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The best places to work out for free in Singapore

No gym membership? No problem. Here’s where to work out for free in Singapore

By Michelle Ng and Time Out Singapore editors
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With plenty of gyms, yoga studios and exercise pits dotted around Singapore, there's no reason for you to skip leg day or working on your guns. But there's also no need to burn a hole in your pocket with pricy gym memberships to keep fit. The city is loaded with a plethora of free classes you can rock up to without any prior reservation – as well as interest-specific fitness groups in your neighbourhood – that’ll keep both your body and wallet happy.

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Adidas Runners Singapore

Not your average running group, Adidas Runners get down to business when it comes to breaking the limits and unlocking your better self. Join in the group and run against the scenic backdrop of Mount Faber and above the verdant greenery of the Southern Ridges. And with all the steps and slopes, you'll also be giving those leg muscles a killer workout, improving strength for the next run. Stay updated via its Facebook page for any upcoming running experience.

Where Start at Adidas VivoCity.

When Fortnightly on Saturdays at 7.30am.

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Sunrise In The City

Start the day right with a session of free yoga or HIIT (thanks to the Health Promotion Board), some of them happening in the best yoga studios and gyms in the city including Platinum Yoga and Fitness First. If you're disciplined enough to wake up early every day, the free Sunrise In The City programme basically removes the need to purchase a gym membership. Just remember to register early to claim the good spots and enjoy the view.

Where Various studios and gyms including Fitness First at 100AM Mall, Trium Fitness at Aperia Mall and Platinum Yoga at Ang Mo Kio.

When Daily.

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Yoga Nikam

Limber up and stretch at this free yoga session. Inspired by master yogi Nikam Guruji who propagated yoga selflessly throughout his life, this bunch of volunteers in the city aims to continue the tradition of making yoga accessible to the masses. Don't expect a bootcamp-style workout here, either. It focuses on equipping participants with the basic skills needed to practise yoga on their own with loads of emphasis placed on proper form. It also doesn't do reservations, so your best bet is to head down early to snag a spot.

Where Various locations including Kallang Mall and JCube.

When Daily from 7am or 9am.

Experience Sports Fit-Sessions

Sport and fitness Kallang

Where else would you go to do fitness-related activities besides the Singapore Sports Hub? Supported by the hub’s Experience Sports initiative, free workouts are held daily – there are Zumba classes, bootcamps, yoga sessions and community runs to choose from – and you can expect an average of 150 to 200 participants each time. Children aged six to 12 are not exempt from the fun. They can pick up a new sport in the hub’s Learn-to-Play programme – the schedule changes monthly but expect basketball, kin-ball, baseball, inline skating and everything else kids love.

Where Various locations within The Singapore Sports Hub.

When Mon-Fri 7pm; Sat & Sun 9am.

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Fitness at Work

Fitness@Work

Corporate folks looking to rev up their weekday evenings with some moderately paced exercise are in luck. Conducted at public spaces, the Health Promotion Board’s Fitness@Work initiative sees hour-long sessions led by professional fitness and dance trainers at convenient locations around the Central Business District. Classes run the gamut from modern dance and boxercise to body combat and KpopX – the latter has you sweating it (and belting the lyrics) out to K-pop hits. Book in advance or you could just show up with a towel and water bottle and work out.

Where Six locations around the CBD including the Bayfront event space, The Lawn at Marina Bay and Tanjong Pagar Centre.

When Mon-Fri 6.30pm.

Sundays@The Park

Sundays@The Park

Just because it's Sunday it doesn't mean you shouldn't leave the couch. Get active and kick out all the pent up stress at the weekly Health Promotion Board (HPB) initiative before you get back to the grind on Monday. Held at public spaces within residential estates, the hour-long workout sessions are also great for getting to know your neighbours through regular weekly exercises. There are 12 types of exercise to choose from including Piloxing, Zumba and salsation, a type of aerobic dance to the rhythms of high-energy music.

Where Across 87 parks islandwide.

When Sun 8.30am or 5pm.

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Bootcamp training at Botanic Gardens

Bootcamp training at Botanic Gardens

What started as four friends trying to get fit has grown into a bootcamp where over 40 like-minded people gather to exercise weekly. The sessions are led by volunteers and focus mainly on bodyweight exercises, with the occasional use of props such as resistance bands and agility ladders, and are scaled to suit both beginners and regulars. Slots are typically booked 10 days in advance so fastest fingers first.

Where Bamboo Garden at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

When Wed 6.30pm and Sun 8.30am.

Trexo Running Group

Trexo Running Group

This North-western running group takes advantage of the hilly neighbourhood of Bukit Batok to improve participants’ running form and muscular and cardiovascular strength through weekly evening sessions. Whether you’re a seasoned trail runner, leisure runner or even a jogger, it doesn’t matter – the group focuses less on speed and more on getting in a good outdoor workout with its 5km to 10km runs. Best part? There’s always post-run supper catchup to look forward to.

Where Either Bukit Gombak Stadium or Bukit Batok Nature Park.

When Tue 7.30pm.

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Singapore Sports & Recreation Meetup

Singapore Sports & Recreation Meetup

Spend your Sunday with a bunch of fun-loving people and try out different sports each week – it can be anything from captain's ball, volleyball, softball and frisbee. For the past five years, this group of like-minded individuals have welcomed a diverse mix of people from different walks of life including families. It's not just all sweat and games, occasionally the group organises activities such as night cycling, kite flying, picnics and board games night. 

Where Bishan Park. 

When Sun 9.30am.

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