and activities.

Classes and programmes are classified according to categories including aerobic, balance, flexibility, muscular endurance, and muscular strength. At a glance, there’re community soccer sessions, Zumba fitness, Hatha yoga classes, Pilates, badminton, and more. Aside from fitness classes, there are also workshops for CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) basics.

More information here.

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