This is a revised post for 2018. Updated post to include ClassPass.
There were multiple cases in the past couple of years on gyms and spas closing leaving members who had paid upfront fees in a ditch. I feel a little insecure when committing to large sums of money paid upfront. As my parents would say, “钱不容易赚”, which translates to, “it is not easy to earn money.”
Hence, I’ve been an advocate for fitness subscriptions like Guavapass and Kfit for the past couple of years. They offer the flexibility of month-on-month payments and extremely wide range of classes from member studios. Think of it as a “trial” to your favourite classes.
What is a fitness subscription?
- Basically, it is a fitness membership on an app with a concept very similar to The Entertainer App. You pay an X amount of money per month to access classes by its member studios
- There are three dominant players in Singapore: GuavaPass, KFit and ClassPass.
- In 2018, Guavapass introduced class-pack subscription
- In Aug 2018, ClassPass launched in Singapore. As compared to its peer, ClassPass uses a more sophisticated class booking system. Read my ClassPass low down.
What are their differences?
|Monthly||$179/mth for 3mth or $169/mth for 6 mth||$129/mth||$100 for 200 credits or $50 for 50 credits|
||Additional credits available for top up and/or purchase.|
|Class limit||Unlimited for monthly passes||10 classes||Tied to class credits|
|Max classes per studio||3 usually||1-5||Unlimited but credits required will increase after 3 visits|
|Max active reservations||4||4||4 with trial, Unlimited for paid plans|
|Class cancellation||4 – 8 hours ahead||Depends on studio||12 hours ahead|
|Late class cancellation fee||$5||$15||$15|
|No show fee||$8||$15||$20|
|Pause fee||$5 immediately upon pause, then $5 every 3 months||No pause feature, cancel subscription and re-subscribe later||Pause at $0 is only valid if more than one month, choose a lower $20 credit package to keep membership active|
|Subscription cancellation||Monthly subscriptions only, email to cancel, early cancellation fee of $179 applies||Email 7 working days before next bill||Email 48 hours ahead, there is a $79 if you cancel and re-activate membership|
|Customer support||Email, Live chat||Email, Live chat, in-app chat|
|Overseas access||Yes (Less than 50% of bookings)||No||Yes (No limits)|
|Unique studios / or with more visits than other Passes||STILL
Ascend Yoga Therapy
|Move to Live
The Rock School
|Promo Code||Receive $20-$60 off first class package: GuavaPass class package promo code
OR $50 off first month’s bill for monthly plans, use coupon code: meowsyy
|* Receive $5 off first month: JVBGZ or KFit referral link||One week of 50 credits OR receive $40 off first bill: ClassPass referral|
||Uses dynamic pricing for classes|
* In case the referral link for KFit does not work, simply key in the promo code. There have been technical issues with regards to the referral link.
Referrals and promotions
Just like any subscription that survives on sales, referrals are important.
GuavaPass: Only first-time members are eligible for any promotions.
Receive $20-$60 off first class-pack purchase below.
GuavaPass referral link: https://goo.gl/Zo3tpd
GuavaPass promo code: WvrXtCrUgw3NhMW
Receive $50 off first-month only for monthly plans
GuavaPass promo code: meowsyy
KFit: Every new member gets $5 off first purchase. Please key in the promo code if the referral link does not work, there have been technical issues before but keying in the promo code will work.
KFit promo code / referral link: JVBGZ
ClassPass: The launch promotion is a sweet 1-week’s worth of 50 credits free. Alternatively, receive $40 off first bill
ClassPass referral link: http://class.ps/jS-0o
P.S. Drop me a note at hello (at) meowsyy.c0m if you’ll like to find out more about the exact discount as referrals tend to change very frequently.
What are the key differences?
- Released new class packs in 2018 – instead of monthly memberships, buy classes (do note the validity period!)
- Studios tend to concentrate in the CBD and town area, more boutique studio options
- Straightforward system for booking classes
- Has opened its own studio in CBD: STILL
- Most importantly: you can access its overseas partners too when you’re travelling. However, if your account is outside of your residential city more than 50% of the time, GuavaPass reserves the right to adjust your billing to the new city rate without prior notice.
- Includes options other than classes such as sports rentals and activities, therefore, has more studio partners than GuavaPass
- Includes hotel spa and gym access e.g. Fairmont, Sofitel Sentosa and Hotel Jen Tanglin
- No overseas option if you are travelling or need to put membership on hold
- Straight forward system of 10 classes, no surprises here
- Read my detailed post on ClassPass.
- Uses a sophisticated class credit system that requires some strategic thinking and getting used to.
- For the most bang of your buck – it’s perfect for someone who works out off peak
- Not easy to book classes due to launch promotion (Aug – Oct 2018 will be peak).
In terms of cost savings…
(As of Sep 2017) KFit is currently at $129/month for 10 classes.
GuavaPass is $169/month for a 6-month membership and the 3-month membership is $179/month, renewable monthly. With GuavaPass, the beauty is in its unlimited classes, a larger variety of boutique studio classes and overseas access.
Taking the base price of KFit:
- KFit: $129 / 10 classes = $12.90 per class
So using the average price of 1 KFit class to calculate the minimum classes you need to hit to average KFit class prices for GuavaPass:
- Using 3-monthly price: $179/$12.90 = 13 classes/month
- Using 6-monthly price: $169/ $12.90 = 13 classes/month
Therefore, in terms of cost savings, go for GuavaPass if you work out more than 3x a week.
What about ClassPass?
A direct price comparison will not be accurate for ClassPass as it uses a dynamic surge class credits system. I explain it more in my ClassPass post.
While some of the most popular boxing, HIIT and Barre studios are with ClassPass, the number of slots per class is quite limited.
If your favourite studios are on ClassPass, you work out in off-peak hours and/or you work out casually, ClassPass is probably a better fit for you.
Or even better – wait for the hype to die down later in 2018 to give ClassPass a try when operations have settled down for a more accurate representation.
In terms of quality – being any of the fitness subscription member feels the same when you sign into studios. I never felt that I was treated as a second-class nor lesser client/student when I was on either pass.
The differentiating factor I feel, would be the type of studios you want to attend.
GuavaPass is quick to include the latest trending boutique fitness classes such as Aqua fitness, boxing and spin whereas KFit probably has the widest reach with something for everyone. For ClassPass, a lot of studios are signed exclusively with them.
Since you do get a discount for your first month, I recommend you to give either a try. If you’re nervous about going to class alone, don’t be! You’ll be surprised at how many people go to classes alone. Personally, I have a pretty unpredictable schedule so I like to attend classes alone.
If you do the month on month renewal – it’s akin to a trial membership with no obligations to continue. However, do remember to cancel as these memberships are on auto-renewal!
Are Fitness Passes / Subscriptions gym replacements?
I think a serious yogi / gym go-er would know their regime better and what works for them.
This is also quite a research intensive fitness option. You need to look up the schedule each day and set your preferences to decide which class you’ll like to attend each time. If you enjoy routine, this is probably not for you.
At the end of the day, the Fitness Pass / Subscription is not a gym replacement if you’re serious about working out. Think of it as a tool to discover more activities and what you really like.
Also, bear in mind that partners may drop out any time, prices may increase.