There's no need to burn a hole in your pocket with pricy gym memberships to keep fit. There are plenty 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.
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.
Fitness at 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 at 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.
Make Sunday a fun day with the whole family at your neighbourhood park. The Health Promotion Board’s Sundays@The Park initiative utilises public spaces within residential estates to hold hour-long workout sessions where you can get 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.
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
This Westside 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. 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.
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.
More places to work out at
These days, you don’t have to sweat it out under the sun if you want to get on a bike. You can head to a cycling studio instead. Let immersive big screens transport you to alternate worlds, trippy lighting set the mood and upbeat music get your heart (and feet) racing at these spots