Health & Fitness

7 ways to work out for free in Singapore

Sweat it out in these fitness classes that are both guilt-free and cost-free
 

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In theory: we'd love to get up an hour earlier everyday to squeeze in a morning run. In real life: we lack the discipline. This is why many of us turn to fitness classes, because there's the camaraderie, an instructor, and well, it's just a lot more fun. The catch: these don't come cheap. So to save you another excuse not to work out, we’ve put together for you a list of places and events where you can try out a bunch of different exercises, at zero cost. 

 

Participate in Fitness At Work

Not a morning person? Lunch break too short? Then check out the free evening classes also organised between Health Promotion Board and fitness studios. Locations are at UOB Plaza, Plaza Singapura, Sentosa Boardwalk, Marina Square and The Lawn @ Marina Bay.

 

Hang out at the Singapore Sports Hub

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There’s a free class happening every day in the mornings and evenings. Schedules and class types change every month and you can find all kinds of workouts: from zumba to boot camp to pilates, yoga, kickboxing, a community run, and more. 

 

Shop until you drop… some squats in the mall
Heartlanders rejoice – you don’t have to enter the city bustle to exercise for free. The Health Promotion Board people have you covered as well with mall workout sessions. Simply rock up in your activewear and get ready to sweat. No registration required. 

 

Get strong with Armour @ The Bay
Exercise outdoors every Tuesday at Clifford Square, beside the Fullerton Bay Hotel. Fitness apparel brand Under Armour gets experts to run a different class every week (plus you score 15% discount vouchers!).

Past workouts include a Zuu class run by worldwide gym chain Virgin Active, and a Kettlebell HIIT Blast class run by female-friendly gym HerLifts Active Room. 

 

Using technology to your advantage

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There is no shortage of full-length exercise sessions on Youtube and free workout apps.

A popular free app is Sworkit (available on iTunes and Google Play Store). It’s simple to use and totally customisable, whether you’re a fitness buff or an exercise noob. Choose your workout type (strength, cardio, yoga or stretching), the duration of the workout, and then just follow what’s on the screen! It functions offline so you can exercise anywhere, and displays a video of the movement so you know exactly what to do.

On YouTube, look up the Popsugar channel, with tons of full-length videos for dance, cardio, toning and high-intensity circuit workouts.

 

Use Meetup.com

These groups are often formed by passionate individuals who are looking for like-minded folks to work out with, or who want to provide an accessible platform for anyone and everyone to stay healthy.

Check out Free Bootcamp Training @ Botanic Gardens, which happens every Sunday at 9am and Wednesday at 6:30pm. Their workout is inspired by Freeletics, a format created in the U.S combining running and high-intensity interval training for a hardcore fat-burning and muscle-building sweat sesh. Intimidated?

Don’t worry – participants are from all walks of life (including couch potatoes) and the organisers will adjust the training intensity according to your needs.

If you want to play sports, then hit up the folks at Singapore Sports & Recreation Meetup, who run free volleyball, softball or frisbee sessions monthly.

 

Get in on Sunrise in the City

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Sunrise In The City is an initiative between Health Promotion Board and studio gyms to offer free exercise classes in and near business hubs. Locations are in the Central Business District, The Metropolis, Changi Business Hub, Harbourfront Centre, Westgate Mall, Toa Payoh Central, and more.

Participating companies include Platinum Yoga, True Fitness, One Wellness, Real Yoga, and others. You can choose between yoga, Body Combat, pilates, Kpop dance classes, high intensity interval training… and the list goes on. Get clicking fast, because classes tend to fill up quickly.

For more information:
Visit Meetup for information on bootcamp training at Botanic Gardens, Health Hub for a complete list of their fitness programmes, and TripleReady for Under Armour classes. 

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