Signed up for my first gym membership ever at the fitness first @ one George street recently. It was mainly motivated by the fact that I wanted to work out during my lunch hour but I'm not allowed to do any strenuous exercises except swim. Where in the world am I supposed to find a swimming pool in tanjong pagar when yan kit swimming pool has been closed for almost a decade?!
Was it coincidence when I found out from colleagues that they have been going to swim nearby at their gym after work? I have had been to gyms with pool in Europe and US but it didn't occur to me that there was one in town, surely it would be too expensive for me.
Well after discovering fitness first actually had a few branches w pools, two of them near tanjong pagar at one George and capital tower, I decided to call up one George for a trial. It wasn't just the view that sealed the deal, nor the fact that the pool is heated. Its the fact that the gym was really professional like the gym/clubs I visited I'm Europe, complete with steam bath and saunas, attire and towels provided down to the spin dryer for ur swim suits to range of free drinks and even 2 mac computers to surf Internet (why would u do this at ur gym I don't know).
It was really crowded when I first visited after work but lunch time is good, and mornings are even better. I really enjoy the fact I don't need to bring anything cept for swim suit and googles to go for a swim, how convenient is that? Too blardy cool.
So how do I make up for the price tag of more than $120 per month? Go more than 2 times a week! And my package came with 3 sessions of a personal trainer so I got some value for money by getting some analysis of my fitness and personalised exercise routine. Definitely enjoying my gym membership so far.
GENERIC FITNESS FIRST BLURB:
Fitness First is probably the largest chain of fitness clubs in Singapore, with 12 outlets around the island at present. All outlets offer a similar range of cardio and weights machines, free weights, and an exercise studio or several. Naturally, shower rooms come with your basic toiletries, towels, hairdryers and plastic bags.
OGS is one of the older FFs in Singapore, and it's a great location for people working closer to Boat Quay/Clarke Quay rather than dead centre Raffles Place.
I've also heard that it's a bit of a meat market for the bois.
It's a smaller outlet, so there's only one group fitness studio and not as much cardio equipment as some of the other gyms.
Also, it can get extremely crowded during peak hours, even more so than the other CBD outlets.
The pool area at OGS offers a lovely view of the City Hall area. I don't swim, but it's nice to just sit by the area and chill for a bit.
Unlike some of the other gyms, there's no need to register to get a visitor pass to enter the building. Just head on straight up, hassle-free.
OGS is a Platinum outlet, so simple workout attire is provided.
OGS opens till 11 on weeknights, which is great for those who work late.
Overall, I'd give it a 3.5* rating.
With 12 branches across Singapore, Fitness First is easily one of the most accessible gyms. If you're in the CBD, this branch might be for you. The fully equipped gym offers a infinity pool with a not so good view but good enough for a relaxing swim after work. 6 to 8 pm are the most crowded times but if you're working office hours, you'll just have to make do and share. This branch is rather cramp so you might be better off going to the nearest Fitness First in your neighborhood instead or try dropping by after dinner past 8pm! There's a salad stop right below this branch as well so end or start your workout with a healthy meal!
This is one of Fitness First's more atas outlets due to its city location, I love this outlet because of its airy space and newer facilities.
Being atas means there's complimentary workout attire - a tee and shorts - available for loan at this club. Other special facilities include an infinity pool just outside of the gym, you can change into your swimwear and pop into the pool within a few steps. If you're up to it, go sign up for the AquaFit group exercise classes in this outlet. The pool doesn't really go over the edge though; it's lined by a cement wall preventing any free falls. Towels are provided of course.
But, that's not all. The best part of this outlet is the panoramic view of the area that stretches beyond Chinatown. You can get a drink and sit outside on the lounge chairs and enjoy the view. I've seen some users bring yoga mats out and do their lunges and crunches outside.