7 Jan 2019: This is a revised post for 2019. Updated post to include latest developments.
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 ClassPass, Guavapass and Kfit for the past couple of years. They offer the flexibility of month-on-month payments and an 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
- As of 14 Jan 2019: There are two dominant players in Singapore: ClassPass and KFit. A prior company, GuavaPass has gotten acquired by ClassPass, you can read more here.
- 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||$129/mth||$59: 25 credits, $99: 45 credits, $185: 85 credits, $315: 150 credits|
|Class Packs||Additional credits available for top up and/or purchase.|
|Class limit||10 classes||Tied to class credits|
|Max classes per studio||1-5||Unlimited but credits required will increase after 3 visits|
|Max active reservations||4||4 with trial, Unlimited for paid plans|
|Class cancellation||Depends on studio||12 hours ahead|
|Late class cancellation fee||$15||$15|
|No show fee||$15||$20|
|Pause fee||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||Email 7 working days before next bill||Email 48 hours ahead, there is also a $79 fee if decide to re-activate membership|
|Customer support||Email, Live chat, in-app chat|
|Overseas access||No||Yes (No limits)|
|Unique studios / or with more visits than other Passes||Move to Live
The Rock School
|Promo Code||* Receive $5 off first month: JVBGZ or KFit referral link||One week of 45 credits OR receive $40 off first bill: ClassPass referral|
||Uses dynamic pricing for classes|
What are their differences?
* 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.
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 trial membership is a sweet 1-week’s worth of 45 credits free. Alternatively, receive $40 off the 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.