RM10 and below
With zero commitment or contracts and no admin or registration charges, this burgeoning SS15 establishment pride themselves on a no-frills and budget-minded approach to fitness. There are only two types of gym plans here – the RM8 pay-per-entry option or the 30-day pass (RM99) – and you’ll have access to a broad range of weightlifting and cardio gear, including treadmills, spinning bikes, plate-loaded equipment, power racks, multi-station jungles and dumbbells.
Pay per entry, RM8; 30-day pass, RM99.
EZ Blast offers a myriad of affordable short-term options and standalone classes. Walk-in patrons can opt for access to weights only (RM5 per entry) or a combination of weights and cardio equipment (RM8 per entry), while aerobic classes are also available for non-members (RM10 per class). There’s also a private ladies-only gym area for members, with membership rates at RM100 per month (registration fee, RM50).
This boasts some of the most affordable gym rates in KL. Per entry rates of RM2 (daytime) and RM5 (evening) get you access to an adequate list of weights and cardio gear. With DBKL’s new myTempahan system, you can now also plan ahead and make online bookings for the tennis (from RM10 per hour), futsal (from RM20 per hour) and badminton (from RM8 per hour) courts at Kompleks Sukan Bangsar for your next big workout. Pool-wise, it’s an outdoor community swimming pool hemmed in by trees so the surroundings are slightly balmy. The complex looks tattered with its tarnished lifeguard stands and stinky toilets. Lockers are also unavailable. This 25m lido is still a pleasure to swim in although no lifeguard was in sight.
RM5 per entry.
Despite its ambitious name, X’treme is really just a friendly neighbourhood gym in Wangsa Melawati, having recently moved from Wangsa Maju to a new, orangewalled lot . The gym is well-stocked with free weights, weight training and cardio equipment, all of which are at your disposal for just RM5 per entry.
RM5 per entry.
RM50 and below
The Young Men’s Christian Association used to be a non-profit Christian organisation. Now, it functions as a community centre offering voluntary works, youth-building activities, recreational activities and sign-language classes. Of course, the YMCA is most venerable for their hostel service (from RM110). Amenities, though nothing fancy, are adequate like the launderette, sundry shop, hairdressing salon and café. And you might be surprised that these services are run by the deaf and mute. YMCA is often pigeonholed as a hub to learn dancing or martial arts but their ulterior motive is also to bridge youths internationally through exchange programs and mission trips.
Mon–Wed, 7.30–9pm, RM10 per entry; Sun, 7.30am–9am, RM52 per month; Fri, 7.30–9pm, 13 to 18 years old, RM47.
This old-school rugby club in PJ has long been a hosting ground for those interested in badminton, squash and gymming. The neighbourhood club’s façade may have lost its shine but PJ veterans still crowd here for a quick hit in the courts or the occasional alumni gathering. On weekends however, hatha yoga sessions are organised by The Divine Life Society Malaysia at a bargain. Factor in RM70 if you need a yoga mat.
Every Sun, 5–6.30pm. RM120 for three months.
Established by qualified psychotherapist Dr Dhilip Kumar in 1997, the centre not only offers yoga but pain management treatment and hypnotherapy too. Yoga classes focus on physical posture, breathing, concentration, cleansing techniques and meditation – all of which are needed for the upkeep of a balanced lifestyle. While you’re there, why not sign up for a breathing workshop (yes, you may not be breathing right) or a yoga retreat to the summit of a mountain?
RM180 for three months. Every Mon & Fri; RM290 for first three months, RM250 for consecutive months (1.5 hour class); One-time registration fee, RM20.
A women-only gym franchise from the US, Contours Express is spreading its reach across Shah Alam. The brand has its own trademarked range of CardioFit equipment that claims to offer negative as well as positive resistance, leading to an increased, more balanced workout. You can try a three-session, seven-day trial for RM19 ,which includes Contour Express’ signature 29-minute express workout. The session combines strength training, cardio and flexibility exercises for a full workout including warming up and cooling down.
RM19 for three-session trial.
For something to really kickstart your metabolism, try CrossFit. PushMore have been the CrossFit pioneers in Malaysia for some time now, but with championships and obstacle courses coming more and more to the fore, their brand of cross-discipline fitness is gaining even more popularity. CrossFit is a combination of gymnastics, weightlifting and metabolic conditioning, deployed across circuit-style workouts that change every day. Each day brings different exercises (back squats, double unders, burpees, dead lifts, pull ups... the list goes on) in different combinations, and everyone’s personal best times go up on a leaderboard.
RM35 per entry.
Founded in 1953, the society was set up by Gurudev Swami Sivananda for community and spiritual service. Today, the centre has over 20 outlets. If you’re planning on tapping into yoga, rock up to one of their weekly classes catering to beginners, intermediates and kids. For a post-yoga session, head a few steps away to Batu Caves for a dose of solitude. Once you’ve pushed past the beginner’s levels, sign up to join esteemed gurus from India in performing yoga at the foothills of the Himalayas.
RM100 for three months. Every Sat, 4–5.15pm.
Judo is not only a physical sport but a game of wit: both opponents try to outsmart each other with a game plan before executing physical techniques to take one down. The sport – encompassing agility, coordination, endurance, strength and techniques – isn’t easy to master, but do it right and it’ll promote muscle tone and definition. Even if you don’t want to take part in combat, these judo moves can still be done as conditioning and strength-building exercises. David Goh son of Mahaguru Goh (Judo Academy KL) teaches the Judo class here.
RM60 per month.
YMCA is often pigeonholed as a hub to learn dancing or martial arts but their ulterior motive is also to bridge youths internationally through exchange programs and mission trips. YMCA has a Judo club thought by Mahaguru Goh. This sport is not only a physical sport but a game of wit: both opponents try to outsmart each other with a game plan before executing physical techniques to take one down. Judo – encompassing agility, coordination, endurance, strength and techniques – isn’t easy to master, but do it right and it’ll promote muscle tone and definition. Even if you don’t want to take part in combat, these judo moves can still be done as conditioning and strength-building exercises.
Sun, 9–10.30am; RM50 per month; 5 to 12 years old, RM45 per month.
Large, light-filled studios in the unlikely suburb of Setapak, DancePot offers a range of dance classes for children and adults, and for RM80 a month you can try out one of their yoga, hip hop or Zumba classes. DancePot’s yoga is a combination of Hatha and gentle flow techniques, while their hip hop classes encompass beginner and intermediate levels, breaking, popping and house dance. The studio prides itself on its professional dance sprung floor – an elaborate system involving an underlay of high density absorbing rubber, layers of plastic sheeting and foam over that, and a final layer of laminated wood flooring for optimum shock absorption and cushioning during high impact exercise, like Zumba.
From RM80 a month, RM30 per drop-in class.
Founded by erstwhile world number one men’s doubles player and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ong Beng Teong, this established badminton academy offers weekly lessons to players hoping to emulate Lee Chong Wei and Rashid Sidek. With beginner, intermediate and advanced levels available, Pro Badminton Academy is an ideal platform for badminton enthusiasts to hone their skills and also improve fitness levels – our national sport is known to increase aerobic and anaerobic capacities.
From RM80 per month.
Live out your childhood dream as a mermaid at DolphinLee swimming school where you’ll don a mermaid costume and master the requisite dolphin kick. The course is much more fun than just learning to swim (the school still holds classes for those who want to perfect their strokes). Because you’ll be training with a monofin, the exercise will help tone your core muscles including abs, back and pelvis. Now you know how to make a splash at the next pool party.
Swimming lessons, RM110 for members, RM130 for non-members per month; Mermaid course, RM150 per month.
Regarded as the maiden salsa dance school in KL when it was established in 1998, Havana Estudio also hosts a slew of other dance classes in addition to its marquee calorie-burning salsa lessons. The acclaimed dance academy is offering an early bird discount for students who sign up before the commencement of this month’s salsa beginner classes (RM240 for eight weeks). The endurance-improving hip hop dance classes (RM100 per month) and rhythmic tap dance classes (RM100 for four classes) are also crowd pleasers.
Other branch: Address: 34B, Persiaran Zaaba,Taman Tun Dr Ismail Tel: 012 295 2890
You’ve seen Christina Aguilera go from waiting tables to headlining a burlesque bar. Yes, the moves are titillating but this seductive art form tones muscles faster than a weekly jog at the park. If you’ve got the attitude, all you need are the techniques (flirt with the boa) and a bit of confidence (jesting with the audience). Burlesque is not all about sultry shimmies – it’s an all-round exercise that works your core muscles, legs, abs, arms, butt and back. This master of tease is the only confidence booster you need.
RM100 per month.
Beth’s Subang-based studio is a world away from glamorous yoga chains and celebrity-endorsed techniques. It’s almost anti-glamour; not severe, Spartan-like, just in a way that encourages you to reconnect with the true meaning of yoga. Run by the gentle Beth Lim, the yoga studio focuses on a holistic understanding of yoga – practically speaking, this means well-structured Hatha yoga classes that work with your strengths instead of rushing you through poses. Beth’s Yoga Centre is also a mirrorless studio, meaning you can focus on how you feel rather than how you look.
From RM90 per month, or RM120 for unlimited classes.
If your end goal is rippling muscles, D’Popeye hosts a myriad of fitness equipment including weights, leg raises and hammer strengths. Popular with men, the gym also sells protein supplements at half the market price. For the clueless, personal trainers on site are able to advise on daily meal plans, trimming and toning according to body type. An upfront fee of RM170 is required upon registration.
RM70 per month.
If the weekend is all you’ve got, Elements Gym offers a Friday to Sunday deal where you’ll still be able to utilise the gym’s facilities, pool and sauna services. Go beyond the treadmill as this boutique gym also features a heated infinity pool that overlooks the KL city view – it’s the only reason you set your alarm on a weekend.
Registration RM300, RM190 per month with 12 months contract.
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